Big Races A-Plenty on the Long Holiday Weekend

Pitman, NJ; Atlanta, GA, Utica, NY

Brian Skelly started the holiday racing for PRTC, returning close to home for the annual Pitman Freedom 4 Mile Road Race. Brian has won there many times over the last several years, and this year was no exception. What might be the exception is Brian’s time. Brian avenged his second place finish from 2006 with a vengeance, running 20:30. While this time won’t rewrite the record books, Brian’s effort on a humid day over a hilly course is definitely worth recognition.

BRIAN’S FIANCEE, RENEE GUNNING, was racing slightly further from center city Philadelphia. Renee took part in one of the nation’s biggest 10k road races – the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Like many other races PRTC runners take part in, this race is big. The overall size of the race is big, and the names at the front are big too. You know you’re in a big race when you have an escort following you as you make your way through the race (Renee reported that she had as much after the race). Just like Brian, Renee ran an extremely strong race. She broke her own club record by six seconds, recording a shade over 34 minutes for 10k! Renee missed setting a PR for herself by two seconds. Renee finished tenth pace in a truly international field.

SPEAKING OF INTERNATIONAL RACES, Bart Borguis and Michelle Lilienthal also took part in a very big race on this long Summer weekend. Rather than dealing with heat and humidity of Atlanta though, these two were dealing with the challenging hills of upstate New York. Bart and Michelle ran in the Utica Boilermaker 15k.

Although Michelle did not break her own club record of 52:37, she was the 13th overall/fourth American in 53:34. This was good dry-run for Michelle, as she will be running a marathon very soon. Unfortunately, Michelle will not be able to wear her PRTC/PUMA uniform for this marathon, but we’ll give her a pass, as Michelle will be wearing a USA VEST IN THE PAN-AMERICAN GAMES!

Meanwhile, Bart’s effort places fifth on the men’s all-time list. Bart ran a very solid 49:16, eclipsing his own PR for the distance by one minue and six seconds (Bart ran 50:20 at the Zevenheuvelenloop in The Netherlands last year). Friends and training partners of PRTC also took part in this big race. Saucony runner Jacob Frey placed 14th overall and second American, running 46:31. Speaking of fiancees, Veena Reddy (engaged to Bart Borghuis) finished 15th overall and the next American after Michelle, running 54:36.