The Anacostia River is only 8 miles long, but this past Sunday, October 28, nine dedicated runners covered 26.2 miles each to support the river's restoration. As a charity partner of the Marine Corps Marathon, Anacostia Watershed Society was able to give race entries to runners who raised a minimum of $500 to support our work. Together, the nine runners of Team AWS raised thousands of dollars! Thanks to Paul & Laura McGrath, Gwyn Jones, Josh Hamlin, Allyson Romanow, Upendra Jejjala, and Gehan Talwatte, and AWS staff Simon Plog and Julie Lawson (me!) for your dedication!
The weather was brisk and breezy, as Hurricane Sandy inched closer. The cool temperatures and cloudy skies made for terrific conditions--until you turned into a stiff headwind. Nevertheless, all nine runners persevered to the finish line, cheered on by AWS staff, friends, and family. We outfitted the runners in blue shirts emblazoned with the Rediscover Your Anacostia logo to help spread the word among the crowd. (Wearing mine in a training run a week prior, I already had someone stop and ask me about it--promotional magic!)
We hope to be an MCM charity partner again next year. If you are interested in signing up to run with us, drop us a line and we'll let you know when registration is open.
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