Boston Marathon

Same faces but faster times for '16 Toano race winners

Last Saturday at the fourth annual Toano Icy 8K Run, the 2016 Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix series started out remarkably similar to the previous year's opening race at the Toano Middle School.

The men's winner in both races was Roger Hopper, and the women's top three of Sika Henry, Jessica Riggs and Debbie McLaughlin remained precisely the same. The biggest difference was the improvement in times from 2015 to '16.

Hopper, 25, of Williamsburg, who works for Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital, ran 28:19 last year, and improved by well over a minute, to a lifetime best of 26:56 under very good weather conditions — temperatures that had risen from the morning low...