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From Civics Teacher to Panther Racer—Lawyer Landau Returns to Langston Hughes Middle School

After volunteering to teach legal procedure and civics at Langston Hughes Middle School (LHMS) in Reston, Virginia, Lawyer Doug Landau saw a poster in the principal’s office for the Second Annual “Panther Pride 5K” on Saturday, February 25 starting at 10:00 am. (To read more about Doug’s volunteering at LHMS, click here).

The late starting time, warm weather and time recently spent at the

Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.
Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.

school brought Landau out to race for the first time this year in Virginia. Hoping to see if his “off season” post-surgical training was effective, Lawyer Landau toed the line with a goal of 21 minutes. Indeed, the overall winner was a middle schooler and the 3rd place runner was a member of the local high school track team. In between them was a dad pushing a jogging stroller, who passed Landau at the 2-mile mark and never looked back!

The Langston Hughes Panther Pride 5K promotes running among the student body and raises money to replenish the school’s Technology Fund. Langston Hughes Middle School is located at 11401 Ridge Heights Road in Reston, behind Sough Lakes High School. The event was professionally timed by the wonderful folks at Potomac River Running. There were lots of generous age groups and overall awards. This is a good race for younger runners as there were no roads to cross and the “out-and-back” format meant that participants knew the last third of the course (which was mostly uphill!).

Finishing less than a minute behind the winner, Doug Landau enjoyed the unseasonably warm, sunny weather over the twisty, undulating Reston course that took participants from Langston Hughes, past South Lakes High School under Soapstone Road and along the last third of the famous Reston Triathlon course. After teaching 8th graders during the week, Lawyer Landau finished 4th out of 112 entries, easily winning the over 50 category. Full results of the race can be found at here.

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Lawyer Landau 2016 Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Award Winner

Lawyer Doug Landau has been a proud supporter and participant of the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) for years now. The Abrams Landau staff wanted to congratulate Doug on becoming a 2016 Series Award Winner! He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series.

Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team
Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team

He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series. Doug received a T-Mat Transition Mat and a plaque from the VTSMTS Team. The 2016 race results are all listed here.

Registration is now open for 2017—all of the races can be found here at the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series website.

Abrams Landau, Ltd. has a long history of helping injured athletes, such as bikers injured by cars and trucks; runners and walkers injured by motor vehicles; and bikers injured by defective bicycle components. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured and become disabled as the result of a bike, car, truck, recumbent bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about legal rights and remedies, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once. Also, you can download a free copy of Doug’s e-book 10 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case here.

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Register Now for the 2017 Vasa Ride in DC

It’s that time of the year again! Join the Swedish Embassy for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) 2017 Vasa Ride on Sunday, March 19th. This annual event is a tribute to Sweden’s famed ski race and festival Vasaloppet. The Vasa Ride is a great way to start the year for any bicyclists in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Lawyer Doug Landau has participated several times since 2008 and highly recommends it, so register now here!

Riders can choose from a variety of routes ranging from 16-miles to 59-miles. Check in and rides start from the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. Check in and start times vary depending on the ride you chose to participate in. For the first time ever, this year’s Vasa Ride will also feature an 8-mile family-friendly ride starting from 10:00-10:30am ET.

After the rides, all Vasa Ride participants are invited inside the House of Sweden for warm blueberry soup—a traditional Swedish treat and Lawyer Landau’s favorite part of the event! For more information, click here.

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Cycle for Survival: Donate Now to Help Fight Rare Cancers

Mr. Landau’s youngest daughter Nicole—who was hired by IBM while working as an undergrad in the William & Mary Admissions office—is putting some “sweat” into raising money to fight rare cancers. Her grandfather, Mr. Landau’s father Norman J. Landau, died suddenly and prematurely from pancreatic cancer, so this is a cause she is passionate about.

Cycle for Survival—the movement to beat rare cancers—is a cause that’s near and dear to me. I’m riding on February 25th, and I need your help to meet my fundraising goal.

What my father calls a Monday night, and my sister calls a side-gig, I call a fundraising event. I will be riding stationary bicycles with the IBM DC team, sweating to earn your support.

100% of every dollar you give will fund pioneering rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Approximately half of all people fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are diseases we know: from leukemia to lymphoma, pediatric cancers, brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers, among many others. However, because these cancers are considered “rare,” research is often vastly underfunded.

That’s why I need your help: rare cancer patients deserve more effective treatment options—and fast.

Though we can’t all be doctors (like my lieutenant doctor brother!) or researchers, we can arm them with the resources they need to combat these diseases. Please visit my fundraising page (through the button below) to make a donation and help make that happen.

Landaus don’t like to ask friends and family to support our exercise addiction, but this is a method I cannot deny to bring awareness and support to a well-deserving cause.

Thank you for your support!

JOIN THE BATTLE.
Nicole “Sweating for You” Landau

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$1500 Trek Disc Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Trek has issued a recall on its 720 Disc bicycles and wheelsets due to a fall hazard. According to a press release, the company reports hearing of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub. There has been one reported injury involving a broken vertebra.

This recall involves model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek model 720 Disc bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels with silver spokes. These models were sold nationwide from November 2014 through October 2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November 2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90. About 800 bicycles and 300 wheels were sold in the U.S.

If you’ve purchased any of these items, please immediately stop using them and return the bicycles to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels. You can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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Lee Wills: An Inspirational Story in Competitive Shooting

It is not only our clients who discover us; we often discover the incredible stories behind our clients’ lives. In this case, the son of one of our clients has an inspirational story of triumph and compassion.

Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.
Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.

Lee Wills, now 17 years old, was born with a condition called Bilateral Syndactyly/Polydactyly, which left him with 14 fingers and webbing in between. He’s had numerous surgeries since and the doctors said he’d never be able to write. However, he followed in his father and older brother’s path and picked up competitive shooting. Lee was even the youngest competitor at the 2011 U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Single Stack Nationals where he participated as an 11-year-old. (Click here to watch a short video about Lee Wills).

Lee’s mother Karla Wills is a workers compensation client of Abrams Landau, Ltd. She had undergone two major spine surgeries from a workplace injury. Lee helped his mother during this process by driving her to her doctor’s appointment at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They had to make many stops along the way because she couldn’t sit for long periods of time because of the back pain caused by her on the job injury.

While receiving treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Lee saw soldiers with missing limbs suffering from agonizing pain. Lee’s own experiences, and what he witnessed while at the center, prompted him to fundraise for the Wounded Warrior Project. He and his brother first reached out to the USPSA Mid-Atlantic States–regional director and eventually raised thousands of dollars for this organization.  Wounded Warrior is a worthy organization lawyer Landau has long supported and it is a recipient of funding through the Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Series, which he helps sponsor.

Lee continues to be passionate about gun safety and doing his best at shooting competitions. He not only overcame his own obstacles, but also reached out to help others overcome theirs. Doug Landau and everyone at the “Law Shop” salutes Lee Will’s courage, skill, charitable efforts and work effort. We look forward to hearing about his future success after he heals up from his latest surgery.

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Best Type of Exercise for the Brain?

Studies in animals and humans have shown that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number, and size, of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.

Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health & growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the DUathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain !While exercise is generally good for the brain, as it increases blood flow throughout the body and stimulates the centers charged with coordination, growth and homeostasis, some forms of exercise may be more effective than others at “bulking up” the brain. According to a remarkable new study, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health
Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health and growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain!

Exercise also augments adult neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells in an already mature brain. In studies with animals, exercise, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, a key area of the brain for learning and memory, Continue reading

Just 6 weeks after injury, & without his run at full speed, Landau was still winning his age group, working as a volunteer & threatening for overall honors at races like the Warrenton Virginia "Salute to the Military" sprint triathlon at the former Vint Hill base.

Thankful for Another Great Year of Competition

After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery
After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery

Three regional championship podium finishes, two national championship races and a series podium spot make for a successful year of multisport racing. While constrained by injury and travel, 2016 saw numerous award-winning competitive performances. Though not permitted to compete at the World Championships because of happy family events (his kids’ wedding, college and medical school graduations), Landau overcame an early season injury (torn soleus) and late season surgery (double inguinal hernia) to nevertheless have a great sporting year. Here are some of the highlights:

  • USAT Duathlon Mid-Atlantic, New England AND SouthEastern Regional Championship Runner Up.
  • Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series Age Group Runner Up
  • Age Group Prizewinner at over 20 Duathlons, Triathlons, Track & Road Running races throughout the East Coast
  • Qualified for the 2017 World Championships at the USAT National Duathlon Championships
  • Podiums at every MidAtlantic Duathlon Series race he entered
  • Raced in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, California, Oregon, Nebraska & Washington, D.C.

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Abrams Landau, Ltd. Signed on Again to Sponsor the 2017 Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series

Virginia, DC & Maryland multisport athletes can plan their 2017 season now. They can train effectively throughout the winter knowing that they are already entered in their favorite events for the coming year.

Triathlon RaceAll of the races for 2017 can be found here at the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) website. There are 32 events, including long Half Ironman Distance, Olympic Distance, Sprint, Aquathon, Aquavelo, or Aqua Bike, and Gran Fondo options.

Lawyer Doug Landau is a long-time race series sponsor. He has a history of volunteering at races, directing events and sponsoring athletic events that benefit local and national charities. Landau is also not shy when it comes to racing himself, so expect to see him at a few of the events next year!

Abrams Landau, Ltd. has a long history of helping injured athletes, such as bikers injured by cars and trucks; runners and walkers injured by motor vehicles; and bikers injured by defective bicycle components. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured and become disabled as the result of a bike, car, truck, recumbent bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about legal rights and remedies, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once. Also, you can download a free copy of Doug’s e-book 10 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case here.

Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau  are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

Giving thanks to members of the military and their families

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Doug Landau gave thanks to the clients, staff & friends of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., as without them, we would not be able to assist those who need help with their injury & disability cases.

Before gobbling up turkey, gravy, pie and stuffing, several hundred Fairfax County residents turned out 8 miles East of the Landau Law Shop on the W&OD Trail in support of our military. The event was the Giving Thanks 5k, a unique race for those who wish to give thanks to service members and their families who have sacrificed in service of our country. Lest we take our freedoms and safety for granted in a world full of turmoil, it is good to be reminded that the cost of freedom is not “free.” This race was a family oriented 5K / 1 mile on Thanksgiving morning to give thanks to the fallen and wounded service members. With a son in the Navy who has been treating and operating on wounded Marines, Sailors and other members of our armed forces, Doug Landau was motivated to support, participate and contribute. (Service members are broadly defined as members of the Armed Service, State Department, Intelligence Community or other US Government Agencies).

Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail
Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones’ throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

Thanksgiving is a time for assembling with family and friends and “Giving Thanks” for the many freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. We enjoy these freedoms in large part because of the sacrifices made by those who have answered the call to serve the U.S. Government and sacrificed life and limb. This 5K and 1 Mile event is intended to provide a venue to gather families of the fallen and wounded with those who would like to express their gratitude by participating in this event. There were moving ceremonies both before and after the running events, and the awards ceremony was conducted at the memorial. Herndon Virginia law Doug Landau ran hard over the hills that kept all but one runner over 6 minutes per mile pace. Finishing 16th overall, and runner up in the 50-59 age group, despite running 7:10/mile pace, Lawyer Landau was presented with both a certificate and a Fandango movie card !

The events were held in Vienna and proceeded on hilly local streets and on the relatively flat Washington and Old Dominion recreation trail Thanksgiving morning to benefit the fallen and wounded service members and their family. The charitable 501(c)3 Beneficiaries included:
TAPS – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy  Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. (CFC ID# 11309)

Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. (CFC ID# 11453)

Giving Thanks for the Fallen and Wounded Service Men/Women and their families