The demanding, all-uphill course offers thrilling views of Monticello, Charlottesville, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. All proceeds go the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to support the preservation and maintenance of the Trail at Monticello.
At The Races
May 7, 2011
Andrew Schroeder led 230 hearty athletes up a 1,000 foot ascent en route to claiming the prestigious ?King of the Mountain? jersey at The Montalto Challenge 5K. Hosted by the folks at Monticello, this grueling climb is the steepest road race in Virginia and the climbers were treated to some of the most spectacular views of any race finish, including a bird?s eye view of Jefferson?s mountaintop home hundreds of feet below the finish line.
Eliza O?Connell successfully defended her ?Queen of the Mountain? title as she out legged ultra marathon ace Sophie Speidel and Boston Marathoner Kristen Keller.
Some other hill climbs of note were clocked by Tom Nash, Andy Jones Wilkins, Cele Craig, Harry Landers, Hernan Garbini, Leah Connor, Peggy Mowbray, Jenny Fabrizio, Paul Ferrer, Jerri Emm, Cindy Ewing, Bill and Laurie Duxbury, Peter Hatch, Phil Curran, Chris Engel, Peggy Cornett and Linda Scandore. At 77 Harlan Brown was the oldest to the top.
May 2, 2009
For the first time since purchasing Montalto, the fine folks at Monticello, with the help of Head Gardener Peter Hatch, hosted a footrace from the base of the Saunders Trail all the way up to the top of Montalto. This all uphill climb, now widely considered to be the most challenging road race in town, hosted close to 100 brave runners, who worked extremely hard as they traversed the steep switchbacks to the top of Montalto. They were rewarded for their efforts with some of the most gorgeous and panoramic views of Charlottesville, including the unique perspective of looking down at Monticello!
Former Western Albemarle standout Alec Lorenzoni was the first to the top as he clocked an impressive 20:47. To give you a perspective of how challenging the climb was, the longtime CTC member would run a full five minutes faster on the 4th of July 5K course a few months later! Expert hill climber Sophie Speidel was the first CTC woman to the top (26:35) and she was closely followed by fellow member Cynthia Lorenzoni (27:07) and Christiann DeFries (27:35).
Other impressive times were turned in by the following CTC ?billy goats?: Bess Tarkington, Kevin Cox, Brendon Nash, Anthony Nappi, Barry Young, Will Cox, Joe Milby, Harry Landers, Tom Nash, Peggy Mowbray, Leah Connor, Jerri Emm, Craig Sarazin, Bridget Donaldson, Linda Scandore, Andrew Hersey, Peter Hatch, George Gillies, Susan Dendinger, Ginny Myers, Marilyn Harman, Bill and Laurie Duxbury, Kate Kohn, Henry Chapman and Peggy Cornett.
The amazing thing was that, despite the steep uphill terrain, everyone in the field broke 45 minutes!