Denisa Costescu's idea of a weekend getaway with her husband is a bit unorthodox, but it works for the running couple.
On Saturday, Costescu and her spouse, Ovidiu Olteanu, ran a four-mile race in Indianapolis that Costescu won. They then hopped in their car and drove 600 miles to Washington to run in yesterday's Veterans Day 10K in West Potomac Park. Costescu won again, in 34 minutes 51 seconds.
"We love running, we love to travel together and see the country," said Costescu, 28, who has won 24 of the 32 races she's entered in 2004. "This is a fun weekend for us."
When the couple, originally from Romania and now living near Detroit -- to where they drove immediately following the race -- ran here last year, Olteanu won and Costescu placed second. This year Costescu led most of the way, holding off Russian Maryna Bychkova of Germantown by 26 seconds.
"I am the past, she is the future for us," said Olteanu, a 1996 Olympian at 1,500 meters. "I am proud of her and how fast she is running."
Alexey Khokhlov, a Russian training in Germantown, led the men's race nearly from the start to win in 30:58, beating former area standout Glen Mays, now of Little Rock, by 26 seconds. Olteanu finished fourth in 32:05.
Khokhlov was also running his second race in two days -- he won the Cardinal 5K Saturday in Kensington. The 33-year-old is running an aggressive schedule this fall, with six races in October, including two marathons. He has run four marathons so far this year, including a victory in last Sunday's Cape Cod Marathon (2:25:36) in Massachusetts. He'll also be running in next weekend's Richmond Marathon.
"That will be enough for this year," Khokhlov said through an interpreter. "But today was an easy race for me."
Mark Stickley, 42, of Winchester, won the men's masters division in 32:26, and Laura Freix, 43, of Centreville, won the women's masters in 38:42. More than 900 runners competed.