The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757″ from Sportswrap Runnign Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
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!
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, billythekidtriathlete.com, or to learn more about Team4Mil, check them out at team4mil.org. 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!”
On The Run with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com.