PRTC Weekly (03/21/2016): Front-running at Adrenaline 5K



Adrenaline 5K
Race Recap

The morning of the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k dawned cold and bright, with varying amounts of coffee consumed in Philadelphia area codes before the team availed itself of the toll-free passage into New Jersey. The race set out briskly on both sides of the race, with a first mile which included only one turn and no notable inclines.

The mens’ race started out briskly, though the second mile slowed substantially, allowing a large pack of men to be in close contention in the closing straightaway. Charlie powered through to finish in 14:57 in second place, edging out the 3rd and 4th places who both finished within a second of him. The top 5 men had fewer than 4 seconds between their finishes, leading to some confusion due to rounding in the initial posted results. Kevin finished shortly thereafter in 15:03, showing improvement over his fitness from last year and putting them both in a great position for Penn Relays in 6 weeks. Sean, who completed the race in 15:24, ruminated that “You have no idea how demoralizing it is, to be running sub-5:00 pace and have 100 people in front of you.” Jack, covering the distance in 16:04, is well-poised to run this season in shape rivaling his college years. Mike and Tim, consistent workout buddies at Franklin Field on Tuesdays, finished close together in 16:22 and 16:34. Nabil, in his 5k debut, was pleasantly surprised by how much shorter a 5k race feels than a marathon, exceeded his goal and ran 18:39.

Jessica and Margaret settled into first and second places during mile 2, with Jamie focusing on the master’s woman in front of her, the only thing separating PRTC from a top-3 sweep on the womens’ side. At the second mile mark, Katie of Bryn Mawr made a move and settled in front of Jamie hoping to avoid kicking on a touchy hamstring. Jessica, who had for the duration of the race been laboring under the assumption that she was in second, managed to rally a final push into the finish line in 17:18 for the win, followed shortly thereafter by Margaret in a career PR of 17:27 and second place. The master’s woman held off Jamie, who had just managed to break Katie with 400 remaining to edge her out for 4th place. Bethany had a great season opening 5k, PR-ing with a finish of 18:42. The severe domination of our female team led the race director to repeat “Come on, Jersey, where are ya?” repeatedly during the awards ceremony.

The overall team performance on Saturday was an overwhelming success. The Adrenaline 5K has always been a big draw for the areas’ top runners. For the women to go 1-2-4 and several men in contention for the win (so close!) is outstanding. Thanks to all those that made their PRTC debut (promise we’ll soon have brand new matching uniforms!). Really looking forward to when the entire team can get in a race together once a couple more get healthy and others start dropping back down in distance after their spring marathons! With the club opting to not do a full throttle charge at the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, the next MAUSATF Grand Prix event will be the Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5 Mile on April 17. In the meantime, enjoy some track meets or other local road races.

Other Club Results:
Long Distance Races Down South

Two members of the PRTC spring marathon group headed down South for the weekend to race on Sunday. Despite the cold, rain and strong wind gusts, Paul Matuszak ran his marathon debut in 2:24:58 to capture 1st place at the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. After a fall occurred to a member of the lead group at the 29 minute mark on a 180 degree turn (and with the front pack already somewhat strung out), Paul decided to distance himself from the rest of the field and ran solo for the final 1h56m. With the marathon complete, Paul is “(I’m) looking forward to getting (his) ass kicked in 400m to 1000m repeats in the coming weeks by the 5K/10K guys to get back in the swing of the shorter stuff”.

Meanwhile in North Carolina, Justin Simard ran a tune-up for the Boston Marathon by racing the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon. Justin pushed the pace in the lead group for much of the race to ensure an honest effort and was rewarded with a 70 second personal record and a 4th place finish in 1:11:47. The result indicates Justin is in fine form and can do some serious damage to his marathon PR (2:30 from Philadelphia 2014) in Boston.


Get in touch with each other via the email list for runs this week. Access email distribution lists (if you are not currently subscribed) using the following hyperlink:

Here are the lists: [announcement only] [general running meet-ups] [mostly mens’ speed workouts] [mostly womens’ speed workouts] [social interactions + random posts]

Disclaimer about gendered lists:
We recognize some men might want to sign up for the women’s list (and women to the men’s list), and encourage this behavior. We didn’t want to start breaking things up by pace on the list as that could become overly complicated, but roughly speaking the women’s list will rarely have workouts any faster than 5:30 pace, and the men’s list will usually have workouts that are faster than 5:30 pace.

Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix

The Mid-Atlantic Association of the USATF holds a series of road races called the Grand Prix. Results are tallied for each race by assigning points based on age and gender to come up with a composite team score of each club’s top 5 or so runners from each race. At the end of the year, the Mid-Atlantic Association takes the average team score from each club’s top team scores to determine final rankings. There is a financial incentive to perform well as top clubs often win in excess of $1,000 at the end of the year (which could be used for a pretty sweet year-end bash and some better gear for the club). Individuals can also benefit as there are cash prizes for top men and female open and masters runners at the end of the year.

While we do not need to run at all of these races, here are the Grand Prix races through the first half of the 2016 calendar year. Next to each race is the race captain assigned. Please reach out to them if you plan to run the race and would like to be kept in the loop on carpooling, warm-ups/cool-downs, post-race food/drink, etc.
· Haddonfield Adrenaline Run 5K on March 19: Jamie Morgenstern ( RESULTS PENDING MAUSATF CALCULATIONS; hopefully they will be calculated before the calendar year is completed (that comment should have set off your sarcasm meter)

· Caesar Rodney Half Marathon on April 3: Paul Matuszak (; Note – this race is not a priority for the club.

· Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5 Mile on April 17: Paul Matuszak (

· Broad Street Run on May 1: Jessica Fragola (

· Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K on June 4: Race captain TBD

If you have interest in racing one of these for PRTC, make sure to register for the club on USATF. Reach out to Paul ( for any questions on the USATF registration process. We are club number 08-0082 in the Mid-Atlantic Association.

Non-Grand Prix 2016 PRTC
Spring Racing Schedule

This list is a work in progress, but here are some races that we will be having some club members compete at. Many of these are post-collegiate friendly outdoor track meets held at local colleges. Reach out to Kevin Brandon ( if you want to learn more about competing at college track races.

4/1-4/2 Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University
4/8 Sam Howell Distance Meet at Princeton University*
4/9 Rider Invite at Rider University
4/22-4/23 Widener Invitational at Widener University
4/28-4/30 Penn Relays*
5/16 Tuppany Twilight Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College*

*Qualifying standards are or may be required


Running for two hours alone is boring, so tag along with the weekly long run. As always, the group meets at 8:30am each Sunday at Lloyd Hall.

Tuesday’s group workout will began at roughly 6:30pm at Franklin Field at 6:30pm. You are welcome come earlier for warm-up laps and drills. The track is open for you to do any workout you wish, but here are a few options if you wish to tag along with others:
· Penn Running Club – 1 mile time trial or steeplechase workout
· Penn Marathon – 4 mile, 2 mile, 4 mile

· PRTC Men – 10×1000 at 10K pace
· PRTC Women – mile repeats at 10K pace

Make sure to communicate on the new men’s and women’s track/workout based email sub-groups. The men have been meeting pretty regularly on Friday evenings.

New group run option: Philadelphia Runner (the store) has nearly 100 people show up at 8:00am on Saturday mornings at Lloyd Hall. While there aren’t many of those 100 runners holding a pace faster than 8 minutes per mile, it may be a good recovery run for those that need to run something easy on Saturday mornings. Plus, you may catch somebody that just moved into town that found out about the Saturday group but doesn’t know of any other group runs.

Want company during other runs over the course of the week? Be sure to stay active on the new “easy run” email sub-group.

What was Paul drinking during the write up of this edition of the weekly email?

I am all talk, no walk. Once again, a decaffeinated tea. My sleep schedule has been a little bit out of whack and need to catch up on work.

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Club Results

Race results note: unfortunately, the email team isn’t that great at stalking the internet for results. So please send us your results or let us know when you are racing! We’ll continue to recap the core Grand Prix event towards the beginning of these emails, but eventually we’ll need to expand on this section when we have tons of people competing at different races

Final Thoughts
· Save the date: Saturday, April 2
o Multi-club run meeting at 9:00am at Lloyd Hall. The event (Springtime on the Schuylkill) is an annual event celebrating the closure of MLK Drive from vehicle traffic during spring and summer weekends. Potluck to follow outside behind the Art Museum. BYO-food and drink (or bring a $5 donation to eat and drink what others bring).
· Are you running the Boston Marathon this year (as in 4 weeks away!!!!)? Feel free to send Justin Simard a note if you are ( He will get a tread together for those racing if you want to discuss logistics. Logistics are critical for this race. Many of the group has travel plans lined up and many are even past participants of the race – so pick their brain if you need advice.