Hampton Roads Runners Are Always “On The Run!”

October 5th, 2011 at 1:32 pm by under Health, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

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

On The Run Again!


Here’s To The Winners!

With moderate temps this past week, Runners in Southeast Virginia blazed the local races. The Hillton 5K Ladies champ was “F.O.B.” – Friend of the Blog, Susan Hagel with a 21:26. Geophery Mills was the Overall Winner in 16:21. That’s Fast!

Moving to Farmhouse 6K, Chesapeake’s Brian Jastrebsky sped away with the 20:24 win, while Rachel Wigton posted a strong 23:22 for the Women’s Title. In Norfolk, th RATs were on the loose in Larchmont! The 30th Annual RAT race, that is. Nicole Dewel, of Norfolk, captured the Women’s 5K title with a very speedy 19:04, while Suffolk’s Quinn Beers finished First Overall in 17:47. More swift RAT action was seen in the One Mile as 13 year old Travis Redmond won the run in 5:29, while the young Winner was Madeline Woods in 6:01. That event was packed for the run and a lively after party!

The Oceanfront was the place to be Saturday for the Neptune Festival. Great Sand sculptures, the parade, and vendors were a big hit as usual. The Neptune 8K and 5k races featured great times as Keith Gray from Buxton, NC 18:29 took the 5K title. For the ladies, Sika Henry was on her game, covering the 3.1 mile course in 20:37. The 8K was more of a family reunion as Masters greats, Pete Gibson and Steve Speirs posted a Top Five Finish. Renee High, on the comeback trail, posted the always impressive run, winning in 29:24. Arlington’s Gregory Mariano was the Overall Champ in 27:17. Weather provided many with “PRs“. If you set a new “Personal Record” recently, Congratulations!

Congrats to Williamsburg’s John Piggott for a Top Ten finish in the Capitol ten Miler in Richmond, posting a fast 59:33. Regardless of your speed, it’s the run that makes it fun.

So What’s Up This Weekend?

How many local races can happen in Hampton Road for one weekend? Just take a peak and you’ll see Eleven! Running is strong in this area. Let’s start Saturday with ten races and a chance to “do a double” with the evening All Access 5K in Virginia Beach. Our “Friend of the Blog“, Ryan Conrad, tells me the “Moe’s Challenge” is back again this year. Imagine running a mile and a half, then stopping to eat a burrito, then get going again. This is an evening race, so if you dare take the challenge….Come Hungry!

The morning is a buffet of fantastic races. The Suffolk Ten Miler & 5K is back again. “Right down the road a piece” is the Smithfield Hog Jog 5K. It’s a great race well worth the drive. Got to give up the “Running Love” for the Peninsula with the Monitor Lodge Child ID 5K in Hampton, then in Poquoson lace ‘em up for Mackenzie’s 5K Run/Walk. Rick Platt, another “Great Friend of the Blog”, has the Colonial Road Runners ready to host the Crapolfest 5K in Williamsburg. This is a standout race, so bring your best!

Wanna go “Off Road?” Check the Nelson County Blue Ridge Burn 5Kand 10K Trail Run. There’s a race for everyone this weekend! On the Southside, the All American Beach Ford 5k and One Mile Run will bring some speedsters too Kingston Elementary as the One Miler, according to my sources, will be loaded.

Sunday, there will more racing at the schools for the Alanton One Miler. That should be enough but, Saturday runners can go “Really Long” with the Gibbet 50 Miler at First Landing St Park. I’m already tired for just naming them all. If you are out this weekend, “Good Luck!” For more info on all these runs, check out colonialroadrunners.org, peninsulatrackclub.com, tidewaterstriders.com, or kalerunning.com.

Feedback Time

Thanks for all the wonderful emails and messages, along with the kind words you send my way. It does not go unnoticed. If you have an idea for a great story, email me at astrovp@yahoo.com. You can always look for this segment weekly right here on WAVY.com. Have a great week. Maybe I’ll catch you…“On the Run!”

See you On The Run!


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

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