The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads form Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Better Get Going!
While most people are getting ready for Spring Break plans, Runners in Hampton Roads were tearing up the streets with some swift times. Double knot your laces, here we go!
In Newport news, the Jamestown 4H 10k was “Fast and Furious” for 31 year old, Todd Kessler, who kicked the 6.2 mile course in 35:17, while the Ladies Champ, Sheila Scotti raced away in a quick 43:40. Good Friend of the Blog Greg Dawson, from Williamsburg, ran a great 38:31. He’s running a big Marathon in Massachusetts, this Monday. Another Speedy Friend, Rick Platt, won his 60-64 Age group in 43:11. Well Done Guys!
On the Southside, the Long Distance Action was in Chesapeake at the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon. Maryland’s Dereie Deme was the Overall Winner in 1:04:53. Norfolk’s Will Christian was the fastest local and just a couple minutes off the victory with a strong 1:06:59. Rebecca Rollick of Chesapeake blazed the 13.1 mile course on hand cycles. She finished in 1:16:56 as the fastest female. Mettle Events always throws a good party with a great race as well.
In Norfolk, Football was in the air at Old dominion University and the ODU Big Blue 5K started the day’s celebration of Spring Sports activities. Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll topped all racing the 3.1 miles in 16:38. That’s an average of 5:22 per mile. The Ladies title went to Stephanie Frenchik in 18:18 which translates to 5:54 per mile. For both, that’s some serious leg work!
Whats Coming Up for the Next few Days
While most people are enjoying the holiday weekend, there are a few races locally. This Saturday, Williamsburg hosts the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k Run/Walk for a Cure. In Newport News, the action is going on with JLHR Race For a Better Place 5K at the Mariners Museum. For those who have the need to “Go the Distance”, the following week, the Virginia 24 Hour Ultra Run For Cancer goes off at Sandy Bottom Park. I have many of my Running Friends who will run Saturday, April 26th until Sunday Morning, April 27th. Excited for you all!
Patriots day is Monday and in Boston, the third Monday of April ALWAYS means the Boston Marathon is on. With all the events of last year, this year has brought so much attention to it’s return. Sports Illustrated has featured a cover to some key people and this year’s race attendance is at an all-time high. Many of you in Hampton Roads who went last year are making return trips and some new Runners will be making their first appearance. Staring in Hopkinton and winding their way past Natick, Wellesley College, along the famed hills near Newton, including “Heartbreak Hill”, then the parade to greatness, ending on Boylston and the ultimate finish line.
We will be rooting for you all and watching the progress of so many of you. “Shout outs” to guys like Andrew Hoffer, Vincent Ortiz, and John Adams, who ran with me the last few miles of the Norfolk Freedom Marathon. So many stories will follow those famous 26.2 miles. All of wish you ALL the very best!
With the Boston Marathon on Monday, I thought it would be nice to re-visit an interview with the Race Director of the Boston Marathon since 1988, Dave McGillivray. He was also the Race director for the Run For the Dream Weekend. Did you know that except for last years race, Dave has run the marathon course after the last finisher crosses the line. Enjoy this “Throwback On The Run!”
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On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com