Spring Has Sprung, So We’re Fresh, “On The Run!”

March 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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

On The Run, Again!

What a Weekend!
The seasons have changed and The Shamrock Sportsfest weekend was an amazing way to get it rolling. Where do I point out excellence? How about Leprechaun Bob, who on Sunday called out every finishers name for nine hours.
I spoke with him afterward. his voice is doing just fine…


Starting Saturday with the 8k, Julius Kogo blazed the course in 22:34. Rachel Ward was the fastest female in 26:44. Williamsburg’s Andrew Budiansky led the locals from the “757″ in 26:20, while the always speedy, Renee High was the swiftest from Hampton Roads in 29:44.

Halfway There!
In the Half Marathon, Tesfaye Alemayehu crushed the competition with a blistering 1:03:38. That averages out to 4:51 a mile! That’s faster than some of the vehicles during rush hour around here! on the Ladies side, Helen Jemutai was just moments behind with a 1:11:27. Virginia Beach’s Stephanie Manny was the local Ladies Leader in an impressive 1:21:21, while Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll continues his dominant ways with a Top 20 finish in 1:09:42. Like a fine wine, he seems to get better with age.

Ryan Caroll at Shamrock Half

And The Marathon…

Top Ten for Billy Chorey

Capping off the weekend of over 25,000 runnersand so many festive outfits, the Marathon went to Jynocel Basweti in 2:22:57, with the Women’s title going toTezata Dengersa with a 2:50:01. BIG LOVE to one of our good “Friends On The Run”, Billy Chorey, from Suffolk paced the locals with a Top Ten finish in 2:45:49. When I saw him, he was rolling around Mile Six. Congrats also to Gina McGee, also from Portsmouth. She claimed the Masters Female crown with an incredible 2:59:02 and fourth overall for the Ladies. Fast times are Everywhere!

Gina McGee On The Run!

Going Long!

If 26.2 miles is a bit long for you to run, our friends from Team Hoyt have a fresh view to check out. Big “shoutout” to Bern Roxer, who forwarded me the cool link of Tim Brown and Dennis Welch qualifying for the Boston Marathon through the Team Hoyt VB program. It’s pretty cool to see the runners go by using the time lapse technology, This is the first year locals from Team Hoyt will be in the Boston Marathon. Copy and paste this link to enjoy this fast paced video:

Thanks Guys!

Then That Guiness World Record Thing…

Major Congratulations to Tommy Neeson, Joel Bell, Drew Midland and Mark Manny for letting me be a part of a Guiness World Record broken for the fastest marathon by at least five people linked together. The old record, set in 2011 was 3:26:15. After dragging me around for 26.2 miles, we were able to drop that record by over twenty minutes in 3:06:04. I agreed to be part of the team less than a month before the race, when an injury sidelined one of the guys.

Originally. I came in with many goals. I wanted to finish, wanted to not be the one to let the team down, wanted to finish a marathon without stopping, and like a good friend says,”bring my best”. Mission accomplished on all of them. This was my second fastest marathon out of ten. To the guys- “Thanks” for taking this guy for a very cool “long run”.

Drew,Mark,Joel, Me & Tommy On The Run!

Now It Starts!

This week it all gets going with SO many races in very cool places. At the Oceanfront, the fourth annual Spartyka Wounded Warrier 5K takes off from 31st Street. Mt. Trashmore offers up the Cerebral Palsy 5K and One Mile Run. The Peninsula has “speed fever” as well, with the Yorktown Victory 8 Mile Run. Not enough for you? Sunday, head to the top! The top of Dominion Tower in Norfolk with the Step up for the Up Center Run
. You can choose to run up the 25 story building once, twice, or even four times.

For my duathlon and triathlon friends, we’re just a couple weeks from the Virginia Duathlon in Surry. Hope your training is coming along well. Running, Swimming, and Biking compliment each other very well.

To learn more about these races and more, check out mettleevents.com, colonialroadrunners.org, and tidewaterstriders.com.


As always, we can’t do this without you. Keep up the great work and I’ll keep sharing more wonderful efforts and stories. If you have a story idea, like our new friend “On The Run”, Bern Rexer, drop me a line. Hit me up with a comment here or email me the info to astrovp@yahoo.com.

Time to go for now, but look for our blog, weekly here at WAVY.com. Keep training and racing well. Maybe, I’ll catch you… “On The Run!

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4 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung, So We’re Fresh, “On The Run!””

  1. Drew Midland says:

    Thank you Mr. Flex for the fantastic recap of the weekend. There were so many great stories of amazing personal and community accomplishments from the races. The week after Shamrock is one of my favorites because I get inspired by so many people. Tim and Dennis definitely keep me going week to week. Keep ‘em coming!

  2. Michael says:

    Great report and congratulations Jon! The Gang of Five was amazing!!

  3. David H. says:

    This Shamrock weekend was one of the best I’ve been a part of. It was cool to see you guys coming down the Boardwalk to break the record. Congrats!

  4. Deb Buenaga says:

    Congrats to Tommy and the world record team! And thank you for wearing our bright orange shirts! You all looked awesome crossing the finish line. We could not have asked for better awareness. Those that did not know what the orange shirts were for I am the Executive Director for Preston’s March for Energy. We are a nonprofit organization that raises money for adaptive bikes for children with special needs. We presented anyoung lady with a bike in Va Beach and she was overjoyed. Thank you guys for your support!

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