News and Notes

CVR Birthdays this week:

Happy Birthday to: Gerow M. Carlson, Maryellen Copping, John Gardner-Morse, Asa Lloyd, Elizabeth McCarthy, Sarah Richardson, Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Chris Cote, Kevin Nadzam (new age group), & Lauren Lande!

Greetings from a continually gray Adamant,

These gray days are getting a little old. Donna Smyers told me that if this trend continues through the end of the month, this will be the grayest November on record.  That said, it wasn’t gray at Denise’s house last night for the club meeting. It may have been snowing outside but inside was warm with great people and great food.  Thank you Denise for hosting!

We covered a lot with first order being the approval of next year’s race schedule:

Race                               2024 Date
Snowshoe                        2/3
Paul Mailman                   4/13
Adamant Half                   5/11
Mutt Strut                         4/21
Barre Town Spring Run   5/18
Capital City Stampede    6/8
Bear Swamp Run*            7/13
Barre Heritage 5K           7/27
Berlin Pond 5 Miler          8/15
Northfield 5K/1 Mile         8/31
Groton Forest Trail Run   9/14
Sodom Pond 4 miler        9/18
Leaf Peepers                   10/6
Fallen Leaves                  11/2
Fallen Leaves 2               11/9
Fallen Leaves 3               11/16
NYE 5K                            12/31

*Tim let us know he will not be race directing Bear Swamp in 2024. We are looking for a new race director. Let me know if you’re interested.

Here’s the race series:
Race                                Date
Shamrock Shuffle            3/16
Kaynor’s Shuffle              3/24
Paul Mailman                   4/13
Adamant Half                   5/11
Capital City Stampede     6/8
Bear Swamp Run*           7/13
Barre Heritage 5K           7/27
Berlin Pond 5 Miler          8/15
Northfield 5K/1 Mile         8/31
Groton Forest Trail Run   9/14
Sodom Pond 4 miler        9/18
Leaf Peepers                   10/6
NYE 5K                            12/31

The Shamrock Shuffle is an Upper Valley Running Club race and is held in Lebanon. The Upper Valley Running Club is going to add one of our races to their race series.

We will hold our club awards and appreciation dinner the end of January. We’re looking for a place to hold it. Donna and I would appreciate suggestions for possible locations. We’d like to hold it in the Barre/Montpelier/Waterbury area.

The club has a bit of a dilemma…according to John Valentine, we have a lot of money. I’d love to hear how best to spend it? This will be an agenda item for our March 24th annual meeting. We offer scholarships to local running programs. This past year we bought a new computer and printer for better timing results. We also continue to keep our entrance fees down. I received a nice note from Dylan B who wrote “on behalf of the Main St Middle School XC team we wanted to thank CVR for the very generous grant that was awarded to our team! We had 55 kids running this fall in 5th-8th grade. We are using the funds to support the purchase of warm, high vis hats for everyone.”

Thank you, Dylan and Nathan (both club members), for your time to work with these runners!

At the March meeting we’ll also be electing new officers. We have one person interested in the vice-president position. Graham is stepping down from his role of managing membership.

Winter runs are coming! Heather is getting organized to get us up and out the door with weekly runs! Keep your eyes out for an email from her in the near future.

There were 51 finishers for the second Fallen Leaves race. Ian McCallum-Cook was the first male in a time of 16:18.  Addie Hedges was the first woman in a time of 20:40. This Saturday is the last of the Fallen Leaves series. The 5K race starts behind the Montpelier High School. At $5, this is a great deal and a lot of fun. Check out the CVR website for details ( fallen leaves series – Central Vermont Runners ( ). At the moment the forecast is for temps in the upper 30’s at race start.

Trail Running
If you’re interested, a group runs up Spruce Mt in Plainfield Sunday mornings. They start at 7. Keep wearing your orange.

Fun Run
 Official fun runs are over for the year however, there continues to be a turnout on Tuesday evenings to get in a few miles.  The days are getting shorter (less than 10 hours), however bright clothing and lights will make for a safer run. 

Membership Renewal – Reminder 
There’s a link to RunReg at (“JOIN CVR”). This page also has a printable form for those who prefer to mail their renewal.
Renewing with a multi-year membership means fewer year-end renewals for you and less administration for the club. 
Not sure when your membership is due for renewal? 
• check your membership card (contact Graham if you need a new one) 
•check when your membership expires by logging in to the CVR website. (Here are the instructions  to log in)
• contact  Graham and he can confirm your renewal date 

Volunteers are still needed for the upcoming Fallen Leaves 5Ks.Race Series
The race series is done for the year so check the standings and start thinking about next year! In case you’re wondering where the final standings are, we typically don’t post until after the Fallen Leaves races because they change if people don’t end up volunteering (there are a couple age groups that will change if people don’t volunteer). People are welcome to reach out to Joe if they want to know where they stand.

REMINDER: You must have volunteered at least once to be eligible for the race series. Volunteering also gets you a free dinner at the club awards dinner.

Web Site
I know we’ve had members running some races outside the local area that I’d like to hear more about. Reach out to John with the details so we can share your experience with the entire club.

Send your running related stories and articles to John at to be published on the CVR website.

Race Results/reviews: 
Bob Howe let me know that “John Hackney finished 1st in his AG for the USATF New England Grand Prix series. I think it is a 7 race series, the last race being a marathon.”  This is no easy accomplishment. Congratulations John!

 Up Coming Events.

Fallen Leaves Series
The Fallen Leaves Series is coming up. These are a great 5K run over the same course three Saturdays in a row. November 4, 11, & 18. Starting behind the Montpelier HS. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated! Check the CVR website for details.

Massive Group Run
On Sunday, November 12, at 10 a.m. at Oakledge Park in Burlington, we will be holding a special joint group run ( an 8 years tradition) 
– our first since 2019! 

Run with Jan members will be joining forces with other area running groups, including Fleet Feet, GMAA, Skirack, First Strides, and Team Arrowhead.

Folks will be running and walking different distances and paces, but we encourage you all to join us for this fun community-gathering event that celebrates the sport we all love. After you finish, please join us in the community space at City Market’s Flynn Ave. location for coffee and any other goodies you desire.

Please plan to arrive by no later than 9:45 a.m. so we can take a few big group photos before we start running. Look forward to seeing you there!

Other News
The Governor’s Corporate Cup race committee is looking for new members.  The current committee includes Leslie Davis (chair), Mike Feulner, Pam Chisholm, Patty Turley, Jeff Bourdean, and Dot Helling. This year’s corporate cup will take place on Thursday, May 16th. Please email for more information.

CVR Equipment Use

 Anyone wanting to use equipment send Sal (and cc myself) 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.  Please send Sal (and cc the club president) and email to let us know when the equipment has been returned.

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  

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