42 Years Later, Running Remains a Way of Life

By ALAN OLSON

5:02 pm Saturday, May 26, 2018

WHEELING — Seven runners coming to compete in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic have made the journey each year for more than four decades.
More than just keeping the streak alive and scoring that attractive Ironman jersey each year, many among them said the run represents more than a tradition to them, but a motivator to keep active.
“The race itself is a celebration,” said Larry Jones. “The streak keeps me coming back, but it forces me to train all year long, which is a good thing for health and quality of life purposes.”
Jones said the weather was beautiful before starting his run Saturday morning, as it always is on race day — which he said is the case no matter the actual forecast. His fellow ironman Steve Habursky, however, said he was feeling the heat and humidity.
“I’ve run in conditions worse than this — when I was younger,” he said. “The older you get, the worse it gets. … I was ready as I get anymore, ready to go.
“That’s why we show up,” Habursky said. “We just start looking forward for it, come January and February. You know it’s coming, so you’d better start amping up your training a little bit. I do a few more miles, get a long run in.”
“At this point, we all feel a little roughed up at our ages,” joked Mike Lemaster. “It’s just part of me now. This is something I’ve been doing since I was 12 years old.”
“I try to get in as many long runs as I can to get ready,” Lemaster said. “Speed runs are kind of moot at this point.”
Lemaster, who hails from Columbus, said his practice runs often fall short of the real thing because of the lack of hills there.
Habursky was unable to complete the half marathon.
“My hip was just killing me,” he said afterward.
Of the Ironmen who participated and completed the race, Dr. John Holloway finished with a net time of 2:12:38, Pat Cronin with 2:22:01, Dave Fiorilli with 2:42:42, Lemaster with 2:54:18, Jones with 3:01:42 and Tim Cogan with 3:40:30.

Race News

Energy Fuels The Youngest In Race

WHEELING — The youngest participants in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic have so much energy they don’t need to train. “He makes daddy chase him every day,” said Ed Sparks, of Wheeling. His son, Jaece, was one of three 6-year-olds registered Saturday for the 5K race. Twins Nicole and Nathan Spangler, of Moundsville, also participated in the 5K race along with their mother, Jill Spangler, a registered dietician at Wheeling ...

Ohio State Student Wins Women’s 5K

WHEELING — Running in front of the home folks. That was the motivation for Molly Brown in the 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Saturday morning. Brown is a Grove City, Ohio resident. She competed in the Friendly City so she could run in front of her grandparents — Kenny and Joanne Burkhart of Wheeling. She made them quite proud. Brown toured the 3.1-mile course in 20:21.7 to capture the women’s 5K crown in warm ...

Volunteers Keep Racers Hydrated

WHEELING — Water stations were not in short supply Saturday during the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. Each station was lively with volunteers giving water and much-needed encouragement to runners of the half marathon. The Wheeling Children’s Home set up a water station at the top of Big Wheeling Hill, as their supervisor, Chad Wingrove, began in his fourth year as a volunteer. “The Children’s Home does it every year, and ...

MORE RACE NEWS