Meet Brendan Hart

A Runner at Heart

Home base:  Washington, D.C.

Work life: Banker

Age: 39

As a bank professional and busy father of four (including a newborn), Brendan counts on a good run to recharge and stay focused. Growing up, he signed up for just about any sport available — soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball. That was the start to an active lifestyle that remains with him today, and leads him to challenging races and introduces him to great people.

Formerly a road cyclist, he’s recently discovered the beauty of trail running.

“I’ve run for most my life on the road and would get a little bored but have found running on trails 100% not boring,” says Brendan. “Something about that environment is everchanging and just so peaceful.”

How do you describe yourself as an athlete or active person?

 “I love being outside. When I was younger, and with fewer kids, I used to go for long bike rides, but with a young family and a busy work-life time can be an issue.”

What is your go-to workout?

“These days it’s hard to find much time to do anything other than early morning runs. I’ve found a great group of folks that I run with most morning . We call ourselves the “District Coywolves (@districtcoywolves).” It’s a fun thing that brings us together and keeps us active.”

Where is your favorite race?

“Once I rediscovered my love for trails, I was all in. The Coywolves have a favorite spot in D.C. — Rock Creek Park, with miles and miles of amazing trails. It’s the right mix of peaceful surroundings and somewhat challenging terrain, smack in the middle of Washington DC. I’ve been running there to train forthe Hyner 25k Trail Race in North Bend, PA. Its a fantastic race with a great atmosphere from the runners and supporters, plus a ton of vert!”

What is your daily step goal? How likely are you to meet it most day?

“If it’s a running day then I will get 18-20k steps, but with my watch I’m more focused on tracking my distances. The steps just come with it. Other days that I am not running I get my steps in in the form of chasing my four kids around.”

Top 3 ideas to get your steps in:

  1. Do walking meetings whenever possible.
  2. In the city, walk, bike, don’t drive or Uber.
  3. Get out and enjoy it!


Favorite workout song: None. I’m all natural. Sounds of the woods.

Favorite person or group to run with: District Coywolves

Favorite post-workout snack: Cold-brew coffee

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