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Crozet Running Inaugurates 5K Trail Race at Mint Springs

The start of the race.

The start of the race.

The inaugural Crozet Running Trail 5K was held May 10 at Mint Springs Valley Park. 163 runners toed the starting line at the field by the upper lake and took on a very challenging mountain 5K course that begins with a 500-foot climb. Race director John Andersen, who organized the race with his wife Michelle—they are the owners of Crozet Running—said he considered the race “the toughest 5K in Virginia.”

Michael Dubovsky won the race in 24:16.5 minutes, setting a new record for the course.

Runners took off in cool, overcast weather following trails marked by orange tape up Bucks Elbow Mountain and Little Yellow Mountain before winding down to the finish line near the playground. Volunteers were posted at every trail intersection and the race came off flawlessly.

Michael Dubovsky finishing the race in first place.

Michael Dubovsky finishing the race in first place.

Before the start, Andersen asked runners to raise their hand if they had never run a trail race. At least 100 people raised their hands.

“This was a race I had been planning long before Michelle and I opened Crozet Running,” said Andersen. “Our mission was simply to provide a venue to get people out on the trails, get active, and have them try something new. We wanted it to be a great community event and for all finishers to be proud of themselves for doing something physically challenging.”

All runners received a finisher’s T-shirt and were treated to water, fruit, and Clif bars.

All 163 runners finished.

Ellen Tani won the women’s field with a time of 30 minutes 10 seconds. Joseph Taylor (29:31) and Alyssa Santoro-Adajian (40:39) won the boys and girls 12 and under category, Brian Dickert (31:24) and Cheri Witt (32:47) won the men’s and ladies masters division, and John Ratcliffe (26:36), finishing second, and Christiann Rogers (32:38) won the men’s and ladies grandmasters division.

“We made it a free race so that there were no barriers preventing anyone from coming out and having a good time being active,” said Andersen. “We couldn’t have done it without our local sponsors: Lauren Morris State Farm purchased all the shirts, Allie Pesch with AMP designs created our awesome logo and advertisement, The Crozet Trails Crew helped with volunteers and a prize, and the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad was there in case anyone was injured. Albemarle County Parks and Recreation helped with preparation, ACAC Physical Therapy with food and drinks, and the Crozet Running Ultrarunning Team helped get the park set up.”

Andersen said the race will be an annual event.

  First Name Last Name Age Gender TIME
1 Michael Dubovsky 29 M 24:16
2 John Ratcliffe 50 M 26:36
3 Ben Pittsley 24 M 26:46
4 Cassidy Girvin 26 M 27:01
5 Joseph Taylor 11 M 29:31
6 Michael Silvay 25 M 29:49
7 Ned Hardy 36 M 29:59
8 Ellen Tani 30 F 30:10
9 Christian Dahlhausen 34 M 30:26
10 Kevin Mawn 39 M 30:35
11 Courtney Smith 34 F 30:57
12 Ryan Smith 34 M 30:57
13 Brian Dickert 42 M 31:24
14 Ahmad Sistrunk 35 M 31:24
15 Donovan Dagner 44 M 31:35
16 Laura Koble 27 F 32:19
17 Christian Rogers 54 F 32:38
18 William Keller 15 M 32:43
19 Cherie Witt 49 F 32:47
20 Brian McEwen 39 M 32:48
21 Sydney Wicks 21 F 32:50
22 Karen Zvarych 31 F 32:51
23 Corey Mull 29 M 33:18
24 Holly Quinton 33 F 33:22
25 Kristen Zorn 26 F 33:40
26 Ashley Hartshorn 28 F 33:42
27 Eric Jeronimus 44 M 33:52
28 Rebecca Weast 26 F 34:37
29 Bob Clouston 52 M 34:39
30 Sarah Titus 14 F 35:21
31 Greg Harper 48 M 35:31
32 Jonathan Kagarise 30 M 35:47
33 Josh Harvey 38 M 36:07
34 Colin Wigler 28 M 36:14
35 Jim White 43 M 36:35
36 Julie Call 30 F 36:42
37 Albert Shulz 41 M 36:55
38 Kevin Rogers 41 M 37:06
39 Tracey Houchens 45 F 37:08
40 Andrew Scheiner 52 M 37:09
41 Tina Blumenfeld 28 F 37:13
42 Lincoln Ashcom 9 M 37:32
43 Matt Wood 49 M 37:49
44 Lindsay Daniel 38 F 38:01
45 Russell Sawyer 63 M 38:04
46 Nick Little 28 M 38:06
47 Kelcey Wall 22 F 38:35
48 Carlos Barbery 24 M 38:36
49 Cailin Slattery 25 F 38:43
50 Andrew Parsons 31 M 38:45
51 Becca Deaton 38 F 38:55
52 Philip Selmer 31 M 38:58
53 Dorothy Dabney 60 F 39:16
54 Philip Halapin 63 M 39:25
55 Marcus Vieira 7 M 39:26
56 Monica Vieira 35 F 39:28
57 Mike Lowe 46 M 39:31
58 Ross Hardy 34 F 39:41
59 Steve Patterson 38 M 39:54
60 Elizabeth Herlevsen 42 F 39:55
61 Ricardito Rikesan 50 M 39:56
62 Winn Ballard 43 F 40:01
63 Allie Pesch 31 F 40:11
64 Charlie Johnson 12 M 40:25
65 Kathy Del Rosso 51 F 40:38
66 Catherine Williams 45 F 40:38
67 Alyssa Santoro-Adajian 12 F 40:39
68 Kathryn Tice 31 F 40:42
69 Joselyn Whetzel 33 F 41:08
70 Sara Yeatman 26 F 41:13
71 Curtis Walke 33 M 41:19
72 Cadence Walke 8 F 41:21
73 Michael Jimenez 25 M 41:23
74 David Snipes 46 M 41:45
75 Melissa Zeller 43 F 42:00
76 Nataie Prye 15 F 42:01
77 Juia Crimminns 31 F 42:14
78 Kari Miller 40 F 42:36
79 Tara Blackley 32 F 42:43
80 David Smith 48 M 42:43
81 Ginger Germani 38 F 42:47
82 Kelly Gauerke 49 F 43:08
83 Bert Miller 43 M 43:44
84 Paul Russell 45 M 44:06
85 Tana Strike 34 F 44:13
86 Shane Strike 35 M 44:13
87 Ian Ratcliffe 9 M 44:21
88 Nicola Ratcliffe 47 F 44:24
89 Emily Furnari 24 F 44:29
90 Laurie Youngs 32 F 44:32
91 Ben Stephani 9 M 44:42
92 Andy Cummings 47 M 44:49
93 Ethan Russell 12 M 45:03
94 Dennis Edwards 39 M 45:07
95 Jeff Haskins 45 M 45:10
96 Ciara Imbert 34 F 45:10
97 Tonja Haskins 39 F 45:11
98 Megan DeJesus 33 F 45:13
99 Philippa Whitelaw 49 F 45:15
100 Lady Keller 50 F 46:02
101 Athea Langdon 46 F 46:17
102 Avery Patterson 13 F 46:37
103 Christopher Ditmar 43 M 46:50
104 Keith Schultz 40 M 47:41
105 Arianna Rocco 11 F 47:42
106 Sara Dellimore 37 F 47:43
107 Elizabeth Schwenzfeier 51 F 47:44
108 Nancy Heidel 49 F 47:52
109 Nancy Campbell 43 F 47:55
110 Heather Clark 49 F 47:56
111 Kylie Ashcom 33 F 48:37
112 Julie McCauley 23 F 48:38
113 Brigitte McCauley 17 F 48:38
114 Angela McCauley 19 F 48:39
115 Spencer Eavers 32 F 48:44
116 David Kutassy 27 M 50:43
117 Jason Greene 29 M 51:12
118 Dolly Garnecki 36 F 51:36
119 Jorge Carrizosa 37 M 51:42
120 Brooke Leatherbury 26 F 51:47
121 Ann Wicks 54 F 53:43
122 George Gillies 61 M 53:56
123 Brian Johnson 46 M 54:05
124 Debbi Messlar-Little 63 F 54:06
125 Keith Skinner 54 M 54:20
126 Quinn Connaughton 7 F 54:26
127 Tom Connaughton 44 M 54:27
128 Lauren Wright 31 F 54:58
129 Anne Blair 40 F 55:30
130 Christian Kutassy 23 F 55:58
131 Kelly Burnette 45 F 56:03
132 Ann Dagner 47 F 56:20
133 Henry Lysiak 7 M 56:37
134 Tory Selmer 30 F 56:51
135 Rebecca Maxwell 55 F 57:25
136 Thomas Lysiak 11 M 58:06
137 Jennifer Kirby 43 F 58:10
138 Heather Laramy 33 F 59:22
139 Jen Patterson 36 F 59:40
140 Seth Stine 26 M 1:00:20
141 David Smith 56 M 1:00:26
142 Natalie Rocco 7 F 1:01:51
143 Richard Hofheimer 71 M 1:02:49
144 Max Vieira 5 M 1:07:48
145 Michael Vieira 35 M 1:07:49
146 Mary Combs 35 F 1:10:43
147 Brian Combs 43 M 1:10:44
148 Maura McLaughlan 37 F 1:11:01
149 Bill Dabney 67 M 1:11:35
150 Candida High-Simmons 43 F 1:12:00
151 Rich Trauger 44 M 1:13:34
152 Dale Simmons 51 M 1:13:35
153 Sherry Stine 59 F 1:17:39
154 Donald Stine 66 M 1:17:41
155 Dave Rocco 39 M 1:19:49
156 Lori Rocco 38 F 1:27:11
157 Adam Bryant 7 M 1:29:13
158 Kim Pritchett 47 F 1:29:14
159 Aaron Warr 37 M 1:29:23
160 Loretta Whetzel 57 F 1:32:25
161 Jeff Whetzel 57 M 1:32:26
162 Cheryl Madison 43 F 1:58:47
163 Suzanne Mawyer 62 F 1:58:47
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