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Mortakis Keeping Up Family Tradition

By JOSH STROPE Sports Editor WHEELING — The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic is a tradition for the Mortakis family. Sue Mortakis was a runner for a number of years and despite being no longer able to compete, her daughter, Kelley, is taking up the mantle. Kelley Mortakis crossed the finish line in a time of 1:29:45.03, becoming the first female to finish the race. The Wheeling native was 11th overall. “Awesome,” Mortakis ...

Johnny Haught Crosses Finish Line Backward

WHEELING — Johnny Haught of Bethlehem did not have the finish line in his sights when he completed the Ogden Newspapers 5K Run/Walk for Health, but he had a goal in mind as he ran the entire course backward. Haught has made a name for himself in past races by running in unique ways. Last year he ran the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic barefoot to benefit the the Lace Up for Kids program, which is conducted through the United Way to ...

Sisters Run for Special Needs Organization

By CARRI GRAHAM For the News-Register WHEELING — Sisters Jill Connolly and Tina Oleary traveled a long distance to participate in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. Sarah Tipton resides in Wheeling, but her sisters came from North Carolina and Massachusetts to join her in the race Saturday. The siblings are not running for themselves; instead they are running for the “I Run 4” organization, as stated on their matching ...

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