The Latest Running News and Notes in the “757” from Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
So long, Halloween candy! Goodbye, spooky costumes! We are past Halloween but we still have plenty of great races going on in Hampton Roads. Before we look forward to this weekend, let’s take a moment to look back on a very productive weekend. We will start up north in the Big Apple last Sunday.
Mary Keitany won her second New York City Marathon in a super fast time of 2:24:25. The Kenyan blew away her competition in route to a victory. The men’s title was won by fellow Kenyan, Stanley Biwott who conquered the course in 2:10:34. A few years ago, American distance runners would struggle to crack the Top Ten but this year U.S. men were highly successful in this New York city Marathon, credited with runners finishing seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th.
American,Meb Keflezighi set a Masters marathon record, breaking it by nearly 30 seconds with an incredible 2:13: 32. The 40-year-old, who is the last American to win both the New York City and Boston Marathon, also finished seventh overall. American Laura Thweat hoped to break 2:30 and got her goal, finishing seventh on the ladies side in 2:28:23.
Meanwhile, back in the 757, the Wicked 10 K boasted nearly 6000 finishers at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Ryan Carroll from Portsmouth continued his winning ways with a 32:46. Unfazed by the crazy costumes, Andrea Leber was the first female with a sizzling 36:46.
Pete Gibson was his masterful self winning the Masters division in 36:49. Like a wine, he seems to just get better with age. Time for a few “Shout Outs” as well for Stephanie Manny ,winning her age group in 41:13 while Julie Hicks finished in the top three in the Masters Female division with a 45:20. Way to go Julie and Stephanie!
Time to go really really really far! We told you the Maniac 13 Hour Ultra happened this past weekend. Carl Hunt and Scott Dean, both from North Carolina, ran 64.2 miles to finish in the Top Two. They were literally a few seconds apart. In these races, runners run loops around a measured course and the distance traveled determines the winner. The ladies were represented strongly by Virginia Beach’s Wendy Murray, running an amazing 52 Miles! In this race, you run for 13 hours, remember? We set the clocks back an hour that Halloween night.
In Williamsburg, the Governors Land 5K title went to Mark Tompkins with a super speedy 16:21, while Sika Henry was the Women’s winner in 19:11. More “Shout Outs” to 60-year-old speedster Stephen Chantry from Williamsburg, setting an age group course record in 18:29. He also set the age group course record last time in the 55 to 59 age group category. He set the age group record years ago for the 50 to 54 age group, all on this same course. There is no stopping him! Speaking of not stopping, a big shout out to Hampton’s Robert White. He finished in the top four of the 75 and older male category in 40:15. Did I forget to mention he is 92? Wow!
More results and highlights. From the Poquoson Seafood Festival 5K, Clint Gault, of Poquoson won the 3.1 mile race in 16:20 while Lauren Pinkston was the First Female and 21:24. “Big shout out” to Connie Glueck, from Williamsburg, who blazed to a 21:50 time in the Masters Division. Awesome time!
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Just because we change the calendar to November doesn’t mean the races stop coming in Hampton Roads. Saturday Portsmouth hosts the Coast Guard 5K and 8K race, while up Interstate 64 a few miles, Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler is calling your name.
Gotta show some “Love” for my race walker friends! At Tallwood High School, the Postal One Hour RaceWalk takes off. These are serious race walkers. We have some good ones in Hampton Roads and this race should be great. If you want to see or support a good event, check these talented people out. they really move and make it look effortless! Good Luck to all!
If you feel like taking a trip Saturday, the OBX 5K and 8K will begin the start of the OBX Marathon Weekend and a little closer to home, the Race for Breath 5K starts on the strip at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. You can still register at the event, beginning at 7am.
Go to downtown Virginia Beach for the Taste of Town Center 5K and if you crave a trail race, The “10” is being featured as a race through first Landing Park Saturday. It’s 10 miles and proceeds go to the Navy Seal Foundation!
Sunday offers a whole lot more as well as the Virginia Running Festival kicks off at Christopher Newport University with a half marathon, an alumni 5k plus, a kids half miler as well. Either way, get up early!
If you want to go really long, the OBX Marathon and Half Marathons are waiting for you Sunday morning . If you are lucky enough to be running this race, remember that once you cross the bridge you still have 3 miles till the finish. I understand you can still get into both big races. Back in Hampton Roads, honoring the 22 veterans that we lose every single day to suicide, Spartyka Foundation is proud to host the Spartyka Foundation END 22 5K at the Sportsplex in Virginia Beach. It’s a race for a good cause. I get my Sunday runs near that area and I might see you!
That’s all the time I have for now. Share our blog with all your friends. Keep racing, keep rocking and I’ll keep being your biggest cheerleader! Until next time I’ll look to catch you soon on the run!
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