Sun’s Out & We Are Too- “On The Run!”

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

Look up in the sky!  It’s the sun!  That means we are back “On the Run!”  Finally, there’s no rain in the forecast. Guess I can stop thinking of staring a “canoe rental” business down Hampton Boulevard.  Special thanks to our friends in the WAVY Weather Center for fixing all that wetness. We have great races ahead plus, some rescheduled from those “wet days” to deal with. First, while much of Hampton Roads was underwater, the Colonial Road Runners had their CrapolFest 5K race.

William and Mary track team member, Nathan Thomas broke the course record with a swift 15.58, just seconds ahead of second-place finisher Andrew Cacciatore.  Cacciatore is also a member of the William and Mary track team, running a 16:00.  The ladies champion was Anna Vasko with a time of 19:18. This was all in the rain, too.  A dry “Well Done” to anybody who got out and ran in that crazy mess we had last weekend.


Nothing Stoppin' them, Now!
Nothing Stoppin’ them, Now!

Now let’s talk about what’s coming up: you already know the Heart of Ghent 10K was  rescheduled for this Saturday. The waters have receded in Norfolk and Ann Hupp from Mettle Events wanted me to remind everybody that if you were entered for this race but have been registered for another race for this weekend, you can still run “Virtually.” Run the same distance then email Mettle Events your time info.  They will let you pick up a T-shirt and finishers medal at packet pick up on Friday.

Williamsburg Checks In!

Saturday we have not one, not two but, three cool races in “the ‘burg”.  Williamsburg will play host to the Sixth Annual Williamsburg Landing 5K for the Arc. Add in the World Class Freedom Run 8K & 5K Run through Freedom Park plus, the Big Cat Cross Country Invitational at New Quarter Park and races are truly back in high gear!

Come to the southside this Saturday as the Smile 5K takes off from First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. Those of you who like to get your weekend training and fun runs through First Landing should be aware that a race will be going on too.

Get Your "Pink On!"
Get Your “Pink On!”

Meantime at the Oceanfront, the Susan Komen Race for the Cure has their 5k Run and Walk going off from 31st Street.   Get Your Pink Ready!  Don’t forget to thank a Volunteer.  You never know who you might meet.

At Riverview Park in Chesapeake, the Peninsula Track Club has the Smithfield Hog Jog 5K  Sounds like good times there and you can still register by visiting .

If you are interested in driving just a bit, The Great Amazing Race offers obstacles and fun runs.  Leesburg is where it all happens.  A little further up the road, the Army 10 Miler in the DC area is on the menu


Sunday, the Oceanfront beckons with the Monster 5K and Spooky One Miler. There is a costume contest too so break out  your Elsa dress. No word if candy will be given out to kids in costumes… (Just saying…)

Newport News is the place to be Sunday: the Montessori Mad Dash 5K rolls through the City Center area and finishes at the Montessori School.  There’s a  Children’s Obstacle Course Fun Run, too!  Medals to overall and age bracket winners and ribbons to all kids fun runners plus a bouncy house for the kids!  Free pre-race mini massages.  You don’t want to miss that.

Rescheduled for Oct 17th & 18th
Rescheduled for Oct 17th & 18th

Speaking of rescheduled events, J&A Racing’s Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon weekend will be October 16th through the 18th.   Miles of fun for both the race and the after party!  Should be a great time with a craft beer fest and plenty of great music along the way to celebrate the 13.1 mile course in Hampton.

New Race in Newport News!
New Race in Newport News!

Want more miles?  The inaugural Newport News Race 13.1 keeps the good times rolling, starting and finishing in Oyster Point.  They offer a 10K plus a 5K.  Get into the action by clicking here.

Many of you have big plans for upcoming marathons.   Fall is the perfect time to get in one more 26.2 mile adventure. Next weekend, the Chicago Marathon invited the best and brightest.   Many runners from the 757  will be lacing ’em up and giving it there best.

The week after that, the Marine Corps Marathon takes center stage in the nation’s capital.  I’ll be heading up there for my fifth MCM.  The New York City Marathon race is set for November 1 and the Outer Banks Marathon bolts through Nags Head November 8th while the Richmond Marathon is November 14th. Plenty of great races are still to come.

Racing Away to the Weekend!
Racing Away to the Weekend!

Here’s the deal: You keep running, and I’ll keep on cheering you on. You might even get a “Shout Out” next time.  Maybe I’ll catch you soon “On the Run”.

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