2017 Titus van Rijn Reports

The 19th annual Titus Van Rijn Hour featured 98 participants from twelve states and ranging in age from seven to 76. Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks to everyone who helped organize Titus hours of your own!

Pam Smith of Salem, OR ran 15,370m (9.55 miles) to claim her fifth TVR title, breaking her own women’s record by 91 meters in the process. Josh Zielinski covered 16,335m (10.15 miles) to capture the men’s crown. His mark is #7 on the all-time list for TVR men, aged 30-39. Josh was closely chased by Mike Fox of Virginia, who ran 16,237m. Mike’s mark ranks #9 on the all-time list for TVR M30-39.

Dan Mereis (Salem, OR; age 59) claimed the men’s masters (age 40+) title yet again, with a run of 15,190m (9.44 miles). That result is #4 on the all-time M50-59 list, surpassed only by a trio of Dan’s efforts from previous years. We’ll look forward to his debut next year in the 60-69 age group. On the women’s side, Pam Smith also claimed the women’s masters title, followed by Annie Gorski’s 13,000m and Simone Senger’s 12,200m.

After nineteen years of performances, it takes a special effort to establish a mark that ranks among TVR’s all-time Top 10 age-group performances. In addition to the marks noted above the following participants established Top 10 marks in 2017:

  • Bob Aby: 10,900m, #2 M70+
  • John Roth: 6,140m, #6 M70+
  • Kelly Fredgren: 11,520m, #7 F50-95
  • Tammy Gray: 6,400m, #8 F60-69
  • Lyn Roth, 3,200m: #10 F70+
  • Luka Van Der Pluljm: 12,500m, #10 M19&U

Collectively, 2017 TVR participants covered 1,002,417 meters (~623 miles). Cumulatively, TVR participants have strode over 12 million meters (~7,461 miles) since 1999.

As always, we raise a frosty glass of black cherry soda in salute to each of you. And we hope you’ll join us again next year for the twentieth edition of the TVR Hour.

Andy Roth & Mike Persick, TVR Meet Directors

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Five Questions for TVR Record Holder Pam Smith

  1. How did you find out about the TVR Hour?

Greg Crowther was my college classmate and I followed his running when he was in his prime. He participated several times in the TVR (and still holds the men’s record). I read about his experiences on his blog and thought it’d fun to try.

  1. You’re best known as an ultra runner. How does a hard hour on the track relate to your primary racing focus? Does ultrarunning experience help your TVR performances? Does TVR experience benefit your ultra performances?

TVR is a great long distance speed workout and I think marathoners and ultra-runners can always benefit from that. I use TVR as a strategically planned hard workout similar to a tune-up race, which I do think benefits my ultra training and race performances. On the other hand, I think being an ultra runner helps with the mental aspect of TVR as ultras make you focus and push hard for long periods of time. And when you have done races that last 8, 12, or even 24 hours, one hour doesn’t seem that long!

  1. What is the hardest part of the hour for you? What do you do mentally to meet that challenge?

My first year I ran the TVR by myself and did WAY worse than I expected. I found it was mentally tough to motivate myself to keep pushing hard with no other frame of reference or incentive. So my second year I recruited some friends to run with me. Working together or at least being on the track together helps me stay focused and engaged enough to keep working hard the whole time. I have never run it alone since! I think our group has all been able to help each other and several other Salem runners have put up some great results.

  1. Racing flats or training shoes for TVR?

I wore the Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 this year. It is a lightweight trainer and my go-to for weekly track workouts.

  1. If you could become any kind of (non-human) animal, what would you pick and why?

One of my mantras for running is “Be the zebra” because a zebra’s will cannot be broken (and thus zebra’s have not been domesticated). In running you can’t let the lows break you, so I guess that is the animal I relate to the most. But I would probably choose to be an eagle because I would love to soar through the air and see the world from above.


John Douglass writes: The Tucson edition was presented May 6, 2017. After logistical challenges at our traditional venue, Catalina High School (locked gates and razor wire), we regrouped at Alvernon Park and ran the perimeter for an hour (a 0.3 mile circuit, rather than a traditional 0.25 on a track). Another great turnout from Himmel Athletics for the Tucson edition of the Titus van Rijn One-Hour Distance Classic Invitational! The 12 of us ran a cumulative total of 60.9 miles, which is an impressive 98,025 meters. I might also add that folks from Himmel Athletics have been doing this as a group since 2009, so that’s quite a tradition!

Pat Foley reports from MN: The Band of 10,000 Aches (BOTTA ) ran its 14th Annual Titus Van Rijn One Hour Distance Classic. We are struggling to get to the level of “classic”, but we continue to try.

Seven BOTTA members gathered at the Carleton track in Northfield on May 20 with a temperature of 42 degrees, rain and light wind. So overheating was not an issue.  Three others (the smarter ones?) ran at later dates.  Of course, at the conclusion we quickly had some black cherry soda and Girl Scout cookies (our tradition, as my granddaughter is a Girl Scout).

BOTTA has now reached 1.94 million meters (over 1,200 miles) so we look forward to reaching the 2 million mark in 2018.

From the Twin Cities, Sean Foley writes:

The number of competitors for the Twin Cities Chapter of the TVR was down this year, but that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm. This was the 4th year in a row and 5th out of the last 6 that we ran at Minnehaha Academy in south Minneapolis.
It was a sunny, relatively warm (mid-60s at start) race on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The kids and adults ran in separate heats. Nathan Campeau (easily) repeated as Twin Cities champion. Ava Hanks had an impressive TVR debut.
There was some mild controversy when one runner claimed that a competitor had taken more than 3 consecutive strides inside the line while running the curve, but there was no video evidence, so we avoided the first ever (??) TVR disqualification.
We, of course, celebrated with Black Cherry Soda. This year, in honor of the fact that we raced on Mother’s Day, we added a variety of pastries to the festivities.

The aforementioned Nathan Campeau recently wrote an article for the Run Minnesota magazine (Mar/Apr 2017 issue, p12) about how to measure the “value” of a race.  Lots of good analysis and calculations comparing various races in Minnesota, but TVR was a glaring omission.  🙂  For my money, even with the cost of the donuts factored in this year, TVR remains the best value in racing today!

From Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA, Mike Persick reports:

I ran 13,708m, which was very satisfying after several years of poor results or not even running.  I made a point of starting out slowly and then fell into a decent rhythm.  I enjoyed taking kilometer splits, which are just short enough to keep my attention and give good in-race feedback.

Jenna walked 5,850m and reports that she spotted a turkey vulture sitting atop the school building, apparently hoping she would keel over by the side of the track.  Jenna remained upright for the full hour, and the turkey vulture went hungry that evening.

In the interest of economizing my budget but not my calories, I went with the large but inexpensive 2-liter bottle of Canada Dry Black Cherry Wishniak, which we enjoyed for the rest of the week.

From Facebook: On a lonely wind-swept track in the northern Rockies, Hank Dart laid bare his frailties as tribute to the 2017 TVR One-Hour Run, covering 13,490 meters (Age 49, male). Though the TVR is never really fun. It’s always empowering.

From the Lower Woodland track Patrick Niemeyer reports: Conditions were pretty good in Seattle for the last day of the 2017 TVR season: overcast with temperatures in the 60s. I returned to the track at lower Woodland Park where I’ve run dozens of workouts and my first TVR, but I hadn’t set foot there in years. It was great to be back! I hoped to be able to run at least a 7:30 pace and wound up running pretty consistent 7:14 1600s. It was tough and the black cherry soda was as delicious as ever. Thanks for continuing to make this a thing!

Josh Zielinski writes: A late and last day entry from Salem, Oregon (SSHS track). I missed the group run last week so I decided to go alone (as I did last time I did a TVR in 2014). I had Otis Redding blaring on the headphones and started the phone stopwatch timer around 4:30AM. I used its lap feature to count laps and maintain some loosely controlled splits as it has been 2+ years since I last ran more than a couple laps on the track. Weather was cool and overcast with a slight breeze on the west facing straightaway. Finished the hour about 65 meters from 16400 so 16,335 it is. Now, I just need to find Pam Proffitt Smith for my black cherry scone… thanks to all who host this site and participate, it’s inspiring!







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2017 Titus van Rijn Hour Results

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Josh Zielinski M 34 16,335 2017 OR
Mike Fox M 38 16,237 2017 VA
Pam Smith F 42 15,370 2017 OR
Nathan Campeau M 38 15,248 2017 MN
Dan Meireis M 59 15,190 2017 OR
Rick Kwiatkowski M 51 13,939 2017 VA
Chris Campbell M 52 13,840 2017 VA
Mike Persick M 51 13,708 2017 PA
Darius Nabors M 31 13,680 2017 VA
Randy Niemiec M 46 13,650 2017 MN
Jason Farr M 39 13,627 2017 VA
Jon Eric Thalman M 46 13,600 2017 CA
Hank Dart M 49 13,490 2017 ID
Patrick Niemeyer M 41 13,325 2017 WA
Patrick Morris M 40 13,325 2017 NC
Dennis Gamroth M 46 13,300 2017 OR
Christopher Huggins M 43 13,225 2017 NC
Gary Pleasant M 53 13,200 2017 TN
Adam Putnam M 31 13,200 2017 MN
Sean Foley M 45 13,144 2017 MN
Paul Ferrer M 52 13,072 2017 VA
Annie Gorski F 42 13,000 2017 OR
Sean Faulk M 44 13,000 2017 MN
Doug Johnson M 43 12,880 2017 VA
Andy Lee Roth M 49 12,530 2017 CA
Luka Van Der Pluljm M 16 12,500 2017 VA
James Umbanhowar M 44 12,450 2017 NC
Bob Clouston M 55 12,293 2017 VA
Simone Sengers F 46 12,200 2017 VA
Becca Weast F 29 12,080 2017 VA
Ryan Thalman M 33 11,999 2017 UT
Steve Combs M 57 11,900 2017 VA
Andy Jones-Wilkins M 49 11,847 2017 VA
Jesse Parker M 37 11,845 2017 VA
Michael Gallagher M 49 11,800 2017 VA
Dale Fredrickson M 59 11,600 2017 MN
Kelly Fredgren F 51 11,520 2017 VA
Marissa Montoya F 26 11,424 2017 CA
Shelley Morris F 33 11,395 2017 VA
Don Hubman M 49 11,233 2017 AZ
Warren Winkelman M 56 11,200 2017 MN
Briana Averill F 39 11,105 2017 AZ
Stan Hup M 62 11,100 2017 MN
Ruby Munoz F 19 10,941 2017 CA
Bob Aby M 72 10,900 2017 MN
Eric Bergh M 65 10,900 2017 MN
Netta Vogt F 41 10,800 2017 TN
Alicia Johnson F 28 10,700 2017 VA
Alice Lin F 27 10,622 2017 CA
Ashley Hernandez F 19 10,621 2017 CA
Justin London M 58 10,600 2017 MN
Joe Winegardner M 61 10,500 2017 CO
Kit Hayes F 38 10,400 2017 TN
Robert Nielsen M 49 10,400 2017 TN
Jesse Fritz M 40 10,400 2017 TN
Gawain Douglass M 47 10,396 2017 AZ
Tricia Aldridge F 48 10,155 2017 AZ
Julie Foley F 45 10,016 2017 MN
Michelle Mclellan F 48 10,000 2017 TN
Rick Hawkins M 54 10,000 2017 TN
Liz Boyd F 57 9,900 2017 CA
Chick Woodward M 59 9,900 2017 MN
Rob Nutt M 49 9,900 2017 MN
Jim Edwards M 56 9,881 2017 AZ
Jay Anderson M 61 9,800 2017 CA
Nick Foley M 10 9,718 2017 MN
Deborah Rubens F 50 9,656 2017 AZ
Amanda Blondeau F 35 9,650 2017 VA
Ava Hanks F 13 9,614 2017 MN
Bridget Foley F 13 9,612 2017 MN
LeeJay Lynch M 48 9,600 2017 TN
Giselle Vargas F 18 9,332 2017 CA
Corrine Schmidt F 24 9,200 2017 TN
Lisa Hazlett F 39 9,108 2017 TN
Gina Lynch F 48 8,800 2017 TN
Lisa Kwiatkowski F 52 8,600 2017 VA
Conner Hall M 30 8,000 2017 TN
Rick Gray M 56 7,600 2017 TN
Caryn Isom Fraser F 46 7,467 2017 AZ
Jason Hazlett M 42 7,200 2017 TN
Deanna Lewis F 54 7,081 2017 AZ
Ash Trudinger-Smith M 54 7,065 2017 AZ
John Douglass M 48 7,001 2017 AZ
Heather Hawkins F 52 6,800 2017 TN
Lisa Anne Trudinger-Smith F 49 6,502 2017 AZ
Tammy Gray F 62 6,400 2017 TN
Kathy Schmidt F 56 6,400 2017 TN
John Roth M 76 6,140 2017 WA
Paul Schmidt M 55 6,000 2017 TN
Jenna Persick F 46 5,850 2017 PA
Mark Jennings M 59 5,600 2017 TN
Meagan Quisenberry F 24 4,000 2017 TN
Lyn Roth F 74 3,200 2017 WA
Chelsea Jennings F 11 1,600 2017 TN
Sydnee Mclellan F 11 1,600 2017 TN
Carl Vogt M 7 1,600 2017 TN
Julian Sensabaugh M 7 1,600 2017 TN
Dolores Hoerning F 74 483 2017 AZ
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Women’s All-Time Top-10 Performances by Age, 2017

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Women 70+
Bobbi Pollock F 73 7,020 2006 CA
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
Mary Graeff F 72 3,200 2014 ID
Lyn Roth F 72 3,200 2016 WA
Lyn Roth F 74 3,200 2017 WA
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
Liz Boyd F 50 10,200 2010 AZ
Heather Hawkins F 50 10,137 2016 TN
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
Leslie Hall F 47 13,460 2011 WA
Leslie Hall F 48 13,360 2012 WA
Annie Gorski F 42 13,000 2017 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
Ella Hall F 13 11,250 2011 WA
Novie McCabe F 9 11,200 2011 WA
Marissa Thornton F 17 11,200 2016 MN
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Men’s All-Time Top-10 Performances by Age, 2017

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 70 9,700 2015 MN
John Roth M 74 6,165 2015 WA
John Roth M 76 6,140 2017 WA
John Roth M 73 6,100 2013 WA
John Roth M 72 6,080 2012 WA
John Roth M 73 6,040 2014 WA
Men 60-69
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
Eric Bergh M 62 12,080 2014 MN
Eric Bergh M 61 11,850 2013 MN
Men 50-59
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
Randy Peterson M 50 14,000 2016 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
Luka Van Der Pluljm M 16 12,500 2017 VA
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2017 TVR Invitation

You and yours are invited to participate in the Nineteenth Annual


WHAT: A one-hour footrace

WHERE: Your local track

WHEN: Anytime between May Day (May 1) and Flag Day (June 14) 2017


* 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 2017. 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: 15,279m (~9.50 miles), Pam Smith (OR), Salem, OR, 2014

TVR, men: 18,115 (~11.25 miles), Greg Crowther (WA), Seattle, WA 5/27/2006

Since 1999, TVR competitors have amassed more than 11 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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2016 Titus van Rijn Reports

2016 Titus van Rijn Reports

The eighteenth annual Titus Van Rijn Hour featured 106 participants, from ten states and ranging in age from six to 75. Congratulations to all who participated, and thanks to everyone who helped organize Titus hours of your own.

Alicia Longyear ran 14,368m (~8.92 miles) to claim her second TVR title. Colin McGrath flirted with the 17km barrier, covering 16,960m (~10.54 miles) to capture the men’s crown. Alicia’s mark is #10 on the all-time TVR list and #9 on the F30-39 all-time rankings. Colin’s moves him up to #11 on the all-time list, and #5 on the M20-29 list. For TVR trivia hounds, note that both Alicia and Colin are Claremont High School cross-country alums.

Among the Masters (age 40+), Dan Mereis added another chapter to his remarkable TVR career, running 15,375m to claim the men’s masters title yet again. His 2016 mark (~9.56 miles) is #3 on the all-time M50-59 list; but perhaps more impressively, Dan now holds five of those top-10 marks. Others in this competitive category may be glad that he’ll run out of eligible years before he can claim all ten! On the women’s side, Meg Hoyt notched a TVR personal best (12,300m, ~7.64 miles) to outpace TVR legend Pam Smith by 90m and claim the women’s masters title.

Additional 2015 TVR performances deserving special recognition:

* Bob Abby (MN, 71) ran 10,820m (~6.72 miles) to improve his #2 position on the M70+ list.

* Stan Hup (MN, 61) gave the M60-69 #1 mark (held by Bob) a strong challenge, covering 12,700m (~7.89 miles) to establish the #2 all-time performance for that division.

*Kari Putterman (MN, 26) covered 13,918m (8.65 miles), earning a place on the TVR podium and establishing the #2 all-time distance in the F20-29 group.

A strong contingent of under-19 runners from Minnesota rewrote the Top 10 lists for men and women:

* Joe Neufeldt covered 15,500m to establish a new Men’s U19 TVR record. He broke the old mark, held by Diego Lopez of Citrus College, by 400m. Kenyon Nystrom (13,600m) and Edison Foster (13,400m) also joined the all-time top performances for Men U19.

* On the women’s side, Minnesota harriers claimed a remarkable six of the top-10 all-time U19 marks, led by Jessica Olson and Monique Theberath (12,000m), and including Maddie Bauer (11,600m), Chloe Garcia Grafing (11,500m), Isabel Hoyt-Niemiec (11,460m), and Marissa Thornton (11,200m).

Look out for these runners and their cross-country teams this coming fall!

Collectively, 2016 TVR participants covered over 1.11 million meters (692 miles). Cumulatively, TVR participants have strode over 11 million meters (~6,838 miles) since 1999.

As always, we raise a frosty glass of black cherry soda in salute to each of you. And we hope you’ll join us again next year.

Andy Roth & Mike Persick, TVR Meet Directors

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From Philadelphia, Colin McGrath reports:

I woke around 6:50, fed the cat, drank coffee, ate a bowl of plain instant oatmeal mixed with a banana (my standard pre-race meal these days), and did a little reading. At around 8:40, I began my warmup trot to the Temple University Track, which is 2.6 miles from my apartment. The temperature this morning was in the high 60s. As I jogged to the track, I was already feeling the warmth of the sun. The weather this morning reminded me of the marathon conditions at Boston this year–which produced slower-than-usual times–only a bit more humid. I began the TVR at 9:10 am with the goal of maintaining a pace at around 5:35 per mile.

I stuck to the plan for the first three miles, but soon found the pace hard to maintain. I backed off after coming through my third mile in 16:50. For the middle part of the hour, I kept my pace in the low to mid 5:40s. Around mile 8, I found more pep in my step (maybe my body was finally waking up??) and brought my pace back into the high 5:30s. I managed to get my mile from lap 38 to 42 down to 5:22 and squeezed in a little less than half a lap before the hour ended.

This was a tough one! I ran the sucker on my own. Besides a random guy who shouted “You can do it” as he walked by the track as I was finishing lap 35, I had no support. It was just me and the eternal loneliness of lane one. I also think Boston was still sitting heavy in my legs. I found myself battling with my mind’s unproductive taunts (“You should stop now, there’s no reason to keep going, you’re slowing down, you’ll never make it all the way to the hour at this pace”). I convinced myself to keep going, but I’m not sure how. My experience during the final ten minutes felt absolutely primal. I slobbered on myself as I tried to spit out excessively viscous saliva. As soon as I stopped running, I barfed. This was my first bona fide vom from running since my junior year in high school. I finished eating my oatmeal around 7:30, so I’m thinking I just didn’t have enough time to digest.

In all, this was a delightful experience! I’m looking forward to next year. I’m moving to DC for the year and know some enthusiastic runners out there (including a tremendous ultra-marathon runner who doubles as an attorney in the DOJ civil rights division). I’ll try to gather more of a squad for the next TVR!

From Vienna, VA, Larry Huffman reports:

After failing to try the TVR for the past three years due to conflicts with recovery from or tapering for 100 milers, I decided to give it a shot this year after recovering well following the MMT 100 miler on May 14-15. I do little speed or tempo work, so I’m pleased with my effort on a warm, humid morning. The IBC Black Cherry Soda afterwards was delicious. Looking forward to next year.

Elizabeth Niemeyer reports from the Washington and Lee High School track in VA:

On June 5, 2016, a little before Noon (the worst time of day) I headed out for the track at my local high school. Since I wanted as many data points as possible, I mentally logged my laps, wore my Garmin, and wore my Fitbit. Based on the laps, I ran just under 25.5 laps (~6.35 miles [10.219 km]). Based on my Garmin, I ran 6.47 miles [10.412 km]. I discovery my Fitbit, however, only stores “steps” (not distance). So, I was left with only two data points. During the run, there were various kid-soccer matches on. Around lap 23, I overheard one of the fathers say (presumably about my running laps), “That seems really boring.” I responded mentally, “You are correct, mon frère. But I have the sweet nectar of a Black Cherry soda waiting for me at the end.” And upon finishing, I had my Black Cherry soda . . . in fact, I had two and decided Dr. Browns is the only one worth getting if you can find it.

From the Haverford College track, in PA, Andy Bove reports:

Mike Persick had gotten in his TVR over the weekend but was kind enough to stay late after work to take splits and offer encouragement. Conditions were bright and sunny, clear skies, warm but not hot by our standards. The solo effort was observed by a few casual Main Line joggers (I could easily have been mistaken for one of these, especially during the middle 30 minutes or so) and a broad-winged hawk floating above the campus.

Pat Foley reports from Northfield, MN:

This year the Northfield runners had a huge influx of new and younger runners when the cross-country team did an hour run on the Middle School track on June 13th.  The temperature was 65 degrees and there was a good breeze. It was the official start of the summer running for the team.  Admittedly, a rather curious place to train for cross-country.  Black Cherry soda was consumed so that they were given the entire experience.  I volunteer with the team and head coach Scott Peterson was kind enough to go along with the idea.

The Band of 10,000 Aches had their hour run at the Carleton track with an overcast sky and 60 degrees on May 28th.  The 10,000 aches is proving to be a very appropriate name for our group as injuries keep taking its toll.  It happened that two cross country runners heard about the run and showed up to run with the old guys. That’s how it spread to the rest of the cross-country team.

We, of course, ran a record number of miles this year…360.  And now have gone over 2.5 million meters in the 13 years we have done this.

Alan Kim reports from the Port Jefferson HS track, Port Jefferson, NY:

Accompanied by supportive wyfe and childe on a cool evening (8-9 PM, high 60s), permitting steady pace. Afterwards, the ritual bottle of Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda (original 1869 recipe, including Red #4 and high fructose corn syrup) was enjoyed by all, despite closeness to bedtime. Art historical references avoided for lack of interest.

From the Minnehaha Academy track in south Minneapolis, Sean Foley writes:

The Twin Cities chapter of the TVR had another successful run in 2016.  This year marked at least the 11th time the race has been run in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  We had great weather for the 2nd year in a row (mid 40s, sunny, slight headwind on the backstretch) on the Minnehaha Academy track in south Minneapolis.
Turn out was down slightly this year, but we did have several TVR first-timers which is always fun.  Unfortunately, we had our first incident of poor sportsmanship at the TVR, as one competitor, rather than congratulating a rival who finished ahead of her, said “I was only doing it as a workout” and then proceeded to run 8 miles back to her house.
Even with that incident, BCS (Black Cherry Soda) was enjoyed by (almost) all after the race as we discussed, yet again, how TVR continues to be the best value in road/track racing today!

From Minnehaha Academy—perhaps this year’s most popular TVR site—Randy Niemiec reports:

This was the 2nd running of the TVR at the Minnehaha Academy track in Minneapolis this year.  This edition was for a couple of runners who were competing in the high school track season earlier in the spring and one die-hard who wanted to improve her performance.  It stopped raining just as the girls finished their warm-up, so they had thoroughly wet, squeaky shoes, but the temperature was a reasonable 64 degrees.  We had a scare about 40 minutes in when some people arrived for what appeared to be a track clinic, but they were nice and continued to let us use lane 1.  The girls worked their tails off and enjoyed a black cherry soda afterwards.

From the South Salem HS track in OR, Pam Smith writes:

Instead of going all out, this year I did the TVR as part of my last long track run pacing session before the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24 hour run. My friend Dennis ran step for step with me except for a one-lap bathroom break. I was targeting 100M-world record pace (8:16), but we were a little faster than the target pace. Perhaps the excitement of the Titus van Rijn had us a little too fired up! No cherry soda for us at the end as we had several more miles to do, but I did indulge in a pack of cherry blossom Honey Stingers mid run.

Ten days later, I spent a full 24 hours running around the track. Anyone interested in how that went can find my report here: http://theturtlepath.blogspot.com/2016/05/91-of-perfect-race.html. Unfortunately, I was too wrecked after that run to take a more focused stab at the TVR before the deadline!

From the Woodland track in Seattle, Katie Galdabini reports:

I feel lucky to have had such a perfect day today to run—It was clear and cool in the low 60s, with just a little bit of sun coming in towards the last few laps. It was pretty quiet and empty on the track when I was there, except for a couple of people kicking a soccer ball around on the infield. I really loved having this hour all to myself (pretty rare these days!), just enjoying the quiet of the morning and being outside. This event is one of my favorite yearly traditions and I’m so glad you keep this going! The Thomas Kemper Black Cherry soda was great, much better than whatever brand I had last year.

From the Claremont High School track, in CA, Andy Lee Roth reports:

Inspiration comes in many forms. I had all but decided not to run TVR this year. Then I got a text from my father, letting me know that he and my mother had completed their Titus hour. Adding their results to this year’s tally made me realize that, as long as I was healthy, I had no good reason not to go the track.

Liz and I enjoyed a cool, overcast morning. I set off to Erykah Badu singing “The Healer,” had my usual mental low patch around 20-25 minutes, and finished to Mogwai’s mighty “Wizard Motor.” Along the way I thought about Dainin Katagiri’s teaching, “Whether we like it or not, time is constantly freeing us from our small territory.” Across this hour, not to mention eighteen years of Titus, I have found this to be true. Our post-run cherry “soda” was a homebrew of fizzy water and cherry juice that was truly delicious after the challenging effort.


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2016 Titus van Rijn Hour Results

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Site
Colin McGrath M 29 16,960 PA
Joe Neufeldt M 16 15,500 MN
Dan Meireis M 58 15,375 OR
Nathan Campeau M 37 15,219 MN
Randy Niemiec M 45 14,602 MN
Alicia Longyear F 38 14,368 CA
James Umbanhowar M 43 14,090 NC
Randy Peterson M 50 14,000 MN
Kari Putterman F 26 13,918 MN
Kenyon Nystrom M 16 13,600 MN
Ed Muniak M 46 13,550 MN
Andy Bove M 43 13,517 PA
Edison Foster M 17 13,400 MN
Erik Brooks M 44 13,150 WA
Erica Palmer F 35 13,033 CA
Jessica Remmert F 33 12,872 TN
Jeff Vance M 37 12,872 TN
Sean Foley M 44 12,811 MN
Stan Hup M 61 12,700 MN
Alan Kim M 48 12,480 NY
Mark Drapac M 54 12,400 MN
Meg Hoyt F 43 12,300 MN
Pam Smith F 41 12,210 OR
Andy Roth M 48 12,100 CA
Michelle Mclellan F 47 12,067 TN
Monique Theberath F 18 12,000 MN
Jessica Olson F 16 12,000 MN
Calvin Landsteiner M 17 12,000 MN
Jack Over… M 17 12,000 MN
Robbie Kopas M 17 12,000 MN
Alex Scheglowski M 15 12,000 MN
Luke Meyers M 17 11,950 MN
Rick Gray M 55 11,907 TN
Eric Etzell M 17 11,900 MN
Dennis Gamroth M 45 11,810 OR
Larry Huffman M 55 11,748 VA
Liane Jennings F 43 11,746 TN
Katie Galdabini F 44 11,600 WA
Maddie Bauer F 14 11,600 MN
Warren Winkelman M 55 11,600 MN
Clay Quirling M 17 11,600 MN
Conner Wesling M 15 11,600 MN
Rick Hawkins M 53 11,585 TN
Chloe Garcia Grafing F 13 11,500 MN
Joe Winegardner M 60 11,500 CO
Isabel Hoyt-Niemiec F 13 11,460 MN
Eric Bergh M 64 11,420 MN
Chick Woodward M 57 11,400 MN
Marissa Thornton F 17 11,200 MN
Anders Ripley M 13 11,200 MN
Chad Nevils M 46 11,000 MN
Netta Sheherd Vogt F 40 10,941 TN
Bob Aby M 71 10,820 MN
Justin London M 57 10,820 MN
Katie Brust F 16 10,800 MN
Cole Glasssing M 16 10,800 MN
Hank Tetreault M 51 10,700 MN
Rob Nutt M 48 10,700 MN
Jay Anderson M 60 10,661 CA
George Rolling M 68 10,459 TN
Robert Nielsen M 48 10,459 TN
Yoyo Perry F 11 10,440 MN
Ingrid Foster F 16 10,400 MN
Katie Schroeer F 14 10,400 MN
Emmett Lefkowizz M 16 10,400 MN
Elizabeth Niemeyer F 44 10,219 VA
Ted Gamble M 48 10,200 MN
Nick Foley M 9 10,145 MN
Heather Hawkins F 50 10,137 TN
Julie Foley F 44 10,067 MN
Mike Persick M 50 10,000 PA
Owen Bernstorf M 14 10,000 MN
Will Tridona M 13 10,000 MN
Nick Borene M 13 9,900 MN
Angelina Skiles F 47 9,654 TN
Bridget Foley F 12 9,654 MN
Tom Ecay M 57 9,654 TN
Elizabeth Acheson F 15 9,600 MN
Kyra Price F 14 9,600 MN
Grace Muth F 13 9,600 MN
Ben Palmquist M 16 9,600 MN
Cully Hauck M 16 9,600 MN
Will A M 13 9,600 MN
Sam Hager M 15 9,200 MN
Peter Kelly M 12 9,200 MN
Meredith Boatner F 21 8,850 TN
Jackson Crolfi M 15 8,800 MN
Jack Kelly M 15 8,700 MN
Ruby Song F 12 8,661 MN
Winnie Hoyt-Niemiec F 12 8,660 MN
Liz Boyd F 56 8,650 CA
Mya Jirek F 17 8,400 MN
Ashley Marek F 16 8,400 MN
Greta Foster F 14 8,400 MN
Dick Daymont M 69 8,210 MN
Sam Ryden M 15 8,200 MN
Daniel Sanchez-Casper M 15 8,200 MN
Susan Mitchell F 46 8,047 WA
Mark Jennings M 58 8,045 TN
Terry Grill F 61 7,563 CA
Pat Foley M 68 6,875 MN
Tony Vogt M 40 6,436 TN
John Roth M 75 5,920 WA
Lyn Roth F 72 3,200 WA
Carl Vogt M 6 2,011 TN
Scott May M 45 400 TN
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