The Latest News and info in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Blowing in the Wind
Nearly 7000 finishers raced along the Oceanfront for the Wicked 10K this past Saturday. Among the thousands of costumes, speed was not disguised. Friend of The Blog, Ryan Carroll continued his Southside stronghold, posting another impressive time, 33:39. Not far behind, Masters standout, Pete Gibson, who we’ve featured her, was second in a blazing 36:21. Renee High was putting in another speedy effort, finishing Top Ten overall with a 37:40. Always happy to see her back to doing what she does well!
Epic Runs at the Monuments
The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington featured a little snow the day before, then decided to chill the runners on race day with temps at the start in the 30s. Some great efforts came shining through. Congrats to Michael Wardian, who we’ve featured and seen here locally, finished second overall in 2:23:46. Drew Carey, comedian and TV host of “The Price is Right”, completed the run in 4:37:10. The race featured a 90 year old and a 14 year old celebrating their birthday that day. Locally, Justin Turner was the fastest from Hampton Roads, 29th overall with a super 2:39:41. Two Familiar Steves- Steve Speirs and Steve Patterson both broke the coveted “Sub Three” mark, with 2:53:53 and 2:57:20, along with Hampton’s Adam Pegues racing an amazing 2:48:49. Congrats to all of you that took the 26.2 mile trip!
On Your Mark…
For those of you taking on the New York City Marathon, my very best wishes to you! For the rest of us, maybe a little local action will get your blood pumping. The Race for Breath 5k takes off from the Oceanfront, while the Taste of Town Center 5K beckons with the very popular “after party”, including several of the restaurants in the area. If you wanna go further, the Yorktown Battlefield Ten Miler is always a jam packed race. Sunday, the Peninsula Town Center hosts the Anything is Possible 5K, while walking is on tap as well at the Oceanfront with the Walk In Their Shoes event. To find out more, visit peninsulatrackclub.com, tidewaterstriders.com, or colonialroadrunners.org.
And Now, Something Different!
The Soggy Bottom Boys have pieced together an event on Saturday where you’ll use a compass, follow directions, and maybe even some adventure along the way as you hit checkpoints around Virginia Beach. They’ve called it the Urban-O-Meet, complete with two courses.
I had a great time meeting SO many Runners at the Marine Corps Marathon. Reconnecting with some and creating new friendships is always a refreshing experience. It’s a great “destination run” I will do again. Here in the “757″, the local races still get it right, with their “after party” attractions. We are fortunate for what we have here.
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On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding