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The Latest Running News and Notes from the “757” with Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

Just a couple weeks of summer Left!  Please don’t cry, yet.  There are still some great races to talk about.  At Tallwood High School on August 15th, the pace was at top speed for the Tidewater Striders’ Strider Mile.  The ladies were quick with Octavia Rinehardt taking the title with a   5:26.70 time.  Stephanie Manny was less than a second behind in  5:57.27.  WOW!

That’s the ladies, now the “fellas” rocked the track as well with Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll  winning in 4:40.75.  Chesapeake’s Michael French was just a couple strides back in 4:42.16.

Big “Shout Outs” to Pete Gibson , from Murfreesboro ,NC. The legend clocked a 5:09.  Think that’s good?  Check 60-year-old, William Cason dropped the hammer with a 5:59.  Fast & furious- you bet!

At the Oceanfront that morning, the Surfer’s Healing 5K was won by  Braden Troy-Wilson from Williamsburg, with 17:54.

They Were Fun On The Run!
They Were Fun On The Run!

That night, The Virginia RUSH Soccer program had their “Rush to the Goal 5K”.  I got a chance to have some fun with them at the Sportsplex.  Congrats to Ella Kloster, from Norfolk.  She was the ladies champ with a speedy time of 21:58, while sixteen year old, Joshua Boldon was the overall winner in 19:25.  Another big “Shout Out” to young Chase Taylor, who just beat his Dad, Larry in the race.  It was pretty competitive out there.  Happy to meet and chat with so many of you that were there.

The action on the Peninsula has been crazy fast, too.  The 5th Annual Transitions 5K Title went to Newport news’ Parry Klages, speeding through the course in 17:32.  Morgan Merritt, just Fourteen, won the Ladies competition with a 21:34.  That’s a 6:56 pace, in case you were wondering.

If that doesn’t blow you away, this will:  Sixty year old Stephen Chantry.  At the 11th Annual Senior World Championships in France, Williamsburg’s Stephen Chantry 1500 meter race in 4:44, finishing 11th in the world!

The Amazing Stephen Chantry from williamsburg!
The Amazing Stephen Chantry from Williamsburg!

He’s always been fast at local races but his is “another level fast.”  Oh, I also forgot to mention he ran the 800 meter final in a blistering 2:20! SUPER CONGRATS!

Back here in Hampton Roads, The York River 5k was won by Williamsburg’s Adam Ostot in 16:08. Hannah Herncir took the female’s crown with a 20:23.

When you say ECSC, I always think the sand and the surf.  The Coastal Edge ECSC 5k had the boardwalk and a great view of the ocean.  Like a fine wine, Ryan Carroll continued his dominance, winning in 16:39.  Teresa Allman was the ladies winner in 18:34.  Also of special note: Charles Inman was the masters winner in 18:03.  These masters runners over forty in the area are definitely an amazing bunch.  I try to chase them at every race.

So, That’s Awesome!  What about This Weekend?  Oh…You want More?  Let’s go!

Saturday, August 29th, Newport News has it’s Race for Hope 10k, 5k, and 1 mile at the Mariner’s MuseumClick here for the race flyer.

You’ve heard the phrase “Up the Road a Piece”.  Well, in Ashland, the Patrick Henry Half Marathon is ready to go this Saturday. You can still make it by hitting up their website by clicking here.  See, I am good at sharing things!

Ready To Run This Weekend!
Ready To Run This Weekend!

Sunday, the End of Watch Run for Hope 5k is set for a 9am start at Mt Trashmore- Mettle Events will handle the race timing.  First Place Winners for the Men and Ladies receive a TV!   Nice!

Lastly, all eyes are locked onto the Rock and Roll Half Marathon Sunday, September 6th at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  It offers a One Mile race in the sand on that Saturday.  Bands play along the course to rock the miles away.   This race is a large one and shuttles are offered and encouraged to get to the Start Line.  I am going to be there.  Hope to see you, too.

That’s all I have for now.  More Races in Great Places and incredible people and groups to chat about next week.  We love the feedback!  Make us a favorite on your web browser.  See you soon…”On The Run!”Flex finish at Run for the Dream

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