A national-class field is again entered and several thousand runners will compete in the second annual Run For The Dream race weekend in Williamsburg.
The women's winners in the inaugural 8-kilometer race, Chris Kimbrough, and half marathon, Kristin Herring, are entered, and the men's runnerup in the 8k, Mark Andrews, is among the favorites this year.
The 8k race, again designated as USA Track and Field's Masters national championship at that distance, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. The half marathon will begin 7 a.m. Sunday. Both begin on Jamestown Road in front of William and Mary's Phi Beta Kappa Hall, wind through the streets of Williamsburg and end at Zable Stadium.
The races and weekend are fundraisers for An Achievable Dream school for at-risk youth in Newport News, as well as the U.S. armed forces' Wounded Warriors program. The race director is Dave McGillivray, longtime director of the Boston Marathon and whose company manages races all over the country.
Approximately 1,600 runners are entered in the 8k race, including 200 Masters runners, and 1,400 in the half-marathon.
Kimbrough and former William and Mary track standout and national-class runner Sonja Friend-Uhl finished 1-2 in last year's 8k.
Kimbrough, a 42-year-old mother of five from Austin, Texas, ran her first Masters' class race a year ago. She finished 38 seconds ahead of Friend-Uhl, who is nationally ranked on the track at distances from 800 to 3,000 meters.
Andrews, a 41-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., finished second to Mbarak Hussein, a transplanted Kenyan marathoner who broke Bill Rodgers' record at the distance. Andrews, a former winner of the Colonial Half Marathon, clocked 25:04 last year at the shorter distance.
He is expected to be challenged by Kevin Castille, a 40-year-old from Kentucky who was the first Masters' finisher at the recent Lilac Bloomsday Run (12k) in Spokane, Wash., as well as 41-year-old Chris Juarez from Alexandria, the first Masters' finisher in the Cherry Blossom 10-mile race in Washington, D.C.
Herring, who transplanted to Newport News from North Carolina, clocked 1:28:07 and comfortably won the inaugural women's half-marathon by more than three minutes. Judging from expected pace times submitted on race registration forms, she should be challenged by Jennifer Quarles of Williamsburg and Gina McGee of Virginia Beach.
Among the men's half marathon favorites are Wade Sexton of Yorktown and Demetrius Ward of Hampton. Though last year's runaway winner, former Virginia Tech distance runner Matt Kroetch, was a Sunday morning entrant.
Run for the Dream
Noon-8 p.m.: Race expo at The Woodlands Conference Center in Williamsburg.
8 a.m.: USA Masters 8k national championships and 8k walk/run. Start at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, finish at Zable Stadium.
10 a.m.: Kids fun run for ages 14 and under at Zable.
8 p.m.: Salute to the Nation, hosted by actor Joe Mantegna and featuring fireworks. From Palace Green to the Capitol.
7 a.m.: Half marathon. Start at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, finish at Zable Stadium.
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