November 2016 Newsletter

Welcome New Members – by Betsy Gonnerman
2016 UVRC Recap – By Dave Sullivan
Wooliness is Next to Godliness – by Jim Burnett

Featured UVRC Runner – by Lorna Young
Norwich Turkey Trot – by Judy Phillips
By the Numbers: Races For All Ages (link to article) – by Timothy Smith
Summer Race Memories
A Runner’s Awakening – by Jim Burnett

Welcome to New Members

By Betsy Gonnerman

Patricia Arthur Cassie Audette Joseph Audette
Sarah Bennett Cheryl Bush Anne Campbell
Becky Clancy Christine Cook Pernille Dahl
Kevin Davis Jason Dessureault Ulla Falkenberg
Anne Farrell Jessica Finlay Sagar Kale
Heather Lancor Allison Litten Megan Mattern
Natalia May Patty Monahan Janet Morgan
Janet Nadeau Hannah Nielsen Jan O’Leary
Meg Paiva Jamie Peyton Krista Rainville
Andrew Rose Nancy Renehan Sheldon Stansfield
Alyssa Rosedale Heidi St. Peter Lori Stevens
Lauren Sullivan Liz Wallace

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Upper Valley Running Series Recap

By Dave Sullivan

The 2016 Upper Valley Running Series is in the books and we had 42 runners complete the series by finishing at least 6 of the 8 races:

Finished 8/8 series races
Keith Culver Deanna Fortier Jack Fortier Kevin Hartstein
Pam Moore Tom Moore Jeff Olofson Desislava Pomeroy
John Pomeroy Jose Suarez Dave Sullivan Karen Wright
Finished 7/8 series races
Evan Bick Joseph Cheevers David Davis Bianca Fortier
Hope Fortier Stephen Lee Todd MacKenzie Dave Phillips
Kathleen Robinson Gillian Sowden Joshua Thompson Kimberly Thompson
Steven Toulmin Janet Wallace Patrick Wheeler
Finished 6/8 series races
Denisha Burns Rob Daniels Meggin Dossett Debra Fortier
Grant Fortier Trey Fortier Steve Glazer Christopher Hansen
Laura Lamontagne Charlie Newton Holly Newton Tom Ozahowski
Jared Rhoads Tonya Suarez Brianne Wehrenberg

Our top three age group winners can be found on our Standings page.

Congratulations to all of the finishers and age group winners and hope to see you next year!

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Wooliness is Next to Godliness

By Jim Burnett


Thank you Wooly Warriors 90+ strong for showing up, yes, Just Showing Up” for any or all of the 2016 NH Grand Prix Series races and contributing to UVRC’s Repeat Club Championship. If you came to the Year End Banquet at EBA’s on Saturday, November 12th, then you were awarded your “We Run This State” t-shirt, designed by Rebecca’s husband, Chris McCown. (Cue big “Shout Out” for Chris!) If you ran for UVRC at any of the eight 2016 NHGP races, you are entitled to a commemorative t-shirt. So, if you didn’t get yours, come to TNT this coming week or next and I will give it to you. Go UVRC!

For my money, the best part of the NHGP is the vanpool ride to away races, but that’d just me. The 11:30 pm pit stop at the I-93 service area in Hooksett after the thunder storm-delayed Boot Scootin’ Bogie, wearing cowboy hat schwag comes to mind…but what happens in the men’s room in Hooksett stays in Hooksett, right?

One of my favorite things about the NHGP is that it’s an age-group based team competition. Don’t tell Greater Derry Track Club but the way to win the team competition is to have an even distribution of Wooly racers across age groups. UVRC is all over this idea of lots of runners of all ages. In fact, UVRC boasts the youngest runner, Gunner Currier 9 years old, and oldest runner, Bob “Point Me to the Starting Line” Katz, 78 years spry.

Another factor in UVRC’s recent success is attributable to it’s “All in the Family” approach. Speaking of family participation, how about the three-generation and eight-strong Fortier clan of Jared, Debra, Hope, Jack, Trey, Grant, Deanna and Bianca. Other Wooly families include the Curriers — Rick, Tiff, Gunner and Cole; the Young-Wheelers — Bill, Hillary and Patrick; the Hartstein twins — Kevin and Taylor; and the Burnetts — Jim, Joe and Yuki. And let’s not forget the Wooly Power Couples — Rob and Cindy Edson, Rich Smith and Alison Findon, Geoff and Nancy Dunbar, Pam and Tom Moore, Mike and Betsy Gonnerman, Barbara and Joe Frazier, Jared and Becky Rhoads, Gilliam Sowden and Evan Bick, Judy and Joe Phillips and Steve and Kathy Saffo.

UVRC owes special thanks to our Wooly Young Guns (< 30 years) — newly employed or still hitting the books in elementary school, high school, college, graduate school or post-doc programs but managing to come out for TNT and sign up for races.

  • Kevin Hartstein
  • Gunner Currier
  • Hannah Taska
  • Cara Baskins
  • Alex Hall
  • Alisa Vereschchagin
  • Emily Urquhart
  • Lydia Gill
  • Mary Peters
  • Rachel Forcino
  • Brandt Slayton
  • Chris Hansen
  • Felix Herron
  • Harrison Little
  • Taylor Hartstein
  • Mark O’Connor

And the Wooly Old Guard (70+ years)

  • Bob Katz
  • Mike Gonnerman
  • Bill Young
  • Betsy Gonnerman
  • Alan Callaway
  • Karl Furstenberg
  • Mary Dunbar
  • Sally Scanlon

Cheers to UVRC’s Wooly Granite Runners (ran all 8 NHGP races)

  • Kevin Hartstein
  • Cindy Edson
  • Gunner Currier
  • Jim Burnett — Grrrrrrrr…

Last, but surely not least, two Wooly individual honorees desire “HUUUGE “ kudos. The Men’s Age-Graded NHGP Series Champion for the third straight year, Rob “Jets” Edson (53 years) and Women’s Age-Grade NHGP Series Champion this year for the first time, Betsy “Never Say Die” Gonnerman (71 years). Their age-graded times are among the best in The World!!!

I look forward to NHGP 2017 and for those of you who are thinking about racing for the first time next season, I say remember my good friend Courtney Marshall, who was the one who encouraged me to run for UCRV. A more worthy Wooly Syrup Chugger there is none. Courtney ran 70+ races a year. From Courtney, to me, to you, I say, “Bet you can’t run just one.”

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Featured Runner

By Lorna Young


Name: Patrick Wheeler

Town: Norwich, VT

Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area? I grew up in the Upper Valley, but only moved back three years ago following more than a dozen years in Washington, DC and the Denver, CO.

What do you do professionally? I help to run a research center at Tuck Business School focused on how technology impacts and enables business strategy.

How long have you been running? I started running in 2013 as a way to recover my strength following spinal fusion in my neck (I had clearance from my surgeon). I ran my first race (a 5 miler in Moab, UT) on the one-year anniversary of my surgery.

How long have you been running competitively? Despite running two races in 2013, this year is the first year where I’ve truly competed. I’ve run races in both the Upper Valley Running Series and the NH Grand Prix.

Why do you run? I started running to stay in shape and spend time with my fiancée, Hillary Young.

Recent memorable moment while running? I ran my first half marathon this May (The Middlebury Maple Run). It was pouring rain and freezing cold, but I finished and even hit my goal time.

If you like to race, favorite race distance? Why? I’m a big fan of the 5k for its ability to push me out of my comfort zone.

Training partners? While I largely run solo, the two people who I run with on a semi-regular basis are Hillary Young and Betsy Gonnerman. Both are fabulous training partners.

Cross training activities? Hiking with Hillary and our dog, Charlie.

Favorite local running route? I love the Rip Road/Occum Pond loop from campus after work.

Why did you join UVRC? I joined to learn more about running and have a team to help with training and racing. The club has been hugely helpful for me. It’s such a positive group and I love racing and training with all of you.

The only running shoe for me is? Elusive…

Morning or evening runner? I’m an evening runner all the way. I’m not a morning person, to say the least.

Aside from running, what are your hobbies? I grew up ski racing and spend most free time in the winter on skis.

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8th Annual Norwich Turkey Trot

By Judy Phillips


Join the fun! Run or walk! This is a wonderful event hosted by the Turco family to support the Upper Valley Haven. It’s low-key and a good time for everyone!

It’s the best way to start this holiday, and begin the season of giving. It’s the unofficial kickoff to the “19 Days Of Norwich, 1% For The Haven”.

WHAT: 8th Annual Norwich VT Turkey Trot to benefit the Upper Valley Haven
WHEN: 9am, Thanksgiving morning (Thurs, November 24, 2016)
WHERE: Gazebo on the Norwich Green
WHEN: 4.4m or 2m trot and/or walk around Norwich, VT
WHY: Support our neighbors via the Upper Valley Haven & enjoy community, fresh air pre meal!
Questions, please email:

Mark your calendar!

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By the Numbers: Races For All Ages

By Timothy Smith

As we get older we get better? (Page 30)

Timothy has a new article out, including data from the Brooklyn Half.

LEVEL Runner Link

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Summer Race Memories

The Boot Scootin Boogie

By Laurie Reed


Featured in Photo from Left to Right
Mary Mancuso, Deb Keane, Laurie Reed, Ellen Chandler

The Boot Scootin Boogie 5K on July 23 was my favorite race because I made these 3 new friends and we chatted and laughed our way through the long car ride, weather delays (as you can see in the background the thunderstorms were approaching)! In the end we all ran well and helped out the UVRC with points.

Loco Half Marathon

by Christine Frazier


My brother (Timothy Frazier) and I ran the Loco Half Marathon on October 22nd.  It was a beautiful race.

On a crisp fall day the Moose was loose and the runners were fast!

By Laurie Reed


Feeling a twinge of guilt as I noticed an email from Paul Coats soliciting volunteers for the Foliage Five on October 2, I decided to sign up. Upon reflection I thought about all the ways I’d benefited from the many volunteers at the races that I’d run and now was a chance to give something back.


Cheryl Bush

I promptly emailed Paul who was delighted and signed me up. Mentioning this to my friend, Cheryl Bush, one morning after swim workout, she offered to join me without hesitation.

A few days before the race we got an email from Bill Young( obviously a volunteer veteran) who had meticulously detailed everything we would need to complete our mission. The challenge was that we needed to be there for the kids fun run but also had to make sure our station was set up for the big event a half hour later.


Kids Race

Cheryl and I had a beautiful drive out to the dam area and after finding a parking spot proceeded to meet up with Bill. After going over our game plan and getting our supplies in order we drove to the 2/3 mile marker to get set up. As we arrived at our spot we saw Jim Burnett (in one of his many roles with UVRC) on his bicycle measuring and marking the course. As a great addition Cheryl brought her wireless speakers so that we had music and entertainment for both ourselves and the runners. Bill then got into his Moose suit to cheer the kids on while Cheryl took pictures and I rang the cowbell. We then went to our  aid station and it wasn’t long before Alex Hall came flying by. It was fun to see so many hearty runners, many wearing their UVRC jerseys!


Alex Hall

With the cool weather  not many needed water however we were greeted with smiles and thank you’s nonetheless. Many of the runners hi fived the Moose (a.k.a. Bill). Cheryl took pictures of the runners as they turned for home while I rang the cowbell with one hand and handed out water with the other.


Cara Baskin

In the end it was a fun way to spend an afternoon hanging out with an old friend, making a new one, and feeling I’d given something back!


Falling for You

By Susannah Colby


Featured in Photo from Left to Right
Michele Maxson, Susannah Colby, Flora Krivak-Tetley

Imagine a winter without running, heck any long period of time without being able to run can be brutal to those who love it, but a slightly warmer than usual winter with clear roads…Painful. Last fall I found out I had a stress fracture in my foot after the White Mountain Half. I loved every minute of that race, but it didn’t love me. What happened? I cut my recovery time short after a marathon, despite everyone’s thoughtful advice, and I paid the price. I was stuck in a walking boot long enough to irritate my knee joint and cut out swimming and cycling too.

Slowly, but surely I was able to get back into the swing of things. I lost a lot of speed and a lot of confidence. There was one thing that was really keeping me going. I had made myself a promise that I would run a 50K this year and I was determined to make it happen. I went to several different doctors, some said to give up running completely so I gave them up completely. I found a doctor who got me back on my feet and slowly I made my way safely back into a regular running schedule. Everything seemed to be going just right.

Finally, there was a race in my own town and it was on the Upper Valley Running Series. It couldn’t be more exciting for me. This race raises money for the Farm to School Program where the kids get to grow, harvest, cook and try out several kinds of foods. I saw so many people I hadn’t seen in a long time.

We all lined up and off we went. I felt strong. I was finally back on pace and was able to hang tight with my friend John. We blasted past the first water stop and up the dirt road. People started to run back past us as they hit the turnaround point and headed back to the finish. It was so exciting and all I could think about was cheering on everyone and BAM. I felt it happen, almost in slow motion as my foot hit a rock and I could feel it snap inward and down I went on the dirt road that turned into a giant sheet of sandpaper on my body. I knew right away that I wasn’t getting back up. This wasn’t one I could suck up and run off. My ankle swelled outside my shoe. The only thing that seemed to hurt though was my pride. Each person I knew came by and asked the same question, “Oh my Susie, are you ok!!??” The Sprouty had just become the Sprainy. I wanted to roll down in the creekbed for a couple of reasons, the water looked like it would feel great on my ankle and I just wanted to hide. Everyone wanted to help and I was truly thankful I live in such a wonderful community.

The chief of police, who happens to be my next door neighbor, came by and picked me up. There was no way I was going to live this one down. He was nice enough to turn the lights off before we pulled into the parking lot. I grabbed some ice and put my ankle up as I tried to figure out what to do next. I had worked so hard and all was lost! I had only 3 more months until my A race. Now I had to put my training back on hold. I had big plans to run Lost a Whole Lot the following weekend. So much for that.

I ended up with what the doctor said was a level 4/5 sprain. I’m not sure how high the scale went and I didn’t want to ask. My entire ankle was black and blue and it hurt to run on it. I decided if I couldn’t run that weekend I would volunteer at Lost a Whole Lot race and at least help out as best as I could. I ended up sweeping the 8.1 mile loop which my GPS said was around 10 miles (because I got lost a whole lot haha)! I paired up with two incredible runners, Michele and Flora who swept the 18 mile loop. Their stories were inspirational and they kept me laughing, something I really needed after my last weekend. Thanks ladies!


After we broke off I had some time to reflect. I thought about how I’ve always had my head in the clouds. A daydreamer. An artist. When I was younger, I was the kid in school who didn’t like to sit still, doodled on everything, asked too many questions, didn’t like to be told they couldn’t do something and worked hard to prove them wrong. Perhaps this setback was just what I needed in order to take some time to reflect. Running on trails involves an incredible amount of focus. If you lose your focus, it’s self correcting. Every time I’m out on the trail and my mind wanders away from the run and into something I need to finish at work, or chores at home…down I go. If anything, this whole experience has taught me to be much more present and I’m happy to say I still have my eye on my A race.

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A Runner’s Awakening

by Jim Burnett


The deep cord of the almost lost, almost gone restless beneath,
The turning point, the blink of an eye, the almost missed,
The never to be forgotten, the final fearfulness, the closing door,
The dark shadow, the fading light, the whisperings.

Floating through the door to space, stillness awaits,
Uncountable miles trail behind, blurred, each a drop in a vast sea,
Squinting into the rising sun’s fire now, exhaling,
Arms dropping down, loose, an awakening smile curls gently upward.

Crunching gravel sliding under,
Blood and breath and foot all one,
Round the corner full and empty,
Every step a fateful leap.

Slippery bank leads to the crossing,
Generations close behind,
Time to push or just move over,
Time to sow or time to sleep?

Doesn’t matter not to worry,
Breathing in and breathing out,
I am dreaming I am running,
Be ye first or be ye last.

See the body at its function,
Feel the wind and steel the pain,
Fluids flowing heart a‘beating,
Welcome raindrops snow and ice.

Still the doorway swings wide open,
Now the runner dreams and runs,
Into space and into stillness,
Generations close behind.

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