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The Armed Forces Retirement Home offers an unlikely setting for an annual bike race. The DCCX Cyclocross Race attracts hundreds of cyclists came from all over the East Coast to Washington, DC. The race was almost cancelled due to the October government shutdown. The sprawling course included dirt hills, steps, and other obstacles. Spectators got to sit in the middle of the action, with surprise appearances by drummers and later a mariachi band. Here are photos from the event:

2013 DCCX
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2013 DCCX Cyclocross Race

Graveyards are the perfect setting for Halloween events, and privately-owned Congressional Cemetery is the place to be in October. Last Saturday it was the setting for the annual Dead Man’s Run, a 5K race that starts and ends in the cemetery, extending out to RFK Stadium. Volunteers dressed up and haunted the tombs. Here are photos from the 2013 event:

2013 Dead Man's Run
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One of Washington, DC’s oddest Halloween traditions, the annual Miss Adams Morgan Pageant brings a cavalcade of drag queens to the Washington Hilton ballroom. The show is hilarious and goofy, but the audience competes for the most outrageous costumes, making intermission just as entertaining as the pageant itself.

The lobby is packed with contestants, their supporters, and various attendees dressed to kill. Here are some photos from the event:


Ab Fab: Patsy and Edina
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You know what’s wrong with the Olympics? They happen only once every four years, and they never take place in my backyard. Luckily, Washington, DC has its own version, the Summer Games, the eponymous annual event from local drag queen Summer Camp. The 2013 version was modeled after Game of Thrones, and dubbed the Summer Game of Thrones, with a medieval theme.

2013 Summer Games
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Summer Games in Meridian Hill Park

I still have to explain what Tour de Fat is. No, it is not fat people on tour. It’s New Belgium Brewing‘s celebration of beer and bikes, named after their Fat Tire ale. We had a beautiful and surprisingly hot day in Yards Park. Washington, DC’s bike community came out, many in goofy costumes, for the games and the bands. Oh, and the beer. The performance schedule promised the best for last, and indeed delivered, with a giant inflatable albino squid taking the stage, followed by an appearance by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, who was promptly captured in between giant pieces of chocolate and a graham cracker. Photos below.

2013 Tour de Fat
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2013 Tour de Fat

Spring in Columbia Heights begins at the Wonderland Ballroom, with their annual sundress party. Men and women attend this event with their own sundresses, or borrow one from the rack on the sidewalk. It’s not quite drag, as most guys forgo the wig, heels, and makeup, though you see some of that too. The large pool of contestants was narrowed down by having hopeful winners of the Mr and Mrs Wonderland Sundress titles first walk the crosswalks of 11th & Kenyon, showing off their style, be it sweetness or swagger. Then the real contest moves to the patio, using a pair of picnic tables as a catwalk. It’s amazing to see what tricks the contestants perform in hopes of impressing the judges. Some of my favorite photos are below.

Wonderland Sundress Party
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2013 Wonderland Sundress Party

Cyclists dressed up in their “Great Gatsby” finest to party at Eastern Market last weekend. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) annual fundraiser attracted hundreds to play casino games and dance to a live band. Chipotle was there serving up tacos. The carnitas came with an purple onion topping that you can’t find in stores, and it was awesome. There was a silent auction, plus generous raffle prizes, and an awards ceremony that recognized local advocates. Local bike shops participated in the “bike-build” contest, with their creations auctioned off at the end. Here are a few photos from the event.

WABA 2013 Bike Fest
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2013 WABA Bike Fest

At Mobility Lab‘s recent hack day, WMATA released a copy of the GTFS data they use for their trip planner. The trip planner includes schedule data for a total of 19 different transit agencies. GTFS, General Transit Feed Specification, is a collection of files that together form a complete description of all the routes, stops, and schedules. WMATA released an animation of the data last November (see Maps in Motion: Telling Stories from Transit Data). With the GTFS data now publicly available, I wanted to try making my own animations.


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30,000 runners filled the streets of Washington, DC on a brisk Saturday morning, for the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon. I woke up early to take some photos in Rock Creek Park, Woodley Park, and Adams Morgan.

2013 Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon
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2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Presidents Day weekend brought one of the first big political rallies to President Obama’s second term. The Forward on Climate Rally was a joint project of the Sierra Club and 350.org, with a primary goal of stopping the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The weather was cold but clear; good enough for thousands of protesters to march around the White House. Here are a few photos from the event:

Forward on Climate rally
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Calling Environmentalists to Action