We welcome any club member who would like to be part or our 2020 USATF team!
(scroll down for 2019 recap)
PCVRC is the only Delaware running club that participates in the Mid Atlantic USATF Long Distance Running program. We have a long history of success in both the Grand Prix (road) and Off-Road (trail) race series competing as a team as well as in age group categories against running clubs from the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions.
Join Our Team!
The road race (Grand Prix) series is split into a spring and fall events. Spring highlights include the Haddonfield NJ 5k in March, and the Broad Street Run. The fall season kicks off in September with the Main Line 5k, and the Delaware Distance Classic 15k concluding in Philadelphia with the Marathon running festival in November. The off – road (trail) series consists of mostly 10k events held March thru late November.
We typically carpool to the races and often gather for post-race dining and refreshments. We don’t need you to commit to the entire race series or be one of the fastest in your respective age group to participate. The races are well organized and offer a variety of lengths and locations in the greater Philadelphia region. Please consider joining the USATF and coming out with the PCVRC team for new adventures in these events.
Note: All club members who hold active USATF membership and complete a minimum of 4 MA-USATF races are eligible to receive complimentary PCVRC club dues the following year.*
*Club membership fee reimbursement for completing 4 races in the MA-USTAF race series requires a current USATF membership at the time of the race. The intent of the reimbursement is to encourage members to be eligible to participate in the club team challenge as well as the individual performance categories. USATF membership supports running programs throughout the region and country.
How to join team
- Join PCVRC ($25/yr)
- Join USATF ($30/yr)
- Affiliate PCVRC as my USATF club (#0025) each year.
- Contact one of our team coordinators (see below). Encourage other runners to join the club, or ask a PCVRC member to participate in one or more USATF races.
Long Distance Running USATF team
Participation is key! Fast or slow, 100% ready to race or not, we need to field a complete squad (minimum of 5 with at least 1 woman) at each event. Consider joining the team for a race while incorporating it into your training plans for a goal race or competing in an event as a workout. We need to have a broad group of participants to keep us in the hunt for the year-end club and individual awards.
PCVRC has a been an annual contender in the club challenge competition for the Grand Prix and Off-Road series which are held during the spring and fall. Our history of success is based on your participation.
We look forward to seeing you on the roads & trails!
2019 MidAtlantic USATF year in review
Tom Steenkamer, Team Coordinator
2019 was another great year for PCVRC in the Grand Prix (road) club challenge. The club participated in the club challenge series competing against 14 other clubs in the 11-race series finishing the season in 3rd place. We had 16 men and 13 women compete in the road race series.
Club members were also recognized for success in the season long individual age grade competition. This highly competitive aspect of the road race series awards runners who compete in a minimum of 6 events with the highest average age grades score across the events. Congratulations to Greg Cauller and Dave Wiechecki.
We also had several runners recognized for their performances in the age group competition. Masters runners compete in 10-year age groups over the course of the race season. Congratulations to Sarah Rusk, Brenda Hodge, Carol Feole-Driscoll, Betty Olmstead, Mike DiGennaro, Greg Cauller, Tom Steenkamer and Gerald Herman.
The highlight of the 2019 USATF season was the return of the Club Cross Country National Championship to Lehigh University. On a warm but damp December day we had 54 runners compete against running clubs from across the nation on Lehigh University’s cross-country course. Women ran 6k, men over 60 – 8k and the balance of the men’s age groups – 10k. The soggy course produced slower times and muddy conditions for the later races as a mist transitioned to a light rain during the open races. Our ladies 60+ team found the podium with a 3rd place finish in their category besting the 4th place team by a mere 2 points! Individual success by Laura Latchford, 9th overall in the women’s master’s race and 1st in her age group and Mike DiGennaro for his 13th overall finish in the men’s 40+ race. (Add link to the full race summary).
2019 was the first year in recent history that the club did not participate in the off-road race series. We are looking for members who enjoy running off-road on the trails in 2020. If you run on the local trail systems in the DE State parks or nearby Fair Hill MD, you are ready to be part of our team.