Naughty or Nice, We’re Always On The Run!

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

Hey runners in the 757!  Get your seasonal fix as we hitch up our sleigh through December and all these wild races.  What?  You thought we quit running as soon as it gets cold? Oh No!  There were plenty of races on the schedule last week so let’s get it started!

Up in Yorktown, Mike Stohler took home the overall title at the Run with the Son 5K for Haiti.  Newport News’ Julia MacMasters was the leading lady with a strong 21:09.  Big “Shout Outs” to Susan Hagel, taking the Top Female Masters spot with 22:52.  Also, how about ten-year-old Seth Sadler of Chesapeake running a 20:53 for the 3.1 mile event!

At the Virginia Beach Oceanfront the  Jingle Bell 5k was “jolly” for Kevin Gladstone, the Overall Champ, posting 18:25 for the win.  Second place went to Kevin Martingayle, who cruised in with a 19:34.  His children are standout top 5 state cross country runners at Princess Anne High School.  Always cool to see a whole family that runs at events.  Speaking of family, young Lauren Hasty was the first female in 22:32.  Her dad, Lee Hasty was third overall.

Back at Mount Trashmore, the Third Annual Reindeer Rally had a 5k and a 7K Norfolk’s Steven Armitage took the title in the 5k with a 19:08, while Virginia Beach’s Huma Sh led the ladies in 22:29.  In the 7k, also dubbed the Reindeer Trot, Aaron Jones was first to the tape with a 28:29 and Jane Cannone of Norfolk was the women’s winner in 32;511.

A special “Thanks” to those of you who went out to Oak Grove Park in Chesapeake for Ride to a Wish Frostbite 5K . Don Coberly, founding member of the Ride to a Wish Foundation, was kind enough to do an interview for us last week and it always nice to help out events getting started.  Here’s hoping we see them again soon!

Sunday, Busch Gardens played host to the  Christmas Town 8KWilliamsburg’s Chris Solinsky raced home in 26:39, which is a 5;22 per mile pace. Whew! Speaking of amazing, Renee High crushed the ladies side with a 30:14.  Looks like many stuck around to walk through Christmas Town and the pretty light display.  I heard it was a packed house that day.

Closing out the weekend, the Bruin 5K Dash at Western Branch High School was  for Ryan Carroll, smoking through the 3.1 mile course in 15:26.  He continues to amaze!  Suffolk’s Betsy Pollard, a new energy running speedster, took the ladies’ title in 21:21.  Nice Work!

Flex at YMCA Mile

Feeling Merry? Have you been Naughty or Nice?   We’ve got more holiday themed races for you this weekend, starting with a Holly Jolly 5K run in Virginia Beach. You’ll be feeling quite merry by the end of the event if you do well.

SANTACLAUSESHUFFLE-LOGO-with-no-date-266x300Head to Old Towne Portsmouth for the Santa Claus Shuffle 5k.  “Yule” race away from the N’Telos Pavilion and back, so you know your times will be almost as fast as Santa’s reindeer!

Take a trip across the water and head to Langley for the Langley 10 mile Race Around the Base.  You got it! I understand you can still get into the event visit and follow the directions. Good luck!

You know that the Tacky Sweater 5K hits the beach at Oceanview Saturday.  My friends at Mettle Events want to see all of you in those sweaters you know you’ve been saving, just to run this race.

Plus, if you are looking to do a little traveling, Lightfoot offers the Sentara Sleighbell 5K. Get in on the fun by going to colonialroadrunners.orgMaybe you could dress is a jolly elf. As long as you don’t eat fruit cake during the run. Trust me on that one.

Here are a list of a few races that DO NOT actually exist but since it’s the holiday season,  how about the Eight Crazy Nights 8K, or the 12 Miles of Christmas, or the 2015K run. Just get out there run this season, have fun do your best and I will keep giving you big shout outs.  Keep sending us those great photos pictures and comments! Hit me up with a story or cool news about great runners in the area at  Hope I see you soon… On the Run!