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Summer’s Racing Away…”On The Run!”

August 24th, 2012 at 1:11 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads from Sprotswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Hey! We’re On The Run Again!

Fast and Furious!

Time is undefeated so, to be brief, we’ve got a short post today!


A Busy Weekend Before The BIG One!

We have ALL sorts of great Running events this weekend! The always popular, ECSC 8K takes off from the Oceanfront Saturday morning. Here’s a wish for good weather and waves for all. In Hampton, the great outdoors are calling! The Matteson Trail 5k should be a nice way to get your Saturday morning underway.

Up the road, the Patrick Henry Half Marathon races all around Randolph Macon College in Ashland. This is a nice indicator of your training if you have your sights on a Fall Marathon or next week’s Rock and Roll Half. Not as far, but just as much fun is the Recovery Rocks 5K Run at the York River State Park. I understand from good friend of the blog, Colonial Road runners President, Rick Platt, they could still use some volunteers and that the T-shirt for this years event is very cool. Plus, your entry into the event gets you parking and allows you to enjoy the park. Thanks for the update!

Sunday, it’s back to the beach for something cool- it’s the ECSC Beach Bum Classic, where you run a mile on the soft sand, a mile on the boardwalk, paddle out a half mile on the water, then run a half mile on the soft sand. If that sounds like fun or the challenge you’re looking for, head to 4th Street at the Oceanfront.

THE BIG ONE!

Next weekend, thousands of you will descend on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for the Rock & Roll Half Marathon and NEW 5K Mini- Marathon. Between our newscasts and here on WAVY.com, the Sportswrap Crew will keep you covered with stories, info, and helpful tips to “rock the miles away”. Last year, Olympic Marathoner, Ryan Hall tested the course with a Top Five finish. locally, Ryan carroll nearly caught some of the elite runners pushing for Team Hoyt. He has “raised the bar” for their awareness and will be “rolling” through the course. Be on the lookout for our stories and blogposts.

Ryan and Alana On The Run!

Feedback PLEASE!
As always, if you have a story idea, interesting feedback, or just want to see your name mentioned next time, hit us up! Be on the lookout for us at upcoming events. You never know- I might just catch you… “On The Run!”

Ryan Hall On The Run Last Year!


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Another Wild Week, “On The Run!”

August 16th, 2012 at 1:23 pm by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads from Sprotswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run Again!

Post Olympic Blues

I tuned in to NBC last night. Somehow, there was no Olympic Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Water Polo, or Dressage. I guess they must be done… Seriously, “Congrats” to all who participated. Regardless of where anyone places, it’s an honor 99.9% of us will never get to experience. Paint me envious. I also noticed that if you took the US Women’s efforts as a separate Country, they would’ve finished Top Three in Gold Medals overall. This year, the Ladies outnumbered the guys and really “stepped up” their game! So much about it being a “Man’s World!”

Here’s To Our Winners!

Fun at The Mud Run!


Here in the “757″, the ASYMCA 8K Mud Run got “down and dirty” as Virginia Beach’s Sean Trombly was the Overall Winner in 31:40. The Ladies were led on this crazy course by Yoko England in 38:32.

Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K weren’t available but my friends at the Colonial Road Runners Always put on a great challenging event. In fact, the Great Rick Platt caught up with me last year and we chatted about the group. They say “what’s old is new”, so check our interview…”On The Run!”

Thanks Again, Rick! Always great to spend time with you!

Away We Go!

Time to Move Forward! This weekend, theSurfers Healing 5k takes off from 4th Street at the Oceanfront. Head across the tunnel to Newport News, where the Boys and Girls Clubs Smart Smiles 5K starts at the Mariner’s Museum. Want to go a bit farther? Up the Road in Martha’s Vineyard in MA, our friends from Mettle Events will also be a part of4th Annual 5K Run for Jabberwocky. If you want to pull out your track spikes, the Tidewater Striders have their Strider Mile at Tallwood HS.

Sunday, the Norfolk Sprint Triathlon hits the beach, the streets and the sand. There are some spots still available. Good luck to those of you who “Tri!”

You can always find out more info by checking colonialroadrunners.org, tidewaterstriders.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, runningetc.com, finalkick.com, or mettleevents.com.

Cross Train, Anyone?

From what I hear when I chat with friends, many of you cross train. Whether it’s biking, swimming, core work, or even lawn mowing, we all look to get a competitive edge. I was alerted to an article about Yoga as an ingredient to a successful training compliment. I know some people who do Yoga. The writer, Rich Roll, is a two-time top finisher at the Ultraman World Championships and has also competed in Five Ironman events in one week. Enjoy the Read!
Here’s the link: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4806/Why-Every-Athlete-Should-Do-Yoga.html.

Feedback Time!

Sometimes I’m right, sometimes, I’m wrong. Special thanks to those of you who keep me in check, like friend of the blog, Susan Hagel, who made sure I had the right location for last week’s Predict your Time event. I always enjoy having extra eyes and ears throughout Hampton Roads.

If you have a story idea, interesting feedback, or just want to see your name mentioned next time, hit us up! Be on the lookout for us at upcoming events. You never know- I might just catch you… “On The Run!”

See You On the Run!


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No Lazy Days of Summer Here- Were “On The Run” Again!

August 6th, 2012 at 3:02 pm by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757″ with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

We’re “On The Run!”

Boy, Did I Miss You Guys!

I took a little vacation for a week and SO much always happens! Even though it was a thrill to run the mountains while I was away, I kept the running routes in Hampton Roads on my mind. It’s always cool to look back before we move on. My son told me even though we weren’t home, he missed the Military Challenge at the Sportsplex with all the obstacles. Last year, he carried a Virginia Destroyers Flag through the event and finished by giving the cheerleaders a high five at the finish. I remember getting to interview Ann Hupp, who always puts on challenging events. Love her “out of the box” thinking!

Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll duplicated his winning effort, this time in 19:14 for the challenging and muddy course. Georgette Mink took the Ladies title with a 24:04. Congrats to all the finishers!

Taking the action indoors, Lynnhaven Mall hosted the Mall-A-Thon 5k walk on the 28th to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer folks and Relay for Life. Walkers get some “love” here “On The Run!”

This past week featured some “cool runs” in the Summer Sun. Norfolk Botanical Gardens hosted the Tidewater striders Memorial Scholarship 5K, won by Caleb Doan with a swift 15:27. Caleb is not only fast but, as a fan of bright colors when I run, he stands out with his eye catching gear. I heard once wearing bright colors makes you just a bit faster. Must be working for him!

The 24th annual Coast Guard 5K on the Peninsula this past weekend boasted an age group, course record run for overall winner, 47 year old speedster, John Piggott, a good friend of our blog, just missing a sub 17 performance in the humid conditions with a 17:02. The women were led by Mercedes Castillo D’Amico, whom we’ve mentioned here before, with a strong 20:35.

John Piggott- a Master on the Run!



Let’s Go Racin’!

Tuesday, the Peninsula Track Club offers some mid-week fun with the Tom Ray “Predict your time 5 Miler” at Lake Matoaka. This usually means, no watches! It’s also a good way to run by “feel”, meaning finding a consistent pace you know you can run.

Getting Dirty for the Mud Run Saturday!

While the Summer Olympics wind down this weekend, you can crank it up this Saturday. Good Running friend, Brian Sagedy heads up the always popular ASYMCA Mud Run at Little Creek, while up road, The Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K Run hits the road again. Sunday, the Virginia Beach Field House has some good times on tap with VBFH Splash & Dash Family Fun Run. Be warned- there are water guns, sprinklers and a slip and slide to navigate. Soap and a towel are not provided…

Speaking of water fun, just two weeks until the Norfolk Sprint Triathlon in Ocean View, combining a 4-500 yard swim, 12 mile bike ride, then a tough 5K run on the beach. Here’s a big “Good Luck” to those of you in training for this.

Feeling Very Olympic!

I have been locked into WAVY TV and NBC for the Olympics, like most of you. Some great moments(Michael Phelps), emotional moments(Oscar Pistorius), some local joys(Gabby Douglas), along with pains(Get Well soon, LaShawn!). One event that was pointed out to me was the Women’s 400m Hurdles race. I have seen falls on a few of the races but, had to feel somewhat “pre-destined” for Bulgaria’s Vania Stambolova. Guess what happened at the first hurdle? You guessed it. Coincidence?

Time to Bolt

Faster than the 100 meter race, I’m out to keep up with all of you who inspire. Look for our Running Blog weekly here on WAVY.com. Thanks for the fantastic feedback. Keep the good story ideas coming as well. We’ll have our camera out for the next few weeks at some great runs and races. Maybe, I’ll catch you…”On The Run!

See You On The Run Soon!

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


“On The Run!” with the Summer Sun!

July 18th, 2012 at 2:26 pm by under Sports

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

Racing Along, “On The Run!”

Hot Times Are Everywhere!
Last week, we had a light racing schedule but, some heavy results strating with the Triskaidekaphobia 5K. The Men rocked the Top Three places with Kurtis Steck, just 17, winning in 16:58. Williamsburg Masters standout, John Piggott, was just seconds behind with a 17:09, followed by good friend of the blog, Todd Kessler, in 17:41. The Ladies were led by another good running friend, Jennifer Quarles,with a 19:33. She’s having a very good season. Here’s to continued success!

It’s “Go” Time!

Summer “fun runs” continue over the next two weeks for both the Tuesday Night, Tidewater Striders Summer Series Runs at Norfolk’s Botanical Gardens. Wednesdays in the Outer Banks, the Brindley Beach folks are offering up Wednesday Morning 5K Runs as well.

Young Runners Unite!

Youth is Served “On The Run!”


If you have young runners between 4 and 12 years old, looking to improve their efforts, Virginia Wesleyan offers a Marlins Youth Running Camp, Saturday morning. Coach Matt Littleton has full day of activities for campers. My daughter really enjoyed success last year. The session about “setting goals” was one of her favorites. There is still time to get in!

Let’s Get Wet!

Many of my friends and even neighbors are training for the Allen Stone Run, Swim, Run Memorial Races at 31st Street Saturday. I won’t be there but, with the Summer weather, I’d spend WAY too much time just swimming! Seriously, fast times to you all! Shout out to my buddy, Jason Marlowitz just getting back into running. Saw him out training recently. He’s ready. Good Luck, Jason!

Feedback Time!

Unstoppable “On The Run!”


One of the first interviews I did “On The Run” was with he speedy Ryan Carroll. He is not only fast but a great friend of Running, who shares information with others and gives some great advice as well. My Mother asked me a while ago: “What does Ryan do with all his medals and trophies he wins?” Recently, I asked and he shared with me that he keeps his “Major” awards but that he keeps a shoebox for the other and that once it’s filled, they get donated. Great groups like Medals 4 Mettle have a
network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. You can learn more about them at medals4mettle.org. It’s a great idea for us all. Thanks Ryan for answering my Mom’s question!

Time to Run! Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

Stay Cool like these Runners “On The Run!”


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Summer Fun, Summer Sun, Summer “On The Run!”

July 11th, 2012 at 12:07 pm by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap, Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Here We Go Again!

Hot, Heat, & Heated
This past weekend was light as most races were on the Fourth of July with both the YMCA 5K at Mount Trashmore and the Yorktown Independence Day 8K event.

Over at the YMCA 5k, Ryan Foster raced away with victory in 16:50, while the always speedy Hollie Heimer, a good friend of the blog led the ladies with a swift 19:31.

Yorktown was “smokin” with fast times as age group records fell in NINE different categories, including overall winner, Caleb Doan, of Virginia Beach in 25:38. Yorktown’s Crystal Witte was the Ladies Champ in 32:49. Along with them, a big “shout out” to NEW record holders Mark Tompkins, Mike Nestor, Henry Gleisburg, the legend, Williamsburg’s Rick Platt, Rachel Rabbitt, standout Connie Glueck, along with Female Master, Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico.

It’s NOT My Fault!

Many of you struggled thru the first week of July with temperatures near 100 degrees and some even said that I didn’t do my part by asking the gang in the WAVY Weather Center to cool things off a bit. I got the same answer as usual: they don’t create the weather in Hampton Roads, they forecast the weather. That said, I hope you’ve been staying hydrated for runs longer than thirty minutes.

Feeling VERY Olympic!

The Countdown Continues…


The official roster was released of the 530 U.S. Olympic team members recently and while fifteen were from Virginia, six special Olympians claim Hampton Roads as their home. Joining standout performers, Gabby Douglas in Gymnastics and 2008 400m Gold medalist, LaShawn Merritt, “Good Luck” to Hampton’s Te’rea Brown in the Women’s 400m Hurdles, Hampton’s Franceena McCorory in the Women’s 400m, Norfolk’s Debbie Dunn in Relays, and Virginia Beach’s Caroline Nichols for Field Hockey. The Games begin Friday, July 27th in London, England with Opening Ceremonies on WAVY TV 10. The World is watching!

Now Let’s Get To It Closer To Home!

This week starts the Tuesday Night, Tidewater Striders Summer Series Runs at Norfolk’s Botanical Gardens. There’s always a good time for those fun runs. Have No Fear! Friday the Thirteenth is almost here. Wednesdays in the Outer Banks, the Brindley Beach folks are offering up Wednesday Morning 5K Runs for the next few weeks.

How about Friday, the Thirteenth? It’s not a spooky day, just another great day to get a race in the books with the Triskaidekaphobia 5K Run in Williamsburg. If you want to take the trip to Richmond Saturday, the Project Athena Relay Marathon, where 4 team members run a 10K loop. Those of you who were excited about the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge Run, originally scheduled for this weekend, will have to hold back until August. When I know the exact details, I will certainly share with you.

Feedback Time!

I really enjoy meeting my friends in Running. There are some characters but, I have been lucky to expand my “social network”. If you ever see me at a race, don’t be shy- please say “hi”. You will never know who you get to meet in this world if you never try. Thanks for all the very cool ideas, stories, and crazy anecdotes you send me. Keep ‘Em Coming!

Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

See You “On The Run!”


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Fireworks and Star Spangled Fun… “On The Run!”

July 2nd, 2012 at 8:23 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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

On The Run, Again!


Hot Times in The City!

My Mother called me Friday and asked me if I was running any races this past weekend. I told her my schedule was full of commitments and that I wouldn’t be at any of the races. She told me that it was “probably too miserable to be out there”.

While my Mom has been right, most of my life, there WERE races this past weekend. There were also some really impressive times as Saturday, the Chesapeake Police Foundation Inaugural Five-0 5K went well. No one named “Dan-O” or “McGarrett” won the race, but Hollie Heimer took the Ladies Title, with a strong 20:21 for the 3.1 miles. Ryan Carroll “smoked” the course in 16:20 to take the overall title.

Sunday, the Jamestown Invitational Triathlon took off from Anniversary Park. Swim 1500 Meters, Bike 24.9 Miles, and Run 6.2 Miles. That’s pretty challenging and yet with the conditions, some “hot” times, too. Congrats to Douglas Marocco with an overall winning time of 1:46:35, while the Women were led by Rachel Wigton, from Chesapeake, with a strong 1:52:43. We love our triathlon friends. This time of year, I would end up spending WAY to much time in the swimming part of the event. especially, with my floating drink holder… Seriously, “congrats” to all of you who “tri!”

Feeling Very Olympic!


Like many of you, I have been hooked on watching the U.S. Olympic Trials, in advance of the London Olympics later this month. It was great seeing Portsmouth’s Lashawn Merritt do so well, then watching Gabby Douglas, the 2004 Level 4 Virginia State Champion, secure a spot in Gymnastics. After finishing last year’s Rock & Roll Half Marathon, I got to rub shoulders with Ryan Hall, who will also be in London as he made the Olympic Marathon team. The excitement keeps building with Swimming and Track & Field standouts. The Opening Ceremonies are coming later this month to NBC.

“Flex” & Ryan Hall On the Run!

WOW! She Did It!

I have been using a computer with the old green letters and a shoebox style phone, so I just recently found out about our great “Friend on the Run”, Michelle Smith- Harden. On June 3rd, she finished the Easter Island Marathon, completing Marathons in ALL 50 States and ALL Seven Continents. We chatted with her last April. For those of you who don’t remember, here’s the interview link: On The Run with Jon “Flex” Leiding & Michelle Harden-Smith.

Just Amazing, Michelle!

Time To Go Racing!

Wednesday, claim your patriotism with the Yorktown Independence Day 8K Run and 5K Walk, or in Virginia Beach with the YMCA We Build People 5k & 1 Miler, then in the OBX, it’s the Firecracker Freedom 5k & Old Glory Mile. Hope your week sparkles…

Thanks for the feedback and input each week. I really appreciate it. Catch us weekly here on WAVY.com. Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”


Keeping It Cool With Summer Fun “On The Run!”

June 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm by under Sports

On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
The Latest Running News in the “757″ only on WAVY.com

On The Run Again!

A BIG CHKD Thanks!

What a good time at the CHKD run in Downtown Norfolk as the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters 8K run, 2 mile walk, and one mile run took of from Town Point Park this past Saturday. WAVY TV 10, FOX 43, and the Hampton Roads Morning Show were happy to be sponsors and our own Bruce Rader and Stephanie Harris were kind enough to help MC the event.

Speaking of the 8K, Congrats to Caleb Doan, the Overall winner in 25:40, holding off the surging Ryan Carroll and Justin Turner to round out the Top Three. The Mile run feature SO MANY cute kids doing a wonderful job. If you were out there, a nice “Well Done” to you.

At the Warhill 5K on the Peninsula, Williamsburg’s Daniel Shaye rocked the 3.1 mile course in 17:40, while Karen Terry, who we mentioned recently here, kept her winning ways going with an 18:36. All these impressive efforts included many ladies who set age group course records. My favorite was Tami Graf, just 75 years young, setting her age group record in 33:18. WOW!

Rockin’ with Renee!

Many of you know Renee High, the two time Olympic Marathon Qualifier and one of the fastest women I know. She took a few moments to chat and share with us, just after another First Place finish at the CHKD 8K. We always appreciate our “Friends On the Run!”

Best Wishes in the future, Renee! We enjoy sharing your efforts here, “On The Run!”

Two For The Price Of One

Usually, if I get an interview, I am quite pleased. This past weekend, I got more than I had hoped. The Hampton Roads Runners were hanging out, asking me “when can we share our efforts and story with you?” I said “how about now!” Always a fun group and progressively getting faster, here’s the HRR group “On The Run!”

Thanks guys for the time! Hope to run with them soon!

Now onto this Week!

Wednesday, you gotta go to the Outer Banks! Head to Jenette’s Pier at 7:30 in the morning for the Sunrise 5K and Little Crab Claw. This Saturday, the Peninsula Road Runners feature the Chesty Puller Twin Bridge 10K event. Down the road, the Beatrice Young 5k takes off from the beautiful Sandy Bottom Nature Park. At the Henricus Historical Park in Chester, the Henricus Dauber Dash is on the Menu, while Sunday rounds out the busy week with the Diamond House 5k at Mount Trashmore.

Three weeks from now, I will be excited to check out the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge Bridge Bash & River Run. This 5K event goes high! How high, you ask? How about as the tallest bridge in Hampton Roads? This will end up being an all day event, including fireworks! Ann Hupp, of Mettle Events and a great friend “On The Run”really knows how to put together challenging events. You can bet I’ll be trying to get with her closer to the date.

Major Shout Out!

Billy Edwards Somewhere Near Kansas


Biking and swimming are great accompaniments to Running, Iso I gotta thank Billy Edwards, standout runner form the area, now living in Colorado for the hookup. About a month ago, I was telling us about the 4Mil bike team that was riding cross country and raising funds for military folks. this past Saturday, it started! Two teams supported by Team 4Mil, a wounded veterans team & a US Service-member team, began their Race Across America journey from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. Best wishes to the team and you can follow their progress at team4mil.org.

One More, Then I Need to Run!

Lashawn Merritt


This weekend will be BIG for some local Running standouts. Portsmouth’s Lashawn Merritt is looking to silence his critics as he defends his 400 meter Gold Medal in London, while Williamsburg’s Ed Moran will hope to qualify for the 5K and 10K events. Throw in William & Mary’s Elaina Balouris in her bid to go to the Olympic for the Women’s 10K and we have some local runners that could really make a splash…across the pond. Watch the Olympic Trials on NBC starting Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Good Luck!

Ed Moran


That’s the Latest. I always like your feedback and story ideas. I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

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Racing to The Finish…”On The Run!”

June 14th, 2012 at 8:48 pm by under Sports

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

The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757, only on WAVY.com

On The Run Again!


Gotta Love Video!

Runners in Hampton Roads! Summer is here and so is the CHKD 8K race at Town Point Park, this Saturday morning. The 8K, sponsored by WAVY TV 10, and FOX 43 starts with an 8k run at 7:30am. It’s just a school bus short of five miles.
The Two mile and One Mile events start closer to 9:00am and from what I hear, you can still get registered.

I could talk and talk and talk but, that’s what the Video part of the blog is for. Check it out!

Good Luck this weekend and maybe, I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

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“On The Run” for National Running Day!

June 6th, 2012 at 10:04 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News & notes in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

On The Run Again!


It’s a Holiday!

Wednesday was National Running Day. I was hoping the “Running Elf” would leave new shoes, sock, shorts, or gadgets in my old shoe I left out last night. Guess I had the seasons switched up! A lot of you got together at Final Kick Sports for the Rock & Roll Half Marathon training kickoff as well. Our friends at J&A Racing were there with many of you. I heard good times were had by many and even raffle prizes were on the menu.

Hope you are doing well. Our Report is all video this time. Check out upcoming races at tidewaterstriders.com, mettleevents.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, or colonialroadrunners.com.

Here we go!

Spread the good news with your Running friends. I’ll be looking for you soon… “On The Run!

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It’s A Holiday Weekend! Let’s Get Going…”On The Run!”

May 26th, 2012 at 5:59 am by under Sports, Uncategorized

The Latest Running News and Notes from Southeastern Virginia from Sportswrap, Running reporter, Jon “Flex Leiding

Love Some Video!

Time is short this week, so check our Short Video report:

Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend! Maybe, we’ll catch you…”On The Run!”

See you next week!

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