Friday, May 25, 2012

Upcoming Activities for Runners in the 'burg

For those CRR members not running in the Elizabeth River Run 10K (Saturday, May 26, 8:05 a.m., Portsmouth, where the CRR will join forces with the Peninsula Track Club in a friendly age-graded competition against the Tidewater Striders in the Virginia RRCA 10K State Championship event) or the Chick-fil-A 5K (Saturday, May 26, 8:30 a.m., Newport News), there is now a great local alternative with the Champions of Hope 5K (Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m., York River State Park, Williamsburg) directed by Jim Elder of Colonial Sports.

Although the Champions of Hope 5K is not a CRR Grand Prix Event, it is a CRR Supported Event, and all CRR members are encouraged to participate for a good cause, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Jim and Geri Elder, of Colonial Sports and Colonial Sports Screenprinting, do a huge amount for the running community, including being a major sponsor of our CRR Grand Prix Series, as well as offering a special discount to CRR members for running shoes and apparel at their store.

Also, this is a chance for CRR members planning on running the York River State Park 5K (Saturday, August 25), a CRR Grand Prix event, to get a sneak preview of the new one-loop course at the park, replacing the previous two-loop course. There will be “delicious prizes for each age group, provided by local bakeries and ice cream parlors!” The entry fee is $25, both pre-registered and race morning.

Race director Jim Elder writes:

“I am very excited and pleased to hear that the CRR membership will support the inaugural Champions of Hope 5K. The race is a last-minute addition to the running schedule in an effort to help John Kokolis raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The course is a combination of road and trail which runners will find challenging. I look forward to seeing those CRR members that can make it on such short notice.”

“I will take registrations at the store [513 Prince George Street, Williamsburg] up to 5 pm [Friday afternoon] and race day registration starts at 7:30 am [Saturday morning] near the start line which is in the parking lot [at York River State Park].”


Jim Elder
Colonial Sports, Inc.
513 Prince George St.
Williamsburg , VA 23185


The next Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix race is the Saturday, June 2nd 5K Run for Mental Health at Eastern State Hospital (8:30 a.m. start).

Race director Sandy Fagan of Bacon Street (the race organizer and beneficiary) writes:

" Bacon Street is a family-focused provider for families with children living with a variety of behavioral disorders. The organization utilizes evidence-based practices to attend to the whole family, and the whole-person in addressing substance abuse, mental health issues, and adolescents with high functioning autism. Bacon Street receives no funding from government sources, and is a partner with both Williamsburg and Peninsula United Ways, the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, and Autism Speaks. You can help make sure that we’ll be there when families need us. Come run with us on June 2nd!"

Sandy Fagan, Bacon Street

The early registration fee of $20 needs to be postmarked by Friday, May 25th. Late and race day registration is $25. Entry forms are available at Colonial Sports, or on the CRR website. This year, every entrant will receive a coupon for free Bang!Bang! Shrimp from Bonefish Grill.


Other weekend activities include the Memorial Day race at Grafton High School, the Yorktown Freedom Run 5K (Monday, May 28, 8 a.m.). Race calendar below.

Also, for those who also appreciate cultural activities, CRR member Susan Hagel will be part of the 400-member chorus singing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony #8 by Gustav Mahler, being performed Saturday evening (May 26th, 8 p.m.) at William and Mary Hall in Williamsburg and Sunday afternoon (May 27th, 3 p.m.) at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. The performance is described as follows:

It’s a sound that envelops you as it fills the hall with majesty: an orchestra of 100, massed choruses of 400, and eight soloists, led by the amazing JoAnn Falletta, joined as one in the soaring glory of Gustav Mahler’s vision of divine redemption.

Sat. May 26, 8:00 PM

William & Mary Hall, Williamsburg

Tickets $85, $67, $52, $42, $20

Sun. May 27, 3:00 PM

Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Tickets $85 (Box Seats), $67, $52, $42, $20

Virginia Symphony, 861 Glenrock Rd, Suite 200 , Norfolk , VA 23502 phone: 757.892.6366

Saturday, May 26

WILLIAMSBURG—Champions of Hope 5K, 9 a.m., York River State Park . Jim Elder, Colonial Sports (757-253-0277). Email:

NEWPORT NEWS—Chick-fil-A 5K, 8:30 a.m.; Running of the Chick-fil-A Cows ½ mile family fun run; The Mariners’ Museum. Flat Out Events. Website:

PORTSMOUTH— Elizabeth River Run 10K, 8 a.m.; Crawford Street Mile, 7:45 a.m.; Children’s Museum Fun Run (30-yard fun run), 10 a.m.; nTelos Pavilion. Virginia RRCA 10K State Championship. Brian Sagedy email: Tidewater Striders website:

Monday, May 28

GRAFTON—Yorktown Freedom Run 5K, 8 a.m., Grafton High School . Jim Sawhill (757-898-7871). Email: Website:

Saturday, June 2

WILLIAMSBURG—5K Run for Mental Health, 8:30 a.m.; 1 mile fun run, 8 a.m., Eastern State Hospital picnic pool pavilion. Sandy Fagan, Bacon Street (757-253-0111). Email: or Rick Platt, Colonial Road Runners (757-229-7375). Email: Website:

HAMPTON—Fox Hill Community 5K, 8:30 a.m.; 1 mile fun run, 8 a.m.; Langley Elementary School, Gosnold’s Hope Park. Rich Bowen (757-850-8846, home, 757-477-7589 cell). Email:

Rick Platt, President
Colonial Road Runners
113 Anthony Wayne Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone 757-229-7375
Cell 757-345-1431

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Run for Achievable Dream This Weekend

By Rick Platt

Last year’s Run for Achievable Dream race weekend was the largest running event ever held in Williamsburg, with about 4,500 entrants, another large crowd is expected for this weekend’s second annual extravaganza. Saturday morning’s Fit to Run, Fit to Dream 8K Run/Walk (8 a.m. start), will again have the USA Masters 8K Road Championship status by the USA Track & Field governing body. And Sunday morning’s Run for the Dream Half Marathon (7 a.m. start) is the larger race. Additionally there are three Kids Fun Runs (100 meters, 400 meters, mile run). The races benefit An Achievable Dream and the Armed Forces Wounded Warrior Programs,

Those still wanting to enter either race can register at the expo and packet pickup at the Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center, 119 Visitor Center Drive, on Friday (noon to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For further info visit the race website at, or call the Achievable Dream office at 757-599-9472.

Both races will start on Jamestown Road, near Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the campus of William and Mary, and include portions through the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg, before finishing inside W&M’s Zable Stadium. The half marathon also traverses Lafayette Street, York Street, Quarterpath Road, Route 199, and the Colonial Parkway, before returning through the streets of Williamsburg to campus. Post-race festivities will be held at the Sunken Gardens. The race is managed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, the race director for many years of the Boston Marathon, and is organized by the Achievable Dream office of Newport News, two nationally-recognized K-12 schools.

The weekend starts off with a lecture Friday evening by legendary running coach Jack Daniels, who will speak at the Williamsburg Lodge from 7-8:30 p.m., after having a book signing Friday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. at the race expo. For information on this lecture, call 1-800-447-8679 or visit the website: Tickets can also be purchased at various Colonial Williamsburg ticketing offices.

The USATF Masters 8K Championships last year was won by Mbarak Hussein, 46, of Albuquerque, NM in 24:41, with Mark Andrews, 40, of Rochester, NY runner-up in 25:04. For the women, Chris Kimbrough, 41, of Austin, TX won in 28:18, with former William and Mary track star Sonja Friend-Uhl, 40, of Brentwood, TN, runner-up in 28:56. Laura Shannon, 48, of Williamsburg cracked the top ten with a ninth-place 33:09. The Colonial Road Runners dominated in the team categories, winning a total of $1,050 in team prize money, with nine teams and 33 athletes in the USATF team competition. There was a total of $10,100 in prize money to individuals and teams.

There were 1,512 finishers in the 8K Saturday morning and an additional 2,252 finishers in the half marathon Sunday morning, the total of 3,764 finishers making it the largest running event ever in Williamsburg. The top CRR finishers in the 8K were Steve Chantry (28:36 at age 56 for an 89.08% age grade) and Pete Gibson (28:39 at age 55 for an 88.15% age grade), who went 1-2 for men 55-59. Rose Crist, Carol Talley, Brenda Mitchell, Ann Hirn and Kenneth Mitchell also all placed in their USATF age-group top three for the CRR.

Last year’s half marathon races were won by Matt Krotech of Herndon (1:09:28) and Kristing Herring, 32, of Newport News (1:28:07). The top local runners were John Piggott (4th, 1:17:35) and Jennifer Quarles (3rd, 1:31:44). This year, two of the leading half marathon contenders for the women are defending champion Herring along with Quarles, although Quarles will also be part of the many Colonial Road Runners teams competing in the USATF National Masters Championship 8K Saturday morning. As of Tuesday morning, there were 3,600 entrants this year, with slightly more in the half marathon. Around 4,000 runners are expected total.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Run On Our Team at the Elizabeth River Run 10K

There will be a combined Colonial Road Runners-Peninsula Track Club team in the Elizabeth River Run 10K, the Virginia State RRCA 10K Championship, with the CRR-PTC competing against the Tidewater Striders on an age-graded basis, with the top 10 scores counting, but with no limit to the number of entries.

If you will be running the Elizabeth River Run 10K, please let Rick Platt know by email, so you can be added to the combined Colonial Road Runners/Peninsula Track Club team, to compete against the Tidewater Striders, on an age-graded basis. All are welcome, no matter what pace, to join our combined team in this friendly competition.

Note that the entry fee increases after May 15th (from $30 to $35) for the ERR 10K. Entry forms are available at Colonial Sports (513 Prince George St., Williamsburg), as well as at the Colonial Road Runners entry form table at this weekend’s Run for the Dream Half Marathon and USATF 8K Masters Championship race expo and packet pickup, Friday and Saturday, in Williamsburg.
To be added to the CRR/PTC team for the ERR 10K (just your name and age is needed), Email to:

Current roster of CRR/PTC runners for Elizabeth River Run 10K, as of 5/14/12
Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 54

Andrew Cutler, 55

Andrew D’Amico, 51

Greg Dawson, 46

Jim Goggin, 58

Tami Graf, 75

Susan Hagel, 39

Ann Hirn, 66

David Lockard, 43

George Nelsen

Rick Platt, 61

Tom Purcell

Dean Wewetzer, 53

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fast Times at New Quarter Park

By Rick Platt

Mark Tompkins finishes first at Queen's Lake this morning.
Castillo-D’Amico Age Grades 89.7% at Queens Lake 5K Run

Tompkins and Quarles are Overall Champions

Although Bruton High School track and cross country coach Mark Tompkins and six-time Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix champion Jennifer Quarles were the men’s and women’s overall champions at Saturday morning’s 18th annual Queens Lake 5K Run at New Quarter Park, the highlight of the day was clearly the near-world-class performance by Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 54, of Newport News, runner-up for the women in a remarkable time of 19:50.

Tompkins has been a key part of the Queens Lake 5K for several years. He won the 2009 race in 16:04, won again in 2010 in 15:58, and was second last year in 16:51. Tompkins improved by 16 seconds from 2011 to 2012, winning easily this year in 16:35. Also for two years, in 2010 and ’11, Tompkins was race director for the Queens Lake 5K, organized by and benefiting his Bruton track and cross country teams. Time constraints—teaching, coaching, running, and now a father of five kids—forced him to give up the Queens Lake race directing duties this year to a new organization.

This year’s event was held under ideal weather conditions (cool, race-time temperatures in the 50s, sunny, and little wind), leading to a number of outstanding times. Women's winner Jennifer Quarles, 40, of Williamsburg, ran her fastest time as a Masters (40+) runner, winning in 18:59. She had turned 40 in early March. Quarles was second overall in both the 2010 (19:10) and 2011 (19:06) Queens Lake races, bettering those times this year for the win.

But the race of the day, age-graded, was by Castillo-D'Amico, second overall for the women in a time of 19:50, a Queens Lake age 50-54 record (bettering her own mark of 20:29 from 2009). On an age-graded basis, Castillo-D'Amico had an impressive 89.7%, just under the 90% level considered world-class. An 80% age grade is considered national class. It was a lifetime best 5K time for Castillo-D'Amico on a certified course (she had run a 19:48 at the New Year’s Eve “Beat the Ball 5K,” but on an uncertified course), and it was a lifetime-best age-graded percentage.

The Queens Lake 5K Run is certified (VA-08008-RT) an exact 5K distance according to USATF course certification standards. The course starts and finishes in New Quarter Park of York County, and includes a loop of Copse Way within the Queens Lake neighborhood.

Two other Queens Lake age-group records were set, both in the 80-and-over category, and both by 81-year-old race walkers--Tom Mills, who lives in Queens Lake (43:04 for the men's 80-and-over record) and Pat Eden (49:26 for the women's 80-and-over record).

After Tompkins, the remainder of the top six for the men were Daniel Shaye, 43 (17:08) and Greg Dawson, 46 (17:18) of Williamsburg, and Todd Kessler, 29 (17:35), Steven Brewer, 26 (17:41) and Ryan Doupe, 26 (18:19), all from Newport News, and Paul Pelletier, 46 (18:23) and John Piggott, 46 (18:26), both of Williamsburg. After Quarles and Castillo-D’Amico for the women, it was Debbie McLaughlin, 46 (20:57), Connie Glueck, 47 (21:08) and Dena Goble, 42 (21:29), all of Williamsburg.

The race was organized by and benefited both the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the Colonial Road Runners Scholarship Fund, with race directors Soosan Hall and Jennifer Gardner of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising organization benefiting childhood cancer research. It was the sixth CRR Grand Prix race for 2012. There were 111 entrants and 101 finishers in the 5K run/walk.

Full results, pictures and video can be found at
Updated on May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Coach Daniels Speaking at Run for the Dream

Special Offer for CRR Members

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area will be alive with activity from early morning until after dark the weekend of May 18 – 20. From the second annual “Run for the Dream” benefiting An Achievable Dream and the Wounded Warriors program to the ninth annual Drummers Call Weekend, there’s plenty of activity for the entire family to enjoy.
Highlighting the festive weekend of special programs and visiting fifers and drummers, Tony-award-winning actor Joe Mantegna hosts a “Salute to the Nation” spanning 250 years of ideas that have created our unique American identity. This moving Saturday night performance honors all who serve our country, especially the wounded warriors in attendance. The event includes a performance by the U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and concludes with a torch-lit tattoo and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums host fife and drum units from across the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of military music and special programs highlighting authentic field music from the American Revolution.
The first 6,000 registrants for any of the races receive free admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums. Special hotel rates for race participants are available from $104 at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 105 Visitor Center Drive, and $83 at the Governor’s Inn, 506 N. Henry St. Accommodations at both hotels include an extra early complimentary continental breakfast, wireless Internet, access to a fitness center, walking trails, miniature golf and outdoor pools. Call 1-800-261-9530 or book online.
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg presents running coach Jack Daniels sharing his knowledge on the benefits of endurance running from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 at the Williamsburg Lodge, 310 S. England St. Named the world’s best coach by Runner’s World magazine and women’s cross country coach of the century by the NCAA, Daniels earned a doctorate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He earned team silver and bronze medals in the pentathlon in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling 1-800-447-8679. The Spa is also offering a 60-minute sports massage for only $99 from May 14 – 25. Purchase tickets through the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg web site at Tickets will also be sold in the different stores in and around Colonial Williamsburg. Anyone staying in the Inn and/or the Lodge who has signed up for the Run For The Dream race has free entry to the lecture.

Also, Jack will be doing a book signing from his book Daniel’s RUNNING Formula at the race expo from 3:00-5:00pm, and then he will be speaking at The Lodge from 7:00-8:30 pm with a question and answer afterward. Jack likes to talk and is a great public speaker.

There will be a special seating section for all members of the Colonial Road Runners attending this lecture, with the best seats, up front in this CRR section. To reserve a spot in this CRR seating section, just buy your tickets individually, and then send your name (and number of tickets purchased) to Rick Platt at:
Your Name ___________________
Number of Tickets for special CRR seating section ___________

Jack Daniels has been one of the premier coaches, authors and speakers for distance runners for many years, and this lecture is something you don't want to miss! Your running and racing will be better for having attended this lecture.

The lecture and book signing will be on Friday, May 18th. The 8K road race (which also serves as the USATF Masters National Championship, with many CRR men's and women's teams competing) will be Saturday, May 19th. The concluding event, the Run for the Dream Half Marathon will be Sunday, May 20th.

Special high carbohydrate meals for runners are included in the Williamsburg Lodge restaurant’s popular seafood buffet Friday and also on Saturday night’s menu and on the à la carte menu at Huzzah! BBQ Grille near the Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

For details on Run for the Dream events, dining and hotels visit the special event page of For course maps, volunteer opportunities or to register for Run for the Dream 8 K or Half Marathon, visit Race watchers and supporters welcome. Tickets are not required for watching the Run for the Dream or Drummers Call events.