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On April 13, 2024, through the care and diligence of Coach Greg Dunston, Georgetown Prep will host the 50th Woodward Relays. In his storied career, Greg has led teams at three different schools to state, conference, or metro championships in four different sports. An intimidating chunk of the record board entries in Georgetown Prep's Hanley Center come from his athletes and teams, including an indoor national championship in the 4x800m in 2010 and a highly coveted wheel at the Penn Relays that same year. For these achievements, he has been honored repeatedly by The Washington Post as well as the Montgomery Journal and Gazette. Several of his athletes have gone on to compete in college, earning at least nine All-American honors among them. However impressive this resume is, the genius of Greg's achievements in fifty four years of coaching is seen not just the success of teams and individuals on the track.

It is shockingly common to run into people involved with cross country and track in the Washington, D.C. area who share a similar Greg Dunston story. It starts with a curiously energetic man describing a cross country course or clarifying the different legs of a medley relay and ends with each of these people becoming more deeply involved with the sport as an athlete, volunteer, or coach -and sometimes all three - than they ever imagined. As the current meet director for seven different meets spread over the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track seasons, Greg has made it his life's work to invite young athletes into the sport by the busful. As it prepares to join Greg's other meets that have surpassed the half-century mark, the Woodward Relays has survived venue changes, unpredictable Maryland weather, and a worldwide pandemic to make it this far. Thousands of athletes have run, hurdled, jumped, vaulted, or thrown at his signature outdoor meet, and many of them have done so in rarely contested events like the shuttle hurdle relay or the wildly popular end of the day event, the 2000 meter steeplechase. GP Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach Andy Reinsch said, "Greg balances a deep respect for the sport with an intense competitiveness and gleeful appetite for fun that manages to both invite new athletes into the sport and challenge experienced ones to greatness."

Friends of the Woodward Relays will celebrate Greg Dunston's 50th running of the Woodward Relays. MoCo running has created a place where this monumental achievement can be revered with the launch of a new website: http://woodwardrelaysfan.com