On the Run, Featuring The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757″ from Sportswrap Running reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
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A technical glitch had us away last week, so let’s give up some “luv” for those of you who hit the road last week, like the Autism Awareness 5K at Mt Trashmore. Virginia Beach’s David Kidd was the Overall Champion in 16:24, while Lizzy Vanderbilt blazed the 3.1 mile course in 20:25.
At the Queens Lake 5K, good friend of the Blog, Todd Kessler, from Newport News, won in17:17. The real story on the Peninsula has been Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico. The 55 year young, Newport News Resident, captured thhe Ladies title and set an Age Group Course Record with a swift20:29. Wow!
Can’t Forget My Suffolk Friends- The Suffolk YMCA Run was fun for all who got out on the 5.66K run. Also in Suffolk, the Bon Secours Colon Health 5K went to good friend of the Blog, Steve Speirs with a solid 17:28. There is no stopping him these days… Chesapeake’s Emily Rivet was the Fastest female with a 22:10. Races are all over the “757!”
A Duathlon combines two activities, this time Biking and Running. The Va. Duathlon in Surry had plenty of Hampton Roads best, including Virginia Beach’s William Byland, a Top Three Finisher and Chesapeake’s Rachel Jastrebsky, the Winner of the Womens division. Gotta give the “shout outs” to Courtney Ann Pollman of Virginia Beach, along with Lisa Armistead, who both rocked the 5K run along with the 23 mile Bike Ride. Well Done, Ladies!
Time to Get Busy This Weekend!
Last week may have been a bit light but, what a weekend it will be! Take your pick- all over Hampton Roads, you can find races almost everywhere. Saturday, the Monarch Kids Run features a 5K and One Mile in Norfolk.In Newport News, the Earth Day 5K Races away from Newport News City Center, then go to the Southside.
The Dismal Swamp Half Marathon has become a tradition. Love this race! Ann Hupp always puts on a good event. Sadly, work will keep me away this time but, I hear there are a few spots available. Check out mettleevents.com to get registered.
If you crave more, take a trip to the Outer Banks and you’ll find plenty of Fun with the Flyin’ Pirate Half Marathon. My good friends, Angelo Celesia and the legend, Dr. Mel Williams will be there. Be on the lookout for them!
No, we’re not done yet! Up the road, the Ukrops Monument 10K is always a Big race in Richmond. Good Luck to all of you taking the trip!
Then, Monday….. BOSTON!
It All Starts Here!
Many of you will are taking the trip to be part of the “Massachusetts Madness”. This is one race that you have to have a qualifying time.
From Hopkinton, all the way to Boylston Street, over 26,000 Runners will challenge the famed Heartbreak Hill, while experiencing the worl’d oldest Marthon. There are so many stories, charities, and great people, just “amped up” to get to the starting line. Having run the event in 2009, I send “best of luck” wishes to all of you going.
Race Director, Dave McGilivray, who is also holds the same duties for the Williamsburg Run For the Dream Half Marathon weekend, has run the marathon each year since 1973. For 16 years he ran it with all the other runners and since he began working with the race in 1988 he has run the course afterwards.
Two Years Ago, I caught up with him and we cghatted a while. Here’s a look back to give you some of the flavor that is the Boston Marathon: Click on this link>>> On The Run With Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray <<<Click on this link
If I look a bit exhausted, I had just finished the Half Marathon about ten minutes prior. Thanks for checking out the interview!
Here’s to Fast Times a Good Breeze to take you to the Finish!
Also on the Horizon, the Peninsula Track Club will be holding a 24 Hour Run at Sandy Bottom Park in two weeks. That should be a real challenge. We’ll try to keep you informed. We always appreciate the Feedback. If you have a story idea or just want to drop us a line, please do!
That’s All for this week. Maybe we’ll catch you soon… “On The Run!”
On the Run With Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com.