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