Tell us about the mission of Moms Run This Town.
Moms RUN This Town (MRTT) is a free 'moms only' running club started by moms.... for moms... to support moms in their running endeavors. Here in McLean/Tysons, we are a 'women’s only' running club started by women for women to support women in their running endeavors. Our goal is to help to keep you motivated no matter where you are in your running. Whether you are a walker looking to start running or training for a marathon we are here for you! We will give training tips, inform you of upcoming race information, offer giveaways and discounts, give reviews on running gear, answer running/fitness questions, feature articles from our experts, share photos, help you find running partners in your area and SO MUCH MORE.
How long has the group been around? How many members are in your group?
MRTT started in December 2010 in Georgia by Pam Burrus and has since grown nationwide with over 500 chapters and thousands of members. The NOVA area has a huge presence with over 3,000 members from Arlington to Leesburg. I started the McLean group in February 2013 and now have a co-leader, Alexandra Goldstraw, and 275 members. The Vienna group is the largest in the area with 700 members.
Tell us about the club's most recent event, Run Your Own Race, At Your Own Pace?
The goal of the event was to bring together moms from different chapters and allow them to run a mock race at whichever distance they were training for. It was a huge success! The route started on the W&OD Trail near Grove Street and went towards Vienna with distances and turn around points marked with signs. It was untimed with all distances available--from 5K, five miles, 10K, 10 miles and 13.1 miles. We wanted to include runners of all distances and paces. There were nearly 80 moms and kids who turned out and we had support from our sponsors: Road Runner Sports, Sport and Health and Dancing Mind Yoga. Many local businesses also donated items to raffle off.
Does one need to be at a certain fitness level to join the group?
The beauty of our group is that women of any fitness level can join and find partners to run with. We have ladies running 6 minute-miles and ladies running 13 minute-miles. We have moms pushing strollers as well. There is always someone to run with at your pace or distance. We have causal runners and more serious age groupers.
Are their opportunities for people that enjoy more intense running challenges, such as marathons?
Many of us train for and compete in marathons and half marathons together. We had over 125 at the USA Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and a huge group at Cherry Blossom. We also volunteer as a group at races. We manned a water stop at the Nike Women's Half Marathon with 50 of us.
How can runners find out more information about the group?
You can find out more about MRTT and the group closest to you on the National page and enter your location: http://momsrunthistown.com/