At the Races
February 12, 2011
The Valentine’s Couples Race:
The Valentine’s Day race is not an individual race, but a couples race. The leading Men’s Team consisted of CTC speedsters Hernan Garbini & Andrew Nelson. Top female-female team was Leah Connor and Suzanna Turanyi. Top CTC parent-child team consisted of Samuel McLearen & Allan McLearen. Top CTC male-female team was Lise Willingham and Chris Samley. Top CTC husband and wife team Scott Smith & Mary Clare Smith. Top sibling team consisted of Mac & Caroline Outlaw. Congratulations to all of these CTC speedsters.
February 27, 2010
26th Amnesty International 5K Couples Race was a relative success. (Net to Amnesty International: $1,897.04) Hosting any race this winter was a success in itself. The original date was February 13th (always the Saturday near Valentine's Day). The weekend before we had close to 2' of snow. Midweek Old Trail contacted us and said due to the roads and parking capacity we should postpone. We postponed two weeks in hopes that the trail could be used. In the meantime Nicola Ratcliffe measured an all road version I proposed. Unfortunately it was only 2.8 miles. We drove the course looking for the best way to make 3.1. For safety reasons we decided to insert it early on so at the first turn we went toward 250 .15 miles and back. This meant the mile markers changed so Mark Lorenzoni measured the complete course (he also marked it race morning). Unfortunately the temperatures remained low the next few weeks and the trail is shaded so we had to use the all road version. The road was in good shape with the exception of a small black ice spot about 150 yards before the finish which we put cones and a volunteer at. We want to thank our sponsors such as Ragged Mountain Running Shop, Sal's Pizza, Anna's Ristorante Italiano, Pesto Meditrranean Grill,Dairy Queen, Charlottesville Ice Park, Domino's Pizza, The Nook Restaurant, Bodo's, Giant Foods, Coca Cola & Trailside Coffee. We also want to thank volunteers: Anna Castle, Coleman Charlton, Carol Finch, Michael Goldman,Wanda Hamlin, Lyle Henofer, Chip Hopper, Eileen Rudert Hopper, John Lloyd, Dave Murphy, Nicola Ratcliffe, Marty Roddy, Emily Smith, Susan Stewart, Jay Wilderman, Andy Wright. Bruce Carveth is "retiring" as Amnesty race coordinator after 23 years. Brian Buckley will be taking on that task. On behalf of CTC and the runners we would like to thank him and his family for their many contributions to this race.
February 14, 2009
CTC member Charlie Hurt came across the finish line tied with former UVA standout James Erickson as they clocked a 16:56 together. Glen Bjerke (4th, 17:53), Hernan Garbini (5th 18:12), Mike Standinsky (6th, 18:18), Barry Young (7th, 18:24), and Galin Boyd (8th, 18:35) helped the CTC to one of its best recent top 10 showings as 6 of the top 8 came from our ranks. Kristen Keller was the first CTC female over the course as she clocked an impressive 20:09. Beth Cottone (20:11), Becky Keller (20:21), Mary Manley (20:23), and Maureen Bjerke (21:10) represented the rest of the club’s top 5 females across the finish line. This represented one of the closest top 5 CTC female groupings in recent memory.
As usual, veteran director Carol Finch organized a dandy as she was assisted by John Lloyd and a crew of CTC volunteers. Bruce Carveth and his Amnesty International team were on hand to help Carol with race day logistics and as has been tradition for the past 25 years all of the proceeds from this CTC not-for-profit event were passed along to this fine organization.
February 16, 2008
After a long run “on Broadway” one of the club’s oldest and most popular holiday races took its act to the country and it was met with a round of applause. The new “Old Trail” course and Western Albemarle location treated the runners to gorgeous panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and afforded the CTC a greatly reduced volunteer contingency for course management.
Longtime CTC volunteer and one of the club’s most active of its Lifetime Service Award recipients, Carol Finch, organized an excellent footrace. In her usual thoughtful manner she laid out an excellent course and had race registration and results mapped out like a well-oiled machine.
Charlie Hurt was the first CTC member into the chutes with a stellar 2nd overall 15:56 clocking and it was very fitting that longtime Crozet resident Nicola Ratcliffe, who helped design the new course, was the first female champion as she clocked a 19:24 (interestingly enough that is the exact time that fellow member Andrea Wright ran on the old downtown course to set the same 40-49 age group course record).
Most of the finishers commented that they enjoyed the course, which was almost completely void of auto traffic. They found the last mile, which was mostly uphill to be quite challenging. Despite the climb, several of our members had excellent outings including the following club racers who took home blue ribbons in their respective age groups: Hernan Garbini (45-49), Rick Kwiatkowski (40-44), Clark Jackson (50-54), Al McLearen (55-59), Chuck Lascano (60-64), Linda Scandore (55-59), Joan VanDyken (50-54) and Louise Dudley (65-69). The neat thing about the inaugural running of this course is that each of these folks is now the proud age group course record holders... at least until next year’s race!
In keeping with the tradition of the Valentines couples aspect of the event the following CTC folks were involved with winning partner categories: Sam/Al McLearen (1st Parent/Child), Claire Snell/Donna Charlebois (1st Female/Female), Becky/Kristen Keller (1st Siblings). Hernan Garbini/Chris Samley (Male/Male), Leigh/Ann Townsend (Parent/Child), Rick/Lisa Kwiatkowski (Husband/Wife), and Charlie/Olivia Hurt (Siblings) all finished 2nd in their respective categories.
Several other CTC members had excellent races including Jason Braunstein, Mark Robbins, Barry Young, Anthony Nappi, Mike Cassity, David Rapp, George Gillies, Donna Charlebois, Sharon Balint, Robin Ramm, Henry Reeves, Patricia Robinson, Laurelyn Dratt and Karen Boserman.
This year’s inaugural running at Old Trail was a smashing success and the club was able to help raise a substantial donation for our wonderful friends at Amnesty International, one of the CTC’s favorite not for profit causes.
February 10, 2007
The 28th edition of the area’s premier twosome event played host to one of the largest fields in this race’s illustrious history, as close to 300 runners traversed the hills of beautiful downtown enroute to impressive 5K finishes. The racers were greeted with the traditional bitter cold temperatures but calm conditions helped speed them to good times over this challenging course.
CTC veteran volunteer Carol Finch and a corps of 75 club and Amnesty International folks helped to safely guide all of the racers from start to finish. She engineered another dandy edition of one of the area’s most popular footraces and despite the bone chilling weather many of the runners commented that they were “warmed “ by the club’s great organizational efforts.
Fellow club members scored well in their respective partner categories. Blue ribbon winners included Chris Samley and Lise Willingham (male/female), Andrea Wright and Nicola Ratcliffe (female/female), Al and MacKenzie Inigo (husband/wife), and Scott and Eric Smith (parent/child).
Ten time CTC Runner of the Year Burkhard Spiekermann (18:00) was the first club member into the chutes as he finished 4th overall and fellow CTC members Chris Samley (7th), Sam McLearen (8th), and Hernan Garbini (9th) also finished in the top 10. Spiekermann (49), Samley (44) and Garbini (45), who are all in the same age group, were only separated by 46 seconds.
Fellow CTC members Andrea Wright and Eliza O’Connell tied for first place on the women’s side, as the speedy duo clocked an impressive 19:24. Wright’s time shattered her old course record for 40-49 year olds by 49 seconds!
Other CTC times of note were turned in by the following partner teams: Glen Anderson /Mike Cassity, Richard Moon/Joe Stirt, Beth Cottone/Kerry Hendrix, Tanya Sturtz/Amber Gardner, Patricia Robinson/Mary Blackwell, Judy English/Emily Hauenstein, Eliza O’Connell/ David Litherland, Anthony Nappi/Rebecca Phelan, Brian Muszynski/Felicia Marston, Michelle Co/Steve Braden, Leisa /John Gonnella, David/Anna Castle, Sharon/Adam Fickley, George/Melanie Gillies, Robert & Joan VanDyken, Lou Valente/Judy Foritneux, Vicky & Clay Marsh, Sam & Jeff Stafford, Sam & Al McLearen, Noaa & Burkhard Spiekermann, Richard & Justin Young, Ed & Anna Russell, Mark & Anders Quigg, Emily & Mary Clare Smith, Audrey & Cynthia Lorenzoni, and Margaret & Lucy Russell.
Thanks to everyone’s support, over $2,000 was raised for our area chapter of Amnesty International.
February 11, 2006
A blanket of white, courtesy of a mid-winter snowfall, greeted the racers for this year’s edition of the Valentine’s Partners 5K. And as a testimony to the toughness of our area runners and the popularity of this event, close to 300 folks braved the slippery weather and hit the hills of downtown.
CTC veteran volunteer Carol Finch did an excellent job in her debut as Race Director for this popular CTC race. Along with the fine folks from Amnesty International, Carol and her great corps of CTC volunteers pulled off a dandy despite the snow, which fell throughout the event.
Former Western Albemarle and William and Mary standout Charlie Hurt pulled away from the field early and coasted to a 16:29 victory, almost two minutes ahead of second place. Kevin Owen (18:21) was the first CTC finisher and he was followed by fellow members Lee Coppock (19:06) and Rick Kwiatkowski (19:19), who rounded out the Club’s top 3.
Western star Samantha Stafford was the first CTC female into the chutes, as she clocked a 19:33. She was followed by Nicola Ratcliffe (20:02) and Emily Bascom (20:37), who rounded out the CTC’s top three women.
The Club was well represented in the Partner categories as Paul Buschi/Tim Gathright (Male/Male), Brittany Murphy/Bethany Coppock (Female/Female), Jeff and Samantha Stafford (Parent/Child), and Kevin and Kathleen Owen (Husband/Wife) all took home blue ribbons in their respective categories.
Despite the challenging conditions and a tough course, several members scored impressive outings. Scott Smith, Tom Wolanski, George Stetkevych, Jeanine Wolanski, Richard Moon, George Gillies, Dan Dunsmore, Tim Gable, Paul Mintz, Anne Weybright, Dorie McHugh, Beth Schmid, Jim Hackett, Ben Farmer and Rich Barnett were among the folks who had solid 5K efforts on this snowy day.
As always, all of the proceeds from this all-volunteer effort were passed along to our area chapter of Amnesty International, a most worthy cause.
February 12, 2005
One of the largest groups ever assembled for this popular sweetheart’s day race traversed the hills of downtown en route to finishing one of the most challenging courses in the area and raising dollars for a most worthy cause (Amnesty International). All totaled, 311 folks did battle with the middle 3 miles of the Ten Miler course and thanks to the organizational efforts of CTC Director Tom Scala and his corps of CTC volunteers, the race was a huge success.
Chris Samley (2nd, 19:02) and Mike Herrick (3rd, 19:13) were the top CTC finishers as they (and ten others) veered slightly off course (costing them about 90 seconds). Despite the lengthy addition, they had excellent efforts and were joined by fellow members Lee Coppock (7th), Rick Kwiatkowski (9th), and Adam Goldfarb (10th) in rounding out the top ten.
CTC speedster Andrea Wright continued her winning ways with a 20:13 clock stopper. Her closest CTC competitor was Kristen Keller, who finished 4th in 20:58.
As usual, the CTC took home its share of hardware thanks to the outstanding efforts of several of its blue ribbon age group winners including Samley (40-44), Herrick (25-29), Richard Young (50-54), Christine Collins (35-39), Kristen Keller (25-29), Rollin Stanton (55-59), Cynthia Lorenzoni (45-49), Cal Fowler (65-69), Chuck Lascano (60-64), Patti Clevenson (50-54), and Beth Schmid (55-59), to name just a few. One of the tightest age group battles in recent memory came down to a lean as CTC veteran Armand Zambardi (27:47) outlegged fellow 70-year old Jack Schmid (27:48). Whew!
Close to 25% of the field were CTC members and many of them knocked the stuffing out of this challenging course: Wayne Kotania, Lise Willingham, Chris Sica, Tom Wolanski, Frances Hersey, Richard Moon, Kiyoko Asao-Ragosta, Donna Charlebois, Eleni Heeschen, Krista and Lee Coppock, and Sara Goldfarb.
The top partners at this popular holiday run were Rick Kwiatkowski/Andrea Wright (male/female), Richard and Justin Young (parent/child), Joe and Lauren Nuffer (brother/sister), Chris Sica and Karl Kennedy (male/male), and Kevin and Katherine Owen (husband/wife).
February 14, 2004
A record breaking crowd turned out for this popular mid-winter race as close to 350 folks made their way through the scenic streets of Historic Downtown. Former three-time CTC president, Tom Scala, who has directed this race for years, organized another dandy along with the fine folks from Amnesty International.
Former Western Albemarle star Jeremy Cadle, who still holds the school mile record (4:13), out kicked Colin Delaney to take home a 16:50 win. Longtime CTC veteran Nicola Ratcliffe led a stellar field of women across the line with a 20:03 win. She was quickly followed by fellow club members Andrea Wright (20:21) and Carin Ward (20:23). CTC members took home blue ribbons in their respective partner groups including Nicola and Andrea (Female/female), Richard and Justin Young (Parent/Child) and Jeremy and Carin (Male/Female).
Several members had impressive outings over this hilly course including Richard Moon, Cal Fowler, Chris Samley, Dave Krovetz, Andy Stafford, John Densmore, Bethany Coppock, Jerri Emm, Kiyoko Asao-Rogosta, Trish Foley, Ann Peery, Chuck Lascano, Jim Horstkotte, Karen Stafford, Beth Schmid, Patti Clevenson, Elizabeth Olmstead, Candy Montero, Harold Blincoe, Kobby Hoffman, Patty Workman, Scott Smith and Michael Herrick.
Tom Scala and the CTC volunteers are to be commended for organizing a well-run event. Many folks commented that they felt it was run beautifully. CTC volunteers lined the course from start to finish and they were supported by a bevy of city police officers.
As always, all of the proceeds were passed along to Amnesty International a most worthy cause.
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