News

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

2/13/17: Pub Crawl, Happy Hour, C25K, USATF Calendar

President’s Message
Social events will dominate our PCVRC calendar for the next few weeks. On Sunday, February 19 at 1PM, Dirk and Sheri will be hosting our inaugural Doug White Memorial Pub Crawl in Newark. Run, Walk or just Drink! Pre-event run also planned. See details below under Next Social Event. We are also replacing the annual banquet with a more casual Upscale Happy Hour event at Pizza by Elizabeth’s on Tuesday, March 14 at 6pm. We are excited to change things up and hope you will join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our local runners!   

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!  

Please, if you haven’t already done so, please renew your club dues!  

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds (stays warm) for the remainder of winter.

Best Wishes and Happy Running!
Joel 

Membership
We currently stand at 147 family memberships with 236 members! Please welcome our newest club member: Mark McKinney!

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
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 

Next Social Event
Dirk and Sheri will host the Pike Creek Valley Running Club Inaugural Valentine’s Bar Crawl in Honor of Doug White! Details are as follows:

Date/Time: Sunday, February 19th  

Start time: 1 PM at Timothy’s Newark on Creek View Road.

Itinerary: Meet at Timothy’s; Klondike Kate’s; Catherine Rooney’s; Del Pez Gastropub; Deer Park Tavern; back to Timothy’s.

Valentine’s and race bibs to all participants – run, walk or crawl from bar to bar.  PCVRC will cover one round of drinks at the first (Kate’s) and last bar (Timothy’s) for club members.  All are welcome– the more the merrier!

This is also a fundraiser in memory of Doug White – we suggest a donation of $10 per person that will go to the National Stroke Association.  And wear your Boston gear if you have it!

Please RSVP to Dirk at 302-545-7047 (text) or or RSVP on the PCVRC Facebook page.

We can’t let a Doug White Memorial go by without a (longer!) run!  For those who wish to run before the official bar crawl starts, Sheri and Dirk will be meeting at Timothy’s at 11:45 for a run out Creek Road. We’ll be back by 1:00 PM for the bar crawl. If you wish to join us for the run or walk prior to the event, let us know. (But we will be there regardless, so you can come at the last minute!)

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 . We can only print what you send us, so please share your achievements!

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/

1/16/17: Membership, Awards Nominations, USATF Schedule

President’s Message
We had a spirited board meeting this past week, as we reviewed calendar year 2016 and set the stage for a productive 2017. The meeting began with an introduction of two guests from Victory Running, a local grass roots running company looking to get into apparel sales and event management. Speaking of apparel; we are planning to refresh the club’s supply of apparel and will be ordering new USATF racing singlets. Check out Victory Running at https://www.facebook.com/victoryrunningco.  

We are going to overhaul the annual banquet this year and replace the sit down dinner with a more upscale casual event. We are currently looking at late February or early March for a date and are investigating several local venues. It is our hope for the club to pay for all or most of the expense. Look for an invitation and more information in our next news letter. What we need you to do now: is to renew your dues (if you haven’t done so already) and send us your recommendations for the following club awards:  Runner of the Year; Member of the Year; Rookie of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Outstanding Achievement; Hall of Fame; or Other. We will be having a special meeting in the next several weeks to discuss the recommendations, so let any board member know if you want to be part of the discussion.  

We have set October 8 as the date for the 2017 Delaware Distance Classic and April 12 as the date for the Boston Sendoff. Our inaugural Valentines weekend pub crawl/fun run will be February 18. We will be sending an e-vite. 

Stay healthy; stay warm; and stay happy this winter! 
Joel 

Membership
We currently stand at 177 family memberships with 224 members!   Please welcome our newest club members: John Costello, William Human, and Jared Schierbaum.

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 2016, where we ended with $29,833 in cash, $19,327 of this in the DDC account. The club has made charitable donations on behalf of the families of John Drozd, Becky Yencharis, John Schultz and Doug White. 

Delaware Distance Classic 15K & 5K
The 35th annual DDC 15K is pleased to have been named part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic USATF road racing series. The race date has been set as Sunday, October 8 in Delaware City. We are looking for one or two more people to join the DDC race committee. 

Couch 2 5K
Our Spring Couch to 5K program will begin Tuesday, March 28!  This ten-week program will end Tues., May 30 and will culminate with the UD Alumni 5K on Sun., Jun 4.   The workouts are on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Newark Reservoir and individualized programs are available for beginning runners, joggers, run walkers, and walkers. Please share this announcement at your place of business and among your friends or ask if you could display a poster at work. To learn more, please ask to join our C210Kers Facebook group or email Amy Temple at 

USATF Update
PCVRC had a great 2016 season in the Mid Atlantic USATF race series. While PCVRC didn’t finish 1st, as in the previous 2 years, we held our own and finished a close 3rd in the Grand Prix series, missing second place by only 7 points! Thank you for your participation and support in the past year.  Below is the listing for the 2017 MA-USATF road racing season. You’ll notice the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon and Radnor 5 mile races are not included in this year’s competition but we have 2 new events and the first of those is approaching in February.  The Ambler 5 miler is our first event and online registration is now open for this race.

The most important items to note are:

  • Renew your PCVRC and USATF membership for 2017 (contact Tom  if there are concerns)
  • Participation is the key to our success. Even if you are building for another major event, I strongly encourage you to incorporate some of these races as part of your training.
  • The Broad St. Run is once again part of the circuit. USATF members are guaranteed entry provided they have a current USATF membership at the time they enter the lottery.  All entrants must apply through the lottery unless you happen to meet the elite standards. The lottery opens on February 1st.

Below is the schedule for the 2017 Grand Prix Series. The total number of races and the scoring remains the same as last year.  Note that there are 6 Mid-Atlantic Championship events indicated by **.

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 Activities
Looking ahead, our first club event will be a pub crawl and fun run on Saturday, Feb 18. Then, we will have our annual awards banquet either in late Feb or early March (details to come), followed by the Boston Sendoff on Wednesday, April 12. We are finalizing the details for the Valentine’s pub crawl on 2/18 in Newark. We’re looking to finish at Timothy’s with food or snacks at the end. There will be an evite forthcoming. The Boston sendoff will again be at Catherine Rooney’s in Wilmington. As for the banquet, we are looking to do an upscale happy hour at Iron Hill on the Riverfront or Pizza by Elizabeth’s with the club covering most, if not all, of the costs. We’ll do awards and announce the 2017 club officers at the event. We also have 3 potential pub fun runs that need to be scheduled and the pool party fun run in the late Summer.   More to come! 

Race Results
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 . We can only print what you send us, so please share your achievements!

Other News
Ray Christensen is working on updates to the PCVRC and DDC website and is asking for past DDC photos, or for that matter, other photos that could be used to refresh our website.  Please send them to 
On a related note, the grand opening of the trails along the C&D Canal was announced at a press conference in Delaware City on Fri., Jan 13, making the Mike Castle Trail (which we all know from the DDC race route) part of 14.3 miles of continuous trails. PCVRC was recognized at this event by DNREC Secretary David Small as one of the community stakeholders in the trail. US Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were in attendance along with Gov. Markell and former Gov. and Congressman Mike Castle. 

2016 PCVRC Board 

Club Officers are: 
            Joel Schiller, President
            Dirk Sweigart, VP
            Jerry Herman, Secretary
            Lenora Wagner, Treasurer

Other Voting Members are:   
            Tom Steenkamer – USA TF
            Jim Steele – DDC Race Director
            Christina Xia – Membership 
            Ray Christensen – Emeritus/At Large  
            Kim Riccio – Social Chair

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