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!