The fifteenth annual Titus Van Rijn Hour featured 97 participants seeking “eternity in an hour” (as the poet Blake memorably put it). Congratulations to every one who participated and special thanks to the folks who organized TVR events across the country and reported their results.
Greg Crowther and Uli Steidl of Seattle ran together and covered 17,615 meters (~10.95 miles) to share the 2013 men’s title, while also establishing a new age-group best for Men 40-49. TVR rookie Alicia Longyear ran 13,300 meters (~8.27 miles) at the Pomona-Pitzer track in Claremont, CA to claim the women’s crown. Among women 30-39, only TVR legend Pam Smith has gone further.
Highlights of 2013 include some remarkable age-group performances:
- Bob Aby (MN, 68) established a new Men’s 60-69 record with a run of 12,800 meters. In 2012, both Bob and his fellow Band of 10,000 Aches runner Eric Bergh broke the then-existing record in this age group. NOTE: You don’t want to mess with this group out of Northfield, MN: Until this year, they held every one of the top-10 all-time TVR bests in the M60-69 division. Sam Collier (60) of Nampa, ID covered 11,000 meters to break-up the Band of 10,000 Aches’ monopoly of top-10 marks in this age division.
- Anne Jeffery (Sun Valley, ID; 64) again surpassed the 10K mark, followed closely by Francie Hill (Nampa, ID; 63).
- The M40-49 bracket is almost absurdly competitive. Dan Gallogly (OR, 45) ran 16,600m (~10.3 miles), eclipsing his own previous age group record, and ended up third in the division (and overall), behind Crowther and Steidl.
Collectively, TVR participants logged 981,322 meters (~609 miles) this year. That contributes to the cumulative total of 7,674,262 meters (~4,769 miles) across 15 years of TVR.
“Joy and woe are woven fine,” Blake wrote in a later verse. The event reports that follow attest to this. We look forward to your participation next year!
Andy Roth & Mike Persick, TVR Meet Directors
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Emily Berriochoa (Nampa, Idaho) reports:
The evening was pleasant and the perfect temperature, thankfully clearing after a day of ominous grey skies. Eighteen adults and seven kids took to the oval for the fifth annual Nampa, Idaho TVR run, and it was fun as usual. Perennial favorite Ben Blessing made an appearance with dog Shadow but declined to run citing some silly 100 miler in Bryce the following weekend. To take over the shirtless division from Ben was up and coming youngster Sean Olson who cranked up the pace early and held on for the men’s win. Close behind was Christine Kollar, last year’s winner and women’s record holder.
Several additions made this year’s event pretty much top shelf: I brought race numbers, which, as you know, always takes things up a notch. Jon Kinzer with Tortise and Hare Timing brought out his system to test out in a lap format race. We required that everyone keep their own lap counts, just in case, which was a good thing because there were a few glitches. Still, everyone got to wear chips…which was pretty rad. Wayne Ebenroth, Final Kick Events director, brought his camera, cleaned out a bunch of schwag from his garage, and helped with organizing things. And last but not least, remembering a few people’s dire bathroom issues from last year, we moved the location to a track that featured an adjacent portapotty.
The post-race celebration included an assortment of sodas with ‘cherry’ in the name, along with chocolate milk. All runners received ‘race packets’ along with strong encouragement to leave with a variety of water bottles and other so-called ‘schwag’ cleaned out of the Pickled Feet Ultra Running and Final Kick Events directors’ garages. Awards were a sweet and eclectic assortment ranging from old race t-shirts to a bag of charcoal briquettes to a 30-pack of hot dogs to other left over race schwag, which people got to pick from as their names and times were called, first to last. Looking forward to next year already!
John Douglass reports for Tucson, AZ:
As we have in the past, we undertook the Tucson TVR presentation at the Catalina High School track, which thankfully was unlocked this year. Everyone started together and encouraged each other forward. Unlike past years, which have been quite warm at the start, it was in the mid-60s with a slight breeze yesterday, which really made the run/walk pleasant.
All told, the 16 Tucson TVR participants ran or walked over 128,000 meters. Several of the participants ran some laps backwards, or did alternative activities including running long jumps (Rainyr looked especially athletic doing those), stair climbs (River looked fast up the stairs), or cartwheels (thank you Patty for those!). There were no injuries to report, nor any (near) streaking (sadly, Ash could not participate this year). Many enjoyed the black cherry soda and watermelon afterwards.
Greg Crowther (Seattle, WA) reports: Having Uli Steidl as your pacer is a bit like having Wolfgang Puck as your sous-chef. You don’t feel worthy of the honor, but still want to take full advantage while it lasts.
My latest attempt at the Titus Van Rijn one-hour track event came on May 25th at the Roosevelt High School track. I invited a few local running friends to join me; Uli was the only one to surrender to the temptation. He offered to pace me, I accepted, and off we went in pursuit of my goal of 11 “metric miles” (i.e., 44 laps of the 400-meter track).
At my request, Uli settled into a pace of about 82 seconds per lap, with a couple of slower lap times attributable to my consumption of Gatorade. We made it through 16 laps in 22:00 and 24 laps in 33:02, then picked up the pace slightly. We finished our 35th lap at 48:00, leaving exactly 12 minutes to cover the last 9 hoped-for laps. Uli locked onto the required 80-seconds-per-lap pace with his usual precision, and we ultimately completed lap 44 with 3 seconds to spare.
Our final distance was 17,6115 meters. Thus, because of Uli, I was able to surpass my TVR distances from 2008 (17,420m) and 2001 (17,360m), though still falling short of my marks from 2006 (18,115m) and 2009 (17,920m). Not too bad for an old codger.
Andy Jones-Wilkins, putting Virginia on the TVR map:
The day dawned cool and moist as I headed to the 400-meter oval at the University of Virginia track in Charlottesville, VA. I was heading out to run my 5th Titus Van Rijn One Hour Footrace and my first since 2010. This year was going to be a little different as I was running it solo.
Arriving at the track I saw a few early birds finishing up and then had the track to myself. I strapped on my 3-year old Montrail Rogue Racers and began my warmup. 2 miles in 16:10. Not bad. Since I had not been on the track in a while I wasn’t sure what I could do. I settled on a goal of 14,000 meters and started rolling.
I hit the 20 minute mark and had run a touch over 4500, I picked the pace up a notch and got to 5K in 22 minutes. Then, I started rolling and was just over of 9000 meters when I got to the 40 minute mark and hit 10K in 41:30. It looked like 14,000 was in the bag. I rolled up the pace when I hit the 50 minute mark and ran my last quarter in just under 90 seconds. On the hour I was at 14,485 meters. Certainly not my best TVR, but certainly quite satisfying. Although, I must admit drinking black cherry soda by the side of a college track at 7am is a bit odd.
Looking forward to next year already. Bottoms up!
Pat Foley reports from Northfield, Minnesota: The 10th running of TVR by the Band of 10,000 Aches was held at the Carleton track on May 12th. The weather was near ideal, 30 degrees and a slight breeze. Of course, black cherry soda was served after the hour run.
From just a little over 50k north of the Band of 10,000 Aches,
Sean Foley files the Bloomington, MN TVR report:
The Twin Cities edition of TVR moved back to Jefferson High School in Bloomington, MN this year. Learning from past mistakes, we got the event on people’s calendars for very early in the window. That planning paid off with stellar running weather. At the 8 a.m. start time for the adults on Cinco de Mayo, the temperature was in the low 40s with light winds. By the time the kids finished at 10, it still hadn’t reached 50. Last year, the kids passed out a lot of water and ice cubes to the adults. This time they kept themselves busy and warm playing tag on the artificial turf infield.
Black cherry soda was enjoyed by all as some youth lacrosse players started arriving for a Sunday morning game.
As we say every year, TVR continues to be the best value in racing!
From Bruce “Balto” Hoff in Washington: Old School Bruce Hoff and Flyin’ Brian Maher used the TVR event twice this year (on May 20 and June 11) to spice up our weekday workouts before heading to the office. Both times we met at the superb tartan track of Rainier Beach high school, and both mornings greeted us with deal weather. Bruce’s best performance came on the first attempt, while Brian went a few meters farther on his second try. Both times Brian ran well over ten miles, with very even splits.
Erik Brooks, from on the road in WA: No community effort from Winthrop, WA this year, but I squeezed in a 2013 Titus attempt late in the Flag Day afternoon — on a pretty glorious track at Issaquah High School. After a full day of visiting with Bellevue elementary school students, the Titus proved to be the perfect “shake your legs out” activity before driving another 4:15 back home. It was a little warm, and the Dr. Pepper a tepid stand-in for Black Cherry soda, but I was quite happy to make it over the 9mi mark again with 15,120m. Until next year!
Andy Lee Roth in San Rafael, CA: Last minute TVR for me. Ran solo at the Terra Linda High School track, commencing with the 2nd of Gorecki’s “Three Olden Style Pieces” on my music player and finishing with a Cheerwine (“Legend since 1917”) soda. I covered 12,835 meters–improving on my 2012 result, which is very satisfying. I had all but decided not to run this year, but am glad I did.