Williamsburg, VA - What was most notable on Saturday morning at the 11th annual Warhill 8K Run (formerly a 5K run, but changed to an 8K for 2014), is that, for the second time in Colonial Road Runners history, a female runner was the overall winner of a CRR Grand Prix race. Kathleen Lautzenheiser, 22, of Midlothian, who graduated last month from William and Mary, crossed the finish line in 30:31 for the 4.97-mile distance, just ahead of the men’s top three of Greg Dawson, 48 (30:57), Nicholas Weigund, 24 (31:05) and Martin Gallivan, 45 (31:15), all from Williamsburg.
Lautzenheiser had previously won April’s Run the D.O.G. Street 5K in a course record 17:43. The only other time a female was the first runner across the finish line of a CRR race was in 2006 when Aurora Scott, then 16, of Chesapeake won the Governor’s Land 5K Run in 16:37, 18 seconds ahead of Steve Chantry, then age 51, the first male finisher.
The race was organized by, and benefited, the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club Scholarship. The course was a combination of a gravel service road around the Warhill soccer fields, the 3.6-mile Warhill Nature Trail, and an out-and-back to Longhill Road up the bike path, and back the park entrance road, with the finish line at WISC (Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex).