June-July Update

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Fellow runners and PTC members,

I hope you are well and staying active.

Your PTC Board of Directors continues to meet virtually each month to stay up to date on issues affecting our club and races.
Unfortunately the news for July is not good… because the City of Hampton canceled all organized events/activities through August, we had to cancel the 2020 Trailzilla Joe-zilla 5-miler scheduled for 11 July. We also decided to postpone the PTC Picnic, also originally scheduled for 11 July after the Joe-zilla, due to concerns about group size and potluck food. The picnic will now be held 26 September. 

We will not be publishing the “On Your Mark” newsletter in June… look for the next issue to be released in July.

We learned this week that the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown has canceled this year’s Coast Guard Day 5K, originally scheduled for 25 July, so there are no “live” PTC events in July.
The Rangers at Sandy Bottom Nature Park have allowed us to mark a 5K course (out and back) that can be used to run the Trailzilla Feel-Good Virtual 5K. Please practice proper social distancing (as prescribed by state guidelines at the time you run it) and enjoy the course. If you have registered, or plan to, you can submit your virtual 5K time through 30 June.

I’m targeting Wednesday, 8 July, for our first PTC Pub Run. Look for updates once I’ve confirmed with Oozlefinch Craft Brewery at Fort Monroe. It will be a casual evening run, starting at 6 PM, followed by socializing (within existing guidelines at the time), and pay-as-you-go beverages and a food truck. Let’s hope the weather cooperates!

Please stay tuned for updates to all of our PTC activities.

I hope to see you at the races soon!

Steve Peters
President, Peninsula Track Club (PTC)

Check out the “On Your Mark” Newsletter!

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Fellow Runners & PTC Members,

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend and are enjoying Virginia’s “Phase 1” opening of many shops, restaurants, and other venues, even if in many cases it is outdoor “social distanced” seating only. As we head into June, please check out the PTC “On Your Mark” newsletter on this website (pulldown menu at top right of the home page) to see our June race schedule, which includes the “Run for the Stage VIRTUAL 5K” and the “Trailzilla Feel Good VIRTUAL 5K”, which must be competed/submitted by 30 May and 30 June, respectively. We are working with Sandy Bottom Nature Park to mark a 5K course for the Trailzilla, and ask that, if you decide to run your 5K there, you adhere to the most current group size and social distancing guidance from the state of Virginia.

We are still planning to hold the “Trailzilla Joe-Zilla 5-Miler” and PTC Annual Picnic on 11 July, but will post any updates as they occur.

For all of our eligible 2020 graduating high school students (or parents of eligible students), check out the website for guidance for applying for a PTC Scholarship… the 15 June (postmarked by) deadline for applications is fast approaching!

I look forward to seeing you at the races… or at least on the running trails!

Steve Peters

President, Peninsula Track Club (PTC)

Trailzilla Feel-Good Virtual 5K

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Registration is open. Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Hampton/TrailzillaFeelGoodVirtual5K for details.

Visit Trailzilla Feel-Good Virtual 5K for details.

Looking Forward…

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Hello fellow runners, volunteers, and PTC members!

I don’t know about you, but for me time is both standing still and passing quickly. Today is the last Sunday of April 2020 and things certainly feel strange… I had thought Maria & I would be recovering from the Virginia 24-Hour Run for Cancer (Maria from running the ultra and me from volunteering/pacing). Although the race has been postponed to 7-8 November, 9 members of our 24-Hour team, “Team Wingnutz” ran a combined 293.5 miles yesterday, all in separate locations while practicing good social distancing. One member logged 15 miles, indoors… around his couch!

As we look towards May and wish we could be participating in our local races, I ask that we all continue to do our part to “stay home” and practice social distancing, while staying healthy and active. We’ll all continue to monitor the guidelines put out by our Governor and the Virginia Department Health, while doing what we can to support our local businesses. While takeout/delivery isn’t ideal for the social people that we are, at least our local restaurants can stay open and viable through these services.

Maria & I are looking forward to gatherings with friends and seeing our running friends at the races. As of today, the next PTC race and event on our calendar is the JoeZilla 5-Miler and PTC Annual Picnic, to be held July 11th, followed by the Coast Guard Day 5K on July 25th.

In the spirit of Joe Harney, please pray for our country, our elected officials, and our military. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers all of our medical personnel, caregivers, and first responders, who are putting themselves at risk every day.

Steve Peters, PTC President

Race Update

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Fellow runners and PTC Members, your PTC Board of Directors met “virtually” last night on “Google Hangouts.”

Most of our discussions were about the impacts of COVID-19 on PTC races, meetings, activities… and our own lives. We learned that the City of Hampton will not meet to consider any June events, so our previously scheduled Trailzilla Fast 5K (10 June) and Trailzilla Feel Good 4-Miler (23 June) will not be held. We’ve also learned that the Riverwatch on the Piankatank 5K (20 June) has been canceled.

Here is the most current status of races:

4/18: (CRR) Run the D.O.G. St. 5K – Postponed (9/5)
4/25: Virginia 24-Hour Run for Cancer – Postponed (11/7)
5/2: Tabb May Day 5K – Canceled
5/9: Langley Race Around the Base 10-Miler – Canceled
5/16: Fox Hill Community 5K – Canceled
5/23: Elizabeth River Run 10K – Postponed (9/19-tentative)
5/25: Yorktown Freedom Run Memorial Day 8K – Canceled
5/30: Run for the Stage 5K – Virtual
6/10: Trailzilla Fast 5K – Canceled
6/23: Trailzilla Feel Good 4-Miler – Canceled
6/20: Riverwatch on the Piankatank 5K – Canceled

At this time we are certainly hoping to hold the Joe-Zilla 5-Miler and PTC Picnic on 11 July.

We’ll also let you know as soon as possible on dates for the PTC Pub Run and our next Litter-Getter.

Additional information on these and other races and club activities will be posted on our website and Facebook. Our latest “On Your Mark” newsletter can be found at the “Newsletter” link at the top-right of the page.

Stay active, healthy, home, and “socially distanced.”

Steve Peters
PTC President

On Your Mark Digital Newsletter

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Because of the coronavirus and the governor’s recent stay-at-home order, the PTC newsletter will be emailed to all current members and posted online. Use the dropdown menu at the top to access the latest newsletter.

Joe & Sue Moore Memorial Scholarship 5K “Virtual” Race

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Hello! I hope you are all staying fit and healthy while practicing proper “Social Distancing.” This morning would have been our annual Joe & Sue Moore Memorial Scholarship 5K. If you already registered don’t forget to run your “Virtual” race and submit your time to Scholarship5KResults@hotmail.com by 30 April.

If you haven’t yet registered but would like to, registration closes at midnight tonight, 28 March at https://runsignup.com/joesuemoorememorialscholarship5k.

Additional Gathering Size Recommendations

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Fellow runners, I’m sure you are all diligently tracking the impacts of COVID-19 and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The attached message (dated 14 March) from the local governments for our Peninsula region urges residents to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. The White House now recommends avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and indicate the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts my last until August. Please stay safe, active, and in touch with each other as well as those most at risk.

Gatherings of more than 100 people temporarily banned in Virginia!

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Fellow runners, this is the latest news. Obviously, when you combine runners and volunteers, nearly all of our races are >100 participants. We’ll let you know race by race as much as we can. This may be for just a few weeks or possibly up to mid-May…

https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/gov-northam-to-addresses-coronavirus-concerns-as-vdh-confirms-41-cases-1-death/