Great Strides “On The Run!”

October 26th, 2011 at 1:53 pm by under Health, Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News for the “757″ by Sportswrap, Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run For Fall!

Away We Go!

With a Big weekend on the horizon, we’ll speed through last week’s events and say congratulations to all our winners.
The Stewarts 5K and 8K on the Peninsula were a big success. First, Sam Jasinski, a 15 year old from Gloucester, was the overall winner in 19:11, while Newport News’ Sheila Scottiwas the Fastest Female in 21:34. The 8K was swift as well, with Karla Havens leading the Ladies in 36:33 and Doug Marshall finishing first with a 31:18.

The William & Mary Homecoming 5K went to “Friend of the Blog“, Karen Terry. the Newport News standout rocked to the finish line in 18:45. Blaine O‚ÄôReilly, from Richmond, was the Overall Champ, setting the course on fire in 16:38. Deborah Zies made the Run with the Law 5k all hers, posting a 23:33, while Aaron Simpson took the title in 19:13.

Last, but certainly not least, the Sunset Six K was an evening of speed. just ask Erik Bates, who won in 21:22. The Ladies were well represented with Virginia Beach’s Stephanie Smith-Olansen winning in 22:49. That’s a lot racing for one weekend! We are lucky to have SO many good Running Groups putting on multiple races.

Looking for Some Motivation?

A couple weeks ago, Fauja Singh completed the Toronto Marathon in over eight hours. Here’s the part that’s hard to imagine- he’s 100 years old! Or so he claims. The Guiness Book of World Records says they need to see a birth certificate to prove it. Nicknamed “The Turbaned Tornado”, he could be the first centenarian to do what he did. Looking at his picture below, he looks pretty good. I also found a man, Buster Martin, who’s 101 who will run the London Marathon for charity. If you reach 100, my guess is that a marathon is not on your “bucket list”. Good for them!

On The Record for a Century!

Busy Weekend Coming!

Where to begin? How about the Pumpkin Chase 5K in Matteson Trail, in Hampton this weekend. For Costumes and a “Spooky” good time, the Wicked 10K races down the Oceanfront. Jerry & Amy Frostick, great Friends of the Blog, always throw a great event. Last year this SOLD OUT! The Costumes people wore were amazing! Keeping in the festive theme, check the KidsPeace Foster Care 5K Trick or Trot 5K and Sunday, go to Downtown Norfolk for Survive: Zombie Adventure Run.

For those of you hitting up the Fifth largest Marathon in the US, a BIG “Good Luck” at the Marine Corps Marathon. 40,000 people are set for this run through Washington, D.C. on Sunday but, it has alot of local flavor. Many familiar faces and names I’ve written about will be there, including MCM Hall of Famer, Mel Williams. I posted his interview last week from 2010. Not only is he in their Hall of Fame, he is one of only four runners who’ve run ALL 35 past marathons. He once ran 2:34:49 there and has won his age group several times. I saw him a few weeks ago and he still looks strong at 73. If you get a chance to see or interact with him, you’ll be inspired too!

Time is always a winner. In Running, you can’t cheat it, turn it back, or pause it. When it comes to this year’s marine Corps Marathon, time will be in the hands of some friendly faces. Our friends at Kale Running/ Mettle Events will be manning the Time Mats at 30K, 35K, and 40K marks. Ann Hupp and the crew will be there. Just to refresh your memory, here’s an interview from the Summer:

I’ll have my camera with me and see if we can get an interview or two!

Time To Go!

What a great experience you let me have: I write and talk about what you like to do. Thanks for all the feedback, cool comments and wonderful emails. If you have an idea for a story, or want to share some running info, hit me up! Email me at here’s to “Fast Times” this weekend. Maybe, I’ll catch you… “On The Run!”

See You On The Run!

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

One Response to “Great Strides “On The Run!””

  1. Stacy says:

    Maybe I will catch you sometime this weekend too, look for the red felt that says MCMFT*2 Stacy K and you’ll have found me!

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