In partnership with New Balance, Pacers Running is committed to supporting high school cross country running in the DC area through a major initiative– the DCXC Project. This multifaceted effort is highlighted each year by two featured events– the All-RunWashington Pep Rally and the DCXC Invite, a major meet hosted in DC.
The first of these marquee functions, the Pep Rally, took place this year on August 16th at the TC Williams High School auditorium and saw a huge crowd of athletes, coaches, parents, and other supporters representing over 50 schools come to celebrate the start of cross country season.
As the scores rolled in, the spotlight was focused on a sample pair of coveted New Balance spikes displayed on stage. Later on, each of the top 62 area runners, as selected by a coaches panel, would receive a pair of these custom shoes designed to commemorate the honor and achievement.
To kick things off, Pacers Running CEO, Kathy Dalby, first set the stage and gave a spirited welcome to the attendees. Then she handed off the mic to Desmond Dunham, Coach at Woodrow Wilson High School and Meet Director of the DCXC Invite. Desmond acknowledged the members of the coaches panel who had each been tasked to identify which runners they believed would perform the best in the upcoming season. And, he talked up the DCXC Invite which will take place at the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens on Saturday, September 26th. The meet will feature around 70 teams and is officially sold out.
Soon after, Charlie Ban, Editor In Chief of RunWashington, a sister company to Pacers Running, along with Chris Farley, President of Pacers Running, introduced the 2015 awardees. Athletes were acknowledged in four separate categories: All-DC, All-Maryland, All-Virginia, as well as All-RunWashington which assembled the very best of the bunch. As the All-RunWashington athletes took to the stage, the cover of the latest issue of RunWashington Magazine was unveiled, revealing Rachel McArthur of Patriot High School in Virginia on the cover.
After lining up on the stage, every recognized athlete got fitted for shoes and received a pair of custom spikes. They could then take photos with friends and family in front of a DCXC backdrop.
Meanwhile, the audience awaited announcements for raffle and social media prizes. Lake Braddock High School received a special prize for bringing the most supporters– with over 30 people in attendance affiliated with the school.
As well, the team that produces our Pace the Nation Podcast was on hand to interview personalities at the event and comment on all the happenings. Tune in to their Pep Rally Episode to hear their live commentary.
For more photos from the event, check out RunWashington’s Facebook album.
We had a great time honoring the area’s cross country stars at our second annual All-RunWashington Pep Rally. Beyond the giving and receiving of awards, the event served as a perfect chance for all the athletes in attendance to meet fellow runners before racing them on the cross country course this year.
Everyone is now surely looking forward to the DCXC Invite and a memorable season.
By Jordan Mittelman, Director of Marketing