6 August 2006 Rehoboth, DE & Wakefield, RI TWO
PRTC was contacted by the race director of the Run for JJ 5k, as he was looking to provide the deepest field possible. Though she is only in base training, Iowa native Michelle Lilienthal decided she would see the Deleware shore and get in a race as well. The prize money drew an elite field. But that doesn’t bother Michelle. She turned back the spoiling efforts of Kenyan Naomi Wangui and scored a decisive 27 second victory. Michelle is returning to base training. But you can be sure that when she comes around to racing season, she will run even much faster than her speedy 16:49 here today!
While Michelle was busy racing south of Philadelphia on this weekend, a few other PRTC teammates were racing north of town. Bryan Skelly and Renee Gunning joined their LaSalle alumni for a memorial race in the name of teammate Kerri Bessette – who passed away due to meningitus. Renee said “It was a fun time. I ended up breaking the old course record of 22:40 set by Jenna Darcy for an extra prize bonus. I am just trying to gear up for the US 5k Champs coming up on September 17th (CVS Downtown held in Providence, RI).” Bryan finished seventh overall in a fast men’s race which saw the course record (held by Providence grad and Irish national Vinnie Mulvey) fall. The men’s winner last year was none other than PRTC runner Ryan Fennelly.