The Season Starts Sizzling…”On The Run!”

April 11th, 2012 at 11:33 pm by under Sports

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

On The Run Again!


Away We Go!

Even Easter weekend and Spring Break couldn’t keep many of you off the roads and at the races. On campus, the Monarch 5k at Old Dominion University gave Newport News’ George Fiscella a chance to matriculate to the front with the Overall win in 19:25, while the Ladies were led by Jessica Dinkins with a quick 23:35.

Maryclare Mcquade was fast and swift as the Fastest Female for the Bunny Hop 5K in Chesapeake with a 20:12. Norfolk’s Wes Landfear was the Overall winner, with a 19:08. No resting on this holiday…

In Newport News Park, the first Annual Run for Autism was won by good F.O.B.-Friend of the Blog, Daniel Shaye, who sped through the course in 37:21. Hampton’s Kylee Jordan was the Women’s Winner with a quick 45:41.

Keeping the Autism cause going, the Virginia Autism Awareness 5K run in Virginia Beach was captured by Tidewater Strider Hall of Famer, Pete Gibson with a 17:06. (Been waiting to use that one…) The Ladies Title went to Stephanie Manny with a blistering 18:55. With husband, Mark, who helped set the Guiness World Record at the Shamrock Marathon a few weeks ago, that’s a pretty fast family!

Portsmouth Standout,Ryan Carroll was rolling, literally for VB Team Hoyt in 18:00. He embraces the challenges and really brings clout to Team Hoyt!

Ryan Rolling for Team Hoyt


Football and Track Cross Paths?

Lashawn Merritt On The Run


Thanks again to our F.O.B., Ryan Caroll for posting this: 2008 400-meter gold medalist, Portsmouth’s LaShawn Merritt, has been talking about the Olympics and training for this years event. Recently, he mentioned a random story about a bet with Hampton Roads’ native and current Washington Redskin,DeAngelo Hall.

“He is from the same area as me, and his agent was having a pool party right after the Olympics. D-Hall is a trash talker, so of course he started talking that he could beat me in a race. I just won the gold medal so I wasn’t hearing any of it. He was going to put up $100,000 against my gold medal. He wanted to do a 40-yard dash, but we settled on the 100-meter. Nothing ever came of it, though.” Might have been a fun “dream race”…

Hampton Roads' DeAngelo Hall

Go Get Yours This Week!

Races are everywhere for the next few days. Get historical in Colonial Williamsburg Saturday and race the Duke of Gloucester Street 5K Challenge . Rick Platt and our Colonial Road Runner Friends always put on a good show.

The schedule also hits Chesapeake for the Dismal Swamp Half Marathon. You know Mettle Events’ Ann Hupp has a great race planned. I’ll have my camera and maybe get a quick story. I’ll let you know.

Wanna go to the Eastern Shore? The Run for the Animals Half Marathon & 10K Race gets moving on Sunday. After Sunday….

The Third Monday of April Means One Thing…

The Boston Marathon


For 116 years, runners have taken to the 26.2 mile challenge that ends on Boylston Street. Many of you from Hampton Roads will be making the trip and participating in America’s longest Running Marathon. There are only two ways to be able to run this event: either have a fast enough qualifying time, or raise enough for a charity. We highlighted Ally Speirs and Kate Handley weeks ago, who I am happy to report made their fundraising goals and will be taking Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham,and Natick by storm. For those of you who will experience it for the first time, enjoy the screams from the Women of Wellesley College to the challenging hills later in this race. They say once you’ve run Boston, you know you belong. Here’s to Fast Times for you all.

If you have a story idea or want to leave a comment, feel free to do it here. I appreciate the feedback. I’ll catch you next time…“On The Run!”

See You On The Run Soon!


On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.comm

One Response to “The Season Starts Sizzling…”On The Run!””

  1. Marie Johns says:

    We took part in the Inspired Events Bunny Hop 5K and Thumper Run for ADA at the OneLife Chesapeake location. A really nice location for a run. A good time was had by all.

    Jen Johns was the Race Director, many OneLife volunteers and some folks who just like running were volunteers also.

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