The recent warm weather has brought thoughts of spring--and, for serious runners, the start of the outdoor road racing circuit. Now comes word that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will lead a 12-member team in the inaugural American Odyssey Relay, a 200-mile race from Gettysburg to D.C.
Fenty's team will be made up of members of his weekly training group, which meets at his home up to three times a week for runs through Rock Creek Park. As we here at The Pace Setter have documented, Fenty's times have consistently improved. His 10-mile personal record is about 65 minutes and his marathon best of 3:37 was set last year in the Marine Corps Marathon.
The mayor's team will be called "Fleet Feet AOAT", which combines the name of his parents' Adams Morgan shoe store with what a news release about the race is calling Fenty's personal motto: "All Out All the Time."
Silly us. We thought his motto was "Fast as humanly possible" or maybe the 2006 campaign slogan "Born to run" or was it the title of his 100-day plan "Moving forward faster"?
But hasn't the mayor learned that faster isn't always better?