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.

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