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LY N C H B U R G , VA
where southern hospitality meets the road
Welcome to The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler!
Welcome to Lynchburg’s “festival” of fun and fitness! On behalf of the Lynchburg Road Runners and our organizing committees, we are so honored that you have chosen to celebrate with us.
We’re excited you’ve decided to come to race with us. This annual festival of racing exemplifies our Central Virginia community spirit: gracious, confident, brimming with optimism. For 43 years, racers have been coming here to test themselves against one of the finest courses road racing has to offer – you will not be disappointed. It ain’t always easy: in life, in business or in racing. The literal and figurative hills are long and sometimes steep. Circumstances rattle our commitment and try our souls. But, in the end, optimism and perseverance take us through to the finish. So we offer our thanks and admiration to everyone associated with this festival… • To the organizers, particularly the Lynchburg Road Runners Club, for their vision, energy, and passion,
This year is the 44th year the Lynchburg community will support the thousands participating in the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, Virginia 10 Miler Relay, Virginia 4 Miler presented by Bank of the James, and Virginia 4 Mile Walk presented by Centra. Thank you for investing in yourself through fitness and for supporting this event. I also wish to thank our sponsors and volunteers. More than 20 corporate teams will toe our starting line with over 1,000 volunteers providing their support. Please take a moment to thank a sponsor and volunteer. Most will be wearing a company t-shirt or a volunteer shirt. There is no way this event could be what is without them! Your accomplishments on race day represent countless hours of preparation, dedication, and sacrifice. A well-deserved “congratulations” to each and every one of you! We will be waiting at the finish line with a finisher medal just for you! Sincerely,
• To the sponsors for their loyalty, dedication, and devotion to racing, • To every volunteer with an encouraging word to offer, a hand to lend, • To every charitable organization for encouraging the greater good, and
Jeff Fedorko Race Director
• To every participant battling the butterflies of conviction and doubt, pushing forward, and smiling (at least on the inside). Have a fantastic race everyone!
The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) National 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.
-The Genworth 10 Miler Racing Committee
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RRCA CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
CONTENTS 06 RACE INFO
everything you need to know about race day
OLYMPIAN: MOLLY HUDDLE a word from this year’s special guest
friendly rivalry among local organizations
TREASURED 10 MILER HISTORY
COURSE MAP & BANDS
a look at 44 years of running lynchburg’s streets
get to know all about what the course offers
the story of a local runner’s miraculous journey
Q&A WITH OUR TITLE SPONSOR
get to know more about Genworth’s support
mother/daughter duo rally support for long-time friend
cover photo • © 2016, TriDuo
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THE GENWORTH VIRGINIA 10 MILER
THE GENWORTH VIRGINIA 10 MILER RELAY
Saturday, September 23 • 8 a.m.
Saturday, September 23 • 8 a.m.
Participants of The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler
The brand-new Genworth Virginia 10 Miler Relay
don’t just run a road race; they join a community of
allows runners to compete in teams of 2,
runners and spectators who pride themselves on
its treasured history. Embarking on its 44th year,
Teammates trade places at the Exchange Zone in
the race continues to attract thousands of
Riverside Park at the 5 mile mark.
individuals from around the globe, as they come to
partake in the beauty of Virginia through this
Start/Finish: E.C. Glass High School 2111 Memorial Ave.
unique rolling, USATF certified 10-mile course.
Runners start at E.C. Glass High School and
COURSE Start/Finish: E.C. Glass High School 2111 Memorial Ave.
proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5
Runners start at E.C. Glass High School and
runners turn east onto historic Rivermont Ave.
proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5
10 Miler Relay participants continue on Rivermont
miles. After a short distance on Rivermont Terrace,
Ave. and follow the course clockwise through
runners turn east onto historic Rivermont Ave. 10
Riverside Park overlooking the James River. Runners
Miler participants continue on Rivermont Ave. and
will switch places with their partner in the
follow the course clockwise through Riverside Park
Exchange Zone (5 mile mark) in Riverside Park. The
overlooking the James River. Runners return over
second team member with then return over the
the same route, going up the infamous 1.5 mile
same route, going up the infamous 1.5 mile Farm
Farm Basket hill to finish at E.C. Glass High School.
Basket hill to finish at E.C. Glass High School.
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miles. After a short distance on Rivermont Terrace,
THE VIRGINIA 4 MILER PRESENTED BY BANK OF THE JAMES
THE VIRGINIA 4-MILE WALK PRESENTED BY CENTRA
Saturday, September 23 • 8 a.m.
Saturday, September 23 • 8:05 a.m.
Since 1999, The Virginia 4 Miler runners have enjoyed the beauty and thrill of the first 4 miles of the 10-mile course. This year, runners will celebrate the 19th year of what is becoming one of our most popular events.
The Virginia 4-Mile Walk is characterized by its passionate and energetic participants each year. We have been overjoyed as the popularity of this event has increased each year since its inauguration in 2010.
Start • E.C. Glass High School (2111 Memorial Ave.) Finish • Randolph College (2500 Rivermont Ave.)
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 start at E.C. Glass High School and proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5 miles. After a short distance on Rivermont Terr., runners turn east onto historic Rivermont Ave. 4 Miler participants finish at Randolph College, 0.8 miles from Rivermont Terr.
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. Walkers start at E.C. Glass High School and proceed north on Langhorne Rd., downhill for 1.5 miles. After a short distance on Rivermont Terr., runners turn east onto historic Rivermont Ave. 4-Mile Walk participants finish at Randolph College, 0.8 miles from Rivermont Terr. The Virginia 4-Mile Walk will start immediately after the 10 and 4-mile runs.
THE AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN PRESENTED BY AMAZEMENT SQUARE
Friday, September 22 • 6 p.m. Family Festival (free and open to the public): 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
EST. 2001 TURN TO PG. 10 FOR RACE INFO
Since 2001, these races have been the perfect opportunity for the whole family to be involved on race weekend. The joy and excitement of each young runner during the ¼, ½ and 1-mile runs are truly an inspiration.
RACES Ages 0 - 5: 1/4 mile race • Ages 6 - 9: 1/2 mile race • Ages 13 & under: 1 mile race All race participants receive a medal, goodie bag, and t-shirt.
The historic Genworth Virginia 10 Miler celebrates its 44th anniversary on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Our community traditionally hosts participants from more than 6 countries and 30 states. Our weekend of events includes the 10-mile run, 10-mile relay, 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, Dick Beardsley, Rod Dixon, and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
4-MILE RUN/WALK TRANSPORTATION BACK TO START
PACKET PICKUP & REGISTRATION
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, compliments of Lynchburg City Schools. Participants should anticipate waiting for buses and are encouraged to find alternate transportation if desired. Transportation is for participants only. Your bib # is your bus pass.
Participants are encouraged to pick up their race packets on Thursday to avoid congestion on Friday and race morning. 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:
RACE AMENITIES • Moisture-wicking t-shirts guaranteed to all registered before September 1 • Custom medal to all finishers • Live bands on the course • Live results via email & text message • Post-race food, entertainment and fun • Water and Gatorade along course • Thousands of spectators lining the course
ASSISTED PARTICIPANTS 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.
Thursday, September 21 All events 3 - 7 p.m. • The Plaza (Upper Level) 2323 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Friday, September 22 Virginia 10 Miler, 10 Miler Relay, 4 Miler, 4-Mile Walk 3 - 7 p.m. • The Plaza (Upper Level) 2323 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501 Amazing Mile Childrens Run 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. • Amazement Square 27 9th Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Saturday, September 23 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. E.C. Glass High School • 2111 Memorial Ave.
RACE DAY PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY BABY JOGGERS & STROLLERS POLICY 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.
PERSONAL MUSIC DEVICES & HEADPHONE POLICY
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. In addition, participants will be able to download video footage of their race finish, courtesy of Liberty University. For information on how to sign up visit virginia10miler.com.
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.
triduo.com/va10miler • email@example.com
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.
RACE RESULTS: VIRGINIA10MILER.COM/RESULTS
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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 VIRGINIA10MILER.COM/RACEDAY
WATER STOPS Water and Gatorade will be available to runners and walkers approximately every 2 miles.
RACE DAY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS! Raul Diaz Tiffany Logan T'Lea Thomas Amanda Collins Selina Morgan John Markides Julie Neiderer Sarah Francis Angela Moroz Brooklyn Harless
See pg. 16 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 Rd. from 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).
10 MILER ELITE RUNNER STANDARDS More than 60 athletes from 6 different countries ELITE STANDARDS
See Course Map on pg. 16.
Open Men: Sub 55 for 10m (sub 33:11 for 10k) Master Men: Sub 59 (sub 35:36 for 10k)
PARTICIPANT BAG DROP OFF
Grand Master: Sub 62 (sub 37:24 for 10k)
presented by Wells Fargo Advisors
Open Women: Sub 60 for 10m (sub 36:12 for 10k)
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.
Grand Master Women: Sub 67 (sub 40:25 for 10k)
Master Women: Sub 64 (sub 38:37 for 10k)
COURSE RECORDS Rod Dixon · 46:50 (1981) Anne Audain · 53:47 (1984)
2016 10-MILE CHAMPIONS Paul Sugut · 47:14 Joan Aiyabei · 56:47
LYNCHBURG IS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS A RUNNER FRIENDLY COMMUNITY BY THE RRCA SINCE 2011
The success of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is only possible due to the generous support of our sponsors. These companies & organizations not only donated financially, but also contributed their time and energy.
GRAND MASTER SPONSORS
* DENOTES A PREMIER SPONSOR, HAVING GIVEN A 3-YEAR SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT TO THE GENWORTH VIRGINIA 10 MILER
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PATRON SPONSORS Schewel Furniture Company, Inc.
NON-PROFIT PARTNERS Coalition of HIV Awareness & Prevention (C.H.A.P.), Amazement Square, Girls on the Run, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Miriam’s House, Mammograms Annually A Must (M.A.A.M.), CASA of Central Virginia
THANK YOU A sincere thank you to the more than 1,000 volunteers that make race day possible! THIS YEAR, WE’RE CELEBRATING 44 YEARS OF BEING WHERE SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY MEETS THE ROAD!
SPECIAL GUEST: OLYMPIAN MOLLY HUDDLE
WHO IS MOLLY?
The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is honored
and NCAA championship titles, she won
to host Olympian Molly Huddle as this
the 2015 US 10 Mile Championship Title,
year’s special guest. Molly is an incredible
setting a course record of 51:44.
competitive runners in the world, known for her astounding career in long-distance running.
Molly grew up in Elmira, New York. She currently lives and trains in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, Kurt. Most
Molly competed in the 2012 and 2016
Championships in London last month, she
placed 8th in the 10K (31:24) and 12th in
records. She presently holds the American Record for 10K (30:13), achieved last year at the Rio Olympics where she finished 6th. She is also the former American Record holder for 5K (14:42), a mark which currently ranks her as the second fastest U.S. female.
the 5K (15:05). Molly Huddle is one of the most legendary special guests we’ve hosted in Virginia 10 race weekend! So humble and yet so driven beyond what most
In her 3rd marathon debut this past
could imagine... Whether you are new or a
November, Molly Huddle placed 3rd
veteran of this sport, you are in for a treat
Marathon. In addition to numerous USA
Miler history. Keep an eye out for Molly on
“Molly is one of my favorite runners of all time!
overall at the 2016 New York City
2012 AND 2016 OLYMPIAN — AMERICAN RECORD 10K (30:13) — AMERICAN RECORD 5K ROAD (14:50) — 22-TIME NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPION — 6-TIME NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPION — 3RD PLACE 2016 NYC MARATHON — 3X WINNER OF NYC HALF MARATHON — 2X TEAM MEMBER OF BRONZE USA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
meeting and learning from her!"
1.5K • 4:08.09 5K • 14:42.64 10K • 30:13.17 1/2 MARATHON • 67:41 MARATHON • 2:28:13
- Carrie Tollefson, Olympian, 2016 Virginia 10 Miler special guest
Where to find Molly race weekend: Thurs. 4 – 5:30 p.m. • Packet Pickup // Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Luncheon Thurs. 6:30 p.m. • Lynchburg College // Fri. 4 – 4:45 p.m. • Packet Pickup // Sat. 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. • VA10 Finish Line & Awards Ceremony
THE AVERAGE RUNNER HAS 3 YEARS ADDED TO HIS/HER LIFESPAN, JUST FROM RUNNING.
States between the ages of 25 and 35 years. The southern
A message from
United States has the highest number of individuals living with
HIV in the country. A portion of the proceeds from the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler
On behalf of the Coalition for HIV Awareness and Prevention (CHAP), I would like to welcome all runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators to the 2017 Genworth Virginia 10 Miler. CHAP is a local nonprofit organization that has been in existence since 2000 and whose goal is to reduce the spread of HIV infection and ensure a compassionate response to all individuals affected by the HIV epidemic. CHAP has provided
will support CHAP’s mission to provide free HIV testing and counseling throughout Central Virginia.
We appreciate our
partnership with Lynchburg Road Runners Club that enables us to continue this mission.
We also greatly appreciate the
support of our work by Genworth and all of the other corporate sponsors. Most importantly, we thank you for all that you are doing for CHAP and for our community. Best of luck in your event this weekend!
free HIV testing to thousands of individuals in Central Virginia, as well as education and support for patients and families. However, our job is not yet finished. In the United States, there are still 40,000 new cases of HIV diagnosed annually and there are 1.1 million people living with HIV. Worldwide, there are 2.1 million new cases of HIV annually and
Robert O. Brennan, M. D. Medical Director Coalition of HIV Awareness & Prevention (CHAP)
approximately 37 million individuals living with HIV infection. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in 7 individuals in the United States with HIV are unaware of their diagnosis. HIV remains the eighth leading cause of death in individuals in the United
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CORPOR AT E COM PET IT ION
Fr i e n d l y R iv al ry A mong Local O rg aniz at i on s An annual tradition of the Genworth Virginia 10
offer wellness initiatives as a part of company
benefits.* It is only fitting that so many Lynchburg
opportunity for local companies to rally a team of
companies are seeking more opportunities to
employees together to conquer the 10 miler, 10
encourage physical wellness for their employees.
miler relay, 4 miler, and 4-mile walk. Over 1,700 participants are part of a corporate team each year.
wellness – it offers some friendly competition and team unity. Big teams are composed of hundreds of
This year, 20 corporations have sponsored their
employees who come out to spend the morning
employees to participate, encouraging wellness in
together accomplishing goals, competing for the
their lives. Numerous companies use the team
corporate team 1st place title.
competition as an element of a larger wellness
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Corporate team participation isn’t just about
program to inspire many to make fitness a stronger part of their daily lives. For some, it’s combating time at a desk with increased activity in the
Liberty University has held onto the corporate win for a few years now, something to fuel the competitive spirit among all corporate teams.
Best of luck to each team during this year’s events!
Employee wellness programs are becoming more
*PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 2016 Health and Well-Being Touchstone Survey
evenings, for others, it’s about healthy goal setting
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THE 10 MILER IS THIS YEAR’S RRCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, FOR THE 2ND TIME IN THE EVENT'S HISTORY.
TREASURED 10 MILER HISTORY A Look at 44 Years of Running Lynchburgâ€™s Streets
Since its inauguration in 1974, the
continues to this day as elite athletes
Genworth Virginia 10 Miler has carried
come to compete for the Road Runners
the legacy of being “where southern
Club of America (RRCA) Championship
hospitality meets the road.”
title. The 10 miler has been selected as
In 44 years, it’s grown to be loved for its beautiful rolling course, friendly community, and national recognition. However, arguably the most treasured aspect of the event is its rich history.
a RRCA State, Regional, and National Championship many times over the decades, and this year’s event is the RRCA National Championship for the second time.
In fact, the history of road running in
The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler has
Lynchburg is interlaced with that of
the race itself.
inauguration. In 1978, Runners World
In 1974, 181 runners took to these same streets. Though the Lynchburg Road Runners Club dreamed of all that the race would become, no one could have
Lynchburg tradition the race would be, making it now one of the oldest
First Colony Life was our title sponsor for the first 25 years of the race. The merged
Genworth Financial in 2007, and took up title sponsorship once again in 2008.
Words of Wisdom: “If you can exceed what is demanded, do it!”
named it The Friendliest Road Race in America. In addition, it was named Road Race of the Year in 2014 by the RRCA.
Friendly Community of 2011. With the addition of The Virginia 4
10-mile races in the nation.
Bill Draper, 89, ran the race consecutively each year for 41 years.
Miler in 1999, the Amazement Square Amazing Mile Children’s Run in 2001,
The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler record times are held by Olympians Rod Dixon 46:50 (1981) and Anne Audain 53:47 (1984).
the Virginia 4-Mile Walk in 2010, and our brand-new Virginia 10 Miler Relay this year, the weekend of events has become quite a festival, attracting thousands and bringing the whole city
Olympians and elites have proudly graced the Lynchburg streets over the years — champions like Rod Dixon, Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Dick Beardsley, and Grete Waitz. World-class
of Lynchburg alive.
It is with great excitement that we welcome you as you join us for our 44th year, with hopes of many more to come!
In the Virginia 10 Miler’s inaugural year, 1974, only 7% of finishers were women. Now 47% of 10-mile finishers are female, and women make up 58% of all event finishers.
Lynchburg beginning in 2007 and LYNCHBURG’S RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE IN SEPTEMBER WAS 78º AND THE RECORD LOW WAS 35º
Course Map RANDOLPH COLLEGE RIVERMONT TERRA CE
RIVERSIDE PARK MILE 5
RIVERMONT AV E.
WATER STOP MILE MARKER
COURSE ELEVATION (IN FEET)
LIVE MUSIC 800
Mile 3/7 Mile 1/9
Riverside Park Loop
Start/Finish 791 ft. Mile 2/8
MILE 1/9 LANGHORNE RD.
D. ELL R
E.C. Glass High
Music Locations MILE MARKER
E.C. Glass High School
Lauren Smyk Band
0.75 / 9.25
Holy Cross Regional Catholic School
1.50 / 8.50
2.50 / 7.50
Legos in the Dark
Rivermont Terr. + Rivermont Ave.
WJJS Radio Van
4.00 / 6.00
4.25 / 5.75
4.40 / 5.60
Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church
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Mile 5 760
amazementsquare.org 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.
cvcasa.org 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.
chapcva.org 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.
girlsontheruncenva.org 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.
centrahealth.com/foundation/ 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 fund and organize free mammography screening days for the community and supports media campaigns to build awareness about mammography.
lynchburgdailybread.com Lynchburg Daily Bread serves a free hot meal every day of the year to the homeless and hungry of our community. Since 1982, we have been dedicated to serving those in need. 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.
miriamshouseprogram.org 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.
THE AVERAGE RUNNER BURNS ABOUT 100 CALORIES PER MILE. FOR EACH MILE, THAT’S 33 M&M CANDIES!
LEGENDARY RECOVERY The Story of a Local Runner’s Miraculous Journey
“From the time of the accident to a few months later, I got to watch my dad recover from the mental and physical state of a newborn infant to relearning everything. It was an incredible experiencing seeing the body and the mind come back together so quickly.” Tommy’s astounding recovery allowed him to run the Virginia 10 Miler that fall – just under 5 months after the accident. His pace that year was 9:08, a mark of true resilience. Runners of the Virginia 10 Miler, Lynchburg Road Runners Club members, and everyone who knows Tommy has been inspired for a decade by the determination he showed to get back to what he loved, as well as his continued motivation to cross our finish line each year. Lynchburg locals felt called into action following the accident. One group was inspired to launch a fundraiser and spend what was raised on helmets for children in the area.
Tommy Harris, 78, is a Lynchburg legend. A triathlete since the 70s, he first ran the Virginia 10 Miler in its early days. His family would cheer him on, and his son, Tom, remembers being at the start and finish line as a teenager. He’s been a well-known member of the Lynchburg running community ever since, a former President of the Lynchburg Road Runners Club, and has over 20 Virginia 10 Milers under his belt. Everything came to a halt in May of 2007 when he collided with a telephone pole during a long bike ride. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and crushed bones on a full side of his body. Tommy spent the following months in and out of various hospitals – with every doctor in agreement that if he were not wearing a helmet or in such great physical shape, he probably would not have recovered. However, the most remarkable element of his story is how quickly he rebounded. His adult son, Tom, recounts,
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When asked about his father, Tom Harris says, “Dad is an inspiration! He is very focused, in business, in life, in exercise, in everything. His motivation is about personal success – it’s about running the race again. He is always working toward success as he defines it.” He also shared that Tommy is a family man, supporting his grandchildren in their various activities and sports. Tommy and his son, Tom, plan to run the Virginia 10 Miler together this year, celebrating “10 on 10”: the 10-mile race on the 10th anniversary of his accident and recovery. Thank you, Tommy, for being such an inspiration to our community. We wish you well in this year’s race as you celebrate the 10th anniversary of your recovery!
Tommy’s Advice to Runners: "Don't rush the first two miles. Others will, but be conservative and set your pace so you're ready when it turns uphill.”
Social Events SEPTEMBER 21
featuring Bob Price
If you had to choose, what would you say is the best part of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler?
SUCCEEDING AS A COLLEGIATE AND OLYMPIC ATHLETE
My favorite part of participating in the race is the tremendous running community that exists in Lynchburg, which is particularly on display the day of the race. You can see it in the weeks leading up to the race as everyone is busy training on the course, and on race day the excitement is everywhere. It’s just a great day!
Two-time Olympian and US record holder Molly Huddle will be speaking at Lynchburg College on Thursday night at 6:30. Event is open to the public!
What makes Genworth’s relationship with the Virginia 10 Miler special? Genworth’s relationship to the race goes all the way back to the beginning, when George Stewart, the CEO of First Colony Life Insurance, provided the funding to make those first races possible. It has continued from that day, through all the changes that Genworth has been through, from First Colony to GE Financial Assurance, to Genworth. The race is an important part of who we are in the Lynchburg community, and we’re proud to be title sponsor. The race is one of the things that makes Lynchburg special, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.
What impact do you think the Virginia 10 Miler has on the Lynchburg Community? The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is one of those things that truly belongs to Lynchburg. In terms of an athletic event, it brings people together from all skill levels, from serious runners to walkers out to enjoy the camaraderie and fun. Another aspect that continues to grow is that of corporate involvement. It’s great to see so many companies participating, and that only strengthens the tie between the race and the community.
We’re so grateful for Genworth’s support, both in sponsorship and other avenues. Tell us all that your staff does for the race? We have a great group of people who love being a part of the race! We’re the title sponsor, so of course we participate with monetary support, but it has also become one of our big volunteer projects. Here are some of the things that we do: • Participate in the planning meetings • Provide the runners’ bags and lanyards for Amazing Mile participants • Stuff the bags with giveaway items (all 3,000 of them!) • Provide volunteers for some areas such as finish lines and packet pickup • Host a Genworth tent with giveaway items and info on race day • Host a big Genworth employee after party to encourage participation on race day • Pay the entry fee for all our runners • Provide an hour of free coffee and donuts for everyone on race morning, and the opportunity to buy them throughout the day
6:30 - 7:30 PM • LYNCHBURG COLLEGE, SYDNOR PERFORMANCE HALL, SCHEWEL
SEPTEMBER 22 LYNCHBURG REGIONAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE LUNCHEON
11:30 AM - 1 PM • HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN Join us for a Virginia 10 Miler kick-off event. We'll hear from our guest speaker, two-time Olympian Molly Huddle. We’ll get great tips on how to succeed, how to overcome struggles, & more!
MORE THAN A RUN! A FAMILY FESTIVAL 4:30 - 7:30 PM • AMAZEMENT SQUARE
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 & OPEN TO ALL
SEPTEMBER 23 FINISH LINE CELEBRATION
9 - 11 AM • 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.
SEPTEMBER 24 POST-RACE CELEBRATION
1 - 6 PM • APOCALYPSE ALE WORKS Come celebrate your running accomplishments with other runners, volunteers, and friends from the community! Enjoy live music, food trucks, and a special 10 miler beer on tap post race day.
What word of advice do you have for this year’s runners? If you’re new to the race, don’t let Farm Basket Hill intimidate you—you can do it! For all runners and walkers, make sure you soak in the energy of the crowds, the bands on the course, the excitement in the air, and just have fun!
OUR PARTICIPANTS DOWN OVER 400 PIZZAS ON RACE MORNING.
A Community Known for Hospitality The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler’s reputation
southern hospitality meets the road” is hands-down most reliant upon the gracious support of over 1,000 volunteers each year and the thousands of spectators that line the streets on Saturday morning. As members of local non-profits, corporate
churches and more, volunteers work tirelessly each year to stuff packets, staff packet pickup, assist with hospitality, distribute water and Gatorade and more. It is solely
because of their hard work, great
Amateur Radio Club, members of
all of our charitable sponsors, the
dedication that race weekend is
Lynchburg Road Runners Club, and
Many of these various groups
Spectators come in droves to cheer
year for the Genworth Virginia 10
volunteer on the same portion of
on runners, whether it's celebrating
Miler event participants! The race
the course each year and never fail
with them at the start/finish line,
would be nothing without you!
to carry out their responsibilities
lining the streets along the course,
or cheering on runners at the
recognition. Some of these groups
Riverside Park 10-mile turn around.
are the Boy Scouts, Genworth,
Many homeowners on the course
bring out chairs and cheer from
their front lawns.
University student athletes and ROTC, Lynchburg Morning Rotary, Zita McCann & friends, E.C. Glass
Runner Friendly Community. Thanks
volunteers and spectators for the extensive support you show each
It is this sort of support for the Virginia 10 Miler participants by both volunteers and spectators
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that makes Lynchburg an RRCA
Mother/Daughter Duo Rally Support for Long-Time Friend
Mother and daughter, Betsy and Ella Layne, stand out for
The back says, “the day will come, the sun will rise, and we’ll
the kindness and generosity they have shown over the last
be fine,” lyrics by her favorite band, The Avett Brothers.
year to their good friend Ali Cox. Ali, a Lynchburg local and long-time friend of the Virginia 10 Miler, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2016.
teachers at James River Day School. “When I told Betsy about my diagnosis, she jumped into action. She wasn’t ever one to just send a card and be done.” The same can be said about Betsy’s 12-year-old daughter, Ella, who Ali believes “inherited her mother’s heart.” It was through
10 Miler, Betsy and Ella rallied everyone they could to sport their “Team Ali” shirts to lift her spirits.
Betsy and Ali are good friends of 20 years and fellow
Last fall, knowing how hard it was for Ali to miss the Virginia
throughout the cancer treatment. But she didn’t stop there! It was Ella’s idea to design t-shirts to show support as Ali faced chemo and radiation. The shirts quote Shakespeare on the front, “When words fail, music speaks,” which is especially sentimental for Ali as a musician who teaches Shakespeare to her 2nd graders.
In addition, many people from James River Day School wore them at various events over the course of the year, including lacrosse practices, cross country meets, and the like. As for Ali? She fought to prove she could conquer breast cancer and wrapped up treatments in April. She’s now feeling healthy and strong, more grateful than ever to be back at work and active again. Ali sees running itself as therapeutic. “I have taken running to heart as a way of moving past breast cancer, both metaphorically and literally. Every step I take gets me one step further from it.” The three are running the Virginia 4 Miler together this year.
2016’S SPECIAL GUEST WAS OLYMPIAN CARRIE TOLLEFSON, AND 2015’S WAS MOLLIE BARKER, FOUNDER OF GIRLS ON THE RUN.
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Awards AWARDS CEREMONY 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 National award winners. This includes Master, Grand Master, and Senior Grand Master Champions. The top 3 male and female finishers for the Virginia 4 Miler will be recognized on the main stage along with Master, Grand Master, and Senior Master Champions.
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 chip timing will be used to determine team rankings.
VIRGINIA 10 MILER AWARDS The 44th Genworth Virginia 10 Miler is the Road Runners Club of America Virginia National 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)
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) MALE (in min.): under 47:20: $1,000 • under 48: $600 • under 49: $400 under 50: $200 • under 51: $150 • under 52: $100 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 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, 10 MILER RELAY, 4 MILER, AND 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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THE GENWORTH VIRGINIA 10 MILER WAS THE RRCA ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR IN 2014.