In early 2013, Taylor, Chaz, Matt Green and Carlin recognized the need for a running group in Washington that was open to and welcomed all levels of runners.
In May of 2013, DRC hosted their very first event, the Midnight on Mars 5K. Midnight on Mars provided an opportunity for DC Runners to run the H-Street Corridor and beyond with a hundred of their closest friends at the midnight hour. This unique take on the traditional 5K allowed participants to experience DC in a new and unique way. Following the success of Midnight on Mars, DRC hosted several other special events and themed 5K races throughout 2013.
To continue to grow the run crew movement in Washington DC, DRC began hosting weekly #runwithus runs out of The Coupe in Columbia Heights. From January until November 2014, more than 700 runners came out to use the streets of DC as their course, DRC members as their support, and successes as a runner as their motivation.
WE. RUN. THE. DISTRICT.
We are looking to positively impact DC through running. We do our best to build a community of runners that reflects our beautiful city and its diversity. Our goal is to make running feel less like a chore, but a lifestyle. There are a lot of running clubs/groups that meet but we look to change some of the stigmas that are associated with running. We get a lot of people that say, “I’m not a runner, but I want to come out and join you guys.” Soon after, that same person ends up running a half marathon.
Our social media and digital footprint is a major focus of ours. We are showing people the beauty of running through the use of photos, connecting with runners across the world through the use of hashtags and supporting one another through comments and posts.
We exist where fitness, fun, and community collide. We support one another up every hill, across every bridge, and through each painstaking mile. As a crew, we represent the best of each individual that dedicates themselves to getting better, faster, and stronger every day.
We proudly represent one of the greatest cities in the world on every last run. With three stars and two bars as our guide.
We believe we can change the way people view running, while simultaneously having a positive impact on the city we call home. Open to all levels of runners, we have built a community of people around a common goal: pushing past perceived limits and becoming better every day through running and supporting one another.
Our success is directly grounded in the successes of our runners. Through events, weekly runs, races, community service, partnership engagement and our membership program we create space for runners of all levels to get to know one another, share challenges & triumphs and redefine their impossible, every day.