NOVA Board Profiles

  

President, 2017 - Greg Swiatocha

NOVA President Greg Swiatocha began his running career in 8th grade cross country when one of his classmates told him he was fast and should run track. Little did he know, cross-country was not the same as track . . . and he was not fast. After demonstrating his prowess in the middle school mile (10:30), he decided to continue his success in high school cross-country (5K). He went undefeated in 9th grade against the "saggin' wagon," eventually chipping his 5K down to 27:30. However, very hard work, consistency, perseverance (and perhaps stubbornness) are key to running success. Fast forward years later and Greg went on to run Division I Track and Cross-Country at Lafayette College. Following a few post-collegiate years spent running the New York track racing scene, where he achieved an all-time PR in the 800m, Greg moved to the DC area in 2013. He has continued his running career with NOVA, where he served as Membership Coordinator and now President. He hopes a few more all-time PRs are in the books for him and plans to focus on the 10-mile and above distances.

PRs: 800 - 1:58.09, 1500 - 3:59.47, 3K - 9:05, 5K - 15:49, 10K - 32:25, 10Mile - 55:51 , 1/2 Marathon - 1:13:40, Marathon - 2:51:53

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Vice President, 2017
Andrea Hamlen-Ridgely

Andrea Hamlen-Ridgely started running in 2003, after joining the University of Mary Washington (then Mary Washington College) cross country team. Having never even run a 5K before, her running performances were unimpressive, so she decided she was better suited for recreational running than competition.

In 2009, Andrea signed up for her first half marathon, which renewed her interest in training and racing. Since joining NOVA in December 2016, she has seen time drops in all race distances and has made a lot of new friends (friends who don’t think she is crazy for running 20 miles through the snow). As a true distance runner, Andrea excels in the marathon (PR 3:16:18), but she is striving to improve her times in the 5K (PR 20:35) and half marathon (PR 1:34:12).

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Treasurer, 2017 - Mike Naff

Mike Naff started running in 2005, training for his first marathon, and quickly got hooked on running. He joined NOVA in 2009 in the hopes of bringing his marathon times down closer to 3:00. In the very first Fall season, Coach Jerry and the NOVA gang helped Mike shave 13 minutes off his marathon time, helping to make him better and faster each consecutive year.

At 45, last year was Mike's best year ever, with 26 races and 6 personal bests, from 5K to the marathon. He broke 18 minutes in the 5K, 60 minutes in the 10 miler (2 long-time goals) and recently broke the 3 hour mark at the Holualoa Tucson Marathon. Mike is typically a marathoner, doing at least 3 per year, but likes to run all distances, road and trail, and even obstacle races. He is looking forward to another great year with NOVA!

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Membership Coordinator, 2017
Erin Swiatocha

Erin Swiatocha is entering her fifth year as a NOVA Board Member. Her unbridled enthusiasm and dedication to the club were evident in her three years of leadership as NOVA President. Erin joined NOVA in 2009, where she served as the inaugural Social Media Director in 2012-2013, and took over as President in January 2014. During her tenure as President, the club grew from a size of 27 active members to 130; to include top post-collegiate runners, elite Masters, recreational, family, and beginning runners. Erin is an RRCA Level II-certified running coach and currently coaches several NOVA athletes on an individual basis.

Erin started running with the Annapolis Junior Striders at the advanced age of seven. A multiple time Maryland State Champion while a track runner at Annapolis High School, she went on to compete in four years of varsity cross country and track at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. She transitioned to long distance running after college, completing three Boston Marathons from 2013-2015, with a personal best time of 3:08:24 in 2015. During that period, as part of a phase of “serial racing,” Erin completed 79 races in three years, including 30 in 2013 and 31 in 2014. She brought her marathon time down to 3:08:01, finishing 13th overall in the 2016 Steamtown Marathon. She has twice ranked in the Top Ten All RunWashington rankings, in 2014 and 2015.

PRs: 800M - 2:15.2, 1500 - 4:40.3, Mile - 5:03, 5K - 18:25, 10K - 38:40, Five Mile - 31:01, 10 Mile - 64:11, Half Marathon - 1:25:23, Marathon - 3:08:01

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Communications & Social Media Coordinator/Gear Coordinator 2017 - Nene Reed

Communications/ Social Media
Gear Coordinator, 2017
Nene Reed

Nene Reed was a sprinter and long/triple jumper on the indoor and outdoor track teams for three years at Herndon High school. After not running for almost 16 years and never running anything longer than a mile, he started running (again) in 2013. Nene joined NOVA in 2014 in an effort to improve his 5k, 10 mile and half marathon race times. In the subsequent 12 months he PRed every distance and now looks to continue improving while making a contribution to the strong NOVA team.

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Newsletter Coordinator, 2017
Indrajit Das

Indrajit Das came to the United States as a grad student from India and started running about 6-7 years ago by joining NOVA Running Club. During his time with the club, Das has learned a lot from the other NOVA members, found some great friends in the process, while steadily improving his race times.

PRs: 5K - 20:44, 5 mile - 34:00, 10K - 43:37, 10 mile - 1:10:44

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Special Events Coordinator, 2017 - Justin Buenaflor

Special Events Coordinator, 2017
Justin Buenaflor


Justin Buenaflor is entering his 6th year as a member of the NOVA Board serving as President for 2 years, Vice President for 2 years, Member at Large and and now as a Special Events Coordinator. Justin began running in High School as a member of the Cross Country and Indoor track team, and continued running to stay in shape through college. After a brief reprieve from running Justin ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in 2009 and again fell in love with running and competing.

Justin joined NOVA in 2010 to help improve his racing times, and has smashed PR’s he had set as a 16 year old. He loves the camaraderie and support from NOVA and sees his role on the board as a small way to give back to the Club, its members and its Coach that have all done so much for him over the years. Some of his

PRs: 5K: 20:12, 8K: 35:48, 10 Mile: 1:12:24, Marathon: 3:56:47

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Member At Large, 2017 - Eric Naglich

Member At Large, 2017
Eric Naglich

Eric Naglich’s start in running began in 2013 when he was coerced into running a half marathon by his girlfriend at the end of grad school. It was a fun experience that he thought would be a one-time thing. Then he found out that one of his professors beat him by approximately one minute, and that couldn’t stand. A few months after the race, Eric moved to the DC area for a job and joined NOVA to get faster and make friends in a new town. Both worked out very well, and he now enjoys running more than he ever thought he would. He has completed more than 20 races since joining NOVA and is a first-time board member this year. His 2017 goal is to run a half marathon 13.1 minutes faster than his first race.

PRs: 5K - 21:46, 5 mile – 35:43, 10 mile – 1:12:53, Half marathon – 1:37:48

Resource Director, 2017
Bob Weiner

Bob Weiner is President of Robert Weiner Associates Public Affairs and Issue Strategies since leaving the White House in Aug. 2001 after 6 ½ years there, and is a credentialed White House and Congress correspondent because of his columns in major papers and radio-TV. He was Director of Public Affairs and Spokesman, Office of National Drug Policy, under President Clinton and Drug Czars General Barry McCaffrey and Lee Brown, and also during the Bush transition.

He is passionate about the message of lifetime health and fitness through training and competition. As a masters runner, he has made all-American almost every year in the steeplechase or the mile. He is often in print media and has written over 700 op-eds published in major papers . In addition to political and government issues, many of Bob’s op-eds call for drug-free sports as well as lifetime fitness.

Bob is President of the Capitol Hill Runners, former President of the Sugarloaf Mt. AC (MA), former Vice President of the DC Road Runners, an active member of the Northern Virginia Track Club (NOVA) and a board member, and the Potomac Valley Track Club. He led the successful bid for the first Indoor National Masters Championship in the DC area in 2009, and it returned since. He was co-director of the Mobil Invitational Masters Mile for eight years, and was director and Chair of the RRCA National Ten Mile Championship.

Bob co-captained the Blair Academy (NJ) cross country team, was third in the NJ state meet in cross country and the mile, and in college won the Ohio Conference Cross Country Relays while running for Oberlin College (OH). He ran varsity track and cross-country all four years at Blair and Oberlin.

Highlights: First Place, Ohio Conference Cross Country Relays, 1967 (first of 50 two-man teams from colleges throughout Ohio); 3rd, New Jersey High School Prep School State Meet, 1964 cross-country, and 3rd in prep state track mile 1965 (4:35.0, Bob’s Blair Academy then-school record, also set Blair X-Course then-record); 1st sub-5 mile taking first in 4:51 as HS sophomore to beat Lawrenceville School’s runners on their home indoor track on a Saturday night in front of their girlfriends after the same runners had swept Bob at Bob’s Blair Academy in cross country…). PR’s (at Oberlin College, Ohio): Mile 4:26.5; half mile 1:56.9.

Masters highlights: 2nd place and 3rd place in several national championships in mile and 1500 and steeplechase at various ages; and organizationally, maximizing TV and newspaper coverage for masters track national championships and USA world masters teams including several New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today stories plus ESPN/ABC/CBS/NBC/Fox TV coverage.