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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Women’s All-Time Top-10 Performances by Age, 2016

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
Carol Filer F 79 2,400 2012 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
Lyn Roth F 66 5,600 2008 WA
Annie Filer F 61 5,200 2009 WA
Terry Grill F 61 5,519 2015 CA
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
Laura Fiori F 51 10,870 2015 VA
Liz Boyd F 50 10,200 2010 AZ
Heather Hawkins F 50 10,137 2016 TN
Betsey Smith F 53 9,800 2011 WA
Women 40-49
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
Liv Jensen F 40 12,580 2012 ID
Julie Cord F 43 12,429 2010 ID
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, 2016

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Year Site
Men 70+
Bob Hoekman M 70 11,400 2011 WA
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 73 6,100 2013 WA
John Roth M 72 6,080 2012 WA
John Roth M 73 6,040 2014 WA
John Roth M 70 6,000 2011 WA
John Roth M 75 5,920 2016 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 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
Joe Winegardner M 53 13,850 2009 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
Brian Maher M 33 16,290 2013 WA
Erik Brooks M 31 16,217 2003 MN
John Andersen M 39 16,035 2015 VA
Mike Persick M 36 16,031 2002 PA
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
Taylor Woodruff M 17 12,400 2012 WA
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2016 TVR Invitation

You and yours are invited to participate in the Eighteenth Annual


WHAT: A one-hour footrace

WHERE: Your local track

WHEN: Anytime between May Day (May 1) and Flag Day (June 14) 2016


* 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 2016. 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.

* Complete results and race report will be sent to all participants.


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 9.86 million meters of distance and countless gallons of black cherry soda. Join the fun!

NEWS and UPDATES at the official Titus Van Rijn blog: https://tvr1hour.wordpress.com and join us on our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340462322681978/


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

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2015 Titus van Rijn Reports

IMG_0004The seventeenth annual Titus Van Rijn Hour featured 87 participants, ranging in age from 8 to 74.

In her second TVR, Kristin Heilmeier (VA) ran 15,000m to earn the women’s TVR title and establish a new F20-29 TVR record. Uli Steidl (WA) ran 17,835m to establish a new M40-49 TVR record and claim his first undisputed TVR title. (Steidl and men’s record-holder Greg Crowther ran together and shared the crown in 2013.)

Additional 2015 TVR performances deserving special recognition:

  • Dan Meireis (OR) ran 15,400m and now claims the top three positions on the M50-59 all-time list.
  • Hannah Oscarson (MN) ran 13,320m to set a new record for women 19 and under.
  • A strong contingent of Charlottesville, VA thinclads—including women’s champ Heilmeier—added no fewer than eight new age group marks to the all-time TVR performance lists.
  • John Roth (WA; 6,165m), 74, is now the TVR’s most senior participant.

Collectively, 2015 TVR participants covered 981,018 meters (~610 miles). Cumulatively, TVR participants have strode over 9.86 million meters (~6,131 miles) since 1999.

Congratulations to every one who participated this year. Special thanks to the folks who organized TVR events across the country and reported the results. We raise a frosty glass of black cherry soda in salute to all of you. And we hope you’ll join us again next year.

Andy Roth & Mike Persick, TVR Meet Directors

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John Douglass (AZ): A brief report on last Saturday’s (May 9th) TVR run, Tucson edition. Unlike most years, it was beautifully cool during this year’s run at Catalina High School, with a starting temperature of 56 degrees. So cool, in fact, a number of us showed up in long sleeve shirts, almost unheard of for undertaking TVR in Tucson in May! Those Upstairs were looking favorably on TVR, as for the first time in a while the gates were already unlocked when we arrived – no barbed wire to jump over! All told, the Tucson crew ran a total of almost 62,000 meters, quite an accomplishment. Everyone had a good time and we enjoyed Ash and LA’s homemade black cherry soda mixture after the run.

Will Kemper (ID) reports: After a year full of regret for missing last year’s race my daughter and I were back on the track at Boise High on 5/14/2015.  We started at 6:25 with clear skies, light wind out of the southwest and around 70 degrees.  We had lane 1 to ourselves for all but the last 5 minutes.

After advising Perry, my 10 year old, to start out slow, I went out trying to run 7:00s and ended up at 6:37.  Perry’s first mile came in at 10:49, then she dropped to just about 10:00 and continued to pick it up and by the time she hit 4 miles she still had 20 minutes to go and was throwing down 2:10 laps (followed occasionally by some slightly long water breaks).

I kept the pace under 7:00 until the last 10 minutes, when it slipped.  Ah, being old and out of shape. The big difference at the end was I was just hoping it would be over and Perry just wanted to make sure she would have enough time to get over 6 miles. It did end (so I was happy) and she got well past 6 miles.

We choose Americana Black Cherry Soda, and it was the first time I could remember enjoying the post race drink. Long live the TVR!

Doris Lee (Rockville, MD): Reporting from my very own HS track where during my 4 years there in the late 80s, I never broke 2 min for the 400m.  100% humidity, cloudy, 70 degrees at 7 am.  Ran around a middle-aged men’s soccer game sponsored by the Chinese community.  Did my regular Sunday long run and enjoyed my very first black cherry soda ever, which I had to learn from Jeremy is different than cherry black soda.

Elizabeth Boyd reports: Under warm, humid conditions and a progressively darkening sky, we gathered at the Liberty Bell High School track in Winthrop, WA for the 2015 running of the TVR One-Hour Run. Keeley Brooks (10,400m/PB) busted out a 6:50 mile to get us started and finished with a spectacular final 400m. Sarah Brooks (9,070m), noting on her first lap that “it didn’t feel like this 10 years ago,” ran smooth and steady anyway. Andy Roth (10,750m), recovering from knee surgery a few months ago, as well as 6 hours of coaching and body work with Winthrop PT Andrew Nelson, ran very consistently, slowing only once to cheer Keeley through her speedy mile. John Roth (6,165m), representing the Senior Master’s category, maintained his usual steady pace; and Erik Brooks (12,400m) seemed to run crazy splits – some fast, some slow – but still captured top distance for the day. I decided early on that I would be satisfied if I could finish three miles; happily, my 200m run/200m walk pattern got me through 4 miles and a little beyond (7,610m).

As the clock ran out, the skies opened up with hail so we hurried to the stands to enjoy our black cherry soda. It was an appropriately dramatic ending to our run, with so many of us battling injuries and other demons. A post-run birthday party at the Brooks’ featured a delicious double-chocolate cake with fresh raspberry frosting and topped off the afternoon in fine style.

Andy Jones-Wilkins (VA) reports: On June 2, 2015, 24 runners tackled the Charlottesville Edition of the Titus Van Rjin Hour Footrace. The evening was cloudy and cool with light 5 MPH winds from the north. The pace went out quickly and stayed that way throughout the event. The celebratory Black Cherry soda flowed smoothly following the event as did the post-race celebration at the local watering hole, Beer Run.

From Pat Foley (MN): The Band of 10,000 Aches completed its 12th running of the TVR distance classic.  Most of us ran on the Carleton track May 16.  Good weather, so no excuses except we are getting older, we’re injured, and probably don’t have as much fire in our belly.  In our first year seven of us ran and I was last with 12,500m. This year 12,500 would have been the third most out of 17 runners.  Oh, well.

We followed the run with the black cherry soda and Girl Scout cookies.  The cookies will probably continue until I have no granddaughters in Girl Scouts.

I walked/ran about 4.5 miles.  I was going to tell my grandkids the distance I covered to give them something to shoot for.  Didn’t need to as 8-year-old Nick ran 5.5 and 11-year-old Bridget ran 4.25.  My only consolation is Nick is nearly nine.

I have added Joe Winegardner’s report from CO; mainly because it is funnier than mine.

Joe Winegardner (MN, via CO): I’m reporting my results of the one-hour “distance classic”.  I ran this morning at 7:10am on the track at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction under a clear, beautiful, deep blue Colorado sky.  The temperature was 48 degrees at the start with a slight breeze. I had nice views of the Colorado National Monument and the Bookcliff Mesa surrounding Grand Junction.

I shared the track with Sheila who got bored after 50 minutes and doesn’t understand why in the hell we do this; a fat little kid, his sister and mother who had a damn dog on a leash; and three old ladies walking. I guess it really wasn’t much different than running with the BOTTA boys after all.

I covered 29 laps and 25 meters.  I submit that due to the altitude (4,750 feet), I be given an altitude adjustment.  I would guess 2-3 laps would be fair, but I doubt that will be approved by the games committee and Commissioner Daymont.

From Arlington, VA, Elizabeth Niemeyer reports running TVR while lapping several on-going soccer matches, with very supportive parents. The tricky part was of course finding the black cherry soda for the victory toast, but it turns out Walgreen’s carries an accurately named “black cherry flavored sparkling water beverage with other natural flavors.”

Katie Galdabini (WA): I ran in Seattle, and was lucky to have a Relay for Life going on while I was running—it made the laps go by faster having all of the other people there, and having music over loudspeakers and seeing all of the balloons and tents up. The best moment for me came in my last few minutes when the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams came on the loudspeaker—right now that is a song my 2-year-old daughter (Little Elizabeth!) really loves and always wants to dance to after her bath each night.  It really helped pick me up and made those last couple of laps feel a lot more fun. 🙂

Kirk Reynolds, Claremont, CA, writes: Running under stunningly sunny skies, eight Southern California residents, with equally sunny dispositions, completed the 2015 Titus van Rijn One Hour Run in fine fashion on the blue oval at Pomona College’s Strehle Track on the morning of June 14.

The Claremont group featured teachers, counselors, professors, lawyers, ne’er-do-wells, a Track & Field News magazine correspondent, coaches (plus various combos of the aforementioned professions), and—at the crack of 10am—stopwatches beeped, Strava apps were launched, and, new this year, the display clock clicked to life, launching the runners around the oval.

The Alicia and Dave duo immediately set the pace, with Alicia peeling off 7:00 miles early with Dave, and then dropping down to 6:30s midway through. Hearing Alicia’s pump-up music on her handheld phone gave warning that she was coming up from behind to lap you again. Dave’s tall figure cast imposing shadows, Andy’s purposeful gait reminded us that this was his second TVR run this year, Erica’s metronome-like laps were inspiring, Matt overcame foggy sunglasses from an overabundance of perspiration (the makeshift headband headed off the forehead waterfall), and Kirk wondered if he should do this more often to actually get in shape. Meanwhile, Liz and Terry circled the outer lanes and provided much-needed verbal encouragement while tallying their own meters.

Following the hour, the promised black cherry soda came out, along with a Tupperware container of ice cubes. From somewhere, a vat of popcorn appeared, as did three cute kids and a grandpa, all fresh from church, to join the heathens in celebrating the completion of another TVR. There was so much popcorn and black cherry soda, plus baseball with the kids, that the celebration and cool-down actually lasted longer than the TVR run itself. The display clocked was finally clicked off after two and a half hours.

From Seattle, Trish Steidl reports: Sunny, but windy morning.  My legs weren’t moving and the wind wasn’t helping.  I did “negative split” (or positive distance), which was nice. I finally started to feel better right around 30 minutes in and picked it up a little.  A lady came to the track to do some workout circuit and she’d run one lap and then do some core.  I ran “with” her on two separate laps.  The second one she was racing me the last 100m (her last 100m) and that one I ran my fastest lap without even realizing I had picked up the pace.  I wish she had kept running because it was a lot more fun with her there.  Big thanks to Glenn Tachiyama for being our all-around helpful guy—gave us water, cheered us on, timed us, and took pictures!

Uli Steidl writes: My original goal for this year’s TVR race was to break Greg Crowther’s all time record of 18,115m. I was on pace for the first 5k, averaging 5:19 for each 1600m segment. After that I started to slow down, running mostly 5:26-5:27 miles until I brought it back down at the end to 5:20. But by then I was 250m behind pace….

I think the 3 reasons I didn’t break the record are: 1) I did a half-ass track workout the evening before the race (1600, 800, 800, 800, 1600) at 5:16 pace; 2) it was moderately warm and somewhat windy; and 3) main reason: I probably wasn’t quite in shape to do it in any case. It was a good tempo effort, though. Thanks to Glenn Tachiyama for taking pictures, and for crewing!!!! And thanks to Trisha for getting me out there to run it in the first place!

From the Durham Academy track (NC), James Umbanhowar reports: Summer came early and the best I could do for good weather was to run with some hazy clouds that kept the solar radiation relatively low. Temperatures were in the low 90’s with pretty high humidity.  Given the conditions, I tried to be as “Zen” as possible and not count laps in my head nor look at my watch for the time remaining. Being alone did not help for not miserably focusing on the lap number, so I was happy when my friend and past competitor Pat Morris showed up to finish the last half an hour or so with me.  I didn’t look at my watch until 2 minutes and 30 secs remained.  I was getting pretty terrified that I had forgotten to start the timer and didn’t want to run indefinitely. The distance this year was shorter than before, but given the awful conditions I was pretty happy to run the whole time.

From the Twin Cities (MN), Sean Foley writes: May 31, 2015 marked the 11th annual Twin Cities-edition of the TVR.  We returned to the Minnehaha Academy track in south Minneapolis for the 2nd year in a row and the 3rd time overall.  This year had the added bonus of the Minneapolis Marathon passing a few blocks away, so we were the recipients of some residual cheering.

The 2015 version saw the absence of several regular participants from the past due to injuries (“40s-itis” is how it was described by one person) and scheduling conflicts.  We were able to more than compensate for these absences with lots of new blood, including the Sinturel family who have high hopes of bringing the event home with them to France next year.

We had great weather this year —  temperature in the mid-50s with a nice low dew point and a bit of a breeze.  The ideal conditions led to some strong performances, particularly from the younger runners.  Black cherry soda was enjoyed by all afterwards (see attached photo).  Once again, TVR set the standard as the best value in racing!  We’ll be back next year!


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2015 Titus van Rijn Hour Results

First Name Last Name Gender Age Meters Site
Uli Steidl M 43 17,835 WA
Nick DiPirro M 26 16,672 VA
John Andersen M 39 16,035 VA
Dan Meireis M 57 15,400 OR
Christian Dahlhausen M 35 15,400 VA
Mike Nawrocki M 43 15,040 MN
Kristin Heilmeier F 27 15,000 VA
Marc Griffin M 39 14,900 VA
Jason Kirkbride M 35 14,855 VA
Joren Van Der Plujm M 47 14,600 VA
Annie Stanley F 39 14,580 VA
Trisha Steidl F 37 14,558 WA
Brian Dickert M 43 14,520 VA
Alicia Longyear F 37 14,413 CA
Bob Clouston M 53 14,349 VA
Jason Farr M 37 14,348 VA
Darius Nabors M 29 14,336 VA
Laurie Brunner F 34 14,220 VA
Simone Sengers F 44 14,200 VA
John Gulley M 48 14,200 VA
Ryan Kohoot M 28 13,900 VA
Will Kemper M 45 13,810 ID
Dave Longyear M 46 13,800 CA
Matt Smythe M 34 13,720 VA
Andy Jones-Wilkins M 47 13,649 VA
Nicole Kelleher F 33 13,400 VA
Hannah Oscarson F 16 13,320 MN
Ethan Oscarson M 21 13,310 MN
Scott Bordon M 47 13,150 MN
James Umbanhowar M 42 13,100 NC
Erica Palmer F 34 12,872 CA
Warren Winkelman M 54 12,800 MN
Dan Kasper M 57 12,700 MN
Erik Brooks M 43 12,400 WA
Kirk Reynolds M 51 12,300 CA
Cristophe Sinturel M 42 12,230 MN
Don Hubman M 47 12,200 AZ
Stan Hup M 60 12,100 MN
Kelly Fredgren F 49 12,000 VA
Florence Sinturel F 44 11,920 MN
Mike Farris M 59 11,902 MN
Andy Roth M 47 11,900 CA
Kristen Heinen F 34 11,800 VA
Jeff Eggers M 57 11,640 MN
Joe Winegardner M 59 11,625 CO
Jay Anderson M 59 11,491 CA
Chris Gould M 60 11,260 VA
Mark Drapac M 53 11,200 MN
Baptiste Sinturel M 13 10,950 MN
Laura Fiori F 51 10,870 VA
Doris Lee F 42 10,800 MD
Chick Woodward M 57 10,800 MN
Sean Dube M 26 10,800 MN
Elizabeth Niemeyer F 43 10,714 VA
Meg Hoyt-Niemiec F 42 10,633 MN
Isabel Hoyt-Niemiec F 12 10,417 MN
Katie Galdabini F 43 10,400 WA
Keeley Brooks F 12 10,400 WA
Dave Brown M 62 10,400 MN
Tricia Aldridge F 46 10,264 AZ
Rob Nutt M 49 10,000 MN
Perry Kemper F 10 9,910 ID
Bob Aby M 70 9,700 MN
Dick Daymont M 67 9,642 MN
Justin London M 56 9,400 MN
Matt Palmer M 32 9,385 CA
John Douglass M 46 9,300 AZ
Eric Bergh M 64 9,280 MN
Sarah Brooks F 42 9,070 WA
Kristi Oscarson F 45 9,053 MN
Nick Foley M 8 9,050 MN
Nick Neeb M 51 8,400 MN
Winnie Hoyt-Niemiec F 11 8,320 MN
Liz Boyd F 55 7,610 WA
Pat Foley M 67 7,188 MN
Bridget Foley F 11 6,950 MN
Doremy Tong F 53 6,560 AZ
Deanna Lewis F 52 6,400 AZ
Emily Maru F 25 6,400 AZ
John Roth M 74 6,165 WA
Ash Trudinger-Smith M 52 6,048 AZ
Terry Grill F 61 5,519 CA
Jenna Persick F 44 5,420 PA
Mike Persick M 49 5,420 PA
Mike Oscarson M 46 4,820 MN
Lisa Anne Trudinger-Smith F 47 4,800 AZ
Nicholas Hamblet M 32 2,800 VA
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