PRTC Weekly: 10/09/2018 (Chicago, Delaware, and More)

Jack Saint Clair

Saturday's Jack Saint Clair Invite is very important to our Club XC National aspirations. More than $1,000 in travel grants are up for grabs and we'd very much like to claim it!

Jack Saint Clair can be a light workout, hard effort, or race depending on your preference (unless another club shows up to play spoiler!). We'll need AT LEAST 5 men and women to cross the finish. The race fee is $20 which will be collected at the race. Chris and Lauren will be registering our men and women's teams. Let us know if you can join us by placing your name on our sign up sheet. NO NEED TO SIGN UP ONLINE. For more info visit the Jack Saint Clair website.

Note: There is also a column for Club XC Nationals. Adding your name now will help us make housing and other arrangements for Spokane!

Weekend Races

Chicago, IL: The big race of this past weekend was the Chicago Marathon. Happily, many PR's were achieved at the event!

On the men's side, Colin McGrath took to the roads of Chicago quite well. His hard work over the summer resulted in a new marathon PR of 2:29:11! This was Colin's first time breaking 2:30. He said it felt, "fabulous." Zach Smith had what can only be described as a breakout performance. He bested his previous marathon PR by an incredible 7 minutes and 50 seconds. Congrats Zach!

Meghan Bishop's race was another clear highlight among our club participants. She took nearly 3 minutes off her previous fastest marathon and finished 33rd overall. Her 2:45:42 finish came incredibly close to the qualifying mark for 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials (2:45:00). Great race Meghan! Kylie Pearse ran 2:51:20. This placed her just outside of the top 50 and was slightly shy of a PR. Kylie ran very well through the half (1:22:31), before falling just off goal pace. A great experience and achievement! Lauren Kelly placed top 100 at Chicago with a 2:56:24 result good for 90th. This was a great sign for Lauren as she makes her return to the marathon distance. On her way to bigger and bigger goals! Crystal Bacon ran a quality half, before making the tough call to save a strong effort at the distance for a day when her breathing felt better. We're excited for the next attempt! Great job all!

Colin McGrath: 2:29:11 (76th) PR
Zach Smith: 2:39:09 (188th) PR
Meghan Bishop: 2:45:42 (33rd) PR
Kylie Pearse: 2:51:20 (57th)
Lauren Kelly: 2:56:24 (90th)
Crystal Bacon: (1:22:40 / Half)

Full results here.

Delaware City, DE: The Delaware Distance Classic 15k was held around the same time as the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning. Chris Hatler made his debut for PRTC and took the overall win! He was pleased with his 48:21 finish. His main competition for the majority of the race was the bikers pacing the event. Nice job Chris and welcome to the club! Kevin Brandon took third place with 51:54. He was aiming for 5:20 miles, but backed off to 5:35's, and felt "okay" about the race. Kaitlin Frei also claimed third place. It was likely a PR (not many 15k races!) and her first time in Delaware. She held a strong 6:15 pace throughout.

Results & Age Graded Percentile
Chris Hatler: 48:21 (1st) 84.597%
Kevin Brandon: 51:54 (3rd) 78.812%
Kaitlin Frei: 58:23 (3rd) 78.624%

Full results here.

Albany, NY: Sam Roecker won the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon with a time of 1:18:31. This was just off her previous best half (achieved at a previous Mohawk Hudson win!). Congrats Sam!

Sam Roecker: 1:18:31 (1st!)

Full results here.

Long Island, NY: Margaret Vido maintained her unbeaten streak against the women's field (and her husband) at the Long Beach Island 18 Miler. She placed 2nd overall. Mike writes he, "went out with Margaret in 6:10s and promptly fell off at mile 8 or so." Nice work Vido's! We're excited for Philly Marathon weekend.

Margaret Vido: 1:53:36 (1st/2nd overall)
Mike Vido: 1:57:41 (4th)

Full results here.

Leesport, PA: Tommy Mclellan ran "31 miles of death" at the Blues Cruise Ultra. This was his first attempt at the ultra distance. It must have been successful as he won his age group and was gifted a canoe paddle by the race. Congrats Tommy!

Tommy Mclellan: 4:46:04 (1st AG)

Full results here.

Scranton, PA: Jeff Young raced 26.2 miles closer to home at the Steamtown Marathon. He ran very well with a result of 2:47:05 good for 5th male. Congrats Jeff!

Jeff Young: 2:47:05 (5th)

Full results here.

Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races

Tuesday: Franklin Field for track work. Arrive at 6:15 for warmup or 6:30 for the start of our workouts.

Sunday: Long run at 9:00 AM from Lloyd Hall.

October 13th, 2018Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2018Jack Saint Clair XC Invite (Philadelphia, PA)
November 2nd, 2018: Ursinus Fall Twilight Track Meet (Collegeville, PA)
November 4th, 2018Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k (Camden, NJ) *
November 17th, 2018Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 17th, 2018Rothman Institute 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 18th, 2018Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2018USATF Club XC Nationals (Spokane, WA)

* Denotes USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Event

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