Mayor Bowser on Ward 6 Fitness Walk (Photo via Facebook/ FitDC)Mayor Muriel Bowser will start off 2016 with a 5K walk/run near RFK Stadium tomorrow morning.

The run will begin at the intersection of 19th Street NE and East Capitol Street, in front of Eastern High School. Runners of all fitness levels can register for free online. The annual run is part of Bowser’s FitDC initiative to promote health in the District.

Bowser also announced that as part of that initiative, all District Department of Parks and Recreation fitness centers will be free for D.C. residents in 2016.

Fitness centers, which used to require a membership fee, will offer free treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and weights to residents.

The fitness centers in the Capitol Hill area are:

  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center – 201 N St. SW
  • Rosedale Community Center – 1701 Gales St. NE
  • Sherwood Recreation Center – 640 10th St. NE

Pacers Navy Yard (courtesy of Pacers Running)

A specialty running store and retailer opened its second D.C. location today in Navy Yard’s Boilermaker Shops.

Pacers Running newest location is at 300 Tingey St. SE is celebrating its grand opening through this Sunday. The company has five other locations throughout the District and Virginia.

“For several years, we have looked at options to service this great part of the city and are happy to now call Navy Yard home,” CEO Kathy Dalby said in a statement.

The store was designed with elements that honor the historical 1919 Navy Yard building, according to the statement. This includes fixtures salvaged from old Naval ships.

The space itself is more than 2,000 square feet to house apparel, shoes and accessories. It will have training services, a “Run Lab” for gait analysis and will serve as a meeting spot for fun runs on certain weeknights.

The first of these runs is scheduled for tomorrow night as part of the grand opening celebration. A group will run 3 to 5 miles, followed by drinks at neighboring Bluejacket.

Pacers Navy Yard hours are:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Pacers Running


Rosedale Community Library (Photo via Google Maps)Capitol Hill residents will be able to get in their morning workout with Mayor Muriel Bowser on Saturday at the FitDC Ward 6 Walk.

Starting at 9 a.m., Mayor Bowser and members of her administration’s FitDC health and wellness campaign will lead a walk through the neighborhood and several demonstrations on healthy eating and staying in shape.

The event begins at the Rosedale Community Center at 1701 Gales St. NE and runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Those interested in attending should register online before the event.

FitDC is an initiative launched earlier this year to make health and wellness resources more accessible throughout the city. Mayor Bowser will be holding similar walks in every ward.

Photo via Google Maps


Photo via Facebook/CrossFit DCCrossFit DC wants you to do burpees, squats and pushups before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

The high-intensity gym will offer special members-only Thanksgiving workouts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at its 1365 H St. NE and 1722 14th St. NW locations.

The sessions are designed to let participants do more than work out, CrossFit DC co-owner Tom Brose said.

“People work hard to earn their pumpkin pie, but it’s more about getting together as a group and trying to be thankful for our community,” he said.

One Thanksgiving, CrossFit DC honored a gym member who was serving in Afghanistan with a “hero” workout of a mile-long run followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another mile-long run. Last year, participants did a workout called Grace that combined 30 reps of lifting 135 lbs with the weight-lifting move “clean and jerk.”

This year’s Thanksgiving workout will be secret until it begins, but Brose said it will combine a normal session and a “hero” routine.

“This is going to be a pretty tough workout,” he said.

All of the routines can be adjusted to accommodate different ability levels, he added.

Photo via Facebook/CrossFit DC


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