MCM 5K marathon open for registration


MCM 5K marathon open for registration

The Marine Corps Marathon Gender Defender 5K Race will be held on August 25 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.

Participants will take on a 3.1-mile course through the streets of Quantico.

Once the finish line is crossed, runners can receive comic books from Big Planet Comics, check out cars from Scion and sample various products ranging from Michelob Ultra to men's grooming products from comedian Jack Black.

Runners can also get pampered by Alexandria Massage and the W Salon.

"This VIP treatment at the finish line reflects everyone's favorite indulgences," says Rick Nealis, MCM Director.

All participants will receive a pink or blue t-shirt. Those that finish the race will receive a Gender Defender race coin and a carnation or commemorative bottle opener. Award winners will earn MCM champagne flutes and beer steins.

Ages 16 and older are eligible to run in the event; the registration fee is 35.

To register for the Gender Defender 5K, please visit

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Capitals' Daniel Winnik avoids concussion, ear damage after being struck by puck

Capitals' Daniel Winnik avoids concussion, ear damage after being struck by puck

Daniel Winnik acknowledged on Saturday that he was fortunate to have avoided serious facial and/or head injuries when he was struck with a slap shot Thursday night.

Winnik’s ear, which was originally described as “missing a piece”, is actually in decent shape. In fact, there’s no visible damage or scar. Trainers, he said, used glue to close up a small laceration.

“No visible missing piece,” Winnik chuckled. “The puck hit basically half ear [or] maybe a little more ear than helmet. Very fortunate it wasn’t way worse. … When it hit me, I was like s***, this could have been a lot worse. I don’t know you if guys have ever been in the freezing cold playing around and then you get smacked in the ear. It's like that stinging, tingling, numb. That’s pretty much what it felt like for five, 10 minutes or so.”

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Coach Barry Trotz echoed Winnik’s sentiments. He also took the blame for making the injury sound a lot worse than it actually was.

“It wasn’t as bad as it was first reported,” Trotz said jokingly. “Anytime you get hit in the ear with a puck, it’s going to get chewed up.  I really didn’t see it before, but it’s not as bad as quoted…by me.”

Winnik also said there were no concussion concerns.

“That was probably the biggest thing I dodged, was that I didn’t have a concussion,” he said.

The Capitals fourth liner added: “It was hard to eat after the game, as well. Even opening my mouth [hurt]. When [Marcus Johansson] scored and I got up, I and gave a big, ‘Yeah.’ Then I was like, ‘Ouch, crap.’”

The injury occurred midway through the third period of the Capitals’ 4-2 win in South Florida as the visitors attempted to kill off a penalty. Winnik went down to block Reilly Smith’s point shot, but ended up getting a lot more than he bargained for.

“I was trying to block it,” Winnik explained. “Then he drags it around me and then, when he was kinda past me, I knew I had to turn my head or else it could have been a lot worse. If I didn’t turn my head, then it’s probably hitting me in the jaw or something.”

Winnik said the close call will not change his attitude on visors and/or ear protection. He’s the only Capitals player who doesn’t wear a visor. He also does not don the plastic ear tab that comes with the helmet.

“My face has been banged up a lot over the years and I still haven’t worn a visor,” he said. “I’ve probably broken my nose like 15 times or something. I just can’t wear it.”

Asked if his wife, Taylor, has urged him to wear the visor or ear tab, Winnik said: “No, she’s fine with it. We both know whenever my playing days are done I’m going to need some facial surgeries somewhere along the way.”


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Redskins vs Lions Preview: 5 things to know as Washington goes to the Motor City

Redskins vs Lions Preview: 5 things to know as Washington goes to the Motor City

Five wins in a row – it’s almost hard to fathom considering how dire the Redskins season looked after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in September dropped Washington to an 0-2 record. Now, after winning four straight, the ‘Skins are firmly back in the NFC playoff picture and have the chance to tack on another win Sunday in Detroit. The game is indoors at Ford Field so weather won’t be an issue, kickoff is set for 1 p.m., but all the coverage starts on Redskins Kickoff at noon on CSN. These are the storylines we will be watching most:

  1. Hit the gas – In wins over the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins got out to early 14-0 leads. Only the team then coughed up those leads, allowing both squads back into games that instead should have been blowouts. If Washington can build an early lead on the road will be a big advantage, but they need to continue to pile up points and not let the Lions hang around.
  2. Cage the Lions – Detroit’s offense is quite effective, in fact the Lions rank No. 12 in the NFL in points-per-game, three spots ahead of the Redskins. QB Matt Stafford is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes and has thrown 14 TDs through six games. The Redskins defense, however, has been nearly dominant in their last two games and hasn’t given up an offensive touchdown in the last seven quarters.
  3. No Reed option – Diagnosed with a concussion after the win in Baltimore, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss the Lions game. He also missed the Eagles game, which saw the ‘Skins roll up nearly 500 yards of offense. Reed is a dynamic threat at tight end, but without him, veteran Vernon Davis stepped in against Philly and had two catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Losing Reed is a blow for the ‘Skins, but they should be able to continue to pile up yards and points without him.
  4. Statistically speaking – There is an interesting disparity looking at the Lions and Redskins offensive stats. Detroit is scoring more points than Washington, yet the Lions are gaining significantly less yards per game and yards per play. Jay Gruden’s squad ranks No. 2 in the NFL in yards per play, Detroit ranks 14th. Washington is tied for 5th in yards per game, the Lions are 18th. Obviously, Sean McVay’s offense is moving the ball better than Detroit, but red zone issues have been consistent for the Redskins. The numbers point to an explosion of touchdowns, could this be the week?
  5. No (big) mistakes – Last week against the Eagles, the Redskins defense stifled Carson Wentz and held Philly’s offense mostly in check. The sole reason that game was close were big plays – a pick-six touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins after intercepting a Cousins pass and a kick return touchdown. Defensively, the Redskins have significantly improved at eliminating big plays. Against Detroit, special teams and the offense must focus on not giving up big plays or turning the ball over.

Numbers & Notes:

  • Opposing offenses have been able to run on the Redskins, but Detroit comes into the game with just the 26th best running attack in the NFL.
  • Ryan Kerrigan will make his 87th consecutive start on Sunday – tied for third most among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has never missed a start in his career.
  • Against Philadelphia, Matt Jones ran for 135 yards, a career high, and the most Redskins rush yards since Alfred Morris went for 139 against the Vikings in November 2013.
  • Dustin Hopkins has made 15 field goals this season – 1st in the NFC and tied for first in the NFL.
  • On punt returns, Jamison Crowder and the Redskins are averaging 18.8 yards-per-return, which ranks 1st in the NFL.
  • The Redskins offense ranks 1st in the NFL with the fewest amount of 3 & Out drives.
  • If Kirk Cousins passes for 300 yards on Sunday, that will mark his 15th game with 300 passing yards, and he will take second place in Redskins history for most 300-yard games, moving past Joe Theismann.

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