Tom Ray Memorial Predict Your Time 5-Miler

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Fellow PTC Runners,

We’ve had a great time at our first two Summer Fun Runs, the Lake Matoaka 4.3-Mile Trail Challenge and the Swamp Bridge 5K, thanks to Susan Hagel and Bruce Davis, respectively. The final event (usually the first) in this 3-race series is the Tom Ray Memorial Predict Your Time 5-Miler. No GPS, watches, music or any device that can help you pace… not even a metronome. Join us Tuesday evening, 25 August, at the Newport News Park Bikeway for this event… whoever finishes closest to their predicted time wins the race! Registration at 6 pm (1 can of people food & 1 can of pet food)… run starts at approximately 6:30 pm.

PTC Summer Fun Run Series

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Fellow Runners & Volunteers,

Our PTC Summer Fun Run Series is on! We needed to postpone the first run due to Hurricane Isaias and apparently it was a good call since we’ve learned there was lots of debris on the Newport News Park Bikeway. Our series is now:

Tuesday, 11 August: Lake Matoaka 4.3-Mile Trail Challenge, starting at 6:30 PM at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg.

Tuesday, 18 August: Swamp Bridge 5K, starting at 6:30 PM at Newport News Park, Picnic Area #3 (near the intersection of Constitution Way & Old Stable Rd).

Tuesday, 25 August: Tom Ray Memorial Predict Your Time 5-Miler, starting at 6:30 PM near the Newport News Parks Campsite Office and boat ramp (13564 Jefferson Ave.).

Also, our PTC Pub Fun Run, which was scheduled for 26 August so as not to be too close on the calendar with any of our Summer Fun Run races, will take place as scheduled at 6:00 PM at Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, 81 Patch Rd., Fort Monroe.

We are hopeful that all of these events can take place as scheduled, weather & COVID restrictions permitting. Please watch for updates on Facebook, the PTC website (www.peninsulatrackclub.com), or email.

Steve Peters, PTC President

“Predict Your Time” Postponed

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Fellow runners, out of an abundance of caution with the pending storm Isaias set to hit our area tonight and tomorrow, we are canceling tomorrow’s “Tom Ray Memorial Predict Your Time 5-Miler”. It is tentatively rescheduled for 25 August, pending approval from Newport News Park. Be safe!

Hurrican Isaias

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Fellow runners,

We are following Hurricane Isaias very closely and how it may impact Tuesday’s “Tom Ray Memorial Predict Your Time 5-Miler.” Heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday could lead to a very wet, muddy, and possibly impassable Newport News Park Bikeway. There will also be a possibility of lightning and tornados due to Isaias. Please monitor Facebook, the PTC website, and email for updates on the race. We will not put runners at unnecessary risk to weather or injury, and will make a decision on the race as early as possible.

Steve Peters, PTC President

Ft. Eustis Races go “Virtual”

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Fellow runners,

with the uncertainty of base access due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Joint Base Langley-Eustis has made the decision to make both the Mulberry Island Half Marathon & 5K (12 September) and the Ft. Eustis Run & Ruck 10K (17 October) into “Virtual” events. I hope you will still consider supporting these events!
Watch for additional race updates as we learn them.

Steve Peters, PTC President

On Your Mark Digital Newsletter

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Due to COVID-19 guidelines, 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.

11th Annual Run the D.O.G. Street 5K

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Per Jim Elder, the race is a go for 9/5/20. The Two Shilling 1 miler starts at 7 AM and the 5K at 7:30 AM. The race is currently closed to new entries except virtual participants. The other exception is for Tidewater Striders, Peninsula Track Club and Colonial Road Runners who have not signed up, but want to run for points for the Super Grand Prix or the CRR Grand Prix or Triple Crown. Any member of these three clubs must sign up by July 25th, 2020. The fee is $35.00 and you must email Jim (jim@colonialsportscustom.com) with your information (your name, age, gender, phone number, email, and mailing address) by next Saturday, July 25th. The race is $35 and there will be no refunds if it has to be cancelled or made virtual only.

There will not be prize money this year. There will prizes for Top three men and women but not cash. Only in person race day participants can win age group awards or get points towards the CRR Grand Prix.

Rule for virtual runners: sign up by 6 PM Sept 4th, 2020. Run any 5K distance (you cannot use another race as your time) and provide your time and we will post it in the results. Virtual Runners have until 9/30/2020 to finish their run. All receive a Race T, Finisher medal and swag bag. Items will be ready for pick up on Sept 4th, 2020 from 12-6 PM at Colonial Sports.

A portion of proceeds support Habitat for Humanity.

PTC Pub Run

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Fellow PTC runners,

Weather-permitting, we’ll be doing our first PTC Pub Run at Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, 81 Patch Rd, Ft. Monroe, tomorrow evening, 8 July 2020, at 6 PM. We’ll meet in the parking lot, sign in so I can keep track of everyone, and try to get on the course as close to 6 PM as possible.

The food truck on the schedule is The Black Pearl, which specializes in grilled & fried seafood (theblackpearlfoodtruck.com), although they do have other items. They will only be on-site from 3-7 PM, so I recommend you consider placing your food order before you run and ask them to have it ready when you return.

Oozlefinch closes at 8 PM. Attached is a 5K course I laid out for those who want a route to try, or if you know Ft. Monroe well you can just go for a run and join us for (socially-distanced) socializing, beverages, and food if you want it.

Don’t forget your mask (for inside the brewery when ordering beverages) and credit card for beverages/food (many places still aren’t accepting cash due to COVID-19 concerns). Hope to see you there!

Steve Peters, PTC President.