The Crozet Trails Day 5K race was run Oct. 12 for the first time on a stretch of the Crozet greenway trail network, starting at Claudius Crozet Park and along what runners call a “popsicle” course to Western Ridge and back. The day was chilly and drizzly and runners came in mud-splattered. They described the rain-soaked trail as “slippery.”
The winner was Steve Rosinski of Crozet who crossed the finish line in 17:49 minutes. Second was Jake Griffin at 18:25. Karen Zvarych was the first woman to finish, crossing at 23:45. Last year’s winner, Adam Goerge, finished eighth and Joseph Taylor, the race’s inaugural winner in 2011—as an 8-year-old, now 10—crossed in twelfth place.
The race, which drew 147 entrants—a big jump from the 58 who ran last year—is sponsored by the Crozet Trails Crew, a volunteer group of trail builders who are assiduously adding to the network laid out in the Crozet Master Plan. It was the birthday of CTC leader Jessica Mauzy and she was wearing a plastic tiara.
Male and female winners in various age groups were recognized and awarded ceramic mugs and medals made for the race by potter Elizabeth Herlevsen of Crozet.