Bryn Mawr, PA
PRTC broke out the road flats for the first time this year at cross-town rival Bryn Mawr’s Feel the Love 5k. And in the process, Ross ran an incredible 14:36 and broke PRTC’s club record for a road 5k (old record = 14:39 by Mike Hatch at Adrenaline Run in 2006)! Ross was able to capitalize on fitness, a relatively fast course, and great weather(with cool temperatures and virtually no wind).
Ross ran the right portion of the course (the side that seemed to be favored by the majority of the top runners in the race). At the start, Ross broke away from a talented pack that included teammates Tom Haxton and Pat Ward, as well as Bryn Mawr runners Grant Scott and Bernie Mueller and Haddonfield’s Dave Welsh. Ross passed the mile mark at 4:40 and kept pressing.
By the end, Ross was well clear of the field and anjoying a new club record. Teammate Pat Ward rounded out the winner’s circle, producing his fastest ever road 5k by far and continuing to show great fitness. “I’m happy with my race,” Pat said afterwards. “I know I’m capable of setting several PR’s this Spring.” Tom Haxton made showed that he is beginning to shake his brief illness, clocking 15:24 on the day. Finally, Ted Callinan ran his first race since early November, winning the “left loop” of the course, but securing only 7th place overall.
To add more joy to the Martinson household, Ross’s wife Kerry PR’d by approximately 50 seconds, running 20:54! This time placed her just 9 seconds asteer of another PRTC spouse (and former PRTC member herself) Clarrise Haxton, who ran 20:45.
In terms of the varied categories that this unusual race offers, here is the breakdown for the team:
Lovers Team Results:
Ross and Kerry = 2nd Place
Tom and Clarisse = 4th Place
Same Sex Team Results:
Ted and Pat = 1st Place
Feel the Love 5k 2008
Ross Martinson, 1st Place, 14:36
Pat Ward, 3rd Place, 15:12
Tom Haxton, 5th Place, 15:24
Edward Callinan, 7th Place, 15:29