PTC Update


It has been a while since I last updated you on our races… I want to thank PTC Board members Steve Amarillo and Bruce Davis for putting together and executing the PTC Spring Fever 5K, our only PTC race in March. We had a great time and a beautiful day for a race. I didn’t want to have another month without a PTC race, but Steve & Bruce did all the work!

Unfortunately, the Ft. Eustis 10K Run & Ruck has gone “Virtual”… they were required to limit runners to only those with access to the base and did not have enough registered runners to justify putting on a “Live” race. Please consider registering for their virtual event.

Our next “Live” race is not your average race… the Virginia 24-Hour Run for Cancer will be held on 24-25 April… runners will complete anywhere between 3.75 miles (1 lap) and 100+ miles at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Because of COVID-19 restrictions spectators are not encouraged, but the park is open to the public and if you want to (briefly) see some amazing runners please stop by and see them in action. We have a new Race Director this year. Tim Scott has taken over from George Nelsen… but you can still expect to see George there as a participant!

Looking forward to May, all indications are that the Tabb HS May Day 5K and the Fox Hill Community 5K are both canceled or going virtual. But the good news is that the Joe & Sue Moore Memorial PTC Scholarship 5K is “Live” at Sandy Bottom Nature Park on 8 May (with a Virtual option). Please consider registering to support our PTC Scholarship fund.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, we are looking forward to June and July and our Trailzilla race series and the annual PTC Picnic. Look for updates in the “On Your Mark” newsletter, Facebook, and this PTC website.

Steve Peters, PTC President

Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021!


Fellow PTC members, runners, and volunteers,

2020 has been a very difficult year for so many in our club, in our state, in our nation, and in the world. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc upon our culture, economy, and businesses. Our running community culture was certainly impacted as well.

In spite of it all, I feel blessed to be associated with such an amazing and inspiring group of people who are resilient and remain committed to staying active and fit, whether with running friends in their “bubble” or on their own due to social-distancing requirements.

We are blessed… perhaps spoiled… to live in the Hampton Roads with some of the best running clubs and events in the country. I look forward to the next opportunity to see each of you coming through the chute.

As the hour approaches midnight, I wish all of you a safe ending to 2020 and a very Happy New Year! I am hopeful that 2021 will eventually get us back on track for a “normal” race schedule, both locally and across the country.

Steve Peters, PTC President

Welcome to the PTC Store!


I am happy to announce that the “PTC Store” is open for business. Maria & I tested the site tonight and placed the first order. Thanks to Colonial Sports of Williamsburg we’ve got a great set of PTC branded merchandise that members can purchase, and in some cases personalize, to showcase our great all-volunteer organization. Colonial Sports will continue to look for new items they can add to the catalog so that PTC members can proudly display the PTC name, representing the oldest running club in Virginia… PTC Strong since 1955!

In honor of the late Joe Harney, former “PTC President for Life”, all orders from the PTC Store will benefit Transitions Family Violence Services, a charity that Joe felt very strongly about.

Steve Peters, PTC President


The races will go on!


Runners & Volunteers,

We had a beautiful afternoon Saturday for the Riverwatch on the Piankatank 5K and a great turnout for this PTC Grand Prix (PTCGP) and Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix (HRSGP) race. Karen Schenck and her Ice-aholics team once again put on a great event, including ~$3,800 in raffle prizes, all supporting the Special Olympics.

We have 3 more PTC races this year:

1. Fast Before the Feast 4K (Live) on Thanksgiving Day & the Virtual 5K (to be run between 21-29 November). Registration for the Virtual 5K ends on 20 November. Please consider signing up to support a great cause, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

2. Yorktown Battlefield 10-Miler on 5 December, a PTCGP & HRSGP race. There may be a few more spots so if you aren’t already registered go to and check it out.

3. Raptor Chapter Ugly Sweater 5K on 12 December, a PTCGP race.

Due to the new restrictions mandated by the Governor’s amended Executive Order 67 there will be additional precautions we must take. Please, if you have any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who was identified as “COVID-positive” and you have not yet been tested yourself please stay home as you may be asymptomatic “positive” and could pass on the virus to others.

Race volunteers will have their temperature checked the morning of the race(s) and answer a few brief COVID-19 questions.

Race participation numbers are restricted (~200-225 people, depending on the race and venue) and each starting wave must be limited to 25 runners or less, so expect to be assigned to a specific starting wave. ALL RUNNERS MUST START IN THEIR ASSIGNED WAVE OR THEY MAY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE RACE.

For runners, please comply with any guidance or direction put out by the Race Director(s) of the event(s) in which you participate.

We will get through this with your help and compliance. We’re excited to hold these live races but need everyone’s cooperation to make them a success and keep everyone safe!


Steve Peters, PTC President

Riverwatch on the Piankatank “LIVE” 5K


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SATURDAY, NOV. 14 at 2:00 p.m.

8031 Riverwatch Court
Gloucester, Virginia

A PTC Grand Prix and Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix Event

UPDATE: In light of the Governor’s new restrictions that take effect on Sunday at midnight, the Riverwatch on the Piankatank 5K may be the last “Live” road race of 2020. All other scheduled races are at risk of being canceled. Race day (tomorrow) registration will be allowed and shirts can be mailed next week. Online registration is closed but show up EARLY and you can still run this race. 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 1:30 PM, 5K starts at 2:00 PM.


We ask that all runners and volunteers wear masks for packet pickup, and at the start/finish lines. THANK YOU!

Post-Race food discounts at Your Pie Pizza, 6748 Fox Centre Parkway, Gloucester, offering $7.99 pizzas (with unlimited toppings) and $2 beers; runners just show your race bib.

Over 30 door prizes after the race (must be present to win) Everyone gets one ticket but can buy additional tickets. Door prizes include:

  1. One-night stay at Kingsmill in a one bedroom condo and a round of golf on one of their courses
  2. Golf for 4 people and carts on the Piankatank River Golf Club

There will be a 50/50 raffle for $20 per ticket (need not be present to win).

RUN, WALK and ROLL to Flatten the Curve on Domestic Violence!


Transitions Family Violence Services has hosted this event for ten years, however, this year we are encouraging everyone to unmask to speak up about domestic violence by participating in a Virtual Run, Walk and Roll 5K to end violence. All communities are welcome to participate, advocate and donate. The funds raised will support intervention and prevention services for adults and children impacted by family violence on the Virginia Peninsula. Last year, hotline, shelter, children’s, and outreach services were provided to 2,649 Peninsula residents.

PTC Litter Getter Postponed


Due to increasing chances of rain for Sunday morning, we are postponing this weekend’s Litter Getter to Sunday, November 15th. We hope to see our great volunteers then!

PTC Pub Run


We’re going to have another informal PTC Club Pub Run on Wednesday, October 7 at 6 pm. Location is Tradition Brewery, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. in Newport News City Center. Do your run around and through City Center (route, distance and pace of your choice). Then meet back at Tradition afterwards, enjoy craft brews—all part of this new PTC “tradition.” Frank’ Monster Munchies Food Truck will be on site. For more info, contact Maria Peters, 897-7083.

PTC Picnic at the Pub


Join us for a PTC Picnic at the Pub at the Fort Monroe waterfront on Saturday, 26 September, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Since COVID-19 guidelines prevented the club from holding its annual picnic, we are planning a gathering where each participant can bring their own picnic to the outdoor seating at Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, 81 Patch Rd, Fort Monroe. PTC will give one beer voucher to participants over the age of 21. Bring your own food or visit the onsite Flame and Pie Mobile Pizzeria. Food and beverages will not be shared. If weather becomes uncooperative, check your email or the PTC Facebook page in the event of cancelation.