4/23/17: Boston Marathoners, Tue C25K, Thu Group Run, Socials

President’s Message
Since our March newsletter, we’ve held our annual awards banquet happy hour at Pizza By Elizabeths and the Boston Sendoff party at Catherine Rooney’s. Both events were reasonably well attended and were a lot of fun!  Read on for details on our next couple of social events and I hope you’ll attend! 

Congratulations to all the Boston Marathon finishers, including club members: Laura Berger; Mike Brown; Greg Cauller; Allison Emmons; Carol Giampietro; Brenda Hodge; Mark Holliday; Mary Holliday; Kelly Horowitz; Lee Kauffman; Rob Mason; Mary Nardo; Betty Olmstead; Andrea Riley; Sarah Rusk; Wes Stafford; Brian Welch and Mike Welch. It was a hot day out there and we’re so proud of all of you! 

As you know, we are nearing the end of our 2017 membership renewal drive and as of April 20, 2017, there were still 35 club memberships not renewed for 2017.  These members will get one final email reminder, then sadly, will be removed from the membership roster.   

Our Spring 2017 Couch to 5k and 10K programs kicked off on Tuesday March 28, at the Newark Reservoir. The group has been attracting large, energetic crowds and we hope you will join us and bring your novice runner friends. We meet each Tuesday at 6PM at the Reservoir in Newark. Also, our Thursday evening runs at Delcastle are beginning to grow thanks to a recent Meet-Up social media push. Please plan to join us there as well: 6PM on Thursdays. I might as well also mention the ongoing Panera Bread long runs: Sundays at 8AM at their Main Street Newark location.

Our next Board meeting will be Wed, May 10, 6:30 pm. 
Best wishes and happy running!

We currently stand at 164 family memberships with 259 members! Please welcome our newest club members: Peter Fitzgerald, Tiffani DiToro and Sean Baker, Allison Emmons, Mark Hannagan, Amanda Pupillo, Bill Steele, and Brian & Caitlin Welch. 

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 as of the end of March, the club maintained total cash of $24,661 with $15,106 of this in the DDC account. The club paid $2,767 for the awards banquet happy hour.    

Fallen Heroes 5K
Jim Steele has announced that the Fallen Heroes 5K will be held on Thursday May 25th to honor Elizabeth A. Loncki who we lost 10 years ago in Iraq. The race is held at St. Peter’s School in New Castle, DE and starts at 6:30pm.  It’s a nice course, voted as one of the 10 Best Scenic Courses by USA Today!  Plenty of food and free beer post race. As a club member, when you register online (before May 23) at http://www.stpeternewcastle.org/fallen-heros-run-2017 you can save $5 by using promo code PCVRC. Consider this another benefit of your membership!  Any questions can be directed to Jim Steele at .

USATF Update
The 2017 Mid Atlantic USATF racing season is underway and PCVRC is running strong in both the Grand Prix (road) and Off-Road competitions. The PCVRC road team has benefited from strong support in both the season opening Frostbite 5 miler, (18 club members) and Adrenaline 5k (14 club members). In the club competition, PCVRC  finished in 2nd place at Frostbite and 1st place at Adrenaline. We are currently in 2nd place for the season, trailing the Philly Runner Puma Track Club by only 2.5 points. The next USATF road race will be the Broad Street Run on May 7.

In the trail running series, PCVRC is also in 2nd place after 2 events. The club finished 2nd at both the season opening Ugly Mudder in February and at the Tyler Arboretum race in March. We have had the support of a core group of individuals for these events. We are seeking new members who enjoy trail running. Our next trail race is the Coventry Woods 10k in Pottstown, PA on Sunday May 21st.

Below is the remaining schedule for the 2017 Grand Prix Series:

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 are planning to hold a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presented by Scott Andrews on Saturday, April 29.  They will have a fun run near their house (Can-Do Park) at 8:30 am, followed by a Brunch and Bloody Mary bar on their deck.  A $5 donation (or more) is requested. THIS IS NOT A CLUB FUNCTION, instead we would simply like to invite all PCVRC members. To RSVP, please email

The club is also tentatively planning a PCVRC fun run on Sunday, June 11. This would be a club function, with a run followed by a party on the Sweigarts’ deck. More details on this event in the next newsletter. 

Race Results & Recognition
Congratulations again to all club members who ran Boston! If you’d like your result in the next newsletter, please share with Blythe (email address below).

If you missed this earlier, read this great story in the News Journal about our own inspirational Mary Nardo getting ready to run her first Boston Marathon here. It also mentions club member and fellow finisher Betty Olmstead and her fundraising efforts for the 261 Fearless Team.

Shamrock Shuffle 5K (March 18)
Dan Feldstein: 29:54 (2nd AG)

USATF National Masters 8K Championship (March 18)
Diane Welle Kukich: 38:19 (2nd AG and silver performance medal for age grade score of 85.4)

Fusion Five and Wine 5 Miler (March 25)
Diane Welle Kukich: 39:41 (1st AG and new age group state record!)
Blythe Milbury-Steen: 44:33

Builders’ Dash 5K (April 8)
Dan Feldstein: 29:35 (2nd AG)

Congratulations again to Dan, Diane and Boston finishers! 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
Ray Christensen is looking for volunteers to help course marshal the Bancroft Parkway section of the Delaware Marathon course. This is a PCVRC tradition and we’ve been doing it for the last ten years!  It would be Sunday morning, May 14. For more information or to help, please contact

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
            Sheri Sweigart – Social Chair

Links for Club Members
PCVRC Events Calendar: www.pcvrc.com/pcvrc-events-calendar/
PCVRC News Bulletins: www.pcvrc.com/pcvrc-news-bulletins-2/
PCVRC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/289855916248/