Men and Women’s Team Shine at Father’s Day 5k

Philadelphia, PA

On Father’s Day, three members of the men’s team took part in a charity race that was founded to help “eradicate prostate cancer as a life and quality-of-life threatening disease by helping to advance awareness and research.” The race had big sponsors from the Philadelphia area, such as 6ABC. And the race helped raise $93,896 on the day!

Held on Martin Luther King Boulevard at the foot of the Schuylkill River, Ryan, Tim, and Ross used the opportunity to also keep their legs sharp. At the gun, Ryan took the first 800m out quickly. Ross and the eventual winner (an unkown Kenyan – name is not listed in the results) caught up with Fenn after the first half mile. The trio came through the mile in 4:41. Then at the 1.5 mile turnaround, the Kenyan made a big surge. Ryan and Ross were not able to stay even with the leader. The two ran together, each surging briefly to try to help each other recapture the lead. The two passed two miles in 9:35. Fenn pulled away from Ross with about 700m to go and ran 14:55. Ryan described it as a “decent effort for a hot and humid morning.” On losing his battle with Fenn in the latter stages of the race, Ross (15:04) reflected that he did not have “a good finish, but since I’ve been feeling like crap, I guess it was okay. Good atmosphere at the race though.”

Meanwhile, Tim found himself behind that trio, yet ahead of the rest of the field. Tim labored from start to finish on his own, but he was fine with that. “I wanted a faster time,” Tim (15:56) said afterwards. “But it was hot and humid, and I ran the whole thing alone. But this sets me up to race again this Friday [at the Media 5 Miler].

IN THE WOMEN’S RACE, the overall win was captured by another woman. But the dash for the cash was won by a young and spry Kate Taylor (nee Fonshell). Now 38 years young, Kate showed the talent that made her a U.S. National 10,000m champion in the 1990’s. Kate was clocked in 17:34. But Kate was closely followed by no less than three PRTC women! Claire finished a mere six seconds astride of Kate, running 17:40 (a road PR for Claire). Abby showed no ill-effects from her high Spring mileage, running 17:52. New team member Kate Reese rounded out the team results, running 18:39 for fifth place.