Glory Authority Spotlight: W&OD 10K

Glory Authority Spotlight: W&OD Trail 10K

Glory Authority Spotlight is an ongoing series intended to highlight Glory Authority affiliated events, their causes, and the event organizers/organizations behind them. If you organize a running event (or know someone) that may be interested in partnering with Glory Authority please let us know! You can email frank@gloryauthority.org.

Our latest Glory Authority Spotlight illuminates the W&OD Trail 10K, presented by Friends of the W&OD Trail and the charity partners of Safety and Health Foundation at Centennial Park in Vienna, VA. Runners at this event will make up a field of nearly 200 on Saturday July 27, 2019.

According to their “About FOWOD” section, “the Friends of the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (or Railroad Regional Park) — FoWOD for short — is a citizen-driven organization dedicated to protecting and improving the W&OD Trail.” Respectively, the mission of the Safety And Health Foundation is to “conduct educational events, training programs, and athletic events; to grant certificates of completion and certifications of competencies; to assemble and publish data and educational materials on safety and health practices; and to assist and support worthy charities consistent with SHF’s mission.” Both touting noble and worthy missions, these organizations combine for a strong partnership at a running event honoring the memory of the late Sally Hamilton, a former director of the Friends of the W&OD Trail.

To learn more about this event I spent some time with Jay Jacob Wind, Director of Safety and Health Foundation and race director for the W&OD 10K. Recently, Jay also represented Potomac Valley Track Club, competing in the USATF National Masters Track & Field Championship in Ames, Iowa. At the meet, he raced multiple events including the 5000 meter run, 2000 meter Steeplechase, 800 meter run, 10,000 meter run, 4×800 meter relay, 1500 meter run, 4×100 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay.

Supporting a Cause

Together, ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute, Safety And Health Foundation, and Friends of the W&OD Trail highlight their commitment to conservation by making this event the Washington area’s “green” race. As such, they have taken efforts to highlight their stewardship of the environment. These methods include offering paperless entry, accepting lightly used running shoes by More Foundation Group, printing race shirts though Sport Science > ™ , a local company that uses a more sustainable method to print on clothing than traditional screen printing. Because Glory Authority’s digital trophies are awarded electronically and live on your phone awards given to all finishers at this race will also follow the model of committing to conservation.

Partnering with Glory Authority

The Safety and Health Foundation is a marquee organization teaming up with Glory Authority. Race director Jay Jacob Wind has agreed to combine efforts with Glory Authority for a three-race arc over the coming months. At the upcoming W&OD 10K, and two fall races (see below in “Shout Outs”), the Safety and Health Foundation will be awarding a unique digital trophy emblematic of the W&OD trail to all participants. In addition to the standard working relationship we expected from a race director, Jay has gone above and beyond in our journey to create more inclusive events. He has offered his years of experience, novel ideas, and salient recommendations to best make a positive impact at his races, to our programming, and benefit all involved.

Shout Outs

The W&OD 10K is one of three Glory Authority affiliated races put on by the Safety and Health Foundation. The other two are the Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half on September 7, 2019 and the Potomac River Run Marathon & Half, set to take place on October 5, 2019. Follow the links to learn more!

Call to Action

All participation is valued and encouraged! If you haven’t signed up for the W&OD 10K yet, you can follow this link to register or volunteer.

Glory Authority is a nonprofit charity that stands for expanding diversity and strives to inspire and recognize courage and excellence in amateur athletics, education, and the arts. We work to make events available to everyone; and help under-resourced individuals in our neighborhoods thrive and succeed by encouraging and celebrating meaningful community participation.

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