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  

10/25/17: DDC Recap & Photos, Membership Info, 12/5 Party

President’s Message
The 35th annual Delaware Distance Classic 15K/5K was held on Sunday October 8, 2017. On behalf of Jim Steele, Ray Christensen, and the race management team, I want to thank the 271 race participants, the vendors, everyone who volunteered, the City of Delaware City, and Fusion Racing for helping us put on a really nice event. The weather held, the new course was positively received, and the post-race party was its typically fun affair. Hundreds of race photos are at: http://ddc15k.org/2017-photos-race-recap/2017-photos-15k-race/

The next PCVRC board meeting is Monday November 6, 2017 at 6:30 at Dirk Sweigart’s house. We’ll be recapping the DDC, planning the holiday party, and discussing the possibilities for the 2018 Board and Officers roster. The club really does need your help, so please let us know if you can attend this important meeting.

As I begin the last two months of my term as Club President, I want to let you all know how enjoyable these last several years have been. I’ve made a lot of great running friends and I truly appreciate all the efforts of the Board and Committee members. I’m not leaving the club or the Board but I do feel it is time for me to hand the reins 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. 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 1 but before October 1 may pay a reduced rate of $15 to cover 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 current calendar year plus the following calendar year. Renewals will be accepted beginning December 1 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 $12,920 in revenue ($3800 in sponsorships) and incurred $11,586 in expenses. The club anticipated some additional expenses to bring in Fusion Racing to help with the event and registrations were somewhat lower than we had hoped for. We continue to maintain a year’s worth of reserves in the bank and a fuller financial report will be presented in November.

Social Activities
Hey everyone! Here is your “Save the Date” for the Tuesday December 5 Holiday Party at Timothy’s Newark. More details in the November newsletter!

Also, 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 Fall Racing season is in full swing. I know the club is always looking for more 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 defend its two-time regional championship, please contact Tom Steenkamer (tsteenkamer@zoominternet.net). 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
Fall temperatures make racing exciting, so please let us know what you’ve been up to. For inclusion in the next newsletter, send us your race results, PRs, and stories about conquering a new distance or other milestones. You can do so by replying to this message or by sending an email to: run@pcvrc.com.

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