On Tuesday, organizers of this weekend’s GW Parkway Classic, a 10-mile and 5K race, sent an e-mail to entrants warning of “enhanced security measures that will require your cooperation and patience.” Organizers of the Pike’s Peek 10K & Kids Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday in Rockville, have worked with local police to beef up the security presence for the event.
“It takes a lot of dedication, resilience and hard work to prepare for any race, especially a marathon,” said Karen Kincer, president of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. “You get the nothing’s-going-to-stop-me attitude. It’s not going to stop us. Things might be different now, but it’s the nature of the type of people we’re talking about. They don’t give up.”
And so, yes, George Banker, the local running legend from Oxon Hill — 63 years old, with 92 marathons under his belt at last count — will be out there for number 93, the Potomac River Run Marathon on May 5.
“You start to look forward: Do I stay home and not run anymore? No, but maybe I will be a little more vigilant when I’m out there,” Banker said. “I’ll have to be conscious of what’s around me. But I’m still going to go out. I didn’t do all this training for nothing. I’m doing it because I love it.”
But Alisa Harvey, a former Olympic middle-distance runner and Pan Am Games champion who lives in Manassas, thinks she might dial back her competitive schedule now, after what happened in Boston.
“I thought to myself, ‘Well, I guess I’m going to have to keep my races low-key,” she said. “Stay here in Manassas and Fairfax and run my small races. Because now, you’ll think twice if you want to go to a large race: Is there going to be an issue?”
As for Wardian, the schedule on his Web site shows eight upcoming events — marathons, 50-milers and 100-milers — beginning with the Big Sur International Marathon in California on April 28. He said Tuesday he plans to do them all.
“I will keep running, keep improving, keep putting one foot in front of the other,” he said, “for as long as I can.”