Walker, Smith Take Sugar Hollow 5K

Matt Walker
Matt Walker

Matt Walker of White Hall won the Sugar Hollow Three Bridges 5K Race March 12 with a time of 22:48. The winner among women was Courtney Smith with a time of 25:43. Second among men was Rob Cushing of Crozet and in third was Bob Hammell of Charlottesville. In the 10K race Sean Stanford was the winner in 39:04. The women’s winner was Megan Bower of Charlottesville in 39:47.

The race was run under favorable conditions, cool and overcast, on Sugar Hollow Road along the gurgling sounds of Moormans River. The course, which has two lengths, one 5K and one 10K, is all uphill on the way out and down hill on the return leg to the finish line. The 10K turns around at the Sugar Hollow dam.

The race had 85 entrants, who were all treated to a pancake breakfast afterward at the White Hall Community Center. The race is sponsored by the White Hall Ruritans as a fundraiser for its scholarships and to maintain the WHCC, which has had several needed repairs made over the last year but still needs a kitchen upgrade.

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith


  1. May I suggest that you call out the Men’s winner and Woman’s winner. I have been out races by several women in the past and I have been in races where the woman’s winner had a faster overall time than the men’s winner. Yes this is a sexist, age discriminating “sport” where runners are often grouped in to sex and age categories. It doesn’t mean that any one group tries less than any other group based on that groups category. I train with Megan Bower and she works hard to run fast, she shouldn’t be placed into a different category of winning.
    Thank you,
    Sean Stanford


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