The Latest News & Notes from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Running’s Lost Weekend continues! Last week, winds and rain had many races cancel and even shorten the popular Neptune Festival races at the Oceanfront. The 8K became a 5K race after such strong winds at the oceanfront. Congratulations to all who braved the outdoors. Dannel Jeriff took first place with a 17:07 while the Ladies Champion was Zatha Loewen from Virginia Beach with a 21:32. Just Crazy!
Major storms over the last two weeks have many races moved to a rescheduled date. Last week the Heart of Ghent 10k, scheduled for a 6.2 mile run through Norfolk on October 3rd, moved to October 10th. Mettle Events Superstar Ann Hupp wants to remind those already entered who cannot race that date that they can run “Virtually.” Run the same distance this coming week (10/5-9) and once you send your distance/time/name you’ll be able to pick up your packet (shirt and medal) at packet pick-up, located at Running Etc. in Norfolk. Packet pick-up is from 3pm-7pm on Oct. 9th or you can send us an email and we’ll make arrangements for you to pick it up from a location in Norfolk on Monday. Email the results to email@example.com.
Last weekend was coastal flooding, now this week more races have been moved or postponed. J&A Racing moved the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon Weekend to October 17th and 18th. With hurricane winds close to Hampton Roads this weekend, getting a good long run and will be a challenge. A suggestion might be to hit the treadmill. Some may venture outside but be prepared for strong winds and…you’re gonna get wet! This might also be a good time to try some other core fitness or alternative workout such as biking or swimming. Many YMCAs and gyms have plenty of workout equipment available too. In the meantime, stay tuned to the WAVY Weather Center for the latest updates on Hurricane Joaquin. We will get the wind and rain through Monday even if the Hurricane stays off shore.
On to Bigger and Better!
Next weekend several of our running friends will be heading to the Midwest for the Chicago Marathon. On race day, October 11th, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park. If you’re one of the lucky ones stepping to the start line that day Hampton Roads wishes you the “Best of Luck!”
Dream Big? Boston Marathon? You Gotta be Faster this Year!
For the third year in a row, running a qualifying marathon time wasn’t a guarantee to earn a place on the Boston Marathon starting line for next year. Time qualifiers had to run 2:28 or faster under their time standard to get accepted into the April 18, 2016 race, according to the the Boston Athletic Association. A total of 4,562 runners who ran a qualifying time were not accepted out of the 28,594 runners who submitted applications during the week-and-a-half-long registration period. During the registration period for the 2015 race, 25,493 runners signed up and 1,947 applicants received rejection notices. The entire field is capped at 30,000 runners and 24,032 runners for next year’s Boston Marathon will be time qualifiers. That number is 486 more than the number of runners accepted for the 2015 race.
One More Time!
Meb Keflezighi made it official recently. He’ll give New York another try. The 2004 Olympic Marathon Silver medalist and last American to win both the Boston and New York City Marathons, Meb announced he’ll run the event on November 1st, marking ten straight years of taking a “bite” out of the Big Apple.
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