Dan Harding | =PR= One Loudoun Manager
One Loudoun Store manager Dan Harding pours his heart into all things running. On most days Dan starts and ends his day with a run, commuting to and from work for a grand total of 17 miles. Dan began working for Potomac River Running in the summer of 2017 . In 2018, Dan helped open the One Loudoun store and soon after became the store manager. When Dan is not running to and from work or working at the store, you can find him at many of our PR Races. Just recently, Dan was on his honeymoon with wife Amelia. Ironically enough Dan missed the Run Your Heart Out 5K. Why is this ironic you ask?
Dan was born with a heart defect at birth. In third grade on a routine yearly physical, doctors found that one of Dan’s heart valves did not close properly and would leak. The doctors noted that as he got older it would get worse. That did not stop Dan from continuing to play soccer at a competitive level and running around like most children do.
When Dan was a junior in high school he had his first heart surgery. Dan’s doctors replaced one heart valve and switched the second into a new position. Dan continued to play soccer all throughout high school on a private team.
Later in college, Dan had his second surgery where doctors replaced both heart valves from his previous surgery. After this surgery, Dan began to take up running. He started by running on the school track. At first he was unable to run a full lap on the track. He would run/walk for small amounts of time. He slowly began to build up to a full lap of running, then a mile, and so forth until he ran his first 5K. Dan noted that this was a timely process: “It took a long time to build up from nothing to a 5K. At times it was nerve racking and scary. I was working on building both my fitness and confidence.”
Recently, Dan’s doctor finally gave him the green light and said that he had no more restrictions. Dan noted that when the doctor asked him what he wanted to do first, he said, he wanted to run a marathon. Dan said, “Everyone laughed but I was totally serious.” Dan has not only completed a marathon but he has hopes of taking on a 50 miler this summer. Dan shared with us that this fall he completed the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon in some of the worst weather conditions. He said that it was probably his favorite race memory to date. Dan shared, “When the sky opened up and began to downpour it was hard not to just laugh.”
Dan’s favorite distance for now is the marathon but he will see how the 50 miler goes. “Maybe I will have a new favorite distance after competing in my 50 miler. Every time I run a new distance, I have a new favorite.”
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
What is your favorite PR race?
The Fall Classic 10K located in One Loudoun
What is your best race memory?
2019 Marine Corps Marathon
What is your favorite thing about running or racing?
For most races it’s the camaraderie, being able to run with my friends and going out for a run. But I also enjoy the races that test you and challenge you.
T H I S O R T H A T
DISTANCE . . . Short or LONG
PET OF CHOICE . . . Cat or DOG… or cats that act like dogs!
*Dan and his wife are big animal people. They are proud pet owners of a number of rescue animals.
RUNNING COMPANY . . . ALONE or With A Team
TIME OF DAY . . . Rise and Grind (AM) or Night Owl (PM)
Both, whatever fits my schedule best!
LOCATION . . . Road or Trail
Dan prefers to be on the trail as much as possible but the road is most convenient
F I L L I N T H E B L A N K
Top three favorite shoes to run in: _______
My favorite place to run:_______
Running is: _______
My primary means of transportation
My last run was: _______
A few hours ago heading into work, an 8.5 mile commute….. And my next run will be at the end of my shift heading home from work.
My favorite thing about running is: _______
If I was not running I’d be: _______
A cyclist. I have to stay active.