After 37 Years, Whitecotton Walks to Victory
5:20 pm Saturday, May 27, 2017
By CASEY JUNKINS
WHEELING — After 37 years of competing in the annual Memorial Day weekend race through Wheeling, city resident Terry Whitecotton claimed his first victory during the Ogden Newspapers 5K Walk on Saturday.
Whitecotton, 63, was the first man to finish the race, as he crossed the line at 36:03.
“I started out as a runner years ago, but then got into walking as I got a little older,” Whitecotton said. “It’s not as easy as some people think.”
Whitecotton said the Saturday weather conditions — featuring storms and rain on the morning of the race — did not add to the challenge.
“Once it stopped raining, the conditions were ideal for me,” he said.
The most difficult part of the course, according to Whitecotton, is the last stretch because he said, “You feel like you’re almost there, but you’re not.”
“The last mile and a half are really tough. It works on your mind,” he said.
Though he enjoys the competition, Whitecotton said his main goals with running and walking are to “make friends and stay in shape.”
“My advice for anyone who wants to get into this is to just keep at it,” he said. “You need to train for it and do the course several times before race day.”
Whitecotton said one of the many friends he made along the way is Wheeling resident Bill Freyler, who said Saturday marked his 20th Ogden event.
“It helps you stay in shape,” Freyler added.