Last summer, founder and CEO of An Achieveable Dream Walter Segaloff envisioned Williamsburg becoming one of the nation’s premiere running destinations.
Maybe quicker than expected, that dream has now become a reality with the USA Track and Field’s announcement this week that the Fit to Run, Fit to Dream 8K has been selected as the 2011 National Masters Championship. It’s the first time USATF has named an inaugural race the year’s national championship.
In conjunction with the Run for the Dream Weekend in Williamsburg on May 21-22, the 8K championship event will take place Saturday, May 21 and be followed by a 13.1 mile half-marathon on Sunday.
The races will benefit An Achieveable Dream, a public-private school in Newport News, and the military Wounded Warriors project.
The event is expected to draw some of the elite master athletes (40 years old and up) from around the country. Others, like two-time world champion Steve Chantry, won’t have to travel far from home.
“A lot of us have traveled around the country for events like this so it’s a real treat to host this in our hometown,” said Chantry, a member of the Colonial Road Runners who will be competing in the event. “The community is going to be amazed at how fast some 45- to 60 year-old men can run; it’s truly fascinating.”
Both races will wind through Colonial Williamsburg, beginning on the College of William and Mary’s campus before ending at Zable Stadium.
“We’re taking in a lot of historical parts of Williamsburg,” said race director Dave McGillivray, who has been race director for the Boston Marathon for the past 22 years.
“One of the biggest things the USATF takes into consideration [when selecting a Championship venue] is whether or not it’s a place people will want to travel to,” Chantry said. “Williamsburg is a great attraction for visitors and guests, and the area is full of talented runners.”
Runners can register for the event by clicking here. Chantry says $10,000 is the total prize purse for those who place. Proceeds will also go towards to An Achievable Dream foundation and Wounded Warriors as well.