News and notes from Donna

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Nina Aitken will be hosting the CVR winter long run for Saturday, December 10. The meeting place will be the parking lot behind Stowe St Emporium (23 Stowe St) in the village of Waterbury. Start time is 9:30 am. Please e-mail Nina if you plan to attend or have questions/requests:

Your first chance to get points in the 2017 CVR/ORS race series is the New Year’s Eve 5K. PLEASE preregister to curtail any financial exchanges in the Pavilion building. Use this online link to register or you can print and mail the app from here. Contact Ann Bushey, if you can volunteer instead of running.

Steve Hill reports that as of now, the bike path in Montpelier is clear and the Wed night speed workouts remain popular. 6 pm every Wed night. Contact Steve to be on the list for any last minute changes.

I’m getting a bunch of sign up notices for next year. Here are some dates to put on your calendar if you are one of those planning types who actually already has a 2017 calendar.
VCM Marathon Registration is now open with raffle prizes for signing up by Dec 12.
VCM Relay Registration opens Jan. 16 at 6 a.m. It didn’t look like there was a lottery again this year, so set your alarm clock!
The early closing Unplugged Half sign up is open now if you register for VCM, but January 9 if not.
RunVermont is having a Grand Prix series in 2017 that requires you to run First Run Jan 1, Unplugged in April, VCM (full marathon), and Island Vines. So you need to start Jan 1 for this one.
And Mount Washington Road Race, my favorite event published this schedule: Random-selection registration opens 2/15/17, closes 3/1/17. Selection/rejection notice on 3/3/17.

Continue reading below the upcoming events schedule for another great article by Jim Flint, this time about Lance Parker’s ultra exploits. Really? A 550 mile event????


Ongoing events

Official Fun Runs for 2016 are over! See you there next April/May at 5:30 on Tuesdays

CVR Speed Workout Wednesdays at 6 pm–As of now these continue. Meet near the MHS track on the bike path. Bring a headlamp! Contact Steve Hill if you have questions and want to be added to his email list.

CVR Saturday Morning Winter Long Runs. Contact Jeff Prescott to be included in the weekly information emails.

Upcoming events

–> 12/11 7 pm Moonlight Snowshoe hike led by CVR member Jill Aspinall in Montpelier. Sponsored by Green Mtn Club. Contact Jill, for details

–> 12/31 New Year’s Eve 5K CVR

–> 1/1 First Run 2017

–> 1/26 CVR Annual Volunteer and Awards Dinner (site TBD, stay tuned)

Local Runner Ramps Up For 550 Mile Race
By Jim Flint published in Nov 30 Hardwick Gazette

POWNAL, MAINE / BROOKLINE, NH – Lance Parker originally intended to be a pacer, not a racer, in the Big Brad Ultra 50-miler. After fellow Sterling College graduate, Geoff Fehrs, dropped out two days before the October 16 event, Parker changed his mind. He asked for permission from the race director to take his friend’s place.

Held in southern Maine, the challenging trail race attracted 25 hard core ultra marathon competitors. The route included a mile-long climb to the summit of Bradbury Mountain. Runners made three loops on the 15.5 mile course over single track trails, exposed rocks and roots, and technical ups and downs.

Starting before sunrise, Parker ran with a headlamp on the initial 3.5 mile starting loop. Over the next 50 miles, he fought off Tim Gagne, from Hallowell, Maine, by a minute and 21 seconds to capture 2nd place. His 50-mile time of 9 hours and 9 minutes was a new personal best.

Six days later, Parker decided to “just go for a run” at the Ghost Train 100 mile Ultra Marathon, October 22, in southern New Hampshire. The course route follows the old railroad bed that was used in the late 19th and early 20th century to ship granite from Milford, and ice from Lake Potanipo, to Massachusetts.

Starting at 9 a.m., Parker knew he had a long day and night ahead. His feet would need to carry him 100 miles, via six out and backs on the 7.5 mile section of rail-trail, plus one final 10-mile lap. The course was very flat,” he said,” with only a couple of short hills. My 50-miler the week before, in contrast, was hilly, with choppy, winding trails that were hard to get a good stride on.”

Parker quickly fell into a brisk 8-minute per mile pace. He passed the 26.2 mile marathon split in 3 hours and 30 minutes. Though his speed slowed slightly in the next section, he reached the half-way point in a personal best 50-mile time of 7 hours and 45 minutes.

Fellow 2015 Sterling College grad, Seth Fineman, joined Parker as a pace partner at the 60-mile point. Fineman’s previous longest runs were two 50k (31 mile) races. Running through the cold night together, the two friends encouraged each other to complete the last 40 miles to the finish.

“I sang songs and recited poems with Seth,” Parker said. “We exchanged stories of our summer experiences, and we just shared the joys of running.” They passed the 75-mile mark in 13 hours and 13 minutes. Hitting the 90-mile mark in 17 hours and 10 minutes, the 20-hour goal was in sight.

Some 19 hours and 47 minutes after starting out, Parker crossed the finish line of the 100-mile race. His “century run” time was a personal best my more than 12 hours. He placed 5th overall of 42 finishers.

”I told everyone I knew at the race that I would not have a low,” Parker said. “My two goals were to enjoy the race fully and to jog as much as I could.”

Parker also used the 100-mile race as a “test” of sorts, to see how well prepared he is to run the 550 mile Infinitus Trail Race that he signed up for in May, 2017. The 10-day ultra trail marathon is held in the Moosalamoo Wilderness of Goshen, Vermont.

Parker covered 163 miles to finish first in the 72-hour 2016 Infinitus Trail Race. “I am moving forward by maintaining consistency and gaining some strength,” he said. “I think 550 miles (888 km) is possible. It’s just a matter of whether or not I can do it in 10 days.”