October, 2011

Runners Rule The Road “On The Run!”

October 19th, 2011 at 4:05 pm by under Health, Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running news in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Taking it On The Run!


No Stopping the “757!”

In case you hadn’t heard, Hampton Roads’ Lashawn Merritt has been cleared to defend his Olympic Gold medal in the 400M for next year. Unlike alot of news, that’s a positive. we wish Lashawn the very best and hope we get a chance to interview him as he preps for London. The world will be watching…

There seems to be a buzz in the air this month. Fall Marathons must be near. Gearing up for them, Hampton Roads Runners have been cracking off some speedy times. Congrats and many thanks to those of you who hit the Oceanfront for the Susan Komen Run this past weekend. With October being the month for Breast Cancer Awareness, it was a wonderful event. That said, Jennifer Quarles, of Williamsburg was the Fastest Female in the Run for Breast Health 10Kwith a 39:59. Skeeter Morris was the Overall winner in 33:35. “F.O.B.s” ,Friends of the Blog, Todd Kessler and Greg Dawson were in the Top Three.

The ODU Accounting 5K left no numbers to be crunched. Chesapeake’s Geophrey Mills was the Champion in 16:36, while the Ladies Winner was Jacquelyne Chantry from Williamsburg sparkled with a 19:10. Coincidentally, her Father is Masters Running Standout, Stephen Chantry. That’s a lot of speed there…

On the Peninsula, the Noland 10K went to JR Cruz, of Yorktown, with a 37:01. the Fastest Female was Diane Haupt in 43:19. Not done yet, until we mention the Grunt Run 5 Miler, won by Virginia Beach’s Chad Shroy with a swift 36:11. Another friend of the Blog, Elizabeth Campos topped the Ladies column in 44:48.

Now, Let’s Race!

This Saturday, you can’t throw a rock in any direction without finding a race. In Fredricksburg, check out the Run with the Law 5K or get ready for the Tribe’s Homecoming weekend with the William and Mary Homecoming 5K. You want something different? Cross the Gloucester Bridge to hit up the 4th Annual Bobby Stewart 8K & 5K in Mathews. Closer to my home, head to 17th Street for the De-Feet Domestic Violence 5K. The Sunset Six Race takes off from Little Neck Swim & Racquet Club for a very cool evening run Saturday. There’s “opportunity”, as my wife calls it, to get two races in one day.
In Norfolk, get in the Halloween mode with From Here to Eternity 5K starting at the Elwood Cemetery in Norfolk. Like that old 1980′s Rockwell song, you might feel like “Somebody’s Watchin’ Me”….

To find out more about all the races around, check out colonialroadrunners.org, peninsulatrackclub.com, j&aracing.com, kalerunning.com, and tidewaterstriders.com.

Speaking of Spooky

Next weekend, our great friends at J & A Racing have the Wicked 10K, with more costumes than you could shake a skeleton with. Jerry and Amy Frostick are back at the Oceanfront again with another sold out race. Be prepared for speed. Wonder if the Ghostbusters car will again lead the race? Who knows….

Going Long and Going Strong

Over the next few weeks, Runners in the “757″ will travel to New York and Washington, D.C. for the New York City and Marine Corps Marathon, respectively. Familiar faces will be everywhere in Washington. Our friends from Kale Running/ mettle Events will be handling some of the timing mats as runners speed by. You may also remember that last year, Norfolk’s Mel Williams,73, a great Friend of the Blog and Tidewater Strider Hall of Famer, has run all 35 MCMs in D.C. In case you missed an opportunity, check last year’s interview and also a preview of the 50 miler he has planned in December:
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I’ll try to catch him in Washington. Maybe another interview? Who knows?
We wish Mel and ALL runners at the Marine Corps and New York City Marathons “Good Luck!”

Choices, Choices, Choices

The second week of November offers up three very cool races, all the same weekend. Right up I-64, the Suntrust Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon blaze through the state capitol, saturday, the 12th. Down in Carolina, the Outer Banks 8K and Buccaneer 5K run Satruday, with the Outer banks Full and Half Marathons on Sunday, the 13th. In Norfolk, the inaugural Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon is on the same day. This area has SO MANY options. I guess we are lucky Runners in Hampton Roads.

Time to Fly

Thanks for all the feedback and emails. Can’t do this without you. If you have a story idea or questions, drop me a line at astrovop@yahoo.com. You can always find my Running Blog, weekly here onWAVY.com, or at ontherunwithflex.wordpress.com. Good luck with your training and who knows? Maybe I’ll see you soon… “On The Run!”

See You On The Run!


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


Big System Passing Through

October 19th, 2011 at 8:01 am by under Weather

What seemed to be a clear-cut forecast yesterday (mostly), has turned into a bit of a complicated forecast.  There’s no doubt that a big weather system is impacting the area.  We’ve already seen some rain overnight.  Greg in Currituck N.C. reported 0.8″.  Don in Toano V.A. had a half inch.  Doris on the lower Eastern Shore had 3/8″. 

Estimated Rain Totals

The rain was scattered this morning, and it was very warm with lows near 70 in many places.  An area of rain pushed through early, and then there was a bit of a lull in the activity by around 7am.

Satellite/Radar (7:30am)

A strong area of low pressure was located over eastern Kentucky with a warm front stretching from there over to Delaware.   A strong cold front lined up from the low, down to the Florida panhandle.  We actually had a weak area of low pressure over the southside this morning, but it stretched out along a weaker stationary front and turned into a trough.  That front will lift north today and combine with the stronger warm front. 

Today's Weather

Today the winds will be out of the south/southeast.  This along with partial clearing will allow for high temperatures in the low 80s.  It will be very warm and humid.  With the low and cold front approaching from the west, we can expect a few scattered strong storms later this afternoon.  Yesterday the models had a line of heavy rain right overtop of Hampton Roads.  Today they focus that line more over Hatteras to the northeast (offshore).  So the rain is forecast to be more scattered across the region today.  In fact there is also some dry air which will push in from the southwest in the upper levels later today.  This will should also limit the coverage of the rain, but a few of the storms that do form will produce heavy rain.  As the front passes through between 6-8pm, there will be one last line of showers.  The wind could really pick up out of the southwest as that moves through.  Tomorrow the system will move north of the area.  So here we’ll see some strong west/northwest winds which will keep pushing in the cool air from the west. Highs will be in the mid 60s with mixed cloud cover.  High pressure will build in over the weekend.  We’ll have fair skies and highs in the low/mid 60s.  Lows will be in the 40s.   It should be some more very nice Fall weather.  We’ll warm up a bit into next week.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


The Not A Nor’easter Storm

October 18th, 2011 at 8:35 am by under Weather

First off…let me explain.  Yesterday the word nor’easter was thrown around the newsroom more as a question than a comment.  Once one person mentions it, and then it spreads like wildfire since the Nor’easter of 09′.  The good news is that this storm will not be a nor’easter.  The bad news is that despite the name we do have a chance for heavy rain and strong winds.  There is even a weak potential for severe weather along the coast.  Here’s the setup:

Today we’ll see warm and pleasant conditions.  Yep…the calm before the storm.  Highs will be in the low 80s with increasing clouds.  Winds will be out of the south at 10-15mph.  We still have weak high pressure nearby, but there is a storm system over Arkansas moving east and a weak low over Florida moving north. 

Today's Forecast Map

The Florida low never did become a tropical storm, and now there is almost no chance that it will.  Tonight the tropical moisture around the Florida low will move northward.  This will stream in tonight and create an increasing chance for rain.  By tomorrow morning both systems will be nearby. 

Tomorrow's Forecast Map

The western low will absorb the weaker southern low, but not before it has a chance to create some heavy rain.  Our computer model as well as the NAM model were showing an area of heavy rain moving in during the afternoon.  Now both of them show the heavy rain moving in during the morning. 

Future Trak (9am Wednesday)

The GFS model has the weaker low farther offshore.  It also therefore puts the heaviest rain offshore.  It will be interesting to see what the morning (12z) runs come up with.  The models aren’t far apart, but one version puts 1-3 inches of rain over Hampton Roads.  The other version puts that over the ocean and only about a half inch to an inch over land.  Here is our model’s latest forecast rain tally:

Forecast Rain Totals

Either way it will rain in the region.  It’s about a 100% chance.  It’s just the band of heavy rain that we’re trying to pin down.  There are no flood watches in effect at this time. 

Aside from the heavy rain there is a chance for some strong storms along the coast where the more moist/unstable airmass will lie. 

After the storm system moves away we will have some strong northwest (NOT northeast) winds blowing in some cooler drier air.  We’ll see highs in the mid 60s on Friday with possible wind gusts to 30mph.  Then we’ll see highs in the low 60s with lots of sunshine through the weekend.  Hopefully, it won’t be as windy.

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Dishing it up for healthy babies!

October 17th, 2011 at 11:22 pm by under News, Personalities, Uncategorized

What a night at the 18th Annual Signature Chefs Auction at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

The March of Dimes exceeded its  goal. Not only did they set a record for the Live Auction thanks to the generous chefs, they broke records with the Fund the Mission portion of the auction where guests raised their paddles to donate $50 or more. They raised more than $63,000 total!

The money benefits the March of Dimes research and programs for healthy babies.

Ariane Aramburo and I served as emcees. We tasted some delicious soups, entrees and desserts.


Many of the chefs who participated have personal stories about premature babies.  The March of Dimes shared the stories of a few ambassador families who watched their preemies grow into strong productive young children and adults.

Chef Matt Knack from Croc’s 19th Street Bistro in  Virginia Beach, won the Dish of Hampton Roads for his shrimp and grits and pork butt. He and his recipe will be featured as the cover story of the annual food issue of Hampton Roads Magazine in January.

Here are the other winners:
Best Booth – Eric Doarnberger, Atlantic Shores
People’s Choice – Scott Simpson, Founders Inn
Best Presentation – Kevin Chang, Zushi
Chef’s Choice – Eric Doarnberger, Atlantic Shores
Best Dessert – Leon Buenviaje, Smithfield Gourmet Bakery and Cafe
SOL Food – Mike Farrell, Still

Check out many more pictures of the chefs, the food, the guests and the auction on my Facebook page. If you missed it this year, come join us next year! You can still make a donation to the March of Dimes anytime and check out the activities it has planned throughout the year.


More Changes Coming…Surprise, Surprise.

October 17th, 2011 at 8:46 am by under Weather

I have a huge piece of breaking news for you if you are new to this area.  The weather in Hampton Roads changes all the time.  There…now you know the big secret.  We have a stationary front up in Maryland and Pennsylvania today.  We will definitely be on the warm side of the front.  Winds will be southwest at 10-20mph with high temperatures in the low 80s and some high/thin cirrus clouds.  The record for today is 87 set back in 1925.  So we aren’t going for any records.  Tomorrow that front will start lifting northward as a warm front.  An area of low pressure will strengthen to the west and will allow that to happen.

Tomorrow's Weather

Remember air flows counterclockwise around an area of low pressure (northern hemisphere).  So the winds tomorrow will be out of the south.  Highs tomorrow will be near 80.  If it wasn’t for the cloud cover, then I’d even call for low/mid 80s, but clouds will increase.  The cold front in the above map will move through on Wednesday.  That’s when highs will drop to the mid 70s.  Then on Thursday we drop to the mid 60s.  We’ll dry out and have low 60s by Friday.  Lows will be in the 40s.  So there’s your big changes. 

In the tropics we have an area that is showing signs of a developing system.  The National Hurricane Center says that there is a 60% chance for a depression or storm forming from a cluster of storms near the Yucatan Peninsula in the next 48 hours. 

Tropical Satellite

This could be the next tropical storm in an already active year.  The hurricane hunters will probably fly out to this feature later this afternoon and investigate.  It may move north and affect Florida, but it will encounter a large amount of increasing wind shear in the next couple of days as a huge trough comes down and works on it from the west. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Nice Weather…Why Blog?

October 16th, 2011 at 8:13 am by under Weather

It’s nice weather outside today, so this will be a short blog.  Things are looking good as high pressure dominates the weather.  We’ll see just as much sunshine as yesterday, but not as much wind.  Tomorrow a warm front will move through and produce highs in the low 80s.  Our average highs are near 70 degrees this time of year.  I definitely think we will have a warmer Winter up until January.  I’m still thinking that we’ll have a lot of clipper systems and northwest flow after that.  So From mid-January on will probably be cold and dry.  I’ll try to do a future blog about climate patterns and my logic behind that forecast.  Despite that we will see big changes by mid-week.  There is a good chance for rain on Wednesday with slightly cooler temperatures, but then we’ll see a big cool down by next Friday.  Highs will be in the low 60s. 

There is an area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean.  For now it’s just a big cluster of storms.  It’s basically half over the Yucatan Peninsula and half over the water.  However, don’t be surprised if this turns into a tropical storm.  It may throw some moisture up this way by mid-week, but I doubt that it would make it up into the U.S. as a storm.  There will just be too much wind shear.  For now it’s just an area to watch. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Another Nice Weekend!

October 14th, 2011 at 7:48 am by under Weather

It’s here… The weekend that is.  We are on the doorstep of some much nicer weather.  Yesterday it felt like Summer outside.  It was humid, we had highs in the low 80s, and some strong thunderstorms to boot.  There were even several tornadoes reported up in Louisa and New Kent counties.  A cold front is moving through this morning.  It produced some quick-moving scattered light showers so far. 

Satellite/Radar

The front will pass through by mid-morning.  Temperatures ahead of the front were in the mid-upper 60s this morning.  They were in the 50s to our west. 

This Morning's Temps

The front will produce a few more showers and storms later this morning.  We should dry out this afternoon behind the front.  A pocket of upper level energy will lag behind the front though, and could create a few isolated showers this afternoon.  However this sets us up for a great weekend.  We’ll see a lot of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday.  Highs will be in the 70s.  Lows in the 50s.  We’ll start to warm up quite a bit by Tuesday with highs near 80.  This will be out ahead of another stronger cold front.  That front could produce some of the coolest weather that we’ve seen since last April.  (Highs in the upper 50s maybe???) That’s headed for us by Thursday. 

Have a great weekend.  Enjoy the weather.  The wine festival is happening in Norfolk. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Another Crazy Week “On The Run!”

October 13th, 2011 at 3:43 pm by under Health, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News and Notes from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run- Old School!


We are Everywhere!

There we plenty of familiar faces at the Suffolk Ten Miler, where Geophery Mills was the Overall Winner in 57:39, while Hollie Heimer won the Women’s Title in 1:16:55. Friends of the Blog“, Todd Bibb, Billy Chorey, Elizabeth Campos, and Michelle Harden- Smith were Top Five finishers. Congrats and Thanks for spreading the word.

Just down the road in Smithfield, The Hog Jog 5K went to 32 year old, Victor Fleming with a 16:39 effort, with Hampton’s Karen Terry posted a swift 18:38 to be the Ladies Champ. We mentioned so many races last week, both day and evening. Some people took advantage of “Doing a Double”.

Porstmouth's Ryan Carroll


First, the All American Beach Ford 5K at Kingston Elementary went to the the Southside Speedster, Ryan Carroll took the race with a swift 15:36. Wonder where he keeps all those trophies? Stephanie Smith-Olansen was the fastest female in 19:02. The One Miler went to Josiah Ramsawh and Madison Keough for the Boys and Girls. That night, the All Access 5K was also won by 29 year old, Ryan Carroll with a 15:49, while Renee High showed she’s back and strong, posting a 17:49.

Up the road in Williamsburg, the Crapolfest 5K featured NEW course records. In 2010, “Friend of the Blog“, Karen Terry broke the course record in 19:01, but Jennifer Quarles, of Williamsburg took it even lower, with an impressive 18:49. Still with t Ladies, 70 year old,Joan Coven, of West Point
set an all-time Colonial Road Runners 5K record for women’s in the 70-74 age group. She took three minutes off the previous record by Nancy Patron,28:44, throwing down an awesome 25:42. WOW!!!

Also at this race, Good “F.O.B.’s” Daniel Shaye was the Overall Winner in 16:58, while Greg Dawson posted a Top Three Finish. Nice work, Guys!

Taking a Bite out of The Gingerbread Man


At Alanton Elementary, i watched the One Mile Race from the front! I was the pace setter on the bike. Youth was on the menu as 13 year old, Travis Redmond won the Men’s race in 5:25, while former Alanton student, Madeline Woods raced away from the Ladies with victory in 5:56. What’s really amazing was the time of the youngsters there. Impressive!

Going Really Long

As I was out for my long run this past weekend, the Gibbet 50 Mile race took over the First Landing State Park. Great Friend of the Blog, 45 year old,Steve Speirs was the Overall winner and by the picture below at the 49.9 mile mark, didn’t look winded at all after 6:56:52. He continues to amaze! Great work, Steve!

Steve Speirs in the Gibbet 50 Miler


Ready to Go For It?

The Susan Komen Run returns to the Oceanfront Saturday, with proceeds going towards Breast Cance Research. Our friends on the Peninsula also have their “Pink On”, with the Warhill Sports Complex Run for Breast Health 10K. Wanna go “Off Road?” Check out the Noland Trail 10K & Mariner’s Museum 5k, starting at the Mariner’s Museum Saturday. If “Getting Dirty” is your thing, then head to the NSA Northwest Annex in Chesapeake for the Grunt Run Five Mile Run. Sunday, the Heritage Half Marathon, 5K, and Miler takes off in Haymarket, VA or head back to school for the ODU Accounting 5K. As usual, you can find out more at kalerunning.com, tidewaterstriders.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, or colonialroadrunners.com.

Thanks for All the Feedback and great info. We couldn’t do this without you. Look for us weekly here on WAVY.com, or old posts at ontherunwithflex.worrdpress.com. See you next time… “On The Run!

See you On The Run!


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


Rain…Hit The Target!

October 12th, 2011 at 7:44 am by under Weather

If I were to go outside and paint a big bullseye over my yard, then would it tempt nature to hit it with some rain?  That was a rhetorical question, but you can chime in if you like.  A lot of people around here are aware of Fall planting for grass.  It is a good time to try to builda thicker lawn.  In the Spring some try to plant, but when Summer rolls in, then the really hot and dry conditions kills a lot of the grass.  The benefit of planting now is to capitalize off of some of the rain that we get this time of year from fronts.  Also, the high temperatures start coming down through October and November which is good for fescue and bad for bermuda.  The only thing we have to worry about is frost, and right now I don’t see that happening any time soon. 

Anyway, today we started off warm with lows near 70.  We had lots of clouds with scattered light showers through the region. 

Satellite/Radar

Notice that there was some clearing south of Hatteras that was moving northward.  I think that area of clearing will move north and provide for some sunshine to peak through during the midday hours and perhaps the afternoon.  Especially along the coast from Virginia Beach southward.  Due to the warmer day we will probably see a few storms form this afternoon along with the scattered showers. 

Today's Weather

The area of low pressure that was moving up from the south has weakened.  So I’m not expecting a strong easterly wind anymore. However, the persistent east/southeast winds that we do have will create some minor tidal flooding during high tide.  It will rise up to only about a foot above normal.  That’s usually more of a nuisance than a problem. 

Tonight we’ll see increasing clouds again with a spotty shower or two.  Then tomorrow as a cold front approaches from the west we’ll see some more late day scattered showers and a few storms out ahead of it.  This is more-so for Thursday night, and it will continue into early Friday.  We are still looking at a nice weekend.  Cooler on Saturday and mild on Sunday with plenty of sunshine. 

Tip Of The Day: Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve your gas mileage on your vehicle by more than 3%. 

Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler


Tax Scam Alert

October 11th, 2011 at 3:01 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Scam Alert

We’re hearing of a tax scam in Suffolk where victims (mainly senior citizens) are being told that they are entitled to a rebate of up to $4000. The victim is told to get the last three year’s worth of 1099 statements from Social Security. Using the statements, the scam artist prepares three years worth of tax returns for a fee, reporting false information generating a bogus refund. We’ve been told the filing fee is around $25 per tax year. In many cases, the IRS will catch mistakes and not mail the bogus refund amount. If the bogus refund is mailed and the IRS discovers the discrepancies later, the taxpayer if forced to pay the money back…interest and penalties included.   

In the meantime, the scam artist has earned the filing fee(s) and can no longer be found.

The victim is not only out of the money they’ve spent on “filing fees”, but have also become candidates for identity theft.

 Please warn your loved ones about this scam. It is so easy to become enticed by this so called easy money.