Taking It To The Streets “On The Run!”

December 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm by under Sports

The latest Running news and notes in Hampton Roads with Sportswrap Running reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run Again!


How Quickly It Changes!

Last week there were Turkey trots, Turkey derbies, and Turkeys everywhere. Just like that, the calendar switches to December and there’s a sea of red and green plus, races with Santas, Jingles, Frosty, or Toys. It must be the Holiday Season!

Thanksgiving is a day of family, food and football. Or in our case, plenty of races to stuff! First, Williamsburg leads off with the Blue Talon 5K. Williamsburg’s Josh Slickenmeyer was the Overall Winner in 16:19, just three seconds ahead of 16 year old, Simon Watrous. Sarah Waldron captured the Ladies title with an impressive 18:15. Just down the road from my house, Ryan Carroll was a blur at the One Life Fitness Turkey Derby 10K, posting a 31:18, which averages out to 5:02 a mile! Rachel Young was the Women’s Champ, finishing in 39:35. Ryan also finished third in the 5K with a 16:19, while Colin Winchester, of Fairfax, zipped along the 3.1 mile course in 14:33, while Tina Bills, took the Ladies Crown in 17:45.

The Toys for Tots 10K went to Jeff Ball, with a swift 34:22. Not to be outdone, the Ladies were well represented by Holly Fredricksen, who put in a strong 39:49 along the Mariner’s Museum course. In the 5K, good friend of the blog, Karen Terry was impressive as usual, with an 18:49, while Chesapeake’s Geophery Mills went sub-17, winning in 16:57. At Mount Trashmore, the Striders Turkey Trot 10K was a breeze for another Friend of the blog, Renee High in 37:03. She’s one of two Ladies in the “757″ to be invited to race in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. Twenty year old, Michael Bailey carved up the 6.2 course in 32:25 to claim the Men’s title. All those races are history- Are we full, yet?

It’s No Joke!
The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and the 5K Run-Walk, known as “the Runner’s Rite of Spring” in the Nation’s Capital, will take place on Sunday, April 1, 2012 – no fooling. Organizers announced the lottery opens today to select the field of participants for one of the longest standing, most respected events on the national running calendar. This race will be the 40th year they’ve had the event. If you are entering, “good luck!”

Safe Travels, Too!

Steve Speirs


Masters standout, Steve Speirs leaves this week for the Cayman Islands Marathon. While the Virginia Beach distance runner deserves a break after an incredible 2011, I neglected to mention he’s won the last two Marathons there. Though Steve is very modest, his many friends will be thinking of him this weekend. Here’s to “Fast Times!”

The Clock Never Stops

There’s always something going on in Hampton Roads! J & A Racing has it’s Surfin’ Santa Ten Miler and 5K at the Oceanfront this Saturday morning. The 5K is SOLD OUT! The beach will be littered with red and white hats and holiday music. On the Peninsula, take a few strides in the Run with the Son 5k in York County. Those looking to get their “Jingle On” should check out the 24th Annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis in Norfolk over at ODU. It’s another great cause worth doing. Many races entry fees can often be written off as a charitable tax deduction. Check with your accountant.

Have you ever been to a theme park and after a day of walking around, thinking to yourself, “I must have gone for miles in the park?” Sunday, you can finally find out how long it really is at Busch gardens with their Christmastown 8K Dash and Fun Run. I would do this run, but I have a feeling I would get sidetracked at the Festhaus! Prizes include Busch Gardens Family Passes and individual entries to the park in 2012. It’s part of the Toys for Tots program. I hear you can still register in person and if you bring a toy, you’ll receive a special coupon. That’s part of the “giving spirit!”

Feedback Time

Thanks again to all of you who read and share the Blog with your friends. I have really enjoyed checking my email and the positive words you all share. It truly makes it all worthwhile. I’ll be out at the races this weekend. Look for our posts weekly here on WAVY.com. Whatever you’re training for, best of luck to you. Maybe I’ll catch you…“On The Run!”

See You On The Run!


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

3 Responses to “Taking It To The Streets “On The Run!””

  1. Hey Jon: Good follow-up on the race scene! Who is that handsome guy next to you in that photo from the Freedom 1/2. Some day I will challenge you again.

    (Is Allie Luchia (sp)? as hot in person as she looks on the Sports Wrap??? She does a great job! (It must be your behind the scenes help.)

  2. Paul Boyette says:

    loved all the info! keep writing and i’ll keep reading!

  3. livescore says:

    I always like the jogging and running. This the best to keep yourself health and enjoy the good health. These are personal feeling. Good info. I am entering in lottery if it is not April fool.

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