“On The Run” Loves a Good Boston Story- We Got It For You

April 17th, 2015 at 11:11 am by under Sports

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

Runners From Hampton Roads will be "Boston-Bound" for Marathon!

Runners From Hampton Roads will be “Boston-Bound” for Marathon!

Monday, the most famous Marathon in the country starts in Hopkinton and heads for the streets of Downtown Boston.  For close to 120 years, legends have crossed the finish line.  With it’s incredible history, it is a “bucket list” race.  You must qualify with a certain time at a previous event, or like some raise money for a charity to gain access.

Monday, Hampton Roads will be well represented at this year’s Boston marathon.  Yesterday, we showed you Female elite, Kris Lawrence.   Today, it’s time to meet Thomas Hicks.


Originally from New York, the Navy brought Hicks to the Hampton Roads area.  Like many of us, “Life” was going on but,  came back to Running a few years ago.  With his eighth Marathon looming, Thomas runs with MS and a has a charity called 1 More Round.  Here’s his story:


Wow!  He’s a friend to everyone he meets and an inspiration to those of us needing a little push when we think we can’t go faster or farther.  As he mentioned he will be running with support of another Hampton Roads Runner, Aric Martinez.  Thanks Thomas!   You can go to and follow his progress Monday.  I know I will.  Good Luck to all “shipping up to Boston!”

Please feel free to leave Feedback here on  We always give “Shout-Outs” to those who do.

Also, we are working on “goodies” for upcoming promotions.  We all know Runners Like Free Things.

Best wishes if you are running a race this weekend.   There are plenty on Saturday, like the Farafest 5k and Purple Stride 5K in Virginia Beach, while in Norfolk, the Kettle Krush 5k races off in Norfolk.   In the Outer banks, the First Flight 5k is waiting for you, along with a long run in Roanoke at the Blue Ridge Half and Full Marathon.  That’s Just Saturday!  Sunday, the Surf’s Up 5k hits Virginia Beach, along with the very popular Color Me Rad 5k.  Speedy youth will be racing the streets of Virginia Beach at the Thoroughgood One Miler, while down in the Outer Banks, it’s time to get your “Arghhhh” on with the Flyin’ Pirate Half Marathon.

That’s all the time we have this week.  Run Fast and Strong!  Maybe, I’ll see you soon…“On The Run!”

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Boston Marathon Week- “On The Run!”

April 16th, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Sports

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It’s the most famous Marathon in the USA and you have to qualify to be able to run

the streets of the famed 26.2 mile course.  From Hopkinton, through Natick, past the “Scream Zone” at Wellesley College, up the Newton hills, then finally, all the to downtown Boston on Boylston Street, every runner dreams of running the Boston Marathon.

Some lucky Hampton Roads Runners will embrace the challenge this weekend.  Some will run with friends, and others for great causes but, Kris Lawrence, from Virginia Beach, will line up with the Elite Women.  One of the Top female qualifiers, Kris took some time to share her story with us…”On The Run!”

Best of luck to you, Kris!  You can go to the Boston Marathon website, and search any of your friends running Monday.

You can also watch the event live online as well.  We’ll share results here on late Monday or Tuesday of some Hampton Roads Runners.  if you are one of them, “Go Get ‘em!”

Friday, I’ll share with you an inspirational story of a local runner, dealing with MS and his 2015 Boston Marathon journey.

Thanks for checking us out…”On The Run!” 


Please feel free to share your feedback!  We give “Shout-outs” to those who have previously:  Mike Kottmer from Virginia Beach-”Thanks, Big Mike!”  Plus, a Queen of Running Events in Hampton Roads, Ann Hupp from Mettle Events- A Super Thanks for sharing “On The Run” with others!  That’s how we grow.  As the season continues, we will have giveaways.  Runners always like Free Stuff!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

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Runners- Are You Ready for Boston Week? We are- “On The Run!”

April 15th, 2015 at 3:15 pm by under Uncategorized

On the Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

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Hey Runners-  Monday is the third Monday of April, always meaning it’s time for the Boston Marathon.

We have been doing a little homework and a little tease for you for the next few days.  check it out:


Check back Thursday for our first segment here on with Women’s Elite Marathoner, Hampton Roads’ Kris Lawrence.

It’s Thursday “On The Run” here on  See you soon!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding.



Spring Break? No Need- We’re Always “On The Run!”

April 10th, 2015 at 10:32 am by under Sports

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

Time to Go On The Run Again!

Time to Go On The Run Again!


Hey Hampton Roads! Big weekend ahead? We’ve got some good races for you.

First, a big “Thanks” to all of you who share the blog report with your friends.

That’s how we grow.  Keep it coming.  Now, let’s go racing!


Saturday, the Big Blue 5K at ODU roars thru the streets of Norfolk. That race ends

on the 50 yard line at ODU’s Foreman field.

That’s just the tip of the Running Iceberg.  Mettle Events has the Dismal Swamp

Half Marathon weekendin Chesapeake.  This is always a great race and top runners

seem to shine here.


In Jamestown, the action is “Fast and Furious” with the Jamestown 4-H Discovery 10k.

That’s 6.2 miles if you don’t speak metric.  Plus, on the William and Mary Campus, there’s

Ali’s run 5k and Run/Walk.


Our Video Blog helps you catch up with the past week’s results as well.

We know you’re ready for it so, check out our Video report:


Next Week is BOSTON Week!  The third Monday in April means the Boston Marathon is front and center.

We’ll check in on some of you running it and who knows what other surprises we may have.

As the used to say: “stay tuned…”

Thanks for checking us out this week here on  Please tell your Running friends.

We keep striding along  smoothly because of you!  I look for you…”On The Run!”

Everybody's On The Run!

Everybody’s On The Run!

On the Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon Flex, Leiding on

Runners in Hampton Roads, Get Ready for the Weekend…”On The Run!”

March 27th, 2015 at 11:26 am by under Sports

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Ready to Go "On The Run!"

Ready to Go “On The Run!”

Another Busy week of Running and Races in Hampton Roads

is coming quicker than you think.  Special Congrats to all of you

who ran last weekend.  Here’s our Video Report for this week:



Hope you have a great weekend!  Great Stories are coming soon on

A reminder- If you have an idea for a great story or want to send me feedback, hit me up or leave feedback at the bottom of the page.

If you’re Racing this weekend, be “Fast and Furious!”  ‘Til Next time,  I’ll be looking for you…”On The Run”.

See You Soon..."On The Run!"

See You Soon…”On The Run!”


“On The Run” with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding, here on

Runners rejoice! We Are Back…”On The Run!” for 2015

March 19th, 2015 at 12:47 pm by under Uncategorized

On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter,  Jon “Flex” Leiding

The Latest Running News, Notes, and Stories in Hampton Roads

Ready to Go "On The Run!"

Ready to Go “On The Run!”


Hi Running Friends!  Hope your training is going well for you.  We are back for 2015 and ready to go.

Whether you have been doing this for a long time or you made a New Years Resolution to be active, we hope you check us out as a source for results and stories about great people to inspire you.


Let’s get the obvious story of the off-season out of the way- Weather.

Winter was a tough one with the snow and chased many of us inside.  Thanks to Don Slater,  Jeremy Wheeler, and the Rest of the crew at the WAVY Weather Center, temperatures are on the rise.  That means outdoor fun is waiting…On The Run!

We’ve got our Video blog for the week ready below.  Check it out:


Hope you like it.  We’ve got plenty of great Running stories to share.

Keep checking back on for new posts.  We’ll keep them coming and hopefully keep you On the Run this season.

Fell free to leave us feedback.  we always like story ideas.

‘Til next time, I’ll be looking for you….“On The Run!”

See You Soon..."On The Run!"

See You Soon…”On The Run!”


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Stronger Than Ever- We’re On The Run Again!

April 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized
Stronger Than Ever..."On The Run!"

Stronger Than Ever…”On The Run!”

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

Everyone's "On The Run!"

Everyone’s “On The Run!”

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!



Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

Boston Marathon Monday Comes Back Big!

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!


Throwback Thursday!!!

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!”


Thanks for checking us out this week.  Feel free to share with your friends, or leave us some feedback.  Look for more soon.  Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

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With You to the Finish..."On The Run!"

With You to the Finish…”On The Run!”




Runners! Spring Has Sprung- Now, We’re “On The Run!”

April 9th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by under Sports
Time To Go "On the run!"

Time To Go “On The Run!”

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads !  We call it “On the Run’ with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Neither Rain, Snow, nor getting hit by a Car can stop me from sharing the good Running News in the “757″.

It’s true- I was hit by a driver ten days ago who was texting.  I have been rehabbing and being very careful with short runs, riding my bike, and some light weight work.  Luckily, I’m still going and happy to shine some light on what’s happening around the area.  Even though i was wearing bright clothes, the moral of the story is – PLEASE “W82TXT”.   Meantime, we’re here for the party- the Running party, that is.  So, let’s take a look around and like Marvin Gaye once sang “What’s Goin’ On” in Hampton Roads!


A Quick Look Back At some Pretty fast Times!

March 29th was speedy, fun times for Kevin White at the Colon Cancer 5K.      The Virginia Beach Masters Runner was the Overall winner in 17:23. Meantime, good friend of the Running blog, Kelly Borkman was the Ladies Champ with a 21:39.

On the Peninsula, bad weather had postponed the 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus 10 Mile Run for the Heart back in January but, this past weekend temperatures were just right.  Meagan Hutchinson took the Ladies title with a swift 1:21:09.  Douglas Marshall was the  first to the tape in 1:03:44.  Out in Suffolk, Good friend of the blog, Ryan Carroll smoke the Bon Secours 5K in 15;46.  Elizabeth Lawson was the Women’s Champ in 21:38.   Wait, there’s More!

Ryan Carroll slowed down just enough for a Picture! Ryan is On The Run!

Ryan Carroll slowed down just enough for a Picture! Ryan is On The Run!


At Chesapeake city Park, Vincente Rivera won the  CASA Superhero 5k.  his time of 21:38 was the best for the guys, while Portsmouth’s Jennifer Gildea topped the girls in 23:00.  Nice work!    Just up the Road, the 20th Annual Queens Lake 5K Run at New Quarter Park went off well this past Saturday.  Lots of your Running Friends posted “Fast Times”, like 65 year old, Larry Coley who ran a 20:39 to set an Age Group Record.  Victor Fleming blazed the 3.1 mile course in 16:24.  the always strong Runner, Pamela Lovett led the Ladies in 20:29.  Great job all around

The Purple Stride 5K this past weekend went to John Brountas , who won the event in 19:53.  Keeping the Ladies at bay was Devon McCarty  with a sizzling 22:18.



What’s on the Horizon or, what Races are Coming Up!

Wanna go Long?  How many times have we Runners heard that?  If you are wanting a great distance race, our friends at Mettle Events offer up the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon.  I always enjoyed this race.  Ann Hupp knows how to throw a good party with a thirteen mile run thrown in to make it interesting.  Check out for more.

Do you feel like hitting the road this weekend? Jamestown is the place to be for the Jamestown 4-H 10k run.  The 6.2 mile run begins at the 4-H Camp.  Also this weekend, check out a little drive to Wakefield   A week later at the Mariners Museum on April 19th,   the JLHR Race for a Better Place 5K & 8K begins at 8:30am.   The very same day, the action gets hot and heaving in Williamsburg with the Clara Byrd Baker Relay Team 5k.   You can hit the beach at the Surf’s Up 5K at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  The race starts at 17th Street.   You can always check,, and for more details.   See??? PLENTY of Great races are available to you!

Throwback Thursday, Anyone?

Many people LOVE Throwback Thursday, so for you, we pulled an interview with Michelle harde-Smith, who has run now close to 75 Marathons, including one in All Seven Continents.  enjoy the memory…”On The Run!”

Hope your training is going well.  we’ll alway try to keep you in the know for what’s happening in Hampton roads.  if you have a story idea or just want to leave feedback here, PLEASE DO!  come back and visit us here on WAVY.Com.  Maybe, I’ll catch you….“On The Run!”

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Runners Rejoice! We’re BAAAAAACK- “On The Run” Again!

March 11th, 2014 at 10:59 am by under Sports

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

Neptune Agrees- It's great to be back, "On The Run!"

King Neptune Agrees- It’s great to be back, “On The Run!”


What’s the Deal with the Running Blog?

Hey Hampton Roads!  Whether you are NEW to Running or an experienced racer, it’s  cool to have you visit “On the Run”, here on   Last year, you helped make this one of the more popular visits on   Each week,  we’ll tip you to the great races and faces of Running in Hampton Roads. Not convinced, yet?

Check out our Video Blog as well:



We Missed You!

This past weekend, I was in Williamsburg and caught up with some friends who had just run the Jamestown Swamp Stomp 5k.  I had to check the results at the Jamestown HS course.  Barrett LeHardy, of  Newport News, just missed the course record by pounding out a swift 15:55.  Congrats!  Williamsburg’s Jennifer Quarles, won the Womens’ Title in 20:03.  Big “Thank Yous” to Todd Kessler and Greg Dawson, friends of the blog and age group winners of the race for getting me details.

Staying Strong at Sandy Bottom!

Also, on the Peninsula, the Joe & Sue Moore Memorial Scholarship 5k at Sandy Bottom Park in Newport News was cooking as well Saturday morning, with Spencer Mims as the overall winner in 19:04.  Meanwhile, Connie Glueck, a seasoned veteran, won the ladies title, averaging 7:02 mins per mile with her 21:49.  Youth was also on tap, as twelve year old, Morgan Merritt of Newport News was the second female, just under a minute behind in 22:40.

Southside Fun, "On The Run!"

Racing Fun, “On The Run!”


Doing it on the Southside

We keep  our eyes on both sides of the water.  The Cox Falcon 5k was fast and furious for Joshua Wilks.  The 24 year old blazed the course in 16:11.  Another showing for great young runners was Virginia Beach’s Ben Werve, speeding away with a 19:01.  Impressive for a twelve year old!  Kellie Zinchini        led the ladies with a 21:20.


What’s Coming Up

Many of you already know what this weekend brings: the Shamrock Sportsfest Weekend at the Oceanfront.  J & A Racing has a full menu of fun, starting Saturday with the 8K run.  My friend, Larry Taylor will be out there, along with plenty of new Runners as well.  In addition, there is the Final Mile for the kids.  This may be one of the best ideas for keeping youth active.  The kids have trained at their schools and put in at least 25.2 miles of training, leading up to the weekend.  Saturday, in groups representing their schools, they will storm the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for one more mile, totaling up to the 26.2 miles, the traditional Marathon distance.

Sunday, Running Goes Long, with the Shamrock Half Marathon starting at 7am.  Be aware that Shore Drive will be limited that morning.  Then at 8am, Marathoners will challenge the 26.2 mile course for the Shamrock Marathon.  I will be taking on the miles and wishing great weather and light winds to us all.  I’ll try to get a good word with Don Slater, Jeremy Wheeler, and Jeff Edmundson in the WAVY Weather Center.

That’s a Wrap!

Racing to the Finish..."On the Run!"

Racing to the Finish…”On the Run!”

This week gets us all back outside and ready to run.  We Need Your Feedback!  If you have any story ideas or want to just say hi, drop me a line here or email me at  Look for us here next week.  maybe, I’ll catch you….  “On the Run!”


On the Run is weekly feature here at  On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter,

Jon “Flex” Leiding


What I Should Be Telling You About The Boston Marathon…”On The Run”

April 16th, 2013 at 12:50 pm by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads – “On the Run” with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex’ Leiding

Even in Tragedy, We Have Friends "On The Run"

Even in Tragedy, We Have Friends “On The Run”

How To Describe Something Indescribable

Today I should be telling you how amazing the Boston Marathon is:  it’s history over the 117 years, some of the past winners I’ve been lucky enough to meet, and how great it was to watch the last few minutes of the race.  I should be telling you that I ran in 2009 and the feeling of joy racing down Boylston Street to the finish and setting my personal record on a historic course, making me feel like I belonged to the sport I enjoy and am somewhat successful. I should be telling you how proud we should be of our American Runners,  placing 4th and 6th place in BOTH the Men’s and Women’s Elites.

Kris Lawrence Making Strides "On The Run"

Kris Lawrence Making Strides “On The Run”

I should be telling you about how locally Kris Lawrence and Gina Slaby were so good on Patriot’s day that they finished in the Women’s Top 50, each running in the Two hour and Forty Something marks.  I should be telling you how envious I and thrilled we should be.  I should be telling you that Kris set her personal record yesterday and that we should be looking for more great things to come from these Ladies.

I should be saying how very exciting it is to run the Boston Marathon and giving “shout outs” to our local Running friends.  I should but, that all changed around 3pm yesterday.  I was handling some paperwork and my Mother calls.  “Are You Watching TV- it’s the Boston Marathon.  There was an explosion!”

Watching video after video had me thinking about all my running friends competing that day.  I watched video of the first blast showed Runners disoriented, even falling to the ground.  I saw someone pushing a stroller, like those used by several of the Fundraiser Charities racing to the side of the road for safety.  I looked the the time on the clock: Four Hours and Nine Minutes.  That’s one of the heavy traffic times through the finish for the Marathon.  From a numbers standpoint, more people are trying to break three and four hours than any other time.  I should be seeing Charity Fundraiser Runners at the finish.

My mind started to think about those who were there. I should have been writing about  John Adams, from Norfolk had run 3:10:45, even one of my friends, Thomas Hicks had run 3:14:03.  There was Brenda Kalin,  crossed the finish line Five minutes before the explosion.  First time Boston Marathoner, Trish Jones of Virginia Beach finished in 3:53:08, while her fiance’,  Bill Murray watched like others near the finish.  Our good friend, Sam Wittenberg and Jim Duffy had just finished a few minutes prior prior.  Virginia Beach resident, Lacey Baliet crossed the line in 4:09:34 .  As Chris Rupe was reveling in having finished his first Boston Marathon in 4:09, a loud blast roared behind him thirty seconds later.  He rushed toward the blast but EMTs directed him away to the medical tents.

Trish Jones at her First Boston Marathon

Trish Jones at the Boston Marathon

Over 9,000 Runners did not finish.  Susan Hagel, the Tidewater Striders Female 2012 Champion and John Price were 3/4 of a mile away, along with famed Boston Marathon Champ and writer for Runners World Magazine, Amby Burfoot.  I remembered David Mick and Dennis Welch, running with Michael Davis from Team Hoyt, all unable to finish amidst the chaos.  As Runners , we train to keep going.  Monday, the finish line had become a crime scene.  I should be writing about how inspirational all these runners are regardless of where they finish.  I should

Instead, I’m writing about how Runners turned to heroes.  After hearing of the tragedy, Runners went to the Red Cross to offer blood to help.  I’m writing about fans who lined the streets to cheer on their champions, immediately realized the troubles and didn’t run away but, stayed to help those so badly hurt.  Three people, including an eight year old who came to cheer his Dad, paid the ultimate price, while a hundred and forty others  were injured.  Cowardly as it is, no new information is available yet and the healing process will take some time but, yesterday’s race proved that in a celebration of personal achievement, our innocence was lost.   Hopefully, we catch those responsible.   I wish for us all some closure.

Leah Nyfeler, an accomplished writer wrote: “And before we put this beast on trial for punishment, I’d like to see the perpetrator have to run the marathon course so that all can witness what kind of person does this. No hiding behind a backpack, no distance between perpetrator and victim, no intellectual justification. Just 26.2 miles and seeing exactly what a person is made of”.

In the meantime, don’t quit.  Don’t stop Running or planning to run an event.  If  they were looking to test our perseverance, they shouldn’t have chosen Marathoners.  We are millions strong and unified…”On The Run”.


Look for my new Running Blog on soon.  As always, I appreciate the feedback.  See you soon!

Still On The Run!

Still On The Run!

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