A Coming Out Party “On The Run!”

September 7th, 2011 at 12:09 pm by under Health, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News and Notes around the “757″ from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run Again!


Hot Times on the Oceanfront

The Rock and Roll Half Marathon this past weekend had all the local Runners we seem to know. It also gave us a glimpse of the future. Names were again a big theme. At the start, Alana Springsteen got the Runners pumped up with her rendition of the National Anthem. Whatever energy she gave out was felt by two other Alanas: Alana Cotton, riding with Team Hoyt was pushed by Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll. The Hampton Roads standout responded with an inspired run with a stroller of 1:17:12.

Ryan and Alana On The Run!

In a race that featured USA Olympic Marathon Favorite, Ryan Hall , who blazed the course in 103:01 for a fourth place finish, it was Benson Barus who claimed victory for the Men in 1:02:21. On the Ladies side, Yoko Miyauchi was the winner in 1:11:48. Our Friend of the Blog, Virginia Beach’s Renee High rocked a strong 1:19:25 for 15th place of the elite Women.

I did mention there was another Alana!

On a weekend before back to school season, most teenagers would be getting the last moments of Summer in, or spending time with friends. Alana Hadley, of Charlotte, NC was busy crushing here Personal Half Marathon Best. At age 14 (Yes 14!) Alana set out and beat her best Half Marathon time by four minutes and broke the National Age Group record, with an amazing time of 1:17:14. Finishing 48th overall and 11th out of all the women, including the Elite Ladies. I did a little research and found she’s been doing this for over ten years. Her parents were both standout Runners in the 80′s and at age 9, she ran at 21:09 5K. She won the the Corporate Cup Half Marathon, back in March in 1:21:05 in her Half Marathon debut. With this much talent, there is no limit for Alana Hadley. Remember the name. To borrow a phrase from the Disney Channel, we just saw “The Next Big Thing!”

A Few More Great Moments

With so many stories, I was reminded by my good “On The Run” Friend, Vince Savage that not all champions hit the tape first. Larry Chloupek, 50, completed the R&R half in Two Hours and 28 minutes. He did this with one leg! If you need inspiration, our new friend Larry is definitely a Winner!

Some Odds and Ends:

WAVY’s Cheryl Tan, of the Morning News and the Hampton Roads Show, rocked the race in 2:13:18. After starting the official gun for the race, Virginia Beach Mayor, Will Sessoms got in the crowd and crossed the finish line in 3:21:32. A special congratulations to all of the fund raising groups as well. They were well represented. I did see a few costumes out there and even met people who had never run that far or had to come back again because they wanted to go to the Free Concert with Bret Michaels. To the victors go the spoils….

Keeping the Momentum

If you are trying to keep the good runs coming and need a little assistance or motivation, maybe a personal trainer is what you need. With so many resources, I knew it was time to catch our friend “On The Run” and great Person Trainer, Jonathan Harris. Take a look:

Thanks for the great insight Jonathan! You are always a welcome guest and our “Go To Guy” when it comes to good training methods and habit.

Back to Reality

So you want to race again this weekend? Have no fear, the action is always going on. This weekend, it’s off to Chesapeake City Park for the Freedom Festival 5K Saturday. There is also a One Mile run offered. Head to the Peninsula for the Transitions 5K at the Matteson Trail in Hampton. The Salute to the Military “Red, White, and Blue” 5K and One Miler comes to life in Yorktown. Sunday, the 9/11 memorial 5K takes off from Kaufman Hall at ODU. Jamestown is the place to be if you “Tri”. Triathlon that is- It’s the Patriot’s Half and Sprint Triathlon Saturday and Sunday. A special congrats to those of you headed south last weekend for the Outer Banks Triathlon. To find out more about these events, check out kalerunning.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, tidewaterstriders.com, or colonialroadrunner.org.

Thanks for the Feedback! As usual, I appreciate your input. I couldn’t do this without your inspiring efforts and great accomplishments. Thanks for letting me share your stories with the rest of us. Take care! Maybe I’ll see you next time…”On The Run!

See You On The Run!


Look for On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding weekly here on WAVY.com

2 Responses to “A Coming Out Party “On The Run!””

  1. jonleiding says:

    Thanks again to all our Running Friends for your input! No one else covers Running in Hampton Roads like WAVY.com.

  2. Courtney says:

    Great coverage, but I’m really disappointed that Team Hoyt was only mentioned in relation to Ryan Carroll. He is an excellent local runner but this was one of his first races with Team Hoyt. There are individuals who have been setting aside their personal running goals and pushing for Team Hoyt for years. I do recognize that Ryan is a bit of a local running celebrity and he is certainly a talented and hard working athlete, however, I think that more recognition is due to those who sacrifice personal glory on a regular basis whether it is for Team Hoyt or for any other worthy cause.

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