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Feb 12

Marathon Mondays- Sika Henry and Bob McElheney

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 10:42 AM by Communications Department

Every Monday leading up to the race day, March 4, Newport News Now is featuring various One City Marathon participants and partners. We hope these spotlights bring you insights and personal perspectives on why people participate in the marathon and what it means to them. Whether it's running, volunteering, cheering or sponsoring, every participant in the One City Marathon is important.

Meet Sika Henry and Bob McElheney, two of our One City Marathon Ambassadors. Both have previously ran the marathon multiple times and Henry has been the overall female winner twice! They are both great additions to this race. Find out more about what One City Marathon means to them below. 

Sika Henry
2-12 sika1.       How long have you been participating in the One City Marathon weekend and in what capacity (running, volunteering, etc)?
I have raced in the One City Marathon every year since the very first one. I was the overall female winner in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 I set a goal to break 3 hours and crossed the finish line in 4th place with a time of 3:00:06 (a nearly 7-minute personal best).  

2.      What is your favorite part of the One City Marathon weekend?
My favorite part of the One City Marathon is when I get to interact with volunteers along the course. Everyone is incredibly kind and helpful. The cheer stations along the course are amazing. I’ve raced in large cities before, but there is no other race like the One City Marathon. It’s the only time of year when the roads are closed off for 26 miles and you feel like you have your own personal tour of the city.

3.      What should people know about One City Marathon?
You don’t have to be a runner to participate. Simply coming out and cheering on runners as they pass by means a lot. I love that One City offers something for everyone. You can run a marathon, do the relay with friends and family, race the shorter (8K) distance, or jog the one mile fun run with your children. The One City Marathon provides an opportunity to bring the community together – volunteers, participants, spectators. Everyone works together to make it a successful event. 

2-12 bobBob McElheney
1.         How long have you been participating in the One City Marathon weekend and in what capacity (running, volunteering, etc)? 
I ran the first two marathons and trained for the third but was not able to race.

2.         What is your favorite part of the One City Marathon weekend? 
The finish line! And seeing the neighborhood involvement along the route. It is so energizing!

3.         What do you think the One City Marathon brings to the Community? 

I think it brings unity, laughter, fun, notoriety, and great memories. The One City Marathon is also a conduit to reach people from other states who want to qualify for Boston. The course reputation for being flat and fast is taking hold. While promoting the One City during packet pick-up for the Richmond Marathon, a number of runners said that they understood that the course was flat and fast.   

Click here to watch Henry and McElheny share their thoughts on camera! To learn more about how you can get involved with the race or to register to run the 8k, relay or marathon, visit www.onecitymarathon.com.