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The Creation of the AnVillage

The AnVillage term was penned by Maria Simone following the March 2016 Double ANVIL.

The Anvillage!!!

It would be a mistake to think of a Double Anvil as simply twice an Ironman. While the numbers do add up that way, the experience is so much more than just those numbers.

Representative of these differences is the very language used to described the center of the race. An Ironman has a transition area. The Double Anvil has a village. That’s more than just a semantic difference.

Within the confines of that Anvil village–what I’m going to call the Anvillage–lies the key to what makes this event so special: a sense of community that comes from pushing the edges of our comfort zones, sharing the belief that limits are for other people, and finding our strength not only as individuals–but also as a community of people seeking the extraordinary.

While I raced as a solo racer, this effort was hardly an individual effort for me – or for any of my fellow racers. It is not possible to cross the finish line of a race of this magnitude without the support of the Anvillage. The respect and support of the racers, their crews, and the race staff is like no other race I’ve ever done.

Not. Even. Close.

The commiseration or commendation of your fellow comrades-in-laps can lift you out of a hole or help you ride the high to the finish line. There were times when I was convinced that to go another lap would be a seemingly impossible, Herculean effort. But, then, a fellow racer or their crew would cheer me on, give me words of encouragement, and I was fueled and renewed by the knowledge that if I believed it – I would achieve it.

We may have started as individuals, but in passing through the Anvillage lap after lap after lap–and yeah, another lap–we crossed the line into family.

To read her complete race report, click here for the document

   

 

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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.

ANVILIZATION

Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at steve@USAUltraTri.com for more information and to be added to the list.

   

 

 

Virginia Athletes Racing in 2013

 
 

The Fex3 and Fex2 athletes below will be competing (or expressed their intent to compete) in this years event. If they have an asterisk (**) before and after their name, that means they have registered and paid for the race. If there is only one asterisk (*), means they are pretty serious, more than just a dream - a wish, but haven't registered yet. The dates for 2013 will be 9-13 October for the Triple and 10-13 October for the Double.

Good luck to all!


Virginia Triple ANVIL

**Francine Amyot**, 49 ~ St-Romuald, Quebec, Canada

  • 2010 Virginia Double IRON 1x2
  • 2009 Levis Double Ultra Tri

**Paula Heron**, 36 ~ South Africa via KY


**Kathy Roche-Wallace**, 52 ~ Marshall, MI

  • 2013 RAAM Bike Race Across America attempt
  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON Team
  • 2011 RAAM Bike Race Across America solo finisher
  • 2010/08/07/06/05 Virginia Triple IRON
  • 2009 Virginia Triple IRON Team with husband
  • 2009/8 Primal Quest Adventure Race
  • 2006 American 10x10 IRON triathlon ~ finished 5 IRONs in 5 days before stopping due to injuries
  • 2006 Old Dominion 100 Miler
  • 2004/03 Odyssey Triple IRON

**David Bush**, 36 ~ Columbus, OH

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2011/10 Ironman Louisville
  • 2010 Chicago Marathon
  • 2010 Bigfoot 50K

**Justin Curreri**, 28 ~ Glastonbury, CT

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2012/10 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2012 Peak Snowshoe Marathon
  • 2011 Vermont 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2009 Vermont 50 Mile Ultra Run
  • several Half Irons and Marathons

**Johan "Taz" Desmet**, 46 ~ Belgium living in Suwanee, GA

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2011 IM Louiseville
  • Pinhoti 100 Miler
  • Georgia Jewell 100 Miler
  • Guts Reactor Run 100 Miler
  • 13 Marathons
  • Nashville 50 Miler
  • The North Face 50 Miler

**Gerry Fassett**, 65 ~ Pintendae, Québec, Canada

  • 2012/11 Virginia Double IRON
  • 7 other Double Iron's completed
  • 4 Ironman's
  • 1 Rockman
  • 1 Goldman
  • 1 Aquaman
  • 20 times Canadian Ski Marathon ~ 2 Day 170 km Snowski Venture

**Dolph Hoch IV**, 49 ~ Lowerbank, NJ

  • 2012 Chesapeakeman Full distance
  • 2007 ERNA RAID "Toughest Military Competition in the world" finisher and highest place ever for TEAM USA
  • 2006 40 Mile Cross Country Ruck Race with 40 lb Ruck - Team USA 1st Place
  • 2000/1999 Lake Placid

**David Jepson**, 37 ~ Fort Collins, CO

  • 2013 Florida Double IRON - 1st
  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON - 1st
  • 2011 Virginia Double IRON - 2nd
  • 2011 Florida Double IRON - 3rd
  • 7 Ironman Finishes

**James Manning**, 55 ~ Centreville, VA

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 8 Ironman's
  • 1 50 Mile Ultra Run

**Tristan Vinzent**, 50 ~ Wörrstadt, Germany

  • 2013 Monterrey Mexico Quintuple Ultra to do
  • 2011/12 Virginia Triple IRON
  • 2010 Virginia Double IRON
  • 21 Marathons
  • 2002: Ironman Germany
  • 2003: Subaru IR Canada
  • 2004: Ironman Canarias, Lanzarote and IR Switzerland
  • 2005: Subaru Ironman Canada
  • 2006: IR Canarias, Lanzarote and IR United Kingdom
  • 2008/07: IR Canarias, Lanzarote and IR Germany
  • 2009: IR Southafrika and Subaru IR Canada

**Jim Wilkes**, 38 ~ Potsdam, NY

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON Plus
  • 2012 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2012 Rev 3 Cedar Point Full Distance
  • 2012 JFK 50 Miler
  • 2011 Rev3 Full Distance Triathlon
  • Races with Team Red, White and Blue
  • 2011 Burlington City Marathon

**Spencer Williams**, 22 ~ Hudson, MA

  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2012 Ironman Texas
  • 2012 Graveyard 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • Peaks 100 Mile Snowshoe Race
  • McNaughton Park 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • Peaks 53 Mile Ultra Run
  • Vermont 50 Mile Ultra Run

Virginia Double ANVIL

**Amy Engel**, 37 ~ San Diego, CA

  • 2013 Vineman Full distance to do
  • 2012 Ironman Texas
  • 2012 Boston Marathon plus various others
  • 2011/10 Ohio Triple T
  • 2011/09/08 Ironman Louisville
  • 2010 Rev 3 Cedar Point Tri
  • 2009 Beach2Battleship Tri
  • 2008 Great Floridian

**Sarah Speicher**, 32 ~ Newport, KY

  • 2013 Evergreen Lake Ultra and Half Trail Run to do
  • 2013/11 Ironman Louisville
  • 2012 ITU Long Course, Spain
  • 2012/11 American Triple T
  • 2010 Ironman Florida
  • 2009/08 Flying Pig Marathon
  • 2008 Columbus Marathon

**Robin Watkins**, 30 ~ Washington, DC

  • 2013 Massanutten Mtn 100 Miler (1st Female)
  • Ten 50k's since 2011
  • 2012 The Ring 71 Mile Trail Run
  • 2012/11 Stone Mill 50 Mile Trail Run
  • 2012 Laurel Highlands 70 Mile Trail Run
  • 2012 Ironman New York City

**Matthew Borthwick**, 31 ~ Highland Hills, NY

  • 2011 Ironman Florida
  • Three 35/32/30 mile Ultra Runs

**Paul Bunnell**, 46 ~ Chesapeake, VA

  • 2011 Richmond Marathon
  • 2010 Beach to Battleship Full Distance Tri
  • 2006 Odyssey Off Road Half IRON
  • 2005 Blue Devil Full Distance Tri

**Billy Collier**, 60 ~ Chattanooga, TN

  • 2012/11/10 Ironman Louisville
  • 2012/11/10/91 Great Floridian
  • 2012 Lookout Mtn 50 Miler
  • 2011 Ironman Florida
  • 10 Marathons
  • 1990 Vineman Full Distance

**Robert Conner**, 42 ~ St Augustine, FL

  • 2013 Florida Full Triathlon
  • 1 100 Mile Trail Run
  • 2 100K Trail Runs
  • 3 50 Mile Trail Runs

**Tim Garrett**, 51 ~ Newtown, NSW, Australia

  • 3x Northface 100 Miler
  • Kalahari augrabies Ultra 240 km
  • Leadville 100 Miler
  • 2x Western Australia Ironman
  • 6633 Ultra 120 Miler
  • 6633 Ultra 350 Miler

**Jason Jaksetic**, 31 ~ Pittsfield, VT

  • 2013 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2013 Spartan Ultra Beast
  • 2011 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2011 Epic 3 Hawaii
  • 2011 100 Mile Snowshoe Run
  • 2006 Hawaii Ironman
  • 4 other Ironman's
  • 24 Hour and 504 Mile Ultra Cycle Rides
  • Bunch of Ultra Runs


**Jay Lonsway**, 41 ~ Marshall, MI

  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON Team
  • 2012 Ironman Lake Placid
  • Steel Head Full Distance 3 times

**Pascal Morin**, 31 ~ Laval, Québec, Canada

**Seyed-Hassan Mousavi**, 24 ~ Raleigh, NC

  • 2013 Frosty 50K
  • 2013 Graveyard 100K
  • 2013 OBX Ultramarathon 50K
  • Grindstone 100 Mile Trail Run/52 miles done
  • 2011 Beach 2 Battleship Full Distance

**Serhot Ozturk**, 26 ~ Washington, DC

  • 2010 Unofficial Finisher Virginia Double IRON

Domingos Pandeló Jr, 49 ~ Santos, Brazil

  • 2013 Vineman Full Distance to do
  • 2013 Brazil Marathon to do
  • 2013 Ironman Cozumel to do
  • 2013 Honolulu Marathon to do
  • 2012 Ironman Cozumel
  • 2012 Blumenau Marathon
  • 2012 Caxias Mountain Marathon

**Rian Shinnock**, 30 ~ Columbus, OH

  • 2013 Ironman Lake Placid to do
  • 2012 American Triple-T
  • 2012 Fall Northcoast 12 Hour Endurance Run
  • 3 Ironmans

**Brett Sobieraski**, 47 ~ Kent, NY

  • 2012 Can 50 mile Ultra
  • 2011 Summer Beast of Burden 100 mile Ultra
  • 2011 BPAC 6 hour Ultra
  • 2009 Ironman Louisville
  • 2007 Chesapeakeman Ultra Distance Triathlon

**Chris Solarz**, 35 ~ New York City, NY

  • 225 Marathons 2:39 PR
  • 50 Ultra Marathons including 6 100 milers
  • 3 Ironman's
  • 5X Guinness Record HolderR
  • 28.5 Mile Swim Around Manhattan

**Mike Stepanek**, 37 ~ Ellicott City, MD

  • 2013 24 Hours of Booty Bike Ride - To Do
  • 2013/11/10 Diabolical Double Rike Ride
  • 2011 500 Mile Week-Long Bike Ride Across NY State
  • 2012 JFK 50 Miler
  • 14 Marathons in 9 States & 3 Continents
  • 2009 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2006 Chesapeake Bay Swimn

**Antal Vőneki**, 55 ~ Szeged, Hungary

  • 2013-05 Nine Triple Ultra Tri's
  • 2013-05 Seventeen Double Ultra Tri's
  • 2010 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2010/08 Monterrey Mexico Decatriathlon
  • 2006 Vidauban, France Decatriathlon World Champs
  • 2007-2003 Five Ironman's
  • Since 2000 lots of marathons and ultra marathons and lots of medals