1/15/14: Club Challenge, Awards Nominations, Join USATF

The “Always Fun” (and Free) Club-challenge 5K!
It’s time for our annual Club Challenge 5k race. This year the Delaware Running Club will be hosting the FREE 5k event at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington on Saturday, Feb 8. The race will be held on the 5k cross country course which is flat and fast. Race day number pick up begins at 10:30 at the pavilion near the pond. Race start is 11:30.

Once again our friends at Nova Timing will be providing their services free of charge using chip timing.

Race registration must be done in advance using the following link:


The race will use age graded scoring with the top 5 male, and top 2 female runners from each club contributing the total club score. Club’s competing this year – DRC, MAC, PCVRC and potentially the Down State Striders and Riders from the Dover area.

Parking is free and no DE State Parks entry fee or sticker is required at this time of year (until March 1st.)

Post-race celebration will follow beginning around 1PM. This year we will be gathering in a room at Ulysses Gastropub on Marsh Road (at the intersection of Marsh and Silverside in the Shoppes of Graylyn). Complimentary appetizers will be provided.

Keep them coming – Nominations for Awards for 2013!
Don’t forget to nominate your fellow PCVRC running colleagues for a PCVRC award, to be presented at the banquet on Saturday March 8. Please email Claire (claireneilan@yahoo.com) by JAN 20th with your suggestions. Many of our runners have had significant accomplishments this year, so if you know of anyone who has these accomplishments (posted a whopping PR, has provided outstanding service to the club, or who has overcome significant obstacles to get back into running, etc.) then let us know! We are likely to have about 5 awards and we will acknowledge other significant achievements in our Banquet Program.

Annual Banquet
Speaking of awards, the annual banquet is scheduled for March 8, 2014 – mark your calendars now!

Treat Yourself!
For the month of January all running apparel is 30% off at our sponsor New Balance Brandywine and New Balance Christiana. PCVRC members also receive 20% off footwear and accessories.

Race Results, Reviews and accomplishments:
Jim Durkin participated in the Philadelphia Masters Track and Field Association’s opening meet of the indoor track season last weekend (Sunday Jan. 12) on the Glen Mills School 200m track.
55m dash, 10.8 (sec)
200m dash, 39.6 (1st in heat)
400m dash, 1:34 (1st in heat)
Men’s Masters 4x200m relay (leadoff runner – 2nd place team)

If you plan to run for the club in USATF races, now is the time to renew your dues. If you’ve never done this, it can be a lot of fun. If you’re interested, contact Tom Steenkamer (tsteenkamer@zoominternet.net) or use the links below.

The first Off-Road Running Series Race of the season is the Ugly Mudder 7 Mile Trail Run – February 23

The first Club Challenge Circuit race is the Haddonfield Adrenaline Run 5K – March 15