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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 2016

 
 

The athletes below will be competing (or expressed their intent to compete) in 2016. 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 2016 are 12-16 October for the Triple ANVIL and 13-16 October for the Double ANVIL.

Good luck to all!


Virginia Triple ANVIL

**Laura Knoblach**, 21 ~ Boulder, CO

  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL
  • Ironman Boulder
  • Four Marathons
  • 12 Century Rides and handful of 150 mile rides
  • Climbed 16 Colorado 14ers (Incl winter ascents Quandary, Yale, Pikes

**Cole Braun**, 54 ~ Oconomowoc, WI

**Dan Duran**, 47 ~ Erie, CO

  • 2016/14 Oregon Bad Ass Anvil Triathlon
  • 2015 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2015 Ironman Boulder
  • 2013 Ironman Cozumel
  • 2013 Nike Women's Marathon
  • 2012 Californian International (CIM) Marathon

**Josh Hageman**, 38 ~ Vienna, VA

  • Triathlon coach (IMU cert) with Speed Sherpa
  • 3x Ironman finisher (Whistler, Florida, Maryland)
  • North Face Endurance Challenge 50 miler
  • multiple marathons
  • Garrett County Gran Fondo Diabolical Double

**Joey Lichter**, 35 ~ Pembroke Pines, FL

**Michael Ortiz**, 33 ~ Brooklyn, NY

  • 2016 Oregon Single ANVIL Plus
  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2016 Beast of Burden Winter 100 Miler
  • 2015 Beast of Burden Summer 100 Miler
  • 2015 Beast of Burden Winter 50 Miler
  • 2015/14 Knickerbocker 60K Ultra
  • One Ironman

**Peter Priolo**, 47 ~ Staten Island, NY

  • 2015 - Rocky Raccoon 100 - 22 hours 28 minutes
  • 2014 - Three Days at the Fair - 161 miles
  • 2013 Grand Slammer of Ultrarunning - Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville 100, and Wasatch 100 in one year (10 weeks actually). 4th New Yorker to achieve this goal
  • 2012 Vermont 100 - 21:24:21 - PR for 100 miler
  • 2010 Vermont 100 - First 100 miler at 28 hours
  • 2008 Ironman Louisville
  • 2002 Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Ultra - 10:07
  • 1999 Ironman New Zealand - A little over 11 hours
  • 1999/98/97/96 Ironman Canada - Best time 10:36:37

**Tim Robert**, 51 ~ Honolulu, HI

  • 2016 RAAM 4-Man Team
  • 2016 Brazil 160 mi Ultramarathon
  • 2015 Yellowstone-Teton 100 mi Ultramarathon
  • 2014 Ironman World Championships
  • 2014 Oregon Double Anvil
  • 2012 Ultraman World Championships
  • 2011 Ironman France
  • 2010 Ironman New Zealand

Triple ANVIL Teams

**Team Bay Rats**


John Jenkins, 42 ~ Absecon, NJ
  • 2015 Virginia Double Anvil - 1st place
  • 2015 Florida Double Anvil - 2nd place
  • 2014 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

Eric Schrading, ~ Galloway, NJ
  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 18 Ironman's 9:19 pr
  • 20 or so Marathons 2:52 pr

Virginia Double ANVIL

**Debbie Kampman**, 47 ~ Arvada, CO

  • 8 Ironman's
  • 10 Marathon's
  • 2 Team Relay 200 Milers

**Ruth Sleeter**, 41 ~ Raleigh, NC

  • 2014 Beach 2 Battleship Full Distance Tri
  • 2014 Ride Around Lake Tahoe Century

**Lisa Wei-Haas**, 56 ~ Tulsa OK from Arvida, Quebec, Canada

  • 2016/15 Oregon Bad Ass Single Anvil
  • 2014 Ultraman Canada
  • Leadville 250 Mile Triathlon (inaugural Boulder City and Bend)
  • 31 Iron Distance finshes (All 6 Silverman, IM Lanzarote, IM France, IM Hawaii legacy participant)
  • ALl 5 EpicWoman camps

**Paul Bedard** 48 ~ Westport, MA & Weston, FL

  • 2015/14/12/10/09 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2001/1999/98 Odyssey Double IRON
  • 1996/93/92 Huntsville Double IRON

**Chip Gerber** ~ 37, Toms, MD

  • 2015 Ironman Chttanooga
  • 2014 Ironman Cozumel
  • 2014 Ironman Maryland
  • Professional MMA and Ground Fighter
  • Professional Powerlifting World Champion

**Ronnie Gidekel**, 38 ~ Miami, FL

  • 2016 Oregon Bad Ass Single ANVIL
  • 2015 Ironman Florida
  • Six 70.3's
  • NYC Marathon

*Tim Hardin*, 36 ~ Marshall, MI

  • Ironman New Zealand, Whistler Canada, Cozumel Mexico, Lake Place
  • 10K Open Water Swim twice
  • 5 day 5 state 5 marathon series
  • 6 day 6 state 6 marathon series
  • 7 day 7 state 7 marathon series
  • Few other marathons, 50k, 50 milers
  • Wanting to go longer

**Serhot Ozturk**, 29 ~ Washington, DC

  • 2010 Unofficial Finisher Virginia Double IRON

**August "Gus" Zupka**, 58 ~ 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