Yorktown Freedom Run Embodies Values of Community, Patriotism

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Runners enjoy a scenic run through historic Yorktown on Memorial Day.
Runners enjoy a scenic run through historic Yorktown on Memorial Day. (Submitted)

The Yorktown Freedom Run went off without a hitch this past Memorial Day.

Through many changes in route, date and distance, the race has been a Yorktown staple for a quarter of a century, and for good reason.

“There is something very special about running through the battlefield that won our country, especially on Memorial Day,” said overall women’s division first place runner Jessica Riggs.

For the first time in its history, the race was increased from a 5k to an 8k this year, resulting in a new starting and ending location as well as a new route through the Colonial National Historical Park.

Participation suffered a slight dip from last year to this year, which Malcom Burgess, member of sponsoring organization the Yorktown Rotary Club, attributes to the increase in the length of the race.

“Going from 200 to 165 participants is probably a consequence of extending the race, but we were very happy with the turnout all things considered. The serious runners like the 8k and the families like the 5k, so at some point we’d like to offer both.”

Burgess went on to say the goal of the Yorktown Rotary Club was to see the race continue to grow, while maintaining the spirit at its core.

The patriotic theme of the race, which up until 2008 was held over Fourth of July weekend before being moved to Memorial Day to take advantage of cooler weather and fewer competing events, has been a constant. Four active duty soldiers from Fort Eustis, including Maj. Michael Hubbard, Maj. Dovia Williams, Sgt. Andrew Hartford and Sgt. Clifton Simon, served as the flag bearers for the race.

All proceeds go to the Yorktown Rotary Club, which in turn gives the money to local schools and youth organizations in order to fund scholarships and other services for the community. They hope to continue to see the race grow and change for the better in the years to come.

First- and second-place winners:

  • Men’s Overall: Will Christian (25:29), Adam Otstot (25:43)
  • Women’s Overall: Jessica Riggs (32:49), Eve Maria Backman (37:03)
  • Men’s Over-40: John Piggot (28:24), Douglas Marshall (28:44)
  • Women’s Over-40: Carla Havens (34:04), Arlyne Benson (35:01)


Changes To Langley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors

Morley and Flores have been elected to the Langley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.
Morley and Flores have been elected to the Langley Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

The Langley Federal Credit Union recently elected two members to its Board of Directors.

Debra A. Flores and Peter A. Morley join current members Richard A. Biege, Williams E. Griffith, Edward G. Henifin, Bruce R. Hoogstraten, and R. Lester Wingrove.

Flores is newly elected to the board. She is the President/Administrator for Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, and serves on the boards of numerous local organizations.

Morley, a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force has been a member of the board since 1989 and is currently the chairman of the CEO Evaluation and Compensation Committee.

In addition to these changes, Joyce Wright has announced her retirement from the board after 37 years of volunteer service. In her tenure, she has served as the board’s chairwoman and as chairwoman of the Policy and Governance Committee.

“After 37 years of service, I am proud to say that through the leadership of dedicated volunteers such as Joyce, Langley continues to remain committed to our members,” current Chairman Gene Griffith said. “Since my election to the Board in 2008, Joyce has been a mentor to me. I congratulate Joyce on her retirement from the Board. She will always be a part of the Langley family.”