Running Shorts

September 2008

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...  a tribute to our dear friend, Carol Finch

No person within our running community has given more to our sport over the past 25 years than our very own Carol Finch.  During that span, the amazing Finch has volunteered either as a race director or results coordinator at no less than a 1,000 area races or running oriented activities.  These events, in turn, very much in part to Carol’s efforts, have passed along donations in the vicinity of $2.5 million to area causes.  No one has devoted more time, expertise and energy to make our experiences as CTC runners and race directors that much more positive. 

Now it’s time for all of us to collectively focus our prayers, thoughts and favors to Carol, who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.  Carol means so much to us, so as her longtime friend and fellow race director I ask all of you to join me in pulling for her.  We’re cheering for you, Carol!


Note:  Fellow CTC member Alice Wiggins is coordinating the club’s efforts to help Carol with meals, etc.  Please contact Alice at (day) 220-3351, (evening) 977-0641, or

More Than a Running Club

During a recent morning post-run coffee with some of my running crew, I had heard about Carol Finch’s medical condition. I didn’t realize the severity of her condition until I read an e-mail from an out of town CTC member, who asked me to send a request to those that know Carol in the running community to ask for to rally around Carol and assist her during this time. Within hours of sending an e-mail to people within the CTC that have worked with Carol over the years, word spread like a ripple made by a pebble thrown into water. A couple specific and immediate needs were met in a short time period! This is a perfect way to serve someone who has served the CTC in so many ways over the years. This instance showed me the strength of our running community…we are more than a running club!

 One upcoming race that Carol has been a big part of is the Pepsi 10K. In recent years, she has served as race director. Due to her current condition, she has handed the race director’s hat to John Lloyd and Jay Wilderman (both experienced race directors from CTC races). What better way to brighten Carol’s day by volunteering at the Pepsi 10K if you’re not running the race! Or if you are running this race, why not help out before you run? Believe me, it can be done! If you are able to volunteer on race day, please contact John Lloyd at or call him at 295-5693.

Andrew Zapanta, CTC President

Volunteer Call - CTC Fall Training Programs Need “Captains”

Fall signals the kickoff of two of our club hosted training programs and I’m looking for captains to help me with either.  The success of these popular programs relies heavily on my fellow members volunteering as “captains”, which simply means you help by running with our program participants and designing the course to run on for that specific Saturday. 

Most captains only have to help out on a few Saturdays but it all hinges on how many folks sign up to help... the more CTC captains we have the fewer Saturdays one needs to volunteer. No previous coaching experience is necessary... all we ask for is your enthusiasm and willingness to help newcomers get safely and positively involved with our sport.

Contact Information to volunteer: 

1         Men’s Four Miler Training Program – kicks off October 4th; call Mark at 293-3367 or Bill Duxbury at 566-9824 or at

2         Ten Miler Training Program – kicks off October 25th; call Mark at 293-3367 or Cathie Branchaud at 295-6286

We couldn’t host these successful programs without your help... please call today! In addition to our two fall training programs, we need help for some other area running events.  Please give Mark a call if you’re able to lend a hand.  Thanks!

Oct 11          AHS Invitational

10 volunteers needed (293-3367)

Nov 27         Turkey Trot 5K

25 volunteers needed (293-3367)

Dec 6           Men’s Four Miler

12 volunteers needed (293-3367)

CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Group Update This summer’s long distance training program has been a huge success thus far as close to 175 folks have made it through the first phase of the program.  The group will continue to meet on Saturdays (at 6:30AM starting on the 20th) for their group runs.  I want to personally thank fellow members Joan Bienvenue and Alec Lorenzoni for serving as volunteer assistants this summer!  

CTC Members on the Run

CTC multi-sport ace Becky Keller continued her torrid summer with an impressive showing at the Nautica Triathlon in NYC.  Keller finished 12th overall out of 1,064 women and kicked it off with a swim in the Hudson River.  In mid-August Keller finished 1st overall in the “Northeast” Triathlon in Maryland.  Next stop:  Italy for the World Championships in September!

Out of town CTC feats: 

  • CTC President Andrew Zapanta scored an impressive 5K time in Redondo Beach, California in July as he finished 190th out of 2,100 at the Village Runner 4th of July 5K;
  • Stephanie and Louis Tanner had excellent race efforts in Tasmania at the Launceston 10K in July;
  • CTC speedster Barry Young and Lise Willingham led a pile of fellow members across the finish line at the Carl Tribastone 5K in mid-August.  Close to 400 folks ran in this memorial run making it the area’s largest 5K of the busy summer racing circuit.
  • CTC summer postcards from around the world:  The Johnsons ( San Francisco ), the Lorenzonis ( Oregon ), Julia Bellis ( Italy ), the Smiths ( Germany & Austria )

4th of July 5K
The CTC hosts several holiday races throughout the year and this popular event always draws one of the largest 5K fields of the summer.  This year was no different as close to 250 competitors crossed the finish line after an undulating tour of the Forest lakes neighborhoods. CTC member George Heeschen, who will be competing in his last collegiate X-Country season this fall, led the CTC contingency into the chutes as he clocked an impressive 17:10.  He was quickly followed by a pile of speedy master’s road burners:  Hernan Garbini (6th in 17:22), Chris Samley (8th in 17:29) and Burkhard Spiekermann (9th in 17:37). Dawn Herrick was the first CTC female finisher as she ran an impressive 21:02 to finish 2nd.  Fellow members Lise Willingham (6th in 21:33), Pam Balcke (7th in 21:50), Leisa Gonnella (9th in 21:58) and Gina Courtney (10th in 22:09) helped round out the top 10. The CTC was, as usual, well represented in the age group medal sweepstakes.  Gold medal winners included Spiekermann (50-54), Mike Stadniskey (17:42, 25-29), Lee Coppock (18:01, 40-44), Skip Mullaney (21:27, 65-69), Willingham (40-44), Balcke (45-49), Bethany Coppock (22:29, 15-19), Wendy Golden (23:49, 55-59), Connie Friend (30:00, 60-64), Roger Barron (31:01, 70-74), Wendell Golden (37:56, 80+). Other CTC times of note over this hilly course were clocked by Tommy Kinstle, Ed Russell, Cal Fowler, Paul Humphreys, Andrew Hersey, Cathy Wicks, Sheila Blackford, George Gillies, Peter Balcke, Doug Bloor, Sharon Balint, Paul Karweik, Adam Slate, Laurie Duxbury, Natalie Krovetz, Neal Ammerman, Sheila Ford, and Michelle Hogan. Longtime CTC member Jay Wildemann once again directed a dandy of an event as things ran smoothly throughout and, as always, all of the proceeds (over $4,000) were donated by the Kiwanis to our friends at Camp Holiday Trails.

Fairview 5K – July 12, 2008
What was once one of the smaller races on the circuit has now grown to be one of the largest races on the summer racing scene.  This year’s edition of the Fairview 5K hosted over 150 runners and thanks to the excellent efforts of veteran volunteer Director Carol Finch and CTC folks like Theresa Coppola and Tom Scala, the event was well organized. CTC summer speedster and collegiate racer George Heeschen (17:34) outkicked fellow CTC rocket man Jason Buczyna (17:36) for the victory.  Quickly improving Master’s runner Hernan Garbini finished 4th overall (17:46) and fellow 46 year old Chris Samley (18:18) rounded out the top 5.  CTC runner Meghan Cloud (21:02) took the blue ribbon on the women’s side and Master’s speedster Lise Willingham took the overall red ribbon for the CTC with a 21:26 clock stopper. Several CTC members stood on the top of the age group podium including Garbini (45-49), Kevin Owen (18:22, 30-34), Tommy Kinstle (21:18, 35-39), Skip Mullaney (21:52, 65-69), Wendy Golden (24:45, 55-59), Kate Collier (26:36, 25-29), Kate Owen (28:03, 30-34), Harold Workman (29:44, 55-59), Nancy Fraser (30:29, 70-74), Connie Friend (30:56, 60-64), Wendall Golden (46:33, 80+). Other impressive CTC races of note were turned in by the following members:  Leah Connor, Anthony Gonnella, Jamie Collins, Kiyoko Asao-Ragosta, Angie McHugh, Natalie Krovetz, and Eleni Heeschen.

As always, all of the proceeds were passed along to one of the Fairview family’s favorite causes, the American Cancer Society.

For more information on these races and other local events, go to the CTC 's website calendar at




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