H Street Runners Race the DC Streetcar

The runners had to beat the streetcar's pace of 13 to 15 mph in traffic

Could you outrun the DC Streetcar?

Dozens of runners did in the annual "Running of the Streetcar" race earlier this month. 

About 50 people ran the race on Sunday, Feb. 10, trying to beat the streetcar's pace of 13 to 15 mph in traffic. 

The race saw its biggest turnout since it began in March 2016. And every year, the members of the H Street Runners improve, they said. 

“Each race, [the race] gets a little faster. Can't wait to see how we do next year,” organizers said in a statement.

The two-mile race started at Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue NE, at the end of the DC Streetcar line, and continued onto H Street NE, until reaching the finish line at 3rd Street NE. 

The event raised funds for two charities: the D.C. chapter of Back on My Feet, which gives running shoes to homeless people, and Medals4Mettle, which gives medals to children and adults battling cancer, chronic illness, trauma and more.

This year, H Street Runners was able to collect about 30 pairs of running shoes and 50 medals, organizers said. Additionally, the group collected donations for their motivation station in the the Rock N’ Roll D.C. Marathon, which is scheduled for March 9.

After the race ended, the runners headed to Duffy’s Irish Pub on H Street NE, which sponsored the event.

The running club meets frequently, usually hosting two to four events each month. Operating from a 500-member Facebook group, organizers said there is a core membership in the group.

“Over long runs, you really get to know each other,” they said in a statement. “Runners are each others' support crew, motivating each other through many miles, whether they're out on the Anacostia River Trail in the heat of a D.C. summer, or through the trails in the Arboretum in the middle of winter.”

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