The Entire Sports World Has Turned Upside Down


From my Gazette article about the Swamp Run, a summary of all going on with area road races: 

By Rick Platt

            In the final weekend before the entire sports world was turned upside down, the 19th annual Jamestown High School Swamp Run 5K had two exciting and competitive three-way battles for the top overall awards in the third Colonial Road Runners Grand Prix event of 2020.  However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, that race will be the last CRR race for an indefinite period.

            After the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS suspended or delayed their seasons, and the NCAA cancelled the March Madness basketball tournament for both men and women, all divisions, as well as all other collegiate championship sporting events for the winter and spring seasons, it was inevitable that running events would be affected too.

            In rapid fire, many local running events were cancelled or postponed (to a date to be determined later) on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning of this week, including the CRR Grand Prix’s Virginia Fire Chiefs 5K Run, set for Saturday morning from the Bruton Parish Church on Duke of Gloucester Street, the CRR-affiliated Singletrack Maniac 50K and Cray Cray 10K, set for Freedom Park and the Hornsby Middle School on March 28th , and the CRR Grand Prix and Hampton Roads Super Grand Prix’s Victory at Yorktown 10K on April 4th. After that, for other CRR Grand Prix spring races, no decisions have yet been made. Potential postponement dates are in June, August or September.

            Beyond the CRR, Saturday’s Fort Eustis 10K, a Peninsula Track Club event, was postponed to the fall. The PTC’s H-E-A-R-T 5K, originally scheduled for April 4 from the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg, has been postponed. And the biggest of them all, the Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon, half marathon and 8K, set for March 21-22 in Virginia Beach, was cancelled.

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Some of you may be familiar with James Moreland’s “Regional Runners Rankings” for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

We now have our own seasonal rankings for residents in Hampton Roads!

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PTC Constitution


At the PTC General Membership Meeting on 18 February 2020, we reviewed the revised PTC Constitution and, having a quorum, the membership present voted unanimously to adopt the attached document. Thank you to all those who reviewed and discussed it.


New PTC Aluminum Recycling Plan


Fellow PTC Members,

Over the last few years the return on recycling aluminum cans has greatly decreased and the work & space to collect & store them before having enough to make it worthwhile to bring them to a recycling center has become overwhelming. We appreciate Gary Porter‘s efforts, but it is time to relieve him of this burden.

We started collecting cans at races in part as a means to raise funds for Transitions Family Violence Services ( We will continue to support this important cause as we have been doing for over 10 years… just no longer by money generated by recycling cans.

We have learned that, by volume, the most dense and therefore valuable part of the cans are the pull-tabs. We will now only collect aluminum pull-tabs and donate them to Ronald McDonald House Charities (

Please bring your pull-tabs to the races or meetings in a ziploc bag (or your pocket) and transfer them to our designated pull-tab container (large red coffee can) and when it is full we’ll get them to RMHC where they’ll use the proceeds for their great causes.

Although we won’t be collecting your cans anymore, we do encourage everyone to continue to do your part to recycle and protect our environment


Steve Peters

President, Peninsula Track Club (PTC)

Changes to the PTC Board of Directors


I would like to thank George Nelsen for his service as PTC President from July 2017-Dec 2019. At the December 17th PTC General Membership Meeting, members voted on several new board positions.

I was privileged to be elected the new PTC President. Christine Schaffner was elected 1st Vice President, vacating her position as Board Secretary. Helen Worthington stepped down from her role as 1st Vice President and was elected Board Secretary.

The remainder of the board did not change: Pam Garrett, 2nd Vice President; Mike Thomas, Treasurer; Bruce Davis, Newsletter Editor; Steve Amarillo, Membership; Jaime Cox, Volunteer Coordinator; Maria Peters, Social Coordinator; Rick Platt, Race Schedule; Amanda Collier, Adopt-a-Highway “Litter Getter” Coordinator; Thea Ganoe, Webmaster; and Robert Trujillo, Marathon 101 Coach.

Thank you to all our volunteer PTC Board Members… past, present, and future. Our all-volunteer club could not be a success without a solid team leading it.

Steve Peters, PTC President

Attention Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K Door Prize Winners


Maria just realized she printed the 2019 Chick-Fil-A 5K/10K certificates instead of the 2020 entries. If you were the recipient of the raffle prize at the Annual Awards Banquet, please contact her by email ( or text (757-897-7083) and she will provide the correct code. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The Mission 10 Miler & Relay


The Frederick Rescue Mission is hosting The Mission 10 Miler & Relay which will take place on March 29, 2020, at 9 AM in Frederick, Maryland.

The options include a 10-miler, 2-person relay, or 1-mile run. All members of running clubs receive a $5 discount if they use the code RUNCLUB.

All race proceeds benefit the Frederick Rescue Mission, a nonprofit serving the homeless and needy in Frederick. By running in the Mission 10 Miler, you will help the Mission go one step further in helping those in need in the Frederick, MD community.



Staying visible is important even in daylight, in the shorter days of winter, we invariably find ourselves running in the dark.  Review some points to running safety.

How To Stay Visible While Running.


Attention Youth Runners Sign Up for Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club


GWDRC Fall 2019 Season
Jamestown High School
Starting September 12th
5-6 pm on Thursdays
Sign ups are now open for the Greater Williamsburg Distance Running Club @! Please spread the word about CRR’s affiliated youth program!

For those interested in GWDRC this fall please see information below:
1. We will have practices on Thursdays only from 5-6pm at Jamestown High School.
2. Please sign up at and bring the required forms on the first day!
3. Please spread the word for us that GWDRC is looking for runners 3rd-8th grade and any high school home school runners.
4. We will be hosting a Reindeer run for 3rd-8th graders at the end of our season on the Eastern State Hospital Cross Country Course on Saturday 11/23/2019.
Our first session is this Thursday, September 12th at the Jamestown HS track, 5-6 pm.
We are looking forward to our first session this Thursday and the cooler weather to come with the fall!
Interested? Questions? Please email Coach Mark Tompkins @
Mark Tompkins
Join or renew with CRR at