The Latest Running news in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
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:
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
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On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding