Thursday, May 23, 2013

CRR Scholarship Application Deadline Is June 3

Applications by current high school seniors are being accepted for the 2013 Colonial Road Runners Scholarship program. The deadline for the applications is Monday, June 3, 2013, and the scholarship decisions will be made at the quarterly board meeting of the CRR on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2013.

The 2013 CRR scholarship applications can be obtained by contacting CRR president Rick Platt by email ( or by phone (757-229-7375, cell 757-345-1431), or can be found on the Colonial Road Runners website at

Completed CRR scholarship forms should be emailed to Rick Platt as a file attachment (.doc or .pdf), and as a backup should also be mailed to the CRR at: Colonial Road Runners, P.O. Box 657, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Thank you, and good luck to all of our high school graduates.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Run the Elizabeth River Run as a CRR-PTC Team Member

This Saturday, May 25th, at the Elizabeth River Run 10K in Portsmouth , a combined Colonial Road Runners/Peninsula Track Club team will again compete on an age-graded basis against the Tidewater Striders.

This friendly twice-a-year competition (which also includes November’s Yorktown Battlefield 10 Miler) between the CRR/PTC team and the Striders team has been won by the “home” team every time until last year’s ERR 10K, when the CRR/PTC decisively upset the Striders. The Striders are determined to not let that happen again, and are working on getting most of their age-graded stars on the starting line. Therefore, we need all the CRR/PTC age-graded standouts (especially those over 80%) to meet that challenge.

If you're planning on running the Elizabeth River Run 10K, let me know before race morning, so you can be added to the CRR/PTC team. You don’t have to enter in any team competition, just enter individually as you normally would. Then email or phone Rick Platt that you’re entered (or are planning on entering) and I’ll add you to the CRR/PTC list:

Rick Platt
Phone 757-229-7375
Cell 757-345-1431

The ERR 10K entry forms have been available at various CRR and PTC races, and are also at Colonial Sports. At this point, it’s probably best to enter online (although race morning entry is also allowed).  A .PDF of the flyer is at and online registration is at

We're allowed up to 25 people on the combined CRR/PTC team (male or female, any age), with the top ten counting on an age-graded basis.

There is also a great post-race party with pizza and beer offered, along with music and dancing!

Here's the race details:
Latest email from race director Brian Sagedy, from Tuesday afternoon, to registered runners, but which also includes info on late registration, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (in addition to the online registration).


Thank you for registering for the Elizabeth River Run! Please take a moment to read and note change in check in time for Friday, May 24 at Running Etc.



Running ETC, 1940 Laskin Road , Virginia Beach . May 24, 2:00pm to 6:30pm.

MAY 25, NTelos Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle , Portsmouth , starting at 6:30am.

Registrations will be accepted applications at both locations.

RACE TIMES: 1 mile starts at 7:45am and the 10k will start at 8:05am.

PARKING: Parking is free in the Portsmouth city lots on Saturday.

CHIP TIMING: Pick up your chip at the Ntelos Pavilion on Saturday morning.

Have fun, run/walk well and enjoy the post race party!


Earlier email from race director Brian Sagedy of the Elizabeth River Run 10K:

Register now for the Elizabeth River Run! Start your Memorial Day weekend by running or walking in the 10k or mile distance. Register online at More information at

Course is flat and fast with great views of the Elizabeth River . Great race venue at Ntelos Pavilion in Portsmouth and fun post race celebration!

Invite your friends to join you at ERR on May 25th!


Another earlier email from Brian Sagedy

ERR!! Please join us for the Elizabeth River Run on May 25, 2013. It's a great way to start the Memorial Day weekend. You can register online at, or go to the ERR page at to click through to the link or download an entry form. Distances include a 10k, 1 mile and children's fun run. The course is flat and fast, while the post race party is lots of fun at the Ntelos Pavilion. Spread the word to your friends and family! For more info, go to ERR is the RRCA state championship 10k race.


The following security notice was emailed this week about access to the Portsmouth Navy Hospital , which occurs between 3 miles and 5 miles into the race. It does not affect the rest of the 10K, including the start and finish.


NMCP security will enforce the following during the Elizabeth River Run:
-All athletes must wear race number on front of their shirts or shorts.
-Only athletes will be allowed access to base. Civilian spectators cannot access the base.
-Athletes will not be allowed to carry items on to the base, including back packs, fanny packs, or anything larger than a wallet.
-NOTE: Athletes can carry or wear arm bands for ipods/phones and CLEAR water bottles.


This ERR 10K will be a good tune-up for the USATF National Masters 8K Road Championships on Saturday, June 1st in Williamsburg, the day before the Run for the Dream Half Marathon. To be on the CRR teams (Masters runners, 40-and-over) for that competition, contact Greg Dawson or Steve Chantry.

Greg Dawson - – 757-817-2512

Steve Chantry - – 757-532-3175

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Run for the Fallen and the 50K at Freedom Park

By Rick Platt

Now that Ed Moran has moved to northern Virginia, Bryce Livingston and Blaine O’Reilly, along with triathlete Adam Otstot, are the two fastest road racers in Williamsburg who don’t currently compete for William and Mary. Last November Livingston ran 1:10:05 and O’Reilly 1:10:50 at the Richmond Half Marathon. In August Livingston won the Vineyards 5K in 15:37, with O’Reilly third in 15:42. Livingston also had a 52:20 at October’s Army 10 miler.

But sometimes Livingston and O’Reilly, two West Point graduates who share a townhouse in New Town and are stationed at Fort Eustis, run for more than the competition, more than their own personal best times. That happened the first weekend in May where the two participated in the Virginia Run for the Fallen, a four-day, 236-mile relay from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to a final ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery, and went through Hampton, Yorktown and Gloucester en route. Livingston logged more miles than he’s ever done in four days, a total of 117, and called it “an incredible experience.”

The Run for the Fallen was organized by the “Honor and Remember” group, founded by George Lutz of Chesapeake, whose son George “Tony” Lutz died from a sniper’s bullet in Iraq in 2005. The relay runners stopped at every mile marker to honor a specific individual who was lost in service to our country, with family members of the fallen honored at those mile marks, and there to greet the runners.

There was a core team of about 17 runners, with Williamsburg’s Jay Outen joining forces with Livingston and O’Reilly. There were rotations with shifts of two miles at a time, rotating non-stop for 12 hours each day. Some did more, including Livingston, who ran 35, 31, 27 then 24 miles for the four days, an average of 29 miles per day (a marathon is 26.2 miles). O’Reilly’s distance totals were 30, 17, 15 and 23 miles, for a total of 85 miles. The pace was consistently between 8:00 and 9:30 per mile, not hard on Livingston’ endurance, but the pounding on his legs took a tool.

“I tweaked my knee a bit,” said Livingston, who continued, “I was too stubborn to back off though. A minor knee injury is a very small price to pay to those we honored. At every mile we stopped and saluted a fallen service member. We read their name, branch of service, and date of death. The family members were present at most of the mile markers, and facing them was more difficult than any run I've ever done. Each night we read the names of those we ran for that day. At Arlington, we read all 300+ names (because there were more names than miles, sadly). The entire experience was emotionally exhausting but I am honored to be able to express my appreciation the best way I can, through running.”

Another ultramarathon event took place that weekend, the Singletrack Maniac 50K Trail Run at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, organized by Ellen Womeldorf, the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the James City County Parks and Recreation Department. The top four overall were Dennis Welch, 32, of Virginia Beach (4:29:53), Gregory Brant, 31, of Virginia Beach (4:33:19), Brian Smith, 39, of Washington, DC (4:38:03) and Jeffrey Fitch, 45, of Carrollton (5:05:13). The leading women were Heather Gardiner, 40, of Manteo, NC (5:55:07), Margaret Sauve, 32, of Midlothian (5:58:11) and Mary Ellen Hutchins, 59, of Front Royal (6:31:10).

Local finishers were Dov Troup (7th, 5:35:41), Chris Robertson (9th, 5:38:35), Darrin Denny (11th, 5:41:42), Ramakrishna Bachimanchi (28th, 7:16:24), Jim Hopkins (29th, 7:43:47), Michael Mills (31st, 7:53:15) and Mary Gene Simmons (34th, 9:15:25). Full results, photos and a race review can be found at

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


by George Nelson

The 10th edition of the Virginia 24 Hour Run for Cancer was another resounding success. The race was held, as always, on a 3.75 mile series of wide, flat dirt trails in Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, VA, on the weekend of 20-21 April, 2013. Although no new course mileage records were set, the total attendance (208) and total number of people who covered 50 or more miles (108) were huge records. In addition, with more money still coming in, it looks like a new record ($15,000) could be set for donations to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Unlike the last two years, the weather (for the most part) cooperated. There was heavy rain the night before the race, but it ended before the 7:00 am start. For the rest of the race it remained cloudy and cool, good for running. The only impact was a very muddy quarter mile section of trail that ensured everyone had an additional obstacle to overcome. The course was officially USATF certified this year for the first time, providing extra motivation for serious runners to go for records.

The men’s winner was Keith Straw from Malvern, PA who covered 120 miles, tying the second most miles ever run on the course. The women’s winner was local ultrarunner Cheryl Lager, who covered 93.75 miles, becoming the only 3-time winner of the race. The Team winner was Team Run 4 Life who amassed 788.75 miles, the 3rd highest team mileage ever accumulated.

The main story of the race was the huge surge in Team participation and competition. A record total of 14 teams participated, almost all having 11-12 members. Many were returning Teams determined to outdo their previous efforts. Most members pushed hard to earn at least a 50-mile plaque and raise their team mileage totals. Ten teams accumulated over 400 miles. Even a team of Sandy Bottom Park Rangers joined in the fun for the first time!

In this race, the “tortoise” almost always beats the “hare.” Both the men’s and women’s winners did not lead until the last few hours of the race. For most of the day, Steve Speirs held a steady lead over the men, with Keith Straw and Claude Hicks Jr no more than one lap behind. However, with about 2.5 hours to go, Steve abruptly stopped with 112.5 miles, unable to continue. In the meantime, Claude had fallen further back, opening the door for Keith. He looked strong throughout and never looked back after taking the lead.

Christie Sumner led the women’s field for most of the day and night, closely followed by several women only 1-2 laps behind. But Christie too abruptly stopped with about 4 hours left, opening the door for the veteran Cheryl Lager and race first-timers Ellen Womeldorf and Joyce Ong to charge through. Cheryl soon took over the lead with Ellen and Joyce quietly but steadily following close behind.

Each year I present a “Best First Ultra” award to the runner/walker who goes farthest beyond what they have ever done before. This year I gave it to 13 year old Ashley Pettigrew who had never run or walked more than a 5K in her life. She covered 52.5 miles, even beating her parents, who both stopped with 50 miles! In addition, this year for the first time I gave out 500-mile jackets at the finish to the first two runners to accumulate 500 or more miles on the course over the past ten years. The recipients were Jim Harrison with 562.5 miles and Chris Basford with 500 miles. Next year I expect to award three more.

As always, the support provided by the Sandy Bottom Nature Park staff was superb! Every need we had was quickly and efficiently taken care of. It was another flawless effort. The fact that a Team of Park Rangers participated made it even better! The volunteer lap counters from the local Peninsula Track Club, American Cancer Society office, and local Boy Scout Troop 45 (from Fort Eustis) were once again essential to success. Two dedicated volunteers even drove down three hours from northern Virginia to help! The record number of participants made accurate lap counting particularly challenging this year, but it was carried out smoothly and efficiently! And a big thank you goes to our new race sponsor, Green Life Adventure Sports, who provided the great subs for lunch and pizza for dinner.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today's Walsingham 5K Results

Walsingham Academy 5K Run

Walsingham Academy , Williamsburg , Virginia
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Event
USATF Course Certification Pending
Course was run as certified.
Information from Rick Platt (757-229-7375,

Todd Kessler, 30, of Newport News won his second Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix race of 2013, winning Saturday morning’s fifth annual Walsingham Academy 5K Run in Williamsburg , after having also won the Queens Lake 5K Run in early April. Kessler beat Greg Dawson, 47, of Williamsburg by 27 seconds, 17:32 to 17:59. Kessler was the 2011 CRR Grand Prix men’s champion, while Dawson was the 2012 CRR Grand Prix men’s champion. Ryan Doupe, 27, of Newport News was third overall in 18:32.

Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 55, of Newport News set a pending Virginia state record for women 55-59, winning the women’s division in 20:01. She currently holds the state record in that age category with a 20:12 from the 2012 Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run in Williamsburg . The Walsingham 5K course has been measured for USATF course certification, and the paperwork has been submitted prior to the race, so the certification approval is pending. Runner-up Debbie McLaughlin, 47, of Williamsburg was 33 seconds back in 20:34. Emily Honeycutt, 22, of Barhamsville was third overall for the women in 22:02.

Walsingham Academy 5K Run age group records were broken by Kessler (men 30-34), Doupe (men 25-29), Castillo-D’Amico (women 55-59), McLaughlin (women 45-49), Robert Wright of Hampton (men 70-74), Joan Coven of West Point (women 70-74) and Pat Eden of Williamsburg (women 80-and-over).

112 entrants.

98 finishers in 5K run/walk.

** Age group record (5-year age groups)

Men Overall

**1. Todd Kessler, 30 Newport News 17:32

[course record 15:18 by Derryn Bray, 23, Poquoson, in 2008]

2. Greg Dawson, 47 Williamsburg 17:59

**3. Ryan Doupe, 27 Newport News 18:32

Women Overall

**1. Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 55 Newport News 20:01

[pending Virginia state record for women 55-59, course has been submitted for approval for certification and record status; current Virginia state record, 20:12 by Castillo-D’Amico, at 2012 Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run]

**2. Debbie McLaughlin, 47 Williamsburg 20:34

3. Emily Honeycutt, 22 Barhamsville 22:02

Men 14-and-under

1. Jack Chambers, 14 Williamsburg 20:33

2. Samuel Weber, 11 Williamsburg 22:10

3. Paul Glass, 11 Williamsburg 23:02

4. Quinton Flores, 11 Williamsburg 23:38

5. Phillip Metzger, 11 Urbanna 23:48

6. Daniel Hofman, 11 Williamsburg 24:31

7. Ethen Pickles, 10 Williamsburg 27:16

8. Glenn Glass, 9 Williamsburg 27:23

Men 15-19

1. Kevin Holder, 18 Williamsburg 18:54

2. Michael Holder, 15 Williamsburg 20:49

3. Caleb Metzger, 15 Urbanna 21:35

4. Sam Girdzis, 19 McLean 28:10

Men 20-24

1. Ryan Phillips, 24 Richmond 25:32

Men 25-29


Men 30-34

1. Adam Reynolds, 34 Williamsburg 19:04

2. Earon Rein, 34 Chicago, IL 19:17

3. Peter Lubrano, 31 Williamsburg 22:43

4. Quin Yang, 31 Williamsburg 40:38

Men 35-39

1. Jason Miller, 35 Williamsburg 20:00

2. Paul Hellyer, 38 Williamsburg 23:51

Men 40-44

1. Kevin Clauberg, 44 Williamsburg 21:42

2. Frank Lobash, 40 Williamsburg 22:55

3. Tris Carpenter, 44 Williamsburg 24:55

4. Marvin Kerl, 43 Greer, SC 32:42

5. Ricky Rubin, 43 Williamsburg 33:26

Men 45-49

1. Paul Pelletier, 47 Williamsburg 18:41

2. Jeff Fry, 45 Williamsburg 26:00

Men 50-54

1. Joseph Sherman, 50 Norfolk 19:10

2. Mike Skahill, 51 Williamsburg 24:44

3. Brett Smith, 51 Williamsburg 26:27

4. John Black, Jr., 53 Williamsburg 27:03

5. James Dwyer, 51 Williamsburg 28:36

6. Brian Chopp, 50 Williamsburg 35:00

Men 55-59

1. Will Murray , 57 Williamsburg 20:06

2. Wyatt Cutchins, 57 Newport News 20:55

3. Jim Gullo, 58 Williamsburg 25:29

Men 60-64

1. Ed Irish, 63 Williamsburg 24:41

2. Jimmy Blount, 62 Williamsburg 25:51

3. Robert Garcia, 63 Williamsburg 33:35

Men 65-and-over

1. William Sharer, 66 Williamsburg 23:10

2. Roger Anderson, 68 Manassas 23:54

**3. Robert Wright, 72 Hampton 24:19

4. Mike Daly, 66 Williamsburg 25:03

5. Larry Arata, 68 Williamsburg 25:16

6. Thomas Pennington, 69 Yorktown 28:14

7. Paul Tegler, 70 Williamsburg 30:27

Men Walk

1. Rich Higgins, 59 Williamsburg 33:43

2. Bob Curtin, 60 Hampton 41:13

3. Ed Chambers, 66 Williamsburg 41:40

Women 14-and-under

1. Maggie Dwyer, 14 Williamsburg 28:20

2. Stephanie Farace, 11 Williamsburg 31:03

3. Sydney Bowyer, 11 Williamsburg 31:03

4. Hannah Rubin, 8 Williamsburg 33:26

5. Amy Lockeman, 10 Williamsburg 37:05

6. Sarah Pettengill, 14 Williamsburg 41:02

Women 15-19

1. Lucy Jiang, 17 Williamsburg 25:36

2. Shannon Crist, 16 Lanexa 32:26

3. Lydia Smith, 17 Williamsburg 46:24

Women 20-24

1. Jasmine Rodenburg, 20 Erie , CO 22:19

2. Cory Harris, 21 Williamsburg 25:30

3. Yue Wang, 24 Williamsburg 40:48

Women 25-29

1. Ashley Miller, 29 Williamsburg 28:30

2. Meagan Bibbins, 26 Williamsburg 30:41

3. Erin Phillips, 25 Richmond 32:27

4. Ashley Springer, 26 Williamsburg 34:43

Women 30-34

1. Katerina Dwyer, 31 Williamsburg 28:08

2. Andrea Mason, 30 Williamsburg 28:29

3. Hazel Ebalo, 30 Newport News 29:12

4. Christina O’Donnell, 34 Williamsburg 33:45

Women 35-39

1. Jeanette Primich, 36 Williamsburg 23:51

2. Nicole Belanus, 35 Williamsburg 23:57

3. Melanie Farace, 39 Williamsburg 32:38

4. LaTonya Wallace, 37 Williamsburg 45:31

Women 40-44

1. Susan Hagel, 40 Norfolk 23:07

2. Leigh Gutches, 41 Williamsburg 25:39

3. Cher Lobash, 40 Williamsburg 27:51

4. Kelly Lockeman, 43 Williamsburg 37:19

Women 45-49

1. Cory Springer, 48 Williamsburg 23:25

2. Amanda Deverich, 46 Williamsburg 24:46

Women 50-54

1. Norma Phillips, 52 Williamsburg 24:49

2. Beth Chopp, 50 Williamsburg 34:59

3. Grace Smith, 50 Williamsburg 46:25

Women 55-59

1. Harriet McCoy, 58 Toano 24:34

2. Rose Crist, 58 Lanexa 24:55

Women 60-64

1. Louise Sharer, 61 Williamsburg 25:12

2. Brenda Mitchell, 62 Williamsburg 30:29

Women 65-and-over

**1. Joan Coven, 71 West Point 25:43

2. Judy Stewart, 73 Williamsburg 31:45

3. Ann Manciagli, 77 Williamsburg 38:08

Women Walk

1. Nancy Kravitz, 59 Williamsburg 37:49

2. Sylvia Garcia, 60 Williamsburg 38:13

3. Martha Gullo, 60 Williamsburg 41:36

**4. Pat Eden, 82 Williamsburg 49:26