Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding, with the Latest Running News in Hampton Roads
On Your Mark…
With Summer unofficially her, there have been a lighter offering on the local Race Menu. Lee’s Run on the Wild Side 5K at the Norfolk Zoo was a great time for Chesapeake’s Jeffrey Ball, winning in 17:27. Sika Henry, of Norfolk was the Ladies Champ in a swift 19:57. At Mount Trashmore, the Girls on the Run 5K was captured by Nicole Dewey in a blazing 19:25.
Congrats also to our Triathlon friends. The Breezy Point Triathlon had to be postponed because of the lightning and crazy weather from June 5th, but they were rewarded this weekend with the Xterra East Championship Triathlon Sunday in Richmond, while the day before, the Commonwealth Sports Medicine Kids Triathlon was a big success in Glen Allen. We give Triathletes plenty of respect here. As Runners, biking and swimming are cross training on off days. For them, it’s part of the routine.
This past weekend, the action was on the Southside for the OK 5K at Virginia Weslyan. Virginia Beach’s Tommy Holland broke the tape in 16:05, while young Inessa Corney continues to shine with the Ladies Title in a nice 19:50. In it’s second year, this looks to be a good race for your future schedules.
AAU Back in Action!
Speaking of the future, I always remark that we certainly our share of talented runners in this area. Over the weekend, I got to check out the AAU District Qualifier meet at Landstown High School. All I can saw is “Wow!” I was impressed, not only by the amount of athletes, their efforts, and times, but by the sea of families, groups and organizations involved. Track and Field groups from Hampton, Churchland, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, along with so many others produced a great competition for the youth. The Regional Qualifier will be held the weekend of July 1-3 at Hampton High School. Those who excel there will qualify for this year’s AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans. Last year, it was held in Norfolk at the Norfolk State University. Congratulations to all on your accomplishments and “Good Luck” at the next level!
The North Face Endurance 50 Mile Challenge in Washington ran back on June 4-5 and locally, our “Friend On the Run”, Steve Speirs served up another dose of his personal best, logging Fifty miles in 7:34. That’s Seven and a Half Hours! As fast as he is, he is also well received in the Running community as it seems everyone knows his name. If you see him at the next race, say “hello”. Running is one of the few sports where you could line up next to an elite runner, or end up afterwards chatting with someone who just set a course record. For those of your that “Go Long”, we salute you here….”On The Run!”
Feedback? Yeah, We Got That!
Each post, we seem to be reaching someone new. I hope you share these posts with your Running Friends. I got response from Peninsula standouts, Todd Kessler and Karen Terry, two names we mention here as overall winners. They wanted us to know they appreciated the coverage. I’m happy to share the efforts from ALL our Runners in the “757″.
This week, the Running world focuses on Norfolk with the CHKD 8K Run, starting and finishing at Town Point Park. The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters has touched so many families in Hampton Roads over their Fifty years . WAVY, TV 10 and Fox 43 are Major Sponsors, so you might just see some of your favorite Personalities at this event. There is also a Two Mile Walk for the Kids and a One Mile Fun Run. You can still register for this event by visiting tidewaterstriders.com, or runwalkforthekids.org. We’ll see you there!
Time to Go!
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“On The Run” with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding