Running Shorts

November 2007

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

The Club has come out of the blocks fast and hard this fall at a clip of at least one race per week.  Add to that the convergence of three, yep, three training programs and you’ve got one busy time!  In October alone, we’ve had 7 area races plus two major high school and Collegiate X-Country races.  Whew!  And through it all our members have shined as dozens have pitched in and helped keep these events organized at the quality level folks have come to expect from a CTC event.

And behind the scenes folks like Chris Samley (CTC Webmaster), Chuck Lascano (CTC Equipment Manager), Andrew Zapanta (CTC Vice President), Chip Hopper (CTC Registrar), Lyle Henofer (CTC Insurance) and Jennifer Bauerle (CTC Treasurer) keep the big wheels of this great running organization rolling!  We’re grateful for their hard volunteer work, for without them our events would not enjoy the same level of success.  If you happen to run into any of these folks please give them a big pat on the back.  

And they serve as an inspiration for all of us to get involved beyond racing in this great running community.  Giving back can be so satisfying.  Just ask anyone who has ever volunteered.  I’ll see you out there!

Happy Trails,


Volunteer Call

I need over 25 volunteers to help with Turkey Trot race day logistics.  Please call us at 293-6115 as we would really appreciate the help on November 22nd.  As always, all of the proceeds (close to $20,000 last year) will be passed along to the Children’s Hospital at UVA.  This is one of the club’s largest events of the year and a solid CTC volunteer force is needed.  Thanks!

2008 Ten Miler Date Set

Alice and Dan Wiggins recently announced the date for the 33rd running of the area’s most fabled footrace.  The 2008 Charlottesville Ten Miler will start at 7:45AM on the 29th of March.  Entry forms will be available in November.  Call Race Headquarters at 293-6115 for more details on this special race.

Ten Miler Training Program Kicks Off

The Club kicked off its running training program on the 3rd of November and once again a pile of folks have signed up to participate in this annual ritual to get folks through the winter to the finish line of our oldest and most storied race, the Charlottesville Ten Miler.  The 20th edition of this popular training program features 4 different group levels ranging in mileage for folks who aren’t currently running to those used to hitting the pavement for 6 or more miles.

For the 8th straight year Vickie Marsh will serve as my program assistant and she has once again assembled a cast of 40 captains, who will help guide our program participants through the next 5 months.  The program is still open and we invite any of you, no matter your ability, to join us at 8:00AM on Saturdays outside the UVA track for our weekly group run. 

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Members on the Run

  • Some of our members reached major birthday milestones in recent months.  These milestones will significantly impact age groups at area races in the coming year:  Pam Balcke (45), Mike Cassity (40), Lee Coppock (40), Bill Duxbury (50),  Natalie Krovetz (50), John Pollock (60), Linda Ostrander (50), John Post (60), Roger Reynolds (40), Ed Russell (50) and Burkhard Spiekermann (50).  Happy Birthday!
  • Congrats to our CTC gladiators, who finished the Marine Corps Marathon in style on the 28th of October:  Sadie Simmons, Joe Milby, Charlie Heaton, George and Karen Rich, Michael Stadinsky, Megan Hammond and Michael Hanshew.
  • Another crew battled the brutal heat (85 degrees) at the Steamtown Marathon earlier in October including Joan Bienvenue, Glen Anderson,  and TJ and Lauri Wilson.
  • Longtime CTC member Dan Monohan is encouraging all area runners to give the grass paths of Panorama a try on November 17th for the 3rd annual Kelly Watt Memorial RunMonohan will once again be serving as director for this beautiful two mile romp over hill and dale.  Come on out and support the Watt family, the Albemarle kids and the memory of one of our most beloved runners, Kelly Watt.
  • Volunteer Director Cynthia Lorenzoni and her Women’s Four Miler Race Committee recently passed along $230,000 to the Breast Care Center at UVA.  This phenomenal amount represents the largest amount ever raised and donated from any event in the history of Virginia Road Racing.  The CTC thanks all of the women who helped to raise this record amount as it will go towards helping so many cancer survivors.  Thanks and way to go!
  • CTC member Samantha Stafford continues to make great strides for the UVA Women’s X-Country team, as she has been running between #3 and #4 for them all autumn and she made a significant contribution at the ACC Championships at Panorama Farms in late October.  Way to go, Sam!

At the Races

Pepsi 10K, September 15, 2007

This year’s running of this popular late summer event represented the largest 10K field ever assembled for an area race, as close to 400 runners blanketed Owensville Road.  This huge field helped vault this beneficiary event for the Special Olympics into the top 8 largest races in the area (there are 55 area races held annually).  Thanks to an all out promotion effort by Dave Zentmeyer and the organizational efforts of veteran volunteer director Carol Finch, this edition of this 24 year old race was one of the best to date.

Jason Buczyna was the first club member to cover the rolling course as he finished 2nd overall in 34:45.  Burkhard Spiekermann (35:56) and Hernan Garbini (36:00) continued their friendly age group rivalry as they were the next two CTC members into the chutes.  Fellow CTC member Joe Milby helped to round out this CTC 45-49 tandem, as he clocked an impressive 37:13.

CTC ace Eliza O’Connell legged out her first outright victory of the season with an impressive 39:19 clocking.  Lise Willingham was the next CTC finisher across the line as she also won her age group in 43:36. And speaking of age group champions, CTC members grabbed a pile of blue ribbons in their respective categories including Charlie Heaton (25-29), Leisa Gonnella (35-39), Rick Kwiatkowki (40-44) and Skip Mullaney (60-69).

Several other members had notable outings on this crisp and unseasonably cool late summer morning.  Richard Young, Jeff Stafford, Ed Russell, Jason Braunstein, Tom Wolanski, Chris Peterson, Jeff Cloud, Jim Bell, Kenny Ball, Tonya Jankunis, Ky Lindsay, Julia Bellis, Melissa McDowell, Frank Somerville, Jerri Emm, Bruce Schirmer, Noelle Davis, Sharon Balint, John Neill, Donna Charlebois, Jim Firster, Chuck Schmutz, Jim Hackett, and Sarah Defries all had excellent 6.2 mile runs.  

Clark School 5K, September 22, 2007

Only in its sophomore year, the Clark School 5K has already established itself as one of the area’s most popular runs of the fall racing season.  Wonderfully organized by the Hills and an army of Clark parents and teachers, this fun run offers the runners an up close and personal tour of beautiful Belmont.

For the first time in many years a woman was the first CTC member into the chutes as club veteran Pam Balcke clocked an impressive 21:25 over the challenging course.  Her time was good enough to take home the double distinction of first female and first club member!  Kevin Cox, who finished 16th overall, was the first CTC male across the line.

CTC members had impressive showings in their respective age groups including the following club speedsters who took home blue ribbons:  Kiyoko Asao-Rogosta (45-49), George Gillies (55-59), Sharon Balint (50-54), Linda Scandore (55-59), Harry Freestone (80+) and Cindy Eichelkraut (60-64).

Other CTC times of note on this humid morning over a hilly but scenic course were clocked by the following members:  Rocket Roberts, Bill and Laurie Duxbury, Harold Workman, Joan Van Dyken, Janet Posner, Trish Foley, John O’Neill, Rob Van Dyken, Susan Dedinger, Leah Connor, Kate Kohn, Chris Peterson, Rich Barnett, Ned Michie, Teresa Payne, Kimberly Parsons and Karen Olson.

All total over 225 folks participated in this beautifully organized fund raiser for one of the area’s finest schools. 

Buck Mountain Half Marathon, October 13, 2007

The club’s annual retro/throwback run was a rousing success as over 100 runners participated in this low key but organized “old-fashioned” 13.1 mile run.  Heidi Johnson did a great job in her 5th year of helping to direct this popular fall event and she was helped by a pile of CTC folks including Carol Finch, Bob Wilder, Mark Newell, Peggy Mowbray, Bev Wispelwey, Sophie Speidel, Lisa Kwiatkowski, Glen Anderson, Dan Hennicke, and a great group of CTC water and course volunteers.

Club racers were also out in force as the CTC seemed to dominate just about every age category.  Former Western Albemarle standout Dave Miller, who now resides in D.C., clocked an impressive 1:14:36 to take top honors.  He was quickly followed by a trio of CTC runners Jason Buczyna (1:18:09), Hernan Garbini (1:22:56, new age group record) and Rick Kwiatkowski (1:24:06). Kristen Keller was the first CTC female finisher as she scored an impressive 1:35:57 (good for 4th overall). 

Other CTC times of note over this beautiful but hilly Free Union course were clocked by Mike Standiskey (1:32:25), Sophie Speidel (1:36:58), Ky Kindsey (1:44:21), Chris Sica (1:45:54), Charlie Heaton (1:45:51), Bruce Schirmer (1:52:18), Sheila Blackford (2:00:13), Mike Cassity (1:49:27), Hallie Hegemier (1:46:41), Scott Smith (1:30:23), Wendy Golden (2:11:07), Jamie Leonard (2:12:10), Dianne Rossin (2:09:34), Kevin Lynch (2:14:57), Jeanine Wolanski (1:47:58), and Brian Bartholomew (1:35:13).  These are just a few of the club folks who did a great job of conquering this challenging 13.1 mile course.

The entrants were overly generous and enabled Johnson and her corps of CTC volunteers to donate over $1,400 to the Piedmont Family YMCA for their new building fund.  What a great combo:  Excellent racing for an excellent cause!

Blue Ridge Burn 5K and 10K Trail Run, October 20, 2007

Veteran CTC race director Carol Finch took the helm for the 2nd time in a little over a month as she helped to safely guide close to 200 trailblazers over some of the area’s most challenging yet beautiful soft surface paths.  Hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors and dubbed “the burn” because of the difficult terrain and footing, this event has become the area’s premier trail race. 

CTC members took two of the top three spots over the long course.  Former Western Albemarle and William & Mary harrier standout Charlie Hurt was on familiar turf as he was the first out of the woods (38:39).  Former Burn champion Burkhard Spiekermann, racing for the first time as a 50 year old, finished 3rd overall.  Kristen Keller made it a sweep for the club trail toppers, as she grabbed the women’s blue ribbon in 48:52.

Mike Herrick helped the CTC cause as he scored an impressive 36 second victory in the 5K race (19:57).  Western ace Noaa Spiekermann was the first CTC female out of the woods. 

Normally known as a road hugger group, the CTC showed up in force to traverse the challenging trails of beautiful Walnut Creek Park. Over the short course, clubsters Pattie Clevenson (1st, 50-59), Natalie Krovetz (2nd 50-59) and Sharon Balint (3rd 50-59) dominated their age division and over the long course Anthony Nappi, Evan Williams, Stephen Rouse, David Rapp, Matt Hegemier, John Jones, Latrina Candia, Pattie Coffin, Sophie Speidel, and Larry Rouse were among the CTC harriers who had solid races. 

A big tip of the cap to Finch and her fine corps of volunteers on yet another excellent set of trail races offered to those soft surface lovers. 

The Chocolate Chase, October 20, 2007

Veteran masters CTC racers Skip Mullaney and Wendell Golden showed that they can direct a dandy of a race too.  In their debut at the helm of a brand new race the CTC duo scored a big one as over 250 folks participated in the first ever Chocolate Chase 5K.

Starting and finishing at the first United Methodist Church on Jefferson, the runners traversed over the hills of downtown Charlottesville on a scenic but challenging course.

A pile of former UVA X-Country stars, who were in town for James Atchison and Cheryl Carr’s wedding, dominated the top 30 as they took 20 of those top spots, including the overall male (Kevin McHale) and female (Cheryl Carr, the bride-to-be) positions! CTC speedster Chris Samley was the first member into the chutes as he finished 5th overall in 18:38.  Roger Reynolds, who recently turned 40, was the 2nd CTC finisher (10th overall) in 19:23 and Tom Wolanski rounded out the CTC top 3 with a 20:17 clocking.  Lise Willingham was the first CTC female to cover the course (21:17) and she was quickly followed by fellow members Pam Balcke (21:49) and Jeanine Wolanski (23:07).  This is the first time in recent memory that all six of the top 3 men and women were in the 40-49 age bracket!

Other notable CTC times were turned in by the following card carrying members:  Richard Young, Mary Clare Smith (1st 50-54), Kevin Cox (1st 55-59), Wendy Golden (1st 55-59), Connie Friend (1st 60-64), Armand Zambardi (1st 70-79), Nancy Fraser (1st 70-79), Harry Freestone (1st 80+), Emily Smith, Peter Balcke (1st 12 & under), Charlie Jenkins, Cathy Wicks, Kristine Willingham, Bette Dzamba, Sarah Isham, Susan Nelson, Kim Parsons, Amy Stewart, Diddy Morris, Steve Nelson, Tara Friedman and Diane Rosin.

One of the highlights of the day was all of the dollars were raised for a bevy of wonderful area not-for-profit causes.  Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Mullaney and Golden and their great corps of volunteers and to all the participants, the Chocolate Chase was a rousing success and looks to be a new fixture on the fall race calendar.




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