Charlottesville Marathon flattens out
In an effort to lure more family spectators and create a faster, flatter course, the 2010 Charlottesville Marathon has changed its route to cover the paved portion of the Rivanna Trail–- twice. (Runners in the April 17 event will, however, have to exit the Trail before reaching the home of Trail-blocking, settlement-winning Shirley Presley.) It'll be the first time the course has been run along the Rivanna River, and a glance at the 2007 and 2010 course maps indicates less time in Free Union; more time downtown. Also new in 2010 is an 8K Road Championship with a cash purse of over $3,000, according to a release.