Another Speedy Week “On The Run!”February 22nd, 2013 at 1:05 pm by jonleiding under Sports
The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757 with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Keeping the Fire Burning
Glad you could check us out. I hope your training is going well. Here in Hampton Roads, we are lucky enough to have several great Running organizations with races almost every week. That means, if you’ve been wanting to enter a race as part of your New Year’s Resolution (remember them?) you are just an entry form away from competing.
Gotta Get Back in Time!
This past weekend, the Gloucester 8K was in full force with Douglas Marshall leading the way. the Mathews 38 year old won in 30:33; a solid 6:09 pace, while Yorktown’s Kristen Frost was Icy Hot, as the First Female in 34:26.
The week before, the Virginia Is For Lovers 14K lured a huge crowd as Ryan Carroll, always a big fan of the blog, crushed the 8.68 mile course in 45:06. That’s an average of 5:11 per mile! Gina Slaby was the Ladies Champion in a strong 51:02. Slaby outlasted Virginia Beach’s Renee High, also an Olympic Marathon Qualifier for 2012. Gina, a Navy Lieutenant is not unaccustomed to running at the front of the pack. At the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon she was the first active duty woman and second woman to finish overall, finishing in 2:45:58. She also won the 2011 Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego and won last year’s Half Marathon. Nice to have her in the area!
This year, our friends from J & A Racing offered a 6K as well, just shy of 4 miles and Alexey Popov captured the crown in 22:56, while Carrie Atkinson led the Ladies in 26:46. A big shout out to 11 year old, Benjamin Werve, who finished third overall with a powerful effort of 27:13. The future of local Running looks very strong these days!
Many Miles to Go!
We missed the opportunity recently, to boast about Virginia Beach’s Steve Speirs. He went to Huntsville, Texas to participate int he Rocky Raccoon 100 mile Trail Race. Speirs, who never backs down from a distance challenge, finished 3rd overall under 17 hours with a 16:55:48, a new age group record for 100 miles. Most of us don’t even Drive 100 miles in a day! Amazing! one of these days, we will catch him and get an interview with the speedy Mr. Speirs.
All Day, All the Way!
Local Runner, Dennis Wayne Welch, who also coaches, will be lacing ‘em up in September for Team Hoyt’s 24 Hour Fundraiser. Dennis will be on a 24 hour run while pushing an individual in a stroller. Dennis, along with friends and supporters, will have their sights set at not only one, but six total World Records. Details to follow in the future. Great endeavor for a talented Runner. We’ll be keeping you in touch…
This Saturday, the Tidewater Striders have their 20K and 30K Shamrock Weekend prep races at the Dismal Swamp Trail. Thats’ 12.4 and 18.6 miles for those of us who aren’t exactly metric.
Sunday, the Colonial Half Marathon in Williamsburg is Back Again! This race ALWAYS beats me but, this is a really challenging 13.1 mile course. My friends from the Colonial Road Runners put on a wonderful event. This is a must do! I will be out of town and miss it but, if you crave a challenge, this is for you!
On the horizon, March 2 means the Ft. Eustis 10K from the Peninsula Track Club and Mettle Events hosts their 15K at the Dismal Swamp Trail.
That’s all this week. Can’t say “Thank You” enough to all of you who read and share the blog here on WAVY..com with your friends. If you have a story idea, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend. Maybe I’ll see you soon….”On The Run!”
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