Race conditions were warm but beautiful for the North Face Endurance Challenge in Washington DC this past June 1-2, and local running legend Michael Wardian made the most of it.  He won the 50-Miler on Saturday, and on Sunday returned to win the 5K and place 2d in the 10K.

For most of the participants, running on one of the events, which also included a 50K, a marathon, a half-marathon, and the Karno Kids 1K fun run, was enough.  Our own contest winner Stephanie Kay finished 2d in her age group in the 10K – congratulations!

The event started in Algonkian Regional Park, and included running in Great Falls Park and on the Potomac Heritage Trail.  The beauty of the trail and the views of the Potomac River showed why this event is considered among the region’s best trail races.  The varied terrain keeps things interesting, with some rocky stretches, a few big hills, and some great flat running through the woods.  Come check it out for yourself next year!


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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