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Official Program Top

& RESOURCES athlete
trains for the
Advanced McDonaldʼs
Team Half Marathon.
Prepares PAGE 23

for 10K

Whit Styles
nov | dec
VOLUME 3 • ISSUE 1 • 2009 • NUMBER 11


JUMPSTART .............................................................................. 5
A Heart of Gold, A Band of Green: Anne Kirchmier will be running the HCA VA
8K this year. She won a gold medal in August at the World Transplant Games Sports Backers Quarterly: Athletics, Recreation & Healthy Living
in Australia; Audience Inspiration: Last issueʼs cover athlete, Kyra Oliver of‑
fered this example of the power of spectator support; Region's
'Top Trails' Noted

BODYSMART ..............................................................................6
How much oxygen can you use?; TIMOTHY J. ZIMMER, M.D.: Take Stress Frac‑
tures in Stride

Good Spectators Make for a Great Marathon ............................8

SBQ asked a few local runners about their thoughts on event spectators and
got lots of responses.


OFFICIAL PROGRAM ....................................................9
PRE‑RACE ..................................................................................................11
RACE DAY ..................................................................................................12
Event Map..................................................................................................14
Post Race ..................................................................................................19
Party Zones ..............................................................................................20
Sports Backers Upcoming Events ........................................................21
Sponsors ....................................................................................................22

Jason Schoener........................................................................23
For marathon stand‑out Jason Schoener what began as a family tradition
has become a life of athletic achievement.

Mary Bertram ........................................................................24

A graduate student at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Mary Bertram is
also a graduate assistant for the VCU Menʼs cross country and track and field

Working Out At Work ..............................................................25

Day in and day out, teammates at Owens & Minor eagerly file into the work‑
out room of their building in Mechanicsville to take advantage of the free ac‑
cess to an array of top‑of‑the‑line gym equipment.

Getting Fit with Styles ............................................................28

When Whit Styles set out to start a new fitness business, she recognized a
need in Richmond. Her company, Styles Group Fitness, focuses exclusively
on training women and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

Advanced Team Prepares for 10K............................................30

The Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10K has grown into an event that people
plan for months in advance. Members of the Richmond Road Runners Club
Advanced 10K training team have already begun to formalize their training
regime to prepare for the big day.

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In private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Timothy Zimmer
is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon concentrating
in foot and ankle disorders. His patients appreciate him
as a talented physician who cares as much about
their happiness as he does their healing – two special
qualities that gets them up and running for miles.

Timothy J. Zimmer, M.D.

Commonwealth Orthopaedic Specialist
Stony Point Surgery Center

A Partnership of Richmond Eye & Ear

© 2009 Stony Point Surgery Center
While researching topics for this special SunTrust Rich‑
Anne Kirchmier will be running the HCA Vir‑
mond Marathon edition, SBQ surveyed past marathon
ginia 8K this year. She is 51 years old and her athletes for the best and worst audience participation
new heart is winning gold for her. She won a techniques that theyʼd encountered.
gold medal in August at the World Transplant Last issueʼs cover athlete, Kyra Oliver offered this
Games in Australia. example of the power of spectator support.

She set a world transplant games record in the “I was running my first
marathon, the 2008 Sun‑
3K and won medals and set world records in
Trust Richmond Marathon.
other events as well. Anneʼs passion for run‑
I was coming upon mile 14,
ning began before she got sick at the age of 36. the Lee Bridge, when I
looked up to see my good
She developed a condition called arrhythmo‑ friend, Jay Hugo, standing
genic right ventricular dysplasia, or ARVD, that turned the right side of her heart there ready to help pace
into scarred, fatty tissue. For 12 years she met with doctors and specialists to me. Tears came to my eyes
figure out a treatment while her condition worsened. with appreciation. When I
hit about mile 18, I heard
the sound of cowboy boots
She finally learned that her only chance at survival was a heart transplant. She
running next to me. I
had a life‑saving heart transplant in 2007 at UVA Medical Center. Since her looked up to see my
transplant she has a new lease on life and is passionate about running races brother, Darren, and his son, Evan, running with me.
again and educating others about donation. They had driven 9 hours from Tennessee to support me.
I had no idea. Again, tears of love, joy and appreciation
Anne plans to send the gold medal that she won in Australia to her donor fam‑ came to my eyes. I was hugging them while running.
Then my good friend, Louis LaFratta, met me around
ily. She said, “I want them to know that Iʼm taking care of their heart. I want to
mile 22. My trainer was there, too, on his bike...it was
be the fittest heart transplant patient I can be.”
amazing support. At mile 25, to my surprise, I looked
ahead to see Jay again. As I neared the chute, Jay said,
• Donate Life Virginia is the race beneficiary of the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, ʻThere it is.ʼ I said, ʻWhere...where?ʼ He said, ʻRight in
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon and the HCA Virginia 8K for the seventh year. front of you.ʼ I could not believe I had made it 26.2 miles
and at a better pace than planned. Hearing my name
• The Donate Life Team consists of more than 60 race participants who are over the intercom was a euphoric feeling. A thrilling mo‑
donor families, transplant recipients, transplant professionals, living donors or ment that I will never forget.”
patients on the transplant waiting list. Check out page 8
ʻGood Spectators Make for a Great Marathonʼ
• Pick up your green bracelet or Donate Life sticker at the Race for Kyraʼs and other athleteʼs Doʼs and Donʼts
for audience participation.
Expo and show your support of organ and tissue donation at
the race. (Green stands for Recycle Life.)

• More than 100,000 people are currently awaiting an organ

transplant in the U.S. including more than 2,500 of those are
Trail Runner magazineʼs
in Virginia.
October 2009 issue
listed Richmond among
• Donation and transplantation saves lives. There is a critical shortage of organs the “seven stellar places
in Virginia and nationwide. Consider signing up as an organ, eye and tissue to visit (or live) if you
love trail running.”
donor to help save lives!
The publication cited
• Money raised for Donate Life Virginia will be used by donation agencies in VA the James River Parkʼs
North Bank/Buttermilk
to encourage others to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through these
Trail loop, Pocahontas
programs we can all save and enhance more lives. State Parkʼs Old Mill Bi‑
cycle Trail and Lakeview
• Virginians can sign up as donors online at www.save7lives.org or at the DMV. Mountain Bike Trails as
some of the “Best Trails.”
Those living outside of Virginia can sign up at www.donatelife.net.

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Fueling Your Race
So, your marathon is approaching. You trained hard and mote injury. You should be aiming for 2‑3 liters of non‑
managed to get through those long, hot, humid runs. You caffeinated, non‑alcoholic fluid per day. 13
are ready, except for one thing, WHAT SHOULD I EAT??
The Pre‑Race Meal
The best approach is to think about your diet 1‑2 days
before the race, the morning of the race and during the
Wake up early so you donʼt feel rushed and have plenty Fuel
race. Although you should be eating an overall healthy
of time to consume ample amounts of food. Three to four Ideas
hours before the gun goes off is best, but if youʼre a late
balanced diet throughout the training, the week before
riser just make sure that by race time you are not hungry Bagel with jelly
can make a big difference in your performance too.
or feel very full. This meal should be substantial (an aver‑ All kinds of fruit
age person should be consuming from 300 calories; if
Days before Fruit Juice
youʼre eating 1 hour before the race to 1000 calories: if
This is the time to carb up! The goal is to maximize your
youʼre eating 4 hours before the race) and similar to what Rice
glycogen/carbohydrate stores. The more carbohydrates
you ate on the previous days. Stick to foods that are very
your body is able to store the longer you will be able to Pasta with a simple
low fat, high in carbohydrate and moderate in protein.
run without feeling fatigued. Consuming a high carbo‑ marinara sauce
Chances are you have already found some foods that
hydrate diet can result in HOURS more energy for your
work for you. This is very individual, what works for one Potatoes
run. On the days approaching the race do not focus on
might not for another so once you find your pre‑race
watching calories, in fact, you should be eating several Bread
foods stick with them and never make major changes on
meals throughout the day. Sometimes consuming the
race day. Carrot Juice
right types of carbohydrates can be tricky though. You
want to make sure to eat complex carbs that are very low During the Race Pancakes (add syrup
in fat. These are typically plain foods. Donʼt be afraid to A good rule of thumb is that you will need to consume but skip the butter)
add salt to your food either, as long as your doctor has approximately 100‑200 calories of pure carbohydrates
not advised against it. Extra salt and sodium will help every hour starting at about the 1 hour mark. The goal is
your body hold on to water and prevent cramping dur‑ to take the carbohydrates just before you feel you need Pretzels
ing the race. Whole fruits and fruit and vegetable juices it and once you start you will need to continue every 20 Animal Crackers
are good sources of other important electrolytes like minutes or so to prevent crashing. Find what food or
potassium and magnesium as well as other vitamins and supplement works best for you and stick with it: Gels, Asian noodles
minerals. Lastly, stay well hydrated. Even small deficits in bars, blocks and sports drinks all provide the carbohy‑
water can significantly impair your performance and pro‑ drates to fuel your run.

Paula Inserra, PhD, RD is the Director of Dietetic Programs at Virginia State University


Your muscles need oxygen to work. The more oxygen you can breathe in and use, the faster you can move.
How much oxygen can you use?

VO2max is the maximum capac‑ from anaerobic training zones. Throughout

ity of your body to transport and By measuring your heart rate
use oxygen during exercise. It re‑ throughout the test, the ma‑
the test,
flects the efficiency of your heart chine will tell you the heart rates the amount
and lungs. In other words, itʼs a equivalent to several training of oxygen
very precise measure of your zones. you inhale
physical fitness.
Your VO2max is calculated
This new information can
be put to good use when you
by a machine while you perform train with a heart rate monitor.
how much
an increasingly difficult exercise Knowing your aerobic and you exhale,
test. Throughout the test, the anaerobic training heart rate as well as
amount of oxygen you inhale vs. zones puts you in total control of your heart rate,
how much you exhale, as well as maximizing your workout to
your heart rate, is recorded by reach your goals.
is recorded
the machine. At a certain point, A VO2max test can be done by the machine.
the oxygen consumed is not at a sports medicine office. The but adjustments can be made to types of exercise. In any case, be
enough to clear lactic acid test is between 6‑20 minutes perform the test using other prepared to work out!
buildup from your muscles. This long, and gradually increases you
Teresa Stadler, MD, FACSM is Medical Director of Commonwealth Sports Medicine,
is your anaerobic threshold, to working at maximum effort. Ironman finisher, active member of Richmond’s athletic community, and mom of three
which delineates your aerobic The protocol is treadmill running, small children.

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Take Stress Fractures in Stride
Stress fractures occur as the result of a repet‑ this test is very sensitive, it isnʼt particularly
itive load to failure of bone tissue. Bone under A stress fracture isnʼt specific̶producing positive results under
repetitive stress, over a long enough period a career‑ending multiple circumstances.
of time, will eventually break̶much as a Stress fractures are treated much like
paper clip does when bent too many times.
injury for usual single load to failure fractures. The heal‑
Unlike the skele‑ an athlete. ing process is greatly aided by activity restric‑
ton displayed in With proper tion and immobilization. Certain difficult
a biology class‑ stress fractures may require surgical place‑
room, bone is a treatment, ment of screws or rods to stabilize the injury.
living tissue. most patients Fortunately though, most cases are treated
Bone becomes non‑surgically. Foot fractures typically take 6‑
denser under
can resume 8 weeks to heal, whereas tibia (shinbone) frac‑
repetitive stress; their sport tures may take as long as 8‑12 weeks. Stress
however, the so long fractures of the hip can take longer and can
ability to be‑ be harder to treat.
come denser oc‑
as attention A stress fracture isnʼt a career‑ending in‑
curs at a fixed is paid jury for an athlete. With proper treatment,
rate. Repetitive loading that exceeds this rate
to activity levels. most patients can resume their sport so long
will cause a bone to break down and fracture. as attention is paid to activity levels. And be‑
Training for long distance running requires a ways following a change in activity levels. Ini‑ cause the site of a fracture actually heals to
gradual increase in activity. tial x‑rays donʼt always demonstrate a frac‑ become denser than the surrounding bone,
Diagnosing a stress fracture requires a ture, so often a physician will need to take the refracture of most stress fractures is rare.
patientʼs history, a physical exam and x‑ray repeat x‑rays to find the injury. Some doctors
Timothy J. Zimmer, MD, is an orthopaedic specialist at
evaluation. Classically, a patient will present may request a patient undergo a more sensi‑ Stony Point Surgery Center with a specialty in foot and
with swelling and pain, frequently but not al‑ tive diagnostic test called a bone scan. While ankle disorders.
Participating in a marathon, half, 8K or any Use runnersʼ outfits to guide you with sup‑ they either shout your bib
other race is a physical challenge and a great portive yells, for example “Go Tech/Hokies!” number or your name on your
social event where old friends come together “Go Team in Training” “Looking great Runner jersey. It really pushes me for‑
and new ones are made. Camaraderie is easy Guy,” etc. ward and push out the last
to find as the runners can relate to each other few miles.”
Most runners have a great sense of humor, so
and respect their journey to race day. She also appreciates
feel free to have fun signs or fun yells. If you
Another thing most runners have in spectators not using the race course as their
have a cup of joe in your hand, toast the run‑
common is at least one story about a “political or religious soap box. The local race
ners with it, tease us with an offer to quit run‑
marathon spectator who may have gotten in scene is for positive unity.”
ning and have coffee instead (caution: only
their way, shouted something distracting, or “Itʼs always awesome to have anyone
do this in the beginning of the race before we
maybe even worse did nothing at all! out there to cheer us on! I love it and it keeps
feel horrible and will take you up on quitting
Of course for all of the annoying things me coming back for more,” she adds.
and crashing on your lawn).
that can happen, there are plenty of positive,
inspirational spectators as well. And they can Here are some signs/cheers Ellie and Tony en‑ Jason Schoener finds cheering
often make the difference between runners countered at different marathons that they crowds help his performance.
having a good or a bad experience. SBQ asked liked and were amused by: “Nice legs” “(Bald) “My friends from dental school
a few local runners about their thoughts on runners are sexy!” “Glad itʼs you and not me :)” and William and Mary get to
the subject, and got lots of responses. “Youʼre all Kenyans (today)!” “Runners rock!” “I see me when I race in Rich‑
got up to watch you run” “Caution: crazy peo‑ mond. Having friends cheer
Mary Bertram can always de‑ ple in loud colors around you!” for you is the best thing. I am also familiar
pend on family to watch her Tony says, “One of my favorite things Iʼve with the race courses in the area so I know
events. And she recently had the heard in a race was the completely unaware where to race more aggressively and when to
opportunity to be a spectator. comment from a spectator to a runner whose relax,” he says.
“I donʼt think I have ever name was on his shirt at mile 20 of the “There isn't a whole lot to dislike about
run a race where I didnʼt have Chicago Marathon when I felt like I was going people cheering for you unless they are com‑
someone there to cheer me on. From middle to get sick, ʻKeep it up, Chuck.ʼ At mile 20, ʻup‑ menting on your short shorts! I enjoy every‑
school through college and even post‑col‑ chuckʼ was comedy gold.” thing about cheering crowds and I try my
lege, my parents have been there for me at best to give them something to cheer about.”
the majority of my races.” Donʼts:
Say “You're almost there” unless youʼre cheer‑ Kyra Oliver enjoys cama‑
Doʼs & Donʼts ing on miles 20 to near finish line. raderie with fellow runners.
Tony and Ellie Basch provided some helpful Likes:
Shout “Donʼt walk! Keep running!” Itʼs normal
doʼs and donʼts for spectators: When the spectators call out
and perfectly acceptable for runners to walk
“go runner” or “good job” it is
Doʼs at times (due to bonking, muscle cramps, de‑
a huge help. And if they see
Do this and we runners love hydrating, trying to eat/drink, hit the wall, or
your name printed on your shirt, it is great to
you for it: just taking regular walk breaks as in doing the
get “Go Oliver!”
Galloway method).
Say “Good job!” “Looking When a friend or family member has com‑
Say “Hurry up! Run faster!” when you see a
good!” “Go runners!” these are mitted to being at a certain location, this pro‑
struggling runner or a slower runner passing by.
appropriate to shout at in most vides an incredible amount of support. If they
situations (unless someone ab‑ Spell out the mile the runner is at or how many bring along a small bottle of water with a pop
solutely looked horrible!). more miles to run. Runners keep track of the up top, that is even better!
miles and their paces, so if theyʼre already
Make noise: Shout, holler, When a fellow runner meets me at a certain
struggling this would really tick them off.
hoot, clap and use cowbells, point in a marathon to help pace me.
noise makers, rattles, whistles, boom boxes, Just stand there. Runners know youʼre out to
they are all welcome! cheer on your friends/family/a specific run‑
It is tough when the spectators donʼt say any‑
ner. But it is so depressing when we pass by a
Play fast, fun rock and roll music from your thing! We need support.
group of spectators who just look at us qui‑
house/boombox. We love it. When spectators that you do not know try
etly the whole 2 minutes we pass by. At least
Cheerleader yells, neighborhood im‑ CLAP, please! to give you water. It is appreciated, but a
promptu dance, etc. We love these kinds of risk to take anything from someone you do
Emily Conklin loves to hear those cheers!
distractions. not know.
“When I ran the Richmond Marathon in 2007
High fives! Runners won't disappoint kids the most inspiration thing a spectator can do Read more on: Schoener page 25;
who offer high/low fives. is cheer you on personally. Itʼs great when Bertram page 26; and Basch page 30.

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Table of Contents
Dear Race Participant,
PRE‑RACE ............................................page 11
Packet Pick‑Up/Race Expo Now in its 32nd year, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon continues to grow and im‑
Expo Parking prove thanks to the overwhelming support of the Richmond community. It is amaz‑
Free Downtown Shuttle to Expo ing to see the thousands of volunteers on race weekend giving so much of their time
Walk‑Up Registration to support the runners. We have groups that come back year after year to work
Switching Races water stops. Volunteers even take vacation time to help out at the race expo.
Marathon Course Tours Available on Friday
Marathon Pace Teams Runnerʼs World has once again shown its support by hosting their marathon chal‑
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Merchandise lenge in Richmond this year. Fifteen of the editors and staff of the magazine will be
Donate Life in town participating alongside everyone else on the streets of Richmond. While
Runnerʼs World has named the race “Americaʼs Friendliest Marathon” it is the out‑
standing runner support from the volunteers, cheering groups, bands, spectators
RACE DAY ............................................page 12
and even the police that make this race special. There are no real gimmicks to this
Important Note About Race Start Times
race unless thatʼs what you call wet wash clothes and junk food stops. This race is
Race Day Parking
built on the collective positive spirit that is both contagious and inspiring.
Parking Near the Start
Parking Near the Finish Please join me in thanking the individuals that have come together to make this
UPS Bag Check Available to All Runners race such a success. A quick thank you or even a smile is all they need to come back
Pre‑Race Support again next year.
Free pre‑race McCafé from McDonald's
Event features disposable timing chip Good luck with your race and we hope you enjoy your run through Richmondʼs
beautiful neighborhoods.
RACE DAY (continued) ......................page 13
Starting Corrals Jon Lugbill
CLIF Shot and POWERade Flavors Race Director
Medical Assistance
Marathon Time Limits
Past Winners
Thursday, November 12
Event Maps 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick‑up and walk‑up registration
Start & Finish Areas ................................page 14 at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
SunTrust Richmond Marathon..........page 15
McDonald's Half Marathon ................page 16
HCA VA 8K ................................................page 17 Friday, November 13
RTD Kids Run ............................................page 18 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick‑up and walk‑up registration
at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
Post Race..............................................page 19 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Bus tours of marathon course leaving from Expo
Post‑Race Celebration
(advance registration recommended)
Friends & Family Can Follow Your Progress
Prize Money/Awards 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Pasta dinner at the Omni Hotel (Sold Out)
Event DOs and DONʼTs 7 p.m. Richmond Times‑Dispatch Kids Run at The Diamond
Race Results adjacent to the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
Race Coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12
Race Photos
Marathon Certificates
Saturday, November 14
Results in the Richmond Times‑Dispatch 7 a.m. sharp 8k start (9th & Broad St.)
Post‑Race Massages 7:30 a.m. sharp Half Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
Out‑of‑Town Runnersʼ Shower Facilities 8 a.m. sharp Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
Lost & Found
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Finish Line Festival

Party Zones..........................................page 20 11 a.m. Half Marathon course closes

Sports Backers Upcoming Events ..page 21 3 p.m. Marathon course closes
Sponsors ..............................................page 22

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Packet Pick‑Up/Race Expo
Packet pick‑up will be available at the Health
& Fitness Expo held at the Arthur Ashe Ath‑
letic Center on Thursday, November 12 from
5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 13
from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. THERE IS NO RACE
DAY PACKET PICK‑UP! A photo ID is re‑
quired to pick up your race packet. You may
pick up a race packet for another pre‑regis‑
tered runner, provided you have a copy of
their photo ID.

Expo Parking
The Arthur Ashe Center has 2,000 FREE park‑
ing spaces located in the surface lots outside
the building. For directions, visit our Web site.

Free Downtown
Shuttle to Expo
Participants staying in downtown hotels may
wish to take advantage of the free shuttle
service to the Expo/packet pick‑up. The shut‑
tle will be running from in front of the atrium
entrance of the Omni Richmond Hotel on
Cary Street near 12th Street. The shuttles will
run on a continuous loop and will depart
from the Omni and the Arthur Ashe Center
on the hour and on the half hour during Expo
hours. The last shuttle will depart from the
Omni one half hour before the Expo closes
each day with the final return service leaving
the Expo right after closing time.

Walk‑Up Registration
Walk‑up registration will be held at the
Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Ath‑
letic Center on Thursday, November 12 from
5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 13 from
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REG‑ proximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. To guar‑ sure to be something for everyone on your
ISTRATION OR PACKET PICK‑UP!!! antee a spot, sign up on a first‑come, first‑ shopping list. You can also visit our Web site
served basis on the race Web site. and purchase these items online.

Switching Races
If you are already signed up for one race and
Marathon Pace Teams
want to switch to another, you may do so, in
The Richmond Road Runners Club has lined Donate Life
up experienced pacers to help marathoners Donate Life, the official
person, at the race Expo. There is a $10 fee to
achieve their finish time goal. The Marathon race charity, will be on
do so, along with any applicable entry fee
Pace Team features finish times of 3 hours, hand at the Expo and on
3:10, and then fifteen‑minute increments race day to sign‑up any‑
from 3:15 to 5:15. Visit the race Web site in ad‑ one interested in be‑
Marathon Course Tours vance or stop by the Richmond Road Runners coming an organ and
Available on Friday Club booth at the Expo. tissue donor. In addi‑
Members of the Richmond Road Runners tion, they will be giving
Club will be leading bus tours of the SunTrust SunTrust Richmond Marathon away special signature
Donate Life gear to be worn during the event
Richmond Marathon course on Friday, No‑ Merchandise
vember 13. All buses will depart from the by anyone whose life has been touched by
Leave yourself time at the Expo to check out
Race Expo/packet pick‑up. Each bus has a ca‑ organ or tissue donation.
the latest SunTrust Richmond Marathon mer‑
pacity of 46 passengers plus one tour guide. chandise. With a great selection of running
Each tour of the marathon course will last ap‑ apparel and commemorative items, thereʼs

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Important Note About RACE DAY

Race Start Times Marathon Course = M Half Marathon Course = H 8k Course = 8k
Each race will begin promptly at its
designated start time. Participants are Diamond Mountain
responsible for being on‑time for the Springs Berry Blast CLIF Porta Party Junk Wet
start of their race. Starting mats must Mile Water POWERade Shot Johns Music Zone Food Wash Cloths
Start M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
be turned off and move immediately
1 M H 8k
after the start of each race, so late‑
2 M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
comers are in danger of not receiving
3 M H 8k
an accurate start time.
4 M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
5 MH
Race Day Parking 6 MH MH MH MH H
With over 90 parking decks and lots in 7 MH M
the downtown area, there is plenty of 8 MH MH H MH H
parking available on Race Day. The 9 H H H H H
Start & Finish lines are located only six 10 MH MH MH MH H
blocks apart. For a complete map of 11 H H H MH
downtown public parking, visit 12 MH MH M MH
www.richmondmarathon.org. It is rec‑ 13 M M
ommended that 8k runners park near 14 M M M M M
the start to allow for more parking 15
near the finish for marathoners and 16 M M M M M
half marathoners. Here is a partial list‑ 17 M M
ing of the parking decks/lots open and 18 M M M M
offering special rates on Race Day: 19 M M
20 M M M M
21 M M M M M
Parking Near the Start 22 M M M M M
(recommended for 8k entrants) 23 M M M M M
3rd & Marshall 24 M M M M
5th & Marshall 25 M M M M
7th & Marshall 26
8th & Marshall (surface lot) Finish M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
5th & Broad (surface lot)
8th & Grace/Franklin
Pre‑Race Support
• Pre‑race water will be available at the start area on the north side of Broad Street near 8th Street.
Parking Near the Finish • Medical Tents will be located in the start area, on the south side of Broad Street between 7th &
Federal Reserve (5th & Byrd) 8th Street, and adjacent to the finish area. Medical support is provided by HCA Virginia.
James Center (10th & Canal)
Crowne Plaza (5th & Canal)
3rd & Main (surface lot)
4th & Cary (surface lot) IMPORTANT!
Event features disposable
UPS Bag Check Available Complimentary Pre‑race
timing chip
to All Runners McCafé Available to Runners The marathon, half marathon and 8k are all
UPS will offer bag All event partici‑
timed using the ChronoTrack “D” Race Timing
check on race morn‑ pants can pick up
Tag, a light‑weight disposable timing device.
ing on Broad Street a complimentary
The “D” timing tag will only record your time
between 8th & 9th cup of McCafé
if you detach it from your bib and correctly at‑
Streets Volunteers will provided by Mc‑
tach it to your shoe through your laces. In‑
be on‑hand to help Donaldʼs begin‑
structions on the back of your bib will explain
you attach the tear‑off ning at 6 a.m. in
how to properly attach the “D” tag to your
tag on your bib num‑ the post race area
shoes. Please follow these directions carefully
ber to your bag. Once at 10th & Cary
so that you do not damage your timing “D”
you have finished your race, you can pick up Street. Come try a
tag to ensure that you are timed properly.
your bag at the Finish Line Festival. McCafé Mocha, Latte or Hot Chocolate!

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Starting Corrals Past Marathon Winners
2008 Jyocel Basweti 2:22:22 Kristin Price 2:45:02
SunTrust Richmond Marathon
2007 Mohamed Awol 2:22:20 Casey Smith 2:44:57
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times
2006 Asnake Fekadu 2:20:23 Maureen Ackerly 2:53:14
1 1 – 1500 3:40 & under 2005 Andrei Gordeev 2:14:32 Marina Bychkova 2:42:40
2 1501 – 3000 3:41 – 4 hours 2004 Elly Rono 2:17:55 Tammy Slusser 2:56:40
3 3001 – 4500 4:01 ‑ 4:30 2003 Elly Rono 2:15:36 Dorota Gruca 2:44:22
4 4501 – 6000 4:31 & over 2002 Elly Rono 2:16:02 Maggie Chan‑Roper 2:37:53
2001 Reuben Chesang 2:17:49 Dorota Gruca 2:36:16
2000 Michael Harrison 2:31:00 Irina Suvorova 2:31:25
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon
1999 Davis Kamau 2:24:48 Mindy Sawtelle 2:46:13
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times 1998 Tim Covington 2:23:51 Senoria Clarke 2:48:51
1 6001 – 7500 1:59 & under 1997 Mike Fitch 2:30:13 Shelia Gallop 3:17:43
2 7501 – 9000 2 hours ‑ 2:09 1996 Tim Covington 2:33:31 Bee Andrews 3:02:06
3 9001 – 11000 2:10 ‑ 2:29 1995 Michael Harrison 2:33:20 Patty Valadka 2:55:21
1994 Tim Covington 2:26:41 Patty Valadka 3:01:32
4 11001 – 13000 2:30 & over
1993 Michael Harrison 2:35:18 Bee Andrews 2:59:07
1992 Michael Harrison 2:28:15 Shelia Gallop 3:02:14
HCA Virginia 8k 1991 Thad Jones 2:30:15 Cecil Astrop 3:04:47
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times 1990 James Coleman 2:35:31 Albina Galiamova 2:42:50
1 13001 – 14500 :45 & under 1989 Walt Adams 2:30:17 Cecil Astrop 3:11:40
2 14501 – 16000 :46 ‑ :55 1988 Walt Adams 2:24:14 Bee Andrews 2:54:18
1987 Walt Adams 2:27:51 Deborah Snagg 2:57:18
3 16001 – 17500 :56 – 1:10
1986 Walt Adams 2:22:10 Marge Rosasco 2:58:25
4 17501 – 19000 1:11 & over
1985 Sean O'Flynn 2:21:50 Patty Croasdale 3:06:17
1984 Sean O'Flynn 2:29:55 Carolyn Harrison 3:13:56
CLIF Shot and POWERade Flavors 1983 Robbie Perkins 2:20:12 Kathy Thomas 3:04:40
Assorted flavors of CLIF Shot will be offered at miles 1982 Sean O'Flynn 2:22:54 Kathy Heckman 2:54:43
14 and 21 of the marathon and mile 8 of the half 1981 Robbie Pecht 2:19:16 Jennifer Amyx 3:05:04
marathon. Mountain Berry Blast POWERade (the blue 1980 Ben Wilson 2:23:22 Kathy Thomas 3:06:18
stuff) will be served at every water stop. 1979 Hillary Tuwei 2:22:26 Susan Crowe 3:09:31
1978 David Ruggles 2:28:49 Bobbie Allen 3:15:40
Medical Assistance
HCA Virginia will provide medical assistance at the Past Half Marathon Winners
start and finish line and bike medics will be patrolling YEAR MALE TIME FEMALE TIME
the course. 2008 Derese Deniboba 1:06:50 Alemtsehay Misganaw 1:18:34

Past 8k Winners
2008 Robert Letting 22:42 Jane Murage 25:48
2007 Rod Koborsi 22:41 Caroline Chepkorir 26:20
2006 Samuel Ndereba 22:20 Magdalene Mukunzi 25:24
Seven Hour Marathon and 2005 Vyacheslav Shabunin 23:03 Tetyana Hladyr 26:00
2004 Ian Connor 23:24 Teresa Wanjiku 26:22
3½ Hour Half Marathon Limit
2003 Joseph Mwai 23:21 Jou Lia Gromova 25:47
The marathon has a course time limit of 7 hours and
the half marathon has a 3½‑hour limit. In order to fin‑ 2002 Shadrack Kosgei 22:39 Lyupmila Biktrsheva 26:44
ish within those times, you will need to maintain a 2001 Shadrack Kosgei 22:36 Caroline Zajac‑Tynan 26:16
16:02 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to 2000 Leonard Mucheru 22:58 Svetlana Zakharova 25:36
the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets 1999 Leonard Mucheru 22:50 Tania Jones 26:53
to vehicular traffic. At that time, there will no longer 1998 Terrence Herrington 23:05 Irina Bogacheva 26:45
be traffic protection, medical aid, or water stops of‑ 1997 Walt Adams 25:42 Cristi Ferran 30:11
fered. There will be four designated checkpoints 1996 Paul Vandegrift 24:37 Kate Dolan 30:19
along the marathon course with shuttles available to 1995 Bruce Berger 25:48 Kristi Lynch 32:27
take participants back to the finish area if anyone 1994 Jeffrey Hough 24:52 Terry Bruner 30:26
does not reach a checkpoint by these times: 1993 Jeffrey Hough 25:00 Terry Bruner 31:15
Mile 7 by 9:58 a.m. 1992 Des Proctor 24:35 Lynn MacDougall 27:54
Mile 11 by 11:02 a.m. 1991 Larry Cluff 25:12 Inna Pushkariova 27:03
Mile 16 by 12:22 p.m. 1990 Mikhail Dasko 23:46 Olga Markova 27:47
Mile 20 by 1:26 p.m. BOLD indicates race record

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Don’t miss the event
named one of the
10 best running races
in the country by
USA Today!

Enjoy the rockin’ music and imaginative cheers

MARCH 27, 2010 from the Spirit Groups along the scenic, tree-
lined medians. Soak in the cheers from
thousands of partying spectators. Celebrate
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runners and walkers mingle among the 35,000
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party in Monroe Park. It’s no wonder that the
www.sportsbackers.org event has been named one of the top 10
running races in the country by USA Today!
Kids Run

General Information
KIDS RUN Kids Run Meeting Area • The race begins at 7 p.m. sharp.
The Kids Run takes place at The Diamond
The Kids Run Meeting Area is a secure place, • One parent may run with any child age
(adjacent to the Arthur Ashe Center Expo lo‑
cation) on Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. manned by helpful volunteers, for partici‑ eight or younger.
Participants will line up under the lights by pants to meet their parents and friends. All
• Kids Run participants will not be timed.
age group near the signs corresponding to
parents must meet their children in the des‑ There will be a clock at the Finish for
the color of their bib number. The older age
those interested in noting their own fin‑
groups will start in front of the younger age ignated Kids Run Meeting Area after the chil‑
ish time. As the finishers enter the Finish
groups. One adult may accompany any child
dren finish the race. Line chute, they will receive a medal and
age 8 or under while they are on the course.
refreshments and then will be directed to
the Meeting Area.

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Post Race
Post‑Race Celebration
After crossing the finish line, all race participants will be greeted by
helpful volunteers who will provide plenty of complimentary food
and beverages. Enjoy great live music, free massages, and bring your
family to enjoy the variety of post‑race activities.

Friends & Family

Can Follow Your Progress Electronically
RaceIt.com is proud to offer live splits and results for all event partic‑
ipants on the race Web site. The site will provide 13.1 and 20‑mile Race Photos
splits for marathoners, 10k splits for half marathoners, and finish re‑ Brightroom professional photographers will be taking runner photos
sults for all three races. You can also sign up race week for Mobile Text along the course for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonaldʼs
Alerts by visiting our Web site. Half Marathon, and HCA Virginia 8k. Be sure to wear your bib number
where it can be seen, and smile when you see the Brightroom team.
Prize Money/Awards Then, visit the race Web site late in the week of November 15 to see
Prize money and other awards will be available as follows: your photos.

Place Marathon Half Marathon 8k

1 $2,500 $1,000 $1,000
Marathon & Half Marathon
2 $1,500 $500 $500 Finisher Certificates
3 $750 $250 $250 The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is teaming up with Brightroom Pho‑
4 $500 $150 $150 tography to provide FREE finisher certificates to any marathoner or half
5 $250 $100 $100 marathoner who wants one. Just visit your personal photo page on the
Brightroom Web site late in the week after the race to redeem it.
Additional awards will be presented to the top five in all age groups
in all three races. Overall awards are determined by clock time; age See Your Results in the
group awards by chip time. Richmond Times‑Dispatch
Get full race coverage and results from
The Awards Ceremony for overall winners will take place in the fin‑ the Sunday, November 15 Richmond
ish line area immediately after each race. Awards for age group win‑ Times‑Dispatch mailed to you! Visit the
ners in both races will be mailed out after the race. “Participant Information” page on the
race Web site to order your copy.
Event DOs and DONʼTs
For the enjoyment of all participants and spectators, please adhere to Post‑Race Massages
the following event rules: The American Institute of Massage will be providing complimentary
• No strollers, baby joggers, animals on leashes, skateboards, massages for marathoners and half marathoners on race day inside
skates, bicycles or handcycles will be allowed on the course. the Omni Hotel adjacent to the finish area. Over 20 different massage
This will be strictly enforced. therapists will be available to provide a helping hand for those tired
• No one other than registered race participants may cross muscles. Massages will be available from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
the finish line. Please do not have anyone join you for the
final stretch. This is strictly enforced. Shower Facilities Available
• The post‑race food area is for runners only. Please do not for Out‑of‑Town Runners
bring family members in with you. The Downtown YMCA will provide shower facilities to participants
after the race. The Downtown YMCA is located at the corner of N.
Race Results Adams Street & Franklin Street, near the end of the marathon course
Full results will be available at www.richmondmarathon.org by Satur‑ about 10 blocks from the finish line. Please bring your race number
day evening, November 14. with you on race day and show it to the front desk. Towels are not pro‑
vided, so be sure to bring your own.
Race Coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12
Be sure to watch for stories and marathon Lost & Found
coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12 News the • Lost and found items will be taken to the Sports Backers office on
week leading up to the marathon. On race Monday, November 16. If you lose something, you can call 804‑285‑
morning, there will be live coverage of the
9495 or email marathon@sportsbackers.org.
marathon start and finish. And on Sunday,
Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m., tune in for a half hour race recap show that will
capture all the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Americaʼs Friend‑ • If you find valuables on race day, please turn them in to the SunTrust
liest Marathon...only on NBC12. Richmond Marathon Volunteer Check‑in table on the 2nd floor of the
Omni Hotel.

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Party Zones
SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones right turn onto Forest Hill Avenue. Park on 195 south. After 2 miles exit onto the Down‑
the right hand side of the road by Blockbuster town Expressway (50 cent toll). Get off at the
Cater to Spectators and cross the street by foot to the party in the 7th and 9th Street exit off of the Downtown
Friends or relatives wanting to spectate along
CVS lot. Expressway. Stay right on the exit ramp and
the course will want to visit one of our spe‑
this puts you onto Byrd Street. Go left at 10th
cial SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones. Each loca‑ If you are leaving and Huguenot Bridge is
Street and park on the street or in parking lots
tion will feature music, refreshments and an Closed. Return on River Road going west.
in this area. The finish line is at 10th and Cary.
on‑air personality. These Party Zones will Continue until Parham Road (150). You will
serve as a hub for spectators to show their make a right turn off of River Road to get on
support and enthusiasm. the exit ramp and at the light at the end of McDonaldʼs Half Marathon
For friends and family of marathon com‑ the ramp make a left and go south and east Party Zone
petitors we have put together a spectator on Parham Road (150). Parham Road turns
tour of the course. The tour includes the start into Chippenham Parkway once you cross
and finish of the marathon as well as three the James River. Take Chippenham Parkway
different spots on the marathon course. Be‑ east until Jahnke Road. Make a right turn
cause of road closings, the preferred routes onto Jahnke Road and go back under Chip‑
are sometimes different than you would nor‑ penham Parkway. Make a right turn onto For‑
mally travel. est Hill Avenue. Park on the right hand side of
the road by Blockbuster and cross the street
SunTrust Richmond Marathon by foot to the party in the CVS lot.

Party Zones
Recommended Directions
Start (Broad Street and 7th Street)
Recommended Directions
It is recommended that you park north of
Start (Broad Street and 7th Street)
Broad Street for the start of the race. There is
It is recommended that you park north of
a large surface parking lot just off 9th street
Broad Street for the start of the race. There is
north of Marshall. This is a good lot for spec‑
a large surface parking lot just off 9th Street
tators. After watching the start of the race
north of Marshall. This is a good lot for spec‑
you will want to go to the first party spot at
tators. After watching the start of the race
River Road Shopping Center
you will want to go to the party zone at
Bryan Park.
Starbuckʼs River Road Shopping Center
(Mile 7)
CVS on the Boulevard (Mile 19) Bryan Park Party Zone (Mile 7)
Take 7th street north to Interstate 95 North.
Return the way you came on Jahnke Road Take 7th Street north to Interstate 95 North.
Once on 95 North take 64 West. Get off at the
and get on Chippenham Parkway heading Once on 95 North take the Hermitage Road
Glenside Drive Exit (heading south). Make a
west. Take the first exit onto the Powhite exit. At the end of the exit ramp stay to the
right turn on Forest Avenue. Follow Forest for
Parkway heading north. Have 70 cents ready right onto Westbrook Avenue. Make a right
several miles and it will cross Patterson Av‑
for the toll booth. Stay on Powhite Parkway turn at the light onto Hermitage Road. Go
enue. Continue on Forest and it will eventu‑
across the river. Stay in the left Lane and con‑ past the entrance to Bryan Park and make a
ally turn into Ridge. Stay straight on Ridge
tinue on 195 North. In two miles you will see left turn at the bottom of the hill on Bryan
until River Road. Go left on River Road for ½
an exit onto 95 south. Take 95 South and at Park Drive. Park on Bryan Park Drive or in the
mile. River Road Shopping Center is on your
the first exit after ¼ mile get off on the Boule‑ surrounding neighborhood. Walk across the
right. Park in the shopping center lot and the
vard. At the bottom of the exit ramp take a bridge across the lake to the Bryan Park
party spot will be across Huguenot Road in
right hand turn. Stay in the right lane and you Party Zone.
front of Starbucks. Do not park on the Star‑
will cross over an overpass over the railroad
bucks side of the road. You will get trapped Finish Line Festival
tracks. The party spot is on your left prior to
by the runners. (9th and Cary Street) (Mile 13.1)
the intersection with Broad Street. Park on
Take Bryan Park Drive back to Hermitage
the right hand side of the road. (Do not drive
CVS on Forest Hill Avenue (Mile 12.9) Road and make a right. Get onto Interstate
across the runnersʼ path or you will get
From River Road Shopping Center proceed 95 heading south. After 5 miles exit onto the
trapped by the runners).
south on Cary Street across the Huguenot Downtown Expressway which is exit 74a.
Bridge. Continue on the Huguenot Bridge Stay in the right lane and get off at the first
until Chippenham Park way (Route 150) and Finish Line Festival (Mile 26.2) exit onto Canal Street. You will need to pay a
take the second exit heading east. Take Chip‑ Take the Boulevard to the north and get onto $.30 toll. The exit ramp puts you on Canal
penham Parkway east until Jahnke Road. I‑95 North. Once on 95 stay right and exit Street at 10th Street. You are one block from
Make a right turn onto Jahnke Road and go right away onto 64 west and 195 south. Get the finish line. There is on‑street parking as
back under Chippenham Parkway. Make a into the left lane on the exit ramp and take well as parking garages in this area.

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Sports Backers Upcoming Events
The Sports Backers own or assist with over 40
different sporting events each year. For our full
calendar of events, or for more information
about any of the events listed below, visit

riverfront. Featuring live music, a mud run, an rating your bike and winning the best bike cos‑
acrobatic freestyle bike competition, the high‑ tume award. The Anthem Moonlight Ride
flying Ultimate Air Dogs event, the James River starts and finishes at Sports Backers Stadium
Scramble trail run, mountain biking, kayaking and features a short "Half Moon" (8 miles) or a
and much more. longer “Full Moon” (17 miles) route through
March 27 Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10k the North side and near West End.
Enjoy the rockinʼ music and imaginative cheers
Aug. 29 Patrick Henry Half Marathon
from the Spirit Groups along the scenic, tree‑
Named for
lined medians. Soak in
Hanover Countyʼs
the cheers from thou‑
famous Colonial‑
sands of partying spec‑
era patriot, Patrick
tators. Celebrate people‑
Henry, who proclaimed the Revolutionary
watching at its best as
Warʼs rallying cry, “give me liberty or give me
costumed runners and walkers mingle among
death,” the 13.1‑mile race starts and finishes in
the 35,000 participants. Then join the awe‑
June 5 Anthem Stride Through Time 10k Poor Farm Park in Hanover County, traversing
some post‑race party in Monroe Park. Itʼs all
Showcasing Rich‑ both rolling countryside and Ashlandʼs scenic
part of the Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10k,
mondʼs treasure trove railroad district.
named one of the best running races in the
country by USA Today! of historic sites in a Sept. 24‑25
10k walk, the course U.S. Army X‑country Festival at Maymont
passes by more than 15 of downtown Rich‑ Maymont provides a
mondʼs historical attractions and highlighting spectacular setting for
the cityʼs 400‑year history. one the premier running
festivals in the country.
Youʼll run in the shadow of the opulent 1893
Maymont House, over tree‑lined hills and fields
and past wildlife areas filled with bison, deer
and other animals. Along with the 5k and Half
Marathon divisions for participants of all ages
and shorter distance events for Elementary and
April 24‑25 National Duathlon Festival Middle School kids, the event also features a
Whether youʼre a high school meet.
first‑time duathlete
or a hard‑core com‑
July 24‑25
petitor, there is
U.S. Army 3 on 3 Summer Hoops
something for everyone at the National
Bring your game to Richmondʼs biggest 3 on 3
Duathlon Festival! Historic downtown Rich‑
basketball showcase and take part in the thrills
mond plays host to all things Duathlon (a run‑
of the U.S. Army 3 on 3 Summer Hoops tourna‑
bike‑run event). Stay in a downtown hotel and
ment. Teams of all ages take their shot at being
walk to the transition area, restaurants, and
the best in their division. In between games,
shopping. The post‑race tailgate party, on‑
challenge your friends to dribbling and shoot‑
course spectator party zone and vendor expo
ing competitions on the contest court. Throw
combined with great racing provides for one
in the Slam Dunk contest, music, food and cool Nov. 13 SunTrust Richmond Marathon,
awesome Du weekend!
sponsor giveaways and youʼll see why this McDonaldʼs Half Marathon & HCA Virginia 8k
May 15‑16 Dominion Riverrock event rocks! The SunTrust Richmond Marathon has been
This celebration of Richmondʼs active river life August 21 Anthem Moonlight Ride recognized in Runner's World magazine as a
unites the community through a unique mix of Howl at the full moon “Must Do” marathon. Come experience “Amer‑
adventure sports, music and celebrate the joy of icaʼs Friendliest Marathon” and follow a course
and fun, set against the cycling at the Anthem that tours Richmondʼs old neighborhoods,
backdrop of Rich‑ Moonlight Ride. Let your alongside the James River, then through the
mondʼs downtown wild side show by deco‑ campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Special thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and participants who make the SunTrust Richmond Marathon possible.

An Event of the

Race Committee Chrissy Jenkins Event Charity

Turner Broughton Signage Wayne Kelley Water Stops
Matt Carr Signage Meghan Keogh Expo
Sarah Copeland Shuttle/Pasta Dinner Hugh Kerr Party Stops
Eileen Cowel SunTrust Support Stephanie Kirksey Awards
Doug Cutter Medical Dona Lawson Accounting
Patty Dean LifeNet Jay Lenzi Water Stops
Will Dixon Set‑up/Break‑down Mike Levins Registration
Mercer Ferguson Course Entertainment Jon Lugbill Race Director
Jeff Fitch Sponsorship Ray Patterson Community Affairs
Jay Fournier Course Marshals John Raigins Equipment/Warehouse
Ro Gammon Half Marathon Training Team Lisa Randolph Event Operations
Betsy Garber Registration J.C. Sadler HCAVA
Don Garber Training Team Coach Rick Salamida Water Stops
Marcy George Post‑Race Food/walk‑up Regist Lisa Schaffner UNOS
Michael George Start/Finish Line Scott Schricker Media & Marketing
Fran Gilday Registration/Finish Line Megan Silva Medical Support/Signage
Melissa Gordon McDonald's Thom Suddeth Elite Athletes
Mary Marshall Graeber Volunteers Tiffany Sy Sponsorship
Leah Harms Course Entertainment Jim Templeman Finish Line
Faith Hecht Kids Run Evie Wilkerson Sag Wagon Coordinator
Jackie Holt PR/Communications Carl Wilson Start Area

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The decision to enter the 2008

JASON Boston Marathon would turn out to be a

milestone moment. Of the 25,283 en-

trants, he came in 14th overall and took
second among Americans with a time of
2:19:22. He was also one of the top 15 fin-
ishers to share the same stage as four-time
For marathon stand-out Jason Schoener Boston winner Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya.
what began as a family tradition has be- Only three Americans were in the top 15.
come a life of athletic achievement. A The feat earned him notoriety as a
graduate of William and Mary Univer- rising star in the national running com-
sity—and now a third-year student at the munity and a sponsorship from Mizuno.
VCU School of Dentistry—Schoener For the last eighteen months, during
began running as a family activity. his recovery from two different injuries
“I started running 11 years ago when sustained at the Boston event,
I was a freshman in high school. I was Schoener has been anxious to get
cut from the school baseball team so back to racing. “It is my goal to
I started running with my dad,” run under 2:19 next fall and
Schoener says. His father had qualify for the 2012
participated in track for Olympic trials in the
Michigan State University. marathon,” he says.
Initially running for He has signed
pleasure with his father or up for this year’s
high school friends, McDonald’s Half
Schoener would take Marathon but
on just two or three may run the HCA
miles. His serious in- Virginia 8k de-
terest in track and pending on his
long distance running health. “Either
evolved while he at- way I am going
tended William & to be excited to
Mary, where he was a get back into
three-time member of racing.”
the All-Colonial Ath- In addition to
letic Association Team; his long-term goal
a 4-time All-East Confer- for the Olympics,
ence member; and he Schoener is devel-
won the 10,000m Penn Re- oping a charity road
lays Championship in 2005. race for the Mission of
His passion for mar- Mercy (MOM) dental
athons grew when Schoener project and Give Kids a
set his sights on qualifying for the Smile program. The MOM
2007 Olympic Trials in New York City. project was started in 2000 and
“I fell way short of my goal to qualify travels to remote areas of the
for the trials at the Twin Cities state where Virginians re-
Marathon, but I still qualified for ceive free dental care. Vir-
Boston,” he explains. ginia was the first state to
Prior to his run in Boston, he start this program that
maintained a pretty intense provides millions of dol-
competitive calendar. Three lars in free healthcare
weeks following his completion and now over 10 other
of the Medtronic Twin Cities states have adopted
Marathon 2007 (2:45:02), this program.
Schoener placed 9th (24:07) in “I am working with
the Ntelos 8K in Richmond. other dental students to
In his last race leading up to organize a 10k in Septem-
Boston in 2008, he ran the Ukrop’s ber 2010,” he explains. “We
Monument Avenue 10k—which are working to have an
was also the USA 10k Champi- amazing course and spon-
onships—placing 13th with a time sorship for the race.”
of 29:55.

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A graduate student at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership,
Mary Bertram is also a graduate assistant for the VCU Men’s
cross country and track and field teams. With an eye on event
management and coaching for a career, Bertram is an avid ath-
lete who has competed in cross country and ran in the 2008
SunTrust Richmond Marathon and plans to run in this year’s
event. SBQ caught up with Bertram to talk about her training
and participation in competitions:

What activities do you participate in to keep in shape?

I currently run about 70-85 miles a week and try to get in the
weight room 3 or 4 times a week.

What was it like running the SunTrust Richmond Marathon for

the first time?

I really enjoyed the marathon and it was a great first marathon

to do. I pretty much had no idea what I was doing as I had de-
cided to run it just the week before, but race day went very
smoothly for me. It also helped that part of the marathon course
was where I ran most runs with my cross country team. Run-
ning the SunTrust Richmond Marathon made me want to run
more marathons, which makes the race a success in my mind.

How do you prepare for an event?

I like to be ready to warm up about an hour before the start

time. I usually jog for a few minutes, stretch, and then get in a
good 15 minute run to get my legs fully awake and ready (al-
though there is plenty of time in a marathon to do that).

Is your family active and supportive of your activities?

Both of my parents are very active and are the reason why I got
into running in the first place. My dad is currently an avid road-
biker and last year, when I ran in the Kiawah marathon, my mom
ran the half-marathon. My three siblings are also active and all
three run. My sister swam in college but has recently picked up
running, my older sister runs and does BodyPump classes, and
my brother ran at Elon University and continues to run. My fi-
ancé, John Tramazzo, has also been a huge supporter for me.
He has adjusted to a runner’s lifestyle of going to bed early and
getting up early and often bikes alongside me on my long runs
or will run with me on my shorter runs. He and my brother are
running in the Baltimore Half Marathon this weekend and I am
looking forward to being a spectator for once.

In what future events are you planning to participate?

I am currently training for a fall marathon, with the goal being to

run in the low 2:50s. After that, I’d like to run some 5Ks or 10Ks
on the track in the coming spring. I’m not sure what my next
marathon will be but the ones I definitely want to do are
Chicago, New York, and the Big Sur marathon in California.

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Trainer Shannon Salisbury leads a yoga class
for Owens & Minor teammates.


And if that’s not enough, Leah Husk and away from work due to illness. Corporate
her team of trainers are there to provide wellness programs can alleviate depres-
various workout classes on a daily basis. sion and help employees manage their
Classes include yoga, cycling, Boot Camp, time and stress levels more effectively, all
kickboxing, Pilates, and many others. of which are contributing factors to
Teammates can even request classes like missed work days.
the trendy Zumba workout that was re- “In addition to our workout facility,
cently added to the schedule. we have a wellness program where
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health teammates can take a health risk as-
and Human Services, escalating health sessment,” says Erika Davis, Owens &
care costs continue to remain an issue Minor SVP Human Resources.“They get
of great concern for many health pro- feedback, and if they complete an on-
fessionals, employers and insurance line health risk assessment and on site
companies.The latest statistics show that health screening, they are eligible for a
80% of illnesses and disease are pre- Husk: “Itʼs important to have that daily con‑ wellness credit of $240 per year.
ventable. In addition, it’s a fact that tact. It helps that they know that we are here So it’s a win-win for O&M and its
healthier employees spend fewer days for them.” teammates. The company benefits by

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“We have had many success stories.
One guy got his recommendations,
started working out, and lost 100 pounds.”
having healthier Leah Husk assists
teammates who miss Jason Rooke.
less work and typi-
cally have fewer
medical issues. The
teammates get free, un-
limited access to a
workout facility and var-
ious fitness classes even
an opportunity to save
on health care costs.
Husk agrees that
the advantages are al-
most immeasurable.
“We provide more
than just workout
classes. My trainers
and I actually bond
with the people here
and help motivate According to Erika Davis, Owens &
and encourage them. Minor SVP Human Resources, the
program offers a win‑win proposition
It makes their work- for the company and the teammates.
place much more en-
joyable and productive.” follow-up are important for a fitness pro- We’re in the business of healthcare, and
Having been with the company gram to be successful.” we pledge to take care of our team-
since the new building was completed, And if anyone has the notion that mates. We have had many success sto-
Husk and her trainers have been able to fitness is just lip service at O&M, all you ries. One teammate received his results
get to know everyone who visits the need to do is visit the gym and see the from an on-site health screening, started
gym. They help create fitness goals and teammates sweating right alongside cor- working out, and lost 100 pounds.”
they can follow the day-to-day progress porate officers like Grace den Hartog, “It’s very simple,” says Husk.“Compa-
of each person. Craig Smith, and Erika Davis. They are nies that provide this type of benefit help
“It’s important to have that daily often jogging and cycling with everyone themselves and their teammates. And we
contact. It helps that they know that we else in the gym.“I was part of the team get to make a real difference in their lives.
are here for them. They are not in this when we were building this office,” says That’s why I’ve been doing this for twenty-
alone,” says Husk.“Encouragement and Davis.“A workout facility is crucial for us. plus years. It’s very rewarding.”

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“We are providing
a community.
You could
almost call it
a boutique.”


“I could have taken an approach where I and driven, and they open themselves up which are workout groups based on a
work out men and women equally,” Styles in a way that men typically can’t.” woman’s age or stage of life.“I place the
said.“But there’s something really inspir- But Styles doesn’t just work with ran- women in my groups the way I do be-
ing [for me] about working out with dom groups of women, she breaks them cause of the aspect of community and
women. They give life and they’re so fun down into what she calls communities, becoming a network with each other,”

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Styles said.
For twenty-some-
thing women, Styles
offers what she calls a
Puma Bootcamp. For
those looking to trim
up before their wed-
ding, she offers Bride
Bootcamp. Just mar-
ried? Hitched Boot-
camp is for you.And, if
you’re over age of 35
years old, there’s even
a Cougar Bootcamp.
Styles has other boot-
camps in the works as
“We are providing
a community. You
could almost call it a
boutique,” Styles said
about her programs.
“When you walk in
the door, everyone
else in the group
knows your name and
the intimate details of
your life.” Unlike going
to a gym where the
only person you have
to keep you account-
able is yourself, the
communities almost
become a team. “By
not coming to a
workout, you’re dis-
appointing your
teammates,” Styles
The women that
attend Styles’ boot-
camps come from all
different backgrounds
and all different levels.
“I have girls that have
never stepped in the
gym, but I also have
marathon runners. It
doesn’t matter what
their experience level olina-based FitMenu, a company that After taking note of the surprising
is.” works with restaurants to offer healthy, fat content of some salads (some, she
For those who haven’t spent much yet still satisfying, menu items. says, contain more than a typical
time in the gym, she offers free software “Women like myself who are try- cheeseburger), she set out to put dif-
for clients’ iPhones or Blackberries that ing to eat healthy go out and order a ferent options out there for local din-
include videos on how to do the group salad for dinner, and I, for one, really ers. Styles has already partnered with
workout routines on their own, at the got sick of it,” Styles said.“When you go the owners and chefs of popular, well-
gym, throughout the week. out [to eat], it’s for an experience. If known Richmond restaurants such as
But Styles’ effort to help people in you were just eating to survive, you’d Europa, Starlite and 3 Monkeys, and
the Richmond area live healthy lifestyles do it at home and not care about the she hopes to have around 30 more es-
doesn’t stop in the gym. She’s recently preparation, the good company or the tablishments on board by the end of
partnered with Charleston, South Car- atmosphere.” the year.

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nd Tony Basch is once again
leading the group as head
coach. So how did Basch get
into coaching? “I started running in 2000,
when I was about 70 pounds heavier
than I am now,” says Basch. “After run-
ning a few marathons and getting to
know people who were involved in the
program, I volunteered to help out with
the YMCA 10k Training Team. From there,
then head coach Chris Calfee asked if I
would be a coach on the Advanced 10K
training program. I did that for 3 years
and then agreed to be the head coach
of the program last year when Ed
Carmines asked.”
Of course run-
ners of all levels
participate in the
10K and creating a
challenging train-
ing program helps
athletes push them-
Because whole race, but short enough that you
can run right on the edge of an anaero-
selves year after
year. Because this
this team bic pace.” Like many others, he has a his-
tory with the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue
team is designed to
get results, the
is designed 10K. “I love it. It’s the first race I ran in
Richmond, and it’s still one of my fa-
regime is intense
and challenging. It’s
to get results, vorites. Because it is so flat (with a few
subtle exceptions), it makes a tremen-
for runners who
want to improve
the regime dous test for a 10K. You can really test
your ability to push to your limits.”
last year’s race re-
sults. “The program
is Aside from racing, Basch is an at-
torney specializing in securities law and
begins in January intense dabbles in a couple of quirky hobbies.
and runs through He runs the Virginia state yo-yo contest,
race day,” Basch and and is an award-winning Scrabble player.
says.“[It] consists of
weekly group runs challenging. “Ellie and I have been married since
1997 and have a dog named Biscuit, 5
that are between 6 bikes and at least 10 pairs of running
and 9 miles, with a shoes between us.”
portion in the mid- The program is open to members
dle at a relatively quick pace (which in- For Basch, a 10K race is his favorite and non-members of RRRC, and there is
creases in distance each week); track distance to run. “I have found that dis- a discount for RRRC members. Runners
sessions that train both aerobic and tance to be one of the most challenging should have a race goal of 55 minutes or
anaerobic speed; individual recovery distances, since it is long enough that faster. For more information, email mon-
and other runs.” you can’t go at an anaerobic pace for the ument10K@gmail.com.

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