PRTC Weekly: 09/10/2018 (Racing on the Main Line, Rain Everywhere, and More)

Race Results

Wayne, PA: The second half of the USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix series kicked off with The Main Line 5k on Sunday morning. Participants were treated to substantially cooler temperatures and light to steady rain. This was the race's first year on the Grand Prix circuit and the organizers did a nice job hosting.

Josh Hibbs, Chris Mateer, and Steve Hallman set the pace from the start. The trio worked together for the majority of the race before battling for position over the last mile (with the exception of Steve who claimed to start his kick from mile 2). Josh won the push up the last hill into the finish with Chris and Steve following. Kevin Brandon kept the lead pack in sight throughout the race and finished just under 16 minutes, good for 4th place. Max Krall claimed 7th with a strong 17:13 keeping all PRTC finishers within the top 10. 

Christine Ramsey won the women's division in 18:11. She is gearing up for the Rock 'N' Roll Half next weekend before her goal race of the Hartford Marathon. Kaitlin Frei impressed in her debut for PRTC. She placed 2nd female. Kaitlin joins PRTC from Notre Dame. Welcome Kaitlin, we're excited to have you on board! Abigail Cember didn't let the rain stop her as her planned race (Kennet Square Mushroom Run) was canceled due to inclement weather. We're glad she was able to join us at the last minute as she performed well and placed 5th female. Nice job all!

Results & Age Graded Percentile
Josh Hibbs: 15:33 (1st) 83.71% *
Chris Mateer: 15:35 (2nd) 83.32% *
Steve Hallman: 15:40 (3rd) 83.09% *
Kevin Brandon: 15:57 (4th) 81.40% *
Max Krall: 17:13 (7th) 75.41%
Christine Ramsey: 18:11 (1st) 81.76% *
Kaitlin Frei: 18:26 (2nd) 80.11%
Abigail Cember: 19:22 (5th) 75.99%

Full results here.
* Scored for PRTC in the Grand-Prix Challenge.

Harrisburg, PA: Kylie Pearse and Sam Roecker raced the Harrisburg Half Marathon on Sunday morning. The pair placed 2nd and 3rd female and 4th and 6th overall. The time was a new PR for Kylie despite poor weather and a slow course. A positive result as the Chicago Marathon gets ever closer! Great racing Sam and Kylie!

Kylie Pearse: 1:20:32 (2nd Female / 4th Overall)
Sam Roecker: 1:20:40 (3rd Female / 6th Overall)

Full results here.

Downingtown, PATeri's Run was held on Friday evening which made for a wind and rain-filled race. Craig Eppler placed 12th overall with a 16:52. The race featured the usual fast field making this result even more notable. Congrats Craig!

Craig Eppler: 16:52 (12th)

Full results here.

Philadelphia, PA: PRTC sent a men's team to represent at Belmont Quad XC. We (Paul) have long desired to win the team competition at this race and it finally happened! The plan was to best Bryn Mawr in a head to head showdown, but they did not send a team. Instead, Paul, Chris, and Tommy had to settle for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Nice job guys!

Paul Matuszak: 16:32 (1st)
Chris Mateer: 16:33 (2nd)
Tommy McClellan: 17:26 (3rd)

Full results here.

Dewey Beach, DE: Jeff Young and Crystal Bacon both competed at the Bottle and Cork 10 Miler on Saturday morning. Each ran very well at the race. Jeff took 1st overall with a time of 57:51. Crystal claimed 2nd female (by just one second!).

Jeff Young: 57:51 (1st)
Crystal Bacon: 1:04:05 (2nd)

Full Results here.

Grayson Highlands State Park, VA to Asheville, NC: Harsha Thirumurthy traveled to North Carolina to run the Blue Ridge Relay. His 12 person master's team was formed in the state's famous Research Triangle. They won first place in their division. Harsha contributed on 3 segments for a total of 20 miles. The most daunting section was 8 miles over midnight on Friday. The "extremely hilly" (mountainous) 210-mile race was completed by his team in 22 hrs 37 mins (6:29 place). Congratulations Harsha and team!

Harsha Thirumurthy: 1st place master's team.

Full Results here.

Washington Crossing, PA: Geraint Davies and Zach Smith took home two first place finishes at the Chasing the Unicorn Half and Full. Geraint qualified for the Boston Marathon with ease while winning the event by 20 minutes. He ran 2:40:44, a very good time for what must have been essentially a solo effort. In the half, Zach Smith not only won the race, he achieved a new PR by 2 minutes. Great job guys!

Geraint Davies: 2:40:44 (1st)
Zach Smith: 1:14:48 (1st)

Full results here.

Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races

Tuesday: Franklin Field at 6:30 for track work. Proposed workout (others available!): 30 minute tempo on the track with some 150 m strides after.

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

September 16th, 2018Philly Rock 'n' Roll Half (Philadelphia, PA)
September 29th, 2018Paul Short XC Invite (Lehigh, PA)
October 7th, 2018Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
October 7th, 2018Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL)
October 13th, 2018Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2018Jack Saint Clair XC Invite (Philadelphia, 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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