Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic

Morseman Wins Half Marathon Classic

WHEELING — Bryan Morseman loves to run. He wouldn’t enter so many marathons and half marathons if he didn’t. But more than his love of running is the love of his young son, Leeim. Leeim was born with spina bifida, a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and ...

Vavrek Is First Female

WHEELING — Aimee Vavrek finished sixth overall in last year’s Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. All she wanted to do Saturday was improve upon that finish. The Bellaire resident certainly did that as she was the first female to break the tape during the 42nd annual event Saturday ...

Haught Raises More Than $3K

WHEELING — For Johnny “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Haught, Saturday morning’s 42nd annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic wasn’t about what time he crossed the finish line, it was about giving back. The former professional boxer, kickboxer and cage fighter ran the 13.1-mile ...

Tiny Tots Trot on Water Street

WHEELING — They might be small, but they’re also mighty. The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic’s smallest — and cutest — racers took to Water Street on Saturday for the annual Ogden Tiny Tot Trot. The non-competive race is a 100-yard-dash for children 5 years old and younger. ...

Palmer Returns To Race 40 Years Later

WHEELING — John Palmer is a running aficionado of 40 years who got his start in Wheeling and returned for the latest half marathon, where he finished third in his age group of 70 to 74 years old, at a time of 2:33:17. Palmer, of Charleston, remembers his first race, when he ran in the second ...

Kondrach, Ritz Are Walk Champions

WHEELING — Carl Kondrach and Lauren Ritz are both quite familiar with the challenges the roads of Wheeling pose to runners. They’re both equally adept at mastering those challenges. Kondrach, from Barnesville, and Ritz, from The Friendly City, both claimed walking crowns Saturday morning ...

Madonna’s Quattrochi Claims Ogden 5K Crown

WHEELING — Youth was served Saturday morning in the 42nd edition of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic 5K. Angelo Quattrochi, who just recently completed his sophomore year at Weirton Madonna, turned in an impressive performance in besting a large field to capture the overall ...

Ohio St. 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 ...

Veteran, Newcomer Take 5K Walk Crowns

WHEELING — A hardened veteran and a precocious newcomer claimed the top spots in the Ogden Newspapers 5K Walk for Health on Saturday morning. Under sunny skies, Wheeling residents Terry Whitecotton and Katerina Spanos raced to crowns in their respective divisions under increasingly muggy ...

Stations Help Runners, Walkers Stay 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 ...

Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fun Run

WHEELING — Those kids know how to put the “fun” in Fun Run. Dozens of children participated Saturday in the non-competitive Ogden Fun Run in downtown Wheeling. The mile run began at the half marathon’s start/finish line on 14th Street. Before the race began, it was all the children ...

Fighting to the End

Leonard Clark is the last participant to complete the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic on Saturday. Clark completed the Half Marathon Walk in 4:46:23. He is a 68-year-old resident of Wheeling.

Seeking 50 Races in 50 States

WHEELING — Two runners who participated Saturday in the half marathon are trying to do more than just run around Wheeling: They want to run in all 50 states. Daniel Dorsch ran the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic clad in full Captain America gear, while his son, Balin, participated in ...

Energy Fuels The Youngsters

WHEELING — The youngest particpants 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 ...

No Major Injuries During Race

WHEELING — Runners and walkers were challenged by Saturday’s heat and humidity, but no major injuries were reported from the Odgen Newspapers Half Marathon Classic events. Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms said the race events went smoothly. “A couple of people fell and got scraped up,” ...

Showing His Patriotism

Shadyside resident Joe Foster carries a large American Flag while running down Main Street during the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Saturday.

Veterans Run for Fallen Colleagues

WHEELING — There were only a few notes of music heard, but Miguel Encinas stopped his comments and asked all to stand at attention. “They’re playing the National Anthem,” he said. Encinas, 52, of Bridgeport, was the vocal leader of a group of about 10 veterans and their supporters ...

Sister and Dad ‘Fight for Frank’

WHEELING — Weirton resident Melissa Shuler made a promise to her brother, Frank Shuler, and kept it again Saturday during the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic. Shuler, along with her father, David Shuler, participated in the 5K Walk in support of Frank Shuler, who is battling a rare ...

Running Still a Way of Life for Ironmen

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 ...

Team Hayden Runs, Sweats Together

WHEELING — Once the youngest competitor in the 5K race, Hayden Walton said his family has been backing him since his first run at the age of 6 in 2012. Each year since, Hayden’s mom, sister and grandparents have gathered to run the 5K and spend time together as a family as Team ...