Running Shorts

May 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

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

As I reflect back on the past 25 years of serving as your volunteer Editor for the CTC newsletter, I continue to be inspired by the many wonderful accomplishments of our many speedy club racers and the incredible acts of volunteering by so, so many of our selfless and committed members. 

I cannot imagine the club and all of its successes without these folks and as I worked throughout the day at this year’s Dogwood Track Classic, the states oldest and largest high school track meet, even there I was reminded of this blend of racing talent and volunteerism.  CTC folks like Lindy Bain, Bob Wilder, Amy Hurt, Lance Weisend, Chris Samley, Dan Wiggins, Samantha Stafford, Alec Lorenzoni, and John Ratcliffe worked for a good part of the day helping to keep this huge meet flowing at an organized level.  Some of these folks worked for 10 hours and all to keep these young athletes, many of them CTC members like Holly Rich and Chris Post, enjoy this quality event.

What a great club we have and what a legacy we continue to pave for our fellow runners.  With over a dozen events on tap for the summer, it’s a wonderful time to help continue this wonderful tradition of serving the greater Charlottesville running community.  Come join us.

Happy Trails,


CTC Summer Track Meet Schedule Set

The club’s original race series, established in the summer of 1975, will continue its long term streak of providing an opportunity for folks of all abilities to race distances from 100 meters to 5,000 meters.  Thanks to the efforts of Bette Dzamba, Scott Smith, and Rick Kwiatkowski, the club will offer three evening meets at the UVA track (June 14th, June 28th, and July 12th).  In keeping with club tradition there is no pre-race day registration, no t-shirts and a very nominal entry fee.

These meets are a great way to experience racing different distances or as a means to get in a measured speed workout.  There are several events for children, a parent/child relay, a sibling/sibling relay, master’s races and more.  We encourage all of our members to join us for these few events and, by the way, volunteers are always appreciated.

Members on the Run

  • Several brave and hearty club members sloshed and churned through 26 of the wettest, windiest, and coldest miles ever seen for the Boston Marathon in mid-April and all of us give you a huge round of applause for your incredible accomplishment through what many are calling “the storm of the century”.  Bayard Gennert, William Cox, Bob by Renz, Bev Wispelway, Michelle Huston, Kristen Jennings, Robin Truxell, Rick Kwiatkowski, Joan Bienvenue, and Heidi Johnson.
  • CTC member Lewis Martin, who is in his last season of competing for Lees McRae College in North Carolina, ran an impressive 14:58 for 5,000 meters at the Wake Forest Open in March ranking him the 9th fastest Division II 5K trackster in the nation!
  • CTC members Jason Buczyna (1st overall), Chris Samley (3rd overall), Richard Young (1st 50-59), Phillip Stafford (1st 55-59), Joe Stirt and George Gillies were among the 175 participants at the 1st Annual Race for Darfur 5K held earlier this spring on the University Grounds. 
  • CTC members Sharon Balint and George Gillies were just a few of our folks who scored significant P.R.’s at this spring’s Charlottesville Half MarathonBalint’s 1:53 placed her an impressive 7th out of 25 in here age group and scored an 8:41 pace over the beautiful course.  Members Russell Gill and Frances ca Conte organized a successful duo of events and Beth Cottone was our top club female in the marathon as she ran an impressive 3:21 over the challenging course, good enough for 2nd overall.  Close to 1,200 competed in the two events, with the brunt of the participants selecting the shorter route home
  • Several members had excellent outings at the Shamrock races in Virginia Beach in March.  Patricia Robinson, the Heeschen’s, and Donna Bryant had impressive ½ Marathons; Rocket Roberts, Cindy Eichelkraut, Martha Sikes, and Montie Bryant looked good in the 8K and Mary Claire Smith had an impressive 4:15 finish in the Marathon. 
  • Our CTC Board of Directors recently announced their Executive Committee Members for the 2007-2008 session.  Peter York (President), Andrew Zapanta (Vice President), Pam Johnson (Secretary), and Jennifer Bauerle (Treasurer) will serve as our volunteer leaders during the following year and we thank them and the entire Board for guiding this busy non-profit organization.

In Memory of Skip Kinnier

Last month, Skip Kinnier, one of the club’s all-time beloved members, succumbed to the brain tumor that he had been tenaciously battling for the past two and a half years.  All of us who had the great pleasure and honor of sharing Skip’s company were deeply saddened to say goodbye to this most remarkable friend of our running community.

Skip’s volunteer legacy spanned three incredible decades of giving to the sport he loved so very much.  He served as the club’s treasurer on the CTC Board of Directors for many years, helped at over 250 races and helped to initiate the CTC High School Scholarships which now bear his name.  In fact, according to Board Secretary Pam Johnson, over $1,500 in new dollars have been donated since Skip’s death.  (The Board has voted to increase the amount to $1,000 for each of the 8 scholarships awarded this spring).

We will miss this giant of our running community, as Skip had such an enormous presence and positive influence on the sport.  No one worked harder as a volunteer over the past three decades and we will forever remember his great accomplishments.

Weekly Summer Track Workouts to Kickoff in June

Starting June 6th we will once again be holding weekly track workout speed sessions for those looking to improve on their race times.  The workouts will start at 6:15AM (folks need to be warmed up by then) at the UVA track and run for about an hour.  The sessions will be coached, are open to the public and are free.  Come join us!  Call 293-3367 for more information.

Volunteer Call

The CTC depends on its volunteer corps to keep the engines humming for our many races.  Last year close to a third of our membership helped at one race or more.  Won’t you consider helping out (as no prior experience is necessary)?

Upcoming opportunities to help include:

  • *June 9 Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile – Greenwood 9:30AM– 293-6115
  • *June 14 CTC All-Comers Track Meet – UVA Track 6:30PM – 293-6115
  • *June 28 CTC All-Comers Track Meet – UVA Track 6:30PM – 293-6115

CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Summer Training Program ready to Kickoff

The Club’s annual training program to help runners prepare for a fall marathon or half marathon of their choice will be hosting an orientation meeting on Tuesday, May 29th.  Last year 150 folks of all abilities participated in the program throughout the summer as they trained for one of 14 different fall marathons and other “distance” races. 

The coached program meets on Saturdays to train on a measured and marked safe course in the county.  Water and Gatorade is provided and the courses rotate throughout the summer.  Each participant receives a personalized program and access to a coach.  There is a nominal charge for the program (100% of which is passed along to the CTC). Come join us!

Women’s Four Miler Training to Kickoff

On Saturday June 16th the CTC, under the able guidance of Joan Esposito and her army of Pink Ladies, will kickoff its annual training program to help guide females of all ages and abilities to the successful completion of the Women’s Four Miler

The program will meet every Saturday at the UVA track throughout the summer and promises to be a fun time for all involved.  Last year, close to 1,000 women signed up for the program with over half of them participating for the first time. 

Signups are now available and, unlike the actual 4 miler race, there is not cut off date but we appreciate you signing up prior to the kickoff date.  For more information on the 4 miler training program, contact Joan Esposito at          

Women’s Four Miler Update

Veteran Four Miler Director Cynthia Lorenzoni recently announced that entries for the 25th edition of the state’s largest all-women’s race will be available by mid-June.  The reason for this is to give the women in the training program a chance to sign up before the race reaches its capacity, which this year has been raised to 2,700 (a 300 entrant increase over last year’s record number).  Lorenzoni expects the entries to fill up by July 4th.  She and fellow race committee member Frances Hersey announced that packet pick-up will this year be at Trinity Presbyterian at the end of Fontaine Avenue (at the start of Reservoir Road).  Race day is Saturday September 1st.  Stay tuned for more details on the club’s largest event and largest single fundraiser ($122,000 was donated to the Breast Care Center at UVA in 2006).

Road Alert

As always, the club strives to have a positive relationship with our neighbors.  Here are a few updates that we were recently alerted to:

We’ve had a few requests from Ridge Road residents for runners to run single file whenever an automobile needs to pass.  This goes without saying but we all know as motorists ourselves how difficult it is to negotiate around a pack of exercisers that are running or biking abreast, shoulder to shoulder.  Thanks!

CTC member Neal Ammerman, who works at Trinity Presbyterian Church at the start of Reservoir Road, tells us that parking is permitted (except on Sunday mornings) in the Church lot for those wishing to run out to Camp Holiday Trails and back again. 

Gait Lab Study

The UVA Gait Lab

( located in the Fontaine Research Park is looking for runners that are interested in participating in a shoe study.  To be eligible, you must run at least twice a week and have about 2 hours available during the day (between 7:30am and 5 pm). You will only run about 20 minutes total during the 2 hour block.  You will be compensated $20, be able to try on some really cool shoes, run on a treadmill that is one of only two of its kind in the world, and learn about what type of shoes will work best for your feet! It's super fun. If you are interested, please call Jay Dicharry, Lab Coordinator at (434) 243-5605.

A Note from the CTC Vice President

Over 1 ½ years ago, the CTC website was moved a new domain name ( with little fanfare.  The relocation enabled us to significantly expand our website’s storage space.  We created a showcase for club members’ photos (we need more!) and even a message board for anyone to discuss running-related topics.  Have you discovered the perfect running route?  Go to the message board and post the route!  Did you find an out-of-town race with great amenities (race shirts, freebies, post-race food) or a fast downhill course?   Go to the message board and share it with others. Do you have training or nutritional question?  Go to the message board and find an answer or share what works for you!  Do you see a pattern here?  This running community has a wealth of knowledge in it, and what better way than to help each other!  Start a new topic or build onto another conversation…it’s all up to you. 

I would like to encourage each of you to visit the CTC message board soon.  We would also appreciate any feedback on our website’s content.

E-mail with your suggestions.  If you would like to help us in the design or maintenance, we would love your input and/or help! You can also e-mail me directly at

- Andrew Zapanta, CTC Vice President

At the Races

The MJ8K – March 10, 2007

The area’s 5th largest race raised the bar this year as close to perfect weather played host to over 750 runners and walkers.  First time directors Melissa McDowell and Julia Bellis were assisted by Martha Jefferson’s Lauri Wilson in organizing a dandy of a footrace over the beautiful streets of downtown.

Former UVA All-American (and school record holder in the Steeplechase) Rob Cook, who recently returned to Charlottesville with his family, ran one of the fastest times in recent memory (26:19) as he out kicked Louisa sophomore sensation Thomas Baker (26:29) for a 10 second victory over one of the hilliest road courses in Virginia. 

Andrea Wright led a trio of CTC women speedsters into the chutes and shattered her own course record in the process as she stopped the clock in 30:52.  Wright’s fantastic time was over 2 minutes faster than her previous best on the course when she was two years younger!  Quickly improving Eliza O’Connell was a scant 14 seconds back in 31:06 and CTC ace Beth Cottone rounded out this impressive top 3 with a stellar 31:40.  All three are 36 or older!

Several CTC members scored a blue ribbon in their respective age groups including Kristen Keller (25-29), Mary Manley (35-39), Nicola Ratcliffe (40-44), Hernan Garbini (45-49), Peggy Mowbray (50-54), Richard Moon (60-64), Danica Plantz (60-64), Skip Mullaney (65-69), Louise Dudley (65-69) and Wendell Golden (80+).  Of particular note was Garbini’s 29:41, Dudley ’s 46:19 and Golden’s 54:57, all very impressive state caliber times for their particular age groups.

Over 100 volunteers lined the meandering city course helping to make it one of the best organized races of the year as walkers and runners, who had two separate finish lines cruised over a similar section of Charlottesville real estate.  The CTC shine in its efforts to help with the finish line and results logistics and it showed as things ran smoothing throughout the early morning. 

Other CTC times of note were clocked by Jason Buczyna (27:38), Chris Samley (29:08), Will Morrison (32:26), Tom Wolanski (33:36), Jessica Bossler (34:12), Lise Willingham (35:11), Brian Muszynski (35:24), Missi Brown (37:57), Bethany Coppock (38:48), Chuck Lascano (39:02), Tanya Sturtz (42:14), Tom Hintz (40:24), Sheila Blackford (40:53), Eileen Wittwer (45:14), David Wilson (43:55), Susan Riddle (46:13), Mary Fowler (46:39), Stephanie Tanner (45:44), Lisa Draine (47:48), Renee Brett (47:50), Ray Clarke (48:26), Mariana Martinez (49:37), Sadie Simmons (51:41), Harry Freestone (58:27).

The race, which is annually held three weeks away from the Ten Miler, serves as an excellent tune up for the area’s granddaddy event.  This year was no exception as Wright, O’Connell and Cottone would go on to duplicate their 1,2,3 finish at the Ten Miler!  The race also, once again, helped to raise dollars (over $26,000) for a variety of worthy programs at Martha Jefferson and a special tip of the cap to volunteer co-directors McDowell and Bellis and their army of unpaid helpers, who made this wonderful event a reality.

Camp Holiday Trails 5K – March 17, 2007

The 24th running of this popular spring race was met with brisk March winds, which made the going tough for the 175 participants.  Despite the tough conditions, many of the racers sped to excellent times over the well worn Lewis Mountain neighborhood course including many of our fellow members.

Age group blue ribbons were awarded to the following CTC racers:  Anna Castle (50-54), Janet Pearson (55-59), Nancy Fraser (70+), Pete Runge (35-39), Richard Young (50-54), and Phil Halapin (55-59).

Other CTC times of note were clocked by Lonnie Murray, Andrew Hersey, George Gillies, Albert Connette, Ethan Cole and Wendell Golden.  

The biggest winner of all was the Camp where each summer dozens of youth with special health needs are treated to a wonderful outdoor experience.  A big tip of the cap to all of the 2nd year UVA medical students, who for the 24th straight year organized this popular community footrace.  This year’s event raised $2,700 for the cause. 

The 32nd Annual Charlottesville Ten Miler – March 31, 2007

Thanks to the efforts of 2nd year race directors Alice and Dan Wiggins and a huge army of volunteers, the 32nd edition of the area’s oldest and most prestigious footrace was a huge success.  That and what many described as the best Ten Miler weather in close to a decade helped to propel many of the participants to impressive times over this challenging urban course. 

The CTC trio of Andrea Wright (64:36), Eliza O’Connell (64:38) and Beth Cottone (65:16) continued their dominance of area footraces as they led the rest of the women’s field across the finish line.  Wright was the oldest women’s champion in race history and her sprint to the tape represented the closest finish ever as a scant two seconds separated the 45 year old from the 36 year old O’Connell.  Amazingly, the top 4 women overall were 36 or older.

On the men’s side Charlie Hurt was the first club finisher into the chutes as he clocked an impressive 54:23 P.R. good enough for 4th overall (behind the closest men’s finish in race history).  Many CTC members scored blue ribbons in their respective age groups including veteran Nancy Fraser, who accomplished a Ten Miler first as her time in the 70-79 age category would have also earned her a first in the men’s division.  Her 1:39:33 also broke Louise Martin’s age group record, a record that has stood for over 20 years!  Other CTC blue ribbon winners were Skip Mullaney (65-69; 73:01), Sarah Cargile (60-64, 98:04), Burkhard Spiekermann (45-49, 60:56), Amy Robbins (40-44, 72:34), Jason Buczyna (25-29, 58:03), Andrew Parkins (19-24, 58:08), Louise Dudley (65-69, 98:22), Armand Zambardi (70-79, 1:40:07) and Wendell Golden (80+, 1:57:21).

Several other club members fared well in placing high up in their respective age groups including Jenny Blair (7th, 25-29), Kate Owen (3rd, 30-34), Jennifer Ackerman (3rd, 45-49), Hernan Garbini (2nd, 45-49), Peggy Mowbray (3rd, 50-54), Kerry Hendrix (3rd, 40-44), Leisa Gonnella (2nd, 35-39), John Densmore (2nd, 35-39), Lee Coppock (3rd, 35-39), Cheryl Haakenson         (2nd, 60-64), Jim Cargile (2nd 65-69), Don Brown (3rd, 55-59), Linda Scandore (2nd, 55-59), Roger Barron (2nd, 70-79), and Jack Schmid (3rd, 70-79).

A good percentage of the club either ran the race or helped as a volunteer and that’s what makes this one of the biggest club oriented events of the year.  Thanks to their commitment the club was once again able to donate several thousand dollars to a worthy area charitable cause.  This year the race passed along the brunt of their proceeds to Piedmont CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), yet another reason why so many CTC folks like supporting this very special annual event. 

VIA 5K – April 14, 2007

In my 25 years of directing races, I have never organized a footrace that tripled in size from one year to the next.  That is not until this years VIA 5K, which saw its numbers swell from a bit over 100 to 315 entrants between the 2006 and 2007 editions.  This benefit run for the Virginia Institute of Autism has now vaulted to the #10 spot in size of our 53 area not-for-profit races.

CTC ace Burkhard Spiekermann had one of his best outings of the year as he rocketed to a 17:30 victory over this rolling Rugby Avenue neighborhood course.  Fellow CTC members Pete Runge (18:46), Bob Wilder (19:30), Dave Krovetz (20:23), Brian Muszynski (20:32) and Richard Young (20:40) were all top 10 finishers at what is now becoming a very competitive event.  Carolyn Hiller was the first female CTC finisher (22:04) and she was quickly followed by Cynthia Lorenzoni (22:14) who was running her first race in over two years.  Other CTC times of note were clocked by Skip Mullany (20:52), Joe Stirt (24:21), Andrew Zapanta (21:46), Ed and Anna Russell (22:32), Natalie Krovetz (26:15), Nancy Fraser (28:22), Armand Zambardi (28:07), Peggy Mowbray (27:10), Harry Freestone (34:07), and Nancy Davis-Imhoff (34:10).

Thanks to the efforts of this large crowd the school was able to raise over $20,000 for programs for their autistic students.  Jennifer Hearns, Tom Hintz, Carol Finch, Coleman Charlton, Sharon Fickley, and Ben Hocking were among the CTC folks who volunteered their time and expertise to help make this a safe and successful event. 




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