XC Sign Ups
Leading this week with advertisements for two upcoming cross country races:
First up, Paul Short at Lehigh University (site of 2019 USATF Club XC Nationals!) will be held on Saturday, October 5th. We expect to have a strong showing here as this is a great opportunity to face fast XC competition and get a feel for Lehigh's famous course. The men's 8k will begin at 9:30 followed by the women's 6k at 10:15. Visit this link to sign up. Please enter "Philadelphia Runner Track Club" in the Team Affiliation box. Deadline to register is October 4th at Midnight or when the race hits capacity. Reach out on Slack if rides are needed.
The 2nd XC race to possibly put on the calendar is Jack Saint Clair at Belmont Plateau. This race determines USATF travel grant funding for Club XC Nationals. We'll need to field a full men and women's team to secure the money and place 1st among Mid-Atlantic teams. We're hearing that there may be some competition this year... The winning men and women's teams will each be awarded $500 in travel grants for Club XC nationals. Not quite sure how we'll spend travel money with the national race so local, but we'll have the option to cover entries, transportation, or even an AirBnB. Please indicate interest here if you plan to race.
Philadelphia, PA: The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon returned to Philadelphia just in time for late-summer temperatures and high humidity. Fortunately, PRTC was up to the task!
Duriel Hardy led the way for the club as he made an impressive return from injury. He more than made up for lost time as he logged a PR of 1:06:04 which was good for 15th overall. Very impressive in a limited training block filled with aqua jogging! Duriel is scheduled to make his marathon debut at CIM this coming December. Matt Herzig marked a PR of his own as he kept hot on Duriel's heels for much of the race. Matt's time of 1:06:55 marked his first sub 67 finish and another very strong race. Jason Ayr made his debut in a PRTC singlet count as he placed in the top 25. His 1:07:52 was good for 22nd place. David Choi recorded a PR with his 1:12:47 for 55th. Zach Smith and Josh Hibbs went 90th/92nd in the mid 1:17's. Ben Nieto logged a strong 1:18:09. He was followed by Joe Foley (164th), Evan Skalski (1:26:30 and a nice PR!), Alex Tozzo (224th), Ross Martinson (278th), and Blair Biggins (284th).
Kayla Lampe starred in the women's field with her 17th place finish in 1:17:13. Kayla will next appear at the Chicago Marathon where she appears to be in great shape to chase an OTQ! Jenny Goswami recorded a PR and finished 33rd in 1:21:27. She was followed by Anne Marie Everhart who placed 40th place in 1:23:11 and Alana Jacaruso (50th in 1:24:46). Bethany Clark returned a time of 1:26:14, good for 56th. Jess Smith ran just under 1:31 for 80th. Becca Nichols (pregnant, congrats!) ran a remarkable 1:37:59 for 128th while Christine Foley placed just outside the top 200 at 201 and Arianna Watters found success in pacing a friend to a new PR. Congrats to all who ran!
Also, special thanks to everyone from PRTC (and friends) who helped us staff our first-ever water station at mile 3.2! We earned $750 from the volunteer hours and helped thousands of runners stay hydrated on a tough day. Stay tuned for news on crop tops and apparel!
Duriel Hardy: 1:06:04 (15th) PR
Matt Herzig: 1:06:55 (20th) PR
Jason Ayr: 1:07:52 (22nd)
David Choi: 1:12:47 (55th) PR
Zach Smith: 1:17:21 (90th)
Josh Hibbs: 1:17:26 (92nd)
Ben Nieto: 1:18:09 (99th)
Joe Foley: 1:24:29 (164th)
Evan Skalski: 1:26:30 (194th) PR
Alex Tozzo: 1:28:26 (224th)
Ross Martinson: 1:31:27 (278th)
Blair Biggin: 1:31:36 (284th)
Kayla Lampe: 1:17:13 (17th)
Jenny Goswami: 1:21:27 (33rd) PR
Anne Marie Everhart: 1:23:11 (40th)
Alana Jacaruso: 1:24:46 (50th)
Bethany Clark: 1:26:14 (56th)
Jess Smith: 1:30:57 (80th)
Becca Nichols: 1:37:59 (128th) * pregnant!
Christine Foley: 1:44:20 (201st)
Arianna Watters: 1:44:43 (206th) *pacing
Full results here.
New York, NY: 6 members of PRTC took a temporary leave of absence from Philadelphia to embrace a very specific subsection of the NY running community at the OSR 10k on Saturday night. For the unfamiliar, OSR (or Orchard Street Runners) has become famous for hosting highly competitive unsanctioned races. See "Road Race of the Superwomen" or "Joe DiNoto of Orchard Street Runners" for a more thorough explainer and some fun reading.
The OSR 10k began with a 1.3km preme (race to an early checkpoint to encourage a fast start). Dylan Gearinger took the prize here (and $100) with a quick 3:39. Then the chaos began. Having announced the course 15 minutes prior to the gun, runners were instructed to hit 4 checkpoints before crossing the finish line. This presented a very real challenge to our athletes unfamiliar with NYC's streets.
This set up was made even more interesting as the 2 "favorites" in the men's field took off in different directions following the first 1.3km. Dylan and Cody Amengual followed David Kilgore while Simon Vorhees and Chris Mateer took off after Garden State's Kyle Price. As luck would have it, Kyle Price took the best route giving Simon and Chris a significant advantage. Simon went on to finish a very impressive 2nd in his first OSR race while Chris had an unfortunate wrong turn as he attempted to chase the two resulting in 47th place. Meanwhile, Dylan and Cody followed Kilgore to 4th and 27th place finishes.
In the women's field, Christine Eisenberg and Lauren Kelly joined a very competitive start line. Christine decided her best bet was to chase the preme money. Despite a likely 1k PR, she couldn't quite match Waverly Neer's 4:55 pace as she scored 2nd in this early competition. Christine proceeded to get lost but was still reported as saying, "All in all, Brooklyn had one of the best running communities ever. I would 100% do it again." Lauren Kelly (notorious for getting lost, even in Philly) miraculously found her way to the finish line in 22nd place before a heroic 4 AM megabus ride back home to help PRTC at the Rock 'n' Roll water station.
Simon Voorhees: 31:41 (2nd)
Dylan Gearinger: 33:55 (4th)
Cody Amengual: 37:45 (27th)
Chris Mateer: 43:06 (47th)
Christine Eisenberg: 43:47 (17th)
Lauren Kelly: 44:29 (22nd)
Full results here.
Annapolis, MD: Gavin Gibson got an early start on cross country season at the Navy Cross Country Invitational in Annapolis, Maryland. He raced as an alumnus of McDaniel College (wearing his new PRTC singlet!) among current members of the team. He had a very strong race pacing to a sub 27 and top 25 finish. Great work!
Gavin Gibson: 26:57 (24th)
Full results here.
Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races
Tuesday: 6:15 PM warm-up at Franklin Field. Workouts start at 6:30 PM. Check Slack for pace partners!
September 22nd, 2019: USATF NJ Open & Masters 8k XC Championships (Logan Township, NJ)
September 29th, 2019: BWM-Berlin Marathon (Berlin, Germany)
October 5th, 2019: Paul Short Invitational (Bethlehem, PA)
October 12th, 2019: Jack Saint Clair XC (Philadelphia, PA)
October 12th, 2019: Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2019: Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
October 13th, 2019: Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL)
November 3rd, 2019: Marshall Half Marathon (Huntington, WV)
November 3rd, 2019: New York Marathon (New York, NY)
November 3rd, 2019: Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge (Camden, NJ) *
November 23rd, 2019: Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 23rd, 2019: Rothman 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 24th, 2019: Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2019: California International Marathon (Sacramento, CA)
December 14th, 2019: USATF Club XC Nationals (Bethlehem, PA)
February 29th, 2020: US Olympic Team Trials - Marathon (Atlanta, GA)