We Never Stop- We’re “On The Run!”

September 28th, 2011 at 11:52 am by under Health, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

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

On The Run Again!


More, More, More

The “Holy Grail” of Marathon Running is the Boston Marathon. For over a century, this popular race requires that you qualify by running a previous Marathon at a certain speed based on your age. Here in Hampton Roads, many of you qualified had applied to be part of next April’s event. The registration is now SOLD OUT. For those of you lucky enough to be accepted, “Best Wishes!” I was lucky enough to make the trip in 2009. It is truly an experience you won’t forget.

Many of you have run Marathons, but how many of us can say they’ve gone longer? Say 12 or 24 Hours? This past weekend, the DC Ragnar Relay brought teams of up to 12 runners to go for 24 hours. Locally, some of our “F.O.B.“s, Friends of the Blog took part. Congratulations for going the distance.

Speaking of Distance, the 12 Hour Adventure Trail Race in Prince William a few weeks ago, also boasted local flavor as Virginia Beach’s Steve Speirs notched 65 miles (Wow!) with a Second overall Finish. The Masters Runner always seems to “bring his best” with each effort. Congrats again, Steve!

Closer To Home

Port'smouth's Ryan Carroll

This past weekend, Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll was at it again, fresh from his Rock and Roll Half Marathon efforts, winning the Run/Walk with the Law 5K in 16:44. Lauren Emery captured the Ladies title in 25:50. Chesapeake was where the action was as the Chesapeake HS Invitational Cross Country Meet. Princess Anne’s Matthew Schwartzer, along with Abby Motley from Kellam were the Top Winners.

The Mulberry Island Half Marathon featured more winner that are Friends of the Blog, or “F.O.B“. Congratulations to Justin Turner and Kris Lawrence, the Men’s and Ladies’ Champs, while the 5K made winners out of Nate Wallace and Mae Winchester. It was a wet weekend for sure, so if you were out there, you’re a winner to me.

Ready to Run?

Friday, Madness will hit the Streets as the Larchmont RAT Race takes off across from Larchmont Elementary, by Old Dominion University. The 5K is a great run, but seeing the throngs of kids for the One Miler is amazing. Saturday, the speed switches to the Oceanfront with the Neptune Festival 8K and 5K races, while Richmond offers the legendary Capitol Ten Miler event. The Crab Festival 8K in West Point races away the same day and features a One Miler as well. Then, to cap it off, The Hilton 5K at Hilton Village in Newport News highlights the one of the Peninsula Track Club’s Feature races. If you still have some energy left, Sunday the Winged Foot Scholarship 5K in Williamsburg should be part of a great race weekend. I have already asked WAVY’s Don Slater to bring us some cooler temperatures. He has high hopes this will happen. If you are racing this weekend, “Good Luck!” To find out more about these races and more, check out kalerunning.com, tidewaterstriders.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, or colonialroadrunners.org. Between these great groups and other events, there is always something “On The Run” in Hampton Roads!

Next Week, There’s a Challenge!

I am going “Old School” with last year’s interview from Ryan Conrad of the All Access 5K. Listen to the “Moe’s Challenge”. They are doing it again this year:
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This year, the event is Saturday night, October 8th. I hear there are a few spots available.

Time To Fly!

Thanks for ALL the positive Feedback and encouragement you send me. People I have never met have referred to me as the “On The Run” guy. Thanks for the kind thoughts and words. If you think you have a story idea to share, hit me up at astrovp@yahoo.com. Look for our weekly blog here on WAVY.com. Hope to see you out there, this weekend…”On The Run!

See You On The Run!


“On the Run” with Sportswrap Running reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

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