Running Shorts


Winter 2012

Track Club

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

Contributing Writer
Mark Lorenzoni

Design & Layout
Leah Connor

Special Projects

Race Results
Carol Finch

Race Results Database
Anton Largiader

Membership Database
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

Anyone who has ever driven down Main Street in Charlottesville on a Saturday knows that Charlottesville has a large population of runners. If you’ve driven down Main Street recently, you may notice more than usual. No, it’s not the Women’s 4 Miler Training Program participants you see; more than likely it is the 10 Miler training program participants out there. The group has been training since late October, and they are well on their way to running their March 31st goal.

What motivates all these people to train for one of the areas biggest footraces? Is it a new year’s resolution, are they looking for some nice quiet time to think and be alone, are they trying to get faster, or did they get roped in to run with a friend?

According to the most recent CTC poll, ‘What motivates you to run’, most of you replied that you run to stay healthy (mentally and physically).  Twenty percent said they are training for an upcoming race, seventeen percent are trying to maintain/lose weight, and eight percent are there to spend time with their friends.

I don’t know what draws each individual out there, but it is magnificent to see so many runners, of all shapes and abilities, out enjoying the sport together.

I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy start to 2012. I hope that most of our subscribers are injury free and enjoying running in what has so far been a very mild Virginia winter.

~Kristen Keller
Newsletter Editor

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.

Boar’s Head Turkey Trot: (Benefiting the UVA Children’s Hospital)
The morning started off like most Thanksgiving mornings, fairly cold. The crowd of waiting runners and their families milled around the parking lot and jogged though the streets of the Boar’s Head neighborhoods to stay warm. As the start time drew nigh, all quieted for the singing of the national anthem. I think those in attendance can say that the young lady who sang was spectacular, and moved some to tears, just minutes before the event.

The event had close to 1500 participants and raised over $40,000 for UVa’s Children’s Hospital. And we had some pretty fantastic performances from several Track Club members. Hernan Garbini was 4th overall male and first CTC finisher, with a time of 17:38. Andrea Wright (3rd woman in 19:52), Becky Keller (4th female with a time of 20:08).
Full Results

Buck Mountain Half Marathon: Congratulations to Rick Kwiatkowski for his 1:26 finish to the incredibly hilly Buck Mountain Half Marathon. His time placed him 4th overall, and he was the first CTC finisher across the line. Deric Park was the second CTC member across the finish line as well as 8th overall, with a time of 1:30:51. JoAnne Siefken was the first CTC female across the finish line with a time of 1:52:22. Second CTC female finisher for this tough course was Suzanna Turanyi, with a time of 1:54:59.
Full Results

New Year’s Day 5K: (Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia) What a wonderful way to bring in the new year. A very mild day greeted the 331 racers of the 2012 New Year’s Day 5K. Top CTC women’s finishers across the line were Andrea Wright (19:38) & Becky Keller (20:17). Top CTC men across the line happened to also be the top 2 male finishers Brian Kayser (17:08) and Hernan Garbini (17:23). We raised $4,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia and collected over 100 pounds of food for the local food bank.
Full Results

Monticello Holiday Classic: 3rd overall and 1st CTC member across the line, Jim Ryan ran an impressive 18:07. On the women’s side, youngster Kristen Long was the 3rd female across the line and the first CTC finisher with a time of 20:57.
Full Results

Members on the Run:

Wineglass Marathon: (Corning, NY) Particularly harsh weather greeted the marathon participants in the wine region of upstate New York.  Marathoners had to stand in the cold rain for about an hour prior to the start of the race. Times were slow, but many a CTC member trudged on and finished. Linda Scandore had a spectacular 4:02:54, which placed her 2nd in her age group. Andrew Zapanta ran his 2nd fastest marathon ever, with a 3:45. Caroline McNeely also ran her 2nd fastest marathon. Congrats to all the speedy track club members who placed so well, in such foul weather conditions.

Chicago Marathon: A week after the Wineglass Marathon, Chicago had drastically different conditions. A marathon that started at 68 degrees, a few hours later it was a noted 82 degrees. CTC speedster Mark Hampton ran 3:28:08, followed by Leah Connor with a 4:07:45.

NYC Marathon: Saw Charlottesville track club marathoner Ky Lindsay finish sub 4 hours, with an impressive 3:57.

Disney’s Marathon and Half Marathon weekend found the Charlottesville Track Club’s former president, Leah Connor, participating in the ‘Goofy Challenge’, where a participant runs the Disney Half Marathon the day before they run the Disney World Full Marathon. Congratulations Leah.

Houston Marathon & Half Marathon: 1/14/2012
A wonderful event, taking place the day after the Olympic trials. A few Charlottesvillian’s went down to run the full and half marathons. 1/2 Marathon entrant and former CTC president Andrew Zapanta finished with a stellar 1:39:36. CTC speedster, Hernan Garbini finished with a PR of 1:19:32.

Frostbite 15K (9.3 miles) Richmond, VA:
Congrats to George Rich (64:54) & Jennifer Hochrein (65:07= 6:56/mile and 1st Masters) who had excellent outings at The Frostbite 15K (9.3 miles).

Charlottesville 10 Miler Update:
Sign up now for the area’s top event. Will be held on March 31st.

Dr. David Jones' Lung Cancer Research program at UVA is the official charity of the Charlottesville Ten Miler for 2012. This year every dollar raised will be matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor. Every donation counts. No amount is too small. Thanks for your support!

Thanks to Sponsors “Virginia National Bank” and “Charlottesville Track Club”.

Kids Dash

Place: The Kids Dash will take place at the newly renovated UVA Track/Lannigan Field.

Cost: $10, includes cotton t-shirt and race number. Register Online!

There will be three different races:
Quarter Mile - Half Mile - Full Mile
Please plan to have your child run the race that best suits his/her ability.

All proceeds from this not-for-profit event will be donated to Children, Youth & Family Services. If you have additional questions, call Shannon Noe at 434-296-4118, x230.

Download a Kids Dash Flyer.

Bits of News:
Welcome to UVA’s new Track & Field Coach, Bryan Fetzer.

Congratulations to Mike Inge (Charlottesville 10 Miler Race Director), on his recent engagement to Sarah Bindas.

Congratulations to CTC member, Joan Bienvenue and her husband, on the safe arrival of their daughter Molly.

Congratulations to longtime CTC member, Jim Ryan, on his being one of two UVA faculty members to receive the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award, in recognition for his commitment to teaching and guiding students to professional and personal development.

The UVA track is still under construction.

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

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.

Member submissions:
Excerpt from Ky Lindsay, on his running in the 2011 New York City Marathon.

What a great day, great weather, an incredible crowd and a challenging course. There is nothing like the crowds at New York. As I ran along for my Sunday morning jaunt, I just kept muttering to myself, “you guys are amazing”. The race is so well organized and the runners are treated so well. What can I say, thanks to the running gang for inspiring me through intervals on rainy Wednesday mornings at the track.

The ride out on the ferry to Staten Island was great, I sat next to a guy who works for Timex and does the marathon every year but it’s really no sweat for him – he does the ironman in Hawaii every year also. Needless to say, I wasn’t going to try sticking with him. The island was warm and cozy. At one point I was laying on the pavement with my head on the curb listening to tunes while pacing through the course in my head, enjoying the heat of the sun, and eating my clif bar, and drinking free Dunkin donuts coffee. Things were lookin’ up from the get go.

I got to talk to a nice woman named Beth in the chute who was looking to beat her time from last year and her brother’s time also. She was aiming to hit 3:15 so needless to say, I wasn’t sticking with her either. After a very emotional God Bless America and helicopters circling above us, I said good bye to her and started a fairly steady first mile up the bridge. The race got going quickly and as we came down the bridge toward 4th street I had to keep it down since I was hitting some 8:30 miles. 4th street is wide and long so it’s easy to focus ahead and hit a stride but wait, oh no, there’s 47,000 people in this race! When I did it in 2008, it was “only” 37,000 and it seemed much less crowded. Despite the jostling and merging with other start groups, I managed to do well and was on target through the Queensboro Bridge at mile 16. I felt OK and was happy to hold a nice 9:00 pace up through the windy and severe incline. For some reason I then ran 3 9:00+ minute miles after that. It makes no sense because you hit First Avenue with big crowds and I remember looking at the watch and having to slow down because it read 8:15 and such. My only excuse is that I stopped at 81st street to hug my daughter who came up on the train from DC to see me race (how cool is that!) and do a photo session with my wife Carol.

The rest of the race was pretty uneventful. The Bronx kicked my butt the last time but that stretch between 20 and 21 with 2 bridges wasn’t bad this time. The temps were holding at about 60 degrees and I was doing Roctane and Gatorade exactly the way I wanted. Some slight cramps and tightness but for me at mile 21, this is still green light territory. It seemed like I should have a much better time going than I did but I just wanted to get through the 1 mile incline at 23 and have fun in Central Park with a running finish (no walking). I think I hung out at the water stop at mile 23 celebrating the top of the hill with a treat of both water and Gatorade because that was a slow mile. It seemed like since about mile 16, I could never really get a good pace going or get into a zone because there are so many people and quite a few are walking. The problem is that once you get going, you have to dodge someone or zig and zag because some person passes you and then slows down right in front of you or better yet, as you approach behind (and I was passing much more than being passed at this point), they start “the drift”. Also, the crowd starts pressing in so the road isn’t as wide along the last few miles in Central Park.

Anyway, it felt really good to still have some punch left as I climbed the last hill at Central Park south (mile 26) and finished with a massive 400 yard kick at 8:15! Hey, a guy like me has to take what he can get, right?

So a time of 3:57 that felt like it should be much better but I blame it on the slow water stops and crowded course – certainly not age or the distance on my watch that said 26.6 miles. The good news is that I could actually walk afterward and enjoy the evening with Carol and my daughter. And oh yea, the Shake Shack was guilt-free and very good…

Volunteer Call:

Volunteers Needed for the Charlottesville Ten Miler on March 31st!

To register as a Ten Miler volunteer, visit the Madison House volunteer registration webpage.

Every year, the C10M needs approximately 400-500 volunteers to make this event work efficiently.  We cross 180 intersections all through town and your assistance is greatly appreciated.

We are always in need of help with:

  • course setup
  • finish line setup
  • breakdown and cleanup
  • course traffic volunteers
  • mile split timers
  • water stop volunteers
  • on-course musicians
  • packet pickup
  • food preparation

Sign up online to be a Ten Miler volunteer!


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.

As well as races for charity, the track club volunteers and supports the community in other ways. We participate in a trash pick up, led by our very own Jay Wildermann
If you can help please contact Jay Wildermann at or give him a call at (434) 962-3680 Cell or (434) 295-5029 Home.

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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