Some people catch the running bug sooner than others and =PR= Leesburg and One Loudoun staff member Henry Sappey caught it at the young age of 4! He ran his first race in his neighborhood when he was 4 and hasn’t stopped since. Henry ran all throughout high school and college and continues to train, run, and race to this day! In his most recent race, the =PR= Races South Lakes 10K, Henry took 3rd place in a close finish. Learn more about Henry and his love of syrup and pancakes in this month’s employee spotlight.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
Runner Full Name: Henry Sappey, =PR= Employee
Age Category: 20-29
Favorite PR Race: South Lakes 10K was a lot of fun, but I am really looking forward to the next Birthday Bash because I heard there’s ice cream!
How did you get started running, walking, or racing? Getting in shape for middle school baseball (which I wasn’t very good at…)
What was your first race? My first race was a 400m park loop in my hometown when I was 4 years old.
Favorite Race Memory: Conference meets in college were always the coolest because it was the ultimate team experience, EVERYONE always cheered each other on and had each other’s backs.
Favorite Running Event/Distance? Though I was better at the longer stuff, I always loved the mile/1500m in college!
What is your favorite part about running and or racing? It’s such a universal thing, anyone can do it whether it’s for competition, getting into shape for the first time, or letting the mind at ease and enjoying the great outdoors!
Who is your biggest cheerleader/supporter? My parents always had my back no matter what I was doing, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without their unconditional love and support.
What is your Spirit Animal? Why? A wolf because I love being part of a team and care about my friends and family
What is your life’s motto? Words to live by? Something good is just about to happen!
3 Fun Facts About Yourself
- I’m Pennsylvania born and raised.
- I love to play the guitar.
- I’m a major foodie.
Favorite places to run or train: C&O Canal and the track
Top 3 things to have for a race or run: (Must-Have Items): A Garmin (for the Strava of course), a backwards hat, and a whole lotta good vibes.
Your last run/walk was: My apartment to the W&OD
Your last race was: South Lakes 10K
If I wasn’t running I’d be . . . dominating pickle ball.
My favorite post run/race meal is . . . Kodiak pancakes with way too much syrup
What advice do you have for a new runner? Have a buddy to run/walk with, and always have fun!
Tell us a little more about yourself . . . Not much else except Potomac River Running ROCKS!!!!