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Social Event 3/6, PCVRC Board, USATF Team Recap

President’s Message
Pike Creek Valley Runner, welcome to the New Year ! Mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting on March 6th from 6:30 to 9:00 at Pizza by Elizabeth’s.  This was a big hit last year!  This is a member benefit, so you should attend as this event is free to Members and $10 for guests (free if they join).       

Yes, we give Club Awards at our Annual Meeting as well.  You should nominate someone!   See Awards below.

We held a PCVRC board meeting on Monday January 9th at Dirk Sweigart’s house.  We finalized the holiday party, and welcomed two new board nominees, Wes Stafford (vice president) and Adam Shilling (secretary).  The 2018 board nominees will be presented and voted upon at our Annual Meeting.      

As the nominee for president, I am excited at the possibilities for our club.  Running, social, community, racing, education, fitness – these are things that I find highly enjoyable.  I’ve made many friends through PCVRC and I am looking forward to meeting more.  And Joel’s not going anywhere, he is nominated to head up the DDC committee.    

A person to join our board in a Public Relations/Newsletters role would be a welcome addition!  Anyone interested? Contact me!

Happy running, be careful and stay warm!
Dirk 

Social Activities 
The PCVRC Annual Meeting is at Pizza By Elizabeth’s on Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30 to 9:00.  We moved it slightly later for the people doing the track workouts – come as you are, we’re runners!  Each member will receive two drink tickets to redeem.  Food will be provided as well.  We will have a short program to present the board and club awards for 2017.

Don’t forget, we always have our Boston Send-Off party the Wednesday before the marathon.  Mark your calendars now, that’s April 11th.

Our weekly running meet-ups continue: Tuesdays at the Newark Reservoir at 6PM; Thursdays at 6PM at Delcastle Recreation; and Sundays 8AM at Panera on Main Street Newark.  Now that the weather has begin to cool, please come on out and join us for a group run!

Awards
Please nominate a deserving someone for our annual Awards!  Awards include Runner of the Year, Member of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and then Outstanding Achievements.  This is your chance to turn in your friends!  Send all nominees to me at by Valentines’s Day.

USATF Update, Tom Steenkamer
PCVRC had 30 participants compete in the 2017 2017 Mid Atlantic USATF Grand Prix (road) series.  We had runners in all 11 events and fielded a scoring team in 10 of them. There were 13 regional running clubs participating the Grand Prix series. PCVRC finished the 2017 season in 4th place in the highly competitive Grand Prix club challenge. Our 4th place finish earned the club $475!

The 2017 Off Road (trail) series consisted of 8 races held between February and November.  The club had 28 members compete in the trail race series and had a scoring team in all 8 events. For the first time in club history PCVRC claimed 1st place in the Off Road club challenge!  The club received $675 for our finish.  A portion of this prize money goes back to support our MA-USATF racers.  A priority for this year is getting updated racing team singlets.

Along with our club level accomplishments there are a number of team members who received USATF awards for their individual performances. The Grand Prix series recognizes the top 10 men and women age grade performances who have competed in a minimum of 6 events during the season. In 2017 the following club members were recognized for Top AG series performance – Greg Cauller, John Costello, Beth Howlett, and Dave Wiechecki. In addition the Grand Prix recognized the top 3 performers within 5 year age groups – Greg Cauller, Zach Chupa, Keith Crispin, Matt Cutrona, Mike Digennaro, Allison Emmons, Bill Farquhar, Erin Giampietro, Gerry Herman, Brenda Hodge, Beth Howlett, Lynn Knothe, Mike O’Brian, Betty Olmstead, and Dave Wiechecki.  The off-road series also recognizes the top 3 performers in 10 year age groups – Greg Cauller, Bill Farquhar, Lynn Knothe, Tim Schuler, and Bill Steele.

We’d love to have more club members join us in 2018. The first road race of the year the Ambler 5 mile run held on Saturday, February 17th. The off road season kicks off in March with a brand new event, the Brandywine Red Clay 10k on Sunday, March 4th.  We try to carpool to these events so please contact me in advance if you are interested. There’s only one requirement to participate for PCVRC – you members must also join the USATF. (Annual membership is $30.)  There’s often a group post-race gathering for socializing and food.  Please contact Tom if you have interest in participating this year.

Thanks and good running for the coming year.

Membership
The club currently stands at 144 family memberships with 250 club members.  

Membership is only $25 and is good for your entire family. As a 501c(3), PCVRC membership is also tax deductible. Also, any member who races for PCVRC in 4 or more USATF races within a calendar year, and remains a member of USATF, will receive a complimentary PCVRC membership for the following calendar year.  We will notify  members in January if they are eligible for a free PCVRC membership.   

New members who join on or after June 1 but before October 1 pay a reduced rate of $15 to cover their membership for the remainder of the current calendar year.  All members who join or renew before October 1 are subject to our standard renewal policy. Anyone who joins on or after October 1st pays $25 that includes the remainder of the current calendar year plus the following calendar year.  Membership Renewals will be accepted beginning at the December holiday party and are due by March 31.   

To renew your dues online, go to: www.pcvrc.com/join.php. 

Or you may 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 balances in our accounts are: $12,209 in PCVRC and $11,635 in the DDC account.  We continue to maintain a balance equal to a year’s worth of expenses in both accounts.      

Other News:
A group of PCVRC members is requested to marshal a section of the course (Bancroft and Kentmere) at the Delaware marathon again this year.  It’s a good time and the club receives a donation from Corrigan Sports.  Please contact Ray to volunteer. 

DDC is scheduled for October 7th in Delaware City.  We are always looking for organizing help.  Contact Dirk or Joel to get involved.  This is a cool activity and a big help to your club!

Race Results & Recognition
Please let us know what you’ve been up to!!  For inclusion in the next newsletter, send your race results, PRs, and running related stories by replying to this message or by sending a separate email to: .

Current and all past News Bulletins are online: http://pcvrc.com/pcvrc-news-bulletins-2/

2018 Nominees – PCVRC Board  

Officers
            Dirk Sweigart, President
            Wes Stafford, VP
            Adam Shilling, Secretary
            Lenora Wagner, Treasurer

Other Voting Members:   
            Tom Steenkamer – USATF
            Joel Schiller – DDC Race Director
            Christina Xia – Membership 
            Ray Christensen – Emeritus   
            Open – Communications/Marketing
            Sheri Sweigart – Social  
          Jerry Herman – At Large

12/15/17: Party Recap, Off-Road Champs, Renew Membership

President’s Message
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual PCVRC holiday party at Timothy’s Newark on December 4. We had a full house and it was great to see so many of our old and new running friends. 28 club members renewed their 2018 club memberships at the party (see link below to renew) and we signed up two new members at the event. Many thanks to Sheri and Dirk Sweigart for organizing the party and coordinating the raffle; Kim O’Dea-Grant Riccio for taking the photos (see link below) and Lenora Wagner for paying the tab! (on behalf of the club). Our raffle winners were: Betty Olmstead; Adam Shilling; Laura Massamini Berger; Andrea Ladany Riley; and Kim O’Dea-Grant Riccio.

Photos: http://pcvrc.com/photos/photos-2017-holiday-party/

2018 Dues: http://pcvrc.com/join-our-running-club/

If you missed the news, Dirk Sweigart has agreed to take over as Club President for 2018 and he has asked Wes Stafford to be Vice President and Adam Shilling to be Secretary. Lenora Wagner will remain as Treasurer. Jim Steele is stepping down as DDC Chair and I will assume that responsibility with help from Ray Christensen and others. If you wish to give back to your running community by joining the PCVRC board, please give Dirk Sweigart a call or reach out to any other board member.

This is the required advanced notice for the 2018 board. The annual election of officers will occur at the club’s annual meeting, currently planned for later this Winter. More details ion the next newsletter.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018 and Happy holidays, everyone!!
Joel

Membership
The club currently stands at 145 family memberships with 254 club members. Please welcome our newest members: Tiffany Huntley; Nick & Kristen Henry; Kevin McGready.

Membership is only $25 and is good for your entire family. As a 501c(3), your PCVRC membership is also tax deductible. Also, any member who races for PCVRC in 4 or more USATF races within a calendar year, and remains a member of USATF, will receive a complimentary PCVRC membership for the following calendar year. We will notify club members in January if they are eligible for a free PCVRC membership.

New members who join on or after June 1 but before October 1 pay a reduced rate of $15 to cover their membership for the remainder of the current calendar year. All members who join or renew before October 1 are subject to our standard renewal policy. Anyone who joins on or after October 1st pays $25 that includes the remainder of the current calendar year plus the following calendar year. Membership Renewals will be accepted beginning at the December holiday party and are due by March 31.

To renew your dues for 2018 online, go to: www.pcvrc.com/join.php.

Or you may 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 inactive PCVRC savings account was closed and the $5,705.06 balance was transferred into the club’s checking account. As of December 12, 2017, the PCVRC balance was $12,183.83 and the DDC checking balance was $11,635.03. All DDC charitable contributions for 2017 have been made and all club expenses and revenues have been recorded. A full financial report will be made at the next board meeting.

Social Activities
The 2018 social calendar is being worked-on as we speak. We anticipate a “happy hour” type event sometime this Winter to serve as our required annual meeting, where we will formally elect the officers and issue running and club involvement awards. If you have ideas for dun PCVRC events, please send them to Sheri Sweigart. If you have recommendations for award and recognition recipients, please send them to Dirk Sweigart.

Our weekly running meet-ups continue: Tuesdays at the Newark Reservoir at 6PM; Thursdays at 6PM at Delcastle Recreation; and Sundays 8AM at Panera on Main Street Newark. Now that the weather is cold, please come on out and join us for a group run! There is strength in numbers!

USATF Report
Greetings team – Tom Steenkamer wanted to share some great news with everyone after the completion of the DE Open XC race held the last Saturday in November: PCVRC has won the Mid-Atlantic USA TF off road team competition for the first time in club history!!! In other news, after a long hard year-long battle that ended with the road races connected with the Philadelphia Marathon weekend, PCVRC ended the regional on-road competition in fourth place.

Tom thanks you for your support throughout 2017 and hopes that you will continue to participate on the PCVRC racing team next year. There will be one change to the 2018 race schedule as the Ugly Mudder will be dropped due to conflicts with Ambler Frostbite 5 mile road race and a new race sponsored by Trail Creek Outfitters will become the season starter in March, the Brandywine Red Clay 10K.

The club is always looking for runners in both the on-road and off-road series and we especially need additional female runners. If you would like to participate and help out the PCVRC team, please contact Tom Steenkamer tsteenkamer@zoominternet.net.

BTW: we don’t just race, we also like to tailgate and visit local establishments for post-race food and libations. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Other News:
Current and all past News Bulletins are online: http://pcvrc.com/pcvrc-news-bulletins-2/

Race Results & Recognition
Cold winter temperatures are here, so please let us know what you’ve been up to!! For inclusion in the next newsletter, send us your race results, PRs, and running related stories by replying to this message or by sending a separate email 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/Marketing
Sheri Sweigart – Social

11/15/17: Party 12/4, Prez, PAL 5K, Team, Brenda Hodge

President’s Message
As we approach this holiday season, I want to remind everyone to attend the annual PCVRC holiday party.  We will again be at Timothy’s Newark (Paper Mill Road) on Monday December 4 from 6:30 – 10:00.   The cost is free to Members and $10 for guests (free if they join!).  The food is being planned as we speak, drinks of all types will be served, and we’ll be raffling off a couple of very nice gift baskets.  More details in Social below.      

We held a joint PCVRC/DDC board meeting on Monday November 6, 2017 at Dirk Sweigart’s house.  We’ll recapped the DDC, planned the holiday party, and began discussing possibilities for the 2018 Board and Officers.  The club really does need your help, so please let Dirk know if you would like to be more involved.   The board will propose a 2018 roster at its January 2018 board meeting which will then be presented and voted upon at our annual February/March event.      

As I begin the last months of my term as Club President, I want to let you all know how enjoyable these past two plus years have been.  I’ve made a lot of great running friends and I truly appreciate all the efforts of the PCVRC Board and Committee members.  I’m not leaving the club nor the Board but I do feel it is time for me to hand the reins of the club to a new administration.  

Best wishes and continued happy running!
Joel 

Membership
The club currently stands at 140 family memberships with 246 club members.  

Membership is only $25 and is good for your entire family. As a 501c(3), PCVRC membership is also tax deductible. Also, any member who races for PCVRC in 4 or more USATF races within a calendar year, and remains a member of USATF, will receive a complimentary PCVRC membership for the following calendar year.  We will notify  members in January if they are eligible for a free PCVRC membership.   

New members who join on or after June 1 but before October 1 pay a reduced rate of $15 to cover their membership for the remainder of the current calendar year.  All members who join or renew before October 1 are subject to our standard renewal policy. Anyone who joins on or after October 1st pays $25 that includes the remainder of the current calendar year plus the following calendar year.  Membership Renewals will be accepted beginning at the December holiday party and are due by March 31.   

To renew your dues online, go to: www.pcvrc.com/join.php. 

Or you may 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 2017 DDC generated $13,070 in revenue ($3950 in sponsorships) and incurred $11,936 in expenses.  The club anticipated some additional expenses to bring in Fusion Racing to help with the event and race registrations were frankly a lot lower than we had hoped for.  We continue to maintain a year’s worth of cash in the DDC and PCVRC bank accounts.    

Social Activities 
Hey everyone!  The PCVRC annual Holiday Party at Timothy’s Newark is Monday Dec 4 from 6:30 until 10:00.  The cost is free for members and $10 for non-members (free if they join!).  Cash bar but soft drinks and ice tea are free.  Heavy appetizers will be provided.  You may also renew your PCVRC club membership at the party.  Don’t forget to also bring some cash for the raffle.    

Also, our weekly running meet-ups continue: Tuesdays at the Newark Reservoir at 6PM; Thursdays at 6PM at Delcastle Recreation; and Sundays 8AM at Panera on Main Street Newark.  Now that the weather has begin to cool, please come on out and join us for a group run!

USATF Report
The USATF Fall Racing season is coming to a close and our club is currently in 3rd place in the road series and 1st place in the off-road series

The road racing season concludes this weekend (11/18 – 11/19) with the Philadelphia Marathon festival of races. Club members will be participating in the 8k, half and full marathon. The USATF club competition is extremely close with only 11 points separating the 2nd and 3rd place teams.  With 4 clubs (including PCVRC) in contention for the overall championship this final weekend of racing will be exciting. 

Our last off road event is the Delaware Open XC race on Saturday, November 25 at Brandywine Creek State Park.  With both open and masters races plus the very popular post-race random drawing prize giveaway we look forward to day of fun followed by lunch at a nearby tavern.  Come on out and run for PCVRC. 

The club is always looking for additional runners in both the on-road and off-road series and we especially need additional female runners.  If you would like to participate and help the PCVRC team , please contact Tom Steenkamer .  Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome!  

BTW: we don’t just race, we also like to tailgate and visit local establishments for post-race food and libations.   

Other News:
2017 PAL Running for a Claus 5K: The Police Athletic League of Delaware, which has been a great partner of PCVRC for our annual DDC 15K/5K race, is hosting their 5K run/walk on Sunday, December 10th.  The race starts at 10am and amenities include a long sleeve shirt, post-race party at Crabby Dick’s (another PCVRC sponsor) and Santa giving out presents.  The race encourages “Santa Suits”!  To sign up: 2017-pal-5k-sign-up-form or use the weblink https://raceroster.com/events/2017/14363/2017-pal-running-for-a-claus-5kFor more information please call the Hockessin PAL at 302-239-8857.

Current and all past News Bulletins are online: http://pcvrc.com/pcvrc-news-bulletins-2/

Race Results & Recognition
We want to make a special mention of Brenda Hodge’s fourth place Masters (2nd AG) (41st American) sub-3 hour finish in the New York City marathon.    

Cooler Fall temperatures are here and so is (you guessed it) marathon/half marathon season, so please let us know what you’ve been up to!!  For inclusion in the next newsletter, send your race results, PRs, and running related stories by replying to this message or by sending a separate email 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/Marketing
            Sheri Sweigart – Social