Running Shorts

October 2004

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A Note from Your Editor

What a September it was for the CTC and the greater Charlottesville running community.  It started with the state’s largest all-women’s event, included a very successful Pepsi 10K and finished with close to 100 folks making a commitment to finish the second and final phase of the CTC’s marathon and ½ marathon training program.

And, as October unfolds we have so many more events on tap for the remaining weeks of fall, including the start of the club’s Ten Miler Training Program and the area’s largest 5K race, the Boar’s Head Turkey Trot.

We extend a big thanks to those who helped at events in the recent weeks, especially those of you who volunteered at the Four Miler.  If you haven’t helped thus far in 2004, now is a great time to give back to the sport you have enjoyed so much.  There are close to a dozen events between now and the end of the year.  Pick a free weekend and give us a call – we sure could use the help!  Thanks!

Happy Trails


Ten Miler Training Program in the Starting Blocks

On November 6th the CTC will kick-off its oldest training program, the 17th edition of the Ten Miler Training program.  Last Year close to 350 folks participated in the program, which prepares people of all abilities to successfully complete the Charlottesville Ten Miler.  These trainers were assigned to one of five different programs based on their level of training coming into the program, including 50 folks who had never run before.  Questionnaires are now available at the shop.  Call 293-3367.

Veteran CTC volunteer workhorse Vickie Marsh will once again serve as my assistant and she’s looking for 35 members to help serve as “captains” for the program.  These captains need only to come out for 2 – 3 Saturdays between November and March to lead a group of folks on a run.  Please call her at 924-1632 if you would be willing to lend a hand by giving back to the sport.  Thanks!

Ten Miler Update

And speaking of the Ten Miler, director C. J. Woodburn has set the date for the 30th running of the big event – April 2, 2005.  This will be Woodburn’s 4th and last time directing this special event and she’s looking for someone to groom and train for next year’s directorship.  If interested give her (979-0603) or CTC president Susan Stewart a call (951-7260).

Volunteer Call

Simply put…our area running events would not be possible without our race day volunteers.  It’s easy and usually most folks agree that it’s fun.  If any of these days are free, please give us a call.  Thanks!

    • Oct. 23 – Blue Ridge Burn 5K/10K – Call Carol at 972-7662
    • Oct. 30 – First Night Virginia 5K – Call 975-8269
    • Nov. 6 – Run for Shelter 5K – Call 963-4676
    • Nov. 6 – Ten Miler Training Program – 35 “captains” needed for 2 – 3 Saturdays between November and March – Call Vickie at 924-1632
    • Nov. 25 – Turkey Trot 5K – Call Mark at 293-3367

    At the Races

    Chicken Run Five Miler 8/21/04

    One of the area’s oldest races celebrated its 23rd edition over the scenic country roads of southern Albemarle.  North Garden resident and longtime CTC volunteer John Lloyd directed a dandy of a late summer event on a typically hot and humid morning.

    Top CTC masters ace Burkhard Spiekermann ran an impressive race to stop the clock first in 29:11.  Former 2-time Ten Miler champ, Richard Ferguson, who now teaches sports psychology at Averett College, finished 2nd and brother Thomas Spiekermann rounded out the top 3 in 30:52.

    CTC speedster Andrea Wright continued her winning ways by grabbing the blue ribbon in 33:23.  She was followed by fellow CTC member Leisa Gonnella  (35:11).  Several CTC members scored wins in their respective age groups:  Lee Coppock (35 – 39), Armand Zambardi (70+), Bill Geurrant (50 – 54), Pete Runge (30 – 34) and Cal Fowler (60 – 69) were all tops in their age groups.

    One of the largest fields ever assembled for this popular race (110) crossed the finish line with a median time of almost 40 minutes.  39 of the finishers came from the ranks of the CTC and several of them had impressive outings over this challenging and hilly out and back gravel road course.  Skip Mullaney, Susan Cain, Ann Peery, George Gillies, Andrew Hersey, Albert Connette, Dan Dunsmore, David Sellers, Bette Dzamba, Anthony Competello, Neal Zimmerman, Mary Fowler, Sarah Katz, Scott Smith, Richard Young and Martin Katz were among those fellow members who did an excellent job at conquering this tough race.

    Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler – 9/04/04

    Well, the CTC finally hit a good weather day for this popular club race as a gorgeous sunrise under cool temperatures greeted the record field of 1,865.  That good weather seemed to help many of the participants as several veteran CTC women commented that it was “the best Four Miler ever.”

    Race director Cynthia Lorenzoni, who was at the helm for her 5th straight Four Miler, agreed that things went well.  She had 260 volunteers who did an excellent job of closing the roads (so the women were treated to an auto-free course), parking cars, working the finish line, handing out water and working on the results.  In fact, over half of the volunteers came from the ranks of the CTC including race committee members Frances Hersey, Rollin Stanton, Carol Finch, Melba Atkinson, Jim Bell, Nancy Fraser, Cindi Conte and Lorenzoni.

    The club continued its incredible fund raising ways as it passed along another $45,000 to the fine folks at the Breast Care Center at UVA.  This brings current 2004 total donated by the CTC to area causes thus far to a stunning $100,000!

    This year’s median time of 11:00 / mile was the slowest in race history but the winning time at 23:48 was almost 90 seconds faster than last year.  Several CTC members had impressive outings, especially in their respective age groups.  The following women scored blue ribbons in their age groups:  Andrea Wright (40 – 44), Jennifer Ackerman (45 – 49), Mary Napoleon (55 – 59), Sachi Ragosta (9 & under), Susan Riddle (60 – 64) and Nancy Fraser (65 – 69).  Wright, who finished 4th overall in 25:37 was the top CTC finisher.  Kristen Keller (10th – 26:44) and Heidi Johnson (12th – 26:46) rounded out the top 3 overall for the CTC.

    Several other CTC members had excellent outings including Kerry Hendrix (27:36), Frances Hersey (29:32), Trish Foley (29:59), Pam Stratos (31:56), Anna Castle (33:25), Kathy Pritchard (33:51), Christine Bushrow (43:06), Gwen Buckley (34:21) Kate Kohn (37:24), Kobby Hoffman (37:32), Rachel Horsley (39:22), Anne Knox (28:40), Diane Snusted(39:46),  Alice Wiggins (41:06), and Ellen Whitener (45:10) were just a few of the several dozen members who came across the finish line with a smile on their face.

    Pepsi 10K – 9/11/04

    Longtime CTC volunteer Carol Finch did her usual excellent job of coordinating the area’s largest 10K race as 220 runners were treated to a well-organized 6.2 event along rolling Owensville Road in Ivy.

    Masters machine Burkhard Spiekermann was the first CTC member into the chutes (2nd overall) in his best outing in months (35:41).  He was quickly followed by fellow CTC Masters speedster Chris Samley, who finished in 35:49.  Lee Coppock, who scored a win in the 35 – 39 group, rounded out the top 3 for the CTC in 37:36.  Lise Willingham, who won her age group 40 – 44, was the first CTC female (and 2nd overall female) in 42:09.  Leisa Gonnella (42:39) and Dawn Zbell (44:31) and Kate Driscoll (44:32) were the next CTC members into the chutes.

    All total close to 25% of the field came from the ranks of the CTC and several of them had solid outings including age group winners Cal Fowler (60-69), Armand Zambardi (70+), Ann Peery (45 – 49) and Kate Kohn (55 – 59), who joined Driscoll, Gonella, Spiekermann, Samley, Willingham and Coppock in the blue ribbon circle.  Other CTC times of note were sprinkled throughout the field including Skip Mullaney, Chris Sica, Rick Kwiatkowski, Glen Anderson, Paul Ferrer, Scott Smith, Dan Dunsmore, Derek Leach, Joan Bienvenue, George Gillies, Henry Reeves, Alice Fletcher, Harry Freestone, Mo Stevens and Wendell Golden.

    Of particular note was Chris Peterson’s impressive two- mile P.R.  Not bad for a veteran CTC runner who has been racing for several years!

    Buck Mountain Half Marathon – 10/2/04

    Many are now calling this local long-distance event one of the best-organized road races in the area and it’s easy to see why.  With a beautiful course with gorgeous views of some of the best scenery in the county, great course monitoring, well-placed water stops, super cool looking t-shirts, great prizes and a most delicious goody tables, most agree that this is a first class event.

    Much of the credit for this stellar quality of this special event lies with the tireless efforts of CTC volunteers Frances Hersey and Heidi Johnson.  In just two short years the race has grown to 120 entrants and this year the duo was able to donate a serious chunk of change to the fine folks at Innisfree and MACAA.

    Thanks to a thick cover of fog the temperatures were cool but humidity was high as the racers worked their way through the roads in and around the village of Free Union.  The race never actually even touches the base of Buck Mountain, but it features a few hills of consequence at 4 ½ and 8 miles.  Many of the racers commented that the course was tough in sections, but overall very fair.

    Several of our members scored impressive age group wins including, Dawn Zbell (20 – 24), Christine Collins (30 – 34), Rick Zimmerman (35 – 39), Jeanine Wolanski (35 – 39), Scott Smith (45 – 49), Cynthia Lorenzoni (45 – 49), Phil Halpin (50 –54), Patti Clevenson (50 – 54) Rollin Stanton (55 – 59) and Henry reeves (60 – 64).

    Gold medal regular Andrea Wright notched yet another 2004 road win with one of her most impressive outings of the year a 1:31:56 clock stopper, which translates to an equally impressive 6:59 / mile pace.

    Other CTC times of note were turned in by David Miller, Lee Coppock, Rick Kwiatkowski, Wayne Kotania, Beth Cottone, Chris Sica, Glen Anderson, Kathleen Walsh and Melba Atkinson.

    Hats off to Hersey, Johnson and their fine crew of volunteers like Dave Lasch, Carol Finch, Peggy Mowbray, Bob Wilder, Vickie Marsh and several others, for a job well done!

    Members on the Run

    • Brian Campbell scored an impressive 79:17 P.R. at the Virginia Ten Miler in Lynchburg in late September. 
    • Longtime member Mike Rettig qualified for the Boston Marathon with an impressive outing at the Jersey Marathon. 
    • Congrats to Kathy Pritchard who successfully completed her first triathlon at the Smith Mountain Lake event in late September. 
    • A special thanks to the Spiekermann family, longtime active CTC members, who recently renewed their family dues at the “Friends” level.
    • A tip of the cap to CTC member Tony Bridges who scored impressive times at recent ultra-marathons.  Bridges finished 5th overall at the Catoctin 50K in Frederick MD in mid-August with in incredible 5:26:21 clocking and he followed that with another 5th place finish at the Great Eastern Endurance Run in early September with an equally impressive 11:45:00. 
    • Lisa Kwiatkowski scored an excellent time of 2:17:54 at her first half-marathon in early September. 
    • Andrew Zapanta and Peggy Mowbray had excellent efforts at the Harrisonburg Half Marathon in September. 
    • Congrats to Laurie Duxbury who smashed her marathon goal time by several minutes with a lickety split 4:09 effort at the Twin Cities Marathon
    • CTC members Phil Halpin and Heidi and Bob Johnson had excellent outings at the Lynchburg Half Marathon in late August.
    • Ann Riddle, daughter of CTC masters ace Susan Riddle, finished 6th at the World Cup 100K Championships in Holland earlier this summer. 
    • After finishing her first Four Miler with a pleasing pace of 12:05 / mile, Rachel Horsley is proud of another finish!  On Sept 25 she ran the Virginia Naturally 5K trail race in Richmond in the James River Park System; and won her first athletic trophy ever, setting a P.R.  She completed the course in 28:53 and placed second in her age group (45 - 49). 





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