Running Shorts

October 2005

Mark Lorenzoni

Heidi Johnson

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Alice Wiggins

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Bev McCoid

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Michelle Bushrow

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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

What a busy end to the summer we’ve had as a club and we have a lot to be proud of.  Several of our members helped coordinate, direct, organize, or volunteer at events for five, count ‘em, five straight weekends.  From the Chicken Run, to the Youth Triathlon, to the Women’s Four Miler, to the Ragged Mountain Cup and finishing up with the Pepsi 10K, dozens of members were on hand to support the overall integrity and organizational quality of these popular events.  The events entertained over 3,000 folks and helped to raise much needed dollars for several area causes.

This is my 23rd year as your editor and I can’t remember a time when we’ve had more volunteer participation.  Thanks to all of you volunteers for helping the CTC make such a positive impact on the running community.  You’re great!

And speaking of positive influence, we owe a big pat on the back to Joan Esposito and her army of volunteers who successfully guided several hundred newcomers through a hot summer of training to their first footrace. 

But there’s no rest for the CTC as President Pete York and our Board of Directors have a bunch more on tap for the fall.  Three training programs criss-crossing in October, the popular Buck Mountain Half Marathon and its new 10K event and the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving are just a few of the several events the CTC has in store for the running community, in the next few months.

And, as always, we couldn’t succeed without your help (see the volunteer opportunities inside this month’s issue for ways you can contribute).  Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at the races.

Happy Trails,   Mark

In the Long Run…A Message from the President

It’s been almost a month and I am still in awe of what happened at the Women’s 4-Miler.  The specifics have been documented in this newsletter and in the Daily Progress, but I feel the need to add my own two cents.

First of all, the training program deserves its own recognition.  The quality of the training and the sheer numbers of women that it serves are amazing.  Next, I have never seen a packet pick-up that was done as efficiently or as professionally.  Over 2,000 women were able to pick up their numbers in just a few hours with virtually no hitches.  

If you are a veteran of packet pick-up at big races, you know this is the exception rather than the rule.  And, then there was the race itself.  From the parking to the refreshments to the prizes to the awards to the finish line—all of it went off flawlessly.  Of course, the amount of money raised—more than $100,000—is amazing also.

But the most meaningful part of the 4-Miler was the joy of giving, the selflessness, the true spirit of pitching in for a good cause, the camaraderie, that permeated the whole event.  I was proud of our community, and I was proud of our club.  The Women’s 4-Miler showed the Charlottesville running community at its best.

 Peter York, CTC President

CTC Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program Long Run Schedule

Remaining long group run schedule (for those training for a fall marathon or half marathon) – meet at 6:30AM.  All Welcome!

October 22nd and October 29th Dick Woods Road (10-21 mile range)

 CTC’s Ten Miler Training Program to Kickoff

For the 18th straight year the CTC will be hosting the area’s original Training Program.  On October 29th, the track club will kickoff training for those novices looking to run their first Ten Miler or for veterans looking to improve on a previous effort.  Thanks to the efforts of superstar volunteer Vickie Marsh, who will be my right hand assistant again, and several CTC captains, the program will be divided into 4 or 5 different groups based on folk’s current training levels.  Last year we had over 300 folks participate in the program and we had close to 40 captains help out throughout the winter. 

If you’d like to participate in the training program, please join us on October 29th at 8:30AM outside the UVA track.  If you’d like to serve as a captain (we only ask for a 2 or 3 Saturday obligation throughout the entire 24 weeks), please call Vickie at 924-1632 or myself (Mark) at 293-3367.  We really appreciate our fellow member’s help!

Members on the Run

  • Veteran CTC roadster Rob Stewart took to the streets of Ireland earlier this summer and redefined the term “water stop” as he took a break, in the middle of one of his runs, at the Guinness Brewery
  • Longtime CTC member Wendell Golden reached yet another big milestone, as the ageless roadster celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this summer.
  • Many of our members made the trek down 64 to the Rock and Roll ½ Marathon in Virginia Beach on Labor Day weekend including Wayne Kotania, Ross Goldman, Ky Lindsay, George Stone, Nancy Tan, Leah Craig, Lisa Draine, Colleen Bucher, Sarah Isham, Kathy Morris, Jeanne Densmore, Neal Ammerman, Paul Gibson, and Gale Gibson.
  • Several of our members had excellent outings at the X-Terra Triathlon in late August at Walnut Creek Park.  Go to for complete results
  • Congrats to CTC member Janet Herman, who was the champion personal fund raiser for this year’s Women’s Four Miler.  Janet, who is a recent cancer survivor and longtime runner, had over 120 friends and family help her raise over $7,000.  Way to go, Janet!
  • A big congrats to CTC member Jay Byrnes, who recently completed his first ultra-marathon, The Great Eastern 50K Trail Run.  Byrnes fared quite well as he finished in the upper half of the field.
  • The CTC women had a great showing at the Virginia Happy Trails Women’s Half-Marathon Trail Run.  Hitting the trails (some quite literally!) were Sophie Speidel, Beth Kehler, Ellie Summer, Jennifer Bauerle, Wendy Huber, Jean Gratz, and Alice Wiggins.

VHTRC Women's 1/2 Marathon Trial Run 

Alice Wiggins, Jennifer Bauerele, Jean Gratz, Sophie Speidel 

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Chicken Run Five Miler (August 20, 2005)

Veteran CTC Race Director John Lloyd played host to one of the largest crowds in this race’s illustrious history as close to 130 runners completed the challenging hills of this summer classic.  The race, which features an out and back course that undulates over some of North Garden’s most scenic country roads, has entertained hearty runners since the summer of 1982 and has always been co-hosted by the CTC and the hardworking guys of the North Garden Fire Department.

Burkhard Spiekermann, one of the most consistent roadsters over the past decade, was the first CTC runner across the finish line, as the 47 year old finished 3rd overall and stopped the clock at 29:35.  The CTC submasters duo of Lee Coppock (31:46) and Roger Reynolds (32:03) rounded out the top 3 finishers for the club.  In the women’s division, CTC speedster Beth Cottone easily out legged the rest of the field as she zipped along the course in 33:27.  Kristen Keller (36:08) and Heidi Johnson (36:15) rounded out the top 3 for the CTC women. 

Despite the heat and humidity, several club members had successful battles with what many runners feel is one of the toughest race courses in the area.  Some of these folks scored blue ribbon performances in their respective age groups:  Rollin Stanton (55-59), Cal Fowler (65-69), Jeanmarie Bantz (40-44), Jerry Jared (50-54), Kate Owen (30-34), Jack Schmid (70-79), Beth Schmid (55-59), Wendell Golden (80+) all grabbed first place.

Other CTC times of note were clocked by George Gillies (41:31), Tim Gathright (39:12), Brian Keena (38:23), Charlie Souter (35:06), Roger Barron (50:07), Neal Ammerman (52:06), Andrew Hersey (37:28) and Michelle Huston (37:01).

Charlottesville Youth Triathlon (August 28, 2005)

Thanks to the excellent efforts of CTC members Scott and Mary Claire Smith and their hard working race committee, the second annual Youth Triathlon was a great success.  All of the parents I talked to after the event felt it was a first class event and well organized from start to finish.  The event takes place in and around the clubhouse at Forest Lakes South and, thanks to several dozen experienced volunteers, all of the participants were in safe hands throughout the event. 

Several CTC members had successful outings including Thomas Densmore, Anthony Gonella, Mary Kate Smith, Nicole Densmore, Emily Smith, Joseph Gonnella, Ben Merrel, Peter Owen, Leah Foley, Gavin Ratcliffe, Dylan Ferrer, Sean Raynor, Adrian Sitler, and Luke Robbins.

Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler (September 3, 2005)

Way back in 1983 when the CTC kicked off the inaugural running of the area’s first ever all-women’s race, who would have ever imagined that it would someday grow into the largest all-women’s event in the state with over 2,000 participants and raising $100,000 for a worthy area cause?  Well, that’s just what the CTC pulled off thanks to the efforts of race director Cynthia Lorenzoni, her veteran race committee, and 350 race day volunteers!

Many of those race committee members and race day volunteers come from the ranks of the CTC including hardworking folks like Jim Bell, Carol Finch, Nancy Fraser, Dave Lasch, Joanne and Ian Rogol, John Lloyd, Bob Wilder, Bette Dzamba, Frances Hersey, Kathy Thomas, Melba Atkinson, Kerry Gardner, Dave Murphy and his daughters, and so, so many others.  And how could the day get rolling without the leadership of Rollin Stanton and his army of 65 pre-dawn parking volunteers?  His gang parked close to 3,000 cars over the rolling lawns of the beautiful Foxfield property in a little less than 90 minutes...  may be a Charlottesville record!

Many CTC women absolutely tore up the course on this beautiful late summer morning starting with Andrea Wright (25:22) and Elizabeth Cottone (25:35), who finished 2nd and 3rd overall and led 3 other CTC women into the top 10:  Nicola Ratcliffe (5th), Kara Flavin (8th), and Emily Bascom (9th).

Many of our members won their age groups starting with the speedy Sachi Ragosta, who took home her 2nd straight age division crown.  Other CTC blue ribbon age group winners included Emily Bascom (20-24), Bridget Donaldson (30-34), Jeanmarie Bantz (40-44), Mary Napoleon (60-64), Nancy Fraser (65-69), Nicola Ratcliffe (35-39), and Linda Wells (55-59).  Other CTC races of note were recorded by folks like Jenny Blair, Kristen Keller, Heidi Johnson, Michelle Huston, Missi Brown, Leisa Gonnella, Krista Coppock, Jeanine Wolanski, Jennifer Ackerman, Marit Gay, Karen Loftus, Kiyoko Asao-Ragosta, Bev Wispelway, Linda Scandore, Pam Stratos, Patty Roberts, Natalie Krovetz, Nancy Spekman, Sandy Derr, Susan Riddle, Lise Willingham, Nicole Yarbrough, Rachel Horsley, Becky Williams, Barbara Armacost, Julie Baker, and Lauri Wilson.  These and many, many other members scored impressive races at this popular event. 

Also out on the course were dozens of Mother/Daughter duos including several from the ranks of the CTC including the Purcell’s, Alice Handy and her daughters Abby and Jenny, the Spiekermann’s, the Bascom’s, the Kwiatkowski’s, Janet Herman and Amelia Sitler, Mary Claire and Emily Smith, the Golden’s and the Stinette’s.

Many of us old-timers in the club continue to be in awe of the incredible growth of this amazing event and thank everyone who participated as a runner or volunteer in making this year’s race such a success. 

Pepsi 10K (September 10, 2005)

The area’s largest 10K race is also one of the best organized and runs over one of the best courses in the county.  Thanks to the excellent race coordinating efforts of veteran director Carol Finch and the continued support of the CTC and the fine folks from our area Special Olympics, over 200 runners were treated to a dandy of a race.

The racers traverse a safe and beautiful gently rolling course that starts and finishes at the legendary Meriwether Lewis School on Owensville Road in Ivy.  One of the only pitfalls of the scenic course is a gently downhill first mile that annually tempts many of the racers out to a very quick first split.  Despite the quick start, many of our members adjusted quite nicely and ran steady runs enroute to excellent finishing times.  Charlie Hurt (2nd overall in 34:36), Burkhard Spiekermann (4th in 36:26) and Mike Herrick (9th in 38:46) were the top 3 CTC members across the finish line and Beth Cottone (2nd overall in 40:07), Dawn Herrick (4th in 42:48) and Kristen Keller (6th in 42:56) were the top 3 CTC women into the chutes.  Many members scored impressive wins in their respective age groups including Spiekermann (45-49), Rick Kwiatkowski (40-44), Anthony Nappi (30-34), Cal Fowler (60-69), Peggy Mowbray (50-54), Roger Barron (70+) and Kerry Hendrix (40-44).

Many members claimed that with a nice cool morning and a favorable course, they were able to cruise to a solid finish.  Folks like Chris Sica, Dave Krovetz, Leisa Gonnella, Andrew Zapanta, Scott Smith, Michelle Huston, Joan Bienvenue, Andrew Hersey, Bobby Stokes, Barclay Bright, George Gillies, Chris Hays, Jim Horstkotte, Phil Halapin, Noelle Davis, Mark Newell, Jerry Emm, Dan Dunsmore, Vickie Marsh, Sharon Balint, Neal Ammerman, and Harry Freestone were among those who scored excellent times at this year’s Pepsi event. 

Finch and her volunteers are to be commended for hosting such a well-organized event, now in its 22nd year, and all of it benefiting our friends at Special Olympics.

Volunteer Call

Not a newsletter issue goes by without me asking for you, my fellow members help in keeping our area races at the highly organized level our CTC events enjoy.  There’s not a CTC race director that will tell you they could pull it off without your help.  Our first class events come about because of the first class volunteer corps.  Won’t you consider giving back as a volunteer?  As always, no expense is necessary as we love to give you instant on the job training!  Simply call the number next to any of the races you would like to volunteer at. Many thanks!

October 15th    15-20 volunteers needed for The Buck Mountain 10K & Half Marathon.  Call Frances at 982-2344.

October 22nd   10 volunteers needed for the Blue Ridge Burn 5K & 10K at Walnut Creek Park.  Call Carol at 972-7662.

October 29th    35 captains needed to help a couple times between November and March for the Ten Miler Training Program.  Call Vickie at 924-1632 or Mark at 293-3367.

November 24th   25 volunteers needed for the Boars Head Turkey Trot 5K:  9:00AM at Ednam Forest.  Call Mark at 293-3367.

December 4th  25 volunteers needed for the Men’s Four Miler Race.  Call Mark at 293-3367.




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