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Thanks for the opportunity to post to your club membership! I have been injured for a few years but have enjoyed the few RRRC races I've run in the past.
Many RRRC runners have participated in the Hartwood 10 Miler up here in Fredericksburg in the past, and I wanted to remind all those fall marathon trainers (and others!) that an August 10 Mile Race fits right in with your training progression.
I'd like to invite you all up to our race this year. This is my first time directing a race, but I have great support from our club. We're going to put on a quality event (as usual), but I'm trying to raise the profile of the race by increasing the number of runners and also getting the fast runners out again.
This year we'll have cash awards for top three open ($150/$100/$75) and top three masters ($100/$75/$50). Just as a point of reference, last year the women's winning time was over 73 minutes and the men's winning time was over 58 minutes. Masters winners were over 77 and 64 minutes respectively. The money is there for the taking, and we'll reward the winner with another $100 if they break the existing event records.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or go straight to the race information page here:
This is a FANTASTIC race- it is a challenging course, but always well organized and definitely worth the drive! If I'm lucky enough to be able to run it this year, it will be my 15th time doing the race.
Our race is falling into place. We have our printed t-shirts and are starting our packet pickup today (it is underway, in fact). We have pint glasses as finisher awards. Probably the most popular question I've fielded as race director is "Will you have beer afterwards?" I am pleased to report that we will, and it isn't what I term "water beer." Nope, we have Blue & Gray Brewery showing up with four different types of beer as well as soft pretzels for part of your post-race spread.
You can still find information on this weekend's race (that has FREE BEER!) here:
Oh, and you might want to check the weather forecast if you're still on the fence....looks great!
Where have you been??? I have memories of running this race "back in the day" in sweltering heat. Not sure if the course is the same, but we finished in the park with a pool. Well worth the money and only a bit more than an hour from Richmond.
This year we're not including the pool. While it was a good benefit it was used by only a few, and while my highest priority is to put on a quality event this year, I have a strong incentive to be wise with our budget. I have a high incentive (for family reasons) to funnel as much money to our prime beneficiary (Alzheimer's Association) as possible.
The course is almost identical to what you did in the distant past. Last year they decided to reverse the direction, and once they did that the sheriff's department doesn't want to go back -- with the new direction we affect the most major road of the course (Hartwood Road) at the earliest time.
I met with my co-race director and Vic Culp who helps out with the online registration, certification, chip timing, results posting, etc. One topic of discussion was "Is it worth it to have beer at the finish?" My take on it is that if we can get a local brewery to donate or at least sell to us at cost, probably so. I think that having that memory from a race will bring people back next year. Your thoughts? I personally don't want to have kegs of Michelob Ultra -- I want the good stuff or nothing at all, but I invite discussion.
Also, we are going to go high quality on the t-shirts (although if you don't want to have a t-shirt you can save $8). We're looking to get Brooks technical short sleeves. We're also having a t-shirt design contest (win a free entry for winning the contest), but if you're interested in that I need designs really really soon.
Lastly, you asked "Where have you been?" I haven't been able to train since 2007 with the exception of a short 8-9 month stint in 2010 when I had cortisone injections in both knees. I've tried all the "non-kinetic" ways of solving my knee issues, and now I've resigned myself to having them surgically repaired. Not serious injuries, but ones that prevent me from running more than just a couple miles a couple times a week. If anyone in RRRC has a strong recommendation on "THE BEST ortho surgeon in the area," please contact me offline. I have an appointment with Dr. Wilder at UVA (Running Clinic) on 7 August and I'm going to ask for him to refer me to a surgeon.
I hope to see a bunch of you up at Hartwood. Maybe next year I'll set up a running club team competition....any thoughts on that being a good idea?
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