Running Shorts

April/May 2005

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Mark Lorenzoni

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Heidi Johnson

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Alice Wiggins

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Michelle Bushrow

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Bev McCoid

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Michelle Bushrow

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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 Word From Your Editor

Despite some of the heaviest rain we’ve ever witnessed for a local race, the Ten Miler was a smashing success and the CTC shined through the dark clouds.  Everyone I’ve talked to has remarked that they felt like the event was well organized and is still one of their favorite races.  All of us who were out helping count it as one of our most memorable volunteering experiences.  A tip of the cap to C.J. Woodburn and her CTC race committee.  You have much to be proud of. 

Lots are on tap as we head into the summer including two of our popular club training programs, the popular summer track meets and the famous Bruce Barnes Mile on the fastest course around!

Help is always needed so why not pick an event you’re not running in and give the Race Director a call.  After all, they’re volunteers too and they always appreciate the help.  Give it a try... you’ll love it!  I hope to see you out on the road in the coming weeks.

Happy Trails!

Mark

CTC Summer Training Programs on Tap:

As the summer quickly approaches, the Club is gearing up for two if it’s popular training programs that prepare folks for a variety of fall events.

On May 25th, the Club will hold an orientation meeting for those looking to complete their first marathon or half marathon or for those looking to improve on a previous effort.  CTC Board Member Frances Hersey will once again assist me as the program includes individualized programs, weekly group long runs on a variety of measured and marked courses, monthly lectures, and more.  Last year close to 150 folks participated.  The meeting is set for 6:00pm on May 25th at Ragged Mountain. 

On June 18th, CTC veteran volunteer Joan Esposito and her army of pink ladies will once again host their training program to prepare females for the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler and ultimately to teach them how to make running a comfortable, safe and permanent part of their lives.  The group meets every Saturday at 7:45AM at the UVA track and in addition to a weekly lecture the newcomers will be guided by a team of experienced runners. 

Call 293-3367 for more information on these two popular CTC programs.  All are welcome.  So tell a friend!

Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile

Widely considered to be the fastest course on our local circuit, this family fun run is a celebration of remembrance for longtime, popular CTC member Bruce Barnes, who tragically died 15 years ago.  The one-mile road race runs downhill through the village of Greenwood and features beautiful panoramic views of the Blue Ridge enroute to the finish at Lady Astor’s magnificent mansion, “Mirador”.  The event starts at 5:00 on the evening of June 11th at the Greenwood Community Center.  Come on out and pocket a mile P.R.!

Members on the Run

If you don’t succeed at first... CTC speedster Rick Kwiatkowski finally nailed the right marathon on the right day as he ran a stellar 3:13 at the Shamrock Marathon. Kwiatkowski’s time was one of the fastest marathons run by a member in the past year!  Other CTC members at the Shamrock Marathon and Half Marathon included Murielle Kervizic, Peggy Mowbray, Dale Dudley, and Anna Sas.   

And speaking of CTC marathoners... Heidi Johnson, Peggy Mowbray, Bev Wispelway, Rebecca Lower and Kate Driscoll all ran wonderful sub 4 hour performances at this year’s Boston Marathon. Other folks at Boston were Mike Rettig, Pam Stratos, and Meredith Thorpe.   Of particular note was longtime CTC member Jerry Jared’s Boston record.  Jared, who is 50, ran his 5th Boston Marathon.  But what makes his story so unique is that he was running in his 4th different age group. 

Skip Mullaney, Pete Runge, Harry Freestone, Andrew Hersey and Joe Stirt were among the runners who fared well at the 23rd Annual Camp Holiday Trails run.  The race was well organized by CTC member Anne Rettig and her fellow 2nd year UVA medical students, and ran over the Lewis Mountain neighborhood course and through UVA grounds.

Veteran CTC volunteers Scott Smith and Bette Dzamba will once again be bringing us the CTC All-Comers Track Meets.  These popular, low-key meets have been a CTC favorite for 30 years.  Volunteers are always needed (simply show up).  See the upcoming race list for details.

At the Races

30th Annual Charlottesville Ten Miler – April 2, 2005

Folks who ran or helped at this year’s 30th edition of the club’s oldest race will remember it for many years to come.  Thanks to some of the heaviest rain in this race’s long and illustrious history, this year’s participants were soaked to the core within minutes after the starting gun was fired!  The rain’s intensity pulsated throughout the event and many, especially newcomers, commented that it was the heaviest rain they had ever run in (let alone raced through)!

C.J. Woodburn, who directed her 4th and final Ten Miler, organized an impressive event.  Thanks to the excellent help of her long-term race committee and some handy assistance from Co-Directors-in-training (Alice and Dan Wiggins), the race went off beautifully.  Chip timing, a new addition, helped the finish area run smoother than ever before and most everybody thought the chips worked well. 

Longtime CTC member Alec Lorenzoni, running in his first Ten Miler, gave the spectators a lot to talk about as he and fellow UVA student Colin Delaney ran together stride for stride almost the entire length of the course before Alec pulled away for a scant ten second victory.  The twosome dueled for nine and three quarter miles before Lorenzoni surged ahead, which represented the farthest into the race the leaders had ever run side by side.  At age 20, Lorenzoni became the youngest winner in the 30-year history of the event.  CTC member and fellow Western Albemarle grad David Miller was fifth.  CTC ace Andrea Wright, who finished 5th last year, improved her Ten Miler resume by placing in the runner-up position and clocking a 66:56 PR.  Fellow member Beth Cottone finished 4th overall in 67:58.

Despite the incredible growth of this special event, the race has continued to retain its local flavor.  This community feeling was reflected in the number of CTC members who scored in their respective age divisions.  CTC Age Group Champions included Burkhard Spiekermann (45-49), Skip Mullaney (65-69), Kelsey Stafford (18-23), Jack Schmid (70-74), Lis Villadsen (65-69), Bev Hayden (60-64), and Bev McCoid (70-79).  Of particular note is Villadsen, who has won more age group blue ribbons than any other runner in Ten Miler history.

Some other CTC times of note on this historic day full or rain were turned in by many numbers including Chris Post, Kevin O’Shea, Brian Bartholomew, Rick Kwiatkowski, Chris Sica, Andy Stafford, David Cooke, Mark Robbins, Jeff Stafford, Cal Fowler, Jeanmarie Bantz, Brian Campbell, Noelle Davis, Paul Humphreys, Mark Foley, Chuck Lascano, Dale Dudley, Jay McDonald, Trish Foley, Richard Moon, Ky Lindsay, Kevin Cox, Pete York, Angie McHugh, Linda Scandore, Patti Clevenson, Nancy Spekman, Cindy Craig, George Stone, Bonnie Wilfore, Jay Wildermann, Jennifer Bauerle, Rob Stewart, Murielle Kervizic, Amy Ballergen, Nancy Beliles, Sarah Cargile, Alice Fletcher, Mary Fowler, Av and Janet Posner to name just a few of our members. 

Of particular note was longtime CTC member Jim Boyd’s performance.  Boyd hasn’t missed a Ten Miler since we went to the city course way back in 1984.  Boyd has persevered and has logged hundreds of race miles on this jewel course.

This year’s median time was the slowest in race history at 90 minutes thanks to the deluge of rain that hammered the runners throughout the race.  There also was the fewest number of people to break 60 minutes in race history, as only five runners broke this elite barrier.

Longtime CTC member Jim Cargile’s run at this year’s special anniversary race served as an inspiration to all of us.  Cargile, who has successfully beaten cancer in the past few months, ran the entire way with his wife Sarah.  This race has been a big part of Cargile’s running life as he has hardly missed a year over the past two decades, so it was great to see him cross the line with a big smile on his face and a thumbs up for all of us who greeted him.

The Ten Miler was one of the first local races to pass along its proceeds to an area cause and it has inspired dozens of other events to do the same.  In keeping with that special tradition, the event passed along several thousand dollars to The Free Clinic this year, bringing its 30-year total to over a quarter of a million dollars donated to local charitable causes!

Director Woodburn saved her best effort for last as she organized an excellent race in her final year at the helm.  She was supported by several folks who have helped at this special event for many of its thirty years.  Volunteers like Dave Lasch, Jim Downing, Carol Finch, Bob Wilder, and the Rogols (Al, Joanne, and Ian) have served as the backbone for this special CTC and community event and will most certainly be on hand to help the Wiggins’ as they take the race into its 4th decade!

Charlottesville Marathon/Half Marathon – April 16, 2005

Only two weeks after the Ten Miler yet the weather was completely different for this year’s running of the area’s longest race.  Gorgeous blue skies and crisp cool temperatures treated the runners to some of the best race weather conditions in recent memory.  Some CTC members were among the 950 total finishers in the two events (which were run simultaneously) and several had excellent races including Beth Cottone, Carin Ward, Andrew Zapanta, and Mike Cassity.  Russell Gill and Francesa Conte, with the help of dozens of community volunteers, pulled off an organized event on a scenic city/county course on a beautiful day. 

Women’s Four Miler Update

Veteran Race Director Cynthia Lorenzoni and her volunteer committee have already been hard at work in preparation for the 23rd edition of this popular CTC event.  Lots of fun stuff is in store including several incredible prizes (trips, vacations, and diamonds from Tiffany’s) to those individuals who raise the most personal sponsor funds.  The entries won’t be available until early June because Lorenzoni wants to make sure that the newcomers in the training program have a chance to enter before the race closes (last year the race reached its limit in 5 weeks).  This year the race will increase its cap by 300 to 2,100 and, as always, 100% of the proceeds will be passed along to the fine folks at UVA’s Breast Care Center.  Last year the event donated $50,000 to the cause!

Lorenzoni is already seeking race day volunteers.  Please call 293-3367 if you’d like to join over 250 other folks help with keeping the race at the organized level it has enjoyed over the years.

National Trails Day

For all you trail runners who love the Rivanna Trail - Come join RTF on June 4th to celebrate National Trails Day by participating in a community-wide spring clean-up of the entire Rivanna Trail and its nearby neighborhood trails. Details can be found on the RTF website www.rivannatrails.org.

Happy running. Happy running. Happy trails,
Diana Foster
President, Rivanna Trails Foundation

Volunteer Call

As always, we turn to our members for help at our races.  Simply put... without them we wouldn’t have the quality events we enjoy.  Please consider calling one of these races so you too can be a part of these success stories. 

  • Discovery Dash for Kids – May 7th - Monticello High School - Call Mark at 293-3367
  • CTC Summer Track Meets – Call Scott at 296-4618
  • VIA 5K – June 11th - Call Mark at 293-3367
  • 4th of July 5K – Call Jay at 295-5029
  • Women’s Four Miler – Sept 2nd – Call 293-3367

CTC Board Meeting April 12, 2005 

The board continued assigning duties. Jennifer Bauerle will become treasurer; Andrew Zapanta will become membership chair; Frances Hersey will handle insurance matters;. and Lyle Henofer and Jim Horstkotte are considering the position of race director. Michael Goldman spoke to the board about duties of the race director. He also reported that several races will need new directors: the Valentine’s Couples race, the Fairview 5K and the MJH 8K. Interested persons may contact any board member. Mark Lorenzoni spoke the board about various race issues. A big concern is scheduling races so that they do not compete. The next board meeting will be Monday May 2, 2005 at 5:45 at Peter York’s office at St.Anne’s Upper School. All members are welcome to attend. For directions contact pyork@stab.org.


 

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