Saturday, June 13, 2009
Morning run over the Wilson Bridge Bike Path!
They just opened the new bike/run path on the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge (for those of you not in the DC area, that is the primary bridge over the Potomac River on the Beltway), which effectively connects the Mt. Vernon Trail in Virginia with the new National Harbor and Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland/D.C. Anyway, Betsy, Cole and I decided to try it out. So Betsy and I started at the Belle Haven Marina (out typical starting point for weekend runs) heading north for about a mile and then hopping on the WWB path, which extends for about 1.5 miles then hit the trail into the Maryland side, running out into the National Harbor, stopping at the end of one of the piers for the Baby Boy to take in the view before heading out for a bit more before turning around and heading back. After getting back to the Marina, Betsy and Cole got into the car while I headed back into the city for a couple more miles, eventually meeting at the Farmer's Market in Alexandria to get a couple of Scones and Coffees! Great early morning day and going to go swimming at Bolling later today! Finished the miles in 8:36, 8:17, 8:14, 8:24, 8:30, 8:31, 8:15, 8:06, 8:01 and then finishing with a 8:00 mile.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!