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Racing Away For The Weekend… “On The Run!”

October 19th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by under Sports

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


Time to Get Moving!

Some really strong efforts this past week from Runners in Hampton Roads. The Grunt Run Chesapeake was a challenging run and Chadwick Shray took the Overall Title with 34:05, followed by Ladies Champ,Michelle Stauffer of Norfolk with a 35:12.

In Norfolk, ODU had its Homecoming weekend and while the home team didn’t do so well at the football game, the ODU Homecoming 5k was great for Norfolk’sEddie Hillwho took home first place with a 17:40. Kimberly Burgess was the Fastest Female in 22:54.

Ryan Carroll out in front at All Access 5K

Out at the Beach, the All Access 5k was racing around the Farm Bureau Live as Ryan Carroll torched the 3.1 mile course with an impressive 15:23. He seems to be getting faster! Chesapeake’s Hollie Turner led the Ladies in 19:19. There was also the special “Moes Challenge” where Runners ran a segment of the course, stopped to eat a burrito, then ran the rest of the way. Masters Standout, Steve Speirs showed the strong stomach and the speed with a 20:11. The Ladies Winner was Taytem Riley, of Williamsburg, in 22:41. For their efforts, they got Free Burritos for a Year! Tasty!

Whats Going on This Weekend???

So glad you asked! In sports, some weekend matchups are really good; ones you are anticipating. For Runners in the “757″, this is a BIG weekend FULL of races. Take a deep breath, as we start in Williamsburg with the 4th Annual Crapolfest 5K. This is a HUGE points race for my Colonial Road Runner friends and it’s for a good cause. Staying near the campus, William & Mary has the Color Run at The College 5K. Still streaking on Saturday, is the 5th Annual Bobby Stewart 8K & 5K in Mathews, put on with The Peninsula Track Club. Just a few miles from there, it’s the Noland Trail 10K & Mariners’ Museum 5K. “YES!” This is all Saturday!

Come to the Southside and start in Norfolk with the Tread at the Ted 5K. Just in time to get you in the “Spirit” of the season, check out From Here to Eternity: A Spirited 5K Run/Walk for Norfolk at the Elmwood Cemeteries on Princess Anne Road. Virginia Beach has it’s share of races too, with the Move Your Mutt 5K plus, the Race at the Cape 5k for Cape Henry Collegiate School.

The Oceanfront will come alive on Sunday with the 9th Annual De-Feet Domestic Violence 5K, starting from 17th Street, while everyone is welcome at the Woman on the Run 5K and 1 miler at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or as people in the business say, the “MOCA”.

Going Long!

Many of you are planning for the Fall Long Race. The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC is a couple weeks away, along with the popular Wicked 10K at the Oceanfront. I’ve been seeing many of you and following your workouts. Hopefully, good times will follow you all wherever you race!

Good Luck this weekend! Maybe I’ll catch you… “On The Run!”

Good Friends…”On The Run!”

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We Hit October Hard- “On The Run!”

October 3rd, 2012 at 12:31 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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

“On The Run” Again!

 Away We Go!

With SO much going on in Hampton Roads, it can be a challenge to find out about all the great races, runs, and events. We try our very best to give you what you need. Past “Congrats” to all who took place in the Neptune Sandman Triathlon recently. Swimming, Biking, and Running all highlighted a special day for 43 year old, Derek Russell, the Overall Winner with an impressive 1:12:40. Joel Bell, one of my Tag team partners in our “Linked Marathon” run from March, was strong in the Top Ten. Virginia Beach’s Emily Eckman took the Ladies Title with a 1:27:25.

Back on Dry land, the Neptune Running Weekend was all over the Oceanfront. Buxton’s Keith Gray, 47, took the 5K race in 17:58, then rolled to a Top Ten performance in the 8K. The Women’s field was won by the smooth running,Sika Henry Taylor. She looked strong at the finish. Speaking of the 8K, Kris Lawrence led the Ladies and most of the field, breaking the Tape in 29:15. I know I couldn’t catch her. Jeff Klemmer edged out Suffolk running great, Billy Chorey with a solid 28:02.15 for the Overall win. Chorey was only five seconds behind. I even got a few moments to chat with Billy. Great personality and a “Good Guy” who wins. There was even a One Miler as it became a Family affair with Ben Werve and Sister, Samantha Werve the Fastest in their categories.

Sunday, the Alanton Elementary One Mle Run was fun with 13 year old, Julia Hamrick winning in 6:16 and Willie Hinton III winning the Men’s crown in 5:10. There were some fast times on that course!

On the Peninsula, the only race around was the Alan Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive 5K race in Williamsburg. results were not available, but reports were that good times were had by many.

Masterful Work

Stephen Chantry Still amazing…”On The Run!”


The Masters 5k Championships in Syracuse, New York had local flavor as several standout Runners over 40 years old competed and did well at the 3.1 mile event. A youthful “Shout Out” to Williamsburg’s Stephen Chantry, seventh in the Age Graded finish, blazing the course in 16:58, followed by Dave Lockard in 17:15, just a second ahead of Greg Dawson, our good friend of the blog with a 17:16. Virginia Beach’s Tom Purcell posted a 17:24. Purcell is also our friend and “The Man” at Town Center Fitness. Tami Graf finished in Second place in the nation for Women, aged 75-79. That’s amazing times! Well Done!

Now That’s a Long Run!

Last Weekend the Colonial 200 Relay kicked off in Charlottesville and ended in Jamestown 206 miles later. Through the miles and crazy weather, teams of 4-12 people ran legs of this distance. The Hampton Roads Runners took the trip, along with the eventual winning team of Ryan Carroll, Tommy Neeson, Joel Bell, Drew Midland, Dai Roberts, along with Renee High, aptly named “2B5D“.

Weather was not their friend as the raced the mountains and yet, they broke the course record, crushing it by posting a time of 22 hours and 7 minutes. That’s an average of close to 6:35 per mile. You won’t find a much better group than this to post such an impressive effort. Congratulations!!!

Over 200 Miles “On the Run!
Dai, Ryan, Joel, Renee, Drew, & Tommy


Up And Coming!

This weekend, the action takes no rest break. Staring at Poquoson High school, the MacKenzies 5K races off Saturday morning. Want to hit the trails? Virginia Weslyan has their Homecoming 5K run on campus. I’m always pleased to see the great work Matt & Krista Littleton do for Running in the area. Also, the Third Annual Run For the Hills 10K starts at the Warhill Sports Complex and their Run for Breast Health 10K
. For my friends on Two Wheels, REichmond offers up the Marin’s Tour of Richmond, with three different race events. Sunday, head to Chesapeake, “dog gone it” for the Bark in the Park 5k Doggy Dash and Jerry and Amy Frostick were on the Hampton Roads Show Today, promoting the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon and 5K in Hampton for Sunday. Our good friends from Team Hoyt were there as well and really add excitement to the events. If you are racing this weekend, good luck!

I have been So Busy these Days! Thanks for the feedback, emails, and story ideas. We’ll have the camera out soon. If you see me, smile! I might just catch you…”On The Run!”

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Racing The Last Days of Summer Away…”On The Run!”

September 20th, 2012 at 12:44 pm by under Sports

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

Time to Go “On The Run!”"

Time Marches On!
Seems like the season is finally coming to a change. two weeks ago, we were talking about humidity during the Rock & Roll Half marathon and how many people needed attention due to overheating. recently, fall temperatures have started, allowing us to run a little harder. Checking the past events, it looks like that theory is true.

Quick times were in the mix at the Hampton Bay Days 8K run for Hampton’s Edward Rietscha, who posted a 28:34, while Christine Schaffner led the ladies in 38:46. On the Peninsula, the ECPI 8K held at Mariners’ Museum Park benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. Paul Chekal, 41 of Newport News was the overall winner, with a 29:47 (that’s 6:00 minute per mile). Yorktown’s Christal Witte,was the Ladies Champ, rocking the course in 31:41.

Grand Masters Standout, Stephen Chantry “On The Run!”

Congratulations to Some Speedsters!

Williamsburg’s Stephen Chantry, 57, Ladies Winner,Karen Terry, along with a few others set age group course records at the Salute to the Military “Red, White and Blue 5K”. Even 76 year old, John Essery, from Williamsburg got in the course record act with a swift 28:55. I am a big fan of the races and runners in the Colonial area. I don’t get there often but am always impressed when I do. Great Job!

My Triathlon friends were on top of their game this past Sunday at the Sandman Triathlon. Derek Russell was the Overall Champ, with a 1:12:40. On the Ladies side, Emily Eckman led the Ladies in 1:27:25 over the 750 meter Ocean Swim, 14 mile Bike Ride, then a 5K Run.

Time to “Toe The Line”
A classic Norfolk run and a New race highlight the weekend on the Southside. Friday, the Larchmont Elementary Rat Race includes a 5K and a Kids Mile that was literally “wall to wall” youngsters in the streets last year. Ann Hupp from Mettle Events always puts on a good show. Also, Staying close to Hampton Boulevard, the NEW Heart of Ghent 10K debuts with an historic run through the Ghent area. 2012 US Olympic Gold Medalist, Francena McCorory is due to make an appearance as well. Sounds like fun!

I always like giving events that promote our youth a little push. That said, Saturday also offers the all NEW Franklin Mustang Football 10K, 5K, and One Miler. My friends in Suffolk and Franklin can be racing to help out the youth football team.

If you really want some distance, head to Ft. Eustis for the Mulberry Island Half Marathon and 5K. I know the Colonial Road Runners and Peninsula Track Clubs will be well represented there and may have to choose as the Williamsburg Landing 5K for the Arc also takes off Saturday morning. Decisions, decisions…

 

My good friend of the Blog, Aric Marinez, reminded me that the Colonial 200 Relay is coming up soon, racing from Charlottesville to Williamsburg.   Yes, two hundred miles covered by 12 Runners going through the night, finishing at Jamestown Beach Park in Williamsburg.  Thanks for keeping me “on my toes!”
You can find out more about these great events at colonial200.com, mettleevents.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, colonialraodrunners.org, or tidewaterstriders.com.


Feedback

We always love getting the information, story ideas , and side notes about you great Runners. If it weren’t for you, I’d be writing about what size shoe I wear (Size 11, just FYI).  If you have an idea, a story, or thought to share, PLEASE drop me a line here.  Keep the good times coming and I’ll keep sharing with you. Maybe I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

See You Soon “On The Run!”

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Hot And Humid “On The Run!”

September 6th, 2012 at 1:22 pm by under Sports

The Latest Running News in Southeastern Virginia from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Back On the Run Again!

Still Sweating!

Congratulations to all of you who “endured” the Rock & Roll Half Marathon Weekend. Over 12,000 of you braved the humidity for the 7AM start. Great to see Hampton’s Francesca McCrory with her Gold Medal at the start. On a side note, Alana Springsteen belted out another great version of the Star Spangled Banner and got the crowd ready to storm the course.

Weather played a big factor with high humidity, forcing many to receive medical attention. I personally watched a runner wobble, then fall into the hands of a volunteer between Mile Nine and Ten. Luckily, the medical team was on top of it’s game and took great care of all who needed help.

With rock bands along the course, cheerleaders at almost every turn, and neighborhoods showing their civic pride and support, this is always a great way to say goodbye to the Summer season. Mens Winner, Nicholas Kurgat, turned in a strong effort in 1:04:45, while the Ladies Champion was 22 year old, Rei Ohara with a 1:13:50. Locally, Norfolk’s Will Christian was the fastest local male, in 1:07:43 & Renee High was the Fastest local Female in 1:22:54, both Top Ten Men’s & Women’s Finishers. Additionally, Virginia Beach’s Justin Turner blazed the hot course in 1:13:55.

New this year was the 5K “Mini Marathon”, won by 16 year old, Grant Wiggins from Virginia Beach, with a swift 17:07. Sixteen must’ve been a great age to race on this day as Hannah Balesi, of Chesapeake led the Ladies in 20:56.

Strong Willed Heroes

We featured the story of Justin Legg, the the retired Navy SEAL and double lung transplant survivor, who ran in memory of donor, Jarred McKinley Carter. If he raised $50,000, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society will name a research grant in honor of the teen who gave him a chance to breathe.

Additionally, my friend, Ray Johnson, of Virginia Beach completed his 11th Rock & Roll Half Marathon, having done all the local versions since it’s inception. This comes on the heels of a time when Ray was in a hospital, literally on his death bed a having to get back to walking, then getting back to running. This time was just as sweet.

The last two years, Team Hoyt has had Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll pushing for Team Alana. His fundraising and perseverance paid off with this amazing 1:16:10. To put this in the right framework, his time would’ve placed him in the Top Five of the Elite Women, none who pushed a stroller.  Ryan, who recently turned 30, still amazes with his routine and races.

 Alana & Ryan On The Run!

What’s On the Menu this Week?

They say children are our future. That said, the Tidewater Striders start their Fall season for the New Energy Youth Running Group this week. Training sessions are in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Suffolk. New Energy welcomes all youth runners, ages 6-16, regardless of ability. Practices are informal, and participants are encouraged to attend as many as possible. Runners must have a good pair of running shoes to avoid injuries. Uniforms (singlet and shorts) can be purchased, but are optional. Check their website at tidewaterstriders.com.

This week, the action keeps up the momentum with The Hare and Tortoise 8K at New Quarter Park Saturday. Gert registered by visiting hareandtortoiserunwalk.com. Throw in the Sunday 9/11 Memorial 5K Run at Old Dominion and you’ve got a full weekend on your plate. Sunday also features the Hampton Bay Days 8K going through Phoebus. To get in, check baydays8k.com.

We always chat up Running events, but Saturday, Jamestown hosts the Patriots Half Iron Triathlon. This features a 1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.   Last minute entrants can surf over to active.com/triathlon/williamsburg-va/patriots-half-triathlon-2012 to join in.  That’s some “SERIOUS” miles! Good Luck to all!

Feedback

As usual, I could not do this without all the great input I get from all our friends “On the Run!” SO many cool people take the time to give me advice, support, and irreplaceable experiences to share with you all. If you ever have a story idea, please feel free to drop me a line!  Special thanks to the Sports Team at the Sportswrap for keeping me in line.   I’ll be  looking forward to seeing you soon…“On The Run!”

See You “On The Run!

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Rock And Rollin’…”On The Run!”

August 31st, 2012 at 11:18 pm by under Sports

The Latest Info in the “757″ form Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

This is a Quick Tip for all Runners this weekend!

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Good Luck!

We’ll be on the Oceanfront Sunday. Be On the Lookout! I might just see you…“On The Run!”


The BIG One! Rock & Roll Half Marathon Weekend…”On the Run!”

August 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm by under Sports

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

Hey! We’re On The Run Again!

It’s Here!

Congrats to all of you who have put the effort in and are ready to storm the Oceanfront this weekend. With the Half Marathon, the Relay Half, along with the NEW sold out “Mini Half’ 5k run, there will be SO many people.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO TIP>>>:On The Run Tip Of The Day!<<<<<

What About Tomorrow, you ask? I’ll post another Tip of the Day Friday as we get set to race along the Oceanfront in the Rock & Roll Half Marathon!

I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

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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!”


On The Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding, exclusively on WAVY.com.