Cross Country Running

Local runners value convenience of Virginia Beach's Shamrock race

In January when the Shamrock Sportsfest, held March 16-18, announced that their 8K race in Virginia Beach this year would be the USA Track and Field National Masters 8K Championship, Colonial Road Runners team coordinators Greg Dawson and Steve Chantry jumped at the opportunity to compete on a national level at such a convenient location.

The CRR has many national and regional-class runners, and their teams have been competing for the past decade at numerous USATF championship road and cross country races. But the further afield the championship race is, the fewer from the CRR will attend. Through the years, they have competed within driving distance in North Carolina (Greensboro...