MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K Goes Virtual To Support Student-Athlete Scholarships
April 20, 2020 – NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – On Saturday, April 25, 2020, over 2,500 participants were expected to attend the 7th annual MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K presented by Bon Secours. This annual event supports the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF) and provides a donation to fund student-athlete scholarships. Due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, runners are being encouraged to run virtually from their homes.
"The MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K has become a cherished event, not only for the participants who get to experience running through the ODU campus, but also for our student-athletes and coaching staff who get to support and cheer them on. It is a highlight on our calendar every year, and we are so disappointed that we are not able to share this opportunity with everyone in person this spring,” said Jason Chandler, Old Dominion University. “Our coaches and student-athletes stand with our community in this uncertain time and look forward to joining everyone for the virtual run on April 25th, as we encourage everyone to stay active and healthy at home. We wish everyone a great virtual run and stay healthy and safe!"
Old Dominion University’s new Head Football Coach, Ricky Rahne, has already completed his virtual 5K to support this year’s event. In a fun twist, he has challenged all participants to beat his undisclosed finish time. For every runner that beats his time, the J&A Racing Foundation will donate an additional dollar to the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation.
“While we wish we could race the new football coach on the racecourse, we love that we have been able to introduce Coach Rahne to the Coastal Virginia Community, even if it is virtual. As an Old Dominion University alumnus myself, this event is always a favorite of mine because it brings together both the running community and the Old Dominion University community,” said Amy Frostick, owner of J&A Racing. “During moments like these, we need goals. We need a reason to celebrate. I can’t wait to join our virtual participants with my own virtual 5K run on Saturday as I attempt to beat the coach.”
The MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K allows participants to celebrate their achievements even if the finish line is located in their own driveway. Registration is still open for anyone looking for a reason to get out and move this weekend. All participants will receive a finisher medal, race bib, technical race tank top (men’s and women’s sizing), a pint glass koozie, and a $10 gift card towards any fall J&A Racing event. Packets will be mailed to all participants upon registration. Learn more at bigblue5k.com
About J&A Racing
J&A Racing is a nationally recognized race management company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a portfolio of seven event, J&A Racing’s mission is to promote and support healthy lifestyles and the sport of running through all stages of life. Since 2003 when J&A Racing owners, Amy and Jerry Frostick, took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become one of the most popular running events in the country growing from 3,000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. Additionally, J&A Racing organizes the Old Point National Bank Wicked 10K; the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K; the Bayport Credit Union Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler; the Crawlin' Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon. 10K & We Promise Foundation Norfolk Harbor 5K; and the ADP Corporate 5K. For more information on J&A Racing’s events, visit jandaracing.com.