August 14, 2021 – NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – Nearly 1,500 local runners and walkers crossed the finish line of the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K presented by Bon Secours In Motion to help support the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation.
“This was the 8th running of the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K. We are thrilled to have helped bring back some excitement to campus, as we brought back the run to ODU! We have enjoyed partnering with Old Dominion University for many years, and with the help of our race partners, the surrounding neighborhoods and race volunteers, it was an amazing day for our runners,” said Amy Frostick, co-owner of J&A Racing and ODU Alumnae. “Having the finish line on the on the 50-yard line of the new football field is pretty amazing, and we can’t wait to cheer on the ODU Football Team this fall!”
With participants ranging in age from 1-83, this event offers a distance for everyone. The race attracts visitors from all seven local cities, the entire state of Virginia, and 21 other states.
“This is my fifth year running this event at ODU,” said Shawnnell Whitehead, a 5K finisher from Suffolk, VA. “Today we had a great time. It was a great course and having the ODU football team cheer us on was phenomenal. This year we also had our youngest one participate in the kids 1K. It was a great event for the whole family!”
Wesley Bond of Virginia Beach, Virginia, won the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K with a finish time of 15:57. The winner of the 5K on the women’s side was Jo Reihner also of Virginia Beach. She broke the tape in 17:43.
After crossing the finish line, participants headed to the Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group Post-Race Tailgate Party to enjoy White Claw and Corona Premier, fresh bagels from The Bagel Baker and live music by The Tiki Bar Band.
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 BayPort Foundation 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.