All the Running News in Hampton Roads from your Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex Leiding
An Amazing Seven Days!
Great efforts were all over the “757″ over that last few days. When we go “On The Run”, we go everywhere! Where to start? Chesapeake, Hampton, Williamsburg, Norfolk, Kentucky or Boston? Let’s start first with the ongoing story of John Price, who’s been “On the Run” since Valentines Day, running back from California. His latest efforts had him in Kentucky, primed for a big return to Hampton Roads very soon. You can follow his blog, with some great pictures of this beautiful land we call home at http://runvb2vb.com/blog/.
In Norfolk, the Lion’s Journey for Sight 5K & One Mile Run Saturday had a new venue in Norview High School, but speed was on display. Drew Midland won the 5K in 16:47, followed by Masters great, John Lomogda in 17:33. Inessa Corney, 13, from Australia, was the fastest female in 21:23 and she was the First Female in the Mile at 6:25. Liam Arocho blazed the One mile for the Overall victory in 4:35.
Williamsburg was also the setting for sub 16′s at the Duke of Gloucester 5K. Williamsburg’s Ed Moran sizzled thru the 3.1 mile course in 14:38, with the next three finishers all breaking 16:00! Jennifer Quarles led the Ladies in 19:19.
Since we’re on the Peninsula, a huge “THANK YOU” to all who participated in the 24 hour Run for Cancer at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Among the fundraisers, Virginia Beach’s Tommy Neeson logged 86 miles. Running for a charity is a wonderful thing to embrace, at least once. To all of you, a hearty “Congratulations!”
The TS Gates 5K in Poquoson Saturday with Brandon MacPherson as the Overall Winner and Meghan Foley was the Ladies champ.
All this and Still, Not Done!
Kale Running brought the big guns for the Dismal Swamp Half Marathon Saturday and were not disappointed. The out and back course along the Dismal Swamp was the perfect setting for Virginia Beach’s George Towett, who was First to the line in 1:05:32 . New York’s Salome Kosgei was the Ladies Winner in 1:15:56. The Field also featured Fourth overall and Masters Champion, Dennis Simonaitus. The 48 year old from Utah ran an amazing 1:10:56. He is also the only Masters Runner (40 years old and above) to run a 5K in under 15 minutes. Hampton Roads had two other friends in the Top Ten; Chesapeake’s David Hryvniak and big friend of the blog, John Piggott, of Williamsburg. Congratulations to all finishers!
It’s the oldest and most famous Marathon in America. 27,000 people toed the line Monday and great efforts were aplenty. If you didn’t see the highlights, Course records were set by winner, Geoffrey Mutai in 2:03:02, while American, Ryan Hall set an American course record in 2:04:58, finishing Fourth. In 2010, Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot set a Boston course record of 2:05:52. That would have landed him in Fifth this year. For the Ladies, two seconds was all that kept Desiree Davilla from being the first American Woman to win the race since 1985. With less than a quarter mile to go, Kenya’s Caroline Kilel outkicked Davilla to win in 2:22:36.
While those are amazing results, Hampton Roads also was treated to some real “Dragon Slayers” on this course. Virginia Beach’s Steve Speirs, 44, bested his previous Boston efforts, turning in an epic 2:45:22, running “negative splits” for the second half. Suffolk’s Billy Chorey, 30, was not far behind with another stellar effort, 2:46:05. Williamsburg’s Christopher Gutridge, 26, crossed the line in 2:49:27, followed by Matthew Lynch of Norfolk, in 2:51:55, while 20 year old, Thomas Gounley, from Newport News, rounded out the Hampton Roads connection for Runners under three hours! In a word…”AMAZING!”
Back to the Future!
No Delorean or Time Machine needed as this weekend offers several races. Saturday, the Suffolk YMCA 5K & One Miler, the One Life Fitness Bunny Hop 5K and One Mile Thumper Run in Chesapeake. At Oyster Point Park in Newport News, the Race for Teal 5K takes off on Saturday morning, while in Williamsburg, the New Quarter Park 5K and One Mile race get going as well. You can always get registered or find out more at kalerunning.com, tidewaterstriders.com, peninsulatrackclub.com, or colonialroadrunners.org.
What’s New With the Blog?
Saw some old friends of the Blog over the weekend. It’s wonderful how many people read our Running Blog and have some ideas we are working on. Some interviews are in the works as well. If you have an idea for a story or suggestion, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can always catch up with my archived Blogposts at ontherunwithflex.wordpress.com, or weekly here at WAVY.com.
Be on the lookout for me this weekend, whether you’re out for an easy run, or racing with the pack. I might just catch you… “On The Run!”
On the Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
See You "On the Run!"