I love this club. We have not had the opportunity to get all the members together lately because of weather, vacation, sickness (that was me) or other obligations. I miss running with these guys. We have a lot of fun setting up training runs when we prepare for our long runs like half marathons or full marathons. We have water stations set up along our route and a car that comes by every so often just to see if everyone is ok. It’s a good feeling knowing that you can depend on someone to look after your well-being. If you run you need to have a group like this.
If you follow our group on Facebook, you probably read the news that our club has taken on sponsorship of a local road in Mathews County as part of the VDT Adopt A Highway program. It will be a few weeks before our sign is installed – we will likely schedule our first trash pickup day in October. We have a 2 mile section of Route 14 – trash bags, etc will be provided by VDOT, coffee & donuts by the club. I hope you all will consider joining us – I’ll send the exact date via Facebook and email and ask for RSVP.
Near-freezing temperatures this morning, Sunday Oct 18th, did not discourage participants in our inaugural “Micro Triathlon” held at Williams Wharf in Mathews County. After pre-race instructions, the event started at 8:45am and the outside temperature hovered around 40 degrees – the water temp was more favorable at about 65.
After finishing a quarter mile swim in the open water, racers ran to the transition area to prepare for their 8 mile bike ride along scenic backroads of Mathews County. The triathlon capped off with a 2 mile run: out-and-back along Williams Wharf Road. The distances for this “Micro Triathlon” were intentionally shorter than a regulation triathlon – and the focus was training/ practicing the Transitions between swim & bike, and bike & run.
Although the weather forced the cancellation of the Gwynn’s Island Festival this year, the Kukini race went on as scheduled. The Gwynn’s Island Fire Department was the start & finish line for the two events: 1 mile fun run kicked off at 9am followed by the 5k race at 9:30 – more than 60 participants came out to enjoy the competition!
Eight-year-old Faith Lewis of Mathews County was the fastest miler on Saturday and led the pack with a time of 11:23.9. She almost missed the race: with the festival cancelled there was concern that the race would be called off. As soon as Faith arrived, the race started and she never looked back.
The 5k race was also competitive – and slightly longer than 5k. This 3.5 mile course presented very little challenge to the local runners: Russell Reed of Onemo led the group from the start and finished in just over 19 minutes, followed by Doug Marshall of Mathews with a time of 20:37.8, and Samuel Guy – in town visiting with his family from California – in third overall at 23:17.2. The race for fastest overall female was hotly contested by Mathews High School running champs from past & present: Sabrina Myers (age 20) was narrowly ousted by Rileigh Betz (age 15) by a fraction of a second.
The Virginia Tidewater Trailrunners (VTTR) hosted the fundraiser event in collaboration with Mathews YMCA and the Gwynn’s Island Civic League. Due to the success of the event – in spite of the weather – VTTR donated $250 to both organizations! Adding to the community spirit were Gwynn’s Island Campground who set up & manned the race water stop, and the Gwynn’s Island Fire Department who loaned their facility, grounds, and equipment to the event: the fire engine horn was the starting blast that sent runners off to the races.
Race Director and VTTR member Jessica Rhodes voiced her satisfaction with the event. “We had a few glitches but overall this turned out well,” she commented. “The Gwynn’s Island community really came through for us with the Civic League, Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and the Campground. This made our event run smoothly and allowed us to keep our costs low. Low costs equate to more proceeds and higher donations to these organizations. This was our club’s first event and I consider it a success. We’re looking forward to next year!”
The VTTR is a running group located in Middle Peninsula with a focus on local events. They organize and coordinate several events each year, most recently the Horn Harbor Biathlon: a 4.5 mile run followed by .85 mile swim transitioning at Horn Harbor Marina in June. A fall event will be another biathlon – this time a run/ kayak combination. For further details, check out their website at vttrunners.com.
Another HH Biathlon in the record books for VTTR club members, participants, and supporters! In total, 11 competitors took part in the event: 9 completed both segments (4.75 mile run & 0.85 mile swim) of the biathlon and 2 did one component (Liz did the “run only” and Donna did the “swim only” – next year they will make a great relay team!).
Here are the results for Biathlon (we didn’t get times for Liz & Donna – sorry!):
1st place- 1:04:50, Charlotte Hollings
2nd place- 1:10:46, Doug Paredes
3rd place- 1:14:07, Ronnie Myers
4th place- 1:19:01, Carolyn Quinn
5th place- 1:25:50, Kathy Kauffman
6th place- 1:25:52, Scott Kauffman
7th place- 1:28:57, Ray Funkhouser
8th place- 1:30:30, Christine Johnson ***
9th place- 1:36:55, Esther Glover
*** got a lift in a car for 1/4 mile so results aren’t “true” distance.
A special thanks goes out to the Norm & Kris Turner at Horn Harbor Marina, www.hornharbormarina.com. Two years in a row they have graciously allowed us to use the Marina as our transition point for the biathlon. This year Norm was on hand cheering during the transition and ensuring boaters were aware of the swimmers in the water.
The event is growing and we’re getting smarter every year – in 2016 we will hold the event earlier in June (the run portion was too HOT!) and earlier in the morning (cooler & less boat traffic). Of course the biathlon will still be topped off with good food and good stories! There were a couple of “Jelly Reports” (jellyfish arrive at Chesapeake Bay in late June/ early July) – but for the most part, we Beat The Jellies!
George Washington famously crossed the Delaware… and the She Crabs Triathlon group, Stripers Masters Swim Team, and VTTRunners joined together to cross the Rappahannock River early on Sunday morning, 5/24/2015. Twenty-two swimmers were supported by just as many supporters in assorted watercraft – we are pleased to report that all who started the swim finished it in good time. The first finisher timed the two mile swim in just over 48 mins (48:21) and the final finisher in approx 100 minutes. Lots of great times in between.
There is some discussion of a follow up on Labor Day weekend to mark the close of summer – start training and stay tuned.
Club runners attended the Inaugural Petersburg Half Marathon & 5K event held on April 18, 2015: 2 members running Half Marathon (Jessica & Ronnie) and 2 running the 5K (Sabrina & Christine). We had to depart Mathews at 4:30am to make the 6am packet pickup and the 7am race start time – with just a couple nervous “GPS” moments, we found the Start/ Finish area at the Union Train Station in old Petersburg and had a great morning for a run!
First time Half Marathon runner, Ronnie finished in top 25% of his age group at just over 2 hours; Jessica hit the 2 hour mark as well and is already planning her next Half Marathon (“I just know I can do it better!”). In the 5k, Sabrina placed 2nd overall and Christine got an age-group 2nd place – and both got high marks for “cheering” on the Half Marathon competitors!
The after-race events were ideal (who can argue with pizza, beer, and balloon lady?!) – perfect weather and fun atmosphere – kudos to Petersburg for a successful event!
Sixty-six runners met on a cold, rainy day at Ware Academy in Gloucester, Virginia to run this crazy pie-shaped course. The 3.1415 mile trek was across grassy & wooded fields behind the Ware Academy – see course map below and pictures from the event, held on March 14th of course – at 9:26:53am.
VTTR members & guests met at Fort Nonsense park in Mathews County for an early-bird 5k run. The weather was favorable: sun was bright and temp was above freezing! This was a simple out-and-back run along Rt 3; although traffic was lighter than normal, still heavy enough to make this course slower than expected. Next New Years run will be relocated to a more “secluded” route.