(Library of Congress / for The Washington Post)

For one wild era, walking was the nation’s No. 1 spectator sport

Arenas were jammed to watch contestants vie until they dropped.


    Al Pacino plays an aging rock star in ‘Danny Collins.’ Anyone in particular?

    There’s a real-life story that inspired director Dan Fogelman, who managed to get big names, big crowds and big songs on a small budget.


    DRAPER, VA - FEBRUARY 13: Lee Spiegel staples a plastic covering on her new greenhouse as her stepfather, Bill Opengari holds the ladder while volunteer John Smith, 16, left, and Spiegel's mixed breed, Hopscotch, stand by on February 13, 2015 in Draper, Va. Lee Spiegel is a native of southwestern Virginia who has come back to the region after decades away to carry out an entrepreneurial dream she's been cultivating for 28 years. The venture is called Pulaski GROW: It's a youth and job-training program that uses an aquaponics business (that's a combo of aquaculture and hydroponics -- growing vegetables indoors using fish tanks) and a community cannery as its teaching tools. Home base for this operation will be an abandoned school building, which she's been gutting and rehabbing with the help of friends, relatives, and others in the community. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

    Can rural America be saved? A new national ‘challenge’ tries to see.

    You can go home again, country ex-pats learn, as their innovative new businesses take root in Virginia.


    HANDOUT PHOTO:  Larkmead guests tasting on the Lark Room porch (Photo by Bob McClenahan/ LARKMEAD VINEYARDS) to reuse contact: COLIN MACPHAIL, LARKMEAD VINEYARDS (707) 942-0167

    If Napa wineries have to limit visitors, how will they sell their wines?

    Small operations, squeezed by large distributors, pin their hopes on direct-to-consumer sales.


    Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Marathon race lotteries: Are the odds going to be in your favor this season?

    Making or not making it through a race lottery is almost akin to running the race.

    Weddings & Romance

    Camila and Devron go out 2/27/15 Sette Osteria

    Dating game contestant’s dinner No. 2: Does Date Lab’s choice top her own?

    Camila’s schedule is getting busy — and we’re biting our fingernails.


Gymnast Felix Parello-Plesner, 13,  training at Silver Stars Gymnastics in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 10, 2015.  
(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

    D.C. teen flips for competitive trampoline and tumbling

    Middle-schooler hopes to take part in Olympics one day.


    Carolyn Hax: Greedy colleague getting hitched gives wolves a bad name

    A co-worker expects more extravagant wedding gifts from her friends. Think again.

    Reliable Source

    ‘Mad Men’ cast visits White House; Jon Hamm meets President Obama

    The gang was in town for a ceremony at the Smithsonian.


    Street Smart: Merrifield and Mosaic District, Fairfax County

    Good budget fashion retail in the Mosaic District.


    HANDOUT IMAGE - The Petra Desert Marathon is held yearly. (Albatros Adventure Marathons)

    Around the world in 26.2: The rising trend of racing on every continent

    A niche travel industry is catering to a new demand among athletes: the marathon as ad­ven­ture vacation, too.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    A mini-block containing a seedling being placed into a 2-inch soil block.

    Get seedlings started in early spring

    There are several ways to germinate seeds. Here are some ideas and tips.


    Two Hearts made out of LEGOS.

    A visit that makes a difference

    Home-visiting programs make for healthier, school-ready kids. Let’s keep them going.