PRTC Weekly: 06/17/2019 (500 signs, 3 Records and More)

500 Signs & Travel Grant Reminder

Thanks to everyone who supported our "Plogging Fundraiser" this past weekend! We took down well over 500 illegally posted signs. This means PRTC will collect $250 from the Zero Waste and Litter Council and more importantly we played a small part in the movement to clean up Philly's streets! Much fun was had scaling poles for high placed signs, getting a view into the world of upcoming album releases, and gathering for brunch at Whole Foods after.

Travel grant reminder: Our Travel Grant and Entry Program remains open to all members for the 2nd half of 2019. Through the generous support of our sponsors (thanks, Diadora!) we're excited to dedicate funds toward various race efforts.

Our goal is to help everyone get to national level races and find competitive fields for PR attempts. Expenses can include entries, travel costs, and lodging. To apply, email Chris Mateer (men's director at or Lauren Kelly (women's director at They will provide an application form and timely response. Early have the best chance of approval. Social media presence, tier placement, and other factors will also be considered when determining grant amounts. We aim to approve as many applications as possible, so please write in!

Read on to hear all about the 3 PRTC records broken this past week!

Race Results

West Chester, PA: The first club record fell at the Henderson All Comers Track Meet. Carey Celata made a trip out to West Chester Henderson to prepare for an upcoming appearance at the Go! Mile. She opted to return to one of her all-time favorite distances for her tune-up: the 800m.

The raced lived up to its "all comers" status as Carey arrived to the start line to face off against some speedy high school boys (terrified of losing to a girl), masters runners, and anyone else who happened to wander onto the track. She fared well against this diverse crowd and was the first women to cross the line. She did so in a blazing 2:08.21 which lowered Maura Ryan's previous club best effort by approximately 6 seconds. Great time!

Carey Celata: 2:08.21 (1st)

Full results here.

Little Rock, AR
: Carey followed up and claimed club record number 2 just a few days after the West Chester Meet. This required a trip to the Go! Mile in Little Rock, Arkansas. The race, held on a not entirely flat road, was run on a loop around the Clinton Presidential Center. Carey ran 4:54.92 which earned 2nd in a strong field. Her time bested one of our longest-held records: a 2004 road mile of 4:56 by Emily Kroshus at the Zoom Mile. Congrats!

Carey Celata: 4:54.92 (2nd)

Full results here.

Philadelphia, PA: The third record, and most talked about, was set at the 2nd Annual PRTC Beer Mile where Ben Nieto crushed more than just aluminum cans. The beer-mile specialist also smashed his PR in the event by a full 10 seconds. This brings the club all-time mark to a very formidable 5:38. Ben later said his race, "Might be my all-time career highlight." We agree, but think more is yet to come!

Chris Mullin placed a strong 2nd. He completed 4 beers and 4 laps in under 7 minutes. November Project's Ian Patterson followed for 3rd in just over 7 minutes. Things got ugly after that with all remaining male participants incurring penalty laps for tossing the contents of their stomach. Pat McLaughlin fared best out of this group making a heroic effort to finish fourth. Alexis Geslin and Ethan Rissell (who, quote, "threw up a ton") battled it out for 5th and 6th. Chris Mateer redeemed himself after last year's DNF by completing the race in 12:45 to finish results for the men.

Faye Hellman was ecstatic to finish as our women's champion. She destroyed the competition and consumed all 4 beers without getting sick. Her much vaunted victory brought immediate calls of "new club record" as Margaret Vido's 2018 finish in 9:02 included some gluten free beer that may have been under the requisite 5% ABV standard. We're not quite sure how to evaluate this and may require a head to head match up. Christine Eisenberg finished next in an excruciating 29:07. She was quoted as saying, "(I) contemplated giving into a hard DNF at lap 2. But hey, we rallied!" Becca Nichols fell victim to the DNF bug. She had 2.5 beers and served as a prime rallying force to help Christine complete her mile in under 30 minutes.

Ben Nieto: 5:38 (1st)
Chris Mullin: 6:54 (2nd)
Ian Patterson: 7:18 (3rd / November Project)
Pat McLaughlin: 10:50 (4th)
Alexis Geslin: 11:39 (5th)
Ethan Rissell: 11:48 (6th)
Chris Mateer: 12:45 (7th)

Faye Hellman: 16:07 (1st)
Christine Eisenberg: 29:07 (2nd)
Becca Nichols: DNF (2.5 beers)

Concord, MA: Chris Hatler took his talent to New England and another crack at the mile at the Adrian Martinez Classic. He placed 2nd behind Hoka's Graham Crawford by less than a second. His 4:01.01 is the second fastest time ever run under the PRTC banner. He placed ahead of many elite runners. We're beyond thrilled to see his excellent season continue.

Chris Hatler: 4:01.01 (2nd)

Full results here.

Brooklyn, NY: Ross Martinson kept the mile trend going for PRTC at the Brooklyn Mile. He had a great race and placed 4th in the masters division. More importantly, he ran comfortably below the 5 minute barrier. Less than a minute to go before passing Hatler! Ross said he, "forgot how hard racing a mile is" and promised to, "put in a few more 200s" next time. Watch out Chris!

Ross Martinson: 4:51 (4th master)

Full results here.

Wynnewood, PA: Bryn Mawr Running Co hosted the first round of the Midsummer Night 5k Series on Wednesday evening.  PRTC had three podium-worthy races. Alexis Geslin and Abby Cember both picked up silver and Becca Nichols broke 20 for bronze. There will be two more races in this fun series. Check out our race calendar for more info!

Alexis Geslin: 15:50 (2nd)
Abby Cember: 18:38 (2nd)
Becca Nichols: 19:40 (3rd)

Full results here.  

Philadelphia, PA: Abby Cember kept up her prodigious race output by competing at the PARCA Run for Rhinos 5k at the Philadelphia Zoo Saturday morning. We think she just loves racing, or it's possible she was motivated by the offer of tickets to the zoo. Or interested in sending her race fee to help transfer endangered rhinos out of high poaching areas. In any case, she added another medal to her collection as she ran to a first place finish in 19 minutes. Congrats!

Abby Cember: 19:00 (1st)

Full results here.

Philadelphia, PA: Several members of PRTC celebrated Father's Day with the Philadelphia Fathers Day Run on Sunday morning.  Steve Hallman led the charge on West River Drive. He broke 16 minutes which placed him 2nd overall. Max Krall followed for 4th in 17:05 and Abby Cember capped off her 5th race in 8 days by claiming 1st. Time to rest!

Steve Hallman: 15:48 (2nd)
Max Krall: 17:05 (4th)
Abby Cember: 18:26 (1st)

Princeton Junction, NJ: In additional Father's Day Racing, Lucia Sanchez won the 15th annual "Run for Dad 5k" held on the other side of the Delaware. Her time of 20:21 also earned her top ten overall at 7th. All proceeds from the race went to the American Cancer Society's effort to fund the fight against prostate cancer. Congrats on the win!

Lucia Sanchez: 20:21 (1st)

Full results here.

Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races

Tuesday: 6:30 PM from Lloyd (Confirm workout parameters & partners via Slack.)

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

June 21st, 2019Media Five Miler (Media, PA)
June 22nd, 2019Grandma's Marathon (Duluth, MN)
June 30th, 2019Princeton Twilight Meet (Princeton, NJ)
July 11th, 2019Midsummer Night 5k Series (Wynnewood, PA)
July 16th, 2019Henderson All Comers Track Meet (West Chester, PA)
July 24th, 2019Henderson All Comers Track Meet (West Chester, PA)
August 8th, 2019Midsummer Night 5k Series (Wynnewood, PA)
August 10th, 2019Philadelphia Mayor's Cup (Philadelphia, PA)
August 25th, 2019The Philly 10k (Philadelphia, PA)
September 7th, 20199/11 Heroes Run (Philadelphia, PA)
September 8th, 2019The Main Line Run 5k (Wayne, PA) *
September 15th, 2019Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
September 29th, 2019BWM-Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany)
October 5th, 2019Paul Short Invitational (Bethlehem, PA)
October 12th, 2019Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2019Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
October 13th, 2019Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL)
November 3rd, 2019Marshall Half Marathon (Huntington, WV)
November 3rd, 2019New York Marathon (New York, NY)
November 3rd, 2019Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge (Camden, NJ) *
November 23rd, 2019Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 23rd, 2019Rothman 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 24th, 2019Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2019California International Marathon (Sacramento, CA)
December 14th, 2019: USATF Club XC Nationals (Bethlehem, PA)
February 29th, 2020US Olympic Team Trials - Marathon (Atlanta, GA)

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