Running Shorts


Summer 2012

Track Club

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

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Leah Connor

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Hernan Garbini

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Bev McCoid

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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.




A Word from Your Editor

Summer is winding to an end and hopefully the hot weather will cool down a little with it. It's been hard to run in the heat of upper 70's and higher. Make sure you are staying hydrated on your runs. Don't just hydrate on the run, but if you are preparing for a long run, hydrate the day before as well.

Even with the heat wave we have been experiencing, we have had some amazing finish times reported from CTC members in some of our local races. The Women's 4 Miler Training Program has also been in full swing during this summer of record heat. We will all be very prepared for race day. Fingers crossed for slightly cooler weather.

If you are a racer, walker, volunteer, or are just in the club for the terrific newsletters; make sure you make it to the annual Summer Social & Awards Ceremony, which will be thisTuesday, July 31st from 6 - 8 pm at Rapture (303 East Main Street). Free for all CTC members. More information can be found below.

~Kristen Keller
  Newsletter Editor
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At the Races

At the Races are recaps and results submitted by race directors for the various races in the area to include in our newsletter. Being listed does not necessarily mean this is a CTC sponsored event, or that the CTC has anything to do with this event. See the race classification system below. Please note: all CTC sponsored races are for charitable purposes only.

Fairview 5K

Results | Photos

On Saturday, July 21, Fairview held the 13th annual Fairview 5k. This race is run annually in late July to honor Betty Seay and Chrissy Chadwick, two wonderful Fairview mothers who left young families behind after battles with breast cancer. This year, runners enjoyed nearly ideal weather conditions, with a light mist and unseasonably low temperatures. 210 runners finished setting numerous age group records and personal bests.


Long known for the number and quality of grab bag gifts, this year's race didn't disappoint, with nearly all runners who wished taking something home. More than 30 volunteers, including more than a dozen CTC volunteers (led by Carol Finch and her timing crew and Course Marshall Tom Scala) made things run smoothly despite the fact that the race attracted nearly fifty entrants more than it ever had before. With great numbers participating, Fairview looks forward to making a record contribution of all proceeds to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. If it's not already there, this family friendly event needs to be on your calendar for next year.  

4th of July 5K


Massive power outages and summertime heat did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of runners at the 29th running of the Kiwanis Independence Day Run in Forest Lakes on Wednesday, July 4. The 7:30 AM start gave a bit of relief from the day's temperatures.


Spectators were treated to a patriotic finish as Kyle King and Chris Foley crossed the finish line together holding the Stars and Stripes between them at an impressive time of 15:34! Colleen Alexander clocked19:07 to lead the women finishers.

Two hundred and forty six runners and walkers enjoyed the day and completed the course through the streets and trails of Forest Lakes North.

Spectators and participants were treated to fruit, bagels and drinks as well as singers Novella aCapella from Albemarle High School prior to the awards presentations.

The beneficiary of this year's race is Camp Holiday Trails. 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. The amount raised for this wonderful organization was not known at press time.

Many thanks are due to all the volunteers from the Charlottesville Track Club and the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville.

All-Comers Summer Track Meets 

Results and Photos


The 2012 Summer All-Comers Track Meets took place on June 14, 21, and 28. The weather was perfect for the first meet (mid-70s!), but the last two took place under near-record temperatures and heat advisories. Although the heat didn't deter participants from coming out to the track (we had over 230 children and adults join us for the entire series), the 2nd meet was cut short due to repeated thunder.

Rick Kwiatkowski and Hernan Garbini seamlessly directed the meets while Leah Connor handled the website, marketing, and compiling the race results. We received news coverage from both NBC29 and The Hook.

For the first time this year, the meets included refreshing lemonade to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. With a combination of donations and race fees, we raised an impressive $275 for ALSF!

Amazing race day photos were taken by CTC members Andrew Zapanta and Natalie Krovetz, as well as 7-year old Annalivia Connor and 13-year old Chris Ozburn. Video of The Mile from Meet #2 was taken by Dan Moriarty. We couldn't have pulled off these events without the help of numerous volunteers including: Steve Deaton, The Kwiatkowskis (Mary, Laura, Dave, and Lisa), Dave Murphy, Meg Crook, Mary Clare Smith, Zenovia Mackenzie, Ellen Houle, and Deb Gilbert.

Men's 4 Miler


Blue Ribbon Age Group winners were Kenny Ball (6:35 pace!) and Jim Bell plus a pile of other great age group placers like Harry Landers (3rd), Rick Kwiatkowski (2nd), John Ferguson (5th), Tom Wolanksi (4th), George Rich (7th), Bill Antholis. (11th), Mike Gaffney(5th) and Andrew Zapanta (7th) to name just a few. And how about that Anwar Allen? 9:27 pace!

Greenbrier Mile

Friday, May 18th was greeted with beautiful weather and more than 100 runners of all ages for the inaugural Greenbrier Mile. The scenic and challenging course took runners through the Greenbrier Elementary Nature Trail and a portion of the Rivanna Trail. After nearly a mile runners emerged from the woods and were helped to the finish by a speedy descent and cheers from the Greenbrier crowd.

4th grader Jack Dreesen-Higgenbotham led the way in an impressive 6:44. The talented 3rd grader duo of Thomas Vik (2nd) and Will Trent (3rd) were right on heels of Dreesen-Higgenbotham. 4th graders Quentin Phister (4th) and Logan Zeis (5th) completed the top five finishers with a strong 4th grade showing.

Hannah Laufer, a 2nd grader, was the first girl to the finish in a blistering 7:25, nearly a minute ahead of 3rd grader Maya Kelly (2nd) and 4th grader Edie Aten (3rd). 2nd grader Brittany Sanchez and 4th grader Eve Gehle rounded out the top five girls.

The 2nd graders made it clear that the future of Greenbrier running is alive and well. 2nd grader Graham Lenert crossed the line in 8th with Laufer (9th) and Eli Cook (10th) close behind.

Determined 1st graders Jalen Holliday (6th) and Abran Sanchez (18th) managed amazing top 20 performances.

Not to be left out were the Kindergarteners, with Max Timmons (55th) and Kathryn Lenert (76th) leading the charge for the boys and girls respectively.

Perhaps the best part of the Greenbrier Mile was watching children, parents, and grandparents enjoy a shady mile in the woods together. Many thanks to the Charlottesville Track Club, Charlottesville City Schools, Greenbrier Elementary, and the many volunteers who helped make this inaugural run a success!

Batesville 10K 


Ben Doherty was the top overall finisher in a winning time of 38:16 (~6:10/mile on what is considered to be one of the toughest 10K road courses on the east coast) and Winslow Ballew, fresh off his Boston Qualifying performance in N.C., wins his age group in 48:37 (~7:50/!).

Members on the Run

Bonnie Wilfore: Congratulations to Bonnie for completing the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon coming in 7th in her age group with a time of 4:28:0. Great run on a hot and humid day.

Lise Willingham: The first event of the day was the 5k and Lise finished 1st in her age group and had the best "age-graded" of all the women in the race. The GE team finished 2nd and they earned the Silver Medal. In the Executive Relay, Lise lead off with the 800, ran the pace she had planned and was behind by 70 meters after the 1st 400. The leader obviously went out too fast as Lise passed her with 120 meters to go and passed the baton off with a 50 meter lead. GE won the event to capture the Gold Medal. She ran 10k as her last event. Needless to say, she is very happy with her results and thanks all her Charlottesville running friends for the camaraderie we experience with our running groups!!

Clark Jackson, Muddy Buddy Richmond: 1st in age group: 31:46.4

Mike Gaffney: Congrats on his 3:38 finish in the Toronto Marathon. This is a 4 minute PR. He ran a PR 23:19 at the Friendship Camp 5K

Andrea Wright: Congrats to Andrea who placed 2nd overall in her age group (33:06) at the Masters National 8K Championships in Williamsburg in late March.

Kristen Keller: Patriots Cup Corporate Challenge 8K at George Mason University on 4/29/2012. 2nd female overall, with a PR of 32:39 (6:32/mile).

Rick Kwiatkowski's top 20 finish in the North Face Endurance Challenge is pretty spectacular. He finished in 8 hours and 21 minutes, which not only placed him 20th overall, but first in his age group. Way to go!

Making the local news: Local marathoner, Glen Anderson completes 50 marathon in 50 different states and joining the elite 50 states club. See Daily Progress article.

Women's Four Miler Training Program Update

The 2012 W4MTP is in full swing and about half way over for the season. This year we have groups from Charlottesville to Madison to Lake Monticello to Greene and Staunton/Augusta with all ages and abilities.


In Charlottesville we are meeting on Saturday mornings down at "The Park" for our major group gathering and speakers. Then, thanks to our great volunteer PINK Ladies - we are also enjoying Monday/Wednesday evening runs with about 50+ ladies at Riverview Park and Tuesday/Thursday mornings at The Park with another 30 participants!

As the "Fresh Starts" move over the 2 mile mark in the training, it has been amazing to see so many women of all ages, abilities, sizes and backgrounds all unite together for the cause of health! They are all very excited about the race and many have already begun with fundraising efforts for the September 1st race!

If you are ever available on Saturday mornings, we would LOVE some additional volunteers to help with safety! Come join us!


Bit of News


UVA Track Update

The UVA Track is OPEN to the public August 1st.
Learn more...

Please join us for the Charlottesville Track Club's Annual Summer Social & Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 pm at Rapture (303 E Main Street).

This event is our way to recognize and to thank all of our wonderful   members for their selfless hours of   volunteerism as well as their racing accomplishments.  

The evening promises to be entertaining and   fun with delicious food and drinks, socializing with fellow runners, as well as award presentations!  

FREE for CTC Members
$15 per guest, pay at the door
RSVP on facebook or email:

Volunteer Call:

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.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

CTC Point Series: Are You Being Tracked?
2011 has drawn to a close and the start of a New Year and new racing season, including point series, has started. 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 ZapantaPoint 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.
You can also accumulate points by volunteering at track club events.
 We only track runners who have requested to be tracked. If you wish to be tracked contact Andrew Zapanta, CTC Point Series Master!

Note that the Blue Ridge Burn and Buck Mountain ½ marathon are no longer Point Series events.

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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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