3/18/17: Club Social 3/21, Membership, Couch 2 5K

President’s Message
Unfortunately, the snow this week forced us to postpone our annual club meeting, which will now be held on Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm at Pizza By Elizabeth’s in Greenville. While we are not asking for an RSVP, we are asking you to come out and enjoy a social evening of food and drink with your fellow club members. Non-members are welcome to join us but we will ask for a membership at the door. The Agenda will be light as we will vote on the club officer slate and will award Runner of the Year, Member of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Please join us this Tuesday as we celebrate the accomplishments of our local runners!   

We are also in the middle of our 2017 membership renewal drive. As of March 15, 2017 there were still 57 memberships or roughly 33% of our club base that have not renewed for 2017. In April, we begin naming names!

Our Couch to 5k and 10K programs kick off on Tuesdays this Spring, beginning March 28, at the Newark Reservoir at 6PM. We hope you will join us and bring your novice runner friends.

And finally, our longstanding annual Boston Send off Party is already booked for Wednesday, April 12 at Catherine Rooney’s Wilmington. It is always a fun time!  Hope to see you then!

Best Wishes and Happy Running!


We currently stand at 156 family memberships with 251 members! Please welcome our newest club members: Kristin Lepley, Nina Smeltzer, Robert Mason, Natalie and Matthew Lutz, and Jennifer Manna.  

Membership is only $25 and is good for your entire family. PCVRC membership is also tax deductible.

Any member who races for PCVRC in 4 or more USATF races a calendar year, and is a member of USATF, will receive complimentary PCVRC membership for the following calendar year. We will notify these members in January. New members who join on or after June 1st but before October 1st will pay a reduced rate of $15 to cover membership for the remainder of the current calendar year, then are subject to same renewal policy as current members stated above. Anyone who joins on or after October 1st would pay $25 that would cover them for remainder of current calendar year plus the entire following calendar year.

To renew your dues: www.pcvrc.com/join.phpor send a $25 check or money order (payable to PCVRC) to: PCVRC, PO Box 3259, Wilmington, DE 19804

Treasurer’s Report
Lenora reports that the club ended 2016 with total cash of $27,445, with $15,184 of this in the DDC account, as compared to year-end 2015, when we ended with $29,833 in cash, $19,327 of this in the DDC account.

Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K
Several club members scouted the new Delaware City connector to the Mike Castle Canal Path Trail and have reported back with a recommendation to change our 15K course so that we can return to Delaware City via the new connector.  We will begin the re-certification process and are excited to offer this change to the course for its 35th anniversary. No change to the 5K course was recommended. The 35th annual DDC 15K is pleased to have been named part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic USATF road racing series and the race date has been set as Sunday, October 8 in Delaware City.  We would like one or two more people to join the DDC race committee. 

Couch 2 5K and 10K
Please start promoting our Spring Couch to 5K and Couch to 10K programs which will begin Tuesday, March 28 and will continue until Tuesday May 30. Also, please plan to join us at the UD Alumni 5K on Sunday, June 4 to celebrate the Spring program. The workouts are on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Newark Reservoir and individualized programs are available for all beginning runners, joggers, run walkers, and walkers. You do not need to be a PCVRC member to participate! To learn more, please ask to join our C210Kers Facebook group or email Amy Temple at 

USATF Update
PCVRC was well represented at the annual Mid-Atlantic USATF Luncheon as seven club members represented in Conshohocken. 

The club won $400 for third place in the road series and $500 for second place in the trail series. 

Below is the schedule for the 2017 Grand Prix Series:

Feb 18 – Frostbite 5 Miler , Ambler, PA (new addition)

March 18 – Haddonfield Adrenaline Run 5K, Haddonfield, NJ 

April 23 – Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5 Mile

May 7 – Broad Street Run 10 Miles

June 3 – Scott Coffee Run 8K  

Sep 30 – Hands-on House 1/2 Marathon, Lancaster, PA   (new addition)

Oct 8 – Delaware Distance Classic, 15K, Delaware City, DE 

Nov 5  – Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, 10K, Camden, NJ  

Nov 18 – Philadelphia Half Marathon  (7:30 a.m.)

Nov 18 – Rothman 8K (10:45 a.m.)

Nov 19 – Philadelphia Marathon 

Dirk and Sheri Sweigart hosted the inaugural Pike Creek Valley Running Club Valentine’s Bar Crawl in Honor of Doug White on February 19. Valentine’s and race bibs were given to all participants and the club covered one round of drinks at the first (Kate’s) and last bar (Timothy’s) for club members. This was also a fundraiser in memory of Doug White and the event raised $255 which went to the National Stroke Association. 

Race Results
Winter isn’t the ideal time to race– but we’ve had some surprisingly nice weather so far and it will only get better! Any recent PBs or finishes you’re proud of? Please share!

If you’d like your race results (or those of a fellow club member who you are proud of) included in the next eBulletin, please send them to Blythe at and be sure to include the race name, date and member’s time. We can only print what you send us, so please share your achievements!

Other News
Speaking of races, here’s a fun one next weekend that our own Lisa Jalot helps organize: the IHM Spartan 5k on Saturday, March 25th, 9:30 am at Bellevue State Park! Cool prizes, IHM Spartan Dash (9:00 am) & blow up obstacle course for the kids, food trucks, vintage heather t-shirts with women’s cut available, DJ, indoor coverage for after party (if needed) and bloody mary bar for ages 21+. Top 3 males & females plus 10-year age group awards. Register here or email Lisa at .

Proposed 2017 PCVRC Board
Club Officers

            Joel Schiller, President

            Dirk Sweigart, VP

            Jerry Herman, Secretary

            Lenora Wagner, Treasurer

Other Voting Members:   
            Tom Steenkamer – USA TF

            Jim Steele – DDC Race Director

            Christina Xia – Membership 

            Ray Christensen – Emeritus   

               Blythe Milbury Steen – Communications

            Open Position – Social Chair