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Montalto Challenge Run – May 2, 2009

For the first time since purchasing Montalto, the fine folks at Monticello, with the help of Head Gardener Peter Hatch, hosted a footrace from the base of the Saunders Trail all the way up to the top of Montalto.  This all uphill climb, now widely considered to be the most challenging road race in town, hosted close to 100 brave runners, who worked extremely hard as they traversed the steep switchbacks to the top of Montalto.  They were rewarded for their efforts with some of the most gorgeous and panoramic views of Charlottesville, including the unique perspective of looking down at Monticello!

Former Western Albemarle standout Alec Lorenzoni was the first to the top as he clocked an impressive 20:47.  To give you a perspective of how challenging the climb was, the longtime CTC member would run a full five minutes faster on the 4th of July 5K course a few months later!  Expert hill climber Sophie Speidel was the first CTC woman to the top (26:35) and she was closely followed by fellow member Cynthia Lorenzoni (27:07) and Christiann DeFries (27:35).

Other impressive times were turned in by the following CTC “billy goats”:  Bess Tarkington, Kevin Cox, Brendon Nash, Anthony Nappi, Barry Young, Will Cox, Joe Milby, Harry Landers, Tom Nash, Peggy Mowbray, Leah Connor, Jerri Emm, Craig Sarazin, Bridget Donaldson, Linda Scandore, Andrew Hersey, Peter Hatch, George Gillies, Susan Dendinger, Ginny Myers, Marilyn Harman, Bill and Laurie Duxbury, Kate Kohn, Henry Chapman and Peggy Cornett.

The amazing thing was that, despite the steep uphill terrain, everyone in the field broke 45 minutes!

The Batesville 10K – May 16, 2009

CTC masters speedster Hernan Garbini continued his 2009 road blitz as he conquered the hills of the legendary Batesville 10K in blue ribbon fashion with a 38:03 clocking.  Most veterans of this extremely challenging event agree that this is one of the hardest courses in the area and times are graded on a steep curve (Garbini would run a solid 2 minutes faster on a “normal” course). 

Another CTC masters ace, Beth Cottone, continued her comeback (from having her third child last year) as she led the women up and down the hills and finished second overall, which represented the highest overall position for a female in this race’s illustrious 32 history. 

Several CTC members clocked impressive performances at the area’s second oldest footrace including these age group winners:  Bill Guerrant, Kristen Keller, William Potts, Emmons Welch, Paula Capobianco, Sharon Balint, Jane Schmid, and Roger Bennett.  Other CTC times of note were clocked by Joe Stirt, John Eros, George Gillies, Beth Schmid and Belva Bryant.

As always, Hamp Carruth and his fine corps at the Batesville Ruritan club organized a “dandy” of an event, one that many veterans claim you have to do as a true “runner’s rites of passage!” 

The Bruce Barnes Mile – June 7, 2009

With beautiful weather at their backs the runners participating in the Bruce Barnes Memorial Mile ran some of the fastest times in the illustrious 18 year history of this popular downhill event.  UVA’s Emil Heinking came within an eyelash of becoming the first person to break the 4 minute barrier on Central Virginia soil as he clocked a blazing 4:00:57.  He was followed by CTC member Alec Lorenzoni, who ran 4:10.  CTC member Becky Keller came within half a second of Nicola Ratcliffe’s course record as she scorched a 5:19 blue ribbon performance.  Other CTC times of note over this fast downhill Greenwood course were turned in by Cass Girvin (4:18), Mike Stadnisky (4:26), Galin Boyd (4:33), Hernan Garbini (4:42), Doug Bloor (4:46), Kelsey Grupp (6:00), Sarah Grupp (6:16), Craig Sarazin (6:20), Mac Outlaw (6:21), Asher Ardron (7 years old, 6:24), Erica Grupp (6:41), Caroline Outlaw (6:41), Adam Slate (7:03), Teryn Ratcliffe (7:56), Alyce Outlaw (7:06), and William Grupp (8:31).

Run in memory of longtime favorite CTC son Bruce Barnes, this fun CTC event attracted 40 participants this year.  I was ably assisted by my longtime co-director Lindy Bain and we were supported by a bevy of CTC volunteers including Bill Guerrant, John Ratcliffe, Chris Post, Gavin Ratcliffe, Cynthia Lorenzoni, Hernan Garbini, Kris Bain and Andrea Wright. 

Independence Day 5K – July 4, 2009

The best weather in the over two decade history of this popular holiday event treated over 300 folks to perfect racing conditions.  The results clearly showed that low humidity and cool temperatures equal fast times.  No less than 26 folks broke the elite 20 minute mark and another 15 broke 21 minutes.  Veteran CTC director Jay Wildemann had his usual fine corps of volunteers on hand as they helped provide the racers to one of the best organized events of the season.

Widely considered to be both a challenging yet rewarding course, the Forest Lakes venue provides the runners with a real mix of long uphills and steep downhills.  Lifelong CTC member Alec Lorenzoni led the field into the chutes with a P.R. 15:51.  Glen Bjerke (16:34) and Andrew Schroeder (16:45) rounded out the top 3 for the CTC.  Former Monticello star Holly Rich (19:48) finished 3rd overall female as she was the first CTC woman across the line, and she was quickly followed by fellow member Barb Wiggins (19:52).  Dawn Herrick rounded out the top 3 CTC women with a 20:31.

Several club members took home first place awards in their respective age divisions including:  Doug Bloor (17:40), Wiggins, Herrick, Jennifer Hochrein (21:00), Cal Fowler, (22:44), Sarah Grupp (23:00), John Atthowe (23:42), Erica Grupp (24:55), Connie Friend (28:29), and Wendell Golden (39:51).

Other CTC times of note were clocked by Lee Coppock, Roger Reynolds, Andrew Hersey, Ken Nail, Karen Duffy, Lisa Kwiatkowski, Trish Foley, David Kwiatkowski, Cathy Wicks, Karen Rich, Tom Hintz, George Rich, Vickie Marsh, and Mary Helen Hintz.

 

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