Running Shorts

March 2006

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

Running Shorts is published by the CTC to inform its members of local and regional events of interest, recognize and compliment member accomplishments, provide tips, and give other pertinent information. All of this should be done in a positive manner. Submissions are due to the Editor by the 10th of each month. Letters are limited to 250 words and must include the full name, address, telephone and signature of the author. If the submission is sent by email the author will be verified. All submissions including letters may be edited. The newsletter staff has the right to publish what they deem appropriate information. Any rejected submissions will be referred to the CTC Board for consideration.

A Word From Your Editor

The mild winter, which kept so many of us comfortably training, has made way for spring and the start of our “racing season”.  With a race scheduled for every weekend from now until mid-June, we’ll be staying busy racing or volunteering.

And speaking of races, Dan and Alice Wiggins report that the granddaddy of them all, the Charlottesville Ten Miler, has broken all previous attendance records, as close to 2,200 folks had already signed up (as we went to press).  This is truly an all-star CTC event and the Wiggins and their race committee have worked hard to keep the tradition going.  We do hope all of you will be able to participate either as a racer or volunteer, on the first of April.

Chris Samley, with the support of our excellent CTC Board, has been busy working on getting our new Club website together and what a wonderful site it is.  This is yet another example of how our volunteers keep the CTC alive and kicking.  As I’ve been saying for the past 25 years, we couldn’t do it without them!  With close to a dozen events on tap between now and the start of summer, there are plenty of opportunities to help (see “Volunteer Call”).  Give it a try... we think you’ll love it! 

Happy Trails,


CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program on Tap

For the 10th summer the CTC will host its popular training program for those wishing to run a fall long distance race.  Last summer close to 150 folks trained with us for a variety of fall marathon and half marathon events of their choice.  The group meets every week for a long run (on a measured and marked course with water and Gatorade stations) and each participant receives a personalized training program tailored to their specific goals and needs.  The group also meets once a moth (for the 5 months) for a lecture and information session.  Questionnaires will be available in mid-May and the program will kick off in early June.   Frances Hersey has kindly agreed to once again serve as my assistant.  Call 293-3367 (ask for Mark) for more details.

Volunteer Call

The following not-for-profit Directors need your help for race day support.  Please help the running community by giving them a call. Thanks!

* Charlottesville Ten Miler – April 1st.  100 more race day volunteers needed.  293-3367

*VIA 5K – April 22nd.  20 volunteers needed.  293-3367

*Dogwood Track Classic – April 29th.  20 volunteers needed.  Call Mark at 293-3367

*Discovery Dash – May 6th.  25 volunteers needed.  293-3367

At the Races

Amnesty Valentine’s 5K (February 11, 2006)

A blanket of white, courtesy of a mid-winter snowfall, greeted the racers for this year’s edition of the Valentine’s Partners 5K.  And as a testimony to the toughness of our area runners and the popularity of this event, close to 300 folks braved the slippery weather and hit the hills of downtown. 

CTC veteran volunteer Carol Finch did an excellent job in her debut as Race Director for this popular CTC race.  Along with the fine folks from Amnesty International, Carol and her great corps of CTC volunteers pulled off a dandy despite the snow, which fell throughout the event. 

Former Western Albemarle and William and Mary standout Charlie Hurt pulled away from the field early and coasted to a 16:29 victory, almost two minutes ahead of second place.  Kevin Owen (18:21) was the first CTC finisher and he was followed by fellow members Lee Coppock (19:06) and Rick Kwiatkowski (19:19), who rounded out the Club’s top 3. 

Western star Samantha Stafford was the first CTC female into the chutes, as she clocked a 19:33.  She was followed by Nicola Ratcliffe (20:02) and Emily Bascom (20:37), who rounded out the CTC’s top three women. 

The Club was well represented in the Partner categories as Paul Buschi/Tim Gathright (Male/Male), Brittany Murphy/Bethany Coppock (Female/Female), Jeff and Samantha Stafford (Parent/Child), and Kevin and Kathleen Owen (Husband/Wife) all took home blue ribbons in their respective categories. 

Despite the challenging conditions and a tough course, several members scored impressive outings.  Scott Smith, Tom Wolanski, George Stetkevych, Jeanine Wolanski, Richard Moon, George Gillies, Dan Dunsmore, Tim Gable, Paul Mintz, Anne Weybright, Dorie McHugh, Beth Schmid, Jim Hackett, Ben Farmer and Rich Barnett were among the folks who had solid 5K efforts on this snowy day. 

As always, all of the proceeds from this all-volunteer effort were passed along to our area chapter of Amnesty International, a most worthy cause.          

MJ8K (March 11, 2006)

One of the most beautiful mornings we’ve ever had for a local race treated this year’s MJ8K participants to perfect racing conditions.  With temperatures in the high 50’s, clear blue skies and no wind movement, the racers were left with only one major obstacle:  the toughest course within the city limits!

CTC volunteer Mike Elchinger picked quite an event for his Race Director debut and thanks to the great assistance of Ray Mishler, Lauri Wilson, Carol Finch, Mike Farrugio and over 100 volunteers, the event was beautifully organized.  Over 600 folks participated in the area’s 6th largest race, which serves as a great tune-up for the granddaddy of them all, the Charlottesville Ten Miler. 

CTC speedster Charlie Hurt continued his winning ways, as he took home his 2nd blue ribbon in the past month, sending the message that he just might be the pre-race favorite for the Ten Miler.  His 26:24 clocking was close to 90 seconds over his closest competitor and his time was almost identical to last year’s winner, who went on to win the Ten Miler.  Chris Samley (29:02) and Rick Kwiatkowski (30:24) rounded out the CTC’s top 3.  Beth Cottone out kicked former Ten Miler champion Nicola Ratcliffe to take home the top CTC female spot and Amy Ryan rounded out the Club’s top 3.

Over half the age group blue ribbons were pegged by CTC members including Samley (40-44), John Densmore (35-39), Anthony Nappi (30-34), Scott Smith (45-49), Cottone (35-39), Cal Fowler (65-69), Kerry Hendrix (40-44), Mark Klalo (55-59), Chuck Lascano (60-64), Patti Clevenson (50-54), Beth Schmid (55-59), Jack Schmid (70-74), Louise Dudley (65-69), Carter McNeely (60-64), and Wendell Golden (80+).

Other club times of note were turned in on this hilly and challenging course by Harold Blincoe, David Clevenson, Lee Coppock, Charlie Beckum, Patty Roberts, Linda Hamlin, Roger Barron, Richie Williams, Pete Runge, Dave Krovetz, Chris Sica, Mark Robbins, Glen Anderson, Dawn Herrick, Andrew Zapanta, Michelle Bushrow, Anna Brickhouse, Paul Bushrow, Chris Hays, Brian Keena, and Jim Horskotte. 

Thanks to the efforts of Elchinger and his fine corps of race day volunteers the hardworking racers were treated to a well organized event and as always, all proceeds were passed along to worthy community programs offered by Martha Jefferson.  MJ8K Volunteers included Carol Finch, Dave Murphy, Paul Humphreys, Tom and Mary Helen Hintz, Chuck Lascano, Ian and Joanne Rogol, Joan Esposito, Cynthia, Mark, Audrey, & Annie Lorenzoni, Dan, Alice, & Erin Wiggins, Frances Hersey, Jean Gratz, Susan Riddle, Noelle Davis, Neal Ammerman, Jim Stewart, Pat Smith, Jim Bell, Joan Bienvenue, Mark Newell, Mike Herrick, Downing Smith, Bette Dzamba, Wilson & Alex McGrady, Armand Zambardi, Courtney Long, and David Sellers.

Members on the Run

     CTC Marathon ace Patti Clevenson ventured to dry and dusty Arizona, where they hadn’t see rain for over 125 days, to do battle with a mid-winter marathon.  As can be expected, the conditions were warm and very dry but Clevenson completed the event and felt it was a “great experience”.

     Ultra marathon club members Russ Gill and Francesca Conte recently scored impressive long distance race outings at the Holiday Lake 50K (Conte) and the Georgia Association 50K Championship (Gill) as both scored high in the overall placement.

     Despite temperatures in the low teens, high winds, and a very hilly course circling the Wachusett reservoir, CTC Members Michelle & Patrick Huston and Heidi & Bob Johnson recently completed Stu’s 30K in Clinton, Massachusetts. 

     The RTF’s Annual “National Trails Day” is June 3rd.  Come join these hardworking folks as they continue their work of creating and grooming their 20 mile urban greenbelt.  Call me at 293-3367 for more information on how you can help on June 3rd.

     Several club members made the trek east to do battle with the challenging Williamsburg Half Marathon course in late February.  Despite freezing cold temperatures, high winds and few splits along the way, Linda Scandore, Bill & Laurie Duxbury were among the members who had impressive outings.

     CTC President Pete York led a contingency of CTC ultra marathoners to impressive races at the Holiday Lake 50K including Sophie Speidel, Michelle Huston and J.R. Ankney

     Attention CTC kids:  Don’t forget that the annual Discovery Dash features parent/child relay events (last year over 40 teams competed) in addition to a bevy of age group races for kids only (ages 5-12).  Entries are now available for this popular family event.

     Congrats to Sara Cargile on completing her first marathon (Shamrock) in mid-March!

Speed Clinic Opens

The Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia would like to announce the grand opening of The SPEED Clinic. This new performance center is designed around one word--Results.

It's the reason why we get out of bed at 5:30 to hit the track. It's the reason we do a little extra mileage after work because we need more volume. It's the reason we don't have an extra piece of cheesecake at last night's party. It's the reason why we obsess about our equipment. Training is essential - and the most important aspect of your performance plan. There is another part of the equation that is often overlooked - your biomechanical efficiency. This is how well you apply your hard earned fitness to your cycling and running. There is a right way and a wrong way. The SPEED Clinic has over 1.5 million dollars in equipment to analyze every variable imaginable - but it all starts with you. Every analysis begins with an in-dept questionnaire about where you are currently and where you'd like to be. We then break you down and look at your strengths and weaknesses. You'll leave your appointment with applicable information, exercises, and drills to carry over our tips into your running and cycling needs.




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