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6/1/17: Weekly Runs, 6/11 Fun Run, 7/29 Ride/BBQ, Crabowitz

President’s Message
My apologies for missing the May newsletter. So, here is an early newsletter for June.   

While our Spring 2017 Couch to 5k and 10K programs officially ended on Tuesday, May 30th, the core group should continue to meet at the Newark Reservoir on Tuesdays at 6PM. Also, please plan to join them at the 9th annual University of Delaware Alumni Weekend 5K on Sun June 4th, which serves as the celebratory race for this year’s C2 5K graduates. To sign up: http://www.races2run.com/events/blue-hen-5k/

Our Thursday evening runs at Delcastle have grown in attendance thanks to a recent Meet-Up social media push. Please plan to join Ray Christensen and other club members at 6 pm on Thursdays.  We might as well also mention the ongoing weekend Panera Bread long runs: Sundays at 8 am at their Main Street Newark location.

Read on for our upcoming social events – details are below.
Best wishes and continued happy running!
Joel 

Membership
After purging inactive members in May, the club currently stands at 132 family memberships with 226 members! Please welcome our newest club members: Nicole, Carl, Andrew, & Nicholas Perkins; Michelle, Alex, & Samantha Uy; and Lauren, Deen, & Joe Mahoney.

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 May, the club maintained total cash of $24,791 with $15,856 of this amount in the DDC account.

Social Activities
On June 11th, we will hold a PCVRC fun run and brunch. Meet at Can-do Park near Alapocas at 8 am for a 3-5 mile run, followed by light brunch and drinks at the Sweigarts, 12 Briar Road 19803. (Brunch around 9:30 ish?) Please RSVP to and bring something, if you can. 

The Dischlers have indicated they would like to host a July 29th Bike Ride and Club BBQ. The ride will start and end at their house (128 Hitching Post Drive, Surrey Park, N. Wilmington), beginning at 9:30am. 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 aren’t riding can arrive at noon. This event would be in lieu of having a Club picnic this year.   

Sheri is looking to schedule a Club Social at the Kennett Creamery (it’s a brewery, not an ice cream place!)  Date to be determined after she contacts them. She will make a reservation and is proposing either June 24th, July 8th, or July 15th. This would not be a running or biking event; strictly a social get-together and the Club would pay for first round of drinks for all who attend. 

Finally, Jerry & Kim want to host a pool party in August, but have not as yet proposed a date.

Other News
Please mark your calendars to join us for the 9th annual Crabowitz!!! This year’s Crabowitz Feast will be held on Tuesday, June 20th from after 4:30pm on at the Szymanski House (709 Haddon Road, Wilmington DE 19808).

The Szymanskis will be supplying crabs, pizza, water, soda and our own Brewmaster Tony BBQ will once again be making the “Electrolyte Ale” !  There will also be an assortment of beer provided by Wesley Stafford. The Margarita machine was a big hit and will be returning as well.

If these two types of beverage do not interest you, feel free to bring your beverage of choice. This is a family event, so please bring your significant other, children, pets, neighbor, or whomever you wish to bring.  However, please be sure to let us know how many will attend so we have a headcount. RSVP to Rich at so he can make sure to have enough crabs!!!

The tradition of asking for donations will continue. However, instead of our usual donations for the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, the hosts would like to switch it to the Prostate Awareness Foundation and to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  

On another note, 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.

 Finally, Nic DeCaire at Fusion Fitness wanted to be sure we knew about their fun new race offering: a Summer Racing Series on Creek Road in Newark. The series got off to a great start yesterday and continues through the entire month of June with a 5K race every Wednesday evening. Each week there is a post-race party at Klondike Kate’s from 7-8pm with food, Mispilion Beer, and Tito’s Vodka drinks for all participants. Click here to register: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=42771&multi_use_reservation_code=ItNPrvAHQZDdGw4psHJT4Z1xvaWuHqs

USATF Report
This Saturday, June 3rd, PCVRC will be participating in 2 Mid-Atlantic USATF events. The off-road series is at the Wissahickon 10k Trail classic, and the road series is at the Moorestown Scott Coffee Rotary 8k. We need help at the Wissahickon event where we are currently shorthanded. Race day registration is available for both events. Please contact Tom Steenkamer () if you are able to participate.

Previous results: the team competed in the Broad St. 10 Mile Run on May 3rd, where we placed 3rd in the team results. Individual highlights from Broad St. included overall masters wins by Brenda Hodge in 1:03:17 and Zach Chupa in 54:25. In the men’s 55-59 age group, Dave Wiecheck placed 1st and Greg Cauller was 2nd. With one race remaining in the spring season the club is currently in 3rd place in the team competition.

The off-road team competed in Pottstown, PA in the Coventry Woods 10k on May 21st. The club finished 1st for the day in the club competition but remains in 2nd place overall in the season long competition. Club member Bill Steele finished 2nd overall, missing first place by only 4 seconds!

Race Results & Recognition
Congratulations to our members for their spectacular finishes over all distances from 5K to marathon! Special recognition to the following members for their exceptional performances in the following races:

Fusion Inclusion 5K
Dan Feldstein: 30:11, 1st AG

Coastal Delaware Running Festival 9k
Nate Sylves: 37:57, 1st Male Masters and 4th OA

Boston Marathon
Allison Gayle Emmons: 3:11:52

Coastal Delaware Running Festival Marathon
Ben Mack (PCVRC Couch 2 5K coach and first time marathoner!): 5:18

Congratulations again to everyone! If you’d like your 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

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!
Joel 

Membership
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 

Social
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.

Results:
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/

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!

Joel 

Membership
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 

Social
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