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!

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: https://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