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).
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.