It’s Boston Week, “On The Run!”

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All you need is warm weather to bring out good races. Of course, it would figure I would be out of town on the weekend with so many great races going on.  There are 5Ks, miles, half marathons and incredible runs all over the 757.  Before we get into our big Boston week, let’s check out the results first from one of my favorite races.

I am always a big fan of our friends Ann and Kevin Hupp from Mettle Events. The Dismal Swamp Stomp weekend was a big success with Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll leading the charge to the finish line, winning the half in 1:13:47.  Octavia Reinhardt, from Virginia Beach was top three of the half marathon for the females with a great time of 1.25.49.  I always enjoy the elk and back course along the Dismal Swamp Trail. Wish I had been there! I always remember getting a free pony ride after the race.  Wonder whatever happened to that pic?

Run Dismal Swamp Half- Ride Horse Free!
Run Dismal Swamp Half- Ride Horse Free!

They always have great finishers medals and awards. I still have one or two in my house. The 5K winners were Steven Armitage with a time of 18:34, while big fan of the blog, Julie Hicks was the ladies winner in 20:59.  Shout out time– Way to go Julie!

Meantime at Harbor Park, the Kettle Krush 5K finished on the field!  Don’t know if anybody slid into home plate after crossing the finish line, but it was a big day for Drew Midland who “Krushed” the course in 17:42. He even got to throw out the first pitch at the Tides game.  Drew definitely had his stride going that day, while Lydia Wilson of Smithfield led the ladies with a great time of 21:19. Time to spotlight someone who definitely deserves a big “shout out,” 10-year-old Seth Sadler from Chesapeake, who ran the 3.1 mile course in 21.06. That is really moving, Seth. Congrats!

Drew - Looking Strong!
Drew – Looking Strong!

In Virginia Beach, the Don’t Sit on Colon Cancer 5K race was over at Sentara Princess Anne location and Kevin White was fast and furious with a time of 18:06 to have the overall win, while superstar speedster Marilyn Brooks of Virginia Beach was the ladies champion in 20.19. I forgot to mention that she’s sixty years young.  Wow!  Want more?  How about a big “shout out” for 12-year-old Dominic Mahon from Rosedale Maryland. The 12-year-old ran the 5K course in 19.20.  What were they putting in the drinks along the course?  These times are amazing!

Everyone's On The Run!
Everyone’s On The Run!

On the Peninsula, the Joe & Sue Moore 5K went well with  75 runners, following the trails inside Sandy Bottom Nature Park.  Ryan Doupe of Newport News was the overall winner with a time of 18:49 (6:04 per mile pace). Williamsburg’s Speedy Master Runner, Connie Glueck was the ladies champ and second overall with a 20:55 (6:44 pace).  We talk about youth, but how about “seasoned citizens?” Robert White, 92, of Hampton with a 45:46 and 84-year-old P.J. Mendola rocking the course with a 48:55.  Fast times and great guys!

Wanna Have Some Fun This Weekend?  Glad You Asked!

Saturday, the Victory at the Yorktown YMCA 10K gets going again as part of the Super Gran Prix for runners on both sides of the water.  Get racing by checking out for more info.

In Portsmouth, the Humane society has it’s”Cause for Paws 5K” rolling through Olde Towne at North Landing Park.  Switching to Chesapeake, Hickory High School has its Run to Remember Scholar Fest 5K. You can still register up to race day to make it happen.

At Mount Trashmore, the 23rd Annual Cerebral Palsey 5K Run/ Walk is just waiting for you.  Special hand-painted awards for the winners plus… PIZZA!  I did say pizza!  Be part of the action by clicking HERE! 

Sunday, the action hits the Oceanfront!  The 3rd Annual Surf’s Up 5K starts at 17th street.  Our buddies at Road Rage Events would be happy to see you out there.  Check the web page to find out more  Good Luck!

Looking for something for the kids on Sunday?  How about the Northwest River Park Equinox Distance Race?  It’s a two mile fun run on the trail and all profits raised will go to The Arc of Virginia.  Go to for more.

Monday is the BIG ONE!!!

It All Starts Here!
It All Starts Here!

Since this is “Boston Week”, I decided to combine a “Throwback Thursday” with this as well.  Last year, Virginia Beach’s Kris Lawrence took time and shared with us her experience to prepare for 2015 Boston Marathon as an Elite Female Runner. Check it out!


Need some more Marathon motivation?  How about our good friend, Thomas Hicks. His journey to Boston last year was great and was kind enough to share with us that week here, “On The Run!”


To all our running friends from Hampton Roads taking on the 26.2 mile course, “Best of Luck” and enjoy the “Super Bowl” of marathons.  Monday is Patriot’s Day in Boston and the journey begins in Hopkinton, into Framingham, and Natick, past the cheering fun at Wellesley College, past the Hills in Newton, including Heartbreak Hill then, downtown, past Fenway Park in the distance before making the turn onto Boylston Street to the finish.  I know I’ll be watching.

See You Soon!
See You Soon!

That’s all the time I have for this weekend.  Whatever you’re training for, have fun and enjoy yourselves.  Smiling burns more calories and you look better in the finish line photo!  See you next time…”On The Run!”