2019 Titus van Rijn Hour Reports

In 2019, TVR competitors burned up tracks across the country and slaked their resulting thirstiness with all flavors of delicious black cherry soda.

Although a New York Times article on “virtual” running races reported that virtual events began in earnest “about five years ago,” with the advent of GPS watches and apps, this was the 21st presentation of the Titus Van Rijn Hour. The 2019 edition featured 118 participants from 11 states, ranging in age from 8 to 78. Highlights from this year included large gatherings in Tennessee and Minnesota, and some headline-worthy hour performances.

No track was hotter than the South Salem High School oval in Oregon on May 4th.

Don Gallogly led the way, breaking the magical 16km barrier to claim the men’s TVR title for 2019. His total of 16,190m establishes a new record for the M50-59 age group. The previous record was held by Dan Meireis, also running at South Salem that morning, who gave his own M60-69 record a strong challenge. His 2019 mark of 14,550m is #2 on the all-time list for that group.

At the same time, on the same track, Mariko Tokoyoda and Pam Proffitt Smith were also running very fast. Tokoyoda covered 13,540m meters to claim her first TVR title and the  #8 all-time mark on the F40-49 list—just 100m ahead of Smith, a multi-time TVR champion and record-holder, whose 13,440m this year ranks ninth in that category.

Beyond the hotfooted Salem crew, six more runners established top-10 TVR marks in 2019:

  • Michelle McLellan: 10,400m, #9 F50-59
  • Rama Wineman: 5,200m, #2 W70+
  • Lyn Roth: 3,263m, #9 W70+
  • Simone Gaetani, 12,800m, #10 M19&U
  • Bob Aby, 9,700m, #5 M70+
  • Wes Wineman, 7,200m, #8 M70+

Collectively, this year’s TVR participants covered 1,085,648m (~674 miles). Cumulatively, TVR participants have strode over 13.77 million meters (~8,558 miles) since 1999.

Congratulations to all who participated, and a special thank you to everyone who helped organize Titus hours of your own.

Read on for reports from a number of TVR venues. For now, as always, we raise a frosty glass of black cherry soda in salute to each of you. And maybe we should all plan to meet in Salem, Oregon, for next year’s TVR hour!

Andy Roth & Mike Persick, TVR Meet Directors

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Don Gallogly reports from Salem, OR: A group of 7 of us got together this last Saturday (5/4) on the track at South Salem High School to run our hour. It was a beautiful, cool morning and we shared the track with people taking tests to become firefighters. They walked laps in heavy weight vests while we flew by in our singlets.

From the Duke University track, NC, James Umbanhowar writes: As a Northerner living in the south, I always relish cool days in the
spring.  This year was a real anomaly: dewpoints in the high 30’s and
temps in the low 50’s made for a gorgeous evening at the Duke
University track.  The conditions encouraged other users of the track
including both an adult and a youth track team. Even in lane 3 there
was a bit of dodging, but despite this, the best weather I’ve run in
North Carolina led to my best run in several years.  I completed 33
laps in lane 3, plus a bit to get 13,690 m. I enjoyed a New York Seltzer brand black cherry soda as my reward.  I hadn’t had a NYS brand soda since high school!

John Douglass writes: The 2019 Tucson Edition of the Titus van Rijn was held this morning, Memorial Day, at the UA Mall. Rather than jumping razor-wire fences around town for an “official” track, I think we’ve settled into the half-mile circuit on the Mall. The weather was cool at the start (60 degrees, perhaps an all-time low) and while many of us forgot hats or sun glasses, the sun felt good. I think we’ll all enjoy our Memorial Day a bit better for the run this morning.

From Arlington, VA, Elizabeth Niemeyer reports: The weather was ideal (low 70s, overcast, with a speck of rain). I had an hour-long interview with Alice Rivlin I’d been waiting to listen to and a bottle of black cherry seltzer chilling. And so I completed another TVR!

From the Green Lake track in Seattle, Leila Zelnick writes: It was a beautiful and busy day at the Green Lake track — partly sunny and around 60 degrees with a light breeze. I was paced in my second (and fastest! and first masters!) TVR race by none other than 3(?)-time TVR champion (and my husband) Greg Crowther. Minutes 0-42 were delightful; minutes 43-60 far less so, but I did enjoy the intermittent cowbelling from our 2-year-old son (and future TVR participant) Sam. While we did not have black cherry soda at the ready after the race, we indulged in a zero-calorie version later after the weekly grocery store run.

Sean Foley reports: We ran at the Minnehaha Academy track in south Minneapolis for the 6th year in a row. The gnats were pretty annoying before the race, but they couldn’t keep up with us once we got started! The adults started at 7:00 and the kids at 8:00. The kids actually had slightly cooler temps as some clouds rolled in during their effort. It was a nice day for early June in Minnesota, temps in the 60s with a slight wind. Even with the nice weather, only one of us (Nick Foley) was able to get a TVR PR. I guess that’s what happens when you get older and have run TVR a bunch of times! Maybe you should be able to multiply your meters run by some sort of age factor. 🙂 Even with the added cost of donuts to the go with the black cherry soda, TVR remains the best value in racing today!

From New York, Alan Kim writes: I ran in cool, cloudy circumstances at the Port Jefferson High School track on Flag Day Eve. A couple of ill-mannered runners blocked the inside lane for a while, but they skedaddled after a paltry 20 minutes. My daughter, Viviane, had trained to join me this year, but was felled by an Achilles inflammation. This entitled her to my full Black Cherry Soda, in my opinion, as well as hers. Next year we’ll try again.

Kirk Reynolds reports: With a spirited contingent of young and old(er) lap-runners, the Claremont, California posse ran its 2019 TVR One-Hour Run on blue Strehle track on Sunday, June 9, 2019. While the lack of a June Gloom cloud cover meant more perspiration, the bright sun and blue skies made for a day of beautiful sights and lung-challenging efforts that Titus himself would have called “breathtaking.” The shaded portion of lane 8 in the NE corner of the track proved irresistible to some of the kids after a few circuits. And the call for kid bathroom stops pulled some parents out of their oval repetitions. Kirk and Alicia let no distractions rattle them, save for Alicia’s gps watch that cheats her out of mileage. She ran in lane 2 for an hour, and great mathematical minds awarded her 176 more meters than Kirk’s lane 1 path.

From Minnesota, a hotbed of TVR activity for years now, Pat Foley reports: 12 of the Band of 10,000 Aches (BOTTA) lined up on the Carleton track on June 1st with the best weather we have had in a few years.  55 degrees, calm and no rain.  The best I can say is that we all did our best. We will continue to plod along and vow to be in better shape for the 2020 event.

Fellow BOTTA runner Brian Cloherty writes: I’m pleased to report I was able to participate this year in the hour run. I completed my run today at Laird stadium. It was only on April 1st of this year that my left diaphragm came back and made running more than a 1/4 mile at a time possible. I can say I probably haven’t run for a full hour in many years. Well I suppose that is still true because I only ran 85% of each lap and walked to recover the other 15%.  I was able to run a consistent pace and I might be a bit sore tomorrow. I was able to complete 10460 meters.

Joe Winegardner, also a BOTTA runner, reported from Colorado: I did my hour run on the track last Saturday.   I ran on the Grand Junction High School track. I covered 26 laps, 297 meters.  It got pretty breezy the last 30 minutes.  If not for that, I would have probably got close to 30 laps.  YEA, RIGHT-IN MY DREAMS. The last two miles were rough.  I’ve been fighting upper left leg hamstring pain for a month. I didn’t run for five days before the hour run in hopes it would be ok.  It was good for a bit over 40 minutes, but then the “wheels fell off.” I haven’t run since. Walked four miles with Sheila this morning and it’s still painful. Before this problem,  I had almost five months of decent, albeit slow running, getting up to 25 miles per week. Gotta get this healed so I can get back to it.

Justin London (BOTTA) writes: This morning (Tuesday, 6.04.19) at 6:00 AM I commenced my one-hour run at the Carleton stadium (no exotic location this year).  I started at six, as Tandem bagels doesn’t open until 7:00, and so I knew I would have to run the full hour—nothing else to do anyway.  As I started I looked up, and noticed a group of turkey vultures circling overhead.  I took that as an omen. There were light winds coming from the south west, so you had a headwind when you were running past the grandstand.  I originally planned on timing each lap—my sport watch can count up to thirty laps, which is more than enough for me—but my time after the first lap was so slow and depressing I forgot to hit the split button.  So I ended up timing 800s.

A final Minnesota report, from Northfield HS XC coach Nicole Porath: 23 Northfield High School cross-country runners and 2 of their coaches headed to the track on June 13th for their first Titus Van Rijn challenge. We had great participation, from our veteran runners all the way to newbie runners—all smiles and high fives as they ran around the Northfield Middle School track together. All agreed that this was the most fun they have had while running around in a circle for an hour, which they hope to top only when doing this again next year.

From another hotbed of TVR excellence, Netta Vogt reports: The Tri-Cities TN runners held the 4th Annual TVR 1-hour track run on June 2, 2019 at 3pm. It was 82 degrees and sunny on the track.  We had our largest group this year. There were 30 runners, ages 8 to 75, who came out to do an hour on the track. I think that maybe one or two of our 70+ age group runners may have earned a spot on the All-time leader board. We all celebrated with the black cherry soda at the end. It was a good time for all involved!!

Matt Smythe reports: The Charlottesville VA 2019 TVR was held on June 15 from 8:05am-9:05am at Lanigan Field on the beautiful grounds of the University of Virginia. There were 3 finishers in this year’s race (100% completion rate), all competing (and ultimately tying) for first place. The weather was perfect (mid 60’s, breezy) for running around the perimeter track. All three finishers completed 4.70 miles.

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2019 Titus van Rijn Hour Results

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Don Gallogly M 51 16,190 2019 OR
Randy  Niemiec M 48 14,620 2019 MN
Dan Meireis M 61 14,550 2019 OR
Sean  Faulk M 46 14,120 2019 MN
Ed Muniak M 49 13,995 2019 MN
James Umbanhowar M 46 13,690 2019 NC
Mariko Tokoyoda F 42 13,540 2019 OR
Pam Proffitt Smith F 44 13,440 2019 OR
Mike Persick M 53 12,806 2019 PA
Simone Gaetani M 18 12,800 2019 MN
Mike Nawrocki M 47 12,787 2019 MN
Dan Rideout M 59 12,700 2019 OR
Sean Foley M 47 12,507 2019 MN
Chris Frago M 17 12,400 2019 MN
Carter Lefkowitz M 15 12,400 2019 MN
Tim Shevlin M 40 12,300 2019 OR
Alan Kim M 51 12,293 2019 NY
Alicia Longyear F 41 11,936 2019 CA
William White M 48 11,900 2019 OR
Kirk Reynolds M 55 11,760 2019 CA
Dale Fredrickson M 61 11,660 2019 MN
Linden Feltes M 15 11,600 2019 MN
Carter Schlomann M 14 11,600 2019 MN
Stan Hup M 64 11,565 2019 MN
Nichole Porath F 35 11,360 2019 MN
Don Hubman M 51 11,329 2019 AZ
Kenny Standley M 58 11,200 2019 TN
Andy Shelton M 40 11,200 2019 TN
Laura Jensen F 37 11,152 2019 AZ
Mike Farris M 63 11,050 2019 MN
Dan Kasper M 61 10,850 2019 MN
Warren Winkelman M 58 10,850 2019 MN
Chick Woodward M 62 10,800 2019 MN
Joe Winegardner M 63 10,697 2019 CO
Nick Foley M 12 10,546 2019 MN
Brian Cloherty M 59 10,460 2019 MN
Michelle McLellan F 50 10,400 2019 TN
Candela Fernandez F 21 10,400 2019 TN
Justin London M 60 10,400 2019 MN
Jim Beck M 44 10,400 2019 TN
John Sterrett M 19 10,400 2019 TN
Mitchell Swenson M 14 10,400 2019 MN
Cullen Merritt M 14 10,400 2019 MN
Isaac Alladin M 13 10,400 2019 MN
Henry Vrtis M 13 10,400 2019 MN
Elizabeth Acheson F 18 10,305 2019 MN
Hank Tretreault M 54 10,300 2019 MN
Rob Nutt M 51 10,300 2019 MN
Perry Tretreault M 24 10,300 2019 MN
Leila Zelnick F 40 10,250 2019 WA
Walley (Laura’s guy) M 44 10,026 2019 AZ
Dave Brown M 66 10,007 2019 MN
Wendy Bollum F 15 10,000 2019 MN
Bob Aby M 74 9,700 2019 MN
Ava Hanks F 15 9,693 2019 MN
Elizabeth Niemeyer F 47 9,650 2019 VA
Kristin Carbajal F 40 9,631 2019 CA
Liane Jennings F 46 9,600 2019 TN
Kalinda Reynolds F 17 9,600 2019 CA
Adriana Fleming F 14 9,600 2019 MN
Isabelle Fleming F 12 9,600 2019 MN
Dean Christensen M 69 9,600 2019 MN
Rick Hawkins M 56 9,600 2019 TN
Zachary Standley M 24 9,600 2019 TN
Grace Acheson M 18 9,600 2019 MN
Dave Longyear M 50 9,500 2019 CA
Jenna Persick F 48 9,435 2019 PA
Ashley Imdieke F 15 9,200 2019 MN
Clara Menssen F 13 9,200 2019 MN
Ian Payne M 18 9,200 2019 MN
Bridget Foley F 15 9,133 2019 MN
Adam Ailabouni M 42 9,000 2019 MN
Cooper Longyear M 10 9,000 2019 CA
Netta Vogt F 43 8,800 2019 TN
Julia Tassava F 15 8,800 2019 MN
Mari Hanson F 13 8,800 2019 MN
Thea Hanson F 13 8,800 2019 MN
Dan Snyder M 60 8,800 2019 TN
Rob Carbajal M 38 8,045 2019 CA
Don Keen M 38 8,000 2019 TN
Grant Argabright M 13 8,000 2019 MN
Corinne Schmidt F 26 7,600 2019 TN
Andy Jones-Wilkins M 51 7,562 2019 VA
John Andersen M 43 7,562 2019 VA
Matt Smythe M 38 7,562 2019 VA
John Douglass M 50 7,290 2019 AZ
Heather Hawkins F 54 7,200 2019 TN
Wes Wineman M 72 7,200 2019 TN
Mark Jennings M 61 7,200 2019 TN
Deanna Lewis F 56 6,871 2019 AZ
Deb Ruben F 52 6,871 2019 AZ
Landy Elledge F 45 6,800 2019 TN
Tom Ecay M 60 6,800 2019 TN
Paul Schmidt M 57 6,800 2019 TN
Nicole Koch F 42 6,453 2019 AZ
Barbara Blaser F 49 6,400 2019 TN
Lily Nagy F 12 6,400 2019 MN
Carl Vogt M 9 6,400 2019 TN
Tyler Balow M 32 6,280 2019 MN
Dick Daymont M 72 6,090 2019 MN
August Carbajal M 10 6,000 2019 CA
John Roth M 78 5,900 2019 WA
Kathy Schmidt F 58 5,600 2019 TN
Lisa Anne Trudinger-Smith F 51 5,600 2019 AZ
Pat Foley M 71 5,565 2019 MN
Eric Bergh M 67 5,565 2019 MN
Tatum Longyear F 8 5,486 2019 CA
Rama Wineman F 71 5,200 2019 TN
Rick Gray M 58 5,200 2019 TN
Emeri Carbajal F 13 4,800 2019 CA
Raine Scheuble F 12 4,800 2019 MN
Russell Elledge M 50 4,800 2019 TN
Ang Snyder F 58 4,400 2019 TN
Chelsea Jennings F 13 3,600 2019 TN
Lyn Roth F 76 3,263 2019 WA
Mary Simmons F 75 2,800 2019 TN
Melina Elledge F 8 1,600 2019 TN
Daniel Elledge M 11 1,200 2019 TN
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Women’s All-Time Top 10 Performances by Age, 2019

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Women 70+
Bobbi Pollock F 73 7,020 2006 CA
Rama Wineman F 71 5,200 2019 TN
Lyn Roth F 71 4,800 2014 WA
Lyn Roth F 70 4,800 2012 WA
Carol Filer F 76 3,600 2010 WA
Carol Filer F 75 3,600 2009 WA
Lyn Roth F 71 3,600 2013 WA
Lyn Roth F 75 3,440 2018 WA
Lyn Roth F 76 3,263 2019 WA
Mary Graeff F 72 3,200 2014 ID
Women 60-69
Anne Jeffery F 62 10,718 2011 ID
Anne Jeffery F 64 10,320 2013 ID
Francie Hill F 63 10,000 2013 ID
Francie Hill F 65 9,200 2014 ID
Peggy Hoekman F 68 7,900 2011 WA
Terry Grill F 60 7,881 2014 CA
Terry Grill F 61 7,563 2016 CA
Tammy Gray F 62 6,400 2017 TN
Lyn Roth F 66 5,600 2008 WA
Annie Filer F 61 5,200 2009 WA
Women 50-59
EJ Harpham F 54 12,030 2011 ID
EJ Harpham F 53 12,030 2010 ID
Kathy Morrel F 50 11,950 2011 ID
EJ Harpham F 55 11,900 2012 ID
EJ Harpham F 56 11,760 2013 ID
Laura Johnson F 54 11,600 2012 ID
Kelly Fredgren F 51 11,520 2017 VA
Laura Fiori F 51 10,870 2015 VA
Michelle McLellan F 50 10,400 2019 TN
Liz Boyd F 50 10,200 2010 AZ
Women 40-49
Pam Smith F 42 15,370 2017 OR
Stephanie Snyder F 41 14,895 2011 OR
Stephanie Snyder F 40 14,415 2010 OR
Simone Sengers F 44 14,200 2015 VA
Emma Chaput F 40 14,080 2014 OR
Angie Smith F 41 13,975 2014 OR
Stephanie Snyder F 42 13,900 2012 OR
Mariko Tokoyoda F 42 13,540 2019 OR
Leslie Hall F 47 13,460 2011 WA
Pam Smith F 44 13,440 2019 OR
Women 30-39
Pam Smith F 39 15,279 2014 OR
Trisha Steidl F 37 15,179 2014 WA
Pam Smith F 37 15,090 2012 OR
Annie Stanley F 39 14,580 2015 VA
Pam Smith F 35 14,578 2010 OR
Trisha Steidl F 37 14,558 2015 WA
Pam Smith F 36 14,500 2011 OR
Alicia Longyear F 37 14,413 2015 CA
Alicia Longyear F 38 14,368 2016 CA
Laurie Brunner F 34 14,220 2015 VA
Women 20-29
Kristin Heilmeier F 27 15,000 2015 VA
Kari Putterman F 26 13,918 2016 MN
Molly Schreiner F 27 13,730 2012 OR
Meghan Hegarty F 28 13,450 2012 NC
Kristin Heilmeier F 26 13,400 2014 VA
Rita Beard F 22 13,400 2012 NC
Meghan Hegarty F 25 13,400 2010 NC
Meghan Hegarty F 26 13,370 2009 NC
Meghan Hegarty F 27 13,200 2011 NC
Alison Hanks F 28 12,750 2009 WA
Women 19 & under
Hannah Oscarson F 16 13,320 2015 MN
Ella Hall F 14 12,000 2012 WA
Jessica Olson F 16 12,000 2016 MN
Monique Theberath F 18 12,000 2016 MN
Maddie Bauer F 14 11,600 2016 MN
Chloe Garcia Grafing F 13 11,500 2016 MN
Isabel Hoyt-Niemiec F 13 11,460 2016 MN
Perry Kemper F 13 11,263 2018 ID
Ella Hall F 13 11,250 2011 WA
Novie McCabe F 9 11,200 2011 WA
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Men’s All-Time Top 10 Performances by Age, 2019

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Men 70+
Bob Hoekman M 70 11,400 2011 WA
Bob Aby M 72 10,900 2017 MN
Bob Aby M 71 10,820 2016 MN
Bob Aby M 73 10,515 2018 MN
Bob Aby M 74 9,700 2019 MN
Bob Aby M 70 9,700 2015 MN
Dick Daymont M 70 8,510 2018 MN
Wes Wineman M 72 7,200 2019 TN
John Roth M 74 6,165 2015 WA
John Roth M 76 6,140 2017 WA
Men 60-69
Dan Meireis M 60 14,814 2018 OR
Dan Meireis M 61 14,550 2019 OR
Bob Aby M 68 12,800 2013 MN
Stan Hup M 61 12,700 2016 MN
Eric Bergh M 60 12,670 2012 MN
Bob Aby M 67 12,400 2012 MN
Dean Christensen M 63 12,320 2014 MN
Bob Aby M 68 12,300 2014 MN
Pat Foley M 61 12,150 2009 MN
Stan Hup M 60 12,100 2015 MN
Men 50-59
Don Gallogly M 51 16,190 2019 OR
Dan Meireis M 56 15,450 2014 OR
Dan Meireis M 57 15,400 2015 OR
Dan Meireis M 58 15,375 2016 OR
Dan Meireis M 59 15,190 2017 OR
Dan Meireis M 54 15,100 2012 OR
Jay Anderson M 50 14,681 2006 CA
Dan Meireis M 53 14,600 2011 OR
Bob Clouston M 53 14,349 2015 VA
Dean Christenson M 53 14,200 2004 MN
Men 40-49
Uli Steidl M 43 17,835 2015 WA
Greg Crowther M 40 17,615 2013 WA
Uli Steidl M 41 17,615 2013 WA
Don Gallogly M 46 16,675 2014 OR
Don Gallogly M 45 16,600 2013 OR
Bob Julian M 40 16,495 2008 OR
Don Gallogly M 43 16,440 2012 OR
Mike Tyler M 47 16,000 2014 OR
Brad Mitchell M 41 15,875 2011 ID
Andy Jones-Wilkins M 40 15,850 2008 ID
Men 30-39
Greg Crowther M 33 18,115 2006 WA
Greg Crowther M 35 17,920 2009 WA
Greg Crowther M 35 17,420 2008 WA
Joel Wegener M 32 16,650 2006 MN
Erik Brooks M 30 16,547 2002 MN
Josh Zielinski M 31 16,481 2014 OR
Josh Zielinski M 34 16,335 2017 OR
Brian Maher M 33 16,290 2013 WA
Mike Fox M 38 16,237 2017 VA
Erik Brooks M 31 16,217 2003 MN
Men 20-29
Chris Lundberg M 23 17,600 2006 MN
Greg Crowther M 28 17,361 2001 WA
Dan Church M 21 17,360 2005 MN
Trevor Palmer M 24 17,300 2008 OR
Colin McGrath M 29 16,960 2016 PA
Nick DiPirro M 26 16,672 2015 VA
JJ Moses M 25 16,496 2008 OR
Colin McGrath M 22 16,350 2009 IL
Erik Brooks M 28 15,826 2000 WA
Nick DiPirro M 25 15,580 2014 VA
Men 19 & under
Joe Neufeldt M 16 15,500 2016 MN
Diego Lopez M 19 15,100 2014 CA
Liam Daily M 16 13,800 2012 WA
Alex Gonzalez M 17 13,680 2011 ID
Kenyon Nystrom M 16 13,600 2016 MN
Casey Smith M 19 13,600 2011 WA
Edison Foster M 17 13,400 2016 MN
Liam Daily M 14 13,200 2010 WA
Taylor Woodruff M 15 13,200 2010 WA
Simone Gaetani M 18 12,800 2019 MN
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2019 TVR Invitation

You and yours are invited to participate in the 21st Annual


WHAT:  A one-hour footrace

WHERE: Your local track

WHEN:  Anytime between May Day (May 1) and Flag Day (June 14) 2019


* Your performance must take place on a standard 400-meter/440-yard track. Include partial laps in your final total; estimate distances as accurately as possible within reason.

* Send results to <andyleeroth@gmail.com> by midnight, 14 June 2019.  In your results, please note name, total distance completed (in meters or yards), gender, age, date, and location.  We encourage you to include a brief report of your experience for the official race report.

* You may run the event more than once if desired, but only submit your best mark.

* You are encouraged to invite others to participate in the event.


World champions in football and baseball celebrate with champagne; the victor at the Indy 500 gets a bottle of milk.  At TVR, the celebratory beverage of choice is black cherry soda. We encourage you to maintain the tradition.


World, women: 18,517 meters (~11.5 miles)

Dire Tune (Eth), Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/12/08

World, men: 21,285m (~13.2 miles)

Haile Gebrselassie (Eth), Ostrava, Czech Republic 6/27/07


USA, women: 17,273m (~10.7 miles)

Nancy Conz, Amherst, MA 6/25/81

USA, men: 20,547m (~12.8 miles)

Bill Rodgers (GBTC), Boston, MA 8/9/77


TVR, women: 15,370m (~9.55 miles)  

Pam Smith (OR), Salem, OR, 6/8/2017

TVR, men: 18,115 (~11.25 miles)

  Greg Crowther (WA), Seattle, WA 5/27/2006

Since 1999, TVR competitors have amassed more than 12.84 million meters of distance and countless gallons of black cherry soda. Join the fun!

Find TVR news and results at the official Titus Van Rijn blog: https://tvr1hour.wordpress.com 

and join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340462322681978/

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Please contact Andy Roth (andyleeroth@gmail.com) or Mike Persick (tvr1hour@gmail.com), TVR Meet Directors.

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2018 Titus van Rijn Hour Reports

2018 Titus van Rijn Reports

The 20th edition of the Titus Van Rijn Hour featured 72 participants from ten states and ranging in age from six to 77. Congratulations to all who participated, and a special thank you to everyone who helped organize Titus hours of your own!

In Claremont, CA, Alicia Longyear and Emma DeLira covered 12,940m (8.04 miles) to share the 2018 TVR women’s crown. This was Alicia’s third TVR title. This was Emma’s first TVR hour; she’s another in the event’s tradition of ultramarathon trail runners who seem to thrive on the track too. On the men’s side, Joel Wegener (MN) ran 14,900m (9.26 miles) to claim the men’s title for 2018. (TVR history buffs may recall that Wegener ran 16,650m in 2006, when Greg Crowther set the event record and Chris Lundberg took second.)

In a dramatic example of the virtual “racing” that TVR can produce, this year Wegener barely held off Dan Meireis (Salem, OR), whose tremendous 14,814m effort (~9.21 miles) established a new record in the M60-69 category.

In addition to Dan’s new M60-69 record, the following participants established Top 10 TVR marks in 2018:

  • Bob Aby: 10,9515m, #4 M70+
  • Dick Daymont: 8,510m #6 M70+
  • Lyn Roth: 3,440m #8 F70+
  • Perry Kemper: 11,263, #8 F19&U

Collectively, this year’s TVR participants covered 679,215m (~422 miles). Cumulatively, TVR participants have strode over 12.68 million meters (~7,884 miles) since 1999.

One demographic note: This year we had only 8 participants aged 30-39 and just one in the 20-29 age group (thanks for running, Perry Tetreaut!) Like TVR itself, we’re getting older. We hope you’ll help us to encourage more 20- and 30-somethings to join us next year.

For now, as always, we raise a frosty glass of black cherry soda in salute to each of you. Race reports from a number of TVR venues follow, below.

Andy Roth & Mike Persick

TVR Meet Directors

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Kirk Reynolds reports from Claremont, CA: Three of us (plus a kid, temporarily) ran the Titus van Rijn run today on Strehle Track on a coolish May-gray Southern California morning on Sunday, May 20. The light mist had made the Pomona College track wet, but the falling mist stopped just before our start time and the track dried out. Alicia, Emma and Kirk all ran together, which made the hour fly by much more quickly than if we had run solo away from the track, or solo on the track. The first mile was the slowest, and we all agreed that the older you are, the longer it takes to get rolling.

Beyond the slow opening, warm-up mile, the person in lane 1 set the pace. Kirk and Alicia held pretty firm in the 7:20s/mile range, but Emma hammered away at 7:05/7:09 during her time in lane 1 since the track was flat and there were no 30-mile rolling trail sections.

We were also rabbited early on by a bicycling kid who weaved ahead of us and set a tough pace for 30 meters, only to slow and get swallowed up by our three-pack — followed by another 30 meter burst. Then he spent a few laps riding back and forth over the inside aluminum rail in front of us because, I believe, Titus would have appreciated the challenge therein. Then his mom called him over because it was time to go, and we were left with empty stretches of blue track ahead of us.

Cooper Longyear also joined us at the start, putting in a strong four laps, followed by a stop to see Dad Dave using his foam roller trackside, then he put in three more laps, then looked for his baseball glove, then put in a final 400m finish. Meanwhile, a horizontal Dave hollered unconditional support: “You look slow, Reynolds!”

We hit stop at the 60-minute mark, and popped open some bottles of blackberry soda (closest we could find) within 60-seconds of completion. Then we looked at our phones and posted to Strava and other social media.

Elizabeth Niemeyer reports from George Stielow Field, Henry Sibley HS in Mendota Heights, MN: It was a hot and sultry Minnesota morning, with a heat advisory in effect. Nevertheless, three of us headed out to my old high school–named after a former governor with a sordid history (more here!). We even had a big money bet on the way whether the Titus van Rijn run has been around for 20 years. There was a Lutheran church service being held in the parking lot when we started, so we knew we had God on our side. After circling the track for an hour, we shared a mildly cool black cherry soda and were glad to have continued the tradition of excellence that is the TvR run.

Katie Galdabini reports: I was excited to be able to run with my husband and sister-in-law at their old high school alma mater in Minnesota. It was neat seeing where they had gone to school, and definitely great to have company. As my sister-in-law shared, there was a church service taking place in the adjoining parking lot, but otherwise the only sounds were snippets of The Clash that my husband had playing from his phone to inspire us. We didn’t talk much, but shared high fives with each other as we passed by, and of course the best part was sharing the black cherry soda at the end!

Patrick Niemeyer adds: I joined my wife and sister at the track from my old high school.  I ran about 4 miles in about 30 minutes and thought “Good gravy it’s hot—I’ll walk a lap and then keep running.” I walked a lap, ran ~100m and renegotiated with myself, “OK, I’ll just try to keep moving” and I guess I accomplished that. This was not my proudest TVR—but I pounded that black cherry soda like a boss!

From Northfield, MN, Pat Foley reports: The Band of 10,000 Aches (BOTTA) had their 15th annual hour run May 19th at the Carleton College.  We had the best weather in a few years.  It was dry and 50 degrees.  In addition to the 12 runners on May 19th, three others ran on their own. The fifteen runners ran/walked over 150,000 meters which pushed the group’s 15 year total to over 2 million meters.  As is our tradition, it was followed by black cherry soda AND Girl Scout cookies.

Sean Foley reports from the Twin Cities: It was a smaller group than normal, but 5 hearty souls kept the Twin Cities TVR tradition alive.  This was our 14th year overall and 5th year in a row at Minnehaha Academy in south Minneapolis, MN. We were a little worried about the weather given that we waited until June 10th to run, but it worked out fine. Temperature was in the mid-60s with a light breeze, clouds, and a bit of humidity. Because of the smaller group, we ran adults and kids in one heat. One non-TVRer joined us on the track for about 15 minutes, pounding out some impressive looking 200 and 400 repeats. A couple past TVR participants joined us at the end for Black Cherry Soda. A good time was had by all.

Netta Vogt reports from the Science Hill High School track in Johnson City, TN: This was our 3rd year doing it and it has now become an annual tradition!! Yesterday, we started running in the heat and ended in a crazy downpour!

From Conestoga HS in Berwyn, PA, Mike Persick reports: It was a bit warm and humid by the end of our hour. Jenna had a great run, totaling 8440m.  Her splits show that after a conservative start she settled into a steady 11:15 pace, only slowing a bit near the end in the bright sun. My result was 12740m, a disappointing effort. Last year I ran a full kilometer farther with a smart, conservative early pace, but this time I was much too ambitious from the start and then completely blew up just short of 30 mins.  I’m disappointed that I backed off much too abruptly when I lost confidence in my ability to hold on. If only it were the TVR 1/2 Hour Distance Classic! Our black cherry soda was Hank’s Wishniak.  (That’s Hank’s, not to be confused with the classic Frank’s!) While warming up, Jenna had pointed out two hawks moving from tree to tree around the track area.  It seemed likely that one was scouting and the other following.  Not knowing their habits, I can only speculate. Jenna also spotted one or two turkey vultures while running.  Considering my result, I’m lucky they went hungry this day!

From the Richfield High School track, in Richfield, UT, elevation 5400m, Ryan Thalman reports: Had to wait for all of the youth football players to leave, so I started at 9pm on the night of a new moon.

Alan Kim reports from Port Jefferson, NY: I began running around 8:30 PM, at nightfall. I was the only person on the track. A deer watched me for about five laps and lost interest. Driving back, the radio played Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” followed by a Yuengling commercial. Clearly a sign. The family was asleep when I got home, so I had a black cherry soda at the kitchen table and went to bed.

Pete Nichol reports: I live in California now, but a family visit placed in Little Falls, Minnesota today, so I went over to the Little Falls HS track where I had last raced just over 27 years ago. I found the track locked behind a tall chain link fence. I have to confess a bit of relief at maybe being able to forestall my first TVR attempt until next year when the middle school track coach appeared (at 6:30 a.m.!) with a key to let me in. Conditions were nearly ideal, so I am deprived of all of the excuses I might like to muster to explain my performance.

From Northfield, MN, James Umbanhowar reports: Originally scheduled to take place in Kenyon on the Kenyon-Wanamingo dirt track, we had a late change of venue due to the whole track being excavated (curse us Google Streetview!). The weather was simultaneously unusually cool (for NC resident) and uncomfortably warm (for a LA resident). Objectively, it was mid 70’s, overcast with a dewpoint in the 60’s. John was lapped 4 times, but swears he was catching back up on the last lap to finish with 11400 m. We broke tradition a little and shared a Mollusk Cherry Sour beer.

From Seattle, WA, Andy Roth reports:  I ran a solo TVR hour on the dirt track at Green Lake on a cool, cloudy morning. Though I ran alone, the infield was abuzz with activity as the entire student body from a local elementary school partook in some sort of field day that featured lots of running, some singing, and a bewildering game played by tossing a giant stuffed animal frog. The east end of the track is shaded by trees that made it feel almost like a forest trail. I ran steady most of the way and picked up my pace over the last kilometer in an effort to reach the 12k plateau. I came up just short, but was satisfied with the effort anyhow. I almost skipped this year. Reading other runners’ reports encouraged me to get out for an hour of my own.





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2018 Titus van Rijn Hour Results

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Joel Wegener M 44 14,900 2018 MN
Dan Meireis M 60 14,814 2018 OR
Pete Nichol M 45 13,220 2018 MN
Will Kemper M 48 12,986 2018 ID
James Umbanhowar M 45 12,950 2018 MN
Alicia Longyear F 40 12,940 2018 CA
Emma DeLira F 31 12,940 2018 CA
Kirk Reynolds M 54 12,940 2018 CA
Sean  Foley M 46 12,824 2018 MN
Mike Persick M 52 12,740 2018 PA
Adam Putnam M 32 12,600 2018 MN
Alan Kim M 50 12,496 2018 NY
Noe Kemper M 12 12,432 2018 ID
Ryan Thalman M 34 12,067 2018 UT
Andy Roth M 50 11,845 2018 WA
Dale Fredrickson M 60 11,740 2018 MN
Katie Galdabini F 46 11,667 2018 MN
Stan Hup M 63 11,630 2018 MN
Brian Villanueva M 46 11,600 2018 TN
John Umbanhowar M 48 11,400 2018 MN
John Sauer M 55 11,287 2018 MN
Perry Kemper F 13 11,263 2018 ID
Kenny Standley M 57 11,200 2018 TN
Jesse Fritz M 41 11,200 2018 TN
Jason Tipton M 40 11,200 2018 TN
Jeff Vance M 39 11,200 2018 TN
Eric Bergh M 66 11,050 2018 MN
Joe Winegardner M 62 10,939 2018 CO
Perry Tetreaut M 23 10,803 2018 MN
Hank Tetreaut M 53 10,802 2018 MN
Richard Oreskovic M 54 10,800 2018 TN
Rob Nutt M 50 10,700 2018 MN
Dean Christenson M 67 10,520 2018 MN
Bob Aby M 73 10,515 2018 MN
Liane Jennings F 45 10,400 2018 TN
Susan Greineder F 43 10,400 2018 TN
Nick  Foley M 11 10,337 2018 MN
Patrick Niemeyer M 42 10,317 2018 MN
Ava  Hanks F 14 10,126 2018 MN
Elizabeth Niemeyer F 46 10,024 2018 MN
Michelle McLellan F 49 10,000 2018 TN
Justin London M 59 9,990 2018 MN
Chick Woodward M 60 9,700 2018 MN
Julie  Foley F 46 9,626 2018 MN
Bridget  Foley F 14 9,614 2018 MN
Jay Anderson M 62 9,203 2018 CA
Beth Lillycrop F 50 8,800 2018 TN
Dick Daymont M 70 8,510 2018 MN
Jenna Persick F 47 8,440 2018 PA
Darrell Wagner M 64 8,400 2018 TN
Netta Vogt F 42 8,000 2018 TN
Rick Gray M 57 8,000 2018 TN
Aimee Henley F 30 7,600 2018 TN
Mark Jennings M 60 7,600 2018 TN
Robert Cantor M 48 7,600 2018 TN
Becky Earp F 47 7,200 2018 TN
Patsy Cantor F 47 7,200 2018 TN
Amanda Williams F 33 7,200 2018 TN
Camryn Boles F 15 7,200 2018 TN
Brianna Villanueva F 14 6,000 2018 TN
John Roth M 77 5,860 2018 WA
Pat Foley M 70 5,370 2018 MN
Deanna Corley F 50 5,200 2018 TN
John Carter M 44 5,200 2018 TN
Breann Vance F 12 4,400 2018 TN
Rachael Carter F 37 4,000 2018 TN
Lyn Roth F 75 3,440 2018 WA
Cooper Longyear M 9 3,248 2018 CA
Carl Vogt M 8 3,200 2018 TN
AJ Fritz M 10 2,400 2018 TN
Winter Williams F 6 1,600 2018 TN
Alex Williams M 32 1,600 2018 TN
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