Run with the Tigers this Spring

Wilson's 2014 Outdoor Track & Field teams huddle up

Wilson HS coaches and athletic director Mitch Gore lead outdoor track and field team huddle

Woodrow Wilson High School’s champion cross country and track and field teams have collectively won nearly 15 city and state titles, making them among the most successful sports teams at the school. For the first time this March, you can be a part of the team and run with the Tigers. The inaugural Tenley Tiger Run, organized by the Wilson Track Boosters, will take place March 28 around Fort Reno Park in the heart of Tenleytown.

Race organizers intend for the Tenley Tiger Run to celebrate fitness and build community, while also raising funds to support the school’s running teams.

“We’re really excited for how the race will provide a healthy activity for all members of families, be an opportunity to build more connections between Wilson and the Tenleytown community and surrounding neighborhoods, and provide the city-wide Wilson community of alums from every ward a chance to reconnect with each other and with the school,” Kit Arrington, Race Co-Chair, wrote in an email.  


race logo designed by Wilson student Franklin Webber

The Tenley Tiger Run will include a 5K and 3K, as well as a Fun Run for children, to offer opportunities for runners at all fitness levels. Members of the cross country and track teams will be on hand to run with and cheer on racers.

Registration is just $30 for the 5K and 3K races, and $10 for the Fun Run. Proceeds from the race will help fund equipment purchases, coaching clinics, and travel to regional and national meets for the six teams that compete across all three sports seasons. This school year alone, team members have competed, and won, in national competitions in Florida, New York, and Virginia.

Arrington attributes the coaching philosophy of Desmond Dunham, who directs the programs, with the success of the teams on and off the track. “Coach Dunham encourages personal and team growth,” she wrote. “The results of his influence are palpable and reach from the track to each athlete’s report card.” Six graduating seniors received full or partial college scholarships in 2014, and 82 percent of cross-country athletes earned honor roll status this fall.

Want to support these successful scholar athletes? Register for the race online at Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

photo credit: Doug Kapustin Photography