sponsored by the Central Virginia Chapter of the VHTRC
Updates from Sophie:
Hello friends of the trail, it's time for another road trip to beautiful Charlottesville on Saturday, January 15 for a training run sponsored by the Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC). We would also like to extend an invitation to our neighbors to the west, in West-By-God-Virginia, aka the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners (WVMTR), of Highland Sky 40 fame. Come on over!
The Trail: We will run around the hamlet of Charlottesville on the Rivanna Trail, a 20-mile-ish mostly-single track trail that encircles the town, a run which we will call the "Rivanna Ring." Check out the links below for more details about the trail...it is truly a special gift to the nature-and trail-lovers who use it. It has also been in the local news for the past two years, ever since the Rivanna Trail Foundation created a section of trail on a small portion of a woman's waterfront property without her permission...she got mad and blocked the trail with razor wire. Then the City got mad and took her to court. See the link below for more on the scandal...
The Aid: There will be aid at 4 or 5 different spots, with water, Gatorade, and of course, Little Debbie's treats. Bring whatever special food that you might need if Little Debbie doesn't do it for you. Aid will be roughly 30-45 minutes apart.
The Course: The entire run, including time for socializing at aid stations, should take between 4:00 and 5:00. It is mostly flat/rolling and at points the trail is re-routed with some road sections, but most of the time you will run on really nice single track through all the different neighborhoods in C'Ville along and through the Meadow Creek (be prepared to get your feet and legs wet). We will try to stay together as much as possible, for fellowship and because the trail is hard to follow in places, but if the groups happen to split, the trail and intersections will be marked. We will also provide a map, but can't promise you won't get lost (Vicki). Bring cab fare just in case (I'm not kidding).
The Other Important Details: The run will take place on Saturday, January 15 and will begin promptly at 8:00 am. We will meet at Greenberry's in Barrack's Road Shopping Center, which has ample parking, and is 200 yards from the trailhead. The run will go on rain/snow/sleet/shine!!!
The Post Run Fun/Feed/Shop: Since this is a training run with the VHTRC, the post-run will be fun, we will feed, and we will shop. While you are running, your non-running significant other can browse the books at Barnes and Noble or read the paper at Greenberry's, which will also be the spot for apres' running caffeine. Afterwards, if there is interest, we can do the requisite power shopping for trail and ultra gear at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. There is also a Five Guys Burgers and Fries for those who crave grease and salt after a long training run, as well as a Ben and Jerry's, Panera Bread, and Quiznos Subs all within 25 yards of the other. Yum!
The University: Our beloved UVA is only 2 blocks away from the start/finish, so afterwards you can check out Mr. Jefferson's architecture or cruise up the mountain to Monticello. Wahoo-Wa.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan for aid. You can wait until Friday, 1/14 to decide but just tell me you are coming so we have enough aid.
From DC/the Vienna Metro on I-66: Give yourself 2 hours driving time. Take I-66 west from Vienna Metro and follow signs to Gainesville/Charlottesville, Rte 29 South. Follow 29S all the way into C'Ville. You will begin to see signs for UVA (orange V's) and will cross over Barracks Road at some point. Look for Barracks Road Shopping Center on your right...you'll also see Ben and Jerry's. Turn right into the shopping center at Ben and Jerry's and take your first left. Greenberry's Coffee is in the "island" on the right. Park there.
From points West: Take I-64 East from Staunton/Afton Mountain and exit when you see signs for 29 North Culpeper/Charlottesville. This is a quick exit so be prepared! You will exit RIGHT onto Rte 29N. (This is also the 250 By-pass). Go a mile or two and exit RIGHT onto Barracks Road. Turn RIGHT at bottom of exit, turn RIGHT at first light (Milmont St), turn LEFT at first light into the shopping center. At stop sign, turn RIGHT. At next stop, turn LEFT (the "island" will be on your right at this point) Turn RIGHT at next stop and look for Greenberry's on your right.