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Browning Makes RMR Debut at Music City Distance Carnival

Charlotte Browning made her RMR debut this past weekend at the Music City Distance Carnival. For Browning, stepping on the track is something she has been wanting to do since February as she has dealt with races being cancelled due to weather, small injury setbacks in the late winter/early spring, and an untimely virus a few weeks ago. Despite all of the obstacles along the way, Charlotte toed the line poised to race against a competitive field in the Women’s 1500m Invitational heat.

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Browning established herself early on, running in third position behind the rabbit and one other runner. While she was not able to respond as well as she would have liked when the leaders moved, Browning finished strong in 5th place in a time of 4:18.27. While the race may not have showed her true fitness, it is a great stepping stone for the rest of her season as it is the fastest she has ever opened up with and her first positive race since having surgery back in 2011. Now that Browning has her first race of the year out of the way, she will be looking to drop her time when she travels to Indiana to compete in the American Milers Club High Performance Series on June 12th and 15th. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Music City Distance Carnival

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Hurt and Jacoby finish 1-2 at YMCA/Civitan 10K Run

Charlie Hurt and Bert Jacoby traveled to Fredericksburg, Virginia to compete in the YMCA/Civitan 10K Run. For Hurt it was his final race of the year and for Jacoby it was his first race of the year.

Hurt took off at the beginning and never looked back, cruising to a victory in a time of 32:51. The win completes a solid winter/spring season for Hurt as he now looks forward to some down time before gearing up for the summer and fall.

Bert also distanced himself from the rest of the field and ran the first half in around 17 flat. Despite a tight hamstring the second half, Jacoby held strong and finished second in 34:09, over two minutes ahead of third place. This was a good comeback race for Bert as he had been battling an injury most of the winter and is now getting his legs under him. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 YMCA/Civitan 10K Run

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Ford and Adam Compete at Virginia Challenge

Sallie Ford and Thomas Adam hit the track in the 5000m at the highly competitive Virginia Challenge, a last chance meet put on by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Ford stuck her nose in the race and ran strong, despite dropping off a little bit the last few laps. While Ford was not completely satisfied with her performance, her time of 17:01.95 was only four seconds off of her personal best. In his first 5000m in two years, Adam tried to hang on to the fast pace of the field for a chance at a personal best. While his comeback from a minor injury a couple months ago has gone well, the fitness wasn’t quite there yet as Adam had a rough  last mile, finishing in 15:13.83. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Virginia Challenge

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Two Races, Two Wins

Rachel Ward and Chris Post both competed this past weekend on the roads.

Ward tackled the Montalto Challenge 5k, an all-uphill race that starts with the Saunders-Monticello Trail and continues all the way to the top of Montalto. Ward took home the blue ribbon on the women’s side and took second overall, running 20:31. Her time eclipsed the previous course record by over three minutes. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Montalto Challenge 5k

Post traveled to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the Carytown 10k. Post took control early and never looked back, breaking the tape in a time of 33:34. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Carytown 10k

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Hutchinson and Ford post impressive performances

Seth Hutchinson and Sallie Ford both posted impressive performances in the Washington, DC area over the weekend.

Hutchinson traveled to Alexandria, Virginia for the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler. On a cool day with a bit of a headwind, Hutchinson started out conservatively but kept the leaders in his sights. Gradually he moved up and took the lead by the five mile mark, running the first half of the race in 25:56. From there Hutchinson was able to pull away from second and third with a strong 25:00 clocking over the final five miles. Hutchinson took home the victory in a time of 50:56, eclipsing his previous best by a second set back in 2011 at the Charlottesville Ten Miler. Results and an article about the race can be found below.

Swim Bike Run Photography (SBRP): Pacers 2013: GW Parkway Classic 10 Mile: Finish, 0850-0915 &emdash; 20130421_Parkway_Classic_2303

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Results: 2013 George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Miler

Article: GW Parkway Classic provides catharsis for many with Boston on their minds

North of DC, Ford competed in the Pike’s Peek 10K in Rockville, Maryland. Fast times were waiting to be had as the weather was ideal and the race is well-known for being competitive and having a PR type of course. Ford got out nice and controlled the first mile then eyed a group of four women to go after over the next few miles. Ford was able to catch them and cruised through the 5k in 17:25.

After the halfway point, the pack broke up and Sallie took the opportunity to make a move. Ford kept her eyes up and looked for women coming back to her. In the end Ford crossed the line in a time of 34:37, which is 41 seconds faster than her college track PR set three years ago. Her efforts placed her 9th overall and 1st American in the highly competitive field. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Pike’s Peek 10k

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Rittenhouse and Martin compete at the Boston Marathon

Melissa Rittenhouse and Amy Martin competed in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, the Boston Marathon. The weather was much more marathon-friendly this year compared to the unseasonably warm temperatures felt the past two years.

Rittenhouse took advantage of the good weather and the downhill beginning miles of the course, running 6:20s comfortably early on. Around eight miles, the marathon veteran knew to respect not only the distance but also the difficulty of Boston’s course and decided to back off a bit to save energy for later in the race. While Melissa faded a bit the second half of the race, her performance was quite impressive considering that several months ago she was struggling to run at all. Her time of 2:54:19 is validation that the passion is still there and that she is well on her way to getting back to her former self and beyond.

Martin also got out well in her race, running comfortably through the half in 1:28:02, below her target goal pace. Amy was still cruising at 18 until she was knocked down by another runner not paying attention at a water station. The fall/stop caused her legs to cramp, so she intelligently kept moving (but at a slower pace) until her body had a chance to regroup. After getting down some fluids and gels at the next two water stops, Martin was able to pick it back up and charged up Heartbreak hill, passing numerous runners. She was able to even drop the pace in the final miles and, despite her fall, set a new personal record, running 3:00:44. Her time bested her previous mark by 1:47 from Chicago in 2011 and also placed her 14th among all women 40 and over in the race. While Martin was happy with the time all things considered, her performance also shows that she has more time to drop in the future.

Two other members of the RMR family competed at Boston as well. Heidi Johnson, aka the queen of core, ran 3:43:04 in her 12th consecutive Boston Marathon appearance. Harry Landers, who has been helping out at workouts in recent months, ran 3:39:52 in his 5th consecutive Boston Marathon. Both of their times are good enough to qualify them for next year’s race.

Last but not least, the Boston Marathon is always a special event for Coach Mark Lorenzoni as he is able to see a good number of the runners he mentors compete on one of running’s biggest stages. Whether he is helping a member of the RMR team or the Boston Bound group, Mark gives it his all to prepare his athletes to reach their goals on race day and loves getting the opportunity to see them compete in person.

Sadly, the Boston Marathon this year was overshadowed by the bombings that occurred later in the day which resulted in three deaths and over 170 injuries. The Charlottesville community was very fortunate as all of the runners and spectators at the event were out of harm’s way at the time of the explosions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragic event.

Searchable Results: 2013 Boston Marathon

 

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Ward and Hurt compete at Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

Rachel Ward and Charlie Hurt toed the line along with 32,000+ other runners at the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, Virginia. Rachel Ward had a solid day, running 34:53. Her time placed her 8th overall and she finished as the 2nd American in the field. For Hurt, the race was his second in as many weeks, coming off of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. Hurt followed up his 15th place showing at the 10 miler with a 15th place showing at the 10k, running 31:53. Hurt was the 5th American to finish. Results can be found below.

Searchable Results: 2013 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k

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Ford wins Crystal Run 5K, Hurt places high at Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

Sallie Ford traveled to Arlington, Virginia to compete in the Crystal Run 5K, an event held every Friday in April. While the course was fairly flat, there were a few 180-degree turns and a strong wind to deal with. Ford took home the victory for the women and was 13th overall in a field of over 1,600. Her time of 17:42 was only four seconds off the course record set back in 2009. Results can be found below.

Swim Bike Run Photography (SBRP): Pacers 2013: Crystal Run 5K Fridays, Race #1 &emdash; 20130405_CR5KF_0376
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Results: 2013 Crystal Run 5K, April 5th

Also on Friday, Chris Post hit the track for another 5,000m at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Virginia. Unfortunately Post was a bit under the weather leading up to the race and did not run as well as he had hoped, crossing the line in 16:00.45. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Colonial Relays

On Sunday Charlie Hurt traveled to Washington, DC to race in the highly competitive Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. Hurt got out well, running the first five miles in 25:54 and was in the middle of a big pack. Hurt’s strength over the longer distances prevailed as he was able to break away from most of the guys in his group and finished in a time of 52:12. Hurt placed 15th overall and 6th in his age group. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Men 25-29

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Ford, Post, and Hess Compete at Washington & Lee Carnival

Sallie Ford, Chris Post, and Joel Hess traveled down to Lexington, Virginia to compete in the Washington & Lee Track and Field Carnival.  Ford competed first in the 1500m, placing third in her heat and fourth overall in a time of 4:50.15. Post ran next in the 5000m, posting a solid time of 15:44.64 for 28th place overall. Finally, Hess competed in the 10,000m. Joel started out strong but had some cramping issues which hampered his performance. Hess finished up in 16th place in 24:47.83. Results can be found below.

Results: 2013 Washington & Lee Track and Field Carnival

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Winter Recap

My apologies for not keeping up with race updates better. Here is a brief summary of results from Thanksgiving until now.

There were several trotters on turkey day. Sallie Ford and Lee Gabler both took impressive victories to the dinner table. Ford won the Drumstick Dash 5k in 16:13, outdistancing second place by 38 seconds. While the course was deemed a bit short, the effort was still impressive in a field of 15,000 runners. Gabler had a different experience in his win as he had to battle the second place finisher to the end, winning the Townwide Fund Thanksgiving Day 4 Mile Run by a second in 20:41. Thomas Adam ran the Home Run for the Homeless in Akron, OH and placed 3rd in a time of 20:15. Bert Jacoby raced the Turkey Trot 5k in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jacoby put in a solid effort, running 15:51 for 11th place.

Jacoby wasn’t done though and went back to Fredericksburg a few weeks later in December to run the Blue & Grey Half Marathon. The purpose was not to run a personal best but to place high enough in order to win the Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series. This would be Bert’s seventh and final race he needed to run in order to be qualified to win it all. Crossing the line in 1:14:23, Jacoby placed 4th overall and clinched the series victory (final standings here).

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Also racing in December were Seth Hutchinson and Melissa Rittenhouse. Both took home the blue ribbon at a small, fun, local event, the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5k held in Crozet, Virginia.

Seth in the holiday spirit!

Rachel Ward kicked of the new year with an overall victory at the New Year’s 5k in Free Union, Virginia. Ward broke the tape in a time of 17:04.

Ward with a little pacing help from teammate Chris Post

A few RMR athletes headed indoors for some winter track action. With some pacing from teammate Charlotte Browning, Ward opened up her season at the VT Invitational mid-January with a 3000m. Rachel won by 23 seconds, running 9:36.54. Thomas Adam and Lee Gabler busted some rust off in a 3000m race the following week at the Liberty Open. Adam ran 8:48.40 and Gabler ran 9:00.20. On the roads, Louise Knudson and Melissa Rittenhouse ran the Frostbite 15k in Richmond, Virginia. Knudson placed 2nd in 59:20 and Rittenhouse was close behind in 3rd in a time of 59:37.

In February Gabler traveled back to Lynchburg with Chris Post to run in the Liberty Quad. Gabler and Post both ran the mile, clocking times of 4:36.05 and 4:32.47. Their times were not quite what they were looking for, but Gabler was sick at the time and it was Post’s first indoor mile since high school. Ward competed the next day on the roads a local road race, the Amnesty International/CTC Valentine Couples 5K. Ward went 1-2 with race teammate Adrian Lorenzoni, running 17:13.

On to March! Charlie Hurt hit the roads down south at the Reedy River 10k in Greenville, South Carolina. Hurt fought through some tough weather conditions to run 32:44, good enough for 7th place and a small pay day. Seth Hutchinson, Joel Hess, and Rachel Ward stayed closer to home and ran the Martha Jefferson 8k. Hutchinson won the event for the fifth year in a row, running a comfortable 25:09 on a very hilly course. Hess came in next in second in a time of 28:17, followed close behind by Ward in third in a time of 28:21. Ward broke the course record, previously held by teammate Nicole Kelleher. Local race photographer Natalie Krovetz was at the race capturing the event. Her photos can be found here.

Chris Post and Sallie Ford traveled to Washington, DC to run the St. Patrick’s Day 8k. Both harriers came away with PRs as Post finished 11th in 25:43 and Ford placed 7th in a time of 28:53. For Post this was redemption for his subpar mile a few weeks before and for Ford it was validation that her comeback from an injury this winter is going well.

Almost caught up! Below is a recap of this weekend’s action.

The area’s oldest and most prestigious foot race, the Charlottesville Ten Miler, was held this weekend. The RMR family had a big hand putting on the event as former team member Mike Inge was the race director and Mark Lorenzoni, Cynthia Lorenzoni, Audrey Lorenzoni, Chris Post, Dr. Bob Wilder, Joel Hess, Nicole Kelleher, Vicky Schandevel, Sarah Breevoort, and Sallie Ford all helped out on race day. Amy Martin made her RMR debut by using the race as more of a workout, running 1:06:14 for 3rd place. Thomas Adam, who has been battling an injury for a few weeks, also used this race as more of a tempo, running 58:14 for 10th.

Melissa Rittenhouse traveled to Washington, DC to compete in the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon. Rittenhouse ran this race at marathon pace, completing the course in 1:24:08, good enough for 19th female.

Last but not least, Seth Hutchinson, Charlie Hurt, and Rachel Ward traveled to Virginia Beach to compete in the TowneBank 8k. Hutchinson placed 4th overall in a new personal best of 24:18. Hurt followed in 5th place, running 25:21. Ward also placed 4th, finishing in a time of 27:29.

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