Runners and Their Stories

X-posted from The Bull Run Foot Clinic Blog

Every race has a story.  According to, George Ellis has over 76 of them.  While thumbing through his stacks of race bibs from 5k’s to marathons, he recalls his top five runs since September of 2007.

  1. Most Difficult
    May 2010, Marine Half Marathon.
    He dropped from the heat at the end of the race.  Mile 10 — 12 was a hill.  Exhausted he begged for water and a wet rag.  He wasn’t prepared for how hot, sunny, and humid it was.
  2. Most Rewarding
    September 2007, The Arlington Police, Fire, and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K.
    It was the very first one — the one that hooked him.  He was in awe of the fact that it wasn’t just a run, but that families were coming together to have a good time.
  3. Most Fun
    November 2012, Savannah Rock and Roll Marathon.
    Destination with brother and wife.  The music, bands, and overwhelming participation from the local spectators in the race route was inspiring.
  4. Most Scenic
    It’s a toss up —
    April 2010, 2011, and 1012, George Washington Parkway Classic 10-miler
    June 2013, Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska.
    From a river view along the Mt. Vernon/Alexandria trail, to the mountains of the Last Frontier.
  5. Most Frequent Race Sponsor
    May 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 Marine Half Marathon, Fredericksburg, Va.

Some of George’s other memorable races include the Annapolis 10-miler, which was cancelled due to a hurricane in August of 2011. The biggest race he’s ever participated in was the Army 10-Miler in DC. In October 2009, George was one of 32,000 who participated.

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