Racing Into Fall – On The Run!

November 2nd, 2012 at 12:58 pm by under Sports

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

On The Run, Again!


Results All Over!

WOW! The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington was a great run for over 23,000 finishers, their largest group ever to cross the line, including Hampton Roads’ Justin Turner, who blazed the 26.2 miles in a 5:46 pace for a Top Ten time of 2:31:08 and was the fastest Enlisted Navy Runner across the line. Crazy Congratulations! The Fastest Female from the “757″ was Virginia Beach’s Kristen Paladino with a sizzling 3:14:20. A big “OOO-Rah” to all who “Stormed the District!” With the Military presence and support, this is a “Must Do” event!

At the Oceanfront, over 7,000 of you geared up for the Wicked 10k and Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll ran 32:51 on a windy day. He continues his amazing works… Not forgetting the Ladies, Emily Dinning , also from Portsmouth, rocked 6.2 miles in 38:11. There were many costumes, including a payphone! Love the creativity!

Whats on this weekend

Some Great Runs are all over Hampton Roads this weekend. The legendary Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler & 5K, plus in Newport News, it’s the Virginia Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K
. I hear the first 100 finishers at The Christopher Newport event win FREE Chick-fil-A for a YEAR! Good Luck!

On The Horizon, Marathons are calling: November 10th, it’s the Richmond Marathon, then Sunday the 11th, the Outer Banks has their fun Marathon and Half Marathon, while Norfolk offers the Freedom Marathon and Half Marathon , appropriately on Veterans Day, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior project. Decisions, Decisions…

Above the Feedback

In A New York State Of Mind


Rarely, does weather have the effect that the hurricane had last weekend. Our thoughts and efforts go out to all those still trying to get back on their feet. This weekend, my neighbors are even having a clothing drive to help our friends in need.

Seven days after the fact, the New York City Marathon is scheduled to go on this Sunday, despite the fact that thousands of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents are without power, clothing, food, or a home after Hurricane sandy blasted the northeast. Opinions vary, with some feeling as if every time thy passed a policeman or emergency worker, that they were taking attention away from others who need help. Others offer up that by running Sunday, the charities that they represent will be satisfied. Miraculously, the course was not seriously affected.

Thursday, New York City Marathon race director Mary Wittenberg announced there would be no changes to the traditional five-borough course on Sunday, that a plan for transporting the majority of the marathoners to the Staten Island start would be revealed on Friday, and that a Race to Recovery Fund, intended to aid those adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy, has been established with $2.6 million donated even before the announcement was over.

So the question: If you earned an opportunity to race this year’s New York City Marathon, as some from Hampton Roads are, how do you feel? Is it unfair to run the race when an area is in such disarray? I guess only you can decide. If you have a problem with them running the race, then would you have a bigger problem with the Pro Football game later that day across the river in New Jersey as Pittsburgh faces the New York Giants, knowing that area has limited to no power in certain spots, with houses ruined, burned down, or destroyed? Wherever your thinking, the “show must go on”…

Thanks for all the kind words. Drop me a line…anytime. Maybe, I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

See You On The Run, Soon!


On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com

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