Moorestown, NJ: PRTC was treated to a sweaty Saturday morning at the Scott Coffee 8k. We had 8 athletes compete in this Mid-Atlantic Grand-Prix event. Every runner from our club placed in the top ten. The big prize at Scott Coffee (aside from free coffee) is a watch. All who ran for us went home with a new watch for either their overall result or age group place!
Mike Moore won the men's race by just over ten seconds. He managed to do so despite taking a wrong turn. Mike got tripped up by a poorly marked course directive. He asked for clarification from an attending police officer, but was unable to get a clear answer. The move cost 45+ seconds. Julian Boggs, also misguided at mile 4, placed 3rd overall. He lost a similar amount of time and possible 2nd place opportunity. Julian nevertheless recorded a quality race effort. Jeff Young scored for PRTC in the Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Challenge for the first time. His finish of 28:02 was good for 4th place. Tom Thomas came in hot behind Jeff at 28:15. He opted for Scott Coffee over the Wissahickon 10k, a race night decision. Tom is getting ready for summer mileage in preparation for the Philadelphia Marathon. Ben Nieto earned top place in his age group, a nice follow up to last week's beer mile win. His time was 28:26.
On the women's side, Crystal Bacon placed top female in her PRTC debut! She also logged the best club age-graded percent of the day. This was a "rust buster" for Crystal as she has been recovering from a spring surgery. More to come! Lauren Kelly took on Scott Coffee for the first time. She won her age group and placed 4th overall to some familiar names (Abby Dean and Becky Schaumberg). Jessica Fragola squeezed this race in after a late work shift. She placed 6th female and won her age group (before heading back to her job as a veterinarian!). Great job all!
Results & Age Graded Percent
Mike Moore: 26:57 (1st; 79.09%) *
Julian Boggs: 27:31 (3rd; 77.46%) *
Jeff Young: 28:02 (4th; 76.08%) *
Tom Thomas: 28:15 (5th; 75.45%)
Ben Nieto: 28:26 (7th; 74.96%)
Crystal Bacon: 29:44 (1st; 79:53%) *
Lauren Kelly: 30:24 (4th; 77.79%) *
Jessica Fragola: 32:19 (6th; 74.10%)
* Scored for PRTC in the USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Challenge.
New York, NY: Meghan Bishop won the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on Wednesday night! She competed in a field of 15,000 while representing the Hospital for Special Surgery. Meghan is currently working as a Sports Medicine Fellow. The race was 3.5 miles. The finish was tight with Meghan besting the 2nd place finisher from the American Museum of Natural History by one-tenth of a second. Third place was a runner from Bank of America who followed one second later. Read more about Meghan's race here. Great job!
Meghan Bishop: 20:16 (1st)
Lancaster, PA: Josh Hibbs continued to add to his "baby fund" with a win at the Red Rose Run. He faced a field of 865. The competition included last year's winner (and fellow Iona College Alumni) Otis Ubriaco. Josh placed 1st by nearly 20 seconds. A nice write up from Lancaster Online about the race can be found here.
Josh Hibbs: 25:42 (1st)
Pole Plogging Fundraiser/Brunch and Mayor's Cup Registration
We are hosting a Pole Plog Run and Brunch this Saturday (June 9th) at 9 AM. As part of the City of Philadelphia Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet’s Illegal Signs Roundup, PRTC will get $0.50 for each illegal sign we remove, up to $250 (or 500 signs) to remove illegal signs posted troughout the city.
Curious about Plogging, the Swedish-created notion of cleaning up litter while running? Read more here.
Sign up to join us at any one of our 4 meeting points (Brewerytown, The Loft District, West Philly, South Philly). We will get brunch at a TBA Baltimore Avenue restaurant after..
Mayor's Cup registration is open! We are aiming to secure our third straight title. Mayor's Cup is a friendly competition among Philadelphia-based running clubs. The event is very popular within our local running community. 32 unique clubs are slated to vie for the cup this year. It's best to sign up early for this one as fees rise closer to the race date of August 11th. Our club password is BullsEyeRed (cap sensitive). Race transfers are allowed if you are unsure of which event to do. Let us know you plan on racing one of the events here.