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Put your racing shoes on!: Meet the Intern

May 15, 2018 - Kayla Schradel
Hello athletes!

My name is Kayla Schradel and I am the 2018 Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon race coordinator intern.

Where do I begin? I was born and raised in Marietta, Ohio and graduated from Marietta High School in 2016. I am now nearing the end of my college career at Marietta College, where I am pursing a bachelors degree in Marketing and a minor in Advertising/Public Relations. The experience of being the intern here is a perfect fit for learning the ropes of my field.

A little fun fact, is that in 2001 I ran in the Tiny Tot Trot before the race was even sponsored by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. I know, right, I am getting old! I remember my mother coaching me before the race started telling me to run as fast as I could. At the time the race was put on by Shoney's so at the age of 3, all I wanted to do was hug the Shoney Bear mascot.

I guess my experience at such a young age being in races led me to have a track and field career in high school. I specialized in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and pole vault. My PR in pole vault was 10 feet. Even though I no longer pole vault, the sport will always hold a place in my heart since it was such a unique event.

It is so crazy how life has a way of coming around 360 from having a passion for track and field early in my life, to now implementing my enthusiasm for Marketing into interning for the News and Sentinel Half Marathon.

Stay on the lookout for future blog updates on the race and everything running related as the summer progresses. If you have any questions about the race email me at!

Make sure to confirm your spot in this years half marathon or 2-mile race! Go to today to register.

- Kayla S.


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