It won’t be long before our guys and girls are hitting the big Fall racing season. But for now, they are enjoying some low-key, yet competitive races to keep their spikes sharp.
Just as challenging as the field for the Run for the Hill of It race may be the terrain. The race takes place in Valley Green, which is a common training locale for our runners. The ‘Green’ is a wide dirt trail that undulates from Lincoln Drive out to the horse stables in Chestnut Hill. There are no major hills on this trail, but the rolling hills make it hard to run fast and maintain a solid rhythm.
But today some PRTC athletes showed just how well they know this trail. The team swept the podium positions for both the guys and girls! In the men’s race, Matt, Tom, and Ryan were accompanied for the first by a high school phenom who clocked 8:50 for two miles last Spring. As the race wore on, though, our guys showed their endurance. In the last stages of the race, Matt was able to provide a bit of daylight between he and Tom. Matt was pleased with the win and nearly broke fellow teammate Brian Skelly’s course record of 25:12! Tom continued to show excellent fitness this Summer in finishing second. Fenn was able to shake off his disappointment from Club Nationals to take third overall in a solid 25:34. And though Pat has kept his mileage high this Summer, he showed enough speed to stop the clock at 26:48.
The women’s race brought some other encouraging highlights, as Megan continued her return to fitness, finishing second overall! Megan trailed only race winner and fellow teammate Claire, who posted a finishing time on this tough course that is good enough for #6 on the club’s all-time list! Shannon Klick rounded out the women’s sweep by running 32:12. Great work by all our runners!