The 5th Annual Run With The Son 5K held on the roads in and around the Running Man subdivision in Tabb, VA on
Saturday morning, December 3, 2011. The race was organized by the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church. The course is accurately measured, but is not USATF certified.
This race was also the 12th and final event in the 2011 PTC Grand Prix race series. The awards for the PTC Grand Prix will be presented at the Annual PTC Awards Banquet on January 21, 2012.
The conditions were perfect for running. Temperatures in the low 50s with bright sunshine and little wind. 194 runners entered the 5K (up from 162 in 2010) with 187 completing the race (up from 187 in 2010).
For only the second time in recent memory the fastest time for an open PTC race was recorded by a woman. Karen Terry, 22 of Newport News was
the first finisher overall with an impressive time of 17:53, breaking the course record for women of 18:37 that Karen set in 2010.
(Previously in the early 2000s, Anna Pichrtova, Olympic marathoner from the Czech Republic who was training in Wayneboro, VA was first runner overall at a 5.3 mile race put on by the PTC in Newport News Park)
Second runner overall in the Run with the Son 5K and first male was Todd Kessler, 29 of Newport News finishing a second later with a time of 18:38. Third finisher and second male runner was Nate Wallace, 29 of Yorktown (the 2009 winner) with a time of 18:05 followed by Jacob Clore, 17 of Yorktown with a time of 18:22.
Mercedes Castillo-D’Amico, 54 of Newport News was second woman overall with a time of 20:03 setting a course record for women 50-54, followed by Connie Glueck,47 of Williamsburg with a time of 20:30. Both MercedesCastillo-D’Amico and Connie Glueck are past PTC Grand Prix champions, Mercedes in 2009 and Connie in 2006.