Apple Blossom road and government closures

Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is underway!

The celebration will affect numerous roads in the Old Town Winchester area and many area government offices will close to observe the local holiday.

Winchester City and Frederick County Government offices will close on Friday along with the Joint Judicial Center.

The Town of Berryville will close their offices at noon on Friday.

Road closures will be prevalent in the Old Town area on Friday and Saturday.

The Midway will close portions of Piccadilly and Loudoun Street.

The running events like the Bloomin Mile and Apple Blossom 10K will result in closures along the parade route and near Handley High School.

Sections of Handley Blvd, Valley Ave, and Jefferson Street will close Friday night for the Firework display.

An interactive road closure map is available here.

WinReady transit will continue to operate but will have limited access downtown due to the closures.

The Laurel Ridge fixed routes will not run on May 3rd or 4th.

The festival would also like to remind patrons that pets are not allowed at ticketed events or on the Walking Mall for the duration of the celebration.

The official City of Winchester Apple Blossom planning page is found here.  

A link to the the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival including tickets here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

FCPRD raises the stakes for the Apple Blossom 10k

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Frederick County Parks and Recreation announced some enhancements for this year’s Apple Blossom 10k.

This year’s winners will see an increase in prize money for both local and overall race winners thanks to the addition of a new sponsor, Monoflo International.

The new payment distribution for male and female overall winners will follow: $1,500 for  first place, $1,000 for 2nd place, $750 for 3rd place, and $500 for 4th place.

Local winners prizes for male and female competitors will follow: $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place to help emphasize the support of the local running community.

This year will also feature a “Beat the Course Record” challenge.

The current records stand at 28:47 for males and 33:25 for females.

If you can beat those records, you will take home $5,000.

The race will take place Saturday, May 4th at 8:30 am on Handley Boulevard.

A link to the full announcement is available here.

To register for the Apple Blossom 10k, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Randy’s Racin’ Pics From 2023

It’s been a great year for me with regard to running. Because of my new, lighter frame, I’ve rediscovered the passion for running and have even run 2 half-marathons this year. Here’s a mini-album of pics from my races this year, including the Edward Jones 5k, Apple Blossom 10k, the Front Royal Kiwanis 5k, the Judges Give Back 5k, the Third Battle of Winchester Half-Marathon, and the Battlefield Half Marathon. See you in 2024 out on the roads!

RW

Back In The Race

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Greetings From The Booth!

So, let’s see a show of hands. How many of you re-seeded your NCAA brackets after arguably the craziest opening 2 rounds ever? There’s no shame in that–we did a Sweet Sixteen “re-do” in our friendly competition at work. Who saw not one, but two number-one seeds biting the dust. And there’s numver-4 seed Virginia, who fell to 13-seed Furman. Furman?!? It wasn’t quite UMBC, but still a one-and-done of major upset proportion. I still contend that the upsets happen early, but the cream always rises to the top, which is why I have Alabama playing Houston in the Championship Game.

If you listen to my morning radio show, you know that over the course of the last year, I’ve lost 48 pounds (thank you Brain & Body Health Center!). You also know that I recently ran a 5k race for the first time since 2018. Saturday’s Edward Jones Race For Education was the culmination of an almost year-long journey back to something I thought I would no longer be able to do.

That journey started right after the 2022 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. After looking at a pic of me and my buddies making merry at the “Bloom,” I realized that I was going in the wrong direction. At 210 pounds, I almost didn’t recognize myself in the photo. Sure, I had lost a few pounds on my own, but pictures don’t lie, and this pic was like a slap in the face.

Enter Dr. Evan Riggleman and his wonderful team at B&B. To make a long story short, they got me into some good habits and “reset” my metabolism in a healthy way. As for running, I started with some walks through the hills of my mountain neighborhood, gradually working in some short runs. By July, I was on my way to Deep Creek Lake minus 30 pounds, and ready for the challenging trails of DCL State Park. By late Fall, I was up to 20 miles per week and 48 pounds lighter. It was then that I targeted the Eddie Jones as my “comeback race.”

I navigated through the perils of the Holidays, managing to keep the weight off, and staying true to my running routine. At this point, Brain and Body started doing some amazing therapies on my arthritic knees, and shortly after the new year, the good doctor allowed me to play with some of his new toys which helped fight the nasty free radicals in my cells.  I was 63 going on 36!

Fast forward to race day. After a morning soak, I made my way to Warren County Middle School and the Edward Jones 5k. The butterflies were as big as 747s, not knowing how I was going to perform after 5 years of being away from running. The bar was low–finish, and enjoy the run. Period.

But, a funny thing happened. I got off to a nice early pace, running comfortably, even passing some runners in the first mile. The second mile, mostly downhill, was a bit faster, and as I started up the gradual slope of the final mile, I was faster still.  I paced myself behind a very nice lady who, with about a half mile to go, encouraged me to pass her and finish strong, which I was able to do with a nice kick to the line. How did I do? How about a top 20 finish overall, and winner of my age group with a time of 26:43. I had exceeded all expectations.

The journey continues in May with the Apple Blossom 10k…stay tuned.

RW