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From Sports Backers....................................5 Jump-Start ......................................................6 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K Record Year of Fun; OurSB Regional Athletes Network & Connect online. Body Smart......................................................8 Are You Ready for a Triathlon:Triathlons are one of the fastest-growing sports; One Size Does NOT Fit All!: Gearing up for the perfect competition. Fuel for your Muscles: The proper fuel to spruce up your workout is based on your body and your workout schedule. SPECIAL REPORT: Take Me to the River............................12 Few regions are fortunate enough to have a natural recreational resource as Richmond does with the James River. page 7 James River Adventure Games ........14 The river will again provide the playground for seven distinct sporting events. The Virginia Capital Trail ......................16 The Greensprings Interpretive Trail; The North Trail: Jimmy McMillan, Boss from the Tedegar to the Nickel Bridge. Biking the Chickahominy ....................17 Anne Carle tries out eight miles of the 50-mile paved path from Richmond to Williamsburg.

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From Skeptic to Skilled Runner, One Step at a Time ..................................18 “Those people who run marathons are crazy.” This is how Tanya Smithers saw long-distance runners. Then she became one. Staying on Track ........................................19 Mind over matter: for marathon runner Cindy Owen, training is equal parts physical preparation and attitude adjustment. Hooping it Up! ..........................................20 Tournament director for the U.S. Army 3-on-3 Summer Hoops, Megan Silva is one of those lucky few who are able to do what they love every day of the week. Team Player On the Court & Off ......22 There is another arena where prosecutor G. Manoli Loupassi’s competitive spirit is regularly showcased: the basketball court. Driving Ambitions......................................24 Golf: the next generation. 18-year-old Sam Beach and 23-year-old Chris Joyce offer a fresh perspective on the game’s regional and international appeal. Champions of the World ........................26 Not only do Ames Russell, John Barsanti, Wheat McDowell, and John “Mac” McElroy train with John McGuire and SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc., they decided to test McGuire’s methods by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Try This: Retail | Resources | Gear ......28 Upcoming Events ....................................30

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SPORTS BACKERS QUARTERLY Athletics, Recreation & Healthy Living

Spring 2008|VOL. 1 ISSUE 4 Publisher | Executive Editor Dave Smitherman Publisher | Art Director Ted Randler Managing Editor Rebecca Jones

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SPORTS BACKERS Our little secret about how you, the residents of the Richmond area, rock when it comes to getting out the door and being active is starting to leak out. Richmond ranks 5th in the U.S. in the number of marathoners per capita according to Running Times Magazine. Richmond just hosted both the national championships in duathlon and the U.S. Men’s 10k Running Championships. The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is one of the largest and most entertaining running events in the country. The Richmond Triathlon Club, Richmond Road Runners Club and the Richmond Volleyball Club all have memberships that rank them in the top ten in their sports nationally. Like any great athlete, we as a region have the opportunity to keep pushing to be even better. As the number of active people in the greater Richmond area grows, the ability to influence government decision makers to invest in recreation and sports facilities increases. As a greater awareness of the benefits of living an active lifestyle spread, the ability to raise private funds for new projects expands. The growth in the numbers of active adults makes volunteer work easier to organize. Please join me in supporting improved athletic facilities in our region to make this the best place to live and play.

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Jump-Start Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K Record Year of Fun

OurSB Regional Athletes Network & Connect Online

FUN! FUN! FUN! Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k Rocks Richmond

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BREAKING RECORDS: The 2008 version of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k was fast, fun and unforgettable as Richmond’s favorite road race had its biggest year yet. Starting with the fact that this year’s event hosted America’s top male distance runners who came to compete for the USA Men’s 10k Championships, there were record numbers of registrants (over 31,000), record numbers of youngsters entered in the First Market Mile Kids Mile (over 1,800) and record amount of money raised ($500,000) for the VCU Massey Cancer Center. There were also more bands, more spirit groups and more costumed runners 6 | S B Q n o w. c o m

than ever before. “I like this course,” said Abdi Abdirahman, of Tucson, Arizona, who successfully defended his national championship title in the USA 10k Men’s Championships, finishing in 28 minutes, 32 seconds. The 30year-old’s second consecutive national title in the men’s 10k road race was worth $7,500. “It’s a flat course, very fast,” he added. “I’d like to come back and race it again.” But it was Billy Weldon, of Glen Allen,

who was the day’s spoiler, as he captured the $2,500 purse as the AT&T Dash for the Cash winner. Weldon, an everyman runner who was selected at random from Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k registrants, was given a 2.8-mile head start and the opportunity to claim the cash if he bested the field. He crossed the finish line almost two minutes ahead of Abdirahman, who had teased him to watch out at a press conference the day before.

[This page top photo] Record numbers of youngsters entered in the First Market Mile Kids Mile. [Bottom left] Weldon & Abdirahman. [Bottom right & opposite page] Participants in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Dress Up and Run Contest.

At the awards ceremony, Abdirahman was joking good naturedly with Weldon, tugging at his photo-op check as though he deserved it. Weldon told the Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Abdi, the one trash talking, stood there and clapped for me.” In the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k women’s race, 32-year-old Kenyan Leah Kiprono won with a 32:24. Richmonders Cheryl Anderson (34:22) and Maria Elena Calle (35:15) were second and third respectively. Not only were they running today at the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, but they were funning. There were over 27 bands entertaining participants and spectators along the route and at the Minute Maid Race Festival. Over 20 spirit groups in the Hirschler Fleischer spirit contest rallied folks with cheers and encourage-

ment. And four Anderson & Strudwick Party Stops spectators fashioned placards and encouraging signs for a favorite runner or walker. Stops also featured noisemakers and band accompaniment. Almost 180 runners and walkers participated in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Dress Up and Run Contest, another event record. The individual winner was Boren Eam, of Midlothian,VA, whose costume as the Ultimate Warrior earned him $500. The group winner was the Tooth Troop, a 13-person ensemble of themed teeth a dentist and a tube of toothpaste who all work together at Atkins, Maestrello & Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond. The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k once again proved why it is one of the fastest growing running races in the country—it’s the most fun you can have in a 10k.

Active Richmonders have a new way to communicate. It’s called OurSB and it’s catching on faster than a 10k runner. Emily Ward is a frequent contributor to OurSB. “There are all sorts of loosely organized, yet supportive athletic sub-cultures in our city,” she said. “Whether you are a first-time marathoner, a walker, a rock climber looking for some new boulders, or a kayaker seeking out the best line through Hollywood rapids, you realize that there are many people that share common interests right here in Richmond. OurSB allows you to network and connect with others whether it’s for a run, to discuss a shared injury, share ideas or even to try something new.” Ward, a top-rated University of Richmond runner, recently posted pictures and information about her weekend trip to Ocracoke as well as running tips and thoughts about the upcoming Olympics and air pollution concerns in Beijing. The site is free and can be accessed by going to, then clicking on OurSB. Much like MySpace and Facebook, viewers will see the most popular photos and videos on the home page, as well as being able to view and post blogs, sign up for relevant groups like biking, running and swimming, and respond to and post questions on the message board. OurSBers can also engage with “friends” who have similar interests on the site. “There’s a great energy about OurSB,” says Sean Cusack, a local runner and duathlete who regularly posts information on how his training is progressing and consistently offers tips, advice and input to others’ questions and message board posts. “The shared experiences and knowledge people post are informative and entertaining. One girl wrote about losing her underwear on a training ride that I’m still laughing about!” | 7

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Are You Ready for a Triathlon? by Laurie Mehler

(the national governing group) many athletes often confuse the triathlon with the Ironman competitions. The term Ironman is actually a trademark of the World Triathlon Corporation and makes up only a portion of the triathlon, to be specific, the longest distance of racing.

One Size Does NOT Fit All! Gearing up for the perfect competition means finding the right equipment for your body.

CYCLING: NO PAIN, NO GAIN? The only pain you should experience on the bike is from exertion.

Start by using a standard bike fit formula. Just realize these formulas are designed for a generic person, which you are not. Everyone has asymmetries. Even the smallest malalignment, at an average of 5000 pedal revolutions per hour, can lead to problems. You’ll need to tweak your ride. Subtle adjustments can mean the difference between comfort and pain. ( is a good website)

There are four standard distance options to race: 1. a sprint (approximately a 300500 meter swim); 2. an Olympic distance tri (1500

Director and owner Matt Wren, M.S., P.T

meters, 40k bike, 10k run); 3. a half Ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run); and 4. the Ironman event (2.4 swim,

Photo | David Schrott

You could be like many multisport athletes who are ready for a new challenge, and maybe a triathlon is the answer. Nationally, triathlons are one of the fastest-growing sports with the largest increases in youth and female participants. As a prime example, the event was added to the Olympics in 2000 and many local athletes are working hard this spring to make the 2008 Beijing US Olympic Triathlon Team. Typically a triathlon is comprised of three sports: swimming, biking, and running—99% of the time in that order, and for good reason. Placing the swim first helps break up the field, gives the athletes a chance to warm up, and prevents hyperventilation. According to the USATriathlon

112 bike, 26.2 mile marathon). (There is also what is referred to as a 70.3 race, which is Ironman’s half-Iron distance. The total distance combined of all three elements is 70.3.)

Knee pain can result from: 1. Wrong saddle position. Too high, too low, too far forward or back. 2. Wrong cleat position. I see many cyclists with the wrong cleat set-up. Some people naturally toe in or toe out when they walk or sit. The cleat set-up should closely match your natural position. 3.Wobbling knees.Your knees should track straight up and down in a pedal stroke, with no wobble from side to side. Check yourself while on a stationary trainer in front of a mirror. 4. Rapid increase in mileage or intensity. 5. Poor leg flexibility.

Locally, there are many top-notch Richmond resources where you can find out more about this growing sport—Endorphin Fitness, 3Sports, and of course Richmond Multisports just to name a few. So now that you know a little about triathlons, you might want to add that to your list of athletic challenges. But be warned, once you start, you will probably be a lifelong triathlon addict. Welcome to the club! Laurie Mehler is the founder, President, and Race Director for Richmond Multisports.

Numbness or tingling in your hands can result from: 1. Poor wrist angle. Your hands should be relaxed and in line with your forearm. 2. Poor posture. A crouched position over the handlebars or a long, stretched-out position are equally problematic. 3. Improper saddle/stem height. Take a yardstick and place one end on the bike seat and the other on the handlebars. The saddle/stem height differential should not be greater than 1-2 inches. Any of these will increase stress on the neck, arms and hands and can lead to nerve-related symptoms.

Groin pain or numbness can result from: 1. A seat that is NOT level. 2. A seat that is not wide enough for your sit bones. 3. A seat that is too high. 4. Cheap bike shorts. Spend the money for good, well-padded bike shorts. (Courtesy of PT Works, LLC, Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine,

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RUNNING: IT’S MORE THAN JUST ABOUT YOUR SHOES Although running is less equipment-intensive than many sports, there are still basics that every runner needs. Finding the right gear can help you run better and keep you running longer.

by Rebecca Jones

on shoes and run along the store’s thirtyfoot indoor running track. Many runners bring their old running shoes into the store so the staff can analyze wear patterns (parts of the sole that are worn smooth by repetitive use) and factor those into shoe recommendations.

Cotton, because it is absorbent, gets heavy when wet and turns abrasive. Because it pulls moisture away from the skin, Suddeth also recommends synthetics for other running apparel including tops, shorts, and bras. Once the right gear is in place, there is a product that many runners find indispensable. “Body Glide—this is one of the smartest products ever,” says Suddeth. Originally designed for surfers on the California coast to prevent wetsuit chafing, Body Glide is a petroleum-free anti-chafing product that looks like a deodorant stick. Suddeth recommends it for anyone who regularly runs more than twenty or twentyfive minutes at a time. Even a moderate run is a remarkable achievement that deserves the right equipment. In ten miles, the runner’s foot hits the ground more than 15,000 times, with a force of three or four times the runner’s weight. The right gear is an investment that will keep you running safely for years—and miles—to come.

Richmond moves a little faster in the spring and summer. Local runners turn out for 5K’s and 10K’s, often for good causes. Marathon training teams are in full swing. And everyone else is trying to get—and stay—in shape for bathing suit season.

Even a moderate run is a remarkable achievement that deserves the right equipment. In ten miles, the runner’s foot hits the ground more than 15,000 times, with a force of three or four times the runner’s weight. Shoes are Road Runner’s biggest seller. Their top-selling lines include Adidas,Asics, Brooks, New Balance, and Saucony. Running shoes should be replaced every 300500 miles. Good running socks are almost as important as the right shoe. Surprisingly, cotton is not the best choice. “Synthetics are much better because they don’t hold moisture,” says Suddeth.

Because the foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and 112 ligaments, good shoes are paramount to injury-free running. Knowledgeable salespeople look at a runner’s stance, ankles, and arches—while standing, walking, and running —before making recommendations. Thom Suddeth, owner of Carytown’s Road Runner store, hires only experienced runners for this reason. Customers can try



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by Dorothy Shaver, R.D.,L.D./N

What’s going to give you the extra boost at the end of that marathon or the advantage in a competition? Food! The proper fuel to spruce up your workout is based on your body and your workout schedule. Give your body the boost it needs by following these simple guidelines.

Enjoy your workouts to the fullest and don’t hit that wall! Before a competition/hard workout: ● ● ● ●

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Meals should be 2/3 normal size. Don’t be a fool, Have a meal 3-4 hours before; enjoy a snack 1-2 hours before. use the proper fuel. Closer to the event rely more on liquids and small snacks. 3, 2 and 1 day(s) before: 100-150 extra grams of carbohydrate and decreased exercise (simply add 30-40 oz. of 100% juice daily). 3 to 4 hours before: 1 to 1.5 grams of carbohydrate per pound body weight. 2 hours before: 0.5 to 1 gram of carb per pound body weight. 1 hour before: 0.5 grams of carb per pound of body weight. This should be done before and after any vigMeal composition: 2/3 carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cereal, fruits, veggies, yogurt, milk), orous exercise routine. There are several ways 1/3 protein (lean red meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, cheese, soy, beans). of measuring hydration. This could be your key

Do you know how to determine your hydration status?

During the competition/hard workout: ● ● ● ●

Aim for at least 30-60 grams of carbohydrate per hour. Mixture of 2-3 different carbohydrate sources will give the muscles more fuel. If more than 2 hours between competitions have both protein and carbohydrate. If less than 2 hours between have mostly carbohydrate.

to success in your next competition! ●

Weigh yourself before and after exercising. Subtract post workout weight from pre workout weight and add fluid consumed during exercise (in ounces). Multiply the difference by 16 (fluid ounces per pound). That will show you how much fluid was lost during exercise. The goal is to have no fluid weight lost during exercise; therefore, it is usually necessary to drink during your workout.

Evaluation of urine color and volume. Urine should be light yellow or clear in color. Volume of urine post-exercise should be the same as pre-exercise.

Get lab work done regularly. If you’re dehydrated, it’ll show in your labs.

Fuel for Recovery: ●

Carbohydrates: 0.25 grams per pound of body weight within 30 minutes, total of 0.7 grams per pound body weight within 2 hours. Protein: 10-20 grams protein within 30 minutes (milk/whey protein is best).

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Hydrate before workouts with 16-20 ounces (2 cups +) 2 hours before practices and at least 8 ounces 10-20 minutes prior. 6-8 ounces (1 cup) every 15-20 minutes during exercises (sports drink). 16-24 ounces (2-3 cups) for every pound lost within 2 hours after practices and competitions.

Be sure to practice the same way you will compete. Practice fueling your body properly and choose foods you enjoy. SBQ If you have questions about this information, please let me know. You can contact me via e-mail at For more individual information on what to eat to fuel your workout, contact a registered dietitian by going to to find one in your area.

Articles by

Dorothy Shaver, R.D.,L.D./N Corporate Dietitian Kroger Mid-Atlantic


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 2 tbsp. of dressing and let stand 10 min. Poke holes in bottom of disposable aluminum foil pan. Toss vegetables with remaining 2 tbsp. dressing and place in prepared pan. Grill 20 min. or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender.

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving) Calories ............................200 Total Fat..............................6g Sodium ....................... 240mg Total Carbohydrates...........8g Protein ..............................29g

OUTRAGEOUS AND ORGANIC BORANGE SMOOTHIE Servings: 4 This makes a terrific snack, breakfast or anytime food. You can make it in advance and keep it refrigerated, but enjoy within one to two days. • Juice from one organic Navel orange • 2 cups low fat plain Stonyfield Farm® organic yogurt • 4 small organic bananas • 1 teaspoon Private Selection® organic honey (optional) Slice the bananas into small chunks. Place the bananas and yogurt and honey (if desired) in a blender. Slice the orange in half, remove seeds, and squeeze the juice into the blender on top of the other ingredients. Blend on high speed until smooth.

NUTRITION FACTS for 1 cup. (May vary based on type of yogurt used)

Calories ............................212 Total Fat (3 grams saturated fat) .... 5g Sodium ..........................59mg Total Carbohydrates.........40g Dietary Fiber ......................3g Protein ................................6g

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• 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 lb.) • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato vinaigrette dressing, divided • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks • 1 green pepper, cut into chunks • 1 cup chopped asparagus • ½ onion, cut into chunks


Prep time: 10 min. Total time: 20 min. Servings: 4

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Mission Nutrition Spring 2008 includes: • The French paradox: What are their tricks for staying fit? • Extreme meal makeovers • Recipes for spring sweets and summertime smoothies • Fuel your workout right! • What is fully hydrogenated oil? ...And More! Mission Nutrition is your local Kroger’s reliable information source for healthy eating and nutrition information. Look for Dorothy’s scrumptious ideas for healthy eating and nutrition information in the Kroger advertising circular every Sunday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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To the River TAKE ME

SPECIAL REPORT: Few regions are fortunate enough to have a natural recreational resource as Richmond does with the James River. Whether walking, rowing, biking, kayaking, or running, your options for active avocation are ever-expanding. The James River is noisy. The good kind of noise. It’s the powerful baritone that only the largest river in Virginia can conjure up. At 340-miles long, and teeming with massive sturgeon and 50-pound catfish, the James River boldly cuts through the heart of our Capital city. Listen closely and another sound emerges—the sound of a paddler cheering and pumping a fist in the air after conquering Hollywood Rapids, the sound of rubber tires buzzing along a mountain biking trail dotting the river’s edge, and the sound of fans chanting the name of their favorite hometown hero.

by Paul Spicer | photos: Elli Morris

Tina Andes of The Virginia Boat Club trains on the river. The Virginia Boat Club will offer participants a crack at a 1000-meter sprint along Richmond’s downtown waterfront and ending at Rocketts Landing for this June’s James River Adventure Games.

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James River Adventure Games


et the games begin. The James River Adventure Games are back and the river will again provide the playground for seven distinct sporting events occurring June 14-15th. This year’s festivities pack more athletic challenges than ever before, along with a hefty dose of family fun, entertainment, and riverside shenanigans. “A lot of the athletes do multiple events,” explains Greg Hawkins, a local boating enthusiasts and coordinator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Outdoor Adventure Program. “You’ll see someone come right across the finish line of one event, hop off of their mountain bike, and head to the kayak races.” Of the multiple sporting opportunities offered, Hawkins, who is also a participant, says he’s most looking forward to Crocs River City Rodeo as well as the Jammin’ on the James Canoe/Kayak Boatercross.

Greg Hawkins Photo | Jon Woodrum


ayakers participating in the Crocs River City Rodeo portion of the competition will meet at the top of Belle Isle at the painted boulder that local paddlers know as the “Grateful Dead Rock.” Once start times are assigned for each competitor’s run through each rapid, the fun begins as the region’s top paddlers bust out their most technical freestyle moves. For speed demons, the other crowd favorite, Jammin’ on the James, is sure to be equally energizing as heats of four kayaks and canoes line up for a head-to-head race down Hollywood Rapids. Though the whitewater is sure to pack a punch, other river rats participating in the weekend-long events insist their stretch of the river is where the action is bound to occur. The 5th annual Rocketts Landing Sprints Regatta, for example, produces a different breed of H2O enthusiasts that are drawn to the flat water that is slightly downriver from the sets of tall standing waves and large pour-over rocks favored by paddlers. The Virginia Boat Club will host the competitive events occurring on this section of the James, offering participants a crack at a 1000-meter sprint along Richmond’s downtown waterfront and ending at Rocketts Landing. “From a rowing perspective,” explains Tina Andes, the co-site coordinator for the 14 |

The XTERRA James River Scramble is Richmond’s most popular trail run.

race,“it’s a flat, beautiful stretch of the river that’s basically unimpeded.” Spectators typically huddle at the Intermediate Terminal Dock or at Rocketts Landing to watch the competition that is broken into youth (18 & under), open events, Masters events, and Novice Masters events. This year there’s even viewing opportunities from a highly anticipated VIP boat. Organized by one of the country’s earliest rowing clubs, these sprints typically draw battle-hardened athletes from around the country. And for those wishing to go at it sans floatation device, the diverse weekend also includes the James River Splash One Miler at Robious Landing Park upriver in Chesterfield County. A marked one-mile open water course with no lanes, the race offers swimmers in heats up to thirty a Greg Hawkins

Photo | Courtesy of XTERRA/Rich Cruise.

chance to strut their stuff out of the chlorine. The event even includes a 400-meter competition for kids 12 & under. Designed as much for the fans as for the athletes, organizers of the James River Adventure Games have peppered the weekend with more than a mixture of boating, swimming, and multi-sport XTERRA competitions. Added to the pot will be fireworks sponsored by Verizon, live music, tree climbing classes by River-

side Outfitters, and free off-road bike riding by YeRen Outdoor Outfitters. John McGuire, owner of SEAL Team Physical Training, plans to again offer free paddling and raft rides to and from the events happening along Belle Island. “Last year we shuttled ten people in each boat —with three boats going at the same time—for five hours nonstop…people were asking, can I go, can I go again.” McGuire, a former Navy SEAL, adds, “We

just like to get people out on the river and introduce them to it…showing them what’s possible.” If the possibilities continue, McGuire, along with all of the athletic and sponsoring organizations, may need more rafts. Trey Garman, a representative for the XTERRA organization concludes, “The James River—and the James River Park System—provides urban adventure at its finest.” SBQ | 15

Photos | Elli Morris

For kayakers like Rand Burgess, the competitions will offer everything from challenging whitewater courses to intense speed heats.


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The Virginia Capital Trail The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation opened parts of the capital to capital trail in 2006. It won’t be completed until 2012, but you can already traverse large sections. On a chilly day O my V Ikids C E and I droveA toL the K E trailhead R I Enear W PJamestown O I N T High School and entered at in March, Greensprings Trail. article & photos by Catherine Saydlowski


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The Greensprings Interpretive Trail is mostly gravel, and is peppered with wooden mini-bridges. Signs reveal that these little bridges are for ephemeral watersheds-water that appears after a rainfall. My kids liked the signs on the trail that had information about Jamestown, geology, and history. As elementary school students, they study Virginia history and they liked seeing the connections to what they’ve learned. The trail itself is extremely well-maintained. There were no branches across the path.The gravel looked fresh and even, and, surprisingly, the way was pretty flat. No hills to illicit complaints from the younger of our threesome.The occasional bench provided a nice rest stop. Part of the Greensprings Trail crosses

wetlands, and though the bridge was closed for repairs the day we went, we still took time to watch creatures in their habitats. Apart from the squirrels rustling through the leaves and startling us city-dwellers, and that loud growl that turned out to be a truck slowing down on the highway nearby, we liked being close to the hawks, geese, and turtles. We walked for over two hours, looped onto the Chickahominy portion of the trail, which was paved and immaculate, had a picnic lunch, and returned to our car. In that time, we saw three women with dogs, one random male jogger, and what looked to us like a fully-outfitted cyclist. This section of trail is near neighborhoods and roads. Safety is important so it

is comforting that there are plenty of local residents nearby. My son Rowan’s favorite part of the trail was the “arched maple tree” and that “walking sticks” were readily available. My daughter Rhiannon thought “it was cool to be able to see different types of nature”. Myself, I liked the great exercise! SBQ

The North Trail: Jimmy McMillan, Boss from the Tedegar to the Nickel Bridge Originally from Glen Allen, champion trail racer Jimmy McMillan didn’t start racing bikes until 1999. He’d bought a mountain bike magazine back in ’96 and his interest grew from there. He did his first Xterra in 1999, liked it, and kept going.

“It’s fulfilling,” says McMillan. “I felt like it was something I could be good at. I’m strong; I’m handy with a chain saw.” McMillan continued his efforts at trail work, joined Richmond MORE, took classes in trail building, and got his chainsaw certification.

By 2001, McMillan moved up to expert level and started getting faster. His first real success, as he tells it, was when he won the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Race in Phoenix, Arizona in April 2003. A knee injury sidelined him a few months, but by October he’d won his second 24 Hours of Adrenalin, this one in Atlanta, Georgia.

Soon, Wayne Goodman with Richmond MORE offered McMillan the project of construction and maintenance of North Trail, which runs from Tredegar to the Nickel Bridge. McMillan, now the Trail Boss of North Trail, organizes volunteers that arrive every Saturday to work on the list of fixes prioritized by Nathan Burrell, the man in charge of safety and trail maintenance for the city.

Soon after, he met Keith Garrett, who was upgrading trails in Forest Hill Park. McMillan, who as a teenager daydreamed about the perfect trail, often visualized trails as he thought they should be, and he joined up with Garrett to blaze almost four miles of the Forest Hill Park trails.

McMillan’s wife, Melissa, is instrumental to his success at his passion for trails. “She’s great about all the time I spend on it. And when I’m racing, she’s so supportive. She even comes out and cooks for me when I’m doing a 24-hour race.” He adds, “Trail racing is a great family thing to do.” SBQ

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Biking the Chickahominy A PROMISING OPTION FOR ROAD CYCLISTS As a cyclist, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard about the Virginia Capital Trail. And it sounded excitingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a 50-mile paved path from Richmond to Williamsburg. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also heard that the Virginia Department of Transportation had only completed eight miles of it so far. I assumed it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be worth checking out yet.

by Anne Carle I was wrong. It was well worth the 45-mile drive to ride the newly open Chickahominy and Greenspring phases of the trail, between Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Jamestown. On a cold, windy spring day, I rode eastward from the Chickahominy end with two fellow cyclists. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never been to the Chickahominy or Jamestown, even as a lifelong Virginian. I never expected to see them for the first time on a bicycle. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the great thing about cyclingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you end up seeing lots of things for the first time. This stretch of the trail runs alongside Route 5 for four or five miles. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prettyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly wooded, no strip malls and one charming wooden bridge. But then it leaves Route 5, cutting towards Jamestown.At first we rode behind a subdivision. But soon, we were riding through swamplands full of geese and boggy trees on longer wooden bridges.Then sweeping green farmlands. And finally we passed the historical Jamestown markers, where our path ended. We turned around and rode back to the car, enjoying the whole thing a second time. We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t alone. We saw walkers and other cyclistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; some on hybrids, but more on road bikes like ours. I first thought long-distance cyclists Anne Carle wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out here, with just eight miles complete. But this trail already offers road cyclists something really invitingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a safe, beautiful place to ride. Plenty of cyclists have used the narrow margins of Route 5 to put together a long ride. But there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much room for both car traffic and bicycles, and no room for error. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the Virginia Capital Trail is so exciting. We drove home to Richmond on Route 5 instead of the highway, eyeballing the future path of the trailâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through more farmland and swampland, past historic plantations, and finally into Richmond along the James River and then the canal. And maybe it will be four years before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finished. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just return to enjoy the parts that are done, and patiently wait for the rest. SBQ For more information on the Virginia Capital Trail, visit


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This is how Tanya Smithers saw long-distance runners. Then she became one. Her view began to change three years ago, when she met marathon runners at the gym. Intrigued, she joined their Saturday and Sunday distance running groups, as well as the Sports Backers marathon training team. A life-long athlete and Henrico County physical education teacher, Smither s learned a lot from experienced runners, including Mark Duncan of American Family Fitness and Lisa Randolph, her Sports Backers coach. You would have to pay a lot for the kind of advice they gave her.

Their suggestions covered what kind of socks to wear (synthetics designed for runners) and what kind of music is best to listen to on a long run (none: it is safer to stay

alert when running outdoors). It all paid off when Smithers completed her first race, the 2006 Richmond SunTrust Marathon. Regular training and the support of her fellow runners helped, but in the end it was two nonrunners who got her through the final grueling miles. After the tenth mile, every step hurt and she just wanted to hop on the shuttle. But Smithers knew her mom and dad would be waiting at the finish line. Afterward, her mother tried to rub my shoulders through the fence that separated runners from spectators. Smithers was asking herself,‘What possessed me to do this?’ But the next day, she was planning her next run. Smithers will run the SunTrust Marathon again in November, where she hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon—a feat that will require a time under three hours and forty minutes for a distance just over twenty-six miles. Her training regimen also includes boot camp and bodypump classes. All of this leads to one inevitable question. People say you can eat whatever you want, but that is not true for Smithers. “I can eat a lot of food, but not whatever I want. I try to eat a balanced diet and high-quality foods all the time.” As Smithers prepares for races in Richmond, and possibly Boston, she offers this advice for those who want to run their first marathon. “Have fun, but be prepared for setbacks. Set a goal of finishing the race; don’t worry about a time. And most of all get to know other runners—that is the biggest help.” SBQ



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Runner Cindy Owen learned this in 2002, while preparing for her first race. A stress fracture that resulted from overtraining caused her to miss the 2002 Richmond SunTrust Marathon and set her sights on 2003. This time, instead of doing too much too fast, she took six months to train. Her goals were to feel good as she ran, and to finish the race. “I try to run smarter now,” she says. “The quality of the run is more important than speed or intensity.” The lesson paid off. Owen has completed eight races, including the highly competitive Boston Marathon, which she ran in 2005 and 2007. “Boston is the hardest, because there are so many hills,” she says,“But everyone who qualifies should do it. The whole city gets involved in the race. Families and little kids turn out to high-five the runners and pass out oranges and water. It is very emotional.” Her marathons have taken her to other venues, as well. She describes the Chicago Marathon, which she completed in 2005 and 2006, as “A flat, fast course in a beautiful city.” Her most recent race was Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Steamtown Marathon in October. Although a smaller event, it was more challenging than she expected because of the many rolling hills. Of all the marathons she has completed, her favorite is SunTrust. “I love the Richmond Marathon because it is home. It is wonderful to see so many familiar faces.” A resident of the Museum District, she enjoys running on Riverside Drive, in Byrd Park, and in the Fan. She sees the city’s running community as a family, and one that is growing. Owen thinks one of the myths about marathoners is that they are solitary when, in fact, the opposite is true. “There is so much camaraderie. For me, it is a social outlet,” she says. She has trained with teams for the last three years and feels that they help her keep her perspective. “It’s great to have goals, but don’t make running another job. If it becomes a job, it takes all the joy out of it.” And for Owen, the joy of it is the whole point. “Sometimes I will start out thinking about problems or issues, but by the end of a run, it is resolved and my mind is clear.” SBQ | 19

Photos | Elli Morris


aking it easy can be one of the hardest, and most important, parts of training for a marathon.


HOOPING IT UP! But when Sports Backers hosts the U.S. Army 3-on-3 Summer Hoops (see sidebar) in July, you won’t find this point guard running down the court. Instead, Megan Silva will be on the sidelines making sure the event goes off without a hitch. As event production assistant for Sports Backers, Silva is one of those lucky few who are able to do what they love every day of the week. “I love sports and they have been such a huge part of my life,” says Silva, who worked an internship at Sports Backers before being hired permanently in May 2007. “Being able to make sports a part of my job, I couldn’t ask for more.”

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Whether you’re a die-hard player, a weekend warrior or a basketball fan, you’ll find a way to get your game on at the U.S. Army 3-on-3 Summer Hoops. Modeled after Spokane’s Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the country, this festival-style event is designed to bring the community together with a rousing mix of music, food, contests, and of Photos | David Schrott

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She’s been playing in basketball leagues since she was eight. She was chosen Division III National Player of the Year during her senior year at Randolph-Macon College. And even since entering the working world a year ago, she still plays basketball a few times a week, all year-round.

course, 3-on-3 basketball. The half-court competition, held at Innsbrook Office Park on July 26 and 27, is open to men, women and children, ages 8 and up. Come to play, cheer or simply enjoy the competition-charged atmosphere. To register, go to today! 20 |

U.S.Army 3 on 3 Summer Hoops. She also coordinates the medical support for events. Her reward, she says, is “seeing it (an event) actually come together after all the organization and preparation.” Silva’s passion for what she does is obviously rooted in her love of sports, in general, and basketball, in particular. Playing AAU ball until she was 11, she went on to play at Brookland Middle School, Hermitage High School and finally, RandolphMacon. Three out of her four years at Randolph-Macon, Silva helped take her team to the Division III NCAA tournament. After being named National Player of the Year her senior year,

“I find it (basketball) to be an outlet, not only to exercise, but it’s where I’ve met some of my closest friends.” A big part of her position with Sports Backers is researching sporting events to create for Richmond. That requires the 23year-old Silva to keep her finger on the pulse of what’s going on all over the country. In fact last summer, she and a colleague attended Hoopfest, the quintessential 3-on-3 tournament in Spokane, Washington, to gather pointers for hosting a similar tourney in Richmond. In addition to researching events, Silva, who has a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership from VCU, serves as tournament director for a number of Sports Backers’ events, including the

her number 11 jersey was retired and now hangs alongside her picture in the Crenshaw Gymnasium at Randolph-Macon. “I find it (basketball) to be an outlet, not only to exercise, but it’s where I’ve met some of my closest friends,” Silva says of the sport. “It’s such a fast-paced game. It’s right up my alley.” But playing hoops is hardly the only game in town for Silva, who has also played touch football and dodge ball with the River City Sports and Social Club.“I like staying active, but I don’t necessarily like running,” she admits.“As long as I can involve a ball or some competition…I like doing it.” SBQ

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Richmonders know him as a tough prosecutor and seasoned city councilman. In November, he was elected Delegate for the Commonwealth’s 68th District. But there is another arena where G. Manoli Loupassi’s competitive spirit is regularly showcased: the basketball court. Loupassi has played basketball for 25 years and today often plays at his alma mater, St. Christopher’s. The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center is another favorite venue. Although he used to play in organized leagues, time constraints mean that Loupassi now plays pick-up games with friends. He loves exercise and alternates regular 3-on-3 basketball games with squash, lacrosse, and running. Loupassi believes that Richmond offers more sports and fit22 |

ness opportunities than many cities its size. He speculates that this may be why the city is less focused on spectator sports. “Richmond is a participant town,” he says. Self-knowledge and team building are the characteristics that Loupassi associates with excellent basketball players. He believes that athletics build character, often providing lessons and understandings that carry over into work and family life. and sees sports and fitness as central to a good education.

This has informed his work in the Virginia House of Delegates, where Loupassi serves on the Education Committee and the Teachers and Administrative Action and Higher Education subcommittees. During the session, he worked with colleagues including Delegate John O’Bannon (R-73) to pass House Bill 242. This bill, which has been passed in the House and Senate and now awaits Governor Timothy Kaine’s signature, will require local school boards to implement a minimum of 150 minutes of physical education per week for all stu-

dents in grades kindergarten through 12 by the 2013-2014 school year. The requirement will be gradually phased in at the elementary school level, and specifies that recess may not be counted towards this requirement. Loupassi is personally committed to health and fitness and is proud of the work that the Education Committee has done on behalf of physical education this term. He summarizes their goals in clear, simple terms. “We’re just trying to get people moving,” he says. SBQ

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By the time SBQ caught up with the golfer, he had just played there that day. He said the easiest hole was four, the hardest for him being 18. Bear in mind, Beach does not describe himself as the best driver, and on the first strike of Kinloch’s 18 hole, there was damning water to the left, and, to the right, a confounding bunker and cart path. Farther down the road, Beach says,“Of course I’d like to go pro, but sometimes you got to be realistic with yourself. If you don’t go pro, you have got to find something else. Don’t put your hopes on golf only.” For now at school, at least, Beach’s golf teammates are some of his closest companions.When he returns home, the game is vital to socializing with If you don’t go pro, his family. “I have two brothers and my dad so we always have the perfect foursome. It’s family time for us.” Like Beach, Richmond Country Club Pro Shop employee and fellow by Tyler Bass golfer Chris Joyce shares the game with his family. Proud and smiling, he says,“It’s something that you can do for the rest of your life. You can take three people that walked out [onto the course] and one of them is like five or six years old; the other is like 80-something. Mainly, my Dad really liked it, and I used to do it with him. Hopefully, when I am a father, I will play with my son.” Joyce, 23, has been playing Sure, it was a stereotype: older, established corporate types golf for five years. At school at —probably in kilts!—knocking golf balls around into retirement. Christopher Newport University, he But regionally, young people are making it land’s Old Head, is often lucky enough to make it out to the green to enjoy a few holes on a whose rocky edges out to East Virginian greens twice regular basis. Along with the driven Tiger jut fantastically a week. Joyce enjoys himself withWoods’ of this world, they are redefining against the waters of out playing very competitively, yet the passion for the game—and like Woods, the North Sea.“Some has still managed to come within often inheriting their enthusiasm for the of the sights there five shots of reaching par at RCC. are pretty spectacusport from a family tradition. Between shifts, he plays there University of Richmond’s Spiders re- lar,” he says. about once a month. For more local turned to the greens this February to conBy all accounts, RCC’s 18th hole tinue qualifying and placing in options, the well-travcan be as troubling as Kinloch’s.“It tournaments. Joining them again in train- eled athlete recomwas worse when I first started working is 18-year old Freshman Sam Beach [in mends Kinloch Country Club, a 20-mile ing here,” says Joyce, as groundskeepers journey west out of town. photo above and inset]. had yet to cut down a grove of trees. The Beach has been playing golf since he “Condition-wise,” he says,“It’s challeng- hole, he said, is “in between like a straight was five years old, and by the time he was ing in some ways and then generous in oth- or a driver shot.”You have to take more club nine he was competing. Today, he is on a ers. It’s kind of got a good mix. Driving-wise, into the green. I don’t like it.” Joyce prefers partial golf scholarship. His journey into it’s fairly generous, fairly wide-open fair- his putting game, and tries to avoid the unthe game he loves has driven him to play ways, but around the greens, tightly mowed forgiving three iron. all over the U.S. and beyond. areas, fast greens pretty much all the time. It “Two out of three times,” joked Joyce, Beach’s favorite course, you ask? Scot- tests you in that way.” “I would say I hit the fairway.” SBQ 24 |

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While most Richmonders are nestled snug in their beds with visions of that first cup of coffee dancing in their heads, four ordinary Richmond men rise five mornings a week, in the dark, and drive to secret locations to go through the most brutal workouts of their lives. Ames Russell, John Barsanti, Wheat McDowell, and John “Mac” McElroy train with John McGuire and SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. (, which incorporates McGuires’s background as an elite Navy SEAL into varied and challenging workouts designed to get people in the best physical and mental shape of their lives. McDowell says,“The classes are pretty closely half men, half women, about a hundred of us. We get a schedule listing different locations, and we meet at 5:45. Beyond that, in four years, I’ve never been to the same workout. Variety keeps people motivated. John McGuire goes to great pains to 26 |

make it different every day.” Russell said,“We call it ‘adult recess.’ I’m in the best physical shape of my life.” In fact, even as these men approached the 50-year mark that most Baby Boomers dread, they were so inspired by their training that they contemplated using it to propel them up a mountain. The four men, along with six other friends along the East Coast, decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 15,100 feet from its base, and including the highest peak in Africa, at 19,340 feet. McElroy said,“It was the hardest thing we ever did. But it’s a testament to our train-

ing. Usually, only about 50 percent of people who attempt the climb make it.” Their entire group made it. The men took a year to prepare. And SEAL Team training did just that. Push-ups in gravel, in rain, scaling cement walls, swimming in the James River, hour-long runs, all SEAL Team PT devotees conquer physical fitness that was previously outside their comfort zone. “All I remember, that first week I started,” Barsanti said,“is it hurt to even shower and raise my arms to shampoo my hair.” The other three laughed.“Oh, yeah,” McDowell nodded. But with a year to train, and all of them



















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Get in Gear: Four Technologies for Runners by Rebecca Jones

For runners who train outdoors, the rules are basic. Know where you are. Know how far you have gone. Watch out for the sun. Stay hydrated. Thanks to the gear and smart technologies below, the fundamentals just got a little easier. Several years ago, a popular song told us that The Timex Pedometer ($30) works on the same principle as early prototypes created by Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson: monitoring hip motion in order to calculate number of steps and distance traveled. Wearing a pedometer during training can be a great motivating tool. So can the Timex model’s feature that converts distance traveled into calories burned. Its 7day distance memory is particularly useful to athletes doing distance training work. Think of the Garmin Forerunner 305 ($350) as a pedometer on steroids. The 305 Forerunner features a high-sensitivity GPS

everybody’s free to wear sunscreen. But what are your clothes doing to protect your skin against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays? New fiber technologies offer lightweight fabrics that provide moisture wicking and sun protection.

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wirelessly with other Forerunner 405 users.

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