The numbers were whittled down a bit from last year's record-breaking turnout - as smarter souls found themselves "unexpectedly" tied down with other obligations - but the 2011 running of the Titus Van Rijn (TVR) One Hour Distance Classic - Sun Valley Edition was as grand an affair as always. Eleven toed the line on what turned out to be a rare beautiful spring day.
The TVR is a festival of running that takes place across the country between May 1 and June 14. All that's required is a standard length track, stopwatch, and the will to run for 60 minutes while keeping track of your laps. Results are then sent in to national TVR headquarters, where they're compiled and posted, along with entertaining race reports from sea to shining sea. The official TVR site has more details, great history, and past results (TVR site).
Taking top honors at the Sun Vally running of the TVR was, yet again, Brad Mitchell, covering close to 10 miles (15,875 meters). Tied for second were Alex Gonzales and Hank Dart, with 13,680 meters (8.5 miles). Top woman was Julie Cord (12,260 meters; 7.6 miles), with EJ Harpham close on her heels (12,030 meters; 7.5 miles).
AJW and his fish shorts and Liv Jensen, regulars at past runnings, missed the May 19 event, but are likely to schedule a re-run later this month. Look out for a supplemental report should they open the event up to the press.
Full Sun Valley TVR results from 2011 and 2010.
|First minute. First bend.|
|Rock n Roll|
|Brad making it look easy|
|Still smiling at 30 minutes|
|Line up on the finishing stretch|
|Down the back stretch in the 40th minute|
|In control and happy in the closing minutes|