9/5/17: DDC-Run or Volunteer, USATF Team News, Nun Run 5K

President’s Message
The 35th annual Delaware Distance Classic 15K and 5K is only one month away and we need everyone to participate.  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.  Have you signed up?  If not, Click Here  

The next DDC planning meeting is Tuesday Sept 19, 2017 at 6:30 at Jim Steele’s house.  We really do need your help, so please let us know if you can attend. 

I hope everyone had a terrific Labor Day.  Best wishes and continued happy running!
Joel 

Membership
The club currently stands at 141 family memberships with 247 club members.  Please welcome the following new members: Allison Wong.  On a sadder note, longtime Delaware Sports Club President and PCVRC club member Thomas Fort recently passed away.  He was 82. 

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  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  pays $25 that covers 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 August, the club maintained total cash of $25,580 with $17,128 of this amount in the DDC account.

Social Activities 
Our 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 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 on-road series returns with The Hands on House half marathon on September 30.

In the off-road series, thanks to those who came out for the Radnor Steeplechase 2 weeks ago!  The final results have been posted to the MAUSATF.org website and due to your support and exceptional efforts, PCVRC has moved into 1st place in the Off Road club challenge!  We will be needing your support again at the next trail event on October 15th for the Evansburg 9 mile run.  I know that the Rosemont team will looking to recover with a strong team with only 2 races remaining for this year.

Other News:

DDC 15K & 5K
The club’s signature event and primary fundraiser is only one month away. This race is one of the oldest races in Delaware, started by the Pike Creek Valley Running Club as the Pike Creek Classic 15K in 1983.

The Course:  The 2017 USA TF Mid-Atlantic 15K Championship course (9.3 miles) is USATF certified, flat and super fast!  The out and back course begins and ends at the foot of Clinton Street in downtown Delaware City and proceeds from Cox Neck Road onto the Michael Castle Trail along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The 15K route returns uses the new Delaware City connector from the Castle trail.  The 5K course will run from Delaware City into Fort DuPont and back.    

New for 2017: We have partnered with Fusion Racing to manage the event.  Fusion Racing is also offering $400 in bonus cash awards if our 15K event records are broken. (44:02 and 51:24)

The Setting: Historic Delaware City is only 20 minutes South from Wilmington, Delaware.  Directions: I-95 to DE Rte 1 to the Delaware City exit (#152). Battery Park is a perfect place to picnic as this lush green park is right on the Delaware River facing the civil war era Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island.  Lewinsky’s on Clinton and Crabby Dicks will tempt you to spend the day in town!

2017 Highlights: The 15K race features $750 in prize money; 5 year age categories, plus random and middle of pack awards.  Each participant will receive a multicolor t-shirt, finisher giveaway, and post-race refreshments at Crabby Dicks Restaurant (directly across from the finish line).  We will have an Awards Ceremony, Sponsor Exhibits, and Music.  Refreshments will open at 10:15 this year.  We invite you to relax on the outdoor bar/deck of Crabby Dicks with us! 

Nun Run 5K is 9am Saturday 9/16
Ray Christensen has helped coordinate this event for the past 6 years.  Fast course, DJ music before & after, pizza, chic-fil-a, beer, goody bags, even the Batmobile! Great party to start your weekend. Jim Steele will be lead bike and if you can volunteer as a course marshal, please contact Ray at .  Register online at http://www.nunrun5k.org where you can view our video and tons of photos from past years.  You’ll even have opportunity to purchase Nathan running gear (bottles, belts, etc) for a small donation of 50% off retail prices.  100% of proceeds  will help fund replacement of adjustable beds for needy elderly in the intermediate care units. Don’t let the Nuns beat you!

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

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/Marketing
            Sheri Sweigart – Social  

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