2018-2019 PRTC Board
Thanks to all who voted in this year's elections! We had our best-ever response rate. Here are the results:
President: Kevin Brandon
Vice President: Aliah Molczan
Communication Director(s): Christine Eisenberg & Pat McLaughlin (will share role)
Men's Director: Chris Mateer
Women's Director: Lauren Kelly
And here are poll results from our question about increased dues in exchange for a club coach. No immediate changes on this front!
Yes (up to around $70): 23.53%
Yes (up to around $100): 29.41%
Yes (more than $100): 0%
Favorite comment: "PRTC is, hands down, the best running club in Philly."
We're optimistic about the club's future and excited for the 2018-2019 term! Let us know if you have suggestions for us or are interested in getting more involved. There are plenty of opportunities!
Philadelphia, PA: PRTC claimed its third-straight Mayor's Cup title thanks to the help of over 20 members! This year's competition featured 31 Philadephia-based clubs. Points were awarded to the top male/female from each club over 5 different distances. We racked up 286 points and many 1st place finishes. PRTC finished the day with 286 points. This was enough to hold off strong showings by November Project (275 points) and Philadelphia Bucknell XC Club (268 points).
Abby and Pete bravely took on the first event of the day, the trail half-marathon which kicked off at 6:30 am. They worked together to navigate the tricky course and accomplish dual top-ten finishes (2nd and 8th) setting the tone for the day. Jessica Fragola also started this race, but sadly fell victim to poor course markings and retired early after navigational issues left her off track.
The ten mile featured dominant performances by both men and women. Josh, Colin, and Zach claimed first, second, and third while Margaret and Irene recorded first and second place finishes.
Alec and Kinjal took care of the remaining trail running for the day. Alec and the men's race were given a ten-minute head start on the women's field. Alec returned less than 45 minutes later in 1st place. Kinjal and a handful of women at the top of the event were less fortunate. An errant turn early in their race led to near-disaster as they found themselves severely off-course. Fortunately, Kinjal toughed it out and completed the race allowing PRTC to record much-needed points in the 10k category.
The 5 mile tied as most popular race of the day for PRTC. Kevin and Chad scored first and second despite another course mishap. They each ran past the turnaround point on the out and back course as race coordinators had not yet set up the appropriate signs. Ben Nieto (representing November Project) turned in a 5th place finish and Alex Tozzo placed 14th. In the women's section, Chrissie and Lauren were smart enough to avoid course trouble and turned in a pair of strong performances. They also recorded a first and second place finish.
The 5k tied the 5 mile as most popular race choice. Kieran made his debut at Belmont and bested Chris for first place. Ross (repping Team Philly), Max, and Ian (repping Point Breeze) all turned in sub-20 minute performances for 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively.
Kylie was the sole women's participant in the 5k. She ran an impressive 20:02 for first place showing nice conditioning and importantly maintaining her win-streak in a friendly competition against some of her former Bucknell teammates.
Tailgate: The real highlight of the day! We enjoyed the hospitality of Team Philly, ON, and Philadelphia Runner who helped us greatly with refreshments, a tent, and plenty of food. We traded beer with rival teams, made new friends, did the worm, limboed, and helped Fishtown Beer Runners empty their keg.
Prize Ceremony: After some deliberation, we learned PRTC had repeated as Mayor's Cup champs. We were awarded the last available plant (claimed by Kieran and Alec who assured us we may visit anytime) and the Mayor's Cup which will again reside at Philadelphia Runner's Center City store.
Thanks to all who participated!
Kieran Sutton: 16:24 (1st)
Chris Mateer: 16:50 (2nd)
Ross Martinson: 18:44 (6th) *Represented Team Philly
Max Krall: 19:24 (7th)
Ian Penkala: 19:28 (8th) *Represented Point Breeze
Kylie Pearse: 20:02 (1st)
Kevin Brandon: 29:16 (1st)
Chad Bombgarden: 30:14 (2nd)
Ben Nieto: 30:41 (5th) *Represented November Project
Alex Tozzo: 34:07 (14th)
Christine Ramsey: 31:25 (1st)
Lauren Kelly: 33:49 (2nd)
Alec Brand: 44:56 (1st)
Kinjal Parikh: 1:04:46 (12th)
Josh Hibbs: 57:05 (1st)
Colin McGrath: 58:01 (2nd)
Zach Smith: 59:38 (3rd)
Margaret Vido: 1:00:38 (1st)
Irene Kalbian: 1:04:48 (2nd)
Pete Celona: 1:54:59 (8th)
Abby Cember: 1:54:59 (2nd)
November Project: 275
Philadelphia Bucknell XC Club: 268
Full results here!
Ardmore, PA: The third and final round of Bryn Mawr's Midsummer Night 5k Series was held Thursday evening. Abby Cember returned to the race series and again placed 2nd. However, her time was nearly 30 seconds faster than her previous outing. For the men's team, Alex Predhome donned a PRTC singlet for the first time and broke 16 minutes to secure third place! Great work Alex and Abby!
Alex Predhome: 15:52 (3rd)
Abby Cember: 18:47 (2nd)
Full results here!
West Chester, PA: Some fun was had Thursday night fun at The Hotel Warner West Chester Mile. 5 members raced the "Citizen's Mile." Highlights included: Chris Mateer "hawking Colin down like a SEPTA bus" over the final 100m in their heat. This came after Colin recovered from a shaky start to pull some bold moves and set a proper pace for the race which had gone out too slow. Max came dangerously close to a PR and Jeff achieved a new personal best. Lindsay represented the women's team with a 5:30 result - her exact seed time. Nice job everyone!
The men and women's elite races followed the "Citizen's Mile." Spectators were treated to six sub-four efforts on the men's side. The women's field saw six placing at or just below 4:30.
Chris Mateer: 4:24.21
Colin McGrath: 4:25.04
Max Krall: 4:43.73
Jeff Young: 4:44.77
Lindsay Jones: 5:30.67
Full results here!
Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races
Tuesday: 6:30 PM at Lloyd Hall for an easy club run or workout. Email list with workout ideas if desired. We will be at Lloyd Hall until we officially regain access to Franklin Field when Penn's fall semester begins.
Sunday: Long run at 9:00 AM from Lloyd Hall
August 26th, 2018: The Philly 10k (Philadelphia, PA)
September 7th, 2018: Teri's Run (Downingtown, PA)
September 9th, 2018: Main Line Run (Wayne, PA) *
September 29th, 2018: Paul Short XC Invite (Lehigh, PA)
October 7th, 2018: Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
October 7th, 2018: Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL)
October 13th, 2018: Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2018: Jack Saint Clair XC Invite (Philadelphia, PA)
November 4th, 2018: Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k (Camden, NJ) *
November 17th, 2018: Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 17th, 2018: Rothman Institute 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 18th, 2018: Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2018: USATF Club XC Nationals (Spokane, WA)
* Denotes USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Event