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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.

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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 2015

 
 

The athletes below will be competing (or expressed their intent to compete) in 2015. 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 2015 areS 8-11 October for the Triple ANVIL and 9-11 October for the Double ANVIL. We moved the start times up a day in 2013, which means the Double and Triple athletes will be finishing by Saturday evening now instead of Sunday evening. That allows you to get some rest before the awards ceremony which will still take place at Lake Anna Winery on Sunday around noon time.

Good luck to all!


Virginia Triple ANVIL

**Robin Cucinotta**, 44 ~ North Berwick, ME

  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 2014/12 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2013 Ironman Mont Tremblant
  • 2013/12 Ghost Train Ultra
  • 2012 Pineland Farms 50K
  • 2012/11 Boston Marathon
  • 2011 Stone Cat 50 miler
  • 2010 Baystate Marathon

**Paula Heron**, 38 ~ South Africa via KY

**Wendy Orlando**, 44 ~ Sarasota, FL

  • 2014 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Flatlanders 12 Hour race
  • 2013 Florida Anvil Plus
  • 2012 Florida Double IRON Team

**Johan "Taz" Desmet**, 48 ~ Belgian living in Cumming, GA

  • 2015 Florida Double Anvil
  • 2014 Oregon Double Anvil
  • 2013 Virginia Triple Anvil
  • 2012 Virginia Double Iron
  • 2008-2011; 35 ultra runs, 3 Iron

**Erik Hanley**, 33 ~ Eau Claire, WI

  • 2015 Florida Double Anvil
  • 2014/13 Ironman Texas
  • 2014 Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run
  • 2014/13/12/11/10 Rocky Racoon 100 Mile Trail Run
  • 2014 Glacial 50 Mile Trail Run
  • 2014/13 Mt Whitney ascent
  • 2014/13 Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon hike
  • 2013 Bandera 100 km Trail Run
  • 2013 Cactus Rose 100 Mile Trail Run
  • 2012-2005 Ironman Wisconsin
  • 2006 Ironman Coeur d'Alane
  • 2005/04 Ironman Lake Placid

**Steve Hendricks**, 56 ~ Newnan, GA

  • 2015/12 Florida Double Anvil
  • 6 Iron distance Tri's (Florida, Beach to Battleship, Louisville)
  • Graveyard 100 Miler
  • Bartram 100K
  • Mid-Atlantic 24 Hr Bike Race
  • 15 Marathons (Boston once)
  • 40 Mile Uwharrie Mountain Trail Run
  • Ridges Resort 5k Swim

**Rich Hume**, 33 ~ London, England and sometimes Australia

  • 2008 Virginia Triple Anvil
  • 2007 Virginia Double Anvil

**Scott Jordan**, 45 ~ North Berwick, ME

  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil

**Al Manning**, 57 ~ Centreville, VA

  • 2014 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL Plus
  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 8 Ironman's
  • 1 50 Mile Ultra Run

**William "Ironox" Pruett**, 49 ~ Burleson, TX

  • 2015 Oregon Double Anvil to do
  • 2014 Virginia Anvil Plus
  • 2012 Florida Double IRON
  • 2011 Virginia IRON Plus Triathlon
  • 2011 Florida IRON Plus Triathlon
  • Multiple Ironman Finisher
  • Multiple Marathon Finisher
  • Four 24 Hour Bike Ride Finisher
  • Three 5k Swim Finisher

**David Seres**, 42 ~ Newport Beach, CA

  • 2015/14 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Across the Years 48 Hour Run
  • 2013/12/11/10 Ironman Arizona

**Jay Sonnenklar**, 50 ~ Miami, FL

  • 2015/14 Florida Double Anvil
  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil Plus
  • 2013 Florida Full Triathlon

**Andrés Villagrán**, 31 ~ Guayaquil, Guyayas, Ecuador

  • 2015 Oregon Double Anvil to do
  • 2015 Ultraman Florida
  • Ironman Los Cabos and Mallorca
  • Naples Full Distance Triathlon
  • 10 Marathons

Virginia Double ANVIL

**Myrna Al Taraya**, 59 ~ Manama, Bahrain

  • 2015 Slovenia Double Ultra Tri U/O Finish
  • 2 x Ironman Finisher
  • 2 Ultra Marathons ~ 50K and 72K
  • 20 plus Marathons: 6x Boston Qualifier

**Christine Couldrey**, 41 ~ Raglan, NZ

  • 2015 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Virginia Quintuple ANVIL
  • 2004 Odyssey Triple IRON
  • 2002 Odyssey Double IRON

**Stacey Shand**, 35 ~ Kelowna, BC, Canada

  • 2015 Badwater 135 Mile Ultra Marathon to do
  • 2014 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Marathon des Sables
  • 2013 Badwater 135 Mile Ultra Marathon
  • 2013 Rocky Racoon 100 Miler
  • 2012 Ultraman Canada
  • 2012 Javelina Jundred Miler

**Michele Tucker**, ~ Fredericksburg, VA

**Paul Bedard** 47 ~ Boston, MA & Florida Keys

  • 2014/12/10/09 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2001/1999/98 Odyssey Double IRON
  • 1996/93/92 Huntsville Double IRON

**Dominic Chevrier**, 40 ~ Otterburn Park, Quebec, Canada

  • 2007 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 1998-2000 Bicycle World Tour 25,000 KM

**Dan Duran**, 46 ~ Yuba City, CA

  • 2015 Ironman Boulder
  • 2014 Oregon Bad Ass Anvil Triathlon
  • 2013 Ironman Cozumel
  • 2013 Nike Women's Marathon
  • 2012 Californian International (CIM) Marathon

**Perry Gray**, 54 ~ Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • 2013 Florida Double IRON
  • 2013/12 Esprit Full Distance Triathlon
  • 2013/12 Sri Chinmoy Self-transcendence 24 Hour Track Ultra
  • 2012 Big River 9km Open Water Swim
  • Sri Chinmoy Self-transcendence 12 Hour Track Ultra
  • 2011 Canadian 226 Iron Triathlon
  • 2009 National Capital Marathon

**Jason Jaksetic**, 33 ~ 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

**John Jenkins**, 41 ~ Absecon, NJ

  • 2015/4 Florida Double Anvil
  • 6 Time Ironmane: 2xLake Placid, 1xMont-Tremblant, 1xCozumel (9:35 pr) 1xKona, 1xLousiville
  • 2013 NJ Ultra Festival 100 18:22 2nd OA
  • 2013 Vermont 100 21:30
  • 2013 Feb Apple Frozen 50 Miler 3rd OA 8:25
  • 2013 Peaks Ultra 50 Miler 1st OA 11:27
  • 2010/09 Vermont 50 Miler

**Mike Kline**, 40 ~ Leonardstown, MD

  • 12 year Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor
  • 2014-2009 Marine Corps Marathons
  • 2014/12 Lower Potomac River Marathon
  • 2013 Walt Disney WOrld Marathon (Goofy Challenge)
  • 2013 Virginai 24 hour Run for Cancer (75 miles)
  • 2013 St Mary's Century
  • 2013 Chesapeakeman Ultra Tri
  • 2010 Oklahoma City Marathon

**David Light**, 46 ~ Fountain Valley, CA

  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil

**Matt McClellan**, 26 ~ Virginia Beach, VA

  • Graveyard 100 Mile ultra run
  • Peak Race 100 Miler
  • GOALS Cradle of Liberty 24 Hour Adv Race
  • Frigid Infliction 10 Hour Adv Race 2x
  • 2010 Hyannis Marathon

**Richard Morgan**, 37 ~ Tortola, BVI from England

  • Two 24 Hour Bike Events
  • 2 OMM Mountain Marathons
  • Boulder Full Distance Tri
  • St Croix, Panama, Puerto Rico, Miami, Boulder 70.3

**Steve Piluso**, 31 ~ Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

  • 2014 Ironman Wisconsin
  • 2012 Ironman Mont Tremblant
  • 2011 Ironman Louisville
  • Table Rock 52 Mile Ultra
  • 6 Marathons

**Nobuyuki Shinohara**, 29 ~ Itahashi, Japan

  • 2014 Ironman Japan

**Chris Trimmer**, ~ , MO

  • 2012 Virginia Quintuple ANVIL
  • 2011 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 2010 Virginia Double ANVIL

**Will Turner**, 57 ~ Richmond, VA

  • 2014 Cap 2 Cap Century
  • 2014 Ironman Boulder
  • 2013 Marin Century
  • 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe
  • 2012/05 Shamrock Marathon
  • 2011 Boston Marathon
  • 2011 Ironman Coeur d’Alene
  • 2010 Eugene Marathon
  • 2009 Ironman New Zealand
  • 2006/05/04/02 Richmond Marathon
  • 2006 Cincinnati Marathon
  • 2003 Philadelphia Marathon

**Tristan Vinzent**, 52 ~ Wörrstadt, Germany

  • 2015 Florida Double Anvil to do
  • 2014 Leon Mexico Deca Ultra to do
  • 2014 Slovenia Double Ultra
  • 2014 lensahn Germany Triple Ultra
  • 2013 Monterrey Mexico Quintuple Ultra
  • 2011/12 Virginia Triple IRON
  • 2010 Virginia Double IRON

**Ray Wearmouth**, 46 ~ Tortola, BVI from England

  • 2015 Ironman Texas to do
  • 2015 Tortola Torture, BVI 50k run to do
  • 2015 Puerto Rico Vuelta (375 miles, 3 days) to do
  • 5 IM's/Coeur d'Alene, Boulder, Great Floridan, Louisville x2
  • Puerto Rico Vuelta (373 miles, 3 days) x3
  • St John 3.5 mile Power Sea Swim x3
  • BVI 3 mile Swim the Sound

**August "Gus" Zupka**, 57 ~ East Haven, CT

  • 2014 NJ One Day (24 Hour)
  • 2014 HITS Hunter Moutain Full
  • 2013/11/07 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2013 Goofy Challenge
  • 2013 NJ Ultra Fest 50 Miler
  • 2011 NJ Ultra Fest 50 K
  • 2010 Ironman Louisville
  • 2010 Hartford Marathon
  • 2008 Chicago Marathon