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5 tips for preparing your child for a 5K run

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Running in a 5K race can be an exciting opportunity for a child, and a great opportunity for the entire family to do together. But there are some things parents should keep in mind when preparing their kids for a 5K run.

Emily Niu, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC gives her expert advice, below.

First, are 5Ks appropriate for children, or should they opt for shorter, “fun runs” instead?

Some races incorporate events designed for children. For example, our upcoming Race for Every Child 5K has a fun-run option available for kids. Fun runs are typically short distances, with little to no training required to participate. It’s a great way to introduce running to your child if they are not yet ready for a full 5K.

How often should children take rest days during training?

The key to training would be to take multiple breaks tailored to the distance of the race. It is important for the child to be interested in participating in the race and that this isn’t an adult-driven activity.

Should children’s hydration intake increase during training?

According to the Institute of Medicine: Food and Nutrition Board, prolonged physical activity and heat exposure increases water loss and can raise daily fluid needs. Because children are more susceptible to heat-related illness compared to adults, it’s very important for children to avoid running on hot days and to make sure that they’re properly hydrated.

What about diet? Should parents adjust what their child is eating for race preparation?

It’s important to make sure that your child has adequate calcium intake and that their diet is balanced. I don’t recommend pre-marathon diets that are restrictive, simply because they are not healthy. Instead, children should take in plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy carbohydrates. Their diet should be balanced, regardless of them preparing for a 5K or not.

Is Stretching necessary?

It is important for children to stretch because their bones are growing at a rate that is faster than their muscles and tendons can keep up with. Make sure that no one is exerting the stretching force on your child because that can potentially cause an injury. Stretching should be self-imposed.

Emily Niu, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports. Her clinical and research interests include sports-related injuries in children and adolescents.

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Reston’s Race to Make it All Better aims to raise $75,000 this September

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It’s time to get up and get moving for a good cause.

The Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) are set to host its fifth annual Race to Make it All Better on Sept. 28, where local residents can participate in the 5K (3.1-mile) run and walk, the Tot Trot (for ages 3 and under) and the free Family Health Fair.

The event is the sole fundraiser for the local 501(c)(3), which was created as a children-focused medical group by the Children’s National Health System and Inova Health System.  It has eight locations across the NoVA region and specializes in everything from allergy and immunology in children, to oculoplastics and orbital surgery.

According to the organization’s website, the 2018 event had over 500 registrants, 32 health fair booths and raised an all-time high of over $61,000 for the PSV. The 2019 goal is $75,000, which the organization hopes will be gathered from race revenue, community donations and event sponsorships.

Attendees are welcome to browse the health fair to find out more about local health companies and provided services, enter the raffle-ticket giveaways and enjoy the kid activities throughout the day, such as face painting, interactive games and live music from DJ Chris Styles.

Early-bird registration for adults is $35 through Aug. 31. For more information on the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia, visit the website, and follow along on social media for more upcoming news on the 2019 Race to Make it All Better. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; $35 5K registration for adults, other ages vary

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Run for a good cause at these 7 August events

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If you’re an avid runner, then your in luck, as this August, there are numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and even a 20K coming to the Northern Virginia region. What’s more? Traveling through these various running trails will benefit nonprofits and organizations that are making a difference for members of the local community. 

Here, we share them all. 

2019 Connect Our Kids 5K & 10K
Aug. 11, 7 a.m.
Start your morning off the right way with this run hosted by Bishop’s Events, which will donate 25% of the proceeds to Connect Our Kids, a Falls Church-based organization dedicated to connecting foster children with safe and loving families. // Great Falls Park: 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean; $30-$45

2019 Fredericksburg Semper Fi 5K & 10K
Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m.
This Sunday, put on your running shoes in support of the Semper Fi Fund, a charity dedicated to providing resources and support for combat-wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Both race trails are alongside the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, making the route as scenic as it is rewarding. // Pratt Park: 120 River Road, Fredericksburg; $15-$45 

Autism Speaks 5K – Fairfax
Aug. 17, 9 a.m.
As part of its mission to increase understanding and acceptance for the autism community, Autism Speaks will be hosting a 5K for the residents of Fairfax and beyond to participate in. Whether you want to run (or walk) on your own or join a team of supporters, every step taken will benefit families affected by autism. // Fairfax County Government Center: 1200 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax; $25-$45

Leesburg 20K|5K
Aug. 18, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
For the 31st year in a row, avid runners can come together for a community event benefiting youth programs organized by the YMCA Loudoun County and other local high school cross country teams. Want to bring the kids along? No problem, as there will be a free kids’ fun-run of about 100 yards for your little athletes to participate in. // Market Station: 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg; $40-$55

2019 Burke Lake 5K & 10K
Aug. 25, 7:45-10 a.m.
Take advantage of the final days of summer with this run supporting The Arc Northern Virginia, a local nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and protection of the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As you get a good workout in to start the day, your participation will benefit efforts to increase involvement for those with disabilities in the community. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station; $25-$45

2019 Summer Dash 5K, 10K & 1M
Aug. 31, 7:30-10 a.m.
To say goodbye to August, join national nonprofit running community, Wear Blue: Run to Remember,  in support of the courage and service of the American military. The organization creates a network for military members and their families by connecting them to their local communities through a simple act: running. // Pratt Park: 120 River Road, Fredericksburg; $15-$45

Good Shepherd Catholic Church International Festival 5K & Fun Run
Aug. 31, 8 a.m.
This annual event in Alexandria will raise funds for nine community-based organizations that reflect the mission of the parish: to serve people in need, do justice where inequity exists, stand for human dignity and promote peace. While this year’s recipients have yet to be announced, organizations that have benefited in the past include Falls Church-based nonprofit Culmore Clinic and The Nest Collective, a group providing furniture to those in need in NoVA. // Good Shepherd Catholic Church: 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria; $20-$30 

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96-year-old Springfield man breaks 5K world record for his age group

Though it’s still pending review, 96-year-old Springfield, Virginia, resident Roy Englert clocked a new 5K record in the 95-99 age group at 42:30.23 during the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Ames, Iowa, last week.

The previous record was 50:10.56, set by Frank Levine in 2009, USA Track & Field said.

Englert holds other running records as well.

And he isn’t much for compliments.

“I don’t consider myself that much of an inspiration. I’m a slow runner,” he said in a Run Washington profile. “But I guess I’ve outlasted almost everybody. It gets easier to win when there’s not as much competition around.”


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Register for these 5K runs and other races happening in NoVA this July

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Getting yourself out for a run on a summer day can be rough.

It’s sticky and sweaty—and it’s easily avoidable when it comes to air conditioning and treadmills. But sometimes you’re just looking for that rewarding feeling of crossing the finish line and proclaiming, “I did it!” despite loathing the heat in the process.

Here’s a list of races in NoVA this July that won’t change the weather, but will challenge your summer endurance. (Just remember to stay hydrated!)

2019 Let Freedom Ring 17.76K & 7.4K
Thursday, July 4, 7:30 a.m.
Fourth of July races are a great way to spend the holiday getting active, and showing off your best red, white and blue running attire. At this event, runners can choose between two patriotic distances, the 17.76K (11 miles) or the 7.4K (4.5 miles) while raising money for Operation Turbo’s Boxes of Home project that sends comfort-themed packages to deployed American soldiers. // Lake Accotink Park: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield; $30-$60

2019 Running of the Bull Challenge
Saturday, July 6, 7:25 a.m.
This isn’t quite the same as the famous event in Spain, but there will be a “bull” running the 5K route of this race (which will also have a 10K and 1-mile route) and if you beat it to the finish line, you receive 25% off a future local race. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to Strength in Sisters, a combination of two nonprofits dedicated to support the futures of young girls in Zambia who have a high likelihood of teen pregnancy and early marriage. // Pratt Park: 120 River Road, Fredericksburg; $15-$50

Autism Speaks 5k
Saturday, July 13, 7:30 a.m
According to a 2018 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism rates have increased by 15% since 2014, affecting one in every 59 children. In order to raise money for the nonprofit Autism Speaks and reach the NoVA community in an impactful way, Fairfax is hosting a 5K race where individuals or teams can run for the cause and help contribute to their $100,000-plus fundraising goal. // Fairfax County Government Center: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.; $20-$40

2019 Run First, Wine Later 5K & 10K
Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m.
Life is all about balance. Luckily Tarara Winery has created a race for the wine lover in all of us. Run your 5K or 10K route and return to a tasting of four wines to relax and enjoy afterward. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun,  a nonprofit and full-service organization that hopes to maximize the potential of children with disabilities in the NoVA community. // Tarara Winery: 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg; $30-$50

Crystal City TwilighterSaturday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.
OK, so you might not want to run for a finisher’s medal, but how about beer and a slice of pizza? Grab your glow sticks and bright colors for this night race through Crystal City and you can reward yourself with cold drinks from Port City Brewing Company and free pizza from We the Pizza. You can even show off your skills post-run at the Karaoke competition. // 2121 Crystal Drive, Crystal City; $38-$50

Birthday Bash 5K
Sunday, July 21, 8 a.m.
If pizza or wine just aren’t a good enough incentive to get up and moving, this 5K has the only other option—dessert. Run your way through Fairfax Corner to get a cupcake, a free photo taken (in action, of course) and browse the tables from Nike, Adidas, Brooks and more. The event celebrates Potomac River Running Store’s 16th birthday and is fun for the whole family. // Fairfax Corner: 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax; $35-$50

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Romney: No, I’m not going to primary Trump

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Via the Free Beacon. Mitt says he’s out, Trump’s allies aren’t buying it. And in fairness to them, it’s not like Mitt Romney has ever held a consistent position for more than five minutes.

At a time when talk of a 2020 GOP primary has simmered, Trump aides said Romney, on the eve of his swearing in to the Senate, was seeking to define himself as the new leader of the Never Trump movement. They noted that Romney had taken steps in recent weeks to reactivate the national fundraising network he’d established in his 2012 presidential bid: This fall, long before being sworn in, the new senator hosted a fundraiser for his political action committee…

Trump aides worry that a primary challenge would become an unwelcome distraction for the president’s reelection campaign and potentially turn the 2020 GOP convention into a circus. They note that no Republican president has won reelection after a contested primary and point to George H.W. Bush’s bruising 1992 primary against Pat Buchanan as evidence of the damage an incumbent can suffer.

I’m 99 percent sure Romney won’t do it. That last one percent comes from the fact that he’s a man with nothing to lose if he does — he has a stranglehold on his Senate seat for as long as he wants it, he has rich friends willing to bankroll a modest campaign, he palpably loathes Trump’s politics and considers him an embarrassment to the office. He’d make a good personal contrast to Trump too if POTUS ends up drowning in Mueller- or Democrat-driven scandal as the family man who was famously derided for calling Russia our foremost foe in 2012. I think he’d be willing to run on principle even if defeat was assured, provided he could make it competitive.

But to run and be humiliated, losing every contest by 40 points?

The point of a Romney campaign would be to prove that a great minority of the GOP shares his opinions about Trump and his more traditional Republican vision for the country. If he ran and ended up being crushed, it would prove the opposite. It wouldn’t just be personally embarrassing. It would be counterproductive, since it might further sour some fencesitters within the party on that vision. A Romney challenge that ended with Trump losing the general election might force a Romneyesque 2024 contender like Nikki Haley to tilt further towards populism and nationalism than she might prefer, simply to show suspicious primary voters that she’s made a full break with the ancien regime. That’s a bad outcome.

As for Romney’s op-ed yesterday, Bill Kristol repeats a point made by many anti-Trumpers: For all the annoyance at Mitt, no one seems to be disputing the basic charge. There’s plenty of grumbling about disloyalty, most loudly from Trump’s isolationist buddy Rand Paul. (If there’s one thing the Paul family is known for, it’s fastidious loyalty to the GOP.) There’s even a push within the RNC to blow up the 2020 primaries, just in case Romney’s criticism has more traction among Republican voters than most believe. But not a lot of engagement with Romney’s argument on the merits.

So a prominent Republican criticizes Trump, and Trump’s allies don’t try to counter the arguments or make a positive case for the president. Instead, their first reaction is to try rig the system to protect president. This reveals a number of things: (1) The knee-jerk, dime-store authoritarianism of the Trump forces; (2) The degree of panic which has already set in among the Trumpists; and (3) Evidence that beneath the superficially strong approval numbers there is bubbling up discontent—even dread—at the prospect of renominating Trump in 2020.

Dan Drezner thinks Romney, Haley, Kasich, and the rest are lining up to run only if one of two things happens, either Trump declining to run for reelection (“Vice President Pence will be about as strong as Georgy Malenkov”) or some wild-card jumping into the race and polling surprisingly well as the Not Trump candidate, which might tempt a more formidable challenger to jump in as well. I don’t know who might fit the bill in the second scenario, though; maybe Jeff Flake, but it’s almost unimaginable that his numbers would be strong enough against Trump to make Romney or Haley think they have a chance of winning. The only realistic scenario is the first one, that Trump declines to run again — and even then, as an outspoken anti-Trumper and the only prospective candidate who’s lost a general election, Romney would be a hard sell compared to the rest of the field. What’s the case for him over Haley? Or even Kasich?

I think Drezner’s right that the real news out of this CNN interview (apart from Romney saying he supports Trump’s quest to build the wall) is that he won’t commit to endorsing POTUS in 2020. Imagine how that might play out, though. Imagine Flake runs and a bunch of prominent anti-Trump Republicans, beginning with Romney, endorses him over Trump. Trump then proceeds to win the primaries by 80 points. The takeaway would be that traditional Republican establishment opinion is even less relevant to the party’s voters than everyone thought. Is it worth it?

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