Sunday, February 1, 2009
Rivanna Ring, four years later
In 2005, a few friends and I organized a run around Charlottesville on the Rivanna Trail, the 21-mile urban trail that encircles our little town. Two days before the run, we were hit by significant rainstorms and flooding, forcing us to re-route the course at the 11th hour. Over 60 VHTRC and WVMTR friends joined us that day for a true urban trail running experience. Anstr Davidson took some great pics here.
Yesterday, a few VHTRC buddies and a lone WVMTR renegade joined me for the Rivanna Ring, 2009 version. Marc Griffin and Marlin Yoder, fellow ultrarunners who live over the the Shenandoah Valley, had asked about running the RR, so I set the date and let the usual suspects know about it. At 0700, a small group was waiting at Greenberry's to get started on the adventure. We had relatively dry trail with a few isolated icy patches, low river crossings, and perfect weather. Unlike 2005, when we had to run on roads to bypass the flooded areas, we were able to run the complete trail, railroad trestle crossing and all (I chose to bypass the RR trestle this year and opted to get my legs wet instead---a small price to pay to stay alive).
The Rivanna Trail is an amazing gem for Charlottesville runners. The folks at the Rivanna Trails Foundation sponsor trailwork days on the second Saturday of each month, and as a result of the hard work of volunteers over the years, the RT offers 21 miles of rolling singletrack trail through quiet pine forests and along creekbeds, a paved 3-mile section for a change of terrain, and is always within a mile of the center of the city. When we run the Rivanna Ring, we do it "self-supported": we bring our own water and aid and supplement at mile 5 at Hardee's and mile 10 at CVS. It is a tough run in that there are very few hills to climb---you are always running! But that's
the point, right?
Here are a few pics from the run:
Along Moore's Creek
Wooo-hooo...into the sun, running with friends, life is good...
Four hours later, all done, time for coffee and breakfast! View the rest of the pics from our adventure here.