Everyone is busy right now, so I promise not to clog your inboxes or readers with too much this week.

Instead, I thought I’d briefly reflect on the past year, thank all of you for being such great readers, and share some exciting stuff we have coming up on RCR in 2013.

Rock Creek Runner didn’t officially exist until March of 2012.  Sure, a lot of posts originally written for the old blog “The Hay Say” (RIP, my dear old friend) were moved over to RCR, but this unique community of runners didn’t form until this year.

It has been a lot of fun writing and growing with you over the past year.

We’ve talked about trail running, yoga, run streaks, and inspiration.  We’ve had a few product reviews, giveaways, and so much more.

A few months ago, Rock Creek Runner released a 5-part eGuide to everything running in DC, which hundreds of area runners have signed up to receive.

It has been fun and exciting, and I’m glad we got to share it together!

Building off the momentum of 2012, we have tons to look forward to in 2013!

A calendar of exciting and innovative posts has already been created, including interviews, guest posts, product reviews, and new media forms.

In addition to what is going on at Rock Creek Runner, I’ve (Doug) begun co-hosting No Meat Athlete Radio, a monthly podcast with Matt Frazier of  We have a list of great topics and wicked cool guests coming up over the next few months, so you will want to be sure to tune in and subscribe (even if you aren’t veg! Most of the episodes haven’t been about nutrition).

Thank you all for reading, it has been such a pleasure to get to know many of you through the site.  I hope that you continue to come back, and I’m excited to share a new year of great running!

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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