John Nusbaum


 John before a Reston Runners group run/walk in April. 


Name: John Nusbaum, 71; Reston (Summit Chase)

I am a… Walker, after some years of running including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and six marathons.

I’ve been a
Reston Runner .
since … 1995

(personal record): The marathons account for a lot of satisfaction but this spring, I walked the Nature House 5K (at the Walker Nature Center) and placed second in my age group.

When I’m not
pounding the
pavement… “John’s List” [his curated directory of service providers] and fishing here in Reston take up a lot of my time. I have a lovely, Colombian-born wife, Maria, and we are going to celebrate 32 years of marriage on Sept. 17th. We have no children, but I try to act childish from time to time.

Here’s my
little secret: Being a member of Reston Runners has been most satisfying in many ways. Staying active with a group that shares a healthy living style is the best.


Mary Ellen Wolf


Mary Ellen (center) at the starting line of the Boston Half Marathon in 2013


Name: Mary Ellen Wolf, 55; Herndon after a decade of living in Reston.

I am a… Runner.

I’ve been a
Reston Runner
since … 1998 or 1999. I was the mother of two young children and commuted to work in D.C., so I turned to running for stress management and the
social aspect of group exercise. I ran track in high school but was a sprinter, so long-distance running was a huge challenge for me.

(personal record): At age 40, I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 hours, 2 minutes.
It was a gift I gave to myself, to be able to complete it. I was never bit by the marathon bug after
that but went on to discover local races and ran the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run several times.

When I’m not
pounding the
pavement… My hobbies include travel, music and refinishing furniture, and I am trying to learn furniture upholstery.
I love reinventing old furniture.

Here’s my
little secret: I don’t run enough to get hurt!
This is a little joke I have with one of my Reston Runners friends (who shall be unnamed)
who has had several injuries.

Tom Conrad

  Tom Conrad at the Aspen Trail Marathon in Bend, OR - 2008.            
Name: Tom Conrad, 79; Reston (Chadds Ford Cluster)      
I am a:  Walker since 1995, when my 20 years as a runner came to an end after I tore my ACL while skiing. I had the ACL repaired and then the  other knee “cleaned out” in 1995, but never felt comfortable enough to run after that. I’m a fairly fast power walker: My goal for marathons is 13-minute miles, and my PR for 5 miles was 11:30 per mile.   
I've been a Reston Runner since:   The club was established.
PR:   My favorite dozen marathons were so different, but none was as memorable as biking across the United States.
 When I'm not pounding the pavement:    I’m an engineer -- founding principal of SCS Engineers -- and still working. My partner is Joan Waggoner, for going on 24 years. We both                                               gave up on pets when the kids grew up and moved away. I enjoy walking, biking, swimming and skiing; watching games on TV; and traveling with  friends and family, including taking the grandchildren on trips without their  parents.

   Here's my little secret: Just do it!  Sorry, I do not have a swoosh.  But Nike has it right.
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