Outstanding Cross Country Season for the High School Steeplechasers ()

Congratulations to all of our young members that ran cross country for their school! 

A few weeks ago, Crystal Tressler, our Treasurer and mom to David Tressler, FSRC High School Member who runs for Oakdale, attended the end-of-season banquet for Oakdale High School boys’ and girls’ teams. Crystal was touched by what the high school runners had to say about their achievements as well as their struggles, which rings true for all us, runners. Read below Crystal’s brief summary and the runners’ bios that follow.

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Frederick Steeplechasers Member Spotlight: Ryan Fields ()

Ryan Fields and his family

I was indoctrinated into the running culture from a very young age. Some of my earliest memories are cheering on my Mom at the Rockville Twilight 8K or sitting on my Dad’s shoulders as we walked across the Bay Bridge, while my mom and her running pals disappeared into the distance ahead of us. For most of my life, I ran in fits and spurts…a few months here, a 5K there, mostly running community adjacent, but never finding myself within it.

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Frederick Steeplechasers Member Spotlight: Lisa Layman ()

Lisa Layman

Lisa has been a Steeplechaser for some time and participated in several of our training programs. Recently, we welcomed Lisa as a Training Committee Chairperson. Below is a spotlight on Lisa’s running career in her own words.


Running has been part of my life since I participated in my school’s 2nd grade field day where I was able to beat the boys! With my newfound confidence, I started competing when I was eight.

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President’s Message ()

Heidi Novak

Summer is flying by, and we have all been busy with training, racing, and trying to stay cool. It’s been a busy few months, and things will be getting even busier as we return to school in a few weeks. For those of you who don’t know this, in addition to being the president of …

Best Steeps’ Running Tips for Beginner Runners ()

Trail runners running on a trail

Running. A body in motion. A mechanism of terrestrial locomotion with a type of gait that allows one to become aerial, albeit for a fraction of a second, with energy stores derived from springy tendons and elastic muscles. The world’s most accessible sport with the most expensive shoes, lots of health benefits, and just as many injuries if not done right. We all love it and we all practice it in some way, shape, or form. Some of us are naturally good at it, and some of us are perpetual learners trying to improve. We all started somewhere and, at one point or another, welcomed advice from those more experienced around us. Let’s hear the Steeps’ version of the running tips given to beginner runners, from the most serious to the tongue-in-cheek. Enjoy!

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High School Steeplechasers Working Hard! ()

We have some amazing high school Steeplechasers shattering school records and competing at the county, regional, and state levels! Read on to learn more about some of them and their noteworthy accomplishments.

Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association Track and Field outdoor spring season has wrapped up with many successes by our youth runners. Following a season of outdoor meets, athletes compete in Championships including County, Central Maryland Conference, Regional by Division and then State by Division. It’s a grueling race schedule, competing weekly and sometimes on back-to-back days. Congratulations to our youth for all of their accomplishments! Go STEEPS!

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