Bryn Mawr, PA
Sorry for the long layoff on Web site news folks. The race results bar on our home page is up to date, but we’re sure you would like a little more information on everything. And to provide you with all the information we can, we want to first thank YOU for coming out to our beef-n-beer on February 10th! The beef-n-beer was a huge success thanks to you. The food was great, the prizes were plentiful, and the company was top notch! We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. And thank you so much for your support. You should always remember that when one of our runners performs well, or when the whole team runs well, we owe a big portion of it to you.
Now as for the race reporting since the last time we posted, our runners have kept busy. After our large contingent returned from Houston on the big road racing weekend, some of the women’s team started melting the Winter snow on the track. In succession, Renee Gunning ripped off a series of races, running one 3000m and two 5000m. Renee’s first race, the 3000m win at the Armory in NYC was clocked in a blistering 9:20.83. Renee was able to beat her long time nemesis – Clara Peterson. Soon after, Renee and Gina ran at the Boston Terrier Invitational – long a steady stop for many high level runners during the Winter campaign. Running her first race of the year, Gina clocked 10:05 in the 3000m, while Renee posted a 16:17 5000m club record! Renee then ran her second straight 5000m, although this she ran this one clear accross the country in Washington state. Renee ran another superb effort and missed her own club record by a little under one full second. Unbelieveable stuff.
Finally, the men’s AND women’s team competed together at the local, fun, yet still high level “Fila the Love” Couples 5k in Bryn Mawr. The legendary Bobby Shwelm outdid himself as usual, putting on a first rate race with unusual categories and interesting prizes. Listed in different catgeories, PRTC’s men’s team was represented by Matt Byrne (2nd place over all in 15:09) and Bart Borghuis (3rd place overall in 15:48). The PRTC women’s team was represented by Renee Gunning (female winner in 16:31) who won out a spirited battle with teammate Michelle Lilienthal (2nd place overall in 16:32). Claire Duncan had a fine run as well, placing fourth overall in 17:36.
Well, that’s a bit about what the team has been doing. We will bring you more up-to-the-minute coverage as the Winter season melts in to Spring. There are some big things on tap soon, such as the men’s team competing at the USATF Men’s 8k road championships in NYC on 17 March! We are training hard and building our strength. We’ll do our best to make the city proud come Springtime. We wish you all the best with your training and racing too. ‘Til next time.