If it doesn't challenge you, It doesn't change you!!!

 

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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

To read the rest, click here for the document

   

 

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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 2017

 
 

The athletes below will be competing (or expressed their intent to compete) in 2017. 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 2017 are 4-8 October for the Triple ANVIL, 5-8 October for the Double ANVIL and for the Single, you can start either with the Triple or Double athletes.

Good luck to all!


Virginia Triple ANVIL

**Georgeta Gruescu**, 44.97 ~ Bothell, WA from Romania

  • 2017 Oregon Double ANVIL to do
  • 2016 Hawaii Ironman
  • 2016 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 24 Ironman's
  • 112 Marathons/ultra runs (up to 100 milers)

*Leslie Holton*, 49 ~ Pine, CO

  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL Team
  • 2013/11 Tampa Double IRON
  • 2008 Levis, Canada Double IRON (World Champion)
  • 2007 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2007 Dirty Kanza 200 (1st ever female finisher)
  • 2007 Fireweed 400 (1st place female, RAAM Qualified)

**Carrie O'Bryan**, 39 ~ Claremore, OK

  • 2017 Florida Double ANVIL
  • Redman Full Distance Tri

Ruth Sleeter, 42 ~ Raleigh, NC

  • 2016 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Beach 2 Battleship Full Distance Tri
  • 2014 Ride Around Lake Tahoe Century

*Anthony Baugh*, ~

Billy Collier, 64 ~ Chattanooga, TN

  • 2014 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Ironman Chattanooga
  • 2013 Florida IRON Plus
  • 2013/12/11/10 Ironman Louisville
  • 2013/12 Lookout Mtn 50 Miler
  • 2012/11/10/91 Great Floridian
  • 2011 Ironman Florida
  • 10 Marathons
  • 1990 Vineman Ironman

**Brian Connors**, 37 ~ Salt Lake City, UT

  • 2017 Challenge Roth To Do
  • 2016 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2015 Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Boulder, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs
  • 2014 Ironman Cabo, Canada, Lake Havasu, Palm Springs
  • 2013 Ironman Napy Valley, Marble Falls
  • 2013 Redman Full Distance Tri
  • 2012 Corpus Christi

*Shane Eversfield*, 59 ~ Lake Placid , NY

  • 2015 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2012 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 2010/07 Virginia Double IRON

*Matt Frazier*, 37 ~ Midland, MI

  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil
  • North Country 50 Mile Trail Run
  • 2014 Yankee Springs 50 Mile Trail Run
  • 2014 Crystal Lake Shore to Shore Swim (8.7 Miles) /LI>
  • 2014 MUTT 50K Trail Run
  • 2013 Rev 3 Cedar Point Full Distance
  • 2014 Boston Marathon
  • 2014/13 Groundhog Marathon
  • 2014/13 Bayshore Marathon
  • 2013/12 Grand Rapids Marathon
  • 2012 The Qualifier Marathon

Joel Gat, 44 ~ Flagstaff, AZ

  • 2013 VolState 500K run
  • 2012 1700 mile Continental Divide section hike
  • 2012 Barkley Marathon 1 lap
  • 2011 World's Toughest Mudder 24 Hour race 12th Overall
  • Bandera 100K
  • Cactus Rose 50 Miler

*Chip Gerber* ~ 38, Toms, MD

  • 2017 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2016 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2015 Ironman Chattanooga
  • 2014 Ironman Cozumel
  • 2014 Ironman Maryland
  • Professional MMA and Ground Fighter
  • Professional Powerlifting World Champion

*Perry Gray*, 58 ~ Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • 2015 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 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

Mario Hamel, 51 ~ Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL Team
  • 2015 IM Cozumel
  • 2015 IM Texas
  • 2015 Demi-Esprit Montréal
  • 2014 IM Maryland

*Jared Huggins*, 35 ~ Houston, TX

  • 2016 Oregona Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Houston Running Festival Hundred Miler
  • 4.9 Mile Santa Monica Endurance Ocean Swim
  • 230 Mile Houston to Austin ride, Century Rides
  • 3 Marathons

**Mike Kline**, 42 ~ Leonardtown, MD

  • 2015 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 14 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

**William Lane**, 55 ~ Philadelphia, PA

  • 2016 Ironman Maryland
  • 2014/08/7 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 2011/10/09 Virginia Triple Anvil
  • 2010 ChesapeakeMan Full Distance
  • 2006/7 Ironman Lake Placid

Bobby Leong, 49 ~ New York City, NY

  • 2012/2013 Florida Double Anvil participant
  • 2011 Ultra Marathon Cycling Association New York State E-W record holder
  • 2011/09/08 IM Lake Placid
  • 2011 Sebring, FL 24 Endurance Cycling Event
  • 2009 Bike Ride across the US to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project

Matt McClellan, 28 ~ Virginia Beach, VA

  • 2015 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 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

Pascal Morin, 34 ~ Laval, Québec, Canada

  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL

**Steve Orsini**, 45 ~ Midland, MI

  • 2017 North Country 50 to do
  • 2015, 2013, 2011 Rev 3 Cedar point iron-distance tri
  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 2014 Ironman Mont Tremblant
  • 2014 Indiana Trail 50
  • 2001, 1996 Vineman iron-distance tri
  • Several marathons, 50k's and 70'3's

Scott Ragsdale, 45 ~ U.S. living in Dubai, Emirates

  • 30+ marathons
  • 10+ ironman/ironman distance finisher
  • Naseba7: 7 ironman distance in 7 days across the 7 Emirates of the UAE
  • Marathon des Sables finisher
  • Swam the English Channel
  • 2 x RAAM (DNF’d 013 and crashed out to the hospital for 3 days in 015)
  • Cycled from UAE/Oman border across and down Oman to Yemen border and back to UAE border (3,200 kms in 10 days)

Juan Carlos Sagastume, 42 ~ Guatemala City, Guatemala

  • 2016 Mexico 1x5 Quintuple
  • 2016 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2015 Leadville 100 Mile Trail Run - 3rd Overall
  • 2015 Grand Raid De La Reunion, Africa 176 Km Ultra Run
  • 2015 Tor Des Geants, Italy 330 Km Ultra Run
  • 2014 Badwater 135 Mile Ultra Run
  • Many many more ultra runs and bike rides and such - crazy stuff     Click here to see his accomplishments - pdf document

*David Seres*, 44 ~ Newport Beach, CA

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

Will Turner, 59 ~ Richmond, VA

  • 2015 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 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

*Stevin Wiederhold*, 47 ~ Saginaw, MI

  • 2014 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 2014 ITU Chicago World Championships
  • 2013 American Triple T
  • 2013 Tough Mudder Detroit
  • 2012 Rev 3 Cedar Point Full Distance Tri
  • 2001/09 Natonal 24 Hour Bike Challenge
  • 7 Full Marathons

Virginia Double ANVIL

Rhonda-Marie Avery, ~ Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Vasilis Toxavidis, ~ Boston , MA from Greece

  • Rhonda-Marie is a 8% Blind Athlete, Vasilis Toxavidis is her Guide
  • for the race, Guide meaning he will accompany her on the Course

Toni Butler, ~

Jane Coffey, ~

Monika Hill, 29(+15) ~ Phoenixville, PA

  • 2014 Escape from Alcatraz
  • 2014 3 Days at the Fair 100K
  • 2012/08/05/03 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2012 Ohio Triple T
  • 2011 7.5 Mile Potomac Swim
  • 2010 Hawaii Ironman
  • 2010/07/04 Ironman Brazil
  • 2010 Hawaii Ironman
  • 2009 Brandywine Point to Point 35 Miler
  • 2005 Ironman Wisconsin
  • 2002 Ironman Florida
  • 1999/98 Hood to Coast 24 Hour Relay
  • Multiple Marathons and other races to cause self inflicted bodily harm

**Jean Ho**, 49 ~ Taiwan living in Newport Beach, CA

  • 2015 Florida Anvil Plus
  • 1 Double Century Ride
  • 9 100 Milers
  • Couple of Century Rides
  • 96 marathon or longer distance runs
  • Full Distance Tri

Robin Kelly, 37 ~ Denver, CO

  • 2016 Wave to Wine MS Bike Ride 134 miles
  • 2016 Tarawera NZ 63.3 Mile Ultra
  • 2015 Ironman New Zealand
  • 2015 Tarawera NZ 50K
  • Lake Taupo NZ Cycle Challenge Century

Sheryl Leonard-Schneck, 50 ~ Wauwatosa, WI

  • 2014 Hawaii Ironman to do
  • 2013 Beach 2 Battleship Full Distance Tri

Stacy Morton-Martinez, ~Fort Worth, TX

  • Florida Ultraman
  • 5 Ironman's

Carolyn Young, ~ , MD

Bruce Allentuck, 52 ~ North Potomac, MD

  • 2x Chesapeakeman 140.6
  • 1x Duke Blue Devil 140.6
  • 4x JFK 50 Miler
  • 2x Seneca Trail 50K
  • 2x Great Chesapeake Bay Swim
  • 2X Death Race (DNF both)

*Ron Arthur*, ~ Winfield, WV

  • Almost Heaven Epic Challenge (5 mile swim, 200 mile bike, 30 mile run)
  • Ironman
  • 10K open water swim
  • Hallucenagen 100 ultra
  • Holds the world record for pushups done in a hour

*Jerry Barnett*, 47 ~ Lusby, MD

  • 2017 Umstead 100 Miler to do
  • 2015 JFK 50 Miler
  • 2015 Beach2Battleship 140.6
  • 2014 GUTS FA 50K Trail Run
  • 2013 Ironman Florida
  • 2012 Albany (Snickers) Marathon

Lee Barwick, 38 ~ Mt Airy, MD

  • 2015 Philadelphia Dirty German 50k
  • 2015 CambridgePain In The Neck 50k
  • 2013 ChesapeakeMan Full Distance Tri

Craig Braun, ~ Oconomowoc, WI

Nathan Brooks, 44 ~ Barrie, Ontario, Canada

  • 2016 Ironman Mt Tremblant to do
  • 2016 50 miler Trail run
  • 2016 100km Mountain trail run
  • 2016 24 hr bike race, finished 355 km (back injury
  • 2015 - Three 24 hr road bike races .. longest 550 km
  • 2014 - helped a friend do 900 km by pacing her 3 days for about 50 km each
  • 2013 - 50 miler, several 50 km running, attempted 100 miler (made 80)
  • 2 full Ironman's

Daniel Burke, 55 ~ Val-d'Or, Québec, Canada

  • 2011 Virginia Double IRON
  • 10 Ironman's 11:38 PR
  • 9 OYO (On Your Own) Full Distance Tri's
  • 8 Marathons
  • a few long swims

*Chris Calimano*, 36 ~ Staten Island, NY

  • 2016/15 Leadville Leadman Finisher
  • 2016 320-mile Ultraman Florida Finisher
  • 2014 4-Desert Grand Slammer (Jordan, Gobi, Atacama, Antarctica)
  • 2013-2010: Completed a full 26.2 marathon in every US State
  • Completed 12 Full Ironman triathlons

*Tim Davis*, 43 ~ Alhambra, CA

  • 2015 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2014 AC 100 Finisher
  • 14 Ultramarathons (50-100Ks)
  • 10 time Iron-Distance Finisher (2014 Hits Palm Springs, 2012 IMCdA, 2011 IMAZ)
  • 30+ Marathons
  • Several Century Plus rides
  • One 10K swim, several 5k swims

Gerry Fassett, 69 ~ Levis, Québec, Canada

  • 2013 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 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

Matthew Fields, 49 ~ Yorkshire, England

  • 2015 Ironman Wales
  • 2015 Wasdale X Full distance Tri
  • 2014 Ironman Switzerland
  • 2013 Ironman Austria

**Matt Freiman**, 35 ~ East Hampton, CT

  • 2017 Bighorn 100 to do
  • 2016 JFK 50 Miler
  • 2016 Ironman Maryland 130.2
  • 2016/15 Ironman Mont Tremblant
  • 2014 Challenge AC
  • 2013 Ironman Whistler
  • 5 Marathons 3 Hr PR

David Glade, 52 ~ Morrison, CO

  • 2010 Virginia Double IRON
  • 2009 Ironman Wisconsin
  • 2009 Ironman Germany (3rd time)
  • Ironman Arizona
  • Ironman Kentucky
  • Ironman Malaysia
  • Redman Full distance Oklahoma
  • 25+ Marathons
  • RAAM Qualifier Race

Haider Hasan, 28 ~ Berkeley, CA

  • 201? HITS Napa Valley Full Distance
  • 2015/14 World's Toughest Mudder
  • 2015/14 HITS Championship, Palm Springs - Full Distance Tri
  • 2015 Crystal Springs Marathon Trail Run - 3rd Place Age Group
  • 2014 Los Angeles Marathon
  • 2014 San Francisco Marathon

Carl Hunt, 65 ~ Roxbury, CT

  • A few multi day races
  • Bunch of 100 mile races
  • Big bunch of Ultra Marathons
  • Bigger bunch of marathons
  • 4 Iron Distance Events

Joe Jaffe, ~ Geneva, NY

  • 2016 Hawaii Ironman Unofficial Finisher
  • Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Jason Jaksetic, 35 ~ Pittsfield, VT

  • 2016 Oregon Double ANVIL to do
  • 2015/11 Virginia Double ANVIL
  • 2013 Ironman Lake Placid
  • 2013 Spartan Ultra Beast
  • 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

**Stephen Johnson**, 54 ~ Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • Canadian record holder 1995 to 2007 Double Ironman (7.6 km swim, 360 km cycle, 84.4 km run) 22 hours 44 minutes
  • Winner Double Iron Triathlon 1995 (Huntsville, Alabama) 22 hours 44 minutes
  • Third place Double Iron Triathlon 1996 (Huntsville, Alabama) 23 hours 21 minutes
  • Fifth place Double Iron Triathlon 2000 (Colonial Beach, Virginia) 24 hours 44 minutes
  • Third Place Double Ultra triathlon Canada 2001 (Levis, Quebec) 23 hours 6 minutes
  • Second place Friedrich Nietzsche Ultra-Distance Duathlon World Championship 1996 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 250 km cycle and 52 km run) 12 hours 24 minutes
  • Fourth Place Ultraman Canada 2005 (Swim 10km, Cycle 418km, run 84km)
  • Third Place Ultra man Canada 2006 (Swim 10km, Cycle 418km, run 84km)
  • Eight time Double Ironman finisher
  • Triple Ironman finisher 1997 (11.4 km swim, 540 km cycle, 126.6 km run) Lensahn, Germany in 52 hours 2 minutes
  • Fourteen time Ironman distance finisher (3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle, 42.2 km run)
  • Ultraman World Championships finisher 2007
  • Finisher World Decatriathlon Challenge 2008 (38 km swim, 1800 km cycle, 422 km run) Monterrey, Mexico

**Beat Knechtle**, 52 ~ St Gallen, Switzerland

Xavier Koenig, 31 ~ St Louis, MO

  • 2016 Big Shoulders 5k OWS Lake Michigan to do
  • 2016 Dirty Kanza 200 Gravel Race Finisher
  • 2016 Ironman Chattanooga
  • 2 time Death Race Veteran
  • over 20 Spartan Races Completed

**John Marotta**, ~

  • 16 Ultra's
  • 4 Ironman's
  • 50 Marathon's

*Kevin Mendenhall*, 25 ~ Yorktown, VA

  • 2015 Beach2Battleship 140.6
  • 2015 Table Rock 50K Ultra
  • Lots of beach lifeguarding/sand runs/long swims

Brian Mumaw, 50 ~ Sandy Hook, VA

  • 3 Ironman's
  • Many Trail Runs
  • Many Long Bike Rides
  • RAIN Ride Across Indiania 160 miles

*Bernard Nuss*, 56 ~ Nuremberg, Germany

  • 2017 Florida Double ANVIL to do
  • 2015 Double-Ultratriathlon Emsdetten
  • 2014 Ironman France and 100 Miles Berlin
  • 2013 Ironman Frankfurt and Challenge Roth
  • 2012 Challenge Roth
  • 24 Ultramarathon
  • 45 Marathon

*Brad Patterson*, 40 ~ Chapel Hill, NC

  • 3x biked across North Carolina
  • 4x Asault on Mt Mitchell
  • Numerous Ironman's

Marcus Respes, 37 ~ Langhorne, PA

  • 2016 Ironman South Africa to do
  • 2016 Gran Fondo New York to do
  • 2016 Skytop mountain 50 miler to do
  • 2016 Ironman Mont Tremblant to do
  • 2015 Ironman Maryland PR 12:18:24
  • 2015 Gran Fondo New York
  • 2015 Ironman Melbourne
  • 2012 Gran Fondo New York
  • 2012 Ironman Wales

*Dave Rodda*, 50 ~ Des Moines, IA

  • 2017 Ironman Texas, Boulder, Mont Tremblant, Wisconsin to do
  • 2016/15 Ironman Arizona
  • 2016/15 Ironman Louisville
  • 2016/14 Ironman Wisconsin
  • 2016/15 Ironman Boulder
  • 2015 Grandmas Marathon
  • 2013 Des Moines Marathon

Rodney Rubin, ~ Silver Springs, MD

  • 6 Ironman's

Bart Schuster, ~

*Wolfgang Schmidt*, 57 ~ Germany living in Canada

  • Race Photo credit to Ultraman Photographer Rick Kent
  • 2013 Virginia Quintuple ANVIL (4 marathons done before ankle went out)
  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON
  • 2010 Ultraman Hawaii
  • 2009 Ultraman Canada
  • 11 Ironman's - 3 Hawaii Ironman's
  • 20 plus marathons

**Vaughn Temple**, 45 ~ Frederick, MD

  • A Bunch Of Races
  • 3 Ironman's

**Brian Walker**, 51 ~ Bel Air, MD

  • Chesapeakeman Full Distance Tri
  • 4 Marathons
  • 2 50K Trail Races
  • multiple 3 & 4 mile open water swims

Virginia Double ANVIL Teams

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Virginia ANVIL Triathlon

Cassia Connors, 30 ~ Salt Lake City, UT

  • 2017 Challenge Roth Triathlon to do
  • 2017/16 Oceanside 70.3
  • 2016 Mid Mountain Marathon
  • 2015 Lake Tahoe 70.3
  • 2015 Grand Junction 70.3
  • 2014 Boise 70.3
  • 2014 Lake Havasu 70.3

Daniel Carroll, 32 ~ , Dallas, TX

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