November Calls Us All – Let’s Go “On The Run!”

The Latest Running News, Notes, and Inspirations in Hampton Roads from Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding

This week’s report is “Al Fresco!”  That means it’s back to basics.  More natural flavors and no preservatives.  I also understand this week’s report has no sugar and if you read this, standing next to a unicorn,  you’ll magically run faster in your next race.  Okay, I may be off just a bit.  It might be a Leprechaun you need to stand by.  Oh well.  Now on to business!

It was almost a perfect weekend for running last week. Cool temperatures and a great northeast tail wind gave many runners an opportunity to PR.  That means “Personal Record,” or your fastest time at that distance.
Just across the Carolina line at the OBX Marathon, Pete Chebet, from Kentucky won with a time of 2:20:21.   Megan Curran was the Ladies champion in 2:55:13.   Newport News’ Mark Curtis  was the fastest from the 757 in 3:10:37, while Sarah Finley from the Peninsula was the second overall female in 3:12:13.  Marathoners had 22 of the 26 miles with the wind at their backs.  It sounds great but don’t forget, they had to go over the big bridge to Manteo and still had another 3 miles to go.OBX Marathon
From the Half Marathon, Hillary Too of Chapel Hill was the winner in 1:05:36, while Kentucky’s Julius Koskei was just 16 seconds behind in 1:05:52.  That’s a fast finish!  Carolina’s Susan Cherotich took the ladies crown in 1:12:36.   Those are all super speedy times!
As for the 5K & and 8K runs, Edenton’s Eric Kuhlman was the 8K overall winner in 30:56 with Virginia Beach’s Joel Bell representing the 757 with an impressive 32:17.  Michelle Van Horn of West Virginia, was the leading lady  in 34:45.   Also from the 5K, Raymond Mock was the winner in 18:13 and Megan Crook of Charlottesville the 5K women’s winner in 19:40.  With so many races, I hope you had a chance to race!
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On the Peninsula by Christopher Newport University, Ryan Carroll keeps rockin’ courses!  First, he wins the Virginia Running Festival 5k in 17:21 then posts a 1;13:48 to win the half marathon.  Talk about resilient!  Meantime, the ladies were shown some speed in the 5K from Emily Honeycutt, of Newport News, blazing the course in 21:17.  Sika Henry, always strong, took home the ladies crown in the half marathon with a 1:26:57.
Closer to home, Steve Armitage, of Norfolk won the Chesapeake Coast Guard 5K in 19:01 with Kristen Gigon as the women’s winner in 20:14.   Out at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Andrew Gible, of Gloucester won the 3.1 mile event in 20:18, while Virginia Beach’s Abby Barney  took the women’s title in 24:34.

On the Peninsula, the Yorktown 10 miler went to Blaine O’ Reilly with a smoking fast 59:17 and Claire McRary as the first female in 1:16:11. Congrats to top masters winner Paul Pelletier with a strong 1:06:09 and back on the southside, a big shout out to David Phillips who finished second at the Taste of Town Center 5K with a PR of 19:32! You got your PR David!  Lauren Kinka took the ladies title with a 24:31.

RacewalkinWe cannot forget our racewalkers.  Hampton Roads is full of great racewalkers and at the One Hour Postal Racewalk, Tom Gerhardt won the one hour competition logging in 9127 meters with Rebecca Garson putting in 8987 meters.  That is moving!

Also a Long Distance Shout Out to Mark Manny who completed the Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 miler this past weekend. Mark, you’ve earned some well deserved rest!

Believe it or not,  this weekend gets even more active.  If you’re ready to race, the Hampton Christian Academy 5K races away Saturday in Hampton, while at Mount Trashmore the Warrior 8K and Fallen Heroes 5K will take on the hills.  Go to  I understand you can still register.

FM 99 & Ryan Carroll in House!
FM 99 & Ryan Carroll in House!

In Chesapeake the Later Gator 5K is there for the taking and at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront FM 99’s Christmas Wish 5K is back and stronger than ever. Join Rick Rumble and the crew from FM 99 for this great cause Saturday at 31st St.   Sunday, the Be Inspired 5k visits Mt. Trashmore for 3.1 miles of fun.

Finally, best of luck to Cox High school’s Jonathan Lomagda, racing in the state cross country meet this weekend. Hampton Roads has not had a cross country state champion since 1984.   Jonathan’s best effort in his senior season at Cox has been 14:56. He is averaging close to 4:45 minutes per mile or less than 30 seconds per 10th of a mile.  Go Jonathan!

That’s all the time I have this week.  Thinking about going for a run as I write this.  Keep doing what you do and I’ll keep being your Biggest Fan!  I hope to catch you soon…”On The Run!”