RDB Running

Homegrown Races:

Always Fun. Always Safe.

Our events are more than just a little different...
When you participate in an RDB Running event you are more likely
than not to run into us out on the course at 2:00 AM!


A Little Background...

RDB is comprised of race directors who are totally committed to making your racing experience unforgettable. Race Director Bob has participated in hundreds of races and he tries every day to take that experience and use it to infuse RDB Running events with the kind of elements that make for a great race.


What is a Homegrown Race?

It's one where:

  • You know the race director and can actually interact with him
  • You have input into the way the race is organized and operated
  • Local businesses, schools and places of worship participate
  • Fun and safety are paramount

RDB Running Events


The premier overnight relay in the Mid-Atlantic!
The American Odyssey Relay has the best course, most fun teams and most involved race directors of any race of its type. Don't just take our word for it, come out and experience it first hand so you can learn what all the fuss is about...



The Rock The Creek Relay, September 27, 2015, is a unique, six-legged relay from the northern most part of Rock Creek Park in Derwood, MD to Chevy Chase, MD and back. Legs, which vary from 4-6.5 miles, are on beautiful, tree-covered bike paths in one of our most wonderful running resources. Come out and have a blast with us! Run, exchange, eat and drink! Visit www.rockthecreekrelay.com


At sunrise on the September 11, 2014, a lone runner will depart the grounds of the VA hospital in San Francisco carrying an American flag. On Veteran's Day, approximately 60 days later, that same flag will be carried onto the grounds of Bethesda Naval/Walter Reed Hospital. Along the way, hundreds of runners/walkers will have carried the flag across America in a show of spirit and support for Veterans and to raise awareness about the challenges they face. For more information and to register please go to the Event Page.

You can see what days are still available by starting the registration process as a Team Captain and using the pull down menu for "wave." We recognize this is a bit clunky, so we'll endeavor to provide reasonably up to date information here on what is available. The days available as of August 13, 2014 can be found in this screenshot. (Updated Friday, September 12)

Behind the Scenes...


Race Director Bob

Race Director Bob is the RD for the American Odyssey Relay, the VA2VA Relay and the Mock the Clock 5k (formerly Anything is Possible 5k) Race Series. Prior to forming RDB Running, Race Director Bob worked in healthcare with United Health Group and was a practicing lawyer with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.


Joanna Graham

Joanna Graham is the co-Race Director for the Rock the Creek Relay and is responsible for social media, sponsorships, and volunteer coordination.

Joanna has spent 15+ years working in the standardized testing and admissions consulting field and has a passion for supporting veterans and military families through her work with Team Red White and Blue, Dog Tag Bakery and the Pat Tillman Foundation. Joanna likes to run and bike (but not swim) and enjoys cookies & red wine. She resides in Arlington, VA with her better human half and canine half.


Susan Debad

Susan Debad is the Vice President of Marketing and Operations for RDB Running. Susan is responsible for all social media, community relations, ambassador programs and other media relationships for the Mock the Clock 5K Series. She is also helping to coordinate course development and local community activities for the VA2VA Relay.

Susan was previously the Director of Operations for Montgomery County Road Runners from 2007-2012. Prior to that she was a staff scientist at NIH. Susan likes to run trails and regularly practices yoga.