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Running Club Spotlight: District Running Collective

Running Club Spotlight: District Running Collective

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 7:28am

Photo Courtesy of District Running Collective

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Tell us about your club's history:
District Running Collective (DRC) originated out of 100% curiosity. About a year ago, a couple of us volunteered at the DC Nike Women's Half Marathon here in DC, where we had the chance to witness an amazing community of runners. All of us - Carlin, Matt, Chaz, and Taylor – were already following a lot of different run crews and prominent runners on social media. The opportunity to meet these run groups and street athletes in person made us think: why don’t we have this in DC? We immediately got to work in turning our everyday hobby into something we can share with our city.  

In May of 2013, we held our first run event: Midnight on Mars, a midnight 5k through H Street Corridor. We weren’t expecting much. An Eventbrite, couple cool flyers from Matt, and some Instagram posts led to over 100 people coming out on a Friday night to run 3.11 miles to a finish line of brews + music at Avery’s.  This let us know that we can do this. After a few more unique, successful running events, in the dead of winter (ahem, January to be exact), we started a weekly run group that meets at The Coupe in Columbia Heights every Wednesday. We started with about 10 or less people, trekking through ALL conditions around the neighborhood and enjoying a little happy hour together after. Today? We have 70+ runners of all levels mobbing through the nation’s capital with us, and we are growing every week.

How much does it cost to join?
It's free! All it costs you is beating traffic and packing your running gear the night before. For some of our events, we may ask for donations or charge for special items we create like t-shirts or bags. Outside of that, all we ask is for you to show up, give your all and have fun.

What skill levels are appropriate?
From the newbie runner to the ultra-marathoner – everyone is welcome!

How many members are in your club? What are your club's demographics in terms of age, gender, etc.?
Every one from every where from every background.  We have 70+ runners showing up weekly, with a mix of new and old faces each time. Our distribution list has over 300 people, hitting every age group with a nice mix of males and females.

Does your club have weekly workouts/runs? If so, when and where are they?
Yup! We run every Wednesday at 6:30pm out of The Coupe in Columbia Heights. We change the route every week to keep it exciting. One day maybe a regular run the next week could be a hill or track workout. We also sometimes have challenges at the end of the run where prizes are given to the winners. Our runs are NEVER cancelled (well, unless like, Obama shuts the city down) – 100+ degrees, rain, sleet, hail, snow, hurricane, you’ll find us pounding the pavement. 

Does the group get together for social events as well? Please elaborate on the types of events and their frequency. Actually, we do -- more than people think. Early on, we established that we didn't want to just be a run club/crew – we want to be a family. It may sound cheesy, but when you join a group that welcomes you no matter your athletic level, it really encourages folks to want to hang in and out of running sneakers. After our run, a lot of people stay for happy hour to chill and mingle. A lot of our members end up getting together outside of our running days to socialize, network and just kick it. We are more than just a run crew.

Is your club hosting any noteworthy events/races soon? Give us details! We have a lot planned! We have a bRUNch run with our fellow #DCfitTrio family on August 3rd as well as a Beach Day trip run to Ocean City in the middle of August. Just follow our Instagram for more details @DistrictRunningCollective. #Runwithus

About the Author

Jamie Corey is a RRCA certified coach and author of RunsterInc.com. Jamie has completed eight marathons, several triathlons and is currently training for her first Ironman. When she isn't trying to find the best bagel in town, she is usually tweeting at @TheRunster.

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