PRTC Weekly: 04/23/2018 Reving It Up and More

Reving It Up

Valley Forge; PA:  The weather on Sunday morning felt revolutionary. PRTC celebrated at the perfect place: The Grand Prix’s Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5 Miler. This final (?) break from winter-like conditions made for perfect race day conditions.

Josh Hibbs extended his win streak to 3 with a first place finish in 24:56. Unlike the Hot Chocolate 15k and Back on My Feet 5 Miler, this race featured an acute challenge in the form of Bryn Mawr’s Eric Arnold. Josh, who was 2nd to Eric at Frostbite, got the win this time by a margin of 8 seconds. The friendly competition was much welcomed as Josh continues to fine-tune for Broad Street.

Paul Matuszak was next in for PRTC. He took 4th overall in 25:35. If there is any truth to the urban legend that Valley Forge results can be doubled for approximate Broad Street finish time, Paul is poised for a strong showing on May 6th.

Chris Mateer, Mike Moore, and Julian Boggs all made their Valley Forge racing debuts. Chris finished 2 seconds back from Paul. He fared very well on the challenging course. Mike scored for PRTC in the Grand Prix Challenge and crossed the line in just over 26 minutes. Julian raced for the first time since Philly Marathon weekend and was pleased with his performance and subsequent recovery.

Christine Ramsey held down the fort for the women’s team. She faced off against a familiar foil, Bryn Mawr’s Spring Greeney. Chrissie and Spring traded positions several times as the pair traversed the rolling course. Chrissie, who at one point built a small lead, was unable to hold off Spring and finished second. She was, however, pleased with the race. Chrissie last raced Spring at the Adrenaline 5k where Spring had a 45 second win. At this 5 Mile, the difference was just 15 seconds. Great progress!

Pete Celona joined PRTC for his first Grand Prix race outside of Philadelphia. He enjoyed Valley Forge. Pete finished just above his goal of 30 minutes, an accomplishment considering the severity of the course. We’re looking forward to seeing him at Broad Street next!

Results & Age Graded Score

Josh Hibbs: 24:56; 85.56% (1st)

Paul Matuszak: 25:35; 83.45% (4th)

Chris Mateer: 25:37; 83.21% (5th)

Michael Moore: 26:10; 81.46% (7th)

Julian Boggs: 27:52; 76.61% (10th)

Christine Ramsey: 29:45; 82.18% (2nd Female)

Pete Celona: 30:30; 70.77% (27th)

Full results here.

Allentown, PA:  Steve Hallman and PRTC newcomer, Zack Smith, took on the St Luke Half Marathon this weekend. Steve vied with Ian Walsh of Easton, PA throughout the race ultimately finishing 2nd by a margin of 50 seconds. Steve is training for the Buffalo Marathon. His finish in under 70 minutes was a great result and promising sign of things to come! Zack placed comfortably within the top ten at 7th overall. He was targeting the 75 minute range and finished exactly as anticipated. Congratulations to both on the great racing!


Steve Hallman: 1:09:36 (2nd)

Zack Smith: 1:16:03 (7th)

Full results here.

Chester, PA:  Colin Leak took the track at the Widener University Invitational. He placed 1st in the 5k with a 14:44 wining the event by more than 10 seconds.


Colin Leak: 14:44.78 (1st)

Full results here.

Philadelphia, PA:  The Run for Clean Air was held this past weekend to celebrate Earth Day. Alex Tozzo was the sole PRTC competitor. He represented the club well as he opted for the 10k race over the 5k. He placed 10th overall. Nice work!


Alex Tozzo: 39:54 (10th)

Full results here.


Upcoming Runs, Events & Races

TuesdayNo Access at Franklin Field this week due to Penn Relays. Watch email list for meeting location (Lloyd Hall or South St Bridge). 6:30 PM.

Sunday: Long Run 9:00 AM at Lloyd Hall


April 26th, 2018Penn Relays (Philadelphia, PA)

April 29th, 2018The New Jersey Half & Full Marathon (Monmouth, NJ)

May 6th, 2018Broad Street Run (Philadelphia, PA) *

June 2nd, 2018Scott Coffee Run (Moorestown, NJ) *

* Denotes USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Event


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