April 1, 2006
Hundreds of runners hit the pavement in Charlottesville during the 31st Annual Charlottesville 10-Miler race.
This year set a record number of registers and volunteers. For several runners this was their first time.
“It was a killer," said first time runner Brenda Griswold. “But it's done! Being 45 [years old] and [turning] 46, it's like over the hill I did something, a milestone.”
It was a milestone that Griswold didn't have to do alone. She not only had her friends Karen and Jenny running beside her in the race, but her family was on the side line supporting.
“It was really nice especially when I got to the Downtown Mall area and they're going 'go'... I was dying. And I thought to myself, because I didn't realize they were going to be there, and I was thinking, 'oh it's so good to have someone encourage me,'” said Griswold.
“She's not used to sweating and today I can see that she's sweating more than usual,” said Brenda’s husband Richard Griswold.
Sweating was a big part of today's game. With Saturday being considered a rather warm day for a 10-mile run, many runners said it was all about pacing yourself.
"Knowing where to speed up and where to pull back and where to give my best," explained runner Selena Cozart.
The race will help support the University of Virginia's volunteer program Madison House. The organization has already received $1,200 with donations from runners.
“We will be giving Madison House another check, much larger, for the proceeds from the race,” said Alice Wiggins, with Charlottesville 10-Miler.
There were 1,900 runners to cross the finish line, and no matter what their time, they had a lot of support. Spectator Philip Halland was there supporting his Mom, and said he was happy with her performance. "I thought she was pretty good because she wasn't last," he explained.
The race showed a record number of entries and volunteers. Jeff Eggleston, a 3rd year at UVA, was the overall winner coming in with a time of 50:51.