Running Shorts

December 2005

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  

As I finish out my 24th year of editing the CTC Newsletter, I find myself looking back at 2005 with satisfaction and pride. We, as a running club, have much to be cheering about. We hosted four training programs, three track meets, and over two dozen races from the Discovery Dash to the Buck Mountain Half Marathon. 

Our incredible corps of volunteer Race Directors selflessly gave of themselves as they entertained over 8,000 racers and the volunteer program coaches helped to safely guide over 1,500 folks to successful completion of their goals, from 4 miles to the marathon. In the process, these races and events helped raise over $200,000 for a variety of worthy non-profit community causes from Amnesty International to the Shelter for Help in Emergency. 

The club hosted the warmest New Year's Day 5K on record as temperatures flirted with the 80s but three months later the CTC helped over 1,500 waterlogged runners slosh through the wettest 10 Miler in history. The club saw a surge in attendance at all of its training programs, including a double digit increase in the number of men training for their first Four Miler. The women's training program passed the 6,000 mark this summer as close to 1,000 newcomers made running a part of their lifestyle. 

The Women's Four Miler, thanks to hundreds of women like Janet Herman (a cancer survivor who raised over $7,000) raised the most dollars ever by a local race as the CTC passed along close to $100,000 to the Breast Care Center at UVA. The race, which closed its entries in less than 4 weeks, also had a record number of participants (2,100). 

Longtime CTC volunteer Jay Wildermann was bestowed the club's highest honor, the CTC Lifetime Service Award, at the club's annual banquet and stalwart volunteers Dave Lasch and Carol Finch moved into their third decade of helping at the races. The duo has worked the finish line of over 1,000 local races. And speaking of 20 year veterans, Chip Hopper also began his third decade of volunteering for the club as the CTC's official registrar, as he has kept our membership files up to date and accurate since 1984. 

The club safely entertained close to 1,000 kids this summer through a variety of activities including the Discovery Dash, the summer meets, the Youth Triathlon, and the Turkey Trot, as we continued to fulfill our mission of providing organized running activities for all ages and abilities.

So, you can see, this has been yet another special year for the club that keeps Charlottesville running. I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and I feel blessed to be affiliated with so many positive folks, who continue to give back at so many levels. I'm looking forward to more of the same as we head into 2006! 

Happy Trails,


In the Long Run… - A Message from the President

I have some great news! Even better than saving a lot of money on my car insurance! The Charlottesville Track Club Board recently authorized a new website with a new address: <>. The new site actually exists, but is still under construction. However, in just a matter of days, perhaps even by the time you read this, it will be operational. This exciting change is in response to numerous requests from club members for a more dynamic site. Our Monticello Avenue site had served us well, but its space limitations had constrained us greatly.

Because our new site is 100 times bigger than the old one, we can begin to add the features that club members want: pictures of races, events, and personalities; e-mail addresses for members; message boards; chat rooms; and articles. The sky is the limit. Our aim is to make the website an integral part of club activities and the local running community. Visit the site and tell us what you think!

Peter York, CTC President

Members on the Run

  • Longtime CTC member and Buck Mountain Co-Director Heidi Johnson recently moved into a new age group... look out 40 years old!
  • Former CTC Board Member Dot Dunbar, now living in Naples, Florida, has been tearing up the roads at races all over the Sunshine State.
  • Longtime CTC member Bruce Schirmer scored a solid finish at the NYC Marathon, as did Beth Cottone, who rocketed to a 3:17 P.R. – impressive!
  • Lou Valente, who just started running a little over a year ago, ran to an excellent finish at the Philadelphia Marathon, as did veteran CTC speedster David Miller, who ran a sub six minute pace effort (2:37) in his debut marathon – wow!  David’s time is the fasted turned in by a CTC member this fall.
  • Peggy Mowbray ran her second 3:38 of the fall, this time at the West Virginia Marathon
  • Former Western Albemarle standout (and school record holder in the mile – 4:13) Jeremy Cadle recently earned All-American Honors for his stellar performance at Division II Nationals.  Congrats!
  • A fond farewell to longtime member Rollin Stanton, who will be moving west in January.  Stanton, who was the CTC Lifetime Service Award recipient in 2004, will be sorely missed for he has been tireless in his volunteer efforts and gifts over the past two decades.  Many will forever fondly remember him as “the parking man” as he led a small army of volunteers in helping to park thousands of cars at Foxfield for the Women’s Four Miler.  We hate to see you go, Rollin!
  • Congrats to first time CTC Marathoners, who debuted at a variety of 26.2 mile events this fall:  Tim Gable, Dan Hennicke, Wanda Hamlin, and Ed Russell
  • CTC Ultra Marathoner Sophie Speidel recently successfully completed the Hellgate 100K over sheer ice in an impressive time of 15:51 (5th woman).
  • Thanks to the efforts of CTC Webmaster Chris Samley, the CTC is on the verge of unveiling a new expanded website.  Stay tuned for details.

Ridge Road Update

Over the past several months, we’ve had several folks tell us that they have been frightened by the suspicious movements of a motorist in a red Mitsubishi car out on Ridge Road.  We contacted the police back in June and they quickly discovered that the person actually works at a couple of farms out on Ridge Road and is simply driving back and forth between jobs.  His explanation for driving so slowly is that he doesn’t want to kick up dust.  We appreciate folks concerns but please rest assured that the police feel the situation is harmless.  Thanks for communicating with us.  Always feel free to call 293-6115 or 293-3367 with any information you may feel is of concern to your fellow members.

Ten Miler Training Program

Close to 350 folks are currently enrolled and participating in the club’s 18th edition of its popular training program to prepare them for the area’s oldest footrace.  The group meets on a weekly basis on Saturday morning at 8:30AM outside the UVA track for a quick lecture and group long run and on any given Saturday there are between 80-125 folks in attendance.  The group is then broken into four individual programs and distances for the long run currently range between 3-10 miles.  Thanks to my assistant Vickie Marsh and our corps of CTC captains, the individual groups are safely led along a variety of mapped out courses.  If you’re currently running 3 miles or more (at a time) please feel free to join us.  It’s fun!

Ten Miler Update

First year Co-Directors Alice and Dan Wiggins and their race committee have been hard at work preparing for this year’s Ten Miler.  The club’s oldest and most prestigious road race is set for Saturday, April 1st and the Wiggins’ have lots of new and fun stuff planned.  The entry is enclosed or you may enter at  The event is expected to grow to 2,500 in its 31st year. 

Right now the Wiggins’ are encouraging folks to enter or to volunteer as they’re hoping for 100% participation from their fellow members.  Call us at 293-3367 for more information on the granddaddy of them all or visit

At the Races

Boar’s Head Turkey Trot – November 24, 2005

The area’s third largest race hosted close to 1,100 runners for the 23rd running of the Turkey Trot.  This popular 5K, co-hosted by the CTC and the fine folks at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, has had the unique honor of being the “hilliest 5K in town” and thanks to a course change (because of construction on the new tennis facility) this year’s venue was more challenging than ever.  One finisher described it as “the race that gives you more hills for your money than any other race around!”  How right he was, as one finisher after another commented about the hills they had just conquered. 

Despite the intensity and concentration of hills throughout the Ednam Forest course, many of the finishers clocked very impressive races.  The CTC took 3 of the top 5 overall spots as collegiate racers Lewis Martin (2nd – 16:58), David Miller (3rd – 17:19), and Masters ace Chris Samley (5th – 17:44) swept into the chutes.  CTC ace Beth Cottone followed her impressive 3:17 NYC Marathon effort with an equally speedy 19:54 clocking good for 2nd overall.

As usual, the CTC was well represented on the awards stand as they took home blue ribbons in their respective age groups:  In addition to Samley (40-44), and Cottone (35-39), Sophie Speidel (40-44), Cal Fowler (65-69), Kiyoko Asao-Ragosta (45-49), Linda Scandore (55-59) and Wendell Golden (75+) all took home top honors in their age groups.

Other CTC times of note were clocked by the following hearty holiday trotters:  Kristen Keller, George Heeschen, Adam Goldfarb, Kara Flavin, Richard Young, Brian Muszynski, Bruce Schirmer, Richard Moon, Ky Lindsay, George Gillies, Angelique Holthus, Michael Holthus, Lise Willingham, Bob Arseneau, Greg Meade, Tony Rogosta, Sachi Rogosta, Dan Dunsmore, Sharon Balint, Harold Workman, Daniel Foley, Melanie Gillies, Rich Barrett, Chris Peterson, Carla Martin, Linda Crank, Matthew Workman, Kathleen Moore, Sarah Goldfarb, Arleen Yobs, and Patty Workman to name a few. 

All total, close to 100 members conquered the hills of this challenging but fun race and in the process helped to raise several thousand dollars for the UVA Children’s Hospital, a most worthy cause. 

The CTC was instrumental in organizing the race day course and finish line logistics as over 35 members helped guide all of the holiday runners and walkers to a safe and organized finish.  Of particular help was Carol Finch, who spent a good part of her Thanksgiving Day compiling the results for this huge event. 

Charlottesville Men’s Four Miler – December 4, 2005

The bookend to the legendary Women’s Four Miler saw quite a jump in attendance in its second year, as close to 220 men competed on an unseasonably mild December Sunday.  The course, which starts and finished at the Newcomb Hall Plaza, runs through the scenic neighborhoods in and around Jefferson ’s beautiful University.  Many of the competitors loved the course and thanks to the gallant efforts of many of the CTC volunteers, the runners were treated to a safe event, despite the heavy afternoon traffic.  A special thanks goes out to all of the CTC folks who covered the intersections at Alderman, Stadium, and McCormick including folks like Natalie Krovetz, Peggy Mowbray, Lyle Henofer and Joan Esposito

As one woman volunteer course monitor described it, “it was like a war out there!”  Our hats off to them for their excellent efforts in keeping the participants safe.

The CTC scored quite nicely, starting with the threesome that finished in the top 5 overall.  Alec Lorenzoni (21:46), Charlie Hurt (22:01), and Chris Samley (22:30) led the CTC charge into the chutes as close to 20% of the field came from the ranks of the club.  Many of our members won their respective age groups including Don Mathes (45-49), Andy Stafford (15-19), Bob Downer (55-59), Jim Bell (60-64), Kevin Cox (50-54), John Eros (65-69) and Joseph Gonnella (10 & under). 

Other impressive CTC times of note were clocked by Chuck Lascano, Richard Moon, Todd Cabbell, David Cooke, Dave Krovetz, John Post, George Gillies, John Gonella, Vince Nelson, Chris Conti, Jack Schmid, Dan Dunsmore, Joe Stirt, Philip Seay, Daniel Foley, Michael Coppola, Steve Nelson, Casey Opitz, Dudley Miller and Harold Blinco.  They were just a few of the men who helped to raise dollars for Prostate Cancer Programs at UVA, as the event was co-hosted by Sam Lebeau and all the fine folks at the UVA Urology Department

Charlottesville Tri-Club Announces Dates for 2006 Season

Tri-Club organizer Trey Harris recently announced the slate of events and their dates for the 2006 Charlottesville Triathlons.  Thanks to the generosity of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department, the Tri-Club will once again host the events at beautiful Walnut Creek Park in Southern Albemarle.  Call us at 293-3367 or go to for more details. 

            June 25th – Sprint Triathlon

            July 30th – International Distance Triathlon

           August 20th – X-Terra (swim, mountain bike, trail run)

CTC Awards Banquet on Tap

Come one!  Come all!

On Saturday, January 21st, the CTC will host its 20th Annual Awards Banquet at Chef Ted’s Shimmy Club.  This special celebration is a way for the CTC Board to congratulate its members for all their wonderful volunteer and athletic accomplishments of the past year.  Each year the club recognizes dozens of its members who have either excelled as racers or as dedicated volunteers.  The evening culminates with the naming of the CTC Lifetime Service Award recipient, the club’s highest honor, bestowed annually to an individual who has given selflessly to the Charlottesville Running Community for TEN years or more.

All members and their spouses and friends are encouraged to attend this fun evening, where we get to see everyone dressed up in their finest. See the enclosed invitation for details.  We hope you all can make it!

2005 Volunteer CTC Race Directors

A big hats off to our corps of CTC Race Directors, who helped coordinate and organize some of the areas largest and most popular fun runs.  All of these directors do this in a volunteer capacity, as do their incredible group of race day helpers.

  • New Year’s Day 5K – Michael Goldman
  • Valentine’s 5K – Tom Scala
  • MJ8K – Michael Goldman
  • VIA 5K – Mark Lorenzoni
  • Dogwood Track Classic – Rollin Stanton and Mark Lorenzoni
  • Discovery Dash – Mark Lorenzoni
  • Bruce Barnes Mile – Lindy Bain and Mark Lorenzoni
  • CTC Summer Track Meets – Bette Dzamba and Scott Smith
  • 4th of July 5K – Jay Wildermann
  • Fairview 5K – Tom Scala
  • Chicken Run Five Miler – John Lloyd
  • Charlottesville Youth Triathlon – Scott Smith, Mary Claire Smith, Bette Dzamba
  • Women’s Four Miler – Cynthia Lorenzoni
  • Ragged Mountain Cup – Mark Lorenzoni
  • Pepsi 10K – Carol Finch
  • Blue Ridge Burn Trail Run – Carol Finch
  • Buck Mountain 10K and Half Marathon – Frances Hersey, Michelle Huston, Heidi Johnson
  • Shelter 5K – Bette Dzamba
  • Boar’s Head Turkey Trot – Mark Lorenzoni
  • Men’s Four Miler – Mark Lorenzoni

 Previous Lifetime Service Award Recipients

  • 1987 – James and Karen Beaver
  • 1988 – Dave Murphy
  • 1989 – Al and Joanne Rogol
  • 1990 – Dave Lasch
  • 1991 – Jeff Brown
  • 1992 – Donal and Elena Day
  • 1993 – Carol Finch
  • 1994 – Skip Kinnier
  • 1995 – Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni
  • 1996 – Charlie Feigenoff
  • 1997 – Jim and Maria Bell
  • 1998 – Bev Hayden
  • 1999 – Dave Barton
  • 2000 – Chip Hopper
  • 2001 – Connie Friend
  • 2002 – Tom Scala
  • 2003 – Bev McCoid
  • 2004 – Rollin Stanton
  • 2005 – Jay Wildermann

Wanted: Your Ideas And Your Experience!!!!

A recent move to a new web hosting company means that we now have more storage space for the CTC website.  We have many ideas for what should be added (pictures, message boards, etc.); however, we cannot do this without valuable input from our members.  Have you seen any good things on race websites or running club websites?   Please e-mail the CTC at  with the subject line "CTC Website Suggestion." 

Also, do you have website design experience? We could use your help too! E-mail the CTC, with the subject "CTC Web Design" if you can lend us a hand.

Jim Horstkotte and Andrew Zapanta - CTC Board, Website Committee

Volunteer Call

As we do every issue, we ask you – our fellow members – to help us out at one of our club races.  Folks claim that we have some of the best organized events in the country and much of the credit lies with our wonderful corps of volunteers.  If you haven’t ever helped, now is the time to lend a hand, as we have several events on tap that could use your help.  Thanks!

January 1st       New Year’s Day 5K:  20 volunteers needed.  Please call Michael Goldman at 295-9153. 

February 11th  Valentine’s Partners 5K – 40 volunteers needed.  Call Carol at 972-7662.

March 11th      MJ8K – 50 volunteers needed.  Call Mike or Mark at 293-3367.

April 1st           Ten Miler – 200 volunteers needed.  Call 293-3367.

Club Elections

The Charlottesville Track Club is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2006 Track Club Board Elections.  We have four Board members who are asking to be reelected so that they can serve another term. Their names have been marked below with an asterisk.  We also have one new candidate who is very interested in serving on our board.  From these candidates, you will be electing five new board members. 

Below, we have asked each candidate to share information about their desires to serve on the Board and also share information that will allow the Charlottesville Track Club members the opportunity to learn more about each candidate.

There are two options for voting:

You can send your ballot via mail to:

The Charlottesville Track Club, P. O. Box 495, Charlottesville, VA  22902, no late than Monday, January 16th


You can vote at the Banquet to be held on:

         January 21st at 6 p.m.
         Chef Ted Shimmy’s Club.

2006 Charlottesville Track Club Ballot Please vote for 5 candidates

___Joan Bienvenue

___*Joan Esposito

___*Frances Hersey

___*Pam Johnson

___*Peter York


*Current CTC Board Members

The Candidates:

Joan Bienvenue

Joan Bienvenue and has been running and living in Charlottesville since 2001, when she moved down to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia.  She has been running for 15 years now, starting with cross country and indoor/outdoor track at both the high school and collegiate level and for the last 5 years, moving up to the marathon distance.  She has completed 10 marathons, 9 as a member of the CTC’s Marathon Training Group and she has thoroughly enjoyed the people that she has met and continues to meet through this excellent program.  Its programs such as this that make running in Charlottesville such a special and unique experience.  In addition to competing in many CTC sponsored events throughout her time here, she has also been involved with volunteering at such events as the Women’s Four Miler, the Charlottesville 10 Miler and the Buck Mountain Half Marathon and has previously been a captain in the Charlottesville 10 Miler Training Program.  She has enjoyed her time as a member of the Charlottesville running community immensely and looks forward to serving further as a member of the Track Club Board.

*Joan Esposito

Joan Esposito began her running career in 1978 when she organized a small women's neighborhood running group. As a mother of two small boys she felt running provided her and the other young mothers a quick, safe, and inexpensive form of exercise as well as the most important aspect to her- a social outlet. In the late '90s participating in the CTC women's four miler training program, Joan was asked to lead the Saturday AM stretches and was invited by Connie Friend, CTC president, and founder of the W4MTP to serve on the CTC Board. The next is history- Joan became Director of the Training program and was instrumental in the Program's growth from 150 women to the 1200 who participated in 2005. She was responsible for recruiting and naming the famous "Pink Ladies," and the adoption of mascot, "The Pink Flamingo." These testimonials from some of the thousands of women in the program reveal Joan's influence on women runners:

"I never would have thought I would walk 4 miles let alone run 4. Joan Esposito made my dream come true. She is awesome."

"Joan Esposito has done more for promoting women running than any other individual in Charlottesville ."

"Joan and her army of "Pink Ladies" has given to Charlottesville a safe fun way to get in shape over the summer."

"Her enthusiasm and warmth are what keeps us ladies running. A pink cheerleader!"

*Frances Hersey

As a member of the Charlottesville Track Club for the past 19 years and as a Member-At-Large of the Board of Directors for the past 2 years, Frances hopes to be reelected for another term in order to continue serving the Club's members and running community. She is a huge proponent of giving back and has thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Women's Four Miler Committee as the Chair of Packet Pick-up for the past 5 years. She has also worked very closely with Mark Lorenzoni for the past 4 years on the Summer/Fall Marathon/Half Marathon Training Program as his assistant.  She has served as a coach with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program and led team members through a comprehensive five month training program designed to suit each individual's physical goals and abilities.  During that time, Frances was certified as a Marathon Coach and loved the experience of helping a person obtain a goal and supporting a program that raises money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. Additionally, Frances has served as a Co-Director of the Buck Mountain Half Marathon the past 3 years and have found the experience both enjoyable and rewarding. Through all of her experiences as a coach, volunteer, runner, race co-director, and Board member, she believes she has gained invaluable insight into the world of running and the benefits that running has on all involved.  She hopes that you will consider reelecting me for another term so that she can continue to help the CTC Board serve the Club's members and running community.

*Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson is currently on the CTC board serving as secretary and chair of the scholarship committee.  She has enjoyed helping the club and the Charlottesville running community. Pam started running in 1999 with the Four Miler training program.  Since then she has participated in both the Ten Miler and marathon training programs.  Pam is grateful to Mark and all the training program volunteers who helped and motivated her.  Serving on the board and volunteering at races lets her help other runners.   Pam feels that running has improved her life in many ways, such as fitness and discipline and introducing her to many wonderful runners.

*Peter York

As current President, Pete’s vision is to take the CTC from good to great. He wants our club to be a place where every runner feels welcome, regardless of age, speed, event, style, or distance. We have just begun a complete revision of our club website, and Pete wants to see this project through to completion. He wants the new site <> to be the focal point of running in Central Virginia.  Pete hopes to serve another term on the CTC board because he enjoys contributing to the running community of Charlottesville. He’s been a runner for most of his life. In high school, he ran track. Ten years later he began running regularly, running his first marathon in 1988 and his first ultra-marathon in 1990. Pete coached high school cross country from 1991 to 1999. Serving first as club Treasurer in 2004 and now as President, Pete has been glad to have the opportunity to support runners and promote running in our community. He looks forward to another two years serving the CTC.





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