Races down Sugar Hollow Road along the swiftly gurgling Moormans River in White Hall March 14 raised money to help renovate the White Hall Community Center.
Finishing first in the 5K race was Jeremy Hutchinson-Krupak of Charlottesville with a time of 18:23. The first woman to finish was Erika Miller of Ashburn (she was visiting relatives in the area) with a time of 21:22.
“The course is great. It doesn’t get any better than this for scenic, and it’s a flat, gradual course. And it helps the Ruritans,” said Hutchinson-Krupak.
Winner of the 10K race, which included climbing the hill by the reservoir dam, was Michael Dubova of Crozet with a time of 36:27. Fastest among women in the race was Jennifer Hochrein of Charlottesville with a time of 42:37. “It’s a great course with nice people,” she said.
Morning race conditions were chilly and overcast, eminently suitable for running. Runners wore bright green T-shirts to stand out to occasional motorists. Charlottesville Track Club managed the race.
The White Hall Ruritans are carrying out extensive repairs on the White Hall Community Center, which started out in the world as one of Episcopal Archbishop Frederick Neve’s mission churches. The building now has a new metal roof, a new porch to cover the front door, new plumbing and septic tank, and insulation, all totaling about $45,000. Replacement doors are needed and the kitchen still needs attention.
The Ruritans hosted race runners at a pancake breakfast after the race that featured local maple syrup.
The Ruritans’ annual plant sale will be held April 25 and 26 at the center.