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8/13/17: DDC Help Needed, Road & Trail Series, New Members

President’s Message
DDC planning is in full swing and we hope everyone will be able to participate in this year’s Delaware Distance Classic. In honor of our new partnership with Fusion Racing, this year’s theme is 100% Inclusion. As such, we are asking every single club member to either run or volunteer at the Sunday October 8, 2017 DDC in Delaware City. It’s our 35th year and there are so many ways you can help either before, during, or after the event. Most importantly, we want you to make copies of our 2017 entry form and brochure (they can be combined into a color two-sided tri-fold) and hand them out to every runner and walker you know! Please personally ask 10 or more people to participate! Our 15K course is beautiful and will utilize both the Biddles Point and the new Delaware City connector to the Michael Castle C&D canal path and our 5K will be revamped to run from Delaware City into Fort DuPont and back. The post race party will begin this year at 10:15 am and we want a raucous good time on the outdoor bar/deck at Crabby Dick’s!!

The next DDC planning meeting is Thursday August 17, 2017 at 6:30 at Jim Steele’s house. We really do need more help, so please let us know if you can attend.

In other news, I want to thank Blythe Milbury-Steen for her help as Communications/Marketing Director. New responsibilities require Blythe to step down from the Board; so we are looking for a new Communications/Marketing person.

I hope everyone is having a terrific Summer. Best wishes and continued happy running!
Joel

Membership
We had a great membership month and the club currently stands at 139 family memberships with 247 club members. Please welcome the following new members: The Adams family: Ryan, Jacob, Erik, and Megan Flanagan; Todd Grove; Enjolokee Kukulo Jones and Albertha Carter; The McCann family: Alison, Jon, Jack, and Alyssa; The Sticinski family: Virginia, Leo, Stosh, and Matt; Margo Stitz and Brian Urion; the Wesley family: Sheronda, Steven, Hunter, and Jaeger; and a 2017 membership renewal from Thomas Fort.

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.php. or 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 July, the club maintained total cash of $24,912 with $16,360 of this amount in the DDC account.

Social Activities
Unfortunately, the combination bike ride and BBQ at the Dischler’s on Saturday, July 29th had to be postponed due to weather. A replacement date will be announced soon.

In other news, our running meet-ups continue: Tuesdays at the Newark Reservoir at 6PM; Thursdays at 6PM at Delcastle Recreation; and Sundays 8AMat Panera on Main Street Newark. Please come on out and join us!

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 15K.

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.

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 .

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!
Joel 

Membership
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

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