The Latest Running News, Notes and Stories from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Monday, the most famous Marathon in the country starts in Hopkinton and heads for the streets of Downtown Boston. For close to 120 years, legends have crossed the finish line. With it’s incredible history, it is a “bucket list” race. You must qualify with a certain time at a previous event, or like some raise money for a charity to gain access.
Monday, Hampton Roads will be well represented at this year’s Boston marathon. Yesterday, we showed you Female elite, Kris Lawrence. Today, it’s time to meet Thomas Hicks.
Originally from New York, the Navy brought Hicks to the Hampton Roads area. Like many of us, “Life” was going on but, came back to Running a few years ago. With his eighth Marathon looming, Thomas runs with MS and a has a charity called 1 More Round. Here’s his story:
Wow! He’s a friend to everyone he meets and an inspiration to those of us needing a little push when we think we can’t go faster or farther. As he mentioned he will be running with support of another Hampton Roads Runner, Aric Martinez. Thanks Thomas! You can go to BAA.org and follow his progress Monday. I know I will. Good Luck to all “shipping up to Boston!”
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Best wishes if you are running a race this weekend. There are plenty on Saturday, like the Farafest 5k and Purple Stride 5K in Virginia Beach, while in Norfolk, the Kettle Krush 5k races off in Norfolk. In the Outer banks, the First Flight 5k is waiting for you, along with a long run in Roanoke at the Blue Ridge Half and Full Marathon. That’s Just Saturday! Sunday, the Surf’s Up 5k hits Virginia Beach, along with the very popular Color Me Rad 5k. Speedy youth will be racing the streets of Virginia Beach at the Thoroughgood One Miler, while down in the Outer Banks, it’s time to get your “Arghhhh” on with the Flyin’ Pirate Half Marathon.
That’s all the time we have this week. Run Fast and Strong! Maybe, I’ll see you soon…“On The Run!”