News and Notes

CVR Birthdays this week:

Happy Birthday to: Jim Flint, Anna Milkowski, Robert Murphy, Michael LeVangie, & Melodie LaPorte!

Welcome from an icy Adamant,

In June of 2008 I moved back to Vermont from Colorado. I knew four people in town. Feeling the need to expand my social circle I went to a Tuesday evening fun run. I was met by Dot Helling who demanded to know who I was. So started my running with CVR and here I am today, married to Dot and the president of CVR. Who knew? My running has not always been a smooth path. I’ve had numerous injuries along the way that have interfered with my joy of running. This past year has been exceptionally tough due to arthritis in my hips that caused me to stop running. I’ve really missed running. However, I have also realized that I have missed the connection with other members of the club. So, this past Saturday, even though I cannot run, I went to the Winter Long Run. There were seventeen people there. Some I knew and some I didn’t. All with smiles on their faces. I ended up walking with Mark, who I hadn’t met before and having a great time chatting as we ambled along. We were joined by John and the three of us cruised along to the Red Hen. My point of this ramble is that running is more than one foot in front of another. It’s also about the connections we make. I will be at this Saturday’s winter run (to walk) and I hope to see you there as well.

Don’t forget:

It’s time to reap some benefits from volunteering for CVR and get psyched for next year by seeing your racing buddies in real clothes and getting free food that is not bananas and water! See who won Spirit of the Club and all the other fun awards our MC’s decide to bestow on club members. And of course we’ll be awarding all CVR/ORO 2022 Series prizes.

At the 2023 Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner!

RSVP now to reserve your spot:
Next Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5:30 pm cash bar and social time. Dinner at 6:15.

At the Billtown Road House, located at 110 Business Center Road in Williamstown

The banquet is FREE to all PAID CVR members who volunteered for at least one CVR event in the 2022 racing year. All others are welcome to attend with a  reservation at the price of $35. 
The buffet choices include: Bang Bang Shrimp, Chicken Marsala, Beef Steak Tips, Mac & Cheese Rice, Plain Steamed Veg, Vegan Meal, Small Salad Bar, Rolls, Coffee or Tea, Brownies 
Remember, the deadline is next Monday January 21. Don’t forget to RSVP!

Winter Runs are HERE!

Winter Group Runs (WGRs) are here! Last weekend’s WGR in Middlesex drew perhaps our biggest group yet this winter (looks like 17!) including a few first- and second-timers (welcome Jocelyn, Drew, Holly, and Scott!). Some icy roads did not stop anyone from getting their miles, nor from enjoying treats and company at Red Hen afterwards. 

This weekend we will run Berlin Pond, using the Berlin Maplewoods service center as our base.  More info and sign-up sheet are here. We will send out more details in a Thursday email blast to the WGR listserv- if you were not on it last year but want to join that list, email Donna Smyers or Heather Tomlins. 

Race Series
John has posted the final race series results on the website. Joe Merrill gets a huge THANK YOU for handling the spreadsheet to track all the results. Head here cvroro race series – Central Vermont Runners ( to check out who did what.

Trail Running
Mark informed me that trail running has gone into hibernation for the winter. For those who like to be on trails year-round, I encourage you to look into a set of micro-spikes from Onion River Outdoors. The folks there can also suggest a wide range of trails to explore and how best to do it.

Other runs
It seems Darrell can’t let go of running Tuesday evenings… It’s my understanding that he’s there most Tuesday evenings at 5:30 PM. Given that the days are getting longer by one minute & 28 seconds (on 1/10/23), it won’t be long before it’ll be light then. 


  • The Volunteer List by Race Number on the homepage of the website shows all volunteers for this year and the race at which they volunteered.
  • The Alphabetic Volunteer List on the homepage of the website is the list that establishes eligibility for the annual dinner and for the race series.
  • Anyone that has volunteered for a race this year should check to confirm that they are on the  list.
  • Please have anyone with questions about the lists contact me by email at or check with the race director of the race at which they volunteered.

    Race Results/reviews:  

Up Coming Events.

Millstone Madness Snowshoe Race

Want a chance to win a pair of snowshoes?  It might not look like snowshoe racing weather yet but the snow should be coming. It’s a crazy race, 3 miles with unpredictable snow conditions, and who knows how much time anyone will have trained on snow. 

There will be a beautiful well marked course, fire with marshmallows, and hot cocoa. I am extremely excited that we have a new sponsor, Dion Snowshoes. They have donated a pair of snowshoes to raffle off to participants! 
Race registration is open at or by mail at
February 11, 2023

Millstone Trails, Barre Town Forest, Barre, VT

For more information: Contact Jackie Jancaitis at:

Mutt Strut
It’s now possible to sign up for the Mutt Strut. The Mutt Strut is scheduled for April 3rd.

Lebanon Shamrock Shuffle
Lebanon Shamrock Shuffle is a fast one, cruising through neighborhoods and along the scenic Mascoma River. March 18, 2023.

Half Marathon Unplugged
Registration is open for the 17th annual Half Marathon Unplugged. Saturday April 8 –

The RRCA Eastern Region Championship Series

4/1/2023.  Asbury Park Half Marathon, Jersey Shore Running Club,  Asbury Park, NJ

5/7/2023  Mountain Goat 10 Mile Run, Syracuse Track Club/Mountain Goat Foundation, Syracuse, NY

5/28/2023 M&T Bank Vermont City Marathon, Run Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

5/29/2023 Loudoun Street Mile, Shenandoah Valley Runners, Winchester, VA

07/08/2023 Twisted Trail 10K Cross Country, Blue Ridge Trail Runners, Belford, VA

7/22/2023 Kicks 4 Kids 5K, River City Runners & Walkers, Parkersburg, WV

9/10/2023. Malta 10K, Roundabout Runners Club, Malta, NY

10/1/2023. Blues Cruise Ultra, 50K, Leesport, PA

Other News

My name is Lisa McCurdy, I’m the marketing director at Gray Matter Marketing. We produce the Vermont 10 Miler and Craft Brew Races Stowe, as well as a bunch of other events all over New England. As a New Year’s celebration, we’re offering members of your club at 15% discount on all of our races for 2023. The code can be used at any time (until races sell out) and in the future for any 2023 events that aren’t yet open for registration. It doesn’t expire until the end of 2023!
The code is “CMV23”
A full list of our upcoming events is below, and of course feel free to always reach out with any questions or if we can support your club in any way. We hope to see a bunch of Central Vermont Runners out at our events in 2023!
March 26th – Southcoast Health Aquidneck 10K ( – Middletown, RI
April 1st – Behan Bros. Newport Night Run ( – Newport, RI
April 23rd- Portland 10 Miler (  – Portland, ME
May 6th – Craft Brew Races Worcester (  – Worcester, MA
May 20th – Craft Brew Races Stowe ( – Stowe, VT
June 4th – BankNewport 10 Miler (  -Newport, RI
July 22nd – Craft Brew Races Newport ( -Newport, RI
September 17th – University Orthopedics 5K ( – East Providence, RI
October 1st – Ocean Road 10K ( – Narragansett, RI
October 8th – Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon ( -Newport, RI
October 15th – Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run (  – Newport, RI
November 5th – Vermont 10 Miler ( – Stowe, VT
New England 10 Miler Series – includes Portland, Newport and Vermont for one price PLUS extra swag and bib pickup priority (
 Lisa McCurdy
Director of Communications, Gray Matter Marketing

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.

The Club Timing Clock 
If you use the club timing clock, it’s important it be returned the next day. The clock is used for a lot of events other than club races. It’s club policy that if the clock is requested for a non-CVR event, a CVR member must be present to ensure proper handling.

Dana McCarthy ( has a gray, wick away, CVR t-shirt, size Men’s Small to pass along. I might have worn it once. It’s in great shape. No snags, pulls, holes, stains.


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 comment or question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at: 

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