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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 Quintuple Athletes Racing in 2016

 
 

The athletes below will be competing (or expressed their intent to compete) in this years Quintuple 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 2016 will be 9-16 October.

Good luck to all!


Virginia Quintuple ANVIL Regular Format



**Shanda Hill**, 34 ~ Vernon, BC, Canada

  • 2016 Oregon Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Okanagan Marathon
  • 2014 17k Kai Beach to Oyama Beach swim
  • 2015/14 Challenge Penticton Full Distance Tri
  • Fat Dog 80 km Ultra Run

**Kay Scott**, 47 ~ Bedford, TX

  • 2015 Florida Double ANVIL Team
  • 2014 Virginia Triple Duathlon Plus
  • 2013 Virginia Quintuple attempt (Double +++)
  • 2013 Florida Double ANVIL Plus
  • 2011 Virginia Double IRON
  • Florida Double IRON
  • 50+ Ultra Runs
  • 30+ Marathons
  • Raising funds for Parkinson's Disease for my dad

**Angie Wise**, 43 ~ St Joseph, MO

  • 2014/13 Florida Double ANVIL
  • 2012 Florida Double IRON Team
  • 1999 Odyssey Double IRON unoffical finish

**Mark Blore**, 48 ~ Coronado, CA

  • 2016/15/14 Oregon Double Anvil
  • 2015 Race Across The West 2 Man Relay Finisher
  • 2015 100 Mile Jester's World Record Run
  • Ironman KY, AZ, UT
  • 2012 Ragnar Team Winner
  • Five 50 Mile Trail Runs
  • 2x Deathride
  • Numerous Double Centuries
  • Numerous Single Day Cycling Challenges
  • 2x 24 Hr World's Toughest Mudder Finisher

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

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

**Zach Franklin**, 33 ~ Columbus, OH

  • 2015 Tampa Double ANVIL
  • 2014 Ironman Louisville
  • 2013 24 hour of Tri
  • 2013 American Triple T
  • 3 Double Marathons
  • 2 24 hour runs

**Erik Hanley**, 35 ~ Fort Collins, CO

  • 2016 Bigfoot 200 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2016/15 Florida Double Anvil
  • 2015 Virginia Triple 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

**David Jepson**, 41 ~ Red Feather Lakes, CO

  • 2016 Oregon Double ANVIL to do
  • 2014/13 Virginia Double ANVIL - 1st
  • 2013 Florida Double ANVIL - 1st
  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON - 1st
  • 2011 Virginia Double IRON - 2nd
  • 2015/11 Florida Double IRON - 3rd
  • 7 Ironman Finishes

**Jerome Libecki**, 46 ~ Clovis, CA

  • 2016 100 miler to do
  • 2016 Marin 50 Miler to do
  • Summer and Winter Team Death Race
  • 2014 Sharkfest Alcatraz Swim
  • 2015 San Joaquin River Trail 50k

**Al Manning**, 58 ~ Centreville, VA

  • 2015/14 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL Plus
  • 2012 Virginia Double IRON
  • 8 Ironman's
  • 1 50 Mile Ultra Run

**Will Turner**, 58 ~ 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

**Michael Ward**, 50 ~ Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK

  • 1 Deca IRON 1x10
  • 1 Deca IRON Continuous format
  • 1 Quintuple IRON
  • 6 Double IRON
  • 15 Ironman's

Virginia Quintuple ANVIL One a Day Format


**Christine Couldrey**, 42 ~ Raglan, NZ

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

**Leslie Holton**, 48 ~ 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)


**Kathy Roche-Wallace**, 55 ~ 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

**Steve Hendricks**, 57 ~ Newnan, GA

  • 2015 Virginia Triple Anvil
  • 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

**Adolphus Dolph Hoch IV**, 52 ~ Kellogg, ID

  • 2016/15 Oregon Bad Ass Single ANVIL ~ 1st Place O/A both events
  • 2014 Yellowstone to Teton 100 Miler - 1st place Master 50 plus
  • 2013 Virginia Triple ANVIL
  • 2013 24 Hr Worlds Toughest Mudder Award Winner
  • 2012 Chesapeakeman Full distance
  • 2007 ERNA RAID "Toughest Military Competition in the world" finisher and highest place ever for TEAM USA
  • 2006 Pine Barrens Half Iron 4h 17m
  • 2006 40 Mile Cross Country Ruck Race with 40 lb Ruck - Team USA 1st Place
  • 2000/1999 Lake Placid Ironman

**William Lane**, 54 ~ Philadelphia, PA

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


**Jay Lonsway**, 44 ~ Marshall, MI

  • 2013 Virginia Double Anvil
  • 2012 Virginia Triple IRON Team
  • 2012 Ironman Lake Placid
  • Steel Head Full Distance 3 times