Harrisonburg runner wins national races
During his trip to Spokane, Washington this past week to compete in the National Masters Outdoor Championships, 31-year-old Harrisonburg resident Stanley Peyton Jr. won not just one, but two races.
Peyton won the 400 and 800 meter races, beating competition from throughout the country.
He attended with help from local sponsors, and wanted to make them and others from the Valley proud.
"A little bit of pressure to not go out and have a bad race," Peyton said. "It was definitely inspiring to be on that side of the country, my first trip to the west coast, just being able to compete and represent Harrisonburg."
Peyton has many ties to this area. He ran for Bridgewater College, is heavilly involved with the local running organization VA Momentum, and has raced in and won the Valley Fourth Race. He is also currently finishing up a graduate degree at James Madison University.
Supported by his wife and two sons, Peyton is excited to continue racing, and hopes to inspire others along the way to run and get active.
Next year, he hopes to compete in the National Outdoor Championships again, as well as the indoor competition. He also has his sights set on the Olympic trials for 2020 in Tokyo.