Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021!

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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!

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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

Home

The races will go on!

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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. https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/NewportNews/FastBeforetheFeast5K?remMeAttempt=

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 runsignup.com 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!

Thanks!

Steve Peters, PTC President

Riverwatch on the Piankatank “LIVE” 5K

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Sign Up Today!

SATURDAY, NOV. 14 at 2:00 p.m.
YES, THIS IS AN AFTERNOON RACE!

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.


*** PLEASE BRING & WEAR YOUR MASKS ***

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!

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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.

https://runsignup.com/runwalkroll

PTC Litter Getter Postponed

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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

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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

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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.

Powhatan Creek Trail 5K Run/Walk

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Runners, the Colonial Road Runners 8th Annual Powhatan Creek Trail 5K Run/Walk (8:30 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.) and One Mile Fun Run/Walk (8:00 a.m.) will take place Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, 3131 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.This is a Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix Event. Online registration open until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020 at www.RunSignUp.com/race/va/williamsburg/CRRGP. Race day registration starts at 7:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2020.To volunteer for the CRR finish line crew, email or call Rick Platt at rickplatt1@juno.com or cell phone 757-345-1431, landline 757-229-7375. CRR finish line volunteers should report around 7:30 a.m., to be ready for one mile fun run start at 8 a.m.

Organized by and benefiting the Colonial Road Runners Team Travel Fund under the leadership of race director Terry McManus.

Time Schedule:

7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. – race day registration and packet pickup at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School

7:30 a.m. – CRR finish line volunteers report (to be ready for one mile fun run start)

8:00 a.m. – 1 mile fun run/walk start

8:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk start (1st wave, men’s wave)

8:35 a.m. – 5K run/walk start (2nd wave, women’s wave, and all race walkers)

9:45 a.m. – Modified awards ceremony**

** CRR will be distributing overall and age group awards from the September 5th Run the DOG Street Challenge 5K after the Powhatan Creek Trail 5K, and also quickly announcing the PCT 5K results, but the actual PCT 5K awards will be distributed at the next CRR Grand Prix race (September 26, New Quarter Park) or at CRR group runs.

Coronavirus procedures: Several things will change due to the Coronavirus, and requirements from James City County and the JCC Parks and Recreation.

1) There will be no access to the school as in past years, whether the gymnasium or rest rooms at the lower level. There will be several porta-potties available for the runners. The packet pickup and late registration will be at the main entrance in front of the school on the upper level (next to the parking lot). There is an overhang of the roof to protect from any possible rain. The porta-potties and the usual race start will be adjacent to that parking lot. The finish line will be at the usual location on the lower level, but runners will quickly move back up to the race registration area for refreshments and the modified awards ceremony.

2) Runners should wear masks while in the registration/packet pickup area, and for the porta-potties, and keep the proper 6-foot social distancing.

3) Although Virginia is back to Phase 3 (250-person limit for public events), the CRR will continue with multiple start waves, to ensure social distancing. Also due to the relatively narrow and out-and-back Powhatan Creek Trail course, and the possible wet bridges, it’s best to spread out the runners as much as possible, which is being done with two separate wave starts.

4) The first 5K wave start is at 8:30 a.m., and is for all men, both open men (ages 39-and-under) and Masters men (40-and-over), but not for the male race walkers.5) The second 5K wave start is at 8:35 a.m., and is for all women, both open women and Masters women, and also for all race walkers, male and female.Entries: $25 fee online, $30 late and race day.T-shirts guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Race day while supplies last.No fee for 1 mile fun run/walk ($10 fee with T-shirt).Refreshments bag distributed after race.Course: Out-and-back on the Powhatan Creek Trail, a rolling, paved bike path, starting and finishing at the school. Mostly shaded, very scenic, with wooden bridges across streams and wetlands. No traffic.Information: Terry McManus, Race Director (757-999-2097). Email: tmcmanus03@gmail.comRick Platt, Race Coordinator (757-345-1431 cell, 757-229-7375 landline). Email: rickplatt1@juno.comDirections: From Route 199. Exit Route 199 at Rt. 5 (John Tyler Highway). Go west on Route 5 two miles and turn left onto Ironbound Road at the 7-11 intersection. The school is at 3131 Ironbound Road, less than a half mile from the intersection of Route 5 and Ironbound Road.From Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond Road via Jamestown Road. Turn onto Jamestown Road going west. Follow Jamestown Road, going straight through the intersection with Route 199. After about 3 miles, you will see a 7-11 on your right. Before the 7-11, turn right onto Ironbound Road. Go about a mile and the school will be on your left at 3131 Ironbound Road, less than a half mile before the traffic light at Five Forks.

5) The second 5K wave start is at 8:35 a.m., and is for all women, both open women and Masters women, and also for all race walkers, male and female.Entries: $25 fee online, $30 late and race day.T-shirts guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Race day while supplies last.No fee for 1 mile fun run/walk ($10 fee with T-shirt).Refreshments bag distributed after race.Course: Out-and-back on the Powhatan Creek Trail, a rolling, paved bike path, starting and finishing at the school. Mostly shaded, very scenic, with wooden bridges across streams and wetlands. No traffic.

Information: Terry McManus, Race Director (757-999-2097). Email: tmcmanus03@gmail.com

Rick Platt, Race Coordinator (757-345-1431 cell, 757-229-7375 landline). Email: rickplatt1@juno.com

Directions:

From Route 199. Exit Route 199 at Rt. 5 (John Tyler Highway). Go west on Route 5 two miles and turn left onto Ironbound Road at the 7-11 intersection. The school is at 3131 Ironbound Road, less than a half mile from the intersection of Route 5 and Ironbound Road.

From Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond Road via Jamestown Road. Turn onto Jamestown Road going west. Follow Jamestown Road, going straight through the intersection with Route 199. After about 3 miles, you will see a 7-11 on your right. Before the 7-11, turn right onto Ironbound Road. Go about a mile and the school will be on your left at 3131 Ironbound Road, less than a half mile before the traffic light at Five Forks.

8th Annual Powhatan Creek Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run

runsignup.com8th Annual Powhatan Creek Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun RunThe 8th Annual Powhatan Creek Trail 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run is on Saturday September 19, 2020.

2020 Hampton Roads Cross Country Series at Poquoson Running Trail

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The HR Cross Country Series is open to runners 5th grade and up with races held on 10/3, 10/17 and 11/7 on the Poquoson running trails. Due to the looping course, the maximum seed time for the 5K is 28:00 minutes with a limit of 200 runners (4 waves of 50 runners each, separated by 30-minute start times). Register online at: https://runsignup.com/Race?raceId=99226.