7/10/17: Creamery Social, Fun Runs, C25K continues, DDC

President’s Message
Summer is in full swing! Hopefully everyone had a great Fourth of July holiday and you are out there running, cycling, and/or swimming and/or doing whatever it is you like to do!    

The club held a social at The Creamery at Kennett Square on Saturday, July 8. 40 club members took over the mezzanine and shared running stories, drank beer, ate food, played Jenga and had front-row seats for the band. A brief shower had no impact on the festivities while the club enjoyed their reserved room.   Everyone seemed to have a great time and the event was a complete success!  Feedback was great and we hope to do more of these types of events in the future.  

Dirk and Sheri also hosted a fun run/brunch on June 11 from the Can Do Playground in Alapocas. And of course, the 9th annual Crabowitz, hosted by Rich and Tricia Szymanski, on Tuesday, June 20th, was another big success with roughly $1400 in donations going to the Prostate Awareness Foundation and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. 

Interested in hosting a fun run or social activity? Please reach out to any board member.   

Our Couch to 5k/10K core group continues to meet at the Newark Reservoir on Tuesdays at 6PM and our Thursday evening 6PM runs at Delcastle and our Sunday 8AM Panera Main Street Newark runs continue to attract a nice following. Come on out and join us!

Finally, the club is entertaining a proposal from Fusion Fitness to manage our upcoming Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K running events – details are below. If you wish to learn more, please reach out to any board member.

Best wishes and continued happy running!

The club currently stands at 132 family memberships with 226 members.  

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 June, the club maintained total cash of $24,424 with $15,856 of this amount in the DDC account.

Social Activities 
The next social event of the summer will be a combination bike ride and BBQ at the Dischler’s on Saturday, July 29th. The ride starts and ends at their house (128 Hitching Post Drive, Surrey Park, N. Wilmington), beginning at 9:30 AM. Ride will be 1.5-2.0 hours (20-25 miles) at a nice comfortable pace followed by a BBQ lunch. All are invited to attend lunch (not required to ride first!) Those who ride can change at the house. Those who aren’t riding should arrive around noon. PCVRC will be providing burgers, dogs and picnic fare as well as adult beverages. Please feel free to bring a side dish or your favorite beverage. Enjoy music, ping-pong, corn-hole and some special secret give-aways!  Watch for an Evite– we’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. It will be a fun time! 

Jerry & Kim will also host a pool party in August, but have not, as yet, proposed a firm date.

USATF Report
The USATF spring road race season concluded with the Moorestown 8k. A tough day of competition between the top 4 regional clubs resulted in a 4th place finish for the PCVRC team. Individual highlights included age group winners – Sarah Rusk, Zach Chupa, and Betty Olmstead. The club retained its hold on 3rd place in the season long competition. The Grand Prix series returns in October with the Delaware Distance Classic.

In the off-road series, the club competed in the Wissahickon Trail Classic and finished 2nd in the team competition. Individual highlights included overall race winner Bill Steele and Allison Emmons as 4th place female. The PCVRC team is currently in 2nd place in the off road series heading into the next event at the Radnor Hunt Club 5k Steeplechase on August 20th.

DDC News
The Board has been reviewing a financial proposal from Fusion Fitness to manage the Delaware Distance Classic. Fusion would handle the start/finish, timing and scoring, shirts and bibs (with our art), and we would get the support of Fusion’s race infrastructure/staffing and their marketing expertise. We would continue to provide staffing for the course marshals, water stations, packet pickup, and awards. It is hoped that we’d be able to build the 5K while maintaining the size and quality of the 15K event. We are also redesigning the course to use the new Delaware City connector on the return lap off the Castle trail. We expect to be able to hold the costs in line and continue our legacy of donating profits to the club and to charity.          

Other News
Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation has started using a new Class IV therapy laser that has amazing results – especially for runners! Club member Tiffani DiToro will offer a promotion to our club who want to try it out.  Check out the link:  http://www.litecure.com/medical/for-patients/.  Also visit them at  www.delawarebackpain.com.

Race Results & Recognition
Summer temperatures make racing challenging, but our members love a good challenge! Let us know what you’ve been up to– race results, PRs, conquering a new distance or other milestones (accomplished in extreme humidity, no less!) If you’d like your race result in the next newsletter, please send to .

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