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Running Club Spotlight: DC Capital Striders

Running Club Spotlight: DC Capital Striders

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 7:04am

Photo Courtesy of DC Capital Striders.

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Rick Amernick, President of the DC Capital Striders was kind enough to answer questions about the club in the latest edition of our Running Club Spotlight series.

Tell us about your club's history (when/how did it start, how has it evolved, and anything else interesting you would like to share).
The running group started in spring of 2006. At that time, we weren’t officially called the DC Capital Striders, we were just a generic running group in D.C. Three or four of us met at the Smithsonian metro on Tuesday evenings to run on the Mall. We eventually started posting this run on, which helped grow our membership to 100 people in just a few months.

At the same time we were growing, we spoke to regulars in our group who lived downtown and some of those people wanted to host neighborhood runs. Six months later the membership grew to 300-400. Once we reached 500, we officially incorporated as a non-profit. Today, we’ve grown from just three or four people on the Mall one night a week to approximately 6,000 members and host 15+ weekly group runs six days a week!

How much does it cost to join?

What skill levels are appropriate?
All skill levels.

How many members are in your club? What are your club's demographics in terms of age, gender, etc.? Membership is a very loose term since we don’t have official dues/membership forms, etc - but we reach approximately 6,000 runners in the DMV.

Does your club have weekly workouts/runs? If so, when and where are they?
Tons of them, Monday-Saturday. Check out our website for more details.

Does the group get together for social events as well? Please elaborate on the types of events and their frequency. 
Yes! The whole idea behind the group was philanthropic utilizing those people to build healthy communities. We have hosted races for charities including DC central kitchen, Wounded Warrior Project, Back on My Feet, High Cloud Foundation, Special Love, and American Red Cross. We have also volunteered at countless races over the years including but not limited to Army Ten Miler, Nations Triathlon, Nike Woman's Half, Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and many others! In addition, we schedule fitness and nutrition seminars, and monthly happy hours. 

Is your club hosting any noteworthy events/races soon? Give us details!
Yes, the 2nd Annual Fall in Love 5K is coming up in September (9/27).

Register Online
Race 9 a.m., September 27, 2014
Location: On the historic C&O Canal towpath. Start and finish at Fletcher’s Cove – 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC
Purpose: To benefit Special Love, a Virginia-based community of support for children with cancer and their families.
Registration: $25 by August 22, $30 by September 24, $40 at either Packet Pickup. (Limited to the first 300 entrants)

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About the Author

Jamie Corey is a RRCA certified coach and author of 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.