The Ride and Tie event is unlike any other. Participants alternate between endurance riding on horses, and trail running on their own. The race distances can vary between 20-100 miles.
Additional background on Ride and Tie is available on the website rideandtie.org.
Rhonda Venable is a teacher at Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, former cross-country coach at Bethel High, and a past president of the Peninsula Track Club. She and husband Dave relocated from Yorktown to Toano in June, and trained at York River Park for the final six weeks leading to the event.
Other area residents who competed in this year's Ride and Tie Championship include sisters Chelsea Portwood (Virginia Beach) and Alison Zeytoonian (Smithfield), and Greg Bradner (Yorktown), who partnered with his daughter Megan Wilson of Springfield, Virginia.