Running Shorts


Spring 2013

Track Club

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

Contributing Writer
Mark Lorenzoni

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Leah Connor

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Race Results
Carol Finch

Race Results Database
Anton Largiader

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Chip Hopper

CTC Standings

Runner of the Year
Hernan Garbini

Volunteer Points
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:
So it is finally starting to heat up a bit, and I’d love to say Punxsutawney Phil was correct and we will have an early spring, but I think he was a little off his mark (I mean he had a 50/50 chance). Its a little hard to say that we are having an early spring when we had about a foot of snow a month ago, and then added a few more inches a little over a week ago. Its now April, and though I doubt we will have any more snow this spring, and I use the term ‘spring’ loosely, the temperature still seems a bit on the chilly side.
If you are having a hard time getting out the door due to the chill in the air, don’t worry, there are cross training activities you can do inside your home, that can help get you ready for coming out of hibernation and running in more pleasant weather.
Happy & Safe Running-
~Kristen Keller
Newsletter Editor
A message from the CTC president:
2013 got off to an active start with the New Year's Day 5k at the McIntosh Farm in Free Union. The Track Club was able to donate over $2500 to the  Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club as a result. We were also able to donate a carload of food to the Food Bank. This was all possible by your participation and generosity.
The racing season got into full swing with the Valentines 5k for Amnesty International, the MJ8k, and of course, the Charlottesville 10-miler. There are countless races just about every weekend. And plenty of chances to volunteer. Check the calendar for upcoming events.
We lost a dear friend in March with the passing of former CTC President and longtime volunteer Carol Finch. Make sure you participate in the virtual race on April 20th. We'll record your times for her as she did for us for so many years. All money raised will go to the UVA Lung Cancer research program.
We love our volunteers and know our races just wouldn't happen without them. We have brought back the volunteer points system as a way to say thank you for you help. Volunteer at a race, earn points, get a little reward at our summer social. We don't expect you to volunteer at every race, just whenever you can.
Men's 4-miler training started in April and the race is on Father's Day, June 16th.
Women's 4-miler training starts June 15th at the UVA Track and the race is Labor Day weekend (August 31st this year).
The 4 the Wounded 5k will be in June. You can register online now for that. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors. This is a great cause and we are pleased to be involved this year.
The next UVA Track Meet is May 11. Admission is free. Maybe tailgate and make a day of it. Or run in the Master's Mile...We are also asking for host families to support some of the racers. Email Kendra Glassman if you are interested.
The all-comers track meets will be on Thursday nights in July and August. This year, the UVA track program is offering clinics for kids on Tuesday nights leading up to the meets on Thursday. Dates and information will be available later.
We are still working on our timing system and are grateful for your patience as we work it out.
I'll see you out on the road,
                                                                                                ~Deb Gilbert (CTC President)
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.
3 Bridges ½ Marathon:
Despite the incredibly small size of the field we had some impressive performance stats that just might stack up to any other marathon going: 70 % of the field broke 4 hours, the median time was 3:38 (the average national marathon median time is around 4:30) and a whopping 35% of the field qualified for Boston!
Our Half racers weren’t too shabby either as an unprecedented 60% of the field broke 2 hours!
Congrats to all of you on your excellent race performances.
And, thanks to your support, we raised some much needed funds for our area Meals on Wheels too.
We loved hosting you and we wish you some much deserved recovery over the next few weeks!
Happy Running! ~The Lorenzoni Family (race directors)
Charlottesville 10 Miler:
On March 16th, the Charlottesville Track Club directed another fun and successful race. This was the 38th Annual Ten Miler, which still holds its place as the area's oldest and most prestigious running event. The rain subsided within 10 minutes of the start so the runners enjoyed a cool mid-March morning. Over 1700 runners crossed the finish line with all proceeds going to The Senior Center of Charlottesville.
Martha Jefferson 8K:  This year marked local Seth Hutchison’s third year of breaking the tape at the finish line!
Thank you to our Event sponsor, ACAC, and all of the participants, volunteers and spectators who joined us on Saturday, March 2nd for the 17th Annual Martha Jefferson 8K run & 4K walk and Kid's Dash. The weather was brisk and beautiful and the run and walk course meandered through the historic and scenic neighborhoods of downtown showcasing many of the favored sites in Charlottesville. A special thanks to the Charlottesville Day School for hosting packet pick-up and the post race activities.
Thanks to community’s support, an estimated $20,000 in proceeds will assist Martha Jefferson Hospital Community Outreach programs. Designed to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle, these programs include free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, Supermarket Smarts Classes, Diabetes Education Programs, and health education programs for school-age children of all ages are also offered. These are just a few of the programs and services offered to the community and patients as part of the Martha Jefferson Hospital’s Caring Tradition.
Special gratitude to our sponsors:  ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center, Charlottesville Day School, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, Virginia Prosthetics, and Z95.1.
And to these businesses for supporting the event:  Allied Portable Toilets, Great Harvest Bread Company, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia, The Fresh Market, and Trader Joes.
Lastly, BUT most importantly, our volunteers:  Audrey and Alec Lorenzoni, Co-Race Directors, Jay Wildermann, Deb Gilbert, Dr. Steve Gunther, Natalie Krovetz, Angie Sheffer, Jenn Downs, Diane DiCarlo, Charlottesville Track Club and the Charlottesville Police Department. ~co-race director: Lauri Wilson
Charlottesville Women’s 4 Miler: Congratulations to race director’s Cynthia & Audrey Lorenzoni, as they raised $340,000 for the Breast Care Program and breast cancer research at UVA. This is the largest amount raised in the race’s 30 year history. Top fundraisers were Jennie Sue Minor, Donna Lynn Martin, Alix Padget-Brown, Vicky Eicher, & Susan Thomas. Top fundraising team was State Farm (Tom Jackson Team)
Members on the run:
Clark Jackson: placed 1st in his age group in the Shamrock ½ Marathon in March, with a terrific time of 1:32:29.
Kristin Hardy: Set a new personal record as she flew in the Shamrock Full Marathon and blew the 3:20 barrier out of the water. She finished in 3:17, smoking fast!
A big Congratulations goes out to Emily Knipper-Garner & her husband Mac Garner, on the safe arrival of their baby girl, Shelby Pearl Garner, born on 1-19-2013, weighing 7 lbs, 13 oz !
On March 22 at the USATF Master's National Indoor Championships in Landover, Maryland, 1996 Olympic Trials qualifier and former UVA athlete Erika Pietrzak Pierce set the new American Record in the Pentathlon in the 40-44 year age group with a score of 3241. Completing her triple gold medal performance, Pierce also won gold medals in the open 60 meter hurdles, as well as the open shot put, both on Saturday, March 23.  “I thought the Trials in 1996 was it for me as a high-level, competitive runner,” she says. “Masters track is new for me--I didn’t know it existed until this year.”  The previous American Record in the Pentathlon for her age group, a score of 3204 points, was held by Caryl Senn-Griffiths, and was set in 2003. Pierce graduated from UVA in 1993. During her time on the track team, she competed in several events, including the heptathlon. Dr. Pierce lives in Albemarle County, Virginia, with her husband and two daughters, and works as a teacher and adjunct professor.
Exciting week at the Stutzman house: Follow the link and see former Western Albemarle Athlete, Tyler Stutzman break the 4 minute mile!
Local News:
Saunders-Monticello Trail:  The storm in mid March has done about $11,000 damage to the Saunders-Monticello Trail. As of right now, the lower part of the Trail is open up to Carters Mountain Road. But from Carters Mountain Road to the Saunders Bridge, the Trail is currently closed.
March 29th, contractors started repairs on the five damaged boardwalks. The damages ranged from a broken top railing board to a couple of crushed deck sections. We are still cutting and removing limbs and trees that were damaged in the storm.
We hope to open the Saunders-Monticello Trail as soon as we can. We will be open for Garden Week and the Montalto Challenge on May 4th. We will keep everyone updated. But if anyone would like more information, please email me and I will try to respond as soon as I am able, due to the cleanup effort. Thanks for your patience. (UPDATE: the trail is OPEN)
Despite the damage, the Saunders-Monticello Trail is still a beautiful place to be!
Sincerely, Jason, ~Manager, Saunders-Monticello Trail, Phone: (434) 984-9877,
PS: Some of you have asked how you can help us on the Trail after the big storm. There are two ways: You can volunteer on April 27th to help clean up the Trail or make a gift supporting the Trail. Thanks for all your help!
A Celebration of Carol Finch’s Life:
Walk, run, reminisce, and remember Carol, a longtime Charlottesville Track Club Member, Volunteer & past President. Carol was at almost every event, volunteering & taking charge of the results. I personally can’t recall many races Carol did not volunteer for. Carol was at all events, regardless of her personal health.  She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
In March, Carol was laid to rest beside her mother, father, and brother in Rochester, NY.
In Charlottesville, we are having a celebration of Carol's life. At this gathering, we can reminisce and remember a woman who has given so much to our community and to those whose paths she crossed.
When and Where:  The celebration will be on Sat. April 20th from 4-6 pm—a reception will follow from 6-8pm.
Since Carol was a part of many of the local races, often times as a volunteer in the background, there will be a ‘virtual race’ held in her honor. Times for the virtual race will be taken up to around 4:30pm.
The location is at the First Presbyterian Church at 500 Park Street (about a block north of Court Square).
Donations:  Donations to lung cancer research can be made by "registering" online at the Charlottesville Track Club website or at "registration" at the celebration.
Reminisce (Record): We will have recording stations, so that everyone can share a story of how Carol affected their lives. Then we will burn DVDs and post the results online.
The Virtual Race: Before the celebration, each attendee can "race" by walking or running for Carol.  We ask that each "racer" walk or run some time before the gathering. It doesn't have to be far—just a few yards is enough! Walk alone and remember; run in a group and reminisce as you go; run another race, … whatever. Just be ready to report a time. After all she recorded your times for decades.
Ø  Run (with age group categories) for:  10k, 5k, mile (kids only 100 yards)
Ø  Walk for: 10k, 5k, 100 yards
Registration & Times
Using on line registration and "race day" registration books, every one can "sign" in.
Racers are asked to report their times on the honor system. A set of white boards can record winners in age groups as the racers "register."
The virtual race will close around 4:30.
Results: Those that win and place will be informally recognized by a speaker and will have their choice of prizes.
Like any race, there will be t-shirts—from Carol's collection of over 2000 shirts spanning over 30 years. This way they will end up in the hands of people who would appreciate them. There are also gym bags, hats, gloves, etc.
Awards and door prizes will also include gift certificates, gift cards, and a variety of other stuff.   
Women’s 4 Miler Training Program Update:
10-miler dust has settled, trees are blooming, Women’s Four Miler Training Program is just around the corner!  June 15th we will kick off the Grand Dame of training programs celebrating our 20th year in getting women and girls moving and thinking about their health!
Kicking off Saturday, June 15th, at 7am at the beautifully renovated UVA Track we are in full planning mode now. Please join us as we celebrate this major milestone in our community.  As a much loved community event, I am seeking the running community support. We are estimating close to 1,500 women and girls to participate on Saturday mornings.  The more volunteers, the better and safer it is for everyone!
-                          MEN, we want YOU!  So many Saturdays we need traffic, safety and water stop support – please join us! 
-                          WOMEN, we want YOU! I need volunteers for ALL abilities: experienced speed divas, those who are already running short, those who WANT to learn to run and those who are just off the couch to walk or run. Runners, these are the “babies” of  our future!  Please help to raise them and bring them into our community!
Please consider paying it forward, think how you got started and those who helped you.  Contact Training Program Director Pink Pammie @ to volunteer or for more information.
Registration for participating begins May 1, 2013 online at: or see our web site for onsite locations in June or at the training program starting 6/15 at 6:30am!
Also, save the date!  W4MTP Fundraising Wine Tasting at Prince Michel on Carter Mountain on Saturday 6/22/13 at 6:30pm. Enjoy live music with Local Vocals and wine tasting of fabulous Prince Michel wines!  Rain date of Sunday 6/23, same time & place.  All to benefit the W4M Race!
Host Family Program:
The track club is announcing a new Host Family Program for the UVA Track Meet on May 10th and 11th. We are looking to house male and female runners, most of whom will spend between one and three nights in our town.  The athletes will arrive on Thursday and Friday afternoon or evening and leave on Sunday. We can accommodate preferences in the number of athletes you house, the number of days you house, and other special requests. This is a popular program for other races and track meets and we hope to make it just as successful. This is an opportunity to develop lasting friendships with athletes who will likely return to be hosted by the same families year after year.
If you'd like to host an athlete, please contact Kendra Glassman  (210) 535-7487 or She will be happy to answer all your questions.
 Member submissions: ~ Neal Gorman
Proving Grounds
It’s been roughly 14 months since we moved to Charlottesville and with each passing day since our arrival I become more and more certain of one thing: we live in a beautiful place.  The town, the community, the surrounding landscapes, each measure well against the high ideals and expectations we sought when deciding to move here.
Running certainly played a large role in our decision to move to Charlottesville both in terms of where we could actually run outside conveniently from home (preferably un-tethered from busy city streets as much as possible) and with whom we might run frequently or infrequently.  For the style of long distance running I generally prefer the westerly vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains pretty much sums up the where; though there are respectable off-road options located in town- the Rivanna Trail being one.  The with whom is comprised of a vast index of fellow runners, from all walks of life, many of whom could easily clean my clock around a track, on an open stretch of pavement or up and down (and possibly up and down again) the nearest high mountain.  One of the things I love most about Charlottesville is that it is a runner’s town, yet as far as I can tell there is no true sense of the enormity of talent here because there are so many every-day folks with careers and families who show up out of nowhere at races and events, deliver more than respectable performances, then disappear returning to behind the talent shadow from whence they came.  Or perhaps this is just my perception.
There might be a few folks around town with a yardstick of general knowledge on who is who- the Lorenzonis being the most obvious.  Their store, Ragged Mountain Running, being the nucleus of all things running in the greater Charlottesville area must house teraflops of information just in pictures alone of the running community.  To say nothing also of the vintage event posters, time sheets, medals, ribbons, bibs, plaques, trophies and so on plastering every bit of available wall space.  Entering the store, through its glass door on Elliewood Avenue a few steps off University Avenue, located smack dab in middle of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) central commerce district, the hub and heartbeat of all things student socializing otherwise known as the “Corner”, one cannot help but feel transported to another place and time.  Not a place from the past necessarily.  Nor the present.  Definitely not the future.  But to a place that is so unique and so focused on one thing- helping people maximize enjoyment in life through running- that it feels time is standing still.  To enter Ragged Mountain Running feels like entering a running museum, nay, a Chapel; a holy place dedicated to spreading the gospel of running, both in Charlottesville and afar.  As a runner, to enter this Chapel is willfully easy, yet to leave not so much.  It’s just impossible to leave the store I think and not take a piece of it with you.  And the lucky ones, as far as I can tell, have left a bit of themselves inside the store as well.  Look around the walls next time you’re there if you haven’t already and you will see what I mean.  Charlottesville is most likely in large part a running town because of Ragged Mountain Running.  If you’re a runner in Charlottesville you already know this.
Calendar of upcoming events: entry forms for many of these can be found online at
Running Shortsis 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.



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