Running Shorts

October 2004

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 Note from Your Editor

Wow, has the summer flown by!  And what a packed summer full of running activity it’s been.  With two successful training programs, 3 track meets, and several road races ranging in distance from 1 mile to 10K the club has been very busy.  And now we head into just as busy season with the Women’s Four Miler, Pepsi 10K & Buck Mountain ½ Marathon all on tap in the coming weeks, not to mention the start of another edition of the Ten Miler training program plus the conclusion of the Marathon / ½ Marathon training program.  Whew!

Our hats off to CTC President Susan Stewart and our hard working board.  They have done an excellent job of overseeing this well-oiled running machine.  I would also like to thank Alice Wiggins for all her excellent work in helping me with this newsletter and the following CTC folks who helped direct or coordinate a summer event:  Scott Smith, Bette Dzamba, John Lloyd, Vickie Marsh, Joan Esposito, Jay Wildermann, Dave Lasch, Tom Scala, Lindy Bain, Carol Finch and Pat Smith.

As always, all of our events need help and in many ways our volunteers are the backbone of the club.  We are fortunate to have so many folks who have been willing to give back.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and I hope to see you at the races!

Happy Trails!

CTC Marathon and ½ Marathon Training Program

Over 140 individuals looking to race a fall marathon or half marathon are participating in the CTC’s annual summer program.  The group, which has grown 40% over last year’s record, meets every Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. for a long training run.  The courses are marked every mile and include water and Gatorade stations every 2 ½ - 3 miles.  Anyone looking for some company for their own long run training is welcome to join us.  Paces vary from 7:30 to 13 minutes / mile.  Call 293-3367 for more information as the locations and distances change from week to week.  A special thanks to Frances Hersey for her continued help with this program.  Want to get on our weekly e-mail list?  Call Frances at 982-2344

CTC Scores Points with Local Causes

Recently we received two letters from area non-profits praising the club for its efforts in organizing the Discovery Dash and the 4th of July 5K.  “The Dash” raised a record amount ($8,000) for the Virginia Discovery Museum, while the Kiwanis event raised $4,800 for a variety of local causes including Camp Holiday Trails and the Salvation Army.  Peppy Linden and Bob Fehse’s kind words mean a lot to us as the club continues to help raise dollars while providing professionally organized races for area runners.

Photos Needed for CTC Calendar

It’s that time of year again when the club is looking for help with its annual calendar.  CTC president Susan Stewart, who has done a great job organizing this project over the past few years, is looking for photos of fellow members in action to help spruce up this glossy monthly race calendar.  If you have photos to share, call Susan at 951-7260 or drop them by the shop.  Thanks!

Upcoming Race Profile

The Pepsi 10K the area’s largest 6.2 mile footrace, features one of the fairest road courses on our local circuit.  Then why do some folks struggle with this event?  Because they run the first mile far too quickly.  Widely considered by veterans to be one of the fastest miles of any of our local races, mile 1 features a gradual descent along Owensville Road.  I have been reading the split at this mile marker for over ten years and I can’t tell you how many times I have racers comment with a “oh, that’s way too quick!” or “that’s the fastest mile I’ve ever run” or even “#$%#! That was way too fast…I’m going to pay for that!”  I would venture a guess that close to 50% of the field runs the first mile 30 seconds to a minute faster than their targeted pace.  A 10K is too long of a race distance to recover from such a huge mistake!  The other major challenge with this course is that you turn around at the first mile and head back up the road meaning that the second mile is a gradual uphill climb.  Ugh!

So, here’s your tip:  Lineup at the start farther behind your pace group and try to go out deliberately slower than your normal race pace.  Try running at least the first ½ mile at your normal conversational training pace.  The goal is to get to that first mile at or even slower than your normal race pace.

Do this and you will be rewarded with a successful racing experience.  Those who practice this find that the Pepsi 10K is one of the best courses around and often leads to a personal record!

By the way, veteran CTC volunteer Carol Finch is in the 12th year at directing this popular benefit run for Special Olympics.  Race day entry is allowed but entering prior to race day is strongly encouraged.

Members on the Run

Several CTC members were close to or at the top of their respective age groups in a recent “Washington Running Report” mid-Atlantic road race rankings:  Peggy Mowbray (2nd 45-49), Wendell Golden (1st 75-79), and Harry Freestone (2nd 75-79) made us proud as they vaulted ahead of fast racing folks from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland! v Longtime member and marathon veteran Linda Scandore accomplished an endurance of a different challenge this summer as she completed the famous “Coast to Coast” week.  Scandore walked 190 miles across England, starting with her right foot in the Irish Sea and 15 days later she set her left foot in to the North Sea. Scandore called the beautiful trek “Amazing!” v Several members have shown improvement or shades of their old self at the races this summer.  We tip our cap to Armand Zambardi, Anne Peery, Andrea Wright, Bob Wilder, Michael Cassity, Pete Runge, Peggy Mowbray, Murielle Kervizic, Maria Bell, Paul Humphries and Chuck Lascano to name a few. v  The club continues to grow and we’re delighted with the number of new folks who have joined the ranks of one of the largest running clubs in Virginia.  Also, helping keep the club strong are those members who have been with us for many years.  Here’s a list of some of those members who have been dues paying members for 15 or more years.  We thank them for their continued support and loyalty:  The Rogols, Dave Lasch, Charlie Feigenoff, John Lloyd, Mike Anderson, Jim Barns, Rich Barnett, Bev & Mike Hayden, Richard Young, Chip Hopper, Bill Guerrant, Connie Friend, Carol Finch, Mark & Trish Foley, Peggy Cornett, Joe Kannapell, Chris Pikrallidas, Al and Janet Posner, Dan Monahan, Al McLearen, Bev and John McCoid, Richard Moon, The Wilkinson’s, Lis Villadsen, Andy Wist, Rollin Stanton, Pete Runge, Wendy McIntyre, Don Mathes, Skip Kinnier, John Eros, Tim and Ellie Gathright, Jim and Sara Cargile, Jay Wildermann, Tom Buckley, Jim Boyd, Jerry Bambrick and John Bays.  These are just a few of the folks I’ve had the pleasure of knowing as CTC members over the past 15 years or so.

At the Races

Kiwanis 4th of July 5k - 07/03/04

One of the longest races of the season rocketed in the holiday as close to three hundred 4th of July racers snaked their way through the rolling streets of Forest Lakes.  Veteran CTC race director Jay Wildermann organized another dandy holiday run thanks to the help of Bob Fehse and the fine folks at the Kiwanis Club and a whole slew of CTC volunteers things went smoothly.

Despite the heat and humidity many folks find that they register one of their fastest 5K outings of the year over this rolling course.  CTC members scored impressive efforts in their respective age groups.  Chris Samley, one of the area’s premier masters runners, was the club’s highest finish as he clocked a 17:08 in 5th place overall.  Fellow masters speedster Burkhard Spiekermann was just a few steps behind as he finished 7th in 17:14.  On the women’s side, yet another masters runner was our first member into the chutes.  Andrea Wright continued her steady improvement as the 43-year-old rocketed to a 19:39, good for third female overall.  Fellow member Beth Cottone finished 4th only seconds behind the speedy Wright.

Age group blue ribbons were earned by the following CTC members:  Chris Samley (40-44), Burkhard Spiekermann (45-49), Rick Zimmerman (35-39), Dan Murray (55-59), Andrea Wright (40-44), Beth Cottone (35-39), Cal Fowler (65-69), Peggy Mowbray (45-49), Mary Napoleon (55-59), Bethany Coppock (17 and under), Armand Zombardi (70+), Maria Bell (50-54), Nancy Fraser (65-69) and Nancy David-Imhoff (60-64).  It was a dominant showing by a strong corps of stalwart racers, as CTC members took first in over half of the categories.

Many other CTC runners had excellent races at this popular holiday run including Michael Cassity, Armand Zambardi, Chris Sica, Heidi Johnson, Kerry Hendrix, Bob Johnson, Libby Heeschen, Andrew Zapanta, Peggy Mowbray, Wayne, Kotania, Jim Horstkotte, Pam Stratos, Dan Dunsmore, Anne Peery, Albert Connette, Richard Moon, Vickie Marsh, Dudley Miller, Mary Fowler, Monty Monteo, Nancy Beliles, Lynn Connette, Wendell Golden and Susan Fogler.

Fairview 5k – 07/10/04

Over a hundred folks participated in one of the hilliest but well-organized events of the summer.  The Fairview 5K, which runs over the hilly neighborhoods just northeast of Rio Road starts at the Fairview Swim Club.  The race benefits the American Cancer Society and is run in memory of a longtime Fairview member (Betty Seay).

The CTC dominated age groups and placed members in 5 out of the top 7 overall spots, including overall female champion Andrea Wright, who scored an impressive 20:33 clocking for 7th overall.  Lise Willingham was the 2nd woman across the line as she stopped the clock in 21:15.

CTC Masters ace Chris Samley was the first CTC member into the chutes as he narrowly missed the overall blue ribbon by a scant 3 seconds.  Pete Runge, Scott Smith and an ever-improving Bob Wilder (19:59) rounded out the top 5.  CTC blue ribbon age group winners included, Samley, Runge, Smith, Cal Fowler (60-69), Eric Smith (13 & under), Paul Humphries (50-54), Anne Peery (45-49), Armand Zambardi (70+) & Leisa Gonnella (35-39).

 All total close to 25% of the overall field came from the ranks of the CTC.

CTC All-Comers Track Meets

Thanks to the wonderful efforts of veteran CTC directors Bette Dzamba and Scott Smith, the club was able to host the 29th annual summer track meet series, the club’s oldest event.  The three evening meets played host to close to 400 athletes of various ages and abilities.  One of the main goals of the meets is to provide fun and low-key competition in an organized and safe setting.

One of the best aspects about this summer’s meets was the number of volunteers that were on hand.  It’s one of the few times during the year that the race directors don’t have to call volunteers…rather they simply show up ready to help.

The heart and soul of these meets has always been the kid’s events and this summer was no different as dozens of youngsters came out to participate in the 100 and 200.  CTC kids like Emily Smith, Erin Wiggins, Mary Kwiatkowski, Alyssa Gonnella, Reid Campbell, Virginia Speidel, Leah Foley, Laura Kwiatkowski, Hannah Samley, David Kwiatkowski, Kara Coppock, Daniel Foley, Olivia Lake and Victoria Smith had excellent outings in the sprints.

The “big kids” got into the act too as several CTC speedsters scored some impressive times in the longer events.  Chris Samley, Pete Runge, Ivan Henao, Trish Foley, Alice Wiggins, Lee Coppock, Rick Kwiatkowski, Andrea Wright, Jim Bell, Sophie Speidel, Jim Burns, Richard Moon, Dan Wiggins, Charlie Souter, Eric Smith, Bethany Coppock and Philip Stafford were just a few of the CTC long legged who fared well in the distance oriented races.

A big tip of the cap to Scott, Bette and all the volunteers who provided so many folks with so many summer thrills.  For complete track meet results, pleas go to the club’s web site at

CTC Coaches Prepare for Fall X-Country Season

Several of our members will be coaching or advising area high school x-country teams this autumn.  We commend them for their efforts in helping so many teams with their running:  Dan Wiggins (STAB), Lindy Bain (WAHS), Lance Weisend (AHS), Carin Ward (WAHS), Jerry Jared (Blue Ridge), Al McLearen (Madison), Buz Male (Miller), Matt Shields (Monticello), Charlie Souter (Covenant) & Beth Purcell (Louisa).

We wish all of our CTC harriers the best of luck with their hill and dale racing.  The season opens September 1st with the 19th running of the Ragged Mountain Cup.  The cup is a 4x2 mile x-country relay over the lush paths of Panorama Farms in Earlysville.  All 16 area schools will be on hand.  Other area races of note include the FUMA Invitational on September 11 and the AHS Invitational on October 9th.

Volunteer Call

With over 45 local races a year we sure could use some help.  If everyone that ran in the races volunteered at just one event a year, we would have plenty of volunteers.  Give us a call today if you’re available for any of these upcoming events.  Thanks!

  • September 11 – Pepsi 10K – Ivy – 25 volunteers needed – Call Carol at 972-7662
  • September 26 – CTC Trash Pickup – 10 volunteers needed – Call Jay at 295-5029
  • October 2 – Buck Mountain ½ Marathon – 25 volunteers needed – call Frances at 982-2344
  • October 9 – AHS Invitational 8 volunteers needed – Call Mark at 293-3367
  • October 30 – First Night Virginia 5K – Call 975-8269
  • November 6 – Ten Miler Training Program Begins – Captains needed – Call Vickie at 924-1632

Ten Miler Training Program Captains Needed

Once again the CTC will be hosting its oldest training program to prepare those wishing to complete their first Ten Miler or for others hoping to improve on a previous effort.  Last year over 335 folks participated in the program.  To help efficiently manage that large number of folks we had several (30) “CTC Long Run Captains,” who helped guide the newcomers on their Saturday long runs.  Vickie Marsh, who has kindly offered to once again serve as the long run coordinator, and I are looking for folks to help with this important job.  You need not be an experienced coach, only an experienced runner who has a desire to help those looking to improve.  Last year most captains only had to head up four or five Saturday long runs.  Please call Vickie at 924-1632 if you can lend a hand in giving back to the sport at this fun and worthwhile level.  This program is scheduled to start on Saturday, November 6th.

Group Speed Workouts

 The CTC is hosting weekly speed workouts.  The workouts are designed to help anyone wishing to improve their ling distance (10K +) race pace and are open to anyone who has previous racing experience.  The group meets every Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. at the UVA track.  Call 293-3367 for more information about getting specifics regarding the individual workouts.

Rivanna River Trails Celebration Saturday October 2nd; 9 – 11 AM; Charlottesville’s Riverview Park 

The Rivanna Trails Foundation and the City and County Parks Departments invite the public to come celebrate the opening of new trails on both sides of the river with fun and games for all ages. Come ready to hike, run, rollerblade, ride your bike or scooter, pull a wagon, push a stroller, or cross the river in a canoe ferry. Watch local media for details, or email Diana Foster at





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