PI Day 5k

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.

PI Day Race Course
PI Day Race Course
Ready, Set, GO!
Ready, Set, GO!

Happy New Year 5K run

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.

Results can be viewed on this link – click here

Before & after pics below – click here for additional pictures.

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2015.1.1 – VTTR pre-run posing!
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Post run pose in front of artillery piece

 

 

Jingle Bell 5k

The Piankatank Golf Course was the venue for this small, but very well-coordinated, 5k race sponsored by the Middlesex YMCA.  VTT Runners showed up in full Christmas dress (Santa Hats, Jingle Bells, etc) and represented on the award stand: Jessica was in the top 3 female finishers, and Doug in the top 3 male.  This event is in its second year:  the post-race celebration in the golf course clubhouse included pizza, beer, and seated massages!  Highly Recommended and a MUST for next year.

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Williams Wharf Biathlon

Running + Kayaking: starting & finishing in downtown Mathews!

Early morning on Sunday, October 12 Jessica, Doug, and I challenged ourselves to another group biathlon – this time, running 3 miles and kayaking 2.5 miles.  We met at Williams Wharf and staged our kayaks there as our Transition Point with our Support Crew (of 1 – Robert!).  Then we drove to Mathews for the start of our run portion.

Again, we opted for a staggered running start – I took off first, Jessica 3 minutes after me, and Doug 2 minutes behind her.  This arrangement got Jessica (with slower kayak) to Williams Wharf transition first, and Doug & I nearly the same time (Doug a minute or less before me) after our 3 mile run.

From Williams Wharf, we paddled our kayaks up East River toward Mathews until we reached Put-In-Creek.  Doug arrived their first – and startled the Herons who were nesting undisturbed (for a while, I bet!); his finish time was 56 minutes.  I pulled up & out of water at 1 hr, 6 minutes; Jessica was one minute after me – with my 3 minute head-start, her total time was 1 hr, 4 minutes.

Support Crew, Robert, met us at the finish area so was able to capture pictures at Transition area & Finish area.  Great time – we will definitely try this again!

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Horn Harbor Biathlon

After getting the “OK” from Horn Harbor Marina, two Club Members – Christine & Doug – were first to try out this biathlon course on 7/19/2014.  The HH Biathlon is two legs:  a 4.75 mile run followed by a 0.85 mile swim.

We staggered the run start time – departing from my house on Brush Neck Road – to arrive at Horn Harbor Marina at same time.  This made it easy on the support crew in the water (swimmers closer together).  Once in the water at Marina, we simply followed the Navigational Markers in Horn Harbor heading toward Chesapeake Bay.  Support crew guided us to the right turn into the cove and we finished on my dock.

The Inaugural Event was followed by a post-race party – plenty of food & drink and celebration!

  • Course map & some pictures below – well supported and a lot of fun.
  • Course times:  Doug 1hr 16 min, Christine 1hr 28 min
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Doug & Christine neck-and-neck in Horn Harbor
HH Biathlon Map
Start & finish at my house. Red route is 4.75 mile run, Blue route is 0.85 mile swim.
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Post-event celebration with competitors & support crew

Leg #10 Mathews County PO: 1.6 miles…

Out-and-back was 3.2 miles… which is how I chose to tackle this leg of the PO series since it was so short, relatively.  I’m not sure when spring will decide to make a presence, because March is nearly over and the temperature still isn’t 50 degrees.  Combined with the wind and heavy mist/ sprinkles, it made this morning’s run chillier than expected.

Port Haywood PO 23138 to Susan PO 23163
Port Haywood PO 23138 to Susan PO 23163

When I left Port Haywood Post Office 23138, I headed east on New Point Comfort Highway/ Route 14.  I took a couple side roads on the trip out to avoid main roads:  the first was Red Mens Hall Road, less than a block from Port Haywood PO.  Then back onto New Point Comfort past Hunt Road, Diggs Wharf, and another jaunt on side road Williams Corner right before reaching Susan Post Office 23163.  On the return trip, I stayed on New Point Comfort back to Port Haywood PO.  Here are pictures of start/ end points.

PortHaywood, Virginia 23138
Port Haywood, Virginia 23138

 

Susan, Virginia 23163
Susan, Virginia 23163

 

Leg #9 Mathews County PO: 3 miles…

Rainy day running…

When I left home to start out on this leg, there was a very fine drizzle.  As luck has it, the drizzle turned into a light rain, but I was committed to the run.  Determination won out and I left the Onemo Post Office 23130 in the early evening for the 3 mile run to Port Haywood Post Office 23138.  Departing Onemo PO parking lot go left on Bethel Beach Road and continue for more than a mile.  At the Stop Sign, turn right onto Potato Neck Road.

In approx 1/4 mile, the road turns bears left and Potato Neck Road becomes Hamburg Road.  Follow Hamburg Road for more than a mile to Route 14/ New Point Comfort Hwy.  Port Haywood PO is at the corner on left.

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Here are some pictures:

Onemo, Virginia 23130
Onemo, Virginia 23130
PortHaywood, Virginia 23138
Port Haywood, Virginia 23138

About our club…

card11.jpg is a club in the Middle Peninsula of Virginia:  open to beginning & experienced runners and all levels in between.  We meet every Saturday morning at 8am for a “coffee run” – distances vary, and thermos of coffee optional!  Coffee Run location schedules are posted in this site and on our Facebook page – “Like” us to join.

Come on out Saturday mornings at 8am – no obligation – just running/ jogging/ walking – even biking.  Special club events will be organized and published here and sent via email.  To be included in our email distribution, just sign up by completing the Contact Form at the bottom of this page or email us at VTTRunners@gmail.com.

Hope to see you out on the roads – tell a friend!  Christine

Leg #1 Mathews County PO: 5 miles….

I got PO’d last night…

I kicked off the first leg of my first county of Post Office runs yesterday evening.  This coincided with the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and with the first beautiful weather evening of the late Winter (almost Spring).

North, Virginia 23128 sits along VA Route 14, John Clayton Highway, near intersection of North River Road.  Just a short distance away is destination of Foster, Virginia 23056 – it takes a little longer to go the backroads, but the scenery is worth it.

From North PO – yes: it is right there in the Shell Station – turn right onto North River Road and follow it for approx 2.5 miles (about 2 miles in, North River Road veers off to the right – stay left and it becomes Cardinal Road).  Pass the Marina, Hudgins Auto Body, and Cardinal Self Storage.  Left on East River Road wraps up the second half of the route and finish back on VA Route 14 – past The Poddery – right at Foster PO.

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Here are a couple pictures:

North, Virginia Post Office Zip Code 23128
North, Virginia Post Office Zip Code 23128
Foster, Virginia Post Office
Foster, Virginia Post Office Zip Code 23056