|Ndegwa Kamau, President|
| After being asked several times to come out to track night by another PGRC member, I finally decided to give it a try. The friendliness, family atmosphere, and the bond I felt that night, made me immediately join the club.
I started running in 2011 after registering for the Marine Corps Marathon which was my first competitive race. After completing it, I got the running bug, and became a crazy runner. Running 5k's, 10k's, half and full marathons. Sometimes running back to back half's in the same weekend. I’ve even been crazy enough to run three full marathons in 3 weeks.
I see PGRC as being one of the top Running clubs in the State, I hope to assist in the growth of the club, also to motivate encourage everyone from the walk/runners, new runners, and seasoned runners.
|Yvonne Hill, Vice President|
|I've been a PGRC club member since 2010, and have enjoyed every minute of it. I started with the 8K training group and have since run
a host of races including half marathons and two full marathons, as well as received the RRCA Coaches Certification.
As Vice President, my goals are to enhance the PGRC brand by fostering relationships between PGRC and potential partners and sponsors through outreach, and advance our presence in the community. I hope to provide leadership that encourages all of our members to enjoy running, have fun, make friends, and live up to our motto: “We Run the County!”
|Angie Taylor, Secretary|
|Bio and pic forthcoming|
|Catherine Francoeur, Treasurer|
|I joined PGRC last summer for their half marathon training. I not only had a successful race in Richmond, I met some incredible people along the way. Whatever your level, everyone makes you feel like a champion!
I have been working for PGCPS as the district librarian for the last 15 years. I was the treasurer for the Maryland Association of School Librarians for 3 years and I like to volunteer in organizations that I believe in. My favorite part of running is that I can combine my other favorite activity: listening to audiobooks on my long runs!
Beside running, I am section hiking the Appalachian trail (~1900 miles to go!!!). At least now, I can outrun any bears…
|Anthony Bell, Race Coordinator|
|The start of the running bug;
In 2002, I ran my first Army 10 Miler with a small group of soldiers to support the Army and all branches of the military.
In 2003, I ran in the Mardi Gras Marathon to raise money for AIDS Research in the D.C. area.
During a run in Greenbelt Park, I encountered a group of cheerful people running and having fun. One member, Karen Braxton joyfully invited me to join the PGRC and at which I also met Charles Outlaw, who introduced me to the heartfelt members of PGRC.
After joining PGRC, I became more involved with running. This was not just a running club to run, it was and is, about the bonding & camaraderie with folks in your community with active interests.
I have been a PGRC Pace Leader for the 5K, 8K, 10K, 10-mile training group & the Sunrise Coordinator for the Army 10 Miler, held every year.
This will be my first role as PGRC Race Coordinator & with my co-coordinator/Monique Richards, we are up for the challenge.
Prince Georges County has a vast number of runners & walkers looking for an active, supportive club to join like PGRC.
In addition, if you are interested in other local running groups, including the ones running for a cause, we will do our best to provide knowledge, involvement, and information about those as well.
As the Sunrise Coordinator (preparation for the Army 10 Miler), I might have some criteria.
I will try to be warm, effective, rational, encouraging and to end it all with a smile.
You will never have to run alone in Prince Georges County again because “We Run the County”
|Maria Green, Training Coordinator|
|Since joining PGRC in 2013 as a participant in the 2013 Running Start 5k Program, I have completed several 5k, 10K, 10 mile and half marathon races.
After serving as a Peer Coach for the Charm City Run's 2015 Baltimore Women's Classic training group, I decided to pursue the RRCA Coaching Certification. I earned the RRCA Coaching Certification earlier in January 2016 and I helped coach the 2016 Running Start 5k program.
I am currently serving as a Pace Leader for the 10k program.
|Chris Nichols, Volunteer Coordinator|
|PGRC is like a big family with a running problem, and I’m so glad to be part of that! I’ve been running since I was about 12, literally 1,000 years ago. I run all distances, and have completed 9 marathons, so many half marathons I’ve lost count, and a bunch of triathlons. But the fun part of PGRC for me is training with friends, helping new runners find their happy place, and thinking up fun new ways to move together.
Welcoming all bodies, all paces and all abilities is how PGRC rolls. We are the friendliest club in the area – and we’re growing! Increasing opportunities to become involved, and inspiring each PGRC member to volunteer for at least one event (races and training events) is my goal this year – as well as leading a winter marathon training program, and figuring out regular running routes that end at local breweries. Mmmm, Beer!
|Keirston Woods, Membership Coordinator|
|I have never fancied myself a runner. In fact, of you ‘d asked me in 2016 or before, I would have explained that I hated running for the sake of running – I only enjoyed doing it in connection with a sport! I also thought that running clubs were only for experienced runners. However, in late Spring 2017, I was searching for a different activity; something challenging, complementary to a healthy lifestyle and well-suited for individual or group activity. While scrolling through social media, I saw an advertisement for PGRC’s Running Start Training Program, which was soon kicking-off. Despite my misgivings about the sport and its clubs, this advertisement intrigued me – the opportunity to learn about running and figure out why so many people love it, in a club that not only embraces new runners, but actively seeks them out. Hmmm? Little did I know that, in that moment, my relationship with running and with an amazing, fun and supportive group of runners of every level was born!
I have been running since June 2017, and advanced from 1:1 run/walk intervals to double digit miles in just over a year and I attribute that, in part, to the amazing people who are Prince George’s Running Club. I, now, enjoy the activity and challenges of running! I savor the competition and experiences of races! I look forward to meeting my PGRC family at weekly club runs! I appreciate the training and opportunity to learn from my PGRC coaches! I value the opportunity to motivate and inspire others and be motivated and inspired by them! I love all of the comedic and informative moments with my team that make me laugh and contemplate! All of this is PGRC. PGRC IS ABOUT THE SPORT AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE IT!!
As Membership Coordinator, I hope to introduce more runners to our AMAZING club and have the opportunity to cultivate new runners, like myself! I will work with fellow members of the board to integrate membership-focused components into existing club events, as well as facilitate new activities and events to draw new membership to the club. But, I will need the help of our existing members who love PGRC! Nothing and no one call sell PGRC better than US! I hope to engage my fellow club members to expand our membership reach. Don’t be surprised to hear from me!
|Anwar Young, Equipment Manager|
|Bio and pic forthcoming|
|Tina Nixon, Information & Publicity Coordinator|
|I started in the PGRC 5k Running Start Program in June 2014. I was nervous and excited at the same time but very happy that I joined. After I completed my first 5k I knew that I had to stay motivated and keep running! I completed several club training programs, more 5ks, an 8k, 10ks, a 10 miler and 2 half marathons.
I have been very fortunate to have met people that have provided great knowledge about running and always gave me that extra push when needed. My vision for the club is to provide information about PGRC via social media that could help motivate people to become runners, learn about sports nutrition, the importance of cross training and of course our weekly club runs!
|Monique "Mo" Richards, At Large|
|I joined PGRC in 2016 for the Running Start 5K program. I have to admit, I couldn’t run a lick when I joined the program! I started off doing a walk-run method and in May 2018 I completed my first full marathon!! I’ve also ran a couple of half-marathons, 10 milers, 10Ks, 5 milers and 5Ks along the way 😊. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support and encouragement from my PGRC family. There’s always been a team member cheering me on at the finish line, during training and weekly runs. I am so grateful and proud of my running club, and I look forward to running many more races with my fam!|
|Aaliyah El-Amin, At Large|
|Bio and pic forthcoming|
|Gail Sockwell-Thompson, At Large|
|Bio and pic forthcoming|
|Janice Bernache, At-Large/Web Team|
|I started running about 10 years ago but it has quickly become one of my favorite activities.
I’ve run distances from 5k to marathon on both pavement and trail, and even mixed in the occasional triathlon. My favorite run to date was a trail ½ marathon in Chelan, WA. It was a smaller race with spectacular views and a supportive community. Can you say PBJs & juice at the water stops? Yes, please!
After moving back to Maryland and looking for a group to run with I saw PGRC running through our neighborhood and knew I had to join.
|Chris Swain, At Large/Web Team|
|I started running with PGRC in the Spring of 2019 and joining the marathon training group for the Marine Corps Marathon as the goal race. Having the support of the others training, our coach, and the regularly scheduled workouts was energizing to be a part of and improved my pace/endurance. Between track nights, volunteering at races, running races, and training, it's awesome to be part of an organization that is welcoming of all ages and abilities, enjoys being together, and is a great support to my health and fitness.
My wife and I have a wonderful son, who is becoming a great stroller companion on runs until he can find his own footing.
As for work, I work for a faith-based non-profit in marketing and communications, doing a fair share of traveling. I enjoy it when I get to bring my running gear along and run in new places.
I'm looking forward to my next marathon training cycle and continuing to improve my fitness and endurance.