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43RD ANNUAL • 2016



WHERE IT ALL BEGAN the rich history of our event


wellness challenge among employees of local organizations


a word from this year’s special guest

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Welcome to The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler!

You did it!

You’ve made it to the starting line of the

Genworth Virginia 10 Miler.

Your journey has probably

been more of a winding road than a straight one. That’s the poetry of setting a goal and “going for it.”


The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler exemplifies

challenges have been many; heat, humidity, dehydration,

community spirit. We’re excited and proud that

summer vacations and camps, possible injury, and the

you’ve decided to come to our Central Virginia

occasional chaffing. Your determination and dedication are about to pay off.

community to race. Our runners and walkers will be greeted by more than

Central Virginia is a special place with special

1,300 volunteers.

people, and we are honored to be part of this

group color the personality of the event. Because of each

showcase event and support the passionate

volunteer, the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler continues to be

people who make it better every year.

The passion and enthusiasm of this

known as the event “Where Southern Hospitality Meets the Road.” Thank you, volunteers!

Thank you, volunteers, organizers, sponsors,

A special thank you to our dozens of sponsors. Many have

and charitable organizations – your support is

made so much more than a financial contribution. Half of

truly inspirational.

our participants are part of a corporate health and wellness program that includes participation in the

And finally, to all of the race participants, thank

Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, Virginia 4 Miler presented by

you for daring to test yourself against a

Bank of the James, and Virginia 4-Mile Walk presented by

challenging course and for giving us the opportunity to cheer you to the finish line. Have a fantastic race everyone!

Centra. Twenty-four corporate teams will be supporting each other race day. The recognition by our sponsors that the Virginia 10 Miler can be a life changing investment in their employees continues to motivate our organizing committee to make each year better and better. By finishing this year’s event, you will join the tens of thousands that have celebrated at E.C. Glass High School over the past 42 years. Each of your stories is unique and appreciated. Good luck to each of you. Thank you for making the Virginia 10 Miler so special. In the words of our special guest, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, “Get After It!!”

The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler Racing Committee Warm Wishes for Success!

Jeff Fedorko Race Director • 3


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Virginia Ten Miler @va10miler







the rich history of our event

get to know the route and all its amenities

everything you need to know

OLYMPIAN: CARRIE TOLLEFSON a word from this year’s special guest


a special thank you to this year’s runners

CORPORATE COMPETITION wellness challenge among employees of local organizations


2 runners celebrate their 25th finish


doing whatever it takes

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THE GENWORTH VIRGINIA 10 MILER Saturday, September 24 • 8 a.m. Participants of The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler

Saturday, September 24 • 8 a.m.

don’t just run a road race; they join a

Since 1999, The Virginia 4 Miler runners have

community of runners and spectators who

enjoyed the beauty and thrill of the first 4 miles

pride themselves on its treasured history.

of the 10-mile course. This year, runners will

Embarking on its 43rd year, the race continues

celebrate the 18th year of what is becoming

to attract thousands of individuals from around

one of our most popular events.

the globe, as they come to partake in the beauty of Virginia through this unique rolling, USATF certified 10-mile course.


EST. 1974

Start • E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.) Finish • Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.)


The 4-mile run and walk course closes at 9:30 a.m.

Start/Finish: E.C. Glass High School

Participants on the course after this time will be

2111 Memorial Ave.

allowed to continue on the sidewalk. The 4-mile

Runners start at E.C. Glass High School and proceed

finish line will officially close at 9:45 a.m.

north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5 miles. After

Runners and walkers start at E.C. Glass High School

a short distance on Rivermont Terrace, runners turn

and proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for



1.5 miles. After a short distance on Rivermont

participants continue on Rivermont Ave. and follow

Terrace, runners turn east onto historic Rivermont


Ave. 4 Miler participants finish at Randolph College,

onto course









overlooking the James River. Runners return over

0.8 miles from Rivermont Terrace.

the same route, going up the infamous 1.5 mile Farm Basket hill to finish at E.C. Glass High School.



The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler course records are held by Rod Dixon 46:50 (1981) and Anne Audain 53:47 (1984). • 5



Saturday, September 24 • 8:05 a.m. Our youngest event, The Virginia 4-Mile Walk is

Friday, September 23 • 6 p.m.

characterized by its passionate and energetic

Since 2001, The Amazement Square Amazing

participants each year. We have been overjoyed

Mile Children’s Run has been the perfect

as the popularity of this event has increased

opportunity for the whole family to be involved

each year since its inauguration in 2010.

on race weekend. The joy and excitement of each young runner during the ¼, ½ and 1-mile

EST. 2010 COURSE Start • E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.) Finish • Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.) The 4-mile run and walk course closes at 9:30 a.m. Participants on the course after this time will be allowed to continue on the sidewalk. The 4-mile finish line will officially close at 9:45 a.m. Runners and walkers start at E.C. Glass High School

runs are truly an inspiration.

EST. 2001 RACES Ages 0 - 5: 1/4 mile race Ages 6 - 9: 1/2 mile race Ages 13 & under: 1 mile race Online registration through September 20: $15 Paper Registration: $20

and proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5 miles. After a short distance on Rivermont

All race participants receive a medal,

Terrace, runners turn east onto historic Rivermont

goodie bag and t-shirt.

Ave. 4 Miler participants finish at Randolph College, 0.8 miles from Rivermont Terrace. The Virginia 4-Mile Walk will start immediately after

Family Festival (free and open to the public): 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

the 10- and 4-mile runs.



Did you know? Human feet can produce a pint of sweat per day.

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The historic Genworth Virginia 10 Miler celebrates its 43rd anniversary on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Our community traditionally hosts participants from more than 6 countries and 30 states. Our weekend of events includes the 10-mile run, 4-mile run, 4-mile walk, and Amazing Mile Children's Run. We have had the privilege of hosting many elite runners over the years, including running legends Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter, Rod Dixon, and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

4-MILE RUN/WALK TRANSPORTATION BACK TO START The course is point-to-point. Runners and walkers will be provided with optional bus transportation back to E.C. Glass High School from Randolph College. Participants should anticipate waiting for buses and are encouraged to find alternate transportation if desired. Transportation is for participants only.

RACE AMENITIES • Moisture-wicking t-shirts guaranteed to all registered before September 1 • Custom medal to all finishers • Thousands of spectators lining the course • Live bands on the course • Live results via email, text message, and Twitter • Post-race food, entertainment and fun • Water and Gatorade along course


PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION Participants are encouraged to pick up their race packets on Thursday to avoid congestion on Friday and race morning. New this year, bib numbers will be assigned to participants at Packet Pickup. Registration will not be available for events that have reached capacity. All participants may register and/or pick up race packets for any of our race events on the following dates and times:

Thursday, September 22 All events

3 - 7:30 p.m. • The Plaza (Upper Level) 2323 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501 Friday, September 23 Virginia 10 Miler, Virginia 4 Miler, Virginia 4-Mile Walk

3 - 7:30 p.m. • The Plaza (Upper Level) 2323 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501

The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler supports assisted participants. Be mindful that there will be assisted participants in strollers or modified wheelchairs on the course being pushed by a volunteer athlete. Please cheer them on and welcome them as they are an important part of our event.

Amazing Mile Childrens Run



Due to the size and density of this event, baby joggers and strollers are prohibited. The inclusion of strollers in races increases the potential for injury to race participants and children.

Smile! Our friends from Triduo will be on course to capture those special race moments. Within 48 hours after race day, participants will receive an email notifying them that their free pictures are ready to view and download.

PERSONAL MUSIC DEVICES & HEADPHONE POLICY The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this event. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of all events. Runner safety is a priority for our event. Please be mindful of all other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

4:30 - 5:45 p.m. • Amazement Square 27 9th Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504 Saturday, September 24 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. E.C. Glass High School • 2111 Memorial Ave.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART TIMING & RESULTS All participants will receive a Bib B-Tag for timing purposes. The B-Tag will be attached to the back of your race number. Please check to ensure that your B-Tag number matches your race number. Do Not remove your B-Tag from your race number. No Tag = No Time. Look for specific instructions at Packet Pickup.

Event results will be available at

Want to join the conversation leading up to race day? Use the hashtag #va10miler or #va4miler on social media. • 7 RESULTS, NOTIFICATIONS, AND LIVE LEADER BOARD


presented by BWXT

Be the first to know your pace and time on race day! Fans from around the world can receive notification of participant splits and results via text message and email. In addition, a Leader Board can be found on the event website providing “live” splits and results as they happen!

Sign up is available at WATER STOPS Water and Gatorade will be available to runners and walkers approximately every 2 miles.

The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is an RRCA State Championship Event. Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional, and State level to RRCA member clubs and events to promote the sport of distance running. The RRCA Championship Event Series is the largest grassroots organized running series in the U.S., attracting over 320,000 runners each year. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run events and to award top performing runners.

See pg. 15 for exact locations.

ROAD CLOSURE SCHEDULE 6:30 a.m. Langhorne Rd. between Memorial Ave. & Murrell Rd. 7:35 a.m. Langhorne Rd. from Murrell Rd. to Rivermont Terrace. Rivermont Terrace from Langhorne Rd. to Rivermont Ave. 7:55 a.m. Rivermont Ave. from Rivermont Terrace to Riverside Park 9:45 a.m. Rivermont Ave. reopens 10:15 a.m. Rivermont Terrace reopens, Langhorne Rivermont Ave. to Murrell Rd. reopens.



11:30 a.m. Langhorne Rd. from Murrell Rd. to Memorial Ave. reopens.

RESTROOMS Portable restrooms are available at the start/finish line areas, Farm Basket (1.5/8.5m), Woodridge Place (2.75/7.75m), Vasser Street (3.0/7.0m), Norfolk Avenue (4.1/5.9m), and Riverside Park (4.5/5.5m). See Course Map on pg. 15.

PARTICIPANT BAG DROP OFF presented by Wells Fargo Advisors

Participants can leave their valuables at the Participant Bag Drop area located near the portable restrooms at E.C. Glass High School. Your race number is your receipt. You must present your race number to pick up your bag after your race.

10 MILER ELITE RUNNER STANDARDS More than 60 athletes from 6 different countries

ELITE STANDARDS Open Men: Sub 55 for 10m (sub 33:11 for 10k) Master Men: Sub 59 (sub 35:36 for 10k) Grand Master: Sub 62 (sub 37:24 for 10k) Open Women: Sub 60 for 10m (sub 36:12 for 10k) Master Women: Sub 64 (sub 38:37) Grand Master Women: Sub 67 (sub 40:25) COURSE RECORDS Rod Dixon · 46:50 (1981) Anne Audain · 53:47 (1984)

2015 10-MILE CHAMPIONS Julius Kogo · 48:19 Lillian Maritta · 54:44

Did you know? While running, you burn approximately 100 calories per mile.

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The success of The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is only possible due to the generous support of our sponsors. These companies and organizations not only donated financially but also contributed their time and energy.






Denotes a Premier Sponsor, having given a 3-year sponsorship commitment to the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler • 9


PATRON SPONSORS American Electric Power (AEP), Holiday Inn Select, Schewel Furniture Company, Inc.

NON-PROFIT PARTNERS Coalition of HIV Awareness & Prevention (CHAP), Amazement Square, Girls on the Run, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Miriam’s House, M.A.A.M., Interfaith Outreach Association, CASA of Central Virginia


THANK YOU Please take time to thank and support those who made this historic event possible!


Denotes a Premier Sponsor, having given a 3-year sponsorship commitment to the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler

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Online through September 20: $15 Paper Registration: $20 Paper Registration Accepted in Person at Amazemet Square.


Ages 0-5: 1/4 MILE RACE Ages 6-9: 1/2 MILE RACE Ages 13 & under: 1 MILE RACE


A medal, goodie bag & t-shirt!




CARRIE TOLLEFSON She explains that this makes 10 milers “so much fun to train for and so exciting to take part in.”

“Make the most of each moment. Newby or veteran, each race you run is one you’ll never forget. Not a lot of sports have that kind of impact.”

The 43rd annual Genworth Virginia 10 Miler

One of Tollefson’s favorite aspects of running is the

special guest is Carrie Tollefson, an elite middle

community. She shared, “it’s home — no matter who

distance runner and Olympian.

you are or how experienced you are, you have something in common. Regardless of how fast you

Tollefson, a native of Minnesota, was a 13-time

are, every person’s goal is exciting.” In fact, this is



what she is most looking forward to in the Genworth

University where she became a 5-time NCAA

Virginia 10 Miler weekend — “to meet the runners,

champion and the first person in NCAA to win

get energized by being a part of the festivities, and

both the 3K and 5K titles. Following her collegiate

to have fun.”




career, Tollefson represented the US in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece in the 1500 meters.

Carrie Tollefson’s accomplishments are inspiring, and we’re thrilled to host her as our special guest







this year!

magazines and journals, gracing the cover of quite a few, including the Oct. 2016 Runner’s World. She now engages in many public speaking


events and training camps, is an ESPN2 analyst

Thursday, September 22

and commentator/announcer for several national

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

events. In addition, she hosts C Tolle Run, a

Community Meet & Greet

weekly show about running and fitness. Tollefson believes that runners of a 10 miler have a tremendous opportunity. What she calls an “off

Race Registration & Packet Pickup

Friday, September 23 Lynchburg College Lecture Sponsor Reception Amazing Mile run

distance,” 10-mile courses are less common and

Race Registration & Packet Pickup

many runners can enjoy the excitement of a new

Saturday, September 24

PR, simply because the course length is unique.

Awards stage, announcing, and more!

In 2015, our special guest was Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.

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CHAP Greetings to all Genworth Virginia 10 Miler Runners & Walkers!

A portion of the proceeds from the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler benefiting CHAP will support CHAP’s mission to provide free HIV testing and counseling throughout Central Virginia. Similar to your training for the challenging athletic events that are part of The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, CHAP’s approach to HIV/AIDS is that of a long distance race and not a short sprint. It is because of people like you who support CHAP by participating in The

On behalf of the Coalition for HIV Awareness and

Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, that CHAP’s goal of an

Prevention (CHAP), I would like to enthusiastically

HIV-free generation is within reach.

welcome all runners and walkers, as well as all of the volunteers and spectators, to the 2016 Genworth

Thank you for all you are doing for our organization

Virginia 10 Miler.

and our community.

CHAP is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to reduce the spread of HIV infection and ensure a compassionate response to all individuals both infected and affected by the HIV epidemic. For more than 15 years, CHAP has provided free HIV tests to

Robert Owen Brennan, MD, FACP, FIDSA Medical Director Coalition of HIV Awareness and Prevention (CHAP)

thousands of local individuals, helped those infected with HIV find services and treatment, and educated the community about HIV and AIDS.









CORPORATE COMPETITION wellness challenge among employees of local organizations

team registrations have been consistently high

The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler events offer the

Employee Wellness Program Manager explains,



“Our employees are our greatest resources and


the 10 Miler gives us an opportunity to encourage

encouraging their employees to participate on

our employees to strive to better themselves and

race day. Corporate competition offers the

set new goals.”




local just


organizations sponsorship

to but

community an opportunity to incorporate the events into an employee wellness program. This year, team members crossing our finish lines are representing 13 companies and organizations from the area.

over the last decade. Corrin McCloskey, Centra’s

The race’s title sponsor, Genworth, sees the race as an opportunity to not just volunteer and facilitate the events, but to also be a part of the competition for the finish line. Communications Director, R.B. Carter, shared, “the Genworth

Whether it’s a push to become more active

Virginia 10 Miler is a tradition for us — we have a

outside of the workday, a challenge for overall

great time on race day — and more and more

wellness, or a goal to make and meet goals,

people want to be part of that experience.”






placed their employees’ well-being as a high

Liberty University has taken the corporate win the


last few years, an element that will only act as fuel for team competition out there on race day.

Centra is one of these organizations, and their Best of luck to all corporate participants!





Start, continue, or complete your degree with Liberty University. Offering classes both on campus and online, Liberty is here to help you finish strong and graduate as a Champion for Christ!

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Lynchburg, Virginia

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WHAT ELSE HAPPENED IN 1974? • Invention of the Post-It Note • Richard Nixon’s resignation to evade impeachment • Blazing Saddles hit the box office • Miami Dolphins won Superbowl VIII • People magazine released its first issue • John Lennon performed his last concert

HONORS GIVEN: 1978 Friendliest Road Race in America 2011 Outstanding Runner-Friendly Community (Lynchburg) 2014 RRCA Road Race of the Year

The history of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, founded in 1974

When asked what makes the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler unique, many will say it’s the beautiful rolling course, the hospitality of our incredible volunteers or the energetic spectators that fuel runner morale. However, arguably the most treasured aspect of the event is its rich history, rooted in the heart of the Lynchburg community. Did you know? It takes 200 muscles to take a step. • 15 The Lynchburg Road Runners Club (LRRC) was

champions like Rod Dixon, Bill Rogers, Frank

formed in 1973 with the very intention of

Shorter, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jon Vitale, Jon

establishing a 10-mile footrace in Lynchburg.

Sinclair, Jeff Galloway, and Grete Waitz. Today,

Rudy Straub, Bernie Smith and many others

elite runners still come to compete in this RRCA

saw their dream come to fruition the following

Championship race.


Race dynamics have changed vastly since the

The first Virginia 10 Miler was held in 1974 with

race’s inauguration, digital race timing being



one major development in the industry. In

incredible future the race held. One of those

addition, demographics of those that challenge

first year runners was Bill Draper, a true race

themselves to cross the finish line have

legend who ran the inaugural race in his forties.

changed. In 1974, less than 3% of finishers were

He continued on to take part 41 consecutive

women, while about 45% of finishers today are

years through 2015, when he became too







limited, both physically and logistically, to participate. He still cares greatly about The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, claiming, “it’s run the best of any in the country. The effort that the whole town of Lynchburg puts into it and the extreme organization of several people are the backbone of making it a success every year.” For the race’s first 25 years, First Colony Life provided financial backing for the race and held

The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler has grown to

the role as title sponsor, which later merged

encompass 4 total events, the 10-mile race

with Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance. It

itself, the Virginia 4 Miler Presented by Bank of

was only natural that in 2008, this tradition was

the James (est. 1999), the Virginia 4-Mile Walk

resumed with Genworth Financial becoming

Presented by Centra Health (est. 2010), and the

title sponsor of the race.

Amazement Square Amazing Mile Children’s Run (est. 2001).

“Go out, do your best, think

When 41-time race finisher, Bill Draper, was

positively, and don’t ever give

participants, he answered without hesitation,

up.” -Bill Draper

asked what advice he would give this year’s “Go out, do your best, think positively, and don’t ever give up.” We are glad you have chosen to participate in

The course has always been known for its

this 43rd year of events and are cheering you

challenging nature. Olympians and elites have

on to accomplishing your goals on this historic

come to compete on these very streets —


In 1978, Runners World named the Virginia 10 Miler the Friendliest Road Race in America.

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MILE 3/7






MILE 4/6





Mile 3/7 Mile 1/9


MILE 2/8

Riverside Park Loop

Start/Finish 791 ft. Mile 2/8






Mile 4/6


Mile 5 750



750 690







E.C. Glass High





E.C. Glass High School

Lauren Smyk Band



Tommy Cox Blues Band


Farm Basket

BRB Band



Legos in the Dark


Randolph College



Riverside Runners



Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church


The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is celebrating 43 years of being “Where Southern Hospitality Meets the Road” • 17 Amazement Square is Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum! Climb, slide & discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities & programs. Visitors of all ages, backgrounds & abilities can explore global & regional topics, the arts & humanities, science & health-related themes, as well as expand their creativity. For every $15 donated, a deserving local youth will receive a scholarship entry into the Amazing Mile Children’s Run. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Virginia is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the 24th Judicial District of Virginia. CASA of Central Virginia recruits, trains, supports and monitors caring volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. CHAP’s mission is to educate the public about the nature, prevention, treatment and impact of HIV/ AIDS, to coordinate efforts of existing public or private resources for persons living with HIV/AIDS, to discover unmet needs of people with HIV/AIDS and their families, and to stimulate and support community responses to meet those needs. Girls on the Run helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. We teach girls that there are no limits and no constraints to whom and what they can be and that there are so many opportunities to be remarkable. We also incorporate running into our curriculum. We use this activity to inspire and motivate girls throughout the 12-week program, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies from all over Central Virginia complete a 5k running event.

CHARITIES We are proud to contribute a portion of our event proceeds to local charities. Interfaith Outreach Association is a non-profit located in downtown Lynchburg that strives to relieve distress and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need by providing programs that offer education, guidance, and support. For 33 years, IOA has served as a vehicle for interfaith cooperation with 79 member congregations to help those less fortunate in Central Virginia. IOA serves the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and city of Lynchburg. Lynchburg Daily Bread serves a free hot meal every day of the year to the homeless and hungry of our community. We are celebrating our 30th year of serving those in need. Daily Bread only exists because of the generosity of our community. Nearly all of the food served is donated. We average 150 guest per day, including recently unemployed, those with temporary or part-time jobs that can’t make ends meet, elderly, disabled on fixed incomes, families, and persons with mental health challenges. Miriam’s House is dedicated to ending homelessness through the empowerment of women & families. Both our on-site housing program & our community-based rental assistance program are aimed at quickly connecting homeless women & children to safe and affordable permanent housing. All services offered are free to the families and rooted in the belief that ending a family’s homelessness quickly & providing for their most basic needs will empower them to achieve goals in other areas. maam-mammograms-annually-must

M.A.A.M. is a committee of the Centra Foundation with a mission to raise awareness of the importance of screening mammograms. M.A.A.M. helps to fun and organize free mammography screening days for the community and supports media campaigns to build awareness about mammography. Did you know? Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold worldwide each year.

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GENUINE TRADITION — 2 RUNNERS CELEBRATE THEIR 25TH FINISH With rich race history comes innumerable stories —

of running, and many have grown to share the same

stories of magnificent accomplishments on these


very streets of Lynchburg. When asked to share about race, McPhatter and For at least two 2016 participants, the achievement

Foster both commented on how challenging it is —

to celebrate is 25 years of finishing The Genworth

and how that’s what keeps them coming back.

Virginia 10 Miler. Lesley McPhatter and Bob Foster

McPhatter compared the phenomenon to childbirth,

are Lynchburg natives that have very different

in which runners battle regrets while embarking on

histories with the race. Their common tie is their

Farm Basket Hill but quickly forget the pain the

determination to finish the 10-mile course year after

moment they cross the finish line, determined do an


even better job the following year. Not surprisingly, Farm Basket Hill is what Foster deems the reason

Lesley McPhatter began her relationship with the

the race is harder than any other he’s ever run.

race as a young child. Daughter of the late Frank McPhatter, she attended the event to cheer on her

However, as is evident from their track records,

dad, a Virginia 10 Miler race legend. Frank McPhatter

neither 25-time finisher has allowed the challenge to

participated every year for the first 30 years, many

do anything but motivate them to cross the finish

of which Lesley ran, too – once she had become old

line year after year. McPhatter remarks that finishing

enough, of course. She has now crossed the finish

is “glorious,” no matter how the race went. The

line 24 times, and is set to hit her 25th this year.

solution to conquering the hills? “Don’t take off like rabbits. The first section of the course is downhill,

Bob Foster finished his first Virginia 10 Miler in 1991,

and too many people run it quickly but should save

just a few short months after picking up running at

their energy,” Foster advises.

the age of 45. His hobby took shape when a few friends suggested it as a stress relief strategy, and

Two unique stories, one spectacular achievement.

he’s been an avid runner ever since. Foster’s family

Congratulations to Lesley and Bob on such

members, including his wife, Lynchburg Mayor Joan

amazing accomplishments and many more to

Foster, have been impacted significantly by his love


Did you know? If you run 10 miles a day for 2,490 days (6.8 years), you will have run 24,900 miles, almost equivalent of the equatorial circumference of the earth. • 19



Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Luncheon* Thursday, Sept. 22 • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oakwood Country Club

join the fun on race weekend

Join us for a Virginia 10 Miler kick-off event. We’ll hear from Carrie Tollefson, former Olympian and sports analyst for ESPN2, mom of 3, and Global Reebok Running Ambassador. We’ll get great tips on how to succeed, how to overcome struggles, & more! *ticketed event

Succeeding as a Collegiate & Olympic Athlete Thursday, Sept. 22 • 7 p.m. Lynchburg College Carrie Tollefson will share her experiences as a middle distance college and professional athlete and what it takes to become an Olympian! Her enthusiasm and drive will be inspiring to student athletes, coaches, and anyone planning to hit the course! Come join us for an informative and motivational evening. All are welcome.

SEPTEMBER 23 More Than a Run! A Family Festival Friday, Sept. 23 • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Amazement Square

Lynchburg, Virginia Work, Run, Explore, Live Well.

Bring the family to our annual Family Festival, part of the Amazing Mile celebration at Amazement Square. Face painting, food, and kid-friendly activities. Free and open to all.

SEPTEMBER 24 Finish Line Celebration Saturday, Sept. 24 • 9 - 11 a.m. E.C. Glass High School Celebrate your accomplishment after your race finish! Join thousands for post-event food, live music, and our special awards presentation.

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VOLUNTEERS WHATEVER IT TAKES The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is marked by dedicated volunteers that do whatever it takes to carry out the events’ reputation of being “Where Southern Hospitality Meets the Road.” Approximately 1,500 volunteers are required each year for the events to go off without a hitch, and nothing could be accomplished without their energetic attitudes and get-it-done mindsets. As members of local non-profits, corporate sponsors, colleges, churches and more, volunteers are known for being hospitable, full of charisma, and reliable. Many of these various groups volunteer to staff the same portion of the course each year and never fail to carry out the mission with success and expecting no recognition. One of the many groups deserving of acknowledgment

is the group of Randolph College volunteers that covers the segment of the course that curves from Rivermont Terrace onto Rivermont Avenue. Apart from the start/finish line, this section of the course is arguably the most spectator-filled area, leaving a powerful impact on runners. Matt Giles, a 10-mile finisher shared, “it’s a serious morale booster.” “As a runner it is definitely a spot on the course that I look forward to for that extra encouragement to help me be the best that I can be!” He explains that the impact volunteers in this portion of the course have on runners is that they “hold a rope to guide runners and keep spectators off the course since that is a heavily populated area. They hold signs of encouragement and cheer loudly!”

Runners welcome any encouragement they can get during this segment of the course. Allison Braun recalls of her first experience running the 10-mile course, “I really loved that area for spectators because everyone is coming up from the last big hill before turning right and making their way on a flat surface which is Rivermont.” She shares that “it’s great for the 4-mile participants because it’s the last little stretch before their finish.” The strength to finish is so greatly impacted by this setting, and none of it would be possible without the enthusiastic volunteers from Randolph College and many other volunteers at that location!

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers for making the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler events possible! • Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club • Lynchburg Morning Rotary • E.C. Glass High School ROTC • Liberty University ROTC • Lynchburg College Student Athletes • Randolph College Student Athletes • Liberty University Student Athletes • Boy Scout Troop • Zita McCann & Friends • Linkhorne Middle School Cross Country • Dennis Wright & Massage Therapists

...and many more!

In 2015, 87% of participants were Lynchburg area locals. • 21

63.4° The average high temperature on September 24 in Lynchburg is 63.4 degrees

181 The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler was established in 1974 with 181 finishers


45% Less than 3% of finishers in 1976 were women. Last year, women accounted for 45% of all 10-mile finishers


This year, over 21 corporate teams will participate in our events

21 We are proud to contribute a portion of our proceeds to 8 local charities

More than 40 sponsors come together to make The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler events a success


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JOIN THE CONVERSATION 56 likes leahelizabeth.j In honor of the @va10miler kicking off tonight (10 weeks away!), here's a little #throwbackthursday to 2014 and one of my favorite race photos. #va10miler #runLYH #seeleahrun

12 likes karibarton2 This is me 2 years ago in the VA 4 Miler. I love working out EXCEPT for running, so this year I am really challenging myself and just signed for up for the VA 10 Miler! #motivationmonday #thisiscrazy #takeonthechallenge #youcandoit #va10miler

Community isn’t limited to a weekend of race events. Those that share a passion build community year-round through engaging in each other’s lives, both their challenges and successes. Connect with us on social media and use #va10miler or #va4miler to join the conversation.

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VIRGINIA 10 MILER AWARDS (CONT’D) AMERICAN BONUS (Top US* Male and Female) 1st $500* • 2nd $300* • 3rd $200* • 4th $150* • 5th $100* *Must be a U.S. Citizen and run (Male sub 57:00, Female sub 64:00)


TIME BONUSES (not cumulative)

Overall award winners from the following events will be recognized on the main stage: Virginia 10 Miler and Virginia 4 Miler. The top 10 male and female finishers for the Virginia 10 Miler will be recognized on the main stage along with RRCA 10-Mile Virginia State award winners. This includes Master, Grand Master, and Senior Grand Master Champions. The top 3 male and female finisher for the Virginia 4 Miler will be recognized on the main stage along with Master, Grand Master, and Senior Master Champions.

MALE (in min.): under 47:20: $1,000 • under 48: $600 • under 49: $400 under 50: $200 • under 51: $150 • under 52: $100

MAILING OF PRIZE MONEY & AWARDS Age Group awards will be mailed to recipients following the official certification of results and may take up to 3 weeks.

NET TIME VS. GUN TIME Gun time will be used to determine placing for all categories receiving prize money/bonuses. These categories include Overall awards, Masters Champions, Grand Masters Champions, and Senior Champions. Age group awards will be determined using Chronotrack (chip) time. There is no double-dipping of prizes. For example, an overall award winner cannot also win their age group. However, a team competitor can win both their age group award and team competition. This policy excludes team competition where Chronotrack time will be used.


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The 43rd Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is the Road Runners Club of America Virginia State Championship. Special RRCA Championship medals will be given to the Overall Male and Female Champion in the following categories: Overall, Masters, Grand Masters, and Senior Grand Masters. These award winners will be recognized at our awards ceremony following the race. Overall Male and Overall Female: 1st: $1,500 • 2nd: $800 • 3rd: $700 • 4th: $600 • 5th: $500 • 6th: $400 7th: $300 • 8th: $200 • 9th: $150 • 10th: $100 “Overall” cash award eligibility (Male sub 57:00, Female sub 64:00)

FEMALE (in min.): under 54:20: $1,000 • under 55: $600 • under 56: $400 under 57: $200 • under 58: $150 • under 60: $100

ADDITIONAL TIME BONUSES Set the Course Record: $4,000 (Rod Dixon: 46:50, 1981 • Anne Audain: 53:47, 1984) First Master Male (40+) under 52:00: $400 First Master Female (40+) under 58:00: $400 Masters Champion Male & Female (40-49): Free pair of Brooks shoes Grand Masters Champion Male & Female (Age 50-59): Free pair of Brooks shoes Senior Grand Master Male & Female (Age 60+): Free pair of Brooks shoes Age Group Awards (Top 3 Male & Female): 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+

VIRGINIA 4-MILE RUN AWARDS Overall Male & Female: 1st: $250 • 2nd: $150 • 3rd: $100 Masters Champion Male & Female (Ages 40-49): Free pair of Brooks shoes Grand Masters Champion Male & Female (Ages 50+): Free pair of Brooks shoes Age Group Awards (Top 3 Male & Female): 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+ All official finishers of the Virginia 10 Miler, Virginia 4 Miler and Virginia 4-Mile Walk will receive a commemorative finisher medal

CORPORATE TEAM COMPETITION Corporate Team competition will take place in both the 10 and 4-mile run events. There will be 3 team categories: Mixed, Male, and Female.


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