News and Notes

CVR Birthdays this week:

Happy Birthday to: David Erickson, Marclay Erickson, Dot Martin, Alice McCormick

Hi CVR Members,

Cooler weather is definitely here with snow flurries already in the forecast! Don’t forget this weekend it’s the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5K. Let’s get into the news.

Sodom Pond 4 Miler
The race event was held last Wednesday with a very nice turnout of 40 runners. Seth Jackson burned the course in an awesome time of 22:45 while CVR George Aitken was 2nd at 25:03. CVR Richarda Ericson was the female winner with a time of 28:11. A lot of nice performances and you can view all the results here.

Sodom Pond 2021

Trail Runs Extended
I removed the Summer because we are now into Fall trail runs! Natalie Gentry hosted the trail runs again last Saturday on her favorite trails in the Barre Town Forest. Some new faces in the picture below which is great. This week the trail runs will take a break for Leaf Peepers but will return on October 9th as Scott Widmer will host a run in Berlin. If you would like to be added to the email post about the runs click here: Add me to Trail Email List.

Fun Run
We had a great turnout of 19 runners for this week’s fun run on what was a really cool evening run. Eight of us went to the Julio’s dinner social gathering after the run as well. With darkness coming earlier I see we have about 3 remaining fun runs. I predict 10/19 to be our last run of the year. We will also make that our last Julio’s event of the year for those who want to celebrate.

Next Up Races
Leaf Peepers Half Marathon and 5K this Sunday, October 3rd at 9:00 am. Our next CVR Race won’t be until the Fallen Leaves Series in November but there are many race events happening in October including ORO’s Autumn Onion listed below.

Many CVR runners will be participating in the upcoming Boston Marathon on October 11th as well as the Green Mountain Marathon on October 16th. As everyone knows the Vermont City Marathon has been down graded to a half marathon and that will be on October 24th. Good luck to all CVR runners participating in these events.

There has been great response so far with the survey I published over the weekend. There has been 55 responses so far. Survey #1 had 85 responses and you have until next Friday to take it so let’s try to beat the previous rate. We have a lot of valuable information coming in. I’ve been told it is taking about 10 minutes to complete the survey so please give it a shot! Click here to go to the survey, CVR Survey.

Leaf Peepers Training
The Leaf Peepers training had its next to last group training in the series. Tomorrow will be the last the group will be together before Sunday’s race! The group has put in a tremendous amount of training miles and everyone looks ready and excited to race! Good luck!

Other News 

Groton State Forest Run – I failed to mention CVR member Daniel Voisin in last week’s notes because he didn’t show up as a member in our system due to a glitch. That’s been fixed! Dan had a great run in the 15 mile event where he placed 3rd overall and was the first CVR runner with a time of 2:26:07. Congratulations! If you haven’t seen your name recently in my news and believe there is an error please reach out to me.

Downriver Rail Run 10K – Bob Murphy reported to me about the results for those from CVR that ran at the Downriver Rail Run 10k from Enfield to Lebanon, N.H., on 25 Sep. Beautiful running conditions on an essentially flat course.

First male was 26 year old Jacob Wormald of Nashua, N.H., in 33:56. First female was 34 year old Hannah Taska of W. Lebanon, N.H., in 40:34. There were 113 finishers.

Place Div/Tot  Div     Age Race# Name                        Hometown                Club  Time    Pace
===== ======== ======= === ===== =========================== ======================= ===== ======= =====
   41   2/13   F6069    64   106 Donna Smyers                Adamant VT              UVRC    48:57  7:53
   55   1/6    M7099    72   116 John Valentine              Roxbury VT              UVRC    52:57  8:32
   87   8/13   F6069    69    18 Merill Creagh               Montpelier VT                 1:00:40  9:46
   88   2/6    M7099    81    76 Bob Murphy                  Barre VT                      1:00:52  9:48 

I was made aware the VT50 was also held over the weekend. I was not able to search the results page long enough to find all the CVR runners but I do know Jeff Hope participated in the 50K event and had a time of 6:10:19. Congratulations! If I missed anyone let me know and I will report you next week.

2021 Race Dashboard
At the time of posting this news and notes I haven’t updated it yet with Sodom, but am working on it. View the dashboard here CVR 2021 Race Season Dashboard.

Old town Hall Oktoberfest 5K
I was asked to post this message about a new 5K.
Come join us this October 9th in Brookfield for the Old Town Hall’s inaugural Oktoberfest 5K event!  While our annual indoor Oktoberfest celebration may have been put on hold, this year’s timed race is still going full steam ahead. The route begins and ends in Pond Village, looping up, out, and around to finish with a trot across the Floating Bridge. This is a timed race open to runners and walkers alike, and a way to appreciate autumn in Central Vermont with warmth and with community. Start tome 10AM. Register early to make sure that you can get a shirt that will fit you!

Onion River Outdoors
Wednesday, October 13th – 5:30pm – Altra Shoes and Ultra Brews 
Join Onion River Outdoors and Altra on a fun run, October 13th 2021. Demo Altra shoes and find out why they are growing in popularity and then head on over for a drink at Three Penny Taproom on us!

We’ll be demoing the shoes on a 5K loop of your choice – either a hilly trail run up to Hubbard Park or a flatter run on road and trails along the North Branch River, both led by ORO staff. Meet at our shop on Langdon St, Montpelier at 5:30pm. This demo is FREE! But please sign up here in advance so we know what demo shoes to have ready. 

Sunday, October 24th – DWCX (Dam Wrightsville Cyclocross) 5K, 9am 
We’re holding a 5K race prior to the cyclocross race, but on the same course as our annual cyclocross! It’s a combo trail run/cross country/steeplechase-esque race and will be both fun and challenging! More information and registration can be found here: 

Sunday, October 31st: 
– Autumn Onion 5K, our annual costume race, at 9am: registration is open on runreg. Are you ready for the best Halloween Costume Race in VT! Join the fun and race through downtown Montpelier in your best Halloween costume. Categories for adults, and kids. Prizes for Funniest Costume, Most Creative Costume, Most Vermont-y Costume, Best Kid’s Costume and Most Committed to Running in an Uncomfortable Costume. 

– Fall Festival Trick or Trot, 1 miler, 1:30pm start time. Register here! 
Support MRPS PIE and Montpelier Alive during the fall festival and come Trick or Trot with Onion River Outdoors during the Fall Festival! The festival runs from 1-4pm, with the Trick or Trot starting at 1:30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome, bonus points for costumes and no dogs please! 

Volunteers Needed!
Thank you for volunteering. If you can please sign up for future events. After Leaf Peepers we have the Fallen Leaves. CVR Race Volunteer List. this list is being used by Race Directors. Thanks!

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CVR Races
Leaf Peepers Half/5K – October 3

Fun Runs – Every Tuesday night at 5:30 PM starting on the Montpelier bike path.

Runderacheivers in Northfield
Runderachievers is a social run group that meets in front of Good Measure Brewing Co every Wednesday at 5:30. (17 East St, Northfield, VT 05663)
All ages, and abilities are welcome. After a short run(or walk) we enjoy special pricing of their draft craft beers.
Anyone wishing to enter the brewery must show proof of vaccination.

Safe Running!
Manny Sainz