Potomac River Running of Reston Defends Title by Winning 2012 MCM Running Store Competition

12/20/2012 - 15:21

Local Running Stores Vie for Top Honor at 37th Marine Corps Marathon

QUANTICO, VA -The Potomac River Running Store of Reston, VA has claimed victory in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Running Store Team Competition for the third consecutive year. Running stores in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. organized 10 co-ed teams of three to five runners who participated in the 37th MCM on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Potomac River Running of Reston finished in first place with a combined time of 8:24:37 for a decisive win for their team. Pacers Running Store Team 1 came in second with a time of 10:03:27 and the team from Potomac River Running of Leesburg, VA finished in third place with a time of 10:07:58.

Runners contributing to Potomac River Running Store of Reston's winning time were Hugh Toland (2:39:50), who also placed 21st overall in the men's field; Perry Shoemaker (2:52:22) who placed fourth in the MCM women's field; and Aaron Church (2:52:25) who ranked 65th among male finishers.

"We are very proud of our racing team," says Ray Pugsley, owner of Potomac River Running. "The marathon can be an unpredictable event, so having three people on one team perform so well on the same day is exciting. This year's success is especially striking because the winning team isn't comprised of the 'youngest' folks in our group. Team spirit was more apparent than ever as Aaron helped pace Perry to a PR."

Team scores were calculated by combining the individual times of the top three finishers, including at least one male and one female. All scores were based on individual runner chip times.

"Nearly half of the MCM race field is comprised of runners from the greater Washington, D.C. area," says Rick Nealis, MCM Director. "Local running stores are valuable assets to area MCM runners for gear and advice, and the MCM is happy to host the Running Store Team Competition to highlight the key role these stores play in assisting runners in their journey to the finish line."

The MCM Staff will present a special plaque recognizing the Potomac River Running of Reston team's victory at a ceremony to be hosted at the store in early 2013.

For media information about the Running Store Team Competition, contact Amy Beaulieu, MCM Communications Coordinator at 703-784-2357 or

About the MCM: Voted the "Best Marathon for Families" and the "Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic," the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name "The People's Marathon." The 38th MCM will be held on October 27, 2013 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

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