Sham-Rockin’ the Miles This Weekend… “On The Run!”

March 11th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by under Sports

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


We're Back for More..."On The Run!"

We’re Back for More…”On The Run!”

The Calm Before the Storm!     Before we go racing into the BIG Shamrock Sportsfest Weekend, let’s look at the past weekend as so many of you are getting prepped for the big day with other races.  First,  the Cox Falcon 5K  went to Va. Beach’s Caleb Doan on Satruday, with an outstanding 15:45, while the Ladies Champ is a familiar face here and big supporter of our blog,  Renee High with a solid  18:22 for the 3.1 mile course.

This season, we’re adding “Shout Outs”, our way of spotlighting more than just winners.  let’s start with Ben Werve,  11 years old, turning in a terrific  19:07, 60year old, Carolyn Shaheen, who sparkled with her 27:00 effort.  Also in the crowd,  Triathlete,  John Lomogda  from Norfolk  “brought it” with an 18:31,  a big 5 minute PR for  Courtney Pollman , blistering the course in 21:16.     John Dicarlo, 63 of Virginia Beach gets in with a 23:36 and Dolores Ware , 42 years young rocked the  run in 19:47.

We went to the Peninsula Saturday and found  the Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K.  That’s where 18 year old, Andrew Richards,  from Williamsburg crushed it with a 16:23.  Krissa Loretto, was the Fastest Female in a very swift 19:37.  Keeping our “Shout Outs” going, how about Carol Talley,  who at 58, set the age group course record with a 23:57! Want More?    Check out Karla Havens, also setting an age group record at 51 with a 20:57.  Also, getting into the groove are Williamsburg’s Greg Dawson with a stellar 17:46 and  Men’s Race Walker, the blazing fast Tom Gerhardt, from Chesapeake in 30:06.

Not Quite done with the weekend as we also checked out the 1st Annual Chalkboard Chase run, all around the beautiful Mariner’s Museum.  With the race approximately 3.75 miles, Newport News’ Chris Reoyo was the overall winner in 19:48.  That’s a 5:17 pace per mile!   the always speedy, Mercedes Castillo D’Amico led the Ladies in 26:16.  Even though this is a “First Time” Race, we’ll still kick the “Shout Outs” to Valerie Hughes of Yorktown, with a nice 32:41 and 14 year old, Aaron Kempf who posted an amazing 20:30.  The future of Running in Hampton Roads really does look very bright!

Going Strong and Going Long

They all Go "On The Run" this Weekend!

They all Go “On The Run” this Weekend!

The Tradition Continues!  The Shamrock Sportsfest kick into year 41.  Staring with the Towne Bank 8K, then the Leprechaun Dash and Kids Final Mile on Saturday and rolling into Sunday with the Anthem Half Marathon and Yuengling Marathon, nearly 28,000 of you will “hit the road”, while thousands more will cheer on these great people.  Runner’s World magazine, the most popular Running Magazine in the U.S., recently ranked the Shamrock Half Marathon in the Top Five of Half Marathons in the Country, based on reader response.   Great DJs and Bands line the Oceanfront course, making the miles go by quick.   The Half is SOLD OUT but, there are a few spots still left for the Marathon.

We’ll have Videos posted later in the week to get you ready for the action and maybe a surprise or two.  Keep checking here  all week long.  Last Time, we were lucky enough to catch up with Race Director, Jerry Frostick, who’s team at J & A Racing has really made this a National event and a must-do race.

Click here for the Interview>>>>  On The run for Shamrock Weekend!  <<<<<Click here for the Interview for Jerry as we chatted about the Shamrock Sports fest weekend!

As always,  “Thanks” for checking out On the Run, the Running Blog from the Station and website on your side, WAVY TV and    Maybe we’ll catch you soon…“On The Run!

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