Running Shorts

July 2007

Mark Lorenzoni

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P.O. BOX 495
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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A Word from Your Editor

Summer is in full steam and the CTC has her engines rolling as we’re hosting all kinds of community running events.  Two training programs, three all-comers track meets and a bevy of road races are keeping us on our toes.  Fun stuff... in fact, as the club moves into its fourth decade it can trace its roots to the summertime.  This is where it all started as the club kicked off its relationship with the community by hosting five summer all-comers track meets in the summer of 1975.  These meets were open to the general public and featured events for all ages, from kids to seniors, and all abilities from novices to champions.  Hence the name “Charlottesville Track Club.”

Now, 32 years later, the “club” has become so, so much more but we still have the same “open armed” attitude as we continue the legacy of welcoming new folks to the world of running. 

We hope you can join us for one or more of our summer events.  It’s one of my personal favorite times of year!

Happy Trails,


Annual CTC Dues

Dues for the year ending June 2008 are due at the end of July! Everyone should have received a letter in the mail that showed last year's membership level and membership data to review and update for the CTC database.  Please send any questions to  On behalf of the CTC board, thank you for keeping the Charlottesville area running community on its "feet!" - Peter York (CTC President) and Andrew Zapanta (CTC Vice-President)

Ongoing Weekly Group Activities

CTC Women’s Four Miler Training Program – Saturdays, 7:45AM, UVA Track – 293-6115

CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program – Saturdays, 6:15AM, location varies – 293-6115

Weekly Speed Workouts – Wednesdays, 6:00AM, UVA Track – 293-6115

Update:  CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program

The club’s longest distance training program has been meeting every Saturday morning for the past few weeks and the group run distances currently vary from 5-12 miles.  This summer, over 140 folks have joined us to train for one of 22 different fall events.  All are welcome to come out on Saturdays (we meet at 6:15AM) as training paces vary from 7:00/miles – 13:00/mile pace.  Signups are available by calling 293-6115.

 “Run Kids Run” Clinic

We will be hosting a Saturday morning clinic for kids ages 5-12.  This hour long session is free to anyone looking to improve on their form and pace and would like to learn more about nutrition, proper warm up techniques and ways to safely and enjoyably incorporate running into your child’s life.  We will be meeting at the Charlottesville High School track at 8:00AM on Saturday, July 28th.  Come join us (bring a water bottle and a towel).

Women’s Four Miler Training Program Continues

The Annual CTC Summer Training Program to prepare females for the Women’s Four Miler race continues to meet every Saturday morning at 7:45AM at the UVA Track.  This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who is out of shape (or hasn’t run on a regular basis) to get started in a safe and nurturing environment.  Joan Esposito and her army of pink ladies will hold your hand through a summer of fun.  Simply show up at the track on Saturday morning!

CTC Introduces Mini-Marathon (2.6 mile) Race Concept to Area Racing Scene

For the first time, the CTC will host a “mini-marathon” race, as in 2.6 miles (not 26 miles).  This fun, short road racing distance will be held in conjunction with the Buck Mountain Half Marathon out in Free Union on Saturday, October 13th.  Because of the short distance we will add special age group divisions (to our normal menu of age groups) for youth (10 & under and 11-14).  See enclosed entry blank for details.

Weekly Track/Speed Workouts

A group of 25-40 folks continues to meet every Wednesday morning for a coached speed workout.  Paces vary from sub 6 minute pace to 12 minutes/mile and their race distance goals range from 5K to the Marathon.  All are welcome and there is no charge.  Just be warmed up and ready to hit the workout at 6:00AM sharp (at the UVA Track).

Update:  Women’s Four Miler Race

By the time you receive this newsletter the area’s largest race will be filled and closed to entries.  Hard to believe that a single sex race could reach the 2,700 limit in a little over 2 weeks but that’s just what happened.  Amazing!

If you still want to be involved we need over 250 race day volunteers.  Please call us at 293-6115 as we appreciate the help!

 Members on the Run

  • CTC ultra veteran Sophie Speidel notched another impressive long distance race effort in finishing 2nd overall at the Highland Sky 40K in Mid-June.  Fellow members Bill Potts and J.R. Ankney also ran in the event.
  • CTC speedster Christiann Defries has had an excellent racing season as she finished in the top 3 in her age group at the Ten Miler and MJ8K, which followed her top age group place at another huge area race, the Turkey Trot 5K last fall.
  • Congratulations to fellow club members Buz Male and Doug Bloor who were recently touted as the new X-Country coaches at Albemarle (Boys) and Monticello (Girls).  We wish them and their teams all the very best this coming fall season.
  • Longtime CTC member and Head Monticello Gardener Peter Hatch ran his 20th straight Charlottesville Ten Miler this spring.  Wow!
  • Fellow members Glen Anderson and T.J. Wilson did some P.R. hunting in the mountains of Pennsylvania this spring.  Anderson scored a 3:33 and Wilson followed with his P.R. 3:54 performance in the Run for the Red (Cross) Marathon in the Poconos.
  • A big club “welcome back” to longtime member and All-World volunteer Rollin Stanton, who recently moved back to town.  We missed him and are so happy to have him back as he is one of the all time top volunteers.
  • Longtime CTC masters racer Wendell Golden scored another milestone as he has a pending “American Record” for the 8K in the 80+ age group.  Golden clocked an impressive 54:57 at the MJ8K this spring which could be one for the books... literally!
  • And speaking of fast times, Richard Moon recently took home a gold medal in the 1,500 at the Virginia State Senior Games and he added a silver in the 400.  Moon, who has been a member for over 25 years, also scored an even more impressive 3rd place finish in the 400 at the Masters Southeastern Regional Championships in Durham , NC.
  • And while we’re talking track, how about CTC member Charlie Hurt’s excellent 15:30 5,000 clocking at a track meet in Lynchburg in May.  Fast stuff!
  • A fond farewell to the Huston family, who recently moved to Tennessee.  In the few years they lived in Charlottesville , Pat and Michelle made a huge impact for the greater good of our running community.  We wish them the very best as we will miss them very much!
  • Several members clocked impressive finishes at the Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon at Walnut Creek in late June including Hernan Garbini, Burkhard Spiekermann, Mark Robbins, David Litherland, Tom Wolanski, Cheri Witt, Michelle Bushrow, and Marit Gay.
  • Veteran racer Mark Robbins, who has participated in hundreds of races over the years, now counts his recent experience at “The Bay to Breakers” in San Francisco as one of the wildest.  Robbins finished 600th out of 50,000 finishers and was one of the finishers who actually competed with his running clothes on!
  • Roger Flint, one of our most revered community citizens, recently passed away and it is with fondness so many of us, who were lucky to have known Roger, remember this extraordinary man.  In addition to starting the Pepsi Mobile Tennis Program and our Recycling Program and helping with a variety of other community activities, Flint helped start and co-organize the Pepsi 10K.  We who knew him will miss this kind man very much.
  • CTC Masters speedster Sandy Derr recently won her age group (60-64) with an impressive 25:20 clocking at the Kennett Run 5K in Philadelphia.  Her time was so impressive that Derr would have placed as high as 4th in the 45-49 age group and 1st in the 50-54 group.
  • A “do not miss” race on the summer circuit is the Fairview 5K, which is always beautifully organized.  Please note that this year’s event is a week later than normal.  This years date is set for July 21st.

 At the Races

The Batesville 10K – May 19, 2007

Lewis Martin, fresh off one of the most successful seasons of his track career, easily outdistanced one of the most competitive fields in recent Batesville history.  The CTC speedster’s 34:05 clocking was over 2 minutes faster than fellow CTC racer Jason Buczyna (36:19).  CTC Masters ace Burkhard Spiekermann rounded out the top 3 overall with an impressive 37:46 time, about 30 seconds ahead of fellow 45-49 age group competitor Hernan Garbini (38:15). 

CTC Masters ace Beth Cottone set a new course record for the 40-49 age group with a lickety split 41:46, good enough to earn her the laurel wreath for 1st overall.  Fellow CTC members Kristen Keller (43:24) and Michelle Huston (45:34) rounded out the top 3 women finishers. 

Other CTC times of note over the area’s most challenging road course were run by Jennifer Bauerle, Andrew Hersey, Winn Ballard, Paul Humphreys, Bill Potts, Laurie and Bill Duxbury, Anthony Nappi, Frances Hersey, Chris Peterson, Michelle Co, Bob Johnson, and Chuck Lascano.  Bill Guerrant finished 9th overall in 42:05 giving him the most number of top 10 finishes over the 30 year history of this special and most challenging event. 

The Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile – June 9, 2007

Sixteen year old Tyler Stutzman set the local racing scene on fire in early June as he blazed to a blistering 4:13.1 first place finish at the 16th Annual Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile.  The rising Western Albemarle Junior’s impressive time equaled Alec Lorenzoni’s course record and was one of the fastest times ever recorded by a high school runner at this race.

Stutzman had plenty of company over the downhill mile as collegiate star Brad O’Neill quickly followed in 4:13.8 and VMI Coach Paul Spangler was hard on their heels with a 4:14.6 clock stopper.

Noaa Spiekermann, yet another Western athlete, led the females down the road with a 6:18 clocking, giving the CTC runner her first ever outright road victory.  She was quickly followed by fellow member Carly Witt and only 10 years old, who crossed the line in 6:20. 

Other CTC times of note over the state’s fastest one mile road course were turned in by Chris Post (4:23), Jason Buczyna (4:33), Burkhard Spiekermann (4:46), Hernan Garbini (4:51), Will Morrison (4:57), Skip Mullaney (5:34), Rollin Stanton (5:51), Paul Humphries (5:55), John O’Neill (6:41), Sharon Balint (6:48), Ethan Cole (6:53), Lara Spiekermann (8:15), and Wendell Golden, who at 81 years old ran a sparkling 9:02.

Garbini and Spiekermann’s times were of particular note as the two battled it out for the top spot in the 45-49 age group, with a scant 5 seconds separating them.

I was ably assisted by Lindy Bain, my co-director of the past 16 years and a host of CTC veteran volunteers including Carol Finch, Jim Bell, Kristen Bain, Bill Guerrant, Alec, Cynthia, and Annie Lorenzoni. 

As always, Bruce’s family drove from afar to join us in celebrating the life of this wonderful person, who left us way too early.

 2007 Skip Kinnier CTC High School Scholarship Winners

The CTC Board of Directors recently selected and announced the recipients of this year’s Skip Kinnier High School Scholarships.  This was a particularly special year for these prestigious awards since they are the first group to receive their awards since the passing of our beloved friend Skip Kinnier.

Each individual receives a $1,000 scholarship towards their college education, courtesy of the CTC.  Thanks to all the financial support we receive throughout the year we are able to annually award such a large sum.

Hannah Waldenberger, Madison County HS, Yale University

Maxwell Hensley, Miller School of Albemarle, University of Virginia

James Randolph Coates, Jr., Madison County HS , Virginia Tech

Amanda Blevins, Nelson County HS , Virginia Tech

Whitney Milton, Orange County HS, Johnson & Wales College

Stephen Rouse, Albemarle HS, Florida College

Leonard Thomas, Nelson County HS, Lynchburg College

Tanisha Jenkins, Louisa County HS, Norfolk State University





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