Runners in the 757- New Year, New You, On The Run!

The Latest Running News, Notes, Shout Outs, and More with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Runners in Hampton Roads: Happy New Year!   Whether you’ve been running for a while or you’re just trying to keep your New Year’s resolution, make “On The Run” your place to visit for 2016.  This section is devoted to getting your race results, shout outs, along with tips and advice for your next run.   Plus, we also have interviews and tell you where the next cool races are in the area to add to your race calendar.

If you’ve never checked us out, a little bit about me.  I’ve been running for over 10 years now and have 18 marathons under my belt. Over that time here in Hampton Roads, I have been fortunate to add great friendships with so many wonderful and talented runners in this area. Runners have a tendency to be very friendly and always enjoy a good run with a buddy.   Plus, they are happy to chat about our sport and offer some guidance.  You can even catch up with other runners in the area for some great runs for fun, if you know where to go.

Lots of fun to report, so here we go!

Let's Go "On The Run!"
Let’s Go “On The Run!”

Time to get some results out of the way: this past weekend at the Freezer Burn 5K Peter Smith from Chesapeake was the overall winner and 17.08 while women’s winter Karen Sanzo from Hampton led the ladies in 23.03.
The Tidewater Striders had their distance series race this past weekend with the option to run ten or fifteen miles. No, you don’t get to quit at ten if you got tired.  It’s a great training run especially if you are running the either the Shamrock Marathon or Newport News One City Marathon in March. Chesapeake’s Stacin Martin won the 15 mile event in 1:34:31, with Virginia Beach’s Bradley Shoultz just four seconds behind in second place in 1:34:35.  A big shout out to 66 years young Virginia Davis!  She race walked the fifteen miles in 3:14:14.   The ten mile winner was Daniel Shean in 1:02:59, while Teresa Allman captured the women’s crown in 1:03;40.  Those are some super fast times!

Our good friends at Mettle Events  just finished up their “Mud in Your Eye” cross country series and Ryan Carroll blazed the 8K trail in 31:32.  The women were led by Virginia Beach’s Jamie Dockiewicz, with a swift 38:46.  Not only did each of them win the January 23rd event, but they also won the combined times for the 5K and 6K from previous weeks.  That’s some impressive work.  Well done!

Ludavine got her Medal! Good Dog!
Ludavine got her Medal!  Good Dog!

Elsewhere on the map, “Man’s Best Friend” went out for a run and crushed it! When April Hamlin let her dog out in Alabama on January 16, she assumed she was just going to do her business and maybe have a sniff around. But apparently the dog had other ideas.  Her dog, a female bloodhound named Ludavine, somehow wandered into the starting area of the Elkmont Half Marathon. When the starters pistol rang out and everybody started running, Ludavine ran too. In fact, Ludavine ran the entire 13.1 mile race, finishing in seventh out of 165 runners. Not only did she win her age group, she won her species as well.  You go, girl!

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Looking forward to this week, more races are coming  up as the moderate temperatures we are used to seem to be returning.

This weekend, the  Virginia Beach Distance Races 100K, 50K, 100K Relay returns Sunday at 6:30 in the morning at Bow Creek Golf course in Virginia Beach and goes until 6 p.m. that night.  Click on the link above if you want to get in ‘last minute” for some long distance fun.  The race ends just in time to go home and catch the big football game.gameday-fina-logol

Speaking of “Super Sunday,” the Game Day 5K and 10K roll out Sunday morning in Oyster Point.  Road Rage Events will make this a real party!  There will be tailgating along with sports-themed decorations to get you ready for the race and the game later that day. Proceeds go to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, so get a run in before filling up at a party that night and help a good cause.  Still time to get in by visiting

Out in Smithfield, the Mardi Gras Run for the Beads 10K and 5K kicks off at Windsor Castle Park.  visit for more details.  It’s all about the beads!  In good Cajun style, “Geaux for it!”

See You On The Run Soon!
See You On The Run Soon!

Up the road a bit, the Toano ICY 8K and 5KRun get started Saturday. You can still get into the action by checking this out here:  Go get yours!

That’s all the time I have for now.  Good luck to everyone who “laces ’em up” this week to go for a mile or more.  Keep doing what you do and we’ll keep the “Good News”  coming right here…”On The Run!”