News and Notes

CVR Birthdays this week:

Happy Birthday to Joe Merrill and Theresa Noonan

Greetings from delightful Adamant, 

I’m enjoying the cooler weather that has rolled in. The recent rains dropped an inch here in Adamant. I’m heading out to get a few more LT trail miles next week so there may not be a newsletter. 

While there weren’t any CVR races this past week, there was still plenty of action going on. On a national level, Donna Smyers was the US National Triathlon Champion for her age group in the Olympic Distance. Olympic distance is a 1.5 K swim, a 40 K bike, and a 10 K run. Donna followed up her performance with a second place in the US National Triathlon Championship for her age group in the Sprint distance. A Sprint is a 750 m swim, a 20 K bike, and a 5 K run. Congratulations Donna!

Jim Flint traveled southeast for the Bellows Falls Old Home Day 5k. The course was fun with twists and turns through the streets of Bellows Falls. Jim (63) ran away from the field and took the overall win by 2 1/2 minutes running at a sub-7 pace. While Jim might downplay his win, I think it’s great.

The CVR/ORO races series standings continue to be updated with the results of the Barre Heritage Trail 5K included.  There are some hot competitions going on in the series.  Participation in one race could move you into first place…so check where you are.

Thanks for getting the results updated and posted Joe & John. 

Fun Runs/walks are happening! 
Runners and Walkers welcome!

These evening runs are a great way to get in a few, relaxed miles, with a bunch of people who know a boatload of stuff about running and are willing to share what they know. 

Trail Running
I’m not aware of a trail run this weekend but keep checking…
See the Group Trail Run spreadsheet for info on planned runs.

It’s a Google Doc. You can look ahead and see if there’s a run that interests you. 

If you haven’t yet joined a summer trail run, put one or more on your calendar – they are always a lot of fun. Feel free to host a trail run as well.

Millstone Trails has brought back their Virtual trail series. There are 10 weeks of trail challenges and the series benefits Millstone Trails. For more info go to

Volunteer Signup
To make this year’s events successful, we need volunteers! Race Directors are always in need of volunteers so if you are available on the day of an event and will not be running, please consider volunteering. This year, we are accepting your sign up on our website. Click here to check out the signup site. Click on “Volunteer for a CVR Race”. If any issues, please reach out to our webmaster John Hackney

Using the volunteer’s app, race directors are responsible for making any final changes to their list of volunteers within 2 or 3 days after their race. Then, using the ‘Set volunteer status’ item on their menu, they should set the volunteer status of their race to Final to prevent any more changes from being made. 

Race Results/reviews:  
There are races all over the world (yes world) that CVR club members participate in. If you complete a race, please send me a short blurb about it. People like to hear about races/runs. 

Up Coming Events.
Cate Farm Tomato Trot 5K 

 August 13th. Fun run at 4pm, and Farm Tour with Demo of unusual farm equipment at 5pm.

 Come run around Cate Farm! The Tomato Trot 5K is a scenic trail run through farm fields and on woods roads, around the borders of Cate Farm. The first kilometer snakes along the Winooski River and is relatively flat; the rest of the run is over small rolling hills. Each runner will receive a pound of Cate Farm tomatoes upon finishing the 5K, and anyone 65 or older who beats Farmer Richard’s time gets 2 pounds of tomatoes!(FYI, Richard is not that fast:)

Tomato Trot 5K registration fee is $5, sign up at HERE. Check-in is from 3-3:45pm on August 13. Online pre-registration only.

Berlin Pond 5 Miler
Mark your calendars as Bob and Sue have changed the date of the Berlin Pond 5 Miler to August 18th.  
If you’re able to help, Bob and Sue could use a few more volunteers.

Beer Run
Put on by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center
August 20 – – 9:30am

This annual crowd pleaser is a point to point dirt road half-marathon that acts as a fundraiser for the Center for an Agricultural Economy. What’s more crowd pleasing then that? Well maybe a taco lunch and free pint of local beer at the finish. Find the details

Run to the Top of Vermont
August 28. Run up the toll road. Here’s the website for further details and registration:
Prices Increase In 5 Days – Race To The Top Of Vermont (

Northfield 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Kids Run
Registration is now open for the Northfield races on Saturday, September 3. CVR has stepped up to direct this year’s races. Northfield Savings Bank, which previously directed the race, will sponsor the age group awards for adults and kids. For runners and power walkers, age 50 and up, the race will also serve as the Vermont Senior Games 5k state championship. VSGA gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners and walkers, in five-year age groups. The 5k run and 5k power walk are qualifiers for the 2023 National Senior Games, to be held in Pittsburgh next July. More info and early registration discounts are available at  

Groton Trail Race

Groton Forest Trail Run is coming up on September 10th. There is room for more runners in all three distances, and this year the 10K distance is part of the CVR/ORO race series! Register is available here: We also need volunteers, please sign up on the club website or email me Mark –

Fun Fact: In 2021 the Trails Collective did a series of articles on the toughest trail races in the Northeast. Groton Forest Trail Run was included among the toughest 10 races in both the Marathon and 25K divisions. See the articles here:
More Groton Fun Facts

Fun Fact: At over 26,000 acres Groton State Forest is home to 7 state parks and is the State of Vermont’s second largest land holding. The Marathon course covers many of the great hiking and multi-use trails in the northern section of the forest, but with 45 miles of trails total there is much more for runners to explore.

Fun Fact: The Cross Vermont Trail goes right through the center of the forest, and the marathon course uses the CVT to get out to Kettle Pond and back. The Cross Vermont Trail Association helps maintain many of the other trails in Groton as well. They have also been a primary sponsor of the race. Proceeds from the race are split between CVR, The Cross VT Trail Assoc., and the Groton/Rygate FAST squad.

Fun Fact: Much of the infrastructure in Groton was built by CCC crews in the 1930’s. Both the 25K and marathon course pass two great examples of CCC work at Owl’s Head. The stone fire tower on the top of Owl’s Head was built by the CCC in 1935. The log picnic shelter with the great stone fireplace at the base of the descent off Owl’s Head was also a CCC project.

Genny Tenny
September 11 –  – 10:00am

10 mile point to point dirt road run fundraiser for Albany Community TrustRead more and register.

Air Payton 5K
September 11

This is the 2nd annual walk/run to raise money for Pediatric Cancer and to honor Peyton Smith who graduated from MHS in 2020, and then passed away 3 months after graduation.  Registration is 10-11 with the run starting at 11.  The race start will be at MHS. Contact for more info.

Leaf Peepers
Registration is now open for Leaf Peepers.
Here’s the link: 
Will Robens is looking for a volunteer coordinator. You can reach out to will here: 

Other News
August club meeting
We’ll be having a club meeting August 29th. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and be held at Denise Ricker’s home. Denise lives at 399 Murray Hill Road in Montpelier.

CVR Equipment Use
 Anyone wanting to use equipment send Sal a request that includes 1) Date equipment to be removed from the shed, 2) Itemized list of equipment being removed; including quantities, 3) Date equipment will be returned to the shed. 

For Sale

CVR Singlets

Last week I asked if anyone is interested in a CVR/ORO singlet. All I heard was crickets so I’ll let Allee know there wasn’t any interest at this time for a CVR/ORO singlet.

Last Chance:
Rick Rountree <> has some shoes for sale: First is:
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 1, Ekiden colorway.  Size 11. These are new in box, never run in. I bought them in Feb 2020 to satisfy my curiosity about carbon plated shoes and when I was considering a return to racing as a masters runner…never happened given everything in 2020…  Would do $240 for them.  Not super firm on price. They’re just sitting here and I’d rather someone use them.

I also have two pairs of new in box Adidas racing flats circa 2008-2010.  Both size 11.  Adidas adistar Comp FW05 and adizero LT DC. I’d trade these for a good 4-pack of beer each.  Not sure I’d actually race in these given the breakdown of shoe foam over time, but maybe there is a collector who wants them.

According to the Seven Continents Club, to date,561 men and 291 women have completed this exclusive quest at the marathon distance.

This week’s trivia question: The Sodom Pond 4 miler is coming up on September 21st. How did Sodom get it’s name?

Email your answers to me at  I will pick one correct answer at random to receive a prize.

Elected Officers
President – Chris Andresen
Vice President – Kim Caldwell
Finance – John Valentine
Secretary – Cheryl Lasell
At Large Executive Committee: Bob Murphy, Darragh Ellerson

Keep your feet moving

Chris Andresen  

If you have a complaint or question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 

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Ongoing/Upcoming events 

CVR Races
Berlin Pond – August 18

Northfield 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1 Mile – September 3

Groton Forest Trail Run – September 10

Tuesday Fun Runs – weekly
5:30 PM Meet at the bike path in the Department of Labor parking lot

Runderachievers in Northfield 
Runderachievers is a social run group that meets in front of Good Measure Brewing Co every Thursday 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.

Spruce Mountain Hike/Run – 
Every Sunday from 7:30 am. Hikers or runners of all abilities can join. Reach out to April Farnham with any questions.

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