Bryn Mawr, PA
After a one year hiatus, the Bryn Mawr Running Company brought back its Main Line event – Shut Up and Run 5k and road mile. Though the race is the brainchild of store proprietor Bob Schwelm, he was not able to witness the start this year, as his wife Meranda went into labor a short time before the gun and delivered Bob’s first child – Ruby!
When the gun DID go off, PRTC runners put themselves into high positions in the race. The course is definitely challenging, as it head East towards Haverford, takes a hairpin turn and redirects West towards Villanova. Then when the runners find themselves at the lowest point on Lancaster Avenue down near the McDonald’s, they must make yet another hairpin turn and clime back to the store.
At the finish, PRTC runners captured both the men’s and women’s overall win. Renee added to her string of road victories, while Ryan Fennelly punctuated a long return to form by besting the field on this hot and humid evening. Tim also displayed a return to form following his appendectomy, as his finish rounded out the winner’s circle on the men’s side. And Dave Hobbs showed that he is a quick student of the sport, as he finished a solid 13th overall.
Next year, we’re sure Bob will be the official starter again … maybe with baby Ruby in his other arm!