The Latest Running News and Notes from the “757” with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
So after two weeks of being stuck inside with those crazy rains you were FINALLY able to go outside and a rock some races this past weekend. The fast results look as if many of you were shot out of a cannon. Let’s explode right into this past weekend of great races in Hampton Roads.
Portsmouth’s Ryan Carroll did his very best to bring running back to normal in Norfolk with the Heart of Ghent 10K race. Ryan always looks good at the front and made it look easy, winning in 32:52. Octavia Reinhardt of Virginia Beach took the women’s title with a swift time of 38:39. Big “Way to Go” to John Adams! Aside from being the first Vice President and the second U.S. President, he also finished top ten with a time of 39:00. Okay, maybe I got my John Adamses mixed up but still, that’s a fast time for our friend John!
At the Virginia Beach Oceanfront it was a sea of pink for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure run. Congratulations to everyone who participated in helping to find a cure for this deadly disease. Ann-Germain Danz was the overall winner with a nice time of 20:35. Mike Kidd was just a few seconds behind as the men’s Champ in 20:54.
Up the street, the Halloween Monster Dash 5K was a breeze to Tim Suddeth, winning in 18:58. The ladies winner was Aniya Mosley, taking it home in a strong 21:39. Speed is everywhere!
Also at the Oceanfront, the Smile 5K had a good start. Congratulations to fourteen-year-old, Patrick Redmond for winning with a smooth time of 23:35 for the 3.1 mile course. Quiana Boyd was the ladies champ in 24:37. FYI- Quiana is only eleven years old! The future looks bright with these youngsters. Amazing work!
Out in just week at the Smithfield Hog Jog 5K, fast times were everywhere. Smithfield’s Connor Murphy broke the winner’s tape in 17:58 while the rest of the ladies had top play second fiddle to fourteen-year-old Lydia Wilson in 19:58. What are they feeding these fast folks?
So, you want more? I’ve got more on the Peninsula. The World Class Freedom Run 8K and 5K at Freedom Park were both amazing. Good friend of the blog Greg Dawson was the overall with a time of 29:50. The women’s title went to Jessica Riggs with the super fast time of 33:07. I mentioned there was also a 5K and of course, we have results! Connor Sokolowsky crushed the 3.1 mile course with the time of 19;59 and Trisha Levy led the ladies with a 26:44.
So with a crazy weekend done, you’d think “Oh, it’s going to be a soft quiet weekend“. Oh No!
More races are coming fast & furious this weekend, starting Saturday with the Beach Ford 5K and 1 mile run at Kingston Elementary. Our friends at Mettle events say you can still get in. This is a great fundraiser for a good school. Just visit mettleevents.com for more information or to register.
Another School event Saturday is the Cape Henry Collegiate Race at the Capes. They will have music and a lot of fun. The 5K race starts at 8:30 that morning and the one miler around 8:40. According to the website, you can even register on race day til 8:15am. My buddy Kurt Etheridge will be out there. Tell him I said “hello”. He might even play a music request for you!
The Mariner’s Museum will host the Mariner’s Pirate 10K & 5K. the Noland trail awaits you on the 6.2 mile race and the 5K will be scenic as well. So many good races this weekend. Tough to choose…
There are not One but, Two Half Marathons this weekend. First, J&A Racing rescheduled their Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon to Sunday morning with the 5k Saturday morning. Runners who do both will complete the “Shell Yeah” Challenge. This event takes off near the Hampton Convention Center. There will be music along the course to pump up the runners. There will be pictures taken along the course, so “Say Cheese!” It’s followed up by a massive after party, full of craft beers, a band, and a cool DJ.
Just a few miles away, the Race 13.1 Newport News Half Marathon speeds off from Town Center at Oyster Point. The race’s flat out-and-back route highlights places like Christopher Newport University and the Mariners’ Museum and Park, and also features scenic views of Lake Maury and the James River. It also has few hills, which means it’s a course that will give you an excellent chance for a PR. (That means Personal Record– your best time at that distance!) If you want to go long this weekend, these are some great choices.
Back on the Southside Sunday, the Run Like a Girl 4 Miler will be at Virginia Wesleyan College. This is a great run/walk put on by HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer. Great Cause, good race!
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I am exhausted just thinking of all the miles you will all get this weekend. I may need a taxi to get to all these runs. I may need a nap. I may also need some coffee, too. Good Luck! Maybe I’ll see you this weekend. Keep rockin’ and keep racin’.
I will catch you next time… “On the Run!”
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