Red, White, and Blue for The Holidays…”On The Run!”

December 7th, 2012 at 12:02 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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


We’re “On The Run” Again!

Rushing Into The Holidays!

The Month of December is sneaky. We get excited when it first arrives, get caught up in festivities, then before we know it…moves on. We’ll try to keep things interesting here as we look back at the first December weekend with the Jingle Bell 5K in Norfolk, where if you didn’t break 18 minutes, you were left out of the Top Three. Peter Mitchell, speedy at age 18, was the Overall Winner in 17:12, while the Ladies were led by Norfolk’s Nicole Dewey in 19:41.

On the Peninsula, there’s not stopping the action, as the Run With The Son For Haiti 5K produced swift times for both Overall Winner and friend of the Blog, Todd Kessler who rocked the 3.1 minutes in 17:18, while another great Running friend of our blog, Karen Terry sparkled with a stellar 17:30.

While Busch Gardens is all decked out with lights and celebration, last Sunday’s Christmastown 8K Dash, where Brittany Van Nielen won the Women’s Title with a solid 30:56. Men’s Champion, Roger Hopper was the Overall Winner with a 28:36.

What’s On The Horizon?

As the season starts to wind down, you can race around the Base with the Langley 10 miler Saturday around the Langley Air Force Base, or hit the Oceanfront for the Surfin’ Santa Ten Miler. at the Oceanfront.

Want a little change of pace? Try this- Sunday, at First Landing State Parkis the Second Annual Spartyka Warrior Challenge, an adventure race that presents the ultimate in obstacle competitions.

Cudos to a Baaaaaaad Man!

Billy Edwards goes Long and Strong next weekend!

Next weekend, the Seashore 50K rolls through First Landing State Park. That’s 31 miles in case you wondered. That may be enough for most of us “mortals” but, last year’s winner and Big Time Friend of our Blog, Billy Edwardsv will keep on going. And Going. And Going… You see, Edwards, after finishing the race will go back on the course and run longer raising funds for Team4Mil, a great group of experienced endurance military cyclists from around the world. The team promotes wounded warrior participation and you can still help a great cause this holiday season. Check out Billy Edwards on Facebook, or his website,, or to learn more about Team4Mil, check them out at Go Get’em Billy!

That’s the latest for this week. Good Luck to you if you are racing this weekend! I’ll catch you next time…”On The Run!”

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Racing Into December- Here Come the Holidays… “On The Run!”

November 29th, 2012 at 4:01 pm by under Sports

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

We Own the Streets “On The Run!”

Talking Turkey and Other Great Races!

We can’t quite embrace December without looking back on Thanksgiving. Everywhere you looked, people were on the go. Starting in Williamsburg, the Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot 5K was fast and furious for overall Winner, Joshua Schlickenmeyer, who blazed the 3.1 miles in 16:09. Nicole Carson led the Ladies with a 20:10.

On the Southside, The 6th Annual Turkey Run & SEAL Team Memorial Challenge offered a 10K and 5K. Good friend of the Blog, Ryan Carroll, clocked a 15:55 to claim the Winning spot, while Women’s Top Finisher, Cheryl McGarrigle raced down a speedy 21:30.

It’s not a typo- Ryan ALSO won the 10K in 33:04. \That’s Twice as Nice! For Ladies, Ashley Lynn Hay-Bryant was First to the Tape in 43:27 and Second in the 5K. Cheryl McGarrigle was Top Three for the 10K and great Inspirational Running Friend, Thomas Hicksgarnered a Top Three Finish as well. These people really raised the holiday bar!

Justin Turner always amazes…”On the Run!”

At Mount Trashmore, The Tidewater Striders had their 10K Turkey Trot and One Mile Race. Fresh off a Top Ten Finish and the Top Navy Finisher at The Marine Corps Marathon, good friend of the blog, Justin Turner cooked up the streets with an amazing 31:41. On this day, you needed to be quick and under 33 minutes if you were gonna hit the podium. Matt Chrabot was second in 32:38, while Caleb Doanfinished out the Top Three with a scorching 32:34.

Do we love the Ladies? We had to respect the women as the Top Three Ladies ALL broke 38 minutes with the incredible Renee High leading the way in 36:21, with Natalie Hall second in 36:46 and Stephanie Manny kicking in the third place finish in 37:56.

Even Race Walking legend, 61 year old, Tom Gerhardt was strong with his 1:01:37. I am thankful to know SO many talented and inspiring people, I never seem to have enough words to say how lucky I am to say that I know you.

Speaking of Legends, the One Mile race was pretty speedy as well with Eric Graves posting a 4:50. 14 year old, Julia Hamrick, of Virginia Beach was the Fastest female with a 6:10 effort. Throw in the fact that five other male youngsters were UNDER six minutes, this always seems to bring out the best youth Runners. They say “Children are our future”….

Looks Pretty Bright From Here!

I just wrote about how well young Runners are in this area, then I came across this: The first ever All-Freshmen XC Team has been released. The All-Freshmen Team includes 21 boys and 21 girls from the class of 2016. Cox’s Jonathan Lomogda had one of more impressive freshmen cross country seasons in recent memory as his 15:58 5K performance this past season and was highly recognized. His dad, John Lomogda is an incredible Triathlete and I bet he must be very proud. Huge Congrats, Jonathan! Most of us can only dream of your speed!

What’s On the Menu?

This weekend, get your red and green out for the Jingle Bell Run 5K at ODU. Head to York County and check out the Run with the Son for Haiti 5K. Sunday, head to Williamsburg for the Busch Gardens Christmastown Dash 8K. Top winners receive Busch Gardens Fun Passes, and all runners receive discounts for Christmas Town and one single-day ticket to Busch Gardens for the 2013 season. Naughty or Nice, seems like you’ll get a cool gift!

That’s the Latest in the “757″ for this week. Good luck with “whatever” you’re training for. I once read “It’s not what you’re running from. But what you’re running to that counts”. Enjoy the journey. Maybe, Ill see you soon…”On The Run!”

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Madness, Chaos, Controversy, and A Lot Of Miles…”On The Run!”

November 16th, 2012 at 1:52 pm by under Sports

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

Lace ‘em Up- We’re On The Run!

Long Distance Fun!

Chesapeake has a great course at Bells Mill and the 5k Run/Walk For The Music was fast for Overall Winner,Kyle Oaks who rocked the Finish Line with a 16:59. Call me envious! The Womens Champ was Becky Bean with a swift 24:23. That’s good work on a Cross Country course.

Last week I mention the USATF One Hour Race/Walk Championships at Tallwood HS where you were given One Hour to see how far you’d go. A Big Congrats to Irene Fletemeyer, the 17 year old Ladies Champ, going 9,060 Meters, while seasoned Masters Race Walker, Tom Gerhardt led the guys with 9,649 Meters. That’s just short of Six miles. Well Done!

Up the road, the Suntrust Richmond Marathon Weekend was very popular with Runners from the “757″, including Drew Midland, the fastest from this area in 2:43:24. That’s much faster than when I ran with him “hooked up” last March! Viriginia Beach’s Gina McGee was the standout for Hampton Roads females in 3:07:02. great to see our “friends on the run” do so well!

in the Half, Williamsburg’s Bryce Livingston led all runners from the are with a 1:10:05 for the 13.1 mile course. Half was just enough for Virginia Beach’s Nadia Verbanac, who paced the Ladies of Hampton Roads with a 1:30:58.

Sunday Was A Fun Day!

Carolina On My Mind and On The Run!

Hurricane Sandy did it’s best to the Outer Banks but, couldn’t stop Runners in Hampton Roads from doing the OBX Half and Full Marathons. Virginia Beach’s Michael Wolfe stood out with a strong 2:54:32 for 26.2 miles. The Half was Fast and Furious for Williamsburg Masters Standout, John Piggott, who always has a high gear with a 1:16:11, while Norfolk’s Julie Ball was the Fastest Female from Hampton Roads, finishing second in her Age Group with a 1:39:36. Nice Work!


Norfolk hosted the First Freedom Marathon and Half Marathon raced away with close to 2,000 of you on Sunday. Unfortunately, the timing service used for the event had issues and results, as of Friday, are still not available. The weekend events, to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, have posted the 5K results from Saturday but, the missing information has people taking to Facebook and Twitter to express concern and some even outrage. Race Director, Manny Cordero has issued an apology and the timing company, Colonial Sports who had posted they would have results Thursday, have now gone online and expect a late Friday night posting of the results. All winners trophies are now to be mailed once the results are in, with a video back up system being used to follow up the “Jaguar” chip timing system that had issues. As expected, most just want there recorded times.

The race is a Boston Qualifier, meaning that your recorded time, if fast enough would get you into the Boston Marathon. Hopefully, this gets resolved soon. With many hoping to get a certified time sadly,the waiting game continues…

Keep it Positive- Whats Up This Weekend?

SO GLAD YOU ASKED! The Virginia Beach Runway 5k is Saturday morning at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Add the Jingle Bell 5K, at Newport News Park, then throw in the GonnawannaRunagin 5K at Regent University, mixed in with the Carter Gunn Stress Buster 8K at First Landing State Park, sprinkle in the Pray to Finish 5K, and you have the ingredients to a great weekend.

Good Luck, whatever you’re training for. With Thanksgiving races next Thursday, who knows- I might just catch you…”On The Run! On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on

Great Speedy Friends and an Olympic Gold Medalist will see you…On The Run!

Racing Into Fall – On The Run!

November 2nd, 2012 at 12:58 pm by under Sports

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On The Run, Again!

Results All Over!

WOW! The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington was a great run for over 23,000 finishers, their largest group ever to cross the line, including Hampton Roads’ Justin Turner, who blazed the 26.2 miles in a 5:46 pace for a Top Ten time of 2:31:08 and was the fastest Enlisted Navy Runner across the line. Crazy Congratulations! The Fastest Female from the “757″ was Virginia Beach’s Kristen Paladino with a sizzling 3:14:20. A big “OOO-Rah” to all who “Stormed the District!” With the Military presence and support, this is a “Must Do” event!

At the Oceanfront, over 7,000 of you geared up for the Wicked 10k and Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll ran 32:51 on a windy day. He continues his amazing works… Not forgetting the Ladies, Emily Dinning , also from Portsmouth, rocked 6.2 miles in 38:11. There were many costumes, including a payphone! Love the creativity!

Whats on this weekend

Some Great Runs are all over Hampton Roads this weekend. The legendary Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler & 5K, plus in Newport News, it’s the Virginia Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K
. I hear the first 100 finishers at The Christopher Newport event win FREE Chick-fil-A for a YEAR! Good Luck!

On The Horizon, Marathons are calling: November 10th, it’s the Richmond Marathon, then Sunday the 11th, the Outer Banks has their fun Marathon and Half Marathon, while Norfolk offers the Freedom Marathon and Half Marathon , appropriately on Veterans Day, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior project. Decisions, Decisions…

Above the Feedback

In A New York State Of Mind

Rarely, does weather have the effect that the hurricane had last weekend. Our thoughts and efforts go out to all those still trying to get back on their feet. This weekend, my neighbors are even having a clothing drive to help our friends in need.

Seven days after the fact, the New York City Marathon is scheduled to go on this Sunday, despite the fact that thousands of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents are without power, clothing, food, or a home after Hurricane sandy blasted the northeast. Opinions vary, with some feeling as if every time thy passed a policeman or emergency worker, that they were taking attention away from others who need help. Others offer up that by running Sunday, the charities that they represent will be satisfied. Miraculously, the course was not seriously affected.

Thursday, New York City Marathon race director Mary Wittenberg announced there would be no changes to the traditional five-borough course on Sunday, that a plan for transporting the majority of the marathoners to the Staten Island start would be revealed on Friday, and that a Race to Recovery Fund, intended to aid those adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy, has been established with $2.6 million donated even before the announcement was over.

So the question: If you earned an opportunity to race this year’s New York City Marathon, as some from Hampton Roads are, how do you feel? Is it unfair to run the race when an area is in such disarray? I guess only you can decide. If you have a problem with them running the race, then would you have a bigger problem with the Pro Football game later that day across the river in New Jersey as Pittsburgh faces the New York Giants, knowing that area has limited to no power in certain spots, with houses ruined, burned down, or destroyed? Wherever your thinking, the “show must go on”…

Thanks for all the kind words. Drop me a line…anytime. Maybe, I’ll catch you soon…”On The Run!”

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On the Road and “On the Run!”

October 25th, 2012 at 1:02 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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

On The Run, Again!

You Want Results ?  We Got Your Results Right Here!

This past weekend was loaded with races, starting with the From Here to Eternity 5k through a Norfolk cemetery, Kyle Oakes, from Chesapeake, was the Overall Winner in 16:50.  Virginia Beach’s Asia Sorenson  led the Ladies in  21:09.   For the Race at the Cape,  Catherine Williams was the Women’s Champion in  19:31, while good friend,  Jason Hann  of Virginia Beach took the Overall title in 18:56.

Over at the MOCA, the Women on The Run was a parade of Blue as the Tidewater Strider Youth program, New Energy, dominated the 5k and mile races.  While Allyson Garner was the First Female in the 5K at 22:15, 11 year old Ben Werve won the 5k race in 19:31 and the mile in a swift 5:35.  Way to Go Ben!

Even Gold Meadlists know where speedy youngsters race, “On The Run!”


Up in Williamsburg for the Crapolfest 5K Run,  Todd Kessler,  of  Newport News won in 16:55, followed closely by the incredible Grand Master, 57 year young, Stephen Chantry in 17:07.  Good friend of the Blog, Karen Terry, set the course record for the Ladies in 17:22.  Newport News’ Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico continues to blow away her age group records, besting the 55-59 age group record by nearly two minutes, with an inspiring  19:21.  Call me jealous.



26.2 Miles On The Run! Ooooh- Rah!!!



All Eyes are On D.C.!


Forget the Presidential debate this week or even the Redskins with RG3 going to play the Steelers, the Nation’s Capitol hosts the 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.  having run this the last two years, I can honestly say that this is a “Must Do” on your Marathon list.  The historical sights of Washington are all around the course and the Marine support at each stop is amazing.  For first timers, make sure you linger at the finish and get your picture taken at the monument.  It is SOLD OUT  and many of our”757″  Running Friends will “storm the district” this Sunday.  While I won’t be there in attendance, my thoughts and best wishes to you all!


Here in Hampton Roads, J&A Racing has the “spooky” run of the week with the Wicked 10K, starting at 8am Saturday.  Awards will be given for the regular accomplishments, but this also features a costume contest.  There are some really creative people in Hampton Roads and this year.   I anticipate seeing some good costumes.

Mettle Events FINALLY has the the tallest bridge ready and now you can run it this Saturday, maybe even do a double after the “Wicked” with the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge 5K run.  I know Ann Hupp always puts on a challenging race.  This run starts at 10am.  How tall, you ask?  169 feet tall!  The bridge itself is over a mile long.  on a side note, there will be “No Toll” as you are running the bridge.

Up in Mathews County, the Bobby Stewart 8K & 5K  will be racing away at 9:30am Saturday.  A big “shout out”  to my old friend, Curtis “Fleet” Walker, holding it down in Mathews.  Good Luck to all!

Keeping in the Seasonal Spirit, The Port Norfolk Civic League is excited to present the first annual Port Norfolk BOO-yah! 5K and Little Monsters Fun Run on Sunday, October 28,The race benefits the Port Norfolk Parks Fund and The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.  Should be a fun time!


Feedback Time!

Thanks, as always for the input, the ideas, and very cool comments you share.  We will be looking for you this weekend.  if you see me, say “Hi!”  I might just catch you soon… “On The Run!”


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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!”
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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!”

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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

This week, the action keeps up the momentum with The Hare and Tortoise 8K at New Quarter Park Saturday. Gert registered by visiting 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

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 to join in.  That’s some “SERIOUS” miles! Good Luck to all!


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