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If you’re a pro in the pool, your swimming workouts consist of swimming laps up and down the lane a few times a week, and maybe even participating in Master Swim classes. This may translate to thinking that swimming in a triathlon is going to be easy. However, swimming in a lake or ocean, referred to as an open water swim, is a much different scenario than swimming in the pool at the gym or in your backyard.

By Abby Luedecke, Triathlon Coordinator at the Village DC Ranch

Running, for the most part, is a solo sport. Many of us run to clear the mind, relieve stress, and give us time for self-reflection. Who couldn’t use some “alone time” every day? However, after 15 years of running, I've come to realize the invaluable benefits of running with a group. It doesn’t have to be a big group, yours could be as few as two, but here are five good reasons why you should buddy up for your next run.

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