Second Annual Victory at Yorktown 10K Sees Increased Turnout

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A runner carries an American flag through Yorktown. (Photo courtesy of Michael Bennett)
A runner carries an American flag through Yorktown. (Photo courtesy of Michael Bennett)

More than 350 runners and walkers from across eight states took to the streets during the second annual YMCA Victory at Yorktown 10K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 16.

Attendance at this year’s race was almost double that of the inaugural run last year, which featured 184 combined walkers and runners.

Coordinated by a Victory Family YMCA volunteer committee, the Victory at Yorktown 10K was organized to highlight three key areas, including the historical aspects of Yorktown, raising awareness for the Yorktown waterfront community and promoting the Victory Family YMCA’s status as a nonprofit that benefits youth development and healthy living.

The overall winners of the race were Roger Hopper, 25, of Williamsburg and Sarah Finley, 30, of Newport News, who took first place in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively.

Hopper, who won the race in 35:10, was 12 seconds off the course record he set last year. Finley, who ran a 43:01, set a new course record, beating the old record of 47:10 by Emily Honeycutt, 24, of Williamsburg.

In the men’s race, John Piggott, 50, of Williamsburg came in second place with a time of 36:31. Rounding out the top three was Steve Speirs, 49, of Virginia Beach in a time of 36:59.

Debbie McLaughlin, 50, of Williamsburg took second in the women’s race with a time of 43:55. Coming in third was Sheila Scotti, 32, of Yorktown, who crossed the finish line in 45:15.