Madness, Chaos, Controversy, and A Lot Of Miles…”On The Run!”

November 16th, 2012 at 1:52 pm by under Sports

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

Lace ‘em Up- We’re On The Run!

Long Distance Fun!

Chesapeake has a great course at Bells Mill and the 5k Run/Walk For The Music was fast for Overall Winner,Kyle Oaks who rocked the Finish Line with a 16:59. Call me envious! The Womens Champ was Becky Bean with a swift 24:23. That’s good work on a Cross Country course.

Last week I mention the USATF One Hour Race/Walk Championships at Tallwood HS where you were given One Hour to see how far you’d go. A Big Congrats to Irene Fletemeyer, the 17 year old Ladies Champ, going 9,060 Meters, while seasoned Masters Race Walker, Tom Gerhardt led the guys with 9,649 Meters. That’s just short of Six miles. Well Done!

Up the road, the Suntrust Richmond Marathon Weekend was very popular with Runners from the “757″, including Drew Midland, the fastest from this area in 2:43:24. That’s much faster than when I ran with him “hooked up” last March! Viriginia Beach’s Gina McGee was the standout for Hampton Roads females in 3:07:02. great to see our “friends on the run” do so well!

in the Half, Williamsburg’s Bryce Livingston led all runners from the are with a 1:10:05 for the 13.1 mile course. Half was just enough for Virginia Beach’s Nadia Verbanac, who paced the Ladies of Hampton Roads with a 1:30:58.

Sunday Was A Fun Day!

Carolina On My Mind and On The Run!

Hurricane Sandy did it’s best to the Outer Banks but, couldn’t stop Runners in Hampton Roads from doing the OBX Half and Full Marathons. Virginia Beach’s Michael Wolfe stood out with a strong 2:54:32 for 26.2 miles. The Half was Fast and Furious for Williamsburg Masters Standout, John Piggott, who always has a high gear with a 1:16:11, while Norfolk’s Julie Ball was the Fastest Female from Hampton Roads, finishing second in her Age Group with a 1:39:36. Nice Work!


Norfolk hosted the First Freedom Marathon and Half Marathon raced away with close to 2,000 of you on Sunday. Unfortunately, the timing service used for the event had issues and results, as of Friday, are still not available. The weekend events, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, have posted the 5K results from Saturday but, the missing information has people taking to Facebook and Twitter to express concern and some even outrage. Race Director, Manny Cordero has issued an apology and the timing company, Colonial Sports who had posted they would have results Thursday, have now gone online and expect a late Friday night posting of the results. All winners trophies are now to be mailed once the results are in, with a video back up system being used to follow up the “Jaguar” chip timing system that had issues. As expected, most just want there recorded times.

The race is a Boston Qualifier, meaning that your recorded time, if fast enough would get you into the Boston Marathon. Hopefully, this gets resolved soon. With many hoping to get a certified time sadly,the waiting game continues…

Keep it Positive- Whats Up This Weekend?

SO GLAD YOU ASKED! The Virginia Beach Runway 5k is Saturday morning at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Add the Jingle Bell 5K, at Newport News Park, then throw in the GonnawannaRunagin 5K at Regent University, mixed in with the Carter Gunn Stress Buster 8K at First Landing State Park, sprinkle in the Pray to Finish 5K, and you have the ingredients to a great weekend.

Good Luck, whatever you’re training for. With Thanksgiving races next Thursday, who knows- I might just catch you…”On The Run! On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on

Great Speedy Friends and an Olympic Gold Medalist will see you…On The Run!

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