Running Shorts

February 2007

Mark Lorenzoni

Heidi Johnson

Layout & Design
Alice Wiggins

Membership Labels
Chip Hopper

Michelle Bushrow

CTC Web Site
Chris Samley

Carol Finch
Alice Wiggins

CTC Standings

Runner of the Year
Murielle Kervizic

Volunteer Points
Bev McCoid

Point Race Series
Michelle Bushrow

CTC Board of Directors

Contact Information
P.O. BOX 495
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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A Word from Your Editor

What a fantastic banquet we had back in January and we all owe a big round of applause to our entire CTC Board for hosting such a terrific night.  Our 2nd biggest banquet in club history proved to be one of our best as we celebrated the wonderful accomplishments of our fellow members, both as racers and volunteers.

Lots of racing is on tap as we kickoff one of the busiest times of year starting with the popular MJ8K and takes us through the Ten Miler and Marathon.  Between now and the end of April there are no less than 10 area road races, so whether you’re up for racing or helping out we encourage you to come on out!  See you out there!

Happy Trails,


Course Alert

We recently received a thoughtful letter from the Executive Director out at Camp Holiday Trails requesting that we get the word out to as many runners as possible who run Reservoir Road out to the Camp.  She asks that folks “turn around at the camp gate rather than run the loop through the camp.”  The camp stays busy with programs and maintenance issues throughout the year and folks coming through the camp property is a no-no.  Many thanks for passing the word along for our friends at the camp.  CHT is a wonderful non-profit organization for kids with special health needs.

And speaking of Reservoir Road, this is the closest gravel road to the city and probably one of the more scenic runs in the area.  Yes it is steep and challenging but the serenity makes it all worthwhile.  Simply follow Fontaine Avenue out of town (under the Rt. 29 bypass) and take Reservoir Road as it shifts to the right... and please don’t forget to turn around at the main camp gate!  Thanks!

Volunteers Call

Without our fellow CTC members help we simply would not be able to hold the events we do at the organized level they enjoy.  Please help out... no experience necessary.

  • MJ8K (March 10) – 50 volunteers needed!  Call Mark at 293-3367.
  • Ten Miler (March 31) – 100 volunteers needed.  Call 293-3367.
  • VIA 5K (April 14) – 10 volunteers needed.  Call Mark at 293-3367.
  • Discovery Dash (May 5) - 25 volunteers needed.  Call Mark at 293-3367

Members on the Run

  • CTC Masters ace Hernan Garbini has been on a tear over the past several months and he added an impressive 57:49 at the Frostbite 15K in Richmond last month.  His 6:13/mile clip earned him 12th overall (out of 400 finishers) and a first place finish in his age group  (45-49).
  • Several CTC members had excellent outings at the Holiday Lake 50K++ on February 10th near Appomattox, VA :  Rick Kwiatkowski, Bill Potts, J.R. and Peggy Ankney, Pat Huston and Pete York. 
  • Members Ky Lindsay, William Cox, Kristen Hennings and Robin Truxell all had excellent outings at the Myrtle Beach Marathon in mid-February.  Robin and Kristen both qualified for the Boston Marathon.
  • Want the perfect tune-up race to prepare you for “the big one”?  The MJ8K is an excellent prep race for those looking to score at the Ten Miler.  Run over some of the hilliest downtown terrain, it is a great way to see where you’re at.  Plus, 3 weeks is the perfect amount of time to allow you to recover from the rigors of this challenging course.  CTC Member Lauri Wilson is once again working furiously behind the scenes with first year Directors Julia Bellis and Melissa McDowell to bring us one of our favorite races of the year.  Entries were still open as we went to press.  Call 293-6115 for more information.

Ten Miler Update

With less than a month to go until the area’s oldest and most prestigious race, entries continue to fly in at record pace and look on par to break last year’s numbers.  Second year Directors Alice and Dan Wiggins are pleased with how well things are proceeding and they continue to encourage folks to get their entries in.  The course follows the same route as last year (see enclosed map) and, despite the rumors, the race is not being held much earlier than in previous years.  In fact, despite the March date (3/31), the race is only one day earlier than last years April 1st date.

The club’s Ten Miler Training Program continues to progress quite nicely as over 300 folks march towards their date with destiny.  The group continues to meet every Saturday at 8:15AM outside the UVA track for group runs and track workouts.  The abilities range from 7 minute to 13 minute/mile range and all are welcome to join us.  Vicki Marsh and an army of CTC captains have done a great job of leading these hardworking athletes through the cold winter.  Come join us!

2007 CTC Awards Banquet - January 27th

This year’s Club “dress up” affair was the second largest Banquet over the past 21 years, as close to 125 folks packed the tables at Chef Ted’s Shimmy Shack.  The food was delicious and the company excellent but recognizing the club’s most accomplished racers and most dedicated volunteers was the best fun.  This great running club is so fortunate to have so many wonderful and hardworking folks. 

Over 100 members were recognized including those volunteers who have helped at 3 events or more during the past year.  They were awarded, depending on how many points they had earned, a nifty gift.  For those of you who weren’t able to make the banquet, your gift awaits you at the shop (please see enclosed list).  The 2004 CTC Lifetime Service Award winner Bev McCoid was once again responsible for keeping track of all the many club volunteers and their participation in activities throughout the past year. 

Some of those great volunteers helped to organize this year’s successful banquet including Board Members Pam Johnson, Pete York, Frances Hersey, Jennifer Bauerle, and Joan Esposito. 

There were many other awards bestowed upon our fellow members including the following special honors:

2006 CTC Point Series Winners
39 & younger:
Glen Anderson – 114 points
Pete Runge – 83 points
Kristen Keller – 83 points
Beth Cottone – 54 points

40 & older:    
Rick Kwiatkowski – 120 points
George Gillies – 107 points
Michelle Bushrow – 115 points
Patti Clevenson – 97 points

2006 CTC Coach of the Year
Lance Weisend (Albemarle High School)

2006 CTC Most Improved Runners
Joe Souter
Janet Hermann

2006 CTC Community Service Award
Dr. Robert “ Bob ” Wilder

2006 CTC Runners of the Year:
24 & Under
Charlie Hurt                          
Bethany Coppock

Christopher Sica        
Kristen Keller

Anthony Nappi          
Katherine Owen

Lee Coppock                           
Tie:  Beth Cottone and Eliza O’Connell

Chris Samley             
Andrea Wright

Burkhard Spiekermann 
Jennifer Ackerman

Dave Krovetz           
Peggy Mowbray

Craig Sarazin            
Linda Scandore

Chuck Lascano         
Connie Friend

Cal Fowler                
Nancy Fraser

Armand Zambardi                                

Harry Freestone

Wendell Golden

2006 CTC High School Runner of the Year
Chris Post (WAHS)
Erin Thorpe (Monticello)

Longtime CTC member Sophie Speidel gave an informative, entertaining and uplifting talk about her incredible journey through the 100 miles of the Western States Endurance Run, the granddaddy of Ultra Marathons.  Everyone enjoyed her great tale of success. 

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the CTC Lifetime Service Award, the club’s highest honor annually bestowed to a special member who has given 10 years or more of volunteer service to the club and to the greater Charlottesville running community.  This years prestigious award was given to Frances Hersey and based on the thundering standing ovation she received, all in attendance felt that she richly deserved the honor. 

We congratulate Frances and all of the recipients for their hard work.  What a successful banquet it was!

Valentine’s Partners 5K – February 10th

The 28th edition of the area’s premier twosome event played host to one of the largest fields in this race’s illustrious history, as close to 300 runners traversed the hills of beautiful downtown enroute to impressive 5K finishes.  The racers were greeted with the traditional bitter cold temperatures but calm conditions helped speed them to good times over this challenging course. 

CTC veteran volunteer Carol Finch and a corps of 75 club and Amnesty International folks helped to safely guide all of the racers from start to finish.  She engineered another dandy edition of one of the area’s most popular footraces and despite the bone chilling weather many of the runners commented that they were “warmed “ by the club’s great organizational efforts. 

Fellow club members scored well in their respective partner categories.  Blue ribbon winners included Chris Samley and Lise Willingham (male/female), Andrea Wright and Nicola Ratcliffe (female/female), Al and MacKenzie Inigo (husband/wife), and Scott and Eric Smith (parent/child). 

Ten time CTC Runner of the Year Burkhard Spiekermann (18:00) was the first club member into the chutes as he finished 4th overall and fellow CTC members Chris Samley (7th), Sam McLearen (8th), and Hernan Garbini (9th) also finished in the top 10.  Spiekermann (49), Samley (44) and Garbini (45), who are all in the same age group, were only separated by 46 seconds.

Fellow CTC members Andrea Wright and Eliza O’Connell tied for first place on the women’s side, as the speedy duo clocked an impressive 19:24.  Wright’s time shattered her old course record for 40-49 year olds by 49 seconds!

Other CTC times of note were turned in by the following partner teams:  Glen Anderson /Mike Cassity, Richard Moon/Joe Stirt, Beth Cottone/Kerry Hendrix, Tanya Sturtz/Amber Gardner, Patricia Robinson/Mary Blackwell, Judy English/Emily Hauenstein, Eliza O’Connell/ David Litherland, Anthony Nappi/Rebecca Phelan, Brian Muszynski/Felicia Marston, Michelle Co/Steve Braden, Leisa /John Gonnella, David/Anna Castle, Sharon/Adam Fickley, George/Melanie Gillies, Robert & Joan VanDyken, Lou Valente/Judy Foritneux, Vicky & Clay Marsh, Sam & Jeff Stafford, Sam & Al McLearen, Noaa & Burkhard Spiekermann, Richard & Justin Young, Ed & Anna Russell, Mark & Anders Quigg, Emily & Mary Clare Smith, Audrey & Cynthia Lorenzoni, and Margaret & Lucy Russell.

Thanks to everyone’s support, over $2,000 was raised for our area chapter of Amnesty International.




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