Olympian Julie Culley Leaves College Coaching in Search for More Balance

Culley resigned as Georgetown University's director of track and field and cross-country and will join Brooks Running as a sports marketing manager.

Before Julie Culley became a professional runner and Olympic finalist in track and field with an athletic apparel and shoe sponsor, she was a recent Rutgers University graduate just hoping to run faster than she did in college. For the first year of her professional running career around 2006, she ran unattached and did not […]

Meet Logan West, the High School Tennis Coach Turned Viral Trick Shot Artist

"It's been kind of a fun hobby that I've picked up over the summer."

In a video clip recently aired on Tennis Channel, Logan West balances a tennis ball on the butt cap of his racket. West then drops his racket, and as it makes contact with the court, the ball ricochets straight up. While the ball is in the air, West catches his racket and serves the ball […]

Recovered From COVID-19, Frances Tiafoe Looks Forward to Playing the U.S. Open

But not all of his peers share his enthusiasm of competing in New York City starting this month.

Frances Tiafoe has given up trying to figure out how he contracted the novel coronavirus that led to a positive COVID-19 test last month. He could have gotten it at the airport in late June, when he flew from Florida, where he was training, to Georgia, to compete at the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament […]

Canceled Races and Lack of Sponsors Haven’t Stopped Keira D’Amato from Running Olympic Times

D'Amato, an American University alumna, has wanted to be a professional athlete since the fourth grade.

Keira D’Amato’s fourth grade teacher didn’t think she was being ambitious enough. As part of a class assignment at Waples Mill Elementary School in Oakton, the teacher asked students to draw a picture and write down what they wanted to be when they grew up. D’Amato’s goal was simple: She dreamed of becoming a professional […]

Home Gym: Train Like Professional Runners from the District Track Club

"If you want the full DTC experience you are probably in for a long day."

Home Gym is a series by City Paper writers looking at the different ways D.C. is working out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly two months ago, I reached out to Tom Brumlik, the head coach of the D.C.-based District Track Club, and asked if he could send me a workout. I wanted to see how his […]

Local Swimmer Torri Huske Commits to Stanford

The 17-year-old Arlington resident has qualified for six events at the Olympic Trials next summer.

Being an elite swimmer during the COVID-19 pandemic requires patience and the ability to adjust to uncertainty. For 80 days, 17-year-old Arlington resident Torri Huske had been away from a regulation-sized pool and has had to maintain her fitness in a family acquaintance’s pool about an hour from her home. Virginia only recently reopened swimming pools […]

Recreational Tennis Is Back in D.C. But Is It Safe to Play?

Just because the courts are open does not mean players are able to play like they did before the pandemic.

Alan Popovsky went about 14 days without playing tennis, thanks to shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a forced layoff from the sport he typically plays about five times a week. But that didn’t stop the 57-year-old local restaurant owner from picking up his racket. During that time, he would still go to his backyard […]

For Many Black Runners, the Story of Ahmaud Arbery Feels All Too Familiar

“Seeing the video of Ahmaud Arbery took me back to the moment I had.”

Many black men in America, Frank Tramble says, have a story involving a pickup truck. In 2014, Tramblewent for a run while in Madison, Georgia, for his cousin’s wedding. That run, he remembers, felt different than others. Every driver that passed stared at him, looking confused.  Then a pickup truck went by, made a U-turn, […]

Do Runners Need to Wear Face Masks?

People are understandably nervous, and exercising outside has everyone on edge. But shaming one another doesn’t help.

Running gives Margaret Sprock a temporary escape from her restricted routine. Like many other local residents during the novel coronavirus pandemic, exercising outside is one of the few reasons Sprock leaves her home, and she’s using this opportunity to explore the neighborhood and new running routes near where she lives in Silver Spring. “I think […]

I Felt Lost During the Pandemic. So I Ran Two Solo Marathons.

I wanted to see if a double marathon could reveal the old me.

Monday was supposed to be the Boston Marathon. I was supposed to be at the start line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with thousands of runners, spectators, and butterflies in my stomach. I was supposed to be triple checking the knots on my shoes and the signal of my GPS watch, peeing nervously in a rancid port-a-potty. […]

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