Time to Lace “em Up Again- We’re “On The Run!”

May 15th, 2015 at 3:22 pm by under Sports, Uncategorized

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

Flex at Spring stride 2

Hey Runners in Hampton Roads!  Hope your training is going well.   Special “shoutout” to Ann & Kevin Hupp with Mettle Events.  Their website got hacked and they are feverishly working to get info for times and races available to you Runners looking for some challenging races.  They are always good friends to know, “On The Run” and know their site will be back in full action very soon.

May is National Running Month and you know we have some races to cover plus, preview a few in the distance.    Get ready for the races this weekend.  It’s all right here on our Video report, called “On The Run!”

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Next weekend Two Big Races hit the streets- the Elizabeth River Run invades Portsmouth with a 10K and Mile run, while on the Peninsula look for the Yorktown Freedom 8K.

Thanks for checking us out.  See you next week…”On The Run!”

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We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

Spring has Sprung and Running Races Have Begun- “On The Run!”

May 1st, 2015 at 11:44 am by under Sports

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

Ready to Run at the Independence 5k!

Ready to Run at the Independence 5k!

Plenty of great results in The Video Blog this week.   Congrats to all your efforts.

We’re ready to “hit the streets” with this report so, let’s roll out the latest…“On The Run!”

Our Friends in the WAVY Weather Center have a good weekend in store so, your workout or race couldbe great.  Good Luck with whatever you have on your menu this weekend.

A Special Thanks for all of you who share his with your friends.  that’s how we grow.

Keep binging your best and we’ll make sure to tell everyone about it.   Here’s hoping I catch you soon…“On The Run!”

Even Olympic Medalists know where to find us..."On The Run!

Even Olympic Medalists know where to find us…”On The Run!

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“On The Run” Loves a Good Boston Story- We Got It For You

April 17th, 2015 at 11:11 am by under Sports

The Latest Running News, Notes and Stories from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Runners From Hampton Roads will be "Boston-Bound" for Marathon!

Runners From Hampton Roads will be “Boston-Bound” for Marathon!

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 and follow his progress Monday.  I know I will.  Good Luck to all “shipping up to Boston!”

Please feel free to leave Feedback here on  We always give “Shout-Outs” to those who do.

Also, we are working on “goodies” for upcoming promotions.  We all know Runners Like Free Things.

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!”

Flex at Spring stride 2








Boston Marathon Week- “On The Run!”

April 16th, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Sports

The Latest Running News and Notes from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” LeidingBoston M Finish

It’s the most famous Marathon in the USA and you have to qualify to be able to run

the streets of the famed 26.2 mile course.  From Hopkinton, through Natick, past the “Scream Zone” at Wellesley College, up the Newton hills, then finally, all the to downtown Boston on Boylston Street, every runner dreams of running the Boston Marathon.

Some lucky Hampton Roads Runners will embrace the challenge this weekend.  Some will run with friends, and others for great causes but, Kris Lawrence, from Virginia Beach, will line up with the Elite Women.  One of the Top female qualifiers, Kris took some time to share her story with us…”On The Run!”

Best of luck to you, Kris!  You can go to the Boston Marathon website, and search any of your friends running Monday.

You can also watch the event live online as well.  We’ll share results here on late Monday or Tuesday of some Hampton Roads Runners.  if you are one of them, “Go Get ‘em!”

Friday, I’ll share with you an inspirational story of a local runner, dealing with MS and his 2015 Boston Marathon journey.

Thanks for checking us out…”On The Run!” 


Please feel free to share your feedback!  We give “Shout-outs” to those who have previously:  Mike Kottmer from Virginia Beach-”Thanks, Big Mike!”  Plus, a Queen of Running Events in Hampton Roads, Ann Hupp from Mettle Events- A Super Thanks for sharing “On The Run” with others!  That’s how we grow.  As the season continues, we will have giveaways.  Runners always like Free Stuff!

We're On The Run!

We’re On The Run!

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Spring Break? No Need- We’re Always “On The Run!”

April 10th, 2015 at 10:32 am by under Sports

The Latest Running News, Notes and More from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Time to Go On The Run Again!

Time to Go On The Run Again!


Hey Hampton Roads! Big weekend ahead? We’ve got some good races for you.

First, a big “Thanks” to all of you who share the blog report with your friends.

That’s how we grow.  Keep it coming.  Now, let’s go racing!


Saturday, the Big Blue 5K at ODU roars thru the streets of Norfolk. That race ends

on the 50 yard line at ODU’s Foreman field.

That’s just the tip of the Running Iceberg.  Mettle Events has the Dismal Swamp

Half Marathon weekendin Chesapeake.  This is always a great race and top runners

seem to shine here.


In Jamestown, the action is “Fast and Furious” with the Jamestown 4-H Discovery 10k.

That’s 6.2 miles if you don’t speak metric.  Plus, on the William and Mary Campus, there’s

Ali’s run 5k and Run/Walk.


Our Video Blog helps you catch up with the past week’s results as well.

We know you’re ready for it so, check out our Video report:


Next Week is BOSTON Week!  The third Monday in April means the Boston Marathon is front and center.

We’ll check in on some of you running it and who knows what other surprises we may have.

As the used to say: “stay tuned…”

Thanks for checking us out this week here on  Please tell your Running friends.

We keep striding along  smoothly because of you!  I look for you…”On The Run!”

Everybody's On The Run!

Everybody’s On The Run!

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Runners in Hampton Roads, Get Ready for the Weekend…”On The Run!”

March 27th, 2015 at 11:26 am by under Sports

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

Ready to Go "On The Run!"

Ready to Go “On The Run!”

Another Busy week of Running and Races in Hampton Roads

is coming quicker than you think.  Special Congrats to all of you

who ran last weekend.  Here’s our Video Report for this week:



Hope you have a great weekend!  Great Stories are coming soon on

A reminder- If you have an idea for a great story or want to send me feedback, hit me up or leave feedback at the bottom of the page.

If you’re Racing this weekend, be “Fast and Furious!”  ‘Til Next time,  I’ll be looking for you…”On The Run”.

See You Soon..."On The Run!"

See You Soon…”On The Run!”


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Brady says he would never break the rules

January 22nd, 2015 at 9:47 pm by under Sports

Saying “this isn’t ISIS, nobody’s dying,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he did not in any way alter the footballs that were used in last weekend’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Earlier Thursday, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick didn’t pull any punches, saying he has no knowledge of anyone manipulating the air pressure in the team’s football.

“I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on the footballs,” Belichick said. “They know a lot more than I do. They’re a lot more sensitive to it than I am. I hear them comment on it from time to time, but I can tell you, and they will tell you, that there’s never any sympathy whatsoever from me on that subject. Zero. Tom’s personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide.”

Meanwhile, Brady said, “I was as surprised as anybody when I heard Monday morning what was happening.” Brady went on to say he routinely selects the balls he uses prior to every game, and he doesn’t want anyone touching the balls after that. He said the balls he checked prior to the Colts game were perfect.

Immediately following Brady’s press conference, former Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell, who now works for ESPN, said he believes Brady is lying.

“I don’t believe what Tom Brady had to say,” Brunell said. “I don’t believe there is an equipment manager in the NFL that would deflate the balls without the quarterback’s approval.”

Hokies losing streak climbs to three with home loss to Boston College

November 1st, 2014 at 11:37 pm by under Sports

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Tyler Murphy threw for two touchdowns and put Virginia Tech away with a 57-yard scoring run with 2:59 remaining Saturday as Boston College beat the Hokies 33-31 and became bowl eligible.

Murphy connected on scoring throws of eight yards to Charlie Callinan and two yards to Marcus Outlow for the Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 26-24 until Murphy broke free on a third-and-10 run and sprinted up the middle and untouched for the touchdown that put the game away.

Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy helped the Eagles hold off the Hokies and gain bowl eligibility for the second straight year under coach Steve Addazio, writes Jack McCluskey.

The loss was the third in a row for Virginia Tech (4-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) and its fourth in six games at home.

Murphy also became the third quarterback to run for more than 100 yards against the Hokies’ defense this season, gaining 122 yards on 18 carries. Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas (165) and Pittsburgh’s Chad Voytik (118) also did it, and then Miami ran for 364 yards against that same unit last Thursday night.

Murphy’s run wiped away what looked like an improbable comeback, or at least a chance at one.

The Hokies trailed 23-10 before a fake punt kick-started their offense.

Michael Brewer pulled the Hokies within 23-17 when he scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down, and the Hokies took the lead when Brewer hit Bucky Hodges from seven yards out and Hodges bulled into the end zone. But then a defense that had been solid all day couldn’t stop the Eagles when it needed to most.

Never facing a third down until it was into Virginia Tech territory, Boston College drove 42 yards to the Hokies’ 24 and Alex Howell gave them the lead back with a 44-yard field goal. There was 4:12 to play, but after the Hokies’ offense went three-and-out and punted, Murphy followed two plays that gained nothing with his backbreaking touchdown.

After Joey Slye’s 27-yard field goal gave the Hokies a 10-7 lead, the teams exchange punts before the Eagles became the latest team to strike quickly against the Virginia Tech defense. Dadi Nicolas sacked Murphy for a 5-yard loss on the first play, and Myles Willis ran 68 yards for a touchdown on the next.

It’s the longest offensive play against the Hokies this season, and the 11th of at least 40 yards.

Slye tried to make it a one-point game just before halftime, but his 30-yard field goal was blocked.

The Eagles had the ball in Hokies territory on their first three possessions, and on the third one, they finally cashed in. Murphy got the drive started with a 24-yard pass to Shakim Phillips, kept the ball and ran for 8 yards on a third-and-1 and hit Charlie Callinan for 8 yards and the tying touchdown.

The Hokies took the opening kickoff and drove 95 yards for a touchdown. It was their longest drive of the season, and featured their longest play from scrimmage of the year: a 44-yard pass on which Brewer eluded a rush, bought some time and found Willie Byrn along the Eagles sideline.

Williams took it the last 8 yards and the Hokies led after 3:09.

Cavaliers lose third straight in road loss to Georgia Tech

November 1st, 2014 at 11:37 pm by under Sports

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – Justin Thomas threw three touchdown passes, Synjyn Days ran for a career-high 147 yards and Georgia Tech beat Virginia 35-10 on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Days scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Days has topped 100 yards rushing in each of his two starts while running back Zach Laskey recovers from a shoulder injury. Days set a career high with 110 yards rushing in last week’s 56-28 win at Pittsburgh and then topped that total on 24 carries against the Cavaliers.

Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) couldn’t gain ground on ACC Coastal Division leader Duke, which beat Pittsburgh 51-48 in double-overtime on Saturday. Duke beat Georgia Tech earlier this season.

Virginia (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), held to a season-low 22 yards rushing, has lost three straight.

Thomas threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to DeAndre Smelter and 11 yards to Darren Waller as Georgia Tech led 21-10 at halftime.

Virginia’s Greyson Lambert completed 19 of 32 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Lambert was hurt by a few dropped passes, including an attempt through the hands of Keeon Johnson in the end zone, forcing the Cavaliers to settle for a field goal late in the first half.

Lambert threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Zachary Swanson late in the first quarter.

Matt Johns replaced Lambert in the fourth quarter and completed 4 of 9 passes for 32 yards.

The official temperature at kickoff was 49 degrees with the wind at 24 miles per hour. The temperatures dropped into the low 40s in the second half.

The wind was a factor throughout the game, including the way it affected punts and kickoffs. A 27-yard punt by Virginia’s Alec Vozenilek allowed Georgia Tech to start its first possession at the Cavaliers’ 42. Deon Hill’s 14-yard run capped the short touchdown drive, giving the Yellow Jackets the lead they never gave up.

Days went over the 100-yard mark on his 33-yard run on the Yellow Jackets’ first drive of the second half. Days’ 4-yard touchdown run pushed the lead to 28-10.

Virginia answered by driving to the Georgia Tech 39 before Lambert’s pass was tipped by defensive end KeShun Freeman. Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis caught the deflection for an interception.

Virginia’s next possession ended with Lambert’s fourth-down pass from the Georgia Tech 10 was intercepted by Jamal Golden in the end zone.

Khalek Shepherd led Virginia with 15 yards rushing. Kevin Parks, who ranked third in the ACC with his average of 105.2 yards rushing per game, was held to 13 yards on five carries. The Cavaliers’ previous season low for yards rushing was 114 against Louisville on Sept. 13.

Georgia Tech defensive end Patrick Gamble, who made his first start, was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury with 6:10 remaining.

Nicole’s Notes: Friday Night Flights 2014 Kickoff

September 6th, 2014 at 12:32 am by under News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

School’s back in session, high school football games have started and students, teachers and staff are ready to show their pride. And it’s a tradition to have me kick off the season for Friday Night Flights. After writing some stories for the newscasts and, and anchoring the 5 and 6pm news on WAVY, I changed clothes and got buckled up in Chopper 10 with photographer Chris Omahen (seen below) and pilot Steve Decker.


 It’s always a beautiful flight over Hampton Roads and tonight was no different. We landed at Lake Taylor High School first for their game against Phoebus.

In Chopper 10 above Lake Taylor game

In Chopper 10 above Lake Taylor game

You could see the sea of red from up above and we received warm greetings from the second we landed.


Hanging with the Lake Taylor cheerleaders

WAVY photographer Chris Omahen is a Lake Taylor grad! He's shooting highlights of his alma mater's football game.

WAVY photographer Chris Omahen is a Lake Taylor grad! He’s shooting highlights of his alma mater’s football game.

The cheerleaders helped me toss out the WAVY footballs to the crowd. They certainly have a better arm than I do! They are excited about what the new school year holds. The Titans have a lot to be proud of as they start the new school year. They have a new field house for the visiting team which just opened up tonight.


Lake Taylor High School’s new field hous

But principal Dr. Reba Jacobs-Miller is most proud of the students’ academic achievements and honors heading into this new year. She told me, “We had the highest graduation completion index of all of the schools in Norfolk so we are very excited about that. We were recognized at our convocation. It actually has the students who are seniors now excited about graduating because they know we will provide the assistance that’s needed to be successful.”


From Lake Taylor we headed to Chesapeake and Western Branch High School. They won their game with Bethel. They have some of best fans in Hampton Roads. It was a theme of school spirit and family support at the  game. When we flew in range, we realized it was halftime and the band was taking the field. Once we landed, they entertained us and we saw a sea of neon green in the stands. It’s actually a show of support for a former P.E. teacher and J.V. coach Stuart Baiza who was recently diagnosed with cancer.


Student Alex Abbey told me, “We were actually already doing neon night but we wanted to come out here and his cancer color is green and we wanted to support him and his family by wearing green.”


Teacher Stuart Baiza and family. Students wore neon green to the game in support of Mr. Baiza’s cancer fight.

It was a spirit-lifting for Mr. Baiza who told me, “It just lets me know I don’t have to go through it alone these kids have been great. Being a teacher of theirs and to have them come through in my time of need. It’s a big honor.” He was at the game with his wife and little girl.  What a great show of support!

UPDATE: Stuart’s mom Colleen Rees emailed me a heartwarming email full of gratitude after seeing our report. She gave me permission to share some of it which read, “Stuart was concerned that the focus be on the kids accomplishments and I think you tied the two issues together beautifully.  Stuart was diagnosed on the 19th of August – nearly 3 months after his son Leighton was born – we have been in a spiral since then.  The whole night was very special – not only was it wonderful to see the kids come up to Stuart and wish him well but also from a nostalgia perspective.  Stuart is an Alumni of WBHS.  He was inspired to become  a PE teacher from his coaches. Coach Lew Johnson was one, he helped Stuart move on to college where he made the CNU Team in their maiden season. “

She also emailed me a picture of the ribbons her sister designed for his cause. Several people were wearing them at the game.

Support ribbon for Mr. Baiza

Support ribbon for Mr. Baiza

She said the family is hopeful doctors will tackle the tumor, get him in remission and find a cure. She says the community support really helps the family cope.

I love doing Friday Night Flights for all of the fun- but also for getting important messages out about the schools, the students and staff and the community. This is an awesome example of that. We wish Mr. Stuart Baiza well with his treatment and recovery.


Heading back to WAVY on Chopper 10

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Selfie with Chopper 10 pilot, Steve Decker

Selfie with Chopper 10 pilot, Steve Decker

Check out Friday Night Flights with Bruce Rader and his rotating co-hosts and all of our high school football coverage on our special WAVY page.