Locally Seth Hutchinson, Alec Lorezoni, Vicky Schandevel, Louise Knudson, Melissa Rittenhouse, and Ann Mazur competed in the 36th edition of the Charlottesville Ten Miler, Charlottesville’s oldest and most revered footrace. Once again RMR was a big help behind the scenes of this race as Mike Inge served as the race director with Chris Post as his right hand man putting in countless hours to make the race go off without a hitch. Also volunteering to work the meet were Macklin Chaffee and Nicole Kelleher. Dr. Robert Wilder, RMR’s team physician, headed up the Ten Miler medical team for the 13th straight year.
On the men’s side, Seth Hutchinson was able to defend his title from the year before as he pulled away from runner-up finisher Kalib Wilkinson around two miles and never looked back. Hutchinson’s time of 50:57 was almost identical to his time last year although it was a new course this year and he had been fighting a chest cold for the few weeks leading up to the race. Alec Lorenzoni placed 4th overall running a PR of 54:12, beating his previous Cville Ten Miler best of 56:24 from 2005 when he took home the title in the pouring rain.
On the women’s side, Vicky Schandevel went out conservative the first five miles (30:59) and negative split the second half (30:28) to place 2nd overall and improved her time from last year by two minutes running 61:27. Schandevel has been racing well as of late as this comes two weeks after winning the MJ8k. Louise Knudson followed close behind, finishing in 61:35. Louise has been battling the flu as of late but still was able to PR by 17 seconds from last year. Melissa Rittenhouse finished 7th overall, fading a bit the second half running 1:04:48. Last but not least, Ann Mazur ran 66:24, good enough for 14th overall female. Her time bested her previous Cville Ten Miler performance in 2009 by two minutes.
For Hutchinson, Lorenzoni, and Knudson, this was the last tune up race before their peak race, the Boston marathon, in three weeks.
Results: 2011 Charlottesville Ten Miler