Juneteenth (DC)

Carte-de-visite of a group of African Americans gathered around a man with a pocket watch, leaning on a pulpit made out of U.S. Sanitation Commission crates. A sign on the wall reads "1 Jan-Slaves Forever Free." The text in chain links on the sides read "Waiting for the Hour - Watch Meeting Dec 31, 1862."
“Waiting for the Hour” (1863) depicts of a group of African Americans gathered around a man with a pocket watch waiting for midnight to strike on January 1, 1863. From the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

June 19, 2020, marks 155 years since the enslaved people of Texas were told they were free by Union soldiers. Those enslaved in Texas were the last from Confederate states to be freed in 1865. While the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January of 1863, it took over two years for enslaved people in Texas to be freed because the state was still under Confederate control. read more

We Stan for Spigelman (DC)

Alex stands in front of a metal Joan of Arc statue holding the PA, a wooden rowing oar handle.
Alex and Joan of Arc: Two pillars of NPDC

ALEX SPIGELMAN. We could probably write a novel about this dude and why he’s deserving of the Positivity Award. Whether it’s pushing others around him by beast-moding every.damn.workout, giving words of encouragement, offering to help us behind the scenes, providing insightful sports commentary, or simply asking how someone’s day is (and actually caring about your answer) — this guy is all-around incredible. He embodies everything that November Project is about, and we’re proud to have him as a part of the NPDC community. Did I nearly cry when we gave him the Positivity Award? MAYBE, but that’s besides the point. Alex answered some questions so you could get to know him a little better, because honestly, everyone in the world should have the pleasure of knowing him. read more

LFG, November Project DC

Winter Clothing Drive with Kelley O’Hara

It’s not every day that a World Cup champion / Olympic gold medalist / professional soccer player slides into your DMs, but when Kelley O’Hara reached out to us a couple weeks ago, Maria, Jake and I were shaking with excitement (okay, I won’t speak for them, but this former soccer player and USWNT stan was celebrating full on Brandi Chastain style in her office).  read more

CHEERs to the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon (DC)

A group of 12-15 people crowd together with signs and cheer on runners.
2018 MCM cheer station in all its glory.

Dear reader,
Sunday, October 27, has been marked on your calendar for the better part of a year. You’ve put in the hours. You’ve put in the training. And now it’s finally here — you’re ready to hold a sign, shake a cowbell, and scream for runners at the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon.

Congrats on making it to this point.  read more

Just. Snow. Up. (DC)

The snow started falling on Saturday afternoon during our NPDC ice skating social at Canal Park. The meteorologists (read: Tribe-weatherman Alek Krautmann) were predicting heavy snowfall, and the temperature showed no sign of warming up, so we knew Monday’s workout would be a snowy one.

Saturday night’s snow became Sunday morning’s snow. Then Sunday afternoon’s snow. And into the evening. 10 hours, 20, hours, 27 STRAIGHT HOURS OF SNOW!
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NPDC Attendance Challenge

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s dark. Sometimes it’s easy to think that your warm, cozy bed is the best place to be before the sun rises. DON’T LET THESE THOUGHTS IN! You know that when you get out of bed and show up to a workout, everything about your day (and life?) gets better.

Whoever says that they’re a morning person is lying, because those people don’t exist. Even if you love mornings, it’s always hard to get up. Always. It’s especially difficult during these chilly months, which is why we created some extra motivation. read more

DC: an unexpected love story (DC)

I was supposed to live in DC for three months. Three months. That’s it. As I come up on my fifth year of living in this lovable swamp we call home, I can’t help but think about why I’m still here.

After college I was lucky enough to score an internship with the Smithsonian Institution, so I packed up my apartment in Seattle and headed east to my Nation’s Capital.
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