2015 Philly Marathon Weekend

Margaret Vido Qualifies for Olympic Trials

This update is long overdue, but fortunately the delay comes with outstanding news. Shortly after the Philadelphia Marathon, USATF adjusted the women’s Olympic marathon trials “B Standard” from 2:43:00 to 2:45:00 to align with IAAF qualifying standards. As a result, Margaret Vido is now an entrant in this year’s Olympic trials marathon race held in Los Angeles, California on February 13. The qualifying mark is a result of her *2nd place* finish in *2:44:40*. Margaret becomes the first PRTC runner to qualify for the Olympic trials since a handful of members qualified back in 2008. This is an incredible result for both Margaret and the club. PRTC wishes Margaret the best of luck as she races against the best distance runners across the country in LA this February.

In addition to Margaret, the majority of the club competed in one of the three races held over the weekend. PRTC was led by Duriel Hardy and Kevin Brandon in the half marathon and 8K races, respectively. Both races were (and historically have always been) absolutely loaded in terms of talent. Duriel finished 12th in 66:48 – an unbelievable result for his debut. Even more, he negative split the race. Kevin followed up his strong East Regional XC result by finishing the Rothman 8K in 20th place. By doing so, he cracked the 25 minute barrier for the first time in 24:49.

Other results include:

Women Marathon: Liz Phillips (2:51:34; 12th Overall) and Jessica Fragola (2:53:18; 18th Overall) both ran great races in their PRTC debuts. Zandra Walton finished in 3:04:54 to grab 47th Overall (13th age group) while Jamie Morgenstern ran very strong for 20 miles before an injury slowed her pace. Jamie finished the marathon in 3:10:24.

Men Marathon: Huge PRs were set in the challenging conditions by Colin McGrath (2:34:20; 26th overall), Lucas Bryant (2:36:12 33rd overall; 7th age group)and Breandan Lyman – 2:38:44 (41st Overall; 18th age group). Lucas’ drastic negative split was impressive considering the strong cross winds on Kelly Drive. Jason Vail ran a solid race as well in 3:01:21 which was good for 29th in his age group.

Half Marathon: Catherine Campbell ran about on point with her goal in 82:30 which was good for 25th Overall (9th Age Group). Sam Ryan finished his debut half marathon in 76:14. Sam, who has yet to turn 20 years old, captured 1st in his age group.

Pacing: With the Olympic trials a few months away, several PRTC runners were asked to rabbit the pace required for an Olympic trials B standard qualifying mark. At the time of the race, the B standards were 2:18:00 for men and 2:43:00 for women.

Men’s OTQ B Standard Pace Group: Paul Matuszak led the charge for the men and ultimately had the 2:18 group sync up with the race leaders. Paul came through the half marathon with the front pack slightly ahead of pace in 68:43 (the pack of 7 was between 68:43 and 68:49). After hitting the 16 mile mark on pace, Paul dropped back a bit and continued to support those in the top 7 that started to drop back until the 20 mile marker. An intended DNF, but a well-earned DNF.

Women’s OTQ B Standard Pace Group: Mike Vido (Margaret’s husband) and Ian Ridgeway served as the rabbits with both completing the race. Since Mike and Ian have both run significantly faster than 2:43 in the past, their task did not have the same luxury as Paul in stopping before the finish. Therefore, Mike ran every step with Margaret and completed the job in 2:44:35. Ian, who hours later became a father, ran most of the way blocking the wind for the group before finishing in 2:45:21.