WHEELING — Jack Hines said running and proper eating are keeping him going as he approaches his ninth decade.
Hines, of Wheeling, who turns 89 in July, was the oldest participant registered Saturday for the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.
He offered advice to other aspiring runners.
“It’s good for you,” Hines said of running. “Keep moving.”
A Wheeling resident, Hines ran 15 Wheeling long-distance races before retiring from the event at age 71. He is now 88, and that was 17 years ago.
He made his return to the race last year following the death of his wife, Lois, but this time he opted to run shorter 5K race.
And he wasn’t alone. Great-grandson Owen Dobryzynski, 9, ran along side him.
On Saturday, Hines participated again in the 5K and ran the race in 41:50.
He said he has run at least three times each week for the past 50 years, although these days he does slow down to a walk on occasion.
His daughter, Jill Charley, accompanied him to the race Saturday. She reports he is always running, walking, biking or doing garden work.
Hines said he has always enjoyed participating in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic.
“I’ve met a lot of nice people — a lot of good people,” he said.
Will he be back next year?
“That would be nice,” he said. “I would like to.”
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...