Most Influential People in Our Running Community


Every year in March, the Virginia Beach oceanfront is taken over by runners by the thousands for the annual Yuengling Shamrock Weekend. Last year, several athletes traveled East from Colorado and gave some tremendous appearances on our fast and flat course.

Joanna Zeiger, Bolder, CO – 1st place overall female

Mario Macias, Steamboat Springs, CO – 2nd overall male 

I was thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to meet both of them.   They both have been extremely influential and inspirational in my running.

It is no surprise that Colorado is a mecca for runners like Joanna and Mario. The the city of Bolder is filled with runners of all levels. With over 200 miles of trails, this is a runner’s paradise. A couple of weeks ago, a list of the 25 Most Influential People in Colorado Running hit the internet. Many of the names were familiar ones ranging from Elite Marathoner and Oiselle spokesperson Kara Goucher to Cliff Bosley race director of the popular Bolder Boulder 10K.

When I read this list, I couldn’t help but to start making one on my own of those individuals who are the most influential in our own local running community.

Names to Know 

Jerry and Amy Frostick  – Co- Owners of J&A Racing, Race Directors of 6 local races including the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon. In 2013 Jerry Frostick was named Race Director of the Year by MarathonFoto/Road Race Management.

The Running Turtles  – per the group’s Facebook page “A group of sloggers, joggers, runners, walk-runners, run-walkers, or anyone else who may not have the fastest race pace, but enjoys getting out there and doing their best!” This pack of turtles can be found sporting their own turtle shirts at most local races and meet ups throughout the week. Not only do they push themselves, they push each other and finish each run with a smile no matter the time. They show a true love for running.

Renee HighFemale Elite, 2012 & 2013 Disney Marathon Female Winner, Member of the Saucony Hurricanes Running Team

Amanda Smith – Grassfield High School Graduate, Virginia Tech Athlete, 800 M Record Holder and ACC Champ, All American

Linda Sunny Fox –  Retired United States Navy Master Chief, Team Hoyt Volunteer, Ainsley’s Angels Volunteer, Thyroid Cancer Survivor who set out on a mission to run 1000 races as a way to combat cancer. She has been featured in a book by Will Bowen and Joe Flanagan is documenting her progress. Sunny is a staple on any local race course with stroller in toe!

Jim Browning – Owner of Injury Solutions, Father, Husband and nicknamed miracle worker by the local running community. When we as runners suffer from aches, pains, or the unfortunate injury this is where we turn. It is not uncommon to see friends in the waiting room or see their Facebook check in praising and thanking this man for a speedy recovery thanks to active release therapy.

Trey White and Members of Team Hoyt Virginia Beach – Father, Husband, Dentist, Director of team Hoyt Virginia Beach. Team Hoyt VB strives to help those who are physically disabled become active members of the community. Join us in spreading Team Hoyt’s message, “Yes You Can!” Team Hoyt VB is inspired by the inspirational story of a father, Dick Hoyt, and his son, Rick Hoyt, who compete together in marathons and triathlons across the country. With over 300 registered pushers and 80 athletes riders, Team Hoyt attends 20 races per year with 20-30 riders and pushers at most racers.

Mike Robinson and the Staff of Running Etc – Father, Husband, Runner and Owner of Running Etc. On any given day Mike and his knowledgable and hand picked staff can be found sizing and analyzing runners from elites to the those taking up the habit for the first time. From shoes to supplies this establishment is well known to all as the go to spot for gear.

Striders – Tidewater Striders is an organization to support runners through races, championships, social events, newsletters, awards, and running series. Memberships range from individual to family.

Kris Lawrence – Sponsored by Running Etc, Wife, Mother of 3 and chasing a 2:43 marathon time and the goal of U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials 2016

Justin Turner – If you didn’t know his name before Sunday…you certainly do now! Justin and his accomplished and equally athletic wife Courtney recently moved from Virginia Beach to San Diego. Justin currently represents the United States Navy on the running team and his most recent victory was finishing third male overall in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 2:25:04!!!

Ann Hupp – Wife, Mother, Runner and owner of Mettle Events. Mettle events offers timing services to many of the races held in the 757 and outlying areas. It is no doubt that sometime this past year if you ran a race and crossed the finish line, you could have been timed by Mettle.


This list will be ever evolving as many athletes and organizers pave the way towards inspiring others from our local running community.

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