Category Archives: Team Profiles

NOVA Team Profile: Dave Wertz

PRs 5K: 15:16 8k:  25:57 10k: 31:58 10 Mile: 53:21 Seven years ago, before he became the elite runner we know him as today, Dave Wertz had no formal background in running, and limited his workouts to a little jogging to stay in shape. Fast forward to 2013, and Dave is burning up the track and the roads… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Justin Buenaflor

PRs 5K: 20:12 8K: 35:48 10 Mile: 1:12:24 Marathon: 3:56:47 Justin began his running journey in high school when, as a freshman, he needed to do something to keep him busy until the spring tennis season. He signed up for cross country in the fall and indoor track for the winter. He instantly fell in love with running,… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Bob Weiner

PRs Mile 4:26.5 Half Mile: 1:56.9 Bob Weiner joined NOVA in 1975.  An active member of the DC running community, he currently serves a Chair of the Masters Media Committee for USA Track and Field and is on the executive committee of Masters Track and Field. This year he won USA Track and Field’s highest national service award… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Aagje Engel

PRs 800m: 2:32.6 5k: 19:26 Dutch Diesel Before coming to the United States, Aagje Engel’s running friends in the Netherlands used to call her “the Diesel.” She earned this nickname because, while she couldn’t accelerate very fast, she could keep a steady pace for many miles. In the winter of 2009, her husband got stationed in the DC area, and… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: David Bernard

PRs 1600m: 4:42 3k: 9:08 5k: 15:58 10k: 33:06 10 Mile: 55:08 Marathon: 3:48:57 David Bernard has been running for nearly 35 years.  A native of Maine, he started out running in a summer recreational track program and enjoyed it enough that he ran cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track throughout junior high, high school and college. … Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Katie Tomlinson

  PRs: 5k: 18:41 half marathon: 1:27 marathon: 3:01 Katie grew up in South Jersey as a swimmer and soccer player before taking up running in seventh grade. Inspired by her mother, who has run several marathons, Katie inevitably developed a love for longer distances. Katie continued to run throughout high school and in a running club while… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Erin Masterson

PRs 800m: 2:15.2 1500m: 4:40.3 Mile: 5:03 5k: 18:28.7 5 Mile: 32:48 10k: 40:05 10 Mile: 1:05:57 Half Marathon: 1:31.2 Marathon: 3:14.21 Erin Masterson started running at the advanced age of 7. Growing up in Annapolis, MD, she was recruited to the Annapolis Junior Striders, a fledgling running club started by her dad as an offshoot of the flagship… Read More »

NOVA Team Profile: Bob Koeppen

Bob played varsity baseball and basketball in high school and never had an interest in running unless he was late for something.  Into his twenties, he was mildly active which allowed him to stay fairly fit.  Fast forward 10 years, married with one child and working 55-60 hours a week at a New York investment bank, Bob had become “pleasantly plump.”… Read More »

NOVA Spotlight: Coach Jerry Alexander

“Okay gang. Nice and easy. Nothin’ too crazy.” If those words sound familiar to you, you may have spent some time circling a track with NOVA Coach Jerry Alexander keeping a careful eye on your progress. As the coach for the Northern Virginia Running Club (NOVA),  Alexander has spent more than his fair share of hours watching athletes… Read More »