Running Shorts

May 2004

Mark Lorenzoni

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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 Note from Your Editor

Well, the CTC has another busy summer on tap with two popular training programs, several track meets and a potpourri of road races of varying distances from one to five miles.  But we can’t head into the summer without officially saying goodbye to the 2004 Ten Miler, which thanks to excellent efforts of race director C.J. Woodburn and her hard working committee was a huge success.  So many folks have commented that the 29th edition was one of the best.  Woodburn is already making plans for next year’s special 30th anniversary edition.  We can hardly wait!

And before I close we can’t forget to mention renewal of CTC dues.   We thank you for your continued support of the track club and ask you to help support the running community by renewing your dues in the coming weeks.  Thanks!

Happy Trails!


The Charlottesville Ten Miler – 04/03/04

One of the best weather days for racing in the 29 year history of the area’s largest footrace greeted the participants for this year’s Charlottesville Ten Miler.  And what perfect weather it was as many of the 1,600 finishers claimed P.R.s or their best time in years at the granddaddy of them all.

Third year race director C.J. Woodburn made the club proud as she, her race committee and hundreds of race day volunteers organized a splendid event for the Charlottesville Track Club.  Several of the participants commented that it was the best run ten miler in recent memory and compliments for the CTC and its reputation for organizing well run events were overheard in the weeks following this special community event.

204 of the 1643 finishers came from the ranks of the CTC and many of our fellow members had excellent races, including several who scored blue ribbons in their respective age groups:  Burkhard Spiekermann, Cal Fowler, Meryl Rutkowski, Beth Cottone, Christine Collins, Mary Napoleon, Lis Villadsen and Nancy Fraser all finished first in their age group.

Many of our members had excellent races including Scott Smith, Bev Hayden, Andrea Wright, Chris Post, Amy Ryan, Kate Driscoll, David Cooke, John Densmore, Leisa Gonnella, Kerry Hendrix, Susan Folger, Mary Clare Smith, Brian Campbell, Kevin O’Shea, Maritz Gay, Charlie Souter, Lauri Wilson, Jeff Stafford, Tony Jorge, Liz Olmstead, Lise Willingham, Molly Gerke, Gail Smith, Peggy Newcomb, Fred Sarver, Louis Dudley, Jennifer Ackerman, Ann Peery, Mark Foley, Bonnie Wilfore, Chuck Lascano, Chris Sica, Jeanine Wolanski, Sandy Derr, Bethany Coppock, Vince Nelson and Bob Stroh to name just a few of the dozens of CTC folks who scored impressive times over this tough and challenging course.

One of the biggest winners from this year’s edition of the club’s largest and oldest event was MACAA’s Head Start program, which was the recipient of the race’s proceeds.  During Woodburn’s 3-year tenure, the race has been able to donate close to $70,000 to a variety of worthy local causes.

A special congratulations to Vickie Marsh, Beth Dierdorf, Paul Morrel, Wendell Golden, Nancy Beliles, Anna Castle, Michael Goldman and all the CTC training program captains and participants who successfully completed this challenging race.  Dozens of the participants in the program were running in their first long distance race and they are to be commended for making it through a long winter of training and for finishing the ten miler in such great fashion.  Way to go!

Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile

Important Date and Course Update

One of the club’s oldest and most family oriented summer traditions has made a few important changes of note.  This one-mile fun run, dedicated to the memory of popular longtime member Bruce Barnes, who died in 1991, will be held on Saturday June 12 (Not June 19, as previously advertised) at 5:00 p.m. at a new location.  Instead of its longtime Pen Park location, which has become too busy with auto traffic, the race has been moved to the Greenwood Community Center (home of the famous Sun Run Five Miler).

The venue will still feature a downhill road mile, conducive to fast P.R. times but will be held on a quieter more scenic road in the western part of the county.  As a bonus, the course will finish with a view of the famous spectacular Mirador Estate (Lady Astor’s home).  Free Pizza and drinks are available to all finishers and a bevy of prizes.  There will be race day entry only.  Call 293-3367 for more information on one of the clubs most popular summer events.

Dogwood Track Classic a Huge Success – 04/24/04

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of several CTC members the four area high schools were once again able to pull off a well-organized all-day meet for 1,500 athletes from 85 different schools from around the state.  This huge meet which  was held at UVA’s Lannigan Field, was organized by Albemarle, Charlottesville, Monticello and Western Albemarle and was heavily supported by the excellent volunteer efforts of several veteran CTC stalwarts.  Carol Ward, John Ratcliffe, Carol Finch, Bob Wilder, Dave Lasch, Dan Wiggins, Ian Rogol, Rollin Stanton, Amy Hurt, Carin Ward, Audrey Lorenzoni, Jeff Stafford, Cynthia Lorenzoni, Lance Weisend, Adrian Lorenzoni, Steve Deaton & Lindy Bain were some of the CTC folks who gave up most of their Saturday to help us with this special cause.  The meet’s proceeds were passed along to the track & field programs of the four host high schools.  Thanks!

Annuals in Bloom

Two of the area’s oldest and best-organized fun runs are on tap in the coming weeks:  The O.A.R 5K & 10K (June 5) and the 4th of July 5K (July 3) are also two of the best-organized events of the entire year!  Both events feature accurate and well-marked courses, quick and spot-on results, great prizes and a pile of post race refreshment goodies, plus both events donate their dollars to wonderful local causes.  The common thread is the desire of both event directors to partner with the CTC in offering  the best-organized race possible.  I have helped at and raced in both events and I can vouch for their excellent level of organization.

One of the hidden bonuses about both events is how many folks run their fastest 5K time of the year on one of the two courses.  You would think with the high heat that it would be the opposite, but not so.  Haven’t helped at or raced one of these dandies? What are you waiting for?

CTC Four Miler Training Program

June 19 signals the start of one of the club’s most popular annual rituals, the training program to prepare females of all ages for the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler.  The program, which is ably led by CTC board members Joan Esposito and Vicki Marsh and dozens of “Pink Ladies,” helps prepare several hundred novices for their first race experience, the CTC’s popular Women’s Four Miler (on September 4th).  The group will meet every Saturday (at 8:00 a.m.) throughout the summer and all women are encouraged to join in hand help cheer on these newcomers to our sport.  Call Joan at 760-1028 for more information on how you can help and call 293-3367 for general information on the program.

Ten Miler Apprentice Needed

C.J. Woodburn will be retiring as Ten Miler Director after next year’s 30th anniversary celebration, so the club is looking for someone to direct the 2006 event.  Woodburn would like to start training that person during the preparation for the 2005 edition.  Interested in this huge but worthy task?  Give me (293-3367) or Woodburn (979-0603) a call.  Thanks!

Marathon / 1/2 Marathon Training Program

On June 1st the CTC will kickoff its annual training program to prepare folks for a long distance fall event of their choice.  The program kicks off with an orientation and information session.  Then, the group has the option of meeting every Saturday throughout the summer for a long group run.

Participants are professionally supported and receive a personalized program tailored to fit their specific goals and abilities.  Longtime CYC members Frances Hersey and Cindi Conte will once again assist me with organizing the program.

One of the best features of the program are the group long runs, which are marked every mile and feature water stops throughout the course.  These long runs are optional and groups run together based on pace.  As an added bonus the program will also offer an optional group run speed day.  Questionnaires are available at Ragged Mountain Running Store.  Call 293-3367 for more information.

Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler Race Update

The 22nd running of the state’s larges all-women’s footrace, the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler is set for Saturday September 4th.  Entries for this popular CTC event will be available in early June and race director Cynthia Lorenzoni strongly encourages anyone interested in running the race to enter early.  Last year, the race reached its limit in 6 weeks.  This year the race will up the entry limit by 200 to a record 1,800.  Call 293-3367 for more information or to volunteer.  (Over 200 race day volunteers are needed).

As usual, the race is set to pass along its proceeds to the wonderful causes at the UVA Breast Resource Center.  Last year Lorenzoni and the CTC were able to donate over $30,000 to this worthy cause!

Member Spotlight

Congratulations to 4th of July 5K race director Jay Wildermann and his wife Anne, who welcomed Claire Rebecca Wildermann and Jacob Paul Wildermann on Tuesday, May 10 at 9:59 and 10:03 AM respectively. All are doing well! v David Miller completed a 2:44.17 marathon in Virginia Beach this spring.  Way to go! v Cal Fowler also completed a pair of great races.  He ran the Colonial Half-Marathon (Williamsburg), Feb 22 in 1:33:23 and the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K (Richmond), March 27, in 41:11. He finished first in the 65-69 age group in both races! v Chris Samley also finished first in his age group (40 - 44) at the Colonial Half Marathon (1:17) and Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K (34:40).  Chris also ran a great race at the Shamrock 8K in Virginia Beach (27:25).

Run a recent out-of-town race? Score a P.R. and want folks to know? Recent baby arrival? Any other news to share with members?  If so, then please let us know at

Triathlon/Duathlon News

This summer the area will play host to four multi sport events.  Two of the events will be held at Walnut Creek Park under the direction of Martin Katz.  The first, on June 19, will feature a third of a mile swim, followed by a one mile road run, a 15.5 mile bike on the road and will finish with a 2 ½ mile run through the woods.  The second “Sprint Triathlon” at Walnut Creek will be similar to the first except that the bike section will all be done “mountain” style on the trails.  This “X-Terra” event will be held on August 28th.

On July 18, Mountain bike enthusiast Drew Murray will host an off-road Duathlon on the beautiful grounds of Panorama Farm in Earlysville.  The bike/run/bike event will be held on the mountain bike trails and over the grassy paths of the spectacular property.

And finally, one of the more exciting new local events on tap comes in the form of a mini-triathlon for kids.  Yes, you heard right, a swim/bike/run for those ages 7 – 16!  Thanks to the efforts of longtime CTC members Scott and Mary Clare Smith and their crack team of triathlon experts, this late summer event (8/29) to be held at Forest Lakes promises to be a well-organized and fun one.  Call 293-3367 for more information on these events and, as always, lots of race day volunteers are needed.

Dues Renewal

It’s that time of year when we turn to our members and ask for their financial support.  Dues are up in June for most everybody in the club, so we hope that all of you will be able to take a few minutes to renew.  The CTC is the nucleus of the Charlottesville running community and our members are the lifeblood of the club.  Your dollars support so many of the wonderful events the CTC is involved with and they are a direct source of support for new equipment, the monthly newsletter, the annual glossy calendar and so many other worthy activities.

So, please renew ASAP.  Click here to obtain a form.  Your hardworking CTC board thanks you for your continued support.

CTC Summer Youth Track Program and Summer All-Comer’s Track Meets

One of the club’s big calling cards is how many diverse activities it offers annually.  Summertime offers loads of different events and one of them is the club’s oldest activity, their all-comer’s track meets.

These meets, which the CTC started way back in 1976, have always been intended to be fun, family oriented track events that offer us road racers the opportunity to compete on the oval.  Distances range from 100 to 5,000 meters and all abilities are encouraged to attend.  In fact, many folks use it as “speed work” to help bolster their fitness level.

The meets are held at UVA’s Lannigan Field Track (across from University Hall and next to Klockner Stadium) and are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 24, July 8 and July 22.

A tip of the hat to CTC members Scott Smith and Bette Dzamba who will be coordinating these fun meets.  Volunteer help is also needed so simply show up a few minutes early on any of the mentioned dates.  Call 293-3367 for more information.

On the other Thursdays throughout the summer (6/17, 7/1, 7/15) Bette Dzamba will once again be hosting the CTC youth track program for kids of all ages.  These training evenings will start at 6:00 p.m. at the UVA track.  Call Bette at 295-5186 if you need more information.

Volunteers Needed

It can’t be stated enough that without the help of our great volunteers, the club wouldn’t be able to organize its annual events at the excellent level it has over the years.  Summer is one of our busiest times, so we need lots of help.  Please consider lending a hand at one (or more) of the following events.  (No prior experience necessary).

  • June 5 – O.A.R. 5K & 10K – 10 volunteers needed.  Call Pat Smith at 296-2441
  • June 12 – Bruce Barnes Mile – 8 volunteers needed.  Call Mark at 293-3367
  • June 19 – Sprint Triathlon – 15 finish line volunteers needed.  Call Mark at 293-3367
  • June 24 – CTC All Comer’s Track Meet – 10 volunteers needed – Call Scott (249-1992) or Bette (295-5186)
  • July 3 – 4th of July 5K – 20 volunteers needed – Call Jay at 295-5029




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