The Latest Running News and Notes in Hampton Roads from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding.
What a weekend! Hope your Labor Day weekend was fun and enjoyable. For thousands in Hampton Roads the Rock and Roll Half Marathon called! Did you answer? After four tries, Elkannah Kipet won the Rock & Roll Half Marathon with a time of 1:05:22. Patrick Hearne, of Hampton just missed the Top 10 with a time of 1:15:58. David Kidd was the fastest from South Hampton Roads with a 1:1:9:40.
Laura Thweatt was the Ladies Champ in 1:12:59 while, Teresa Allman, from Virginia Beach was the fastest female finishing seventh with a time of 1:25:35. So Many Shout Outs! Congratulations to all who took on the 13.1 mile course in drizzle and high humidity along with some gusty winds.
There was also a 5K running at the same time starting with the Half Marathoners. 16-year-old, Josh Spare from Virginia Beach was the Overall winner with a time of 16:47, while 14-year-old Ben Werve clocked in at 18:16. Legendary miler and Kansas Legislator, Jim Ryan also ran in the field. Another Shout Out to Norfolk’s Randy Cook finishing third in the 65 to 69 Age Group. The winner of that age group just happened to be Rod Dixon, 1972 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the 1500m and winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon. Great Job, Randy!
What? There’s more? So what did you think? After school starts, we would run out of races? Oh no!!! There are plenty of races to be done this weekend.
On the Peninsula, there are two super races Saturday morning. First, the ECPI 8K in Newport News starting at the beautiful Mariner’s Museum. The race “starts at 8, so don’t be late”.
Hampton Bay Days 10K. The Bay Days “Turns back the Clock”, returning to the old distance after last year’s 8K. This course goes through the Downtown City streets and past the HU Campus. Race time is 7am. Go, Get ‘Em!
Down to the Outer Banks it’s triathlon time! The OBX Sprint Triathlon series continues. Good luck to all who “TRI”! That’s swiming, biking, and running.
If you don’t mind driving up the road just a bit, the Race to Make a Difference 10K takes off Saturday morning as well in Matthews. Back at the Oceanfront, the Second Annual Summer Sizzler 5K is still open for registration. You can get it in by visiting roadrageevents.com for more. They also offer a kids 1 mile run. Good Luck!
I’m tired just thinking about all those miles we’ll tear up this weekend! That’s all the time we have for now. Keep Running and I’ll keep cheering about you here, “On The Run!”
On the Run with Jon “Flex” Leiding on the HRScene.com