|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!”
|Lisa Jordan, Secretary|
|After moving to Prince George's County in 2013 and trying to return to running after an injury, a co-worker suggested that I check out Prince George's Running Club. I showed up to one of the track night sessions and I quickly fell in love with PGRC's charm and warm welcome.
Over the past twenty years, I've had the privilege of working for several organizations domestically and abroad. Before I moved back to the United States in 2011, I spent several years working with local organizations in East and Southern Africa on education and public health programs. In the past, I've held board positions and lead volunteer-based organizations.
You can find me running most weekends, but you may find me on the golf course too. I believe that there is more than one path to anything in life and believe the body does what the mind tells it. Good thing I have PGRC in my life to keep me moving forward, running!
|Mark Shroder, Treasurer|
|I have been running for about 10 years. The other things I’ve done with my life have included taking on the role of community organizer, city councilman, officer in a community organization, research manager, Federal employee, grad student, adjunct professor, journal editor, economist, father. I can do arithmetic in my head up to about mile 4!|
|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!
|James Roberts, Equipment Manager|
|I have been a member of PGRC for 4 years and a pace leader for the 10 miler & 10 k programs. I was also the Co- Race Director for Spring Burst 2015 where I became familiar with the equipment needed to conduct a race|
|Fai Nelson, Social Chair|
|I joined PGRC in the Fall of 2017 after much encouragement and inspiration from the team to chase down my dreams.... LITERALLY and begin training for my first marathon. In recent years, I've run several 5Ks, approaching a 10K, but never a Marathon. I've found the club to be a very valuable support in my running goal, in particular, having a Pace Coach to show me the way. I'd like to give back to the club by coordinating social activities in 2017 to increase the positive exposure to the club’s coaches and caring team members. I believe that the club's social activities can benefit the development of a stronger running community and commitment to the club. I’ve always thought that I was not the right FIT to be a runner, but the love of this special running group helped me to believe otherwise.|
|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!
|Cindy Cohen, At Large|
|I've been a club member since 2003 and have served on the board as Secretary and then President, from 2005-10 and then again since 2015. I also lead the Tuesday night track workouts and have been the Summer Series race director. I enjoy running lots of races (over 100 per year for the past 4 years), and have run distances
from the mile to 50 miles. I’m looking forward to continuing to serve on the board in this new role.
|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!|
|Kaya Walton, At Large (Webmaster)|
|My love for running has been a recent discovery after completing a fundraiser 5K and thinking it was the one of the hardest but most awesome and rewarding experience I've had. I joined PGRC in 2016 for the Running Start program at the recommendation of great friends who were already members, and that program opened the doors to long-distance running for me.
Since then, I've slowly but surely knocked out milestone after milestone, distance after distance, and PGRC has been a constant in my support network. As webmaster, I hope to make sure that the right content reaches potential, new, and current members, so they get the support and information they need to complete their running goals.