*Legendary Monticello Gardner Peter Hatch crossed the finish line of his 25th Charlottesville Ten Miler this year.
*There were dozens of Parent/Child teams participating in this year’s race including the Rich’s, where dad George was most impressed with daughter Holly’s 5th-place overall finish and the Elder’s, where dad too was impressed with his son Aaron’s 9th-place 59:34 clock stopper!
*There were also dozens of husband and wife duos along the course including the Strine’s, the Rittenhouse’s, the Keith’s, the Johnson’s, the Friesen’s, the Nelson’s, the Kings and the Dimeglio’s.
*Speaking of spouse duos, no husband was more proud than Harry Landers as he cheered on of his wife Janis Jacquith to her first ever Ten Miler finish.
*This year’s slower median time of 92:08 (90:54 in 2011 and 90:37 in 2010) might be attributed to the more humid conditions and higher temps (39 degrees last year vs. 54 this year) and the move back to the hillier finish for the last mile.
*Despite the tougher conditions, personal records were set by lots of folks like Andrew Zapanta, Desiree Cox, Zen Mackenzie, T.J. Wilson and Anne Chapin.
*Phil Gates volunteered his service as the driver of the lead WINA press vehicle for the 27th year.
*The Charlottesville Track Club’s “granddaddy of them all” is just one of their many races that help to raise over $500,000 annually for a variety of worthy area not for profit causes.
*There were no less than three Top Ten finishers who have ties to the Albemarle Patriots. In addition to winner Owens and 9th-place finisher Elder, 7th-place finisher Andrew Parkins also cut his running teeth competing for AHS.
*There were 13 different musical groups performing for the racers along the course.
*50-year old Hernan Garbini had one of the most impressive outings of the day as he dipped just under the sub-60 wire with a 59:59.
*Chris Post, Kara Williams, Kenny Ball, Mike Smayda and Audrey Lorenzoni picked up this year’s early bird volunteer awards as they were out helping race director Inge at 4:15am!