Running Shorts


Fall 2011

Track Club

P.O. Box 495
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Kristen Keller

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Mark Lorenzoni

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Leah Connor

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Carol Finch

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Anton Largiader

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Chip Hopper

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Runner of the Year
Hernan Garbini

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Bev McCoid

Point Race Series
Andrew Zapanta

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. 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.




Letter from the Editor

The cold snap has occurred and we are finally out of the hot and humid weather that   plagued the running and racing communities all summer. It’s time to break out the long sleeve running shirts and almost time to break out the running gloves.

For all of us who were on the injured-reserved list this summer, cool weather means our pool runs will be that much harder to do. Its never fun to jump in a pool when it was cold outside, but we all enjoyed getting in the extra pool miles this summer during what seemed like record heat and humidity. For those looking to incorporate pool running into their training, be it for extra mileage or due to some injury, check out some of the YouTube videos on how to pool run. See 2 CTC members, yours truly and running partner Mark Hampton, in this YouTube 'sensation' . The first in a 2 part series.

Cool weather is a joy for those participating in upcoming marathons and the big fall racing season in the Charlottesville Area. Please check out the link below for the area racing calendar.

Some keys to running as the colder weather advances:

  • Don't forget that even though you may be sweating less during your runs, fluid replenishment is still key.
  • Now that it is cooler doesn't mean you can drastically ramp up your weekly mileage. Take it easy, and don't add more than 10% more miles per week.
  • You might want to think about running with a headlamp, as the days are getting shorter and if you are running early or late, it is easier for you to see when you are wearing a headlight, and easier for others to see you.
  • Dress appropriately

If perhaps this newsletter is reaching you in a humid climate, please see the YouTube video teaching how to run in hot weather and precautions to take.

~Kristen Keller
Newsletter Editor

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We have 4 candidates who are seeking to fill the 5 open slots on the Board of Directors. Therefore, all 4 of these candidates will become new Board members without the need for a formal election. Come to the October 17th board meeting to see them installed.

At the Races
‘At the Races’, are results submitted by race directors for the various races in the area.  Being listed does not necessarily mean this is a CTC sponsored event, or that the CTC has anything to do with this event. Listing this event, means the race director submitted their own results and recaps to us to include in our newsletter. Note all CTC sponsored races are for charitable purposes only.

Kiwanis Independence Day 5K
July 4th saw the 28th running of the Kiwanis Independence Day Run in Forest Lakes. The weather was a fitting one for July, warm and getting hotter, but that didn’t slow down the participants. 246 finishers completed the course through the streets and around the trails at Forest Lakes. Top female and male finishers were Holly Rich (CTC runner) and Tony Herndon. Runners unwinding after the race had the opportunity to hear a reflection on the 4th of July from a guide from Monticello. They also were treated to bagels, drinks and fruit after the race, including “Carol’s Watermelon”. Since 1973, Camp Holiday Trails has been committed to  providing a positive camp experience for children with special medical needs and chronic illnesses and their families. $5932.29 was raised for Camp Holiday Trails, proceeds from the race and from its many sponsors. Many thanks are due to all the volunteers from the Charlottesville Track Club and the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville. Sadly and yet poetically, we lost one of the most enthusiastic leaders of this event. Dick Fowler, a longtime Kiwanian (& track club member), died the afternoon of the race, July 4, following a difficult illness. He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him.

Fairview 5K
The 14th annual Fairview 5K was held on July 23, 2011. The race is run annually in memory of Betty Seay, a well-known and much respected Fairview member lost to breast cancer.  This year, the race generated $2,592 in proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. 165 runners braved hot and humid conditions. Brian Kayser was the first male finisher at 17:48 and Devon Burger was the first female finisher at 21:47.  But this event has always catered to the families and friends in the middle of the pack, who enjoyed good food and drink provided by Whole Foods, Chandler's, Bodo's and Pepsi. Racers got free post-race massages from Scott Wagner Chiropractor and Sports Medicine, age group awards from our friends at Ragged Mountain Running Shop and were eligible for great grab bag gifts from Whole Foods, Crutchfield, Keswick Hall, and others.

The race was generously sponsored by Grelen Nursery, Inc.; McGuireWoods, LLP; Charlottesville Family Medicine; Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, The Hook; and Freestyle Sports. This year, runners got free admission to Fairview for the day and to the "Rock for the Cure" music festival put on later that day. If you haven't run this CTC favorite lately, we highly recommend that you do next year!   

Women's 4 Miler
Another record year for the Women's 4 Miler. Rachel Rose Ward, lead the charge across the finish line with an awesome time of 22:49 (5:43 pace!). The fastest time since 1995. Jennifer Owens was the second CTC finisher and 3rd overall, and Becky Keller rounded out the top 3 with a 9th place finish. Nicola Ratcliffe came in 10th overall. Keller and Ratcliffe were followed closely by rising star, Holly Rich (only age 20), and Emily Bascome. All these ladies ran under 26 minutes, which is under a 6:30 pace over the hilly Free Union course.

Check out photos from the Women's 4 Miler, Courtesy of Natalie Krovetz.

Check out this awesome YouTube video of the event.

So far the race earned $253,922 to help in the fight against Breast Cancer. The Women's 4 Miler is continuing to accept donations until the end of September. Go to the website and follow the link to make your donation today.

Women’s 4 Miler Training Program
Joan Esposito, Director of the Women’s Four Miler Training Program, recently presented a check to Cynthia Lorenzoni, Director of the Women’s Four Miler Race, for  $10,000. The contribution will go towards the funding the UVA Breast Care Program. These funds were a result of the training participants donations during the summer and their sponsors. The Contribution was the single largest amount donated and brings the total monies raised by the Women’s 4 Miler to nearly $300,000.

Pepsi 10K
Congratulations to Brian Kayser, our first club finisher across the line. 5:50 pace. Brian was followed closely by CTC speedster Hernan Garbini who had a 5:53 pace. Rounding out the top 3 CTC men was Jason Buczyna, coming in 5 seconds behind Hernan! Beth Cottone (41:38) was the first CTC woman across the line followed by Emily Knipper Garner (43:23) and then Katie Ryan (44:02). Former CTC president,  Leah Connor (45:11), was the 4th CTC woman across the line, as well as an age group winner.

Thanks from Special Olympics - The 28th Annual Gene Arnold Memorial Pepsi 10K run occurred on Saturday September 17th and it was a beautiful day at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School. For the first time in race history we had repeat winners in both the Men and Women’s divisions. Greg Jantzen, a second year student at UVA completed the 6.2-mile rolling course in 33:22 improving his 2010 time of 33:31. Erin Laschinger, a junior UVA Lacrosse player was the women’s winner finishing in 39:28 besting her time by over a minute from 2010 40:37. Barry Rogers (34:18) and Joel Hess (34:26) finished 2nd and third respectively in the Men’ Division. In the Women’s Division Megan Bowen ( 39:41) placed 2nd and Meg Crook (41:25) placed 3rd.

Local Special Olympics would like to thank all of the Charlottesville Track Club members. As well as all of the UVA Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Wrestling and swim team members for their consistent support and participation in this event. This event continues to get tremendous community support through sponsorships and gift donations.

This year an all time high of close to 15,000 dollars was raised to benefit local Special Olympics. All proceeds help to support 10 sports for local Special Olympics athletes. Local Special Olympics is an all-volunteer organization.

The list of local supporters is long; we would like to thank especially our title sponsor for the 28th year Pepsi. Also Charlottesville Track Club, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, ALC Copies, Locally owned Dominos Pizza and Kenny Ball Antiques. Our many thanks to all of the 419 runners who participated and you are the ones who make this event possible. We welcome all suggestions to improve this race for 2012.

Tunnel to Towers 5K
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run-Charlottesville took place on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at University Hall. Over 420 participants registered to run and walk in remembrance of those that lost their lives on 9/11 and in honor of the first responders and military service members that continue to serve the Charlottesville community. Each participant ran in honor of a specific first responder that lost his or her life on 9/11, and received a biography of their first responder and commemorative name tag to wear during the race.  The Charlottesville Fire Department displayed the 9/11 Memorial Steel at the event, as well as their two ladder trucks to symbolize the Twin Towers, with an enormous American Flag flying between them. Nearly $8,000 was raised to benefit Parade Rest, the Stephen Siller Foundation, and USACares. The top male and female finishers were Jeremey Hutchison-Krupat and Anna Gordon.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this meaningful event possible! ParadeRest, the host of the event, is a non-profit organization that serves the Central Virginia military community by providing free tickets to shows and events to military families.

List of sponsors: Virginia National Bank (LEAD sponsor), Ragged Mountain Running Shop, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, Gearhart's Chocolates, Harris Teeter, Bodos, Les Sinclair and Z95.1, Charlottesville Fire Department, University Police Department.

Members on the Run
Congratulations to Eliza O'Connell, second place overall in the VHTRC Women's Half Marathon. Of note, she will also be participating in the Dancing with the Stars competition to benefit Charlottesville's SPCA this October.

Stellar performance by Nicola Ratcliffe in the Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon, with a 5th place finish of overall females.

Charlottesville 10 Miler Update
The 2011 Charlottesville Ten Miler saw 2,236 racers cross the finish line on a new course with, quite possibly, the fastest last mile of any race in Virginia. The new Emmett Street finish proved to be a hit among the competitors as they were able to avoid the Alderman hills and finish with, in many cases, their fastest mile of the race.

Local Non-Profit Camp Holiday Trails, an outdoor camp for kids with special needs, was the beneficiary and they were presented with a donation of $45,000!  Additionally, $5,000 was donated to Madison House and $1,500 to the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. Jefferson Area food bank was very grateful for the over 1000 lbs of food donated by 10 Miler participants. 

Rookie race director Mike Inge, the Charlottesville Track Club board, Leah Connor, Maria Bell, Mark and Audrey Lorenzoni were among the hundreds of helpers and volunteers that made this race possible. Thanks to everyone that contributed!

The 10 Miler was sponsored by Virginia National Bank.

CTC Point Series: Are You Being Tracked?
 CTC members receive points for participating in the CTC sponsored Category 1 and 2 races. CTC members who wish to participate in the point series program must email their name to Andrew Zapanta, Point Series Master. The first CTC member in a race receives 18 points (there are two age group categories): second place 17 points; third place 16 points on a descending scale to 8 with the 9th place CTC member receiving 8 points. Simply cross the finish line (no matter if you finish after 10th place) and pick up 8 points. We only track runners who have requested to be tracked. If you wish to be tracked contact Andrew Zapanta, CTC Point Series Master!

Please note: The Blue Ridge Burn and Buck Mountain ½ Marathon are no longer Point Series events.

Bits of News

Congratulations to Charlie Hurt, a long time CTC member, on his recent wedding.

Congratulations to longtime CTC Club volunteer, John Lloyd, who was bestowed with the highest honor of the CTC, the CTC “Lifetime Service Award” at the annual banquet in July.

Congratulations to Kristin & Tommy Solomon on their recent arrival, Olive.

Carol Finch reached the 3 year "survivor" mark in August in her battle with metastatic lung cancer. She continues to get chemo and just started a "not so friendly" drug with many side effects.  

Scholarship Recipients
The CTC presents $1,000 scholarships to area high school athletes who participated in Track and Field or Cross Country. The student must be a cross country or track runner at one of the area high schools. The scholarship is not based on athletic achievement. Membership in the CTC is not a requirement. The Scholarship is based on the following criteria: 35% financial need, 25% academic achievement, 20% community and extracurricular activities, and 20% personal recommendations. These are the 3 recipients of this year's CTC Scholarships ($1,000 each):
Ethel Baker from Fluvanna HS
Elizabeth Sinclair from Albemarle HS
Richard Washington from Charlottesville HS

The UVA track is still under construction.
The project has been broken into two phases, each costing about $7.5 million. Work on the initial phase began May 9. “Phase 1 really gets us our infrastructure for a great track,”  said Jon Oliver, U.Va.’s executive associate director of athletics. “So we had to examine if the current track was adequate, and the answer to that was no. We changed the radius of the track. We’re changing the quality of the track and all of the infrastructure surrounding that, and then we’re adding lighting for the track facility. “That’s really Phase 1, and there’s a lot of infrastructure that drives the cost. You have to deal with drainage and with how the landscape is going to look. We had to consider all of that in Phase I. But if we really want this to be a facility, we’ve got to get to Phase 2.”

The second phase will include a new scoreboard, a staging area for athletes, and a grandstand with locker rooms, seating for 1,500, and permanent bathrooms. Moreover, a new entrance plaza, with features similar to those at Scott Stadium and John Paul Jones Arena, will tie the track & field facility together with nearby Davenport Field and Klöckner Stadium. “If all we do is Phase 1, what we end up with is a track,” Oliver said. “We’re going to have to bring in portable bleachers and portable scoring, which isn’t what we’re trying to do. We want to make sure that track & field has a home for the program.”

Phase I is slated to be finished in time for UVA to host the ACC outdoor championships in Spring 2012. Phase II is slated to be completed 'no later than 2014.'

The CTC Board voted in April to donate $10,000 toward the renovations of Lannigan Field in appreciation for UVA's allowing the Charlottesville Track Club to use the facility for many of our events, including for example, the Women's 4 Miler Training Program and Charlottesville Ten Miler Training Program. An official check presentation will be scheduled at a future date.

To support the track and field project, and for additional information, please contact Lo Davis at the Virginia Athletics Foundation (434.982.5555 or

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Entry forms for many upcoming races of these can be found online.

October 15: Buck Mountain Half Marathon

October 17: Annual CTC Membership Meeting, 7 p.m., Gordon Avenue Library

October 18: Online registration opens for the Boar's Head Turkey Trot

October 29: Charlottesville Ten Miler Training Program begins! (see details below)

November 24: Boar's Head Turkey Trot

Charlottesville Ten Miler Training Program
This professionally supervised five month program is designed to safely guide folks of all abilities to their individual Ten Miler running goals. The group will be broken into at least four different program levels based on each person's individual current training regimen. First time or out-of-shape folks are especially encouraged to join us for the 24th edition of this popular training program (over 4,200 have participated in this program over the years). The overall goal of the program is to guide each individual to a safe and successful completion of the area's oldest footrace and to make exercise a permanent part of each participant's lifestyle!

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive 21-week program with daily training schedule for all levels and abilities
  • Saturday morning group long runs in various pace groups led by friendly C10TP Captains who will keep you motivated to train through the cold winter!
  • Weekly email newsletter with a message from your coach, tips on training, program updates, and other useful information
  • Optional track sessions
  • Social networking opportunities and events

WHEN: The Training Program will meet as a group every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. beginning Saturday, October 29, 2011 for a quick lecture, tips, and a group run.
Attendance at these weekly group runs is optional.

WHERE: Charlottesville High School Track (new location!)

COST: $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members


Volunteer Call
The number of events the CTC sponsors is a major reason why Charlottesville was rated one of the top running communities in the country. Each year, the Charlottesville Track Club helps present over twenty-five races, including the Women's 4 Miler, Charlottesville Ten Miler and New Year's Day 5K, which attract thousands of runners from around the region. We couldn't do it all without the great volunteers.

Many of the Not-for-Profit races in the area are still in need of volunteers to help at packet pick up, and race day and for other parts of the event. So please call/email the race director and volunteer your services and time. If you are not sure when an event is, please check out the track club calendar, which has links to upcoming races in the area. If it is one of the races supported by the Track Club, you may get volunteer points for participating (Hint: leads to prizes, determined by amount of points, awarded at the CTC banquet.)

It's Autumn! Time for hayrides, football, crisp weather and orange plastic bags on the side of the road. That's right. The next CTC Trash Pickup has been scheduled for SUNDAY, October 16. We have a route around Old Ivy Road and 21 Curves. Please come out to the University Hall parking lot across from the UVA Track. We meet around 9AM for coffee, bagels, doughnuts and chat, then disperse and conquer the trash route at 9:30. If you can help please contact Jay Wildermann at or give him a call at (434) 962-3680 Cell or (434) 295-5029 Home.

Member Submissions

“It Was About The Destination AND the Journey”
by Andrew Zapanta

It's been said, "It's not about the destination but it’s about the journey.”

I recently had an experience, in which the both the destination and the journey were truly one for the memoir.

Last December 2010, I decided to register for Grandma’s Marathon (in Duluth, Minnesota) in June 2011. A good seven months before the marathon! I read a lot about the course, the crowd support and how the city of Duluth embraces the event. The moniker for this event is “World Class Event, Small Town Charm.”

The Journey, Part I: Running through the seasons (winter and spring). When I registered for Grandma’s I was about 24 weeks until race day. So, my “true” training for Grandma’s was not going to start until week 12. Uber-cold mornings, double layered clothing and a headlamp: requisite items for weekday morning runs in Charlottesville. Weekend runs along back country, snow covered roads in Albemarle and Louisa County with friends. One of my most memorable runs was in a park south of Charlotte, NC: A cold February morning and literally not a soul in the park. It was like my own private playground! The stops along this journey: The Little Rock (Arkansas) Half Marathon and then the Charlottesville Ten Miler, 3 weeks apart. The temperature on race day for both…high 30s! (And an overall PR at the 10 mile distance!) Perfect conditions equaled great results.

The Journey, part II: The arrival of spring. And the “official” start of marathon training. The fun begins. Cranking up the miles, focusing more on “building” up my mileage and speed for race day. A couple perfect Saturday mornings, weather-wise, played a big part in having the best “long runs” I’ve ever had (not to mention, I had great company along the way). I used the Park to Park Half Marathon (Waynesboro to Stuarts Draft)in late April to “gauge” my training. Great weather conditions and things in my body just “clicking” right, and a well-executed race day plan (OK, I didn’t decide my goals until minutes before the race) meant a finishing time within seconds of my half marathon PR. The course was tougher than my previous two half marathons, so I was quite happy! I didn’t have too much time to bask in the “glow” of a job well done, though. I had to literally RACE back from Waynesboro to Charlottesville to be IN a wedding that afternoon!  (And I had to pick up the groom from his house, too!!!) After the race…seven more weeks of work (on the road, on the track, and cross-training) until race day.

The Destination: Late June…. Duluth, MN. I started looking at the 10 day forecast in Duluth, MN, starting at 10 days before the marathon. Each day, the forecast changed…60s and humid ten days out…and then on race day, 46 degrees, a rain shower and cloudy! This day was perfect for runners, not so good for spectators. Mile by mile, everything (and I mean everything) just came together. Those quality track workouts, quality interval road workouts, nutrition, the weather, a flat course (with a great view of Lake Superior), executing the race day game plan close to pain (sometimes, just holding on!)…. the perfect storm. As a friend said to me prior to race day, “You rolled the dice on a June marathon and came out a winner on the weather.” The final result of my adventure: a 16 minute PR! To say I was elated is an understatement.

And here’s hoping for more journeys like this to come….

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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. 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.



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