Perfect Time to Be “On The Run!”

On The Run!  The Latest Running Results in the “757,” News, & Shout Outs from Jon “Flex” Leiding

Another crazy weekend!  So many races so let’s just get right to it.  First, from the Surf’s Up 5K at the oceanfront, Justin Valdez from Virginia Beach was your overall with a time of 17:20, while Marlessa Buerglar from Virginia Beach was the ladies’ champion with the time of 20:50.

From Portsmouth, the Cause for Paws 5K rolled out strong as seventeen-year-old Gus Berner won the race in 18:22, while Jazlynn Smith from Hampton took the women’s title in 22:23.  How about a “Shout Out” for 79-year-old, Joe Pulinski from Smithfield, who killed the 3.1 mile course in 28:47.  Well done Joe!   From the Cerebral Palsy Virginia 5K at Mount Trashmore Tim Suddeth from Virginia Beach was the winner in 18:59, while 12-year-old, Summer Bronco crushed the women’s division with a 22:05.  How about that!

From the Victory at Yorktown 10K, Roger Hopper from Williamsburg was the overall winner in 35:10, while a new course record was set for the ladies’ winner, Sarah Finley of Newport News, in 43:01. She lowered the course record by four minutes!  Course records fell all across the age groups, including Ernest Schillinger, 84 from

Go ODU ! Go Runners!
Go ODU !                   Go Runners!

Williamsburg.  He sped through the 6.2 mile course in 1:21:45.  Whoot! That’s “Speedy Fast!”

J&A Racing put on a super event at ODU for the Big Blue 5K. Ryan Carroll was the big winner, even ending up on the TV live shot winning in 16.22. Good friend of the blog, Kris Lawrence led the ladies in 18:57.  Almost 2000 finishers for that race shows running is strong in Hampton Roads.  Speaking of strong last Sunday, the Color Me Rad 5K took off near the amphitheater in Virginia Beach.  Many of my running friends got into the fun.  All in all, this was the perfect weekend to be “On the Run!”

Down the road a bit, the Flying Pirate Half Marathon took over the Outerbanks on Sunday.  Big “Shout Out” to Chesapeake’s Andrew Hoffer, fastest from Hampton Roads with a solid 1:26:42 and top ten finish. Great to see him back.  Norfolk’s Steven Armitage was third overall in Saturday’s First Flight 5k in 19:09.  We runners will go almost anywhere to “Lace ‘Em Up”.  Well done!

Legendary Finish at Boston
Iconic Finish at Boston

Monday, the Boston Marathon was a big success for Ethiopian runners, Lemi Berhanu Hayle  and Atsede Baysa, the men’s and ladies’ champs, respectively.  Meantime, several runners from Hampton Roads were in “Beantown” to conquer the 26.2 mile race.  Daniel Moniak of Williamsburg was the fastest from Hampton Roads along the legendary course, running a  2:49:48.  The Super Bowl of running, as some have called it, is a race you have to qualify to get in.  Congratulations to all our friends from that “757” who were able to take on the legendary course for the 120th running of this event.

So What About this Week!  You up for a Race or Two?

Glad you asked!  First, Williamsburg will be rockin’ with the Run The DOG Street Challenge 5K.  It’s a race down the “Duke Of Glouchester” street, or  the “DOG”.  Like the play on words, right?   Top runners in the area will be there, along with nearly 1,200 fast friends.  Our good friend, Rick Platt says limited spots are still available but check online at  Expect some fast times there!

On the Southside, Portsmouth will be the spot for the Spring to Life 5K. Good friend of the blog Steve Sheppard is the race director for this event and I’ve been told you can still register if you want to get into the fun. The race starts and finishes at Wilson High School. Go to for more info.

Looking for something different?  Our friends at Mettle Events offer up the HR Sports Commission Corporate Challenge 5K at Chesapeake City Park.  Check out link for the full details.  Have fun!

That’s all the time we have for now.  Keep sharing the blog post with your friends and let them know to check out for all the fun, cool things to do in Hampton Roads.  We live here, so let’s make it an adventure!  Gotta go “rev up the engines” and find a race this weekend.  I’ve been missing the action.  Chat with you soon, right here “On The Run!”