Running Shorts

November 2005

Mark Lorenzoni

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Alice Wiggins

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Bev McCoid

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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

Wow... what a wonderful fall the club has had thus far!  We had close to a 100 folks successfully graduate from the club’s Marathon Training Program as they completed marathons all over the country and another 300 have already signed up for the 18th edition of the club’s Ten Miler Training Program.  Close to 200 folks were treated to one of the best organized long distance races in Virginia as a trio (Hersey, Huston, and Johnson) of club members hosted the Buck Mountain 10K and Half Marathon and Carol Finch continued to churn out the hits as she directed both the Pepsi 10K and the wild and crazy Blue Ridge Burn.

As things begin to wind down activity-wise, the club looks to the winter for its annual Awards Banquet and before you know it Alice and Dan Wiggins will be turning up the heat for the 31st running of the club’s oldest and most revered event.  So, come on board for a great CTC ride and join in the activities.

Happy Trails,


Volunteer Call

As always, we’re looking for help with several upcoming events.  Our CTC events are widely considered to be some of the best volunteer driven events in the state and without the help of our volunteer directors and our CTC corps of race volunteers these events wouldn’t enjoy such a fine reputation.  Please call the Race Director to lend a hand and, as always, thanks for your help!

January 1st - New Year’s Day 5K:  15 volunteers needed.  Please call Michael Goldman at 295-9153.

Ten Miler Update

Debut Directors Alice and Dan Wiggins have been mighty busy pumping new energy, ideas, and enthusiasm into the area’s most revered road race.  The date has been set (April 1) and entries are now available at (now) or at the shop.  The Wiggins’ are delighted to announce that Madison House, one of the area’s most respected volunteer organizations, will be the recipient of this years proceeds.  The Wiggins’ are seeking 100% participation from our membership this year so we do hope everyone will either run or help on race day.  Stay tuned for more details regarding the granddaddy of them all. 

Ten Miler Training Program Kicks Off

The CTC fired up its original training program (the 18th edition), in late October and close to 300 folks are already signed up and participating.  The group meets every Saturday morning at 8:30AM outside the UVA track for a brief lecture and a group “long” run.  The program is broken into four groups based on folks current training regimens and currently the long runs range from 2-8 miles.  This is one of my favorite volunteer activities and I’m most appreciative for all the help I continue to receive from my assistant Vickie Marsh and the 55 CTC “Captains” who will so kindly “lead” the groups throughout the winter. 

All members are welcome to come out any Saturday throughout the winter.

Members on the Run

  • Close to 200 area runners made the trek to Richmond to do battle with the streets of the popular Richmond Marathon and several members scored impressive outings on what many have described as a gorgeous day.  Tom and Jeanine Wolanski, Bill and Laurie Duxbury, Rick and Lisa Kwiatkowski, Heidi Johnson, Michelle Huston, Pete York, Dan Hennicke, Dawn and Mike Herrick, Craig Sarazin, Kristen Hall, Lauri Wilson, Maggie Thacker, Rex Linville, Elizabeth Olmstead, Carl Wise, Jennifer Bauerle, Michelle Co, Jerri Emm, Henry Reeves, Noelle Davis, Neal Ammerman, Joan Bienvenue, Jean Gratz, Patti Clevenson, Neal Goodloe, Jim Horstkotte, Andrew Zapanta, Lisa Draine, Ky Lindsay, Tim Gable, and Nancy Tan were just some of our fellow members who successfully completed this popular event.  Congratulations! A special congratulation to Sharon Balint of Weyers Cave who completed her first marathon ever at Richmond!
  • Several of our CTC High School coaches gave of their time to help with X-Country programs this Fall and the club would like to publicly pat them on the back for their efforts:  Lee Coppock (Covenant), Charlie Souter (Covenant), Lindy Bain (WAHS), Dan Wiggins (STAB), Alec Lorenzoni (WAHS), Al McLearen (Madison), Jerry Jared (Blue Ridge), and Buz Male (Miller) are to be commended for all the time and energy they “give back” to the sport.
  • And speaking of Al McLearen, here’s wishing this 25 year CTC member all the best as he continues to recover from his recent bout with cancer.  Al, who is a legend up in Madison, has coached X-country and soccer for over 2 decades and is a popular longtime club racer, gave us a thumbs up report and we wish him all the best. 
  • Congrats to Linda Hill, Theresa Coppola, Kim Speer, Alice Fletcher and all of our fellow CTC members who mastered the Marine Corps Marathon.
  • A big tip of the swim cap (or is it the bike helmet) to Mark Robbins, who had a very impressive showing at the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii last month.  Fellow Doc John Post also did battle with the granddaddy of all triathlons.
  • Veteran Race Director Carol Finch added another event to her already full volunteer plate as she recently took on the Valentine’s Partners 5K.  We wanted to take a personal moment to thank Tom Scala, who handed the reigns over to Finch after over a decade of masterfully directing this popular winter holiday run.  Scala is to be commended for his many volunteer hours of service that not only benefited thousands of runners but also helped raise tens of thousands for the fine folks at Amnesty International.  Thanks Tom and best of luck to you, Carol!
  • Talk about a group that practices what it preaches.. .  half of our CTC Board of Directors competed in the Richmond MarathonJim Horstkotte, Jennifer Bauerle, Andrew Zapanta, and President Pete York did us proud over the streets of Richmond.
  • How about our very own Beth Cottone rocketing to a 3:17 performance at the New York City Marathon?   Wow!  Way to go, Beth!

Training Tip of the Month

Now that the temperatures are cooling off it’s even more important to practice the “start out slowly” rule.  The slowest part of your run should be the first 4-8 minutes as this allows you to properly and safely warm up.  Many experts agree that practicing this can be even more efficient for injury prevention than pre-run stretching.  Give it a try if you’re not already enjoying the great feel of a “negative split run.”

Race of the Month

Entries are pouring in for the second running of the Charlottesville Men’s Four Miler, the companion bookend to the popular Women’s Four Miler.  Like last year, all of the proceeds will be forwarded to Prostate Programs at UVA’s Urology Department.  The four mile course starts and finishes at UVA’s Newcomb Hall Plaza and winds in and around the scenic neighborhoods bordering Jefferson’s University. 

Besides the “all-male” concept, another unique aspect of the event is the day and starting time.  The race is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm and should give the runners a warmer experience than last year’s frigid temperatures.  An entry blank is enclosed and race day volunteers are needed.  Call us at 293-3367 for more information on this special race.

At the Races

Charlottesville Catholic School All-Terrain 5K – October 8, 2005

One of the heaviest downpours in recent memory drenched the participants during the 4th running of this popular fun run.  In fact, many veterans claimed that it was the worst rainfall they had ever raced in!  Every finisher was soaked and mud drenched from head to toe as they dragged their water logged running shoes into the chutes.

Despite the challenging conditions, over 125 hearty souls participated and most commented that they had a fun time sloshing through huge puddles and newly created rivers along the course.  CTC ace Chris Samley (18:49) notched another victory as he out legged Mike Toth by less than 10 seconds.  Ten Miler and Four Miler champ Nicola Ratcliffe was the first woman across the line as she clocked an impressive 22:37 over the hilly and soggy course.  Other CTC times of note were turned in by Wendell Golden, Kevin Cox, Rollin Stanton, Don Mathes, Richard Young, Pam Balcke, Bill Balcke, Jonathan Mathes, and George Gillies

Thanks to the support of the participants and sponsors the CCS was able to raise funds for our area Hospice.  Several CTC members assisted Race Director Barb Woodsmall in volunteering, including Bob Wilder and Carol Finch

Buck Mountain 10K and Half Marathon – October 15, 2005

Gorgeous weather, beautiful courses and some of the best organization on the local race circuit greeted the participants at this year’s Buck Mountain event.  All who finished commented that this well organized dandy is one of the best races in the area and much of the credit belongs to the Directors, Frances Hersey, Michelle Huston, and Heidi Johnson.  They treated everyone to a first class event and folks gave this 3rd year event rave reviews.

CTC members scored big in just about every division of both races.  Rick Kwiatkowski was the first club member around the 13.1 mile circuit as he cruised to a 1:27:20, good enough for 5th overall.  Fellow member Andrea Wright also scored a big P.R. (1:29:21) as she topped the women’s field.  CTC age group winners were Scott Smith (45-49), Cal Fowler (60-69), Kiyoko Asao-Rogosta (45-49), Bev Wispelwey/Peggy Mowbray (50-59) and Craig Sarazin (55-59).  Other CTC performances of note over this beautiful course were turned in by Beth Cottone, Tom Wolanski, Dan Hennicke, Kerry Hendrix, Sophie Speidel, Jeanine Wolanski, Glen Anderson, Brian Keena, Patty Roberts, Richard Moon, Phil Halapin, Tim Gable, and Ky Lindsay.

On the short circuit, CTC ace Chris Samley (36:12) continued his winning ways with a 3 minute victory over the 6.2 mile course.  Leisa Gonnella was the first CTC woman across the line as she clocked an impressive 44:12.  CTC members took home blue ribbons in several age groups including Pete Runge (30-39), Jim Bell (60-69), Marcia Kraft-Sayre (50-59), and Roger Barron (70+).  Other quality CTC times on note over the gorgeous 10K course were turned in by Lonnie Murray, Andrew Zapanta, Lisa Kwiatkowski, Jerri Emm, Seth Wood, George Stone, Lisa Draine, Ray Clarke, and Harry Freestone.

All totaled, over 160 folks participated in the two events and all of the proceeds will be passed along to Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville.  Oh, and by the way, despite the name of the event the runners never actually run up Buck Mountain.  In fact, both of the courses are now widely accepted as fair to fast and all of the participants came away saying “they’ll be back!”

 Blue Ridge Burn Train Runs – October 22, 2005

“The Burn”, which is widely considered by many trail enthusiasts to be one of the best organized and enjoyable off-road events of the year, once again lived up to its reputation.  A record crowd of over 150 participants quickly but cautiously negotiated the tricky trails of Walnut Creek.  A pre-dawn rain made the footing that much more challenging, but most finished with a smile. 

CTC veteran volunteer Carol Finch along with the fine folks at Blue Ridge Outdoors treated the trekkers to a dandy of an event as 66 folks chose the 5K route and another 92 took the “long” way home (10K).    CTC speedster Becky Keller was the first muddied woman into the 5K chutes with a stellar 21:00 clocking and Kevin Lake (19:05), who finished 2nd overall, was the first CTC male out of the woods.

Other CTC races of note over the slippery but scenic 5K course:  Evan Karweik, Pete Runge, Natalie Krovetz, George Gillies, Krista Coppock, Candy and Monty Montero, and Ali Brent

On the 10K side of things, trail veteran Burkhard Spiekermann was the first CTC finisher in an impressive 41:22 time, easily good enough to win his age group (by over 12 minutes).  Ultra champ Sophie Speidel was the first CTC woman across the line as she was right at home on the hilly and winding trails.  Other 10K CTC notables were Lee Coppock, Richard Young, Rollin Stanton, young Lee Coppock, Dorie McHugh, Bethany Coppock, Charlie Beckum, Phil Halapin, and Andrew Hersey.

 Shelter for Help 5K – November 5, 2005

Longtime CTC volunteer Bette Dzamba calls this one of her favorite events and for so many who agree with her, it’s the “cause” that counts.  One of Charlottesville’s most respected non-profits is the Shelter for Help in Emergency.  Each year, Dzamba volunteers as the Race Director for this well-organized fund raiser for a wonderful cause.

Over 200 folks participated on a gorgeous morning, as they traversed over the steep hills of the scenic downtown neighborhoods.  CTC ace Chris Samley was the highest club finisher with a 2nd place time of 17:10 and Kerry Hendrix did an excellent job of representing the club as she was the first CTC finisher with an impressive 20:58 clock stopper.  Other CTC notables were Marcia Kraft-Sayre, Kevin Cox, Dawn Herrick, Dave Krovetz, Richard Young, Jim Bell, Richard Moon, Roger Reynolds, Chris Earle, Natalie Krovetz, Nancy Fraser, Anna Sas, Candy Montero, Pete Runge, David Rapp, Neal Ammerman, and Cindy Eichelkraut.




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