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    Friday, December 4, 2015

    On Friday, December 4, USA Track & Field's Masters Committee awarded the 2018 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships to Potomac Valley Track Club, by a vote of 41 to 22.

    The club (www.pvtc.org) hosts the meet on Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 2018, at Wayne K. Curry Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, Maryland, adjacent to FedEx Field.

    In 2009, PVTC hosted the masters indoor championships, and in 2013, PVTC and all other 100 clubs in the DC-MD-Northern VA region assisted Potomac Valley Association of USA Track & Field (PVA) to host the meet.

    At the meets in 2013 in Landover and in 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, PVTC won the team championship.

    Local Organizing Committee chair Jerry Bookin-Weiner and James Pearce, both of Columbia, Maryland, presented the bid proposal to 55 committee delegates from all over the USA, meeting at USATF's national convention at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas.

    Bookin-Weiner directed the meet in 2013. Pearce directed two national championship meets 25 years ago in his native Columbus, Ohio.

    The driving factor in the decision was the excellent mass transit system in the DC area and the proximity of three local airports with airline ticket prices about half of the fares to Winston-Salem, from almost anywhere in the country.

    The excellence of the Prince George's facility was another significant factor -- although the recently-built JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem also hosted a world-class USATF Masters Indoor Championships meet in March 2015.

    Per survey after 2013's meet directed by PVA, athletes loved Prince George's County's hospitality, and they enjoyed being treated like rock stars -- whether they finished first or last -- in the center of an arena that seats 5000.

    Another factor was that Metro opens at 5 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018, for Competitor Group's Rock 'n' Roll DC Marathon, so the meet at Landover can start early on that Saturday.

    "Prince George's County has some of the best attractions in the country, said Bookin-Weiner during his presentation. "Besides the track, with plenty of adjacent parking and nearby hotels, with National Harbor and its casino, with University of Maryland, with two recreational vehicle areas at Buddy Attick Park in Greenbelt and Watkins Mill Park in Mitchellville, the County offers something for everyone. Our meet will be spectator-friendly, family-friendly, athete-friendly, and diversity-friendly. We set records for attendance in 2009 and 2013, and we plan to break our own record - anyone else's - in 2018."

    Said PVA president Phil Barrett, "We fully support PVTC's bid, and we look forward to providing PVA's regionwide support. As always, this meet is all about the athletes and their families and friends."

    Said Prince George's county executive Rushern L. Baker III, "It is my pleasure to welcome you to the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championship. I am delighted that we can provide the nation's best competition facilities, Wayne K. Curry Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex."

    For more information, please contact

    Local Organizing Committee chair
    Jerry Bookin-Weiner


    PVTC secretary
    Jay Jacob Wind

  • PVTC member Dixon Hemphill in The Washington Post

  • Welcome from club president Craig Chasse
  • Join PVTC or renew your membership | by mail (HTML) | (DOC) | (PDF) | by credit card via Active.Com

  • Read our 2015 membership message and event calendar
  • As a PVTC member, you get numerous benefits including discounts at PVTC events, cool team swag like a PVTC singlet for competing for PVTC at regional/national meets, e.g. USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships (March 20-22 in Winston-Salem NC), input at monthly meetings, and the opportunity to join committees to make PVTC even better
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  • Next monthly club meeting:
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:30 PM
  • Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 South 16th Street, Arlington VA (703-228-0935)
  • Send agenda items to Craig Chasse

  • PVTC Young Flyers youth track & field program
  • Our PVTC Young Flyers youth track & field program are Sundays, October 2 to December 11, 2016
  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA
  • Full information will be available later in the year

  • Thank you, Walt Cline!

  • Potomac Valley Track Club thanks Coach Walt Cline • www.poweredbyamps.com
  • for his presentations on Wednesday, August 19, and Saturday, August 29

  • PVTC congratulates the "graduates" of Walt's program on August 29:
        •   Craig Chasse, president, PVTC (Happy Birthday!)
        •   Monte Evans, coach, Dale City Track Club
        •   Robert Havey, member, PVTC
        •   Hannah Phillips, member, PVTC
        •   Carlos Ramirez, assistant principal, Clarement Immersion School, Arlington Public Schools
        •   James Scarborough, member, PVTC
        •   Jay Jacob Wind, secretary, PVTC

  • Read Walt Cline's ACCELERATION model
  • Read Walt Cline's presentation to 2015 Alexandria Running Festival

  • Congratulations to the winners of USATF Potomac Valley Association 2014 elections:
  • • President: Phillip Barrett • First Vice President: Elenora Battle • Vice President: Tim Baker • Vice President: Adrian McDaniels • Vice President: Alma (Jan) Price • Secretary: Faye Howell • Treasurer: Barbara Smith • Women’s Long Distance Running: Nancy Betress • Men’s Long Distance Running: Bob Platt • Masters’ Long Distance Running: Alisa Harvey • Women’s Track and Field: Tiombé Hurd • Men’s Track and Field: David Barmer • Master’s Track and Field: Tom Jones • Race Walk: Becky Klein • Youth: Quentin Wilson • Officials: Dr. Bill Price

  • In memoriam
        • In 2015, we bid farewell to club membership secretary Don Riggs. Don was close to us all, reliable, responsible, unflappable. We will dearly miss him.
        • Diane Pinn-Williams, beloved wife of competitor and announcer Chuck Williams
        • USATF official Alfred Morris
        • Frequent competitor and PVTC member Wain Barnes
        • DC Road Runners Club member and race director Val Lewton Jr.
        • USATF Masters Track & Field Committee treasurer Joy MacDonald | (Biography on www.MastersTrack.com), | (Photo)
        • Washington Running Club member and Hecht's 10 Miler director Patrick Neary
        • Olympic race walker Alan Price
        • Pacers Running Stores founder James Christopher Farley Jr. | Obituary
        • In 2014, we bid farewell to club members Norm Brand and Edward Seeger, and to Les Kinion and Judy Roth
        • In 2013, we bid farewell to club members Scott Bentley, Carla Convery, and Tim Good

  • PVTC in the news
  • May 23, 2015 -- Robert E. Draim and competitive racing -- on Wake Forest Magazine's Facebook page (search for "Draim") | Photo | Photo | Photo
  • May 13, 2015 -- "What extreme longevity will mean for the advice industry" -- in Investment News -- quotes Dixon Hemphill of PVTC
  • April 13, 2015 -- "90-year-old runner bests time in Cherry Blossom 5K by 2 minutes" -- on WJLA TV 7 ABC / Washington DC
  • March 20-22, 2015 -- News coverage of PVTC's victory at 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • August 19, 2014 -- "Age No Limit for Masters Track and Field Athletes" -- by Lindsey Holden in SB Nation

  • 2016 All-Comers Indoor Track & Field Meets at Thomas Jefferson Community Center
  • 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA
  • Sundays, January 24 and February 7
  • includes 800m/1500m/3000m racewalks, 55m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 mile, 3000m, and 5000m runs, and throws clinics (discus, javelin, shot)
  • Free for young athletes up to 8th grade (and you get a ribbon for finishing!)
  • $3/meet for high school students ($8 for all 3 meets by December 31)
  • $4/meet for PVTC or DCRRC members ($11 for all 3 meets by December 31)
  • $5/meet for non-members ($14 for all 3 meets by December 31)
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    Enter young athletes free

  • Monday & Wednesday track speed workouts
  • Mondays and Wednesday, 7:00 PM sharp, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center Track, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA | Map
  • Coaches: Elizabeth Row (571-255-9559) (Mondays), Jay Jacob Wind (703-927-4833) (most Mondays and Wednesdays), and Art Klein (571-402-7102) (Wednesdays for race walk)
  • Fee: The workouts are free, but you may donate $5 to the coach
  • Entering TJ: Young athletes may enter TJ for free. Adults must either be members of TJ or pay a daily rate of $4 for seniors, $8 for Arlington residents, $16 for non-residents
  • Typical Workout includes instructions, flexibility drills, warm-up, short sprints, and recovery segments.
  • Share: Besides these workouts, you can share workouts via our Facebook page
  • Typical Workout: After warm-up, 10 x (200m run & 200m recovery)
  • More information: Contact Jay Jacob Wind, head coach
  • Join PVTC-WALK e-mail group
  • Join PVTC-SPRINT e-mail group
  • 2016 All-Comers Outdoor Track & Field Meets
  • Tentative dates:
  • Saturday, May 21 All-Comers Meet #1 at Robinson High School, 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax VA 22032
  • Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12 - Decathlon at T.C. Williams plus All-Comers Meet #2 on Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 25 - All-Comers Meet #3 at TBA
  • Saturday, July 9 - All-Comers Meet #4 at TBA
  • Saturday, July 23 - All-Comers Meet #5 at TBA, preferably Howard Community College
  • Saturday, August 6 - All-Comers Meet #6 at TBA
  • Saturday, August 20 - All-Comers Meet #7 at TBA
  • Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4 - Potomac Valley Games at T.C. Williams most likely
  • We thank Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Rd, Alexandria VA for welcoming us | MAP
  • We thank Edison High School's helpers for assisting at all meets in 2014 as a fund-raiser for their cross-country team
  • If your team wants to assist Edison's team at our all-comers meets in 2015, please contact Craig Chasse, 703-481-3530

  • Annual Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship
  • We always need volunteers - please call Mike Cannon (910-261-8446) or write m.maurice.cannon@gmail.com
  • 2016 Ed Barron Series
  • PVTC's 2016 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship includes 5 races.

  • SPECIAL DEAL: If you pre-register all 5 races, you get one free race -- 5 races for the price of 4 ($20 total for PVTC members, $40 total for non-members)
  • Enter on-line for By George or all 5 races
  • Express registration
  • Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship rules
  • Ed Barron header label template DOCX
  • 2015 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results after 5 races
  • 2014 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results after 5 races
  • 2013 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results after 5 races
  • 2012 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results | DOC | Volunteer points | DOC
  • 2011 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results | DOC | Volunteer points | DOC
  • 2010 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results | DOC | Volunteer points | DOC
  • 2009 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results | DOC | Volunteer points | DOC
  • 2008 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results | Press release
  • 2007 Ed Barron Holiday Series Championship final results
  • Send additions or corrections

  • Frequently-asked questions:
  • For more information, write race director Mike Cannon or call 910-261-8446.
  • PVTC Apparel
  • Potomac Valley Track Club is pleased to offer black long-sleeved warm-up t-shirts ($18.00), white short-sleeve t-shirts ($9.00), and white Coolmax®® competition singlets ($20)
  • Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Singlet options: male-cut tank top or female-cut tank top
  • Use the Half-page purchase form | Full-page purchase form
  • Individually lovingly hand-printed by our former chairman of the board Bobby Briggs
  • Print the form, fill it out, and send it
  • Please allow 3 weeks for delivery -- plan ahead to wear for your competitions
  • Annual Awards
  • Please join us in congratulating our 2014 annual award winners:
        • Ed Barron Service Award: Art and Becky Klein |
    Photo | Photo | Photo
        • Ray Gordon Outstanding Athlete: Charles Boyle | Photo
        • Carl Schuler Outstanding Race Walker: Sheldon Contract | Photo
        • President's Award for Special Service: Bernadette Flynn | Photo | Photo with Craig Chasse

  • Please join us in congratulating our 2012 annual club award winners | 2012
  • Previous years' award winners: | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2001 | History of PVTC awards
  • We honor our club presidents:
          • Ed Barron (8/1975-1/1978) • Sal Corrallo (1/1978-1/1981) • Rodney Johnson (1/1981-9/1983) • Francis Kelley (9/1983-4/1986) • Lynda M. Durfee (4/1986-1/1990)
          • William Hillman (1/1990-1/1993) • Bob Briggs (1/1993-7/1993) • John Martin (7/1993-7/1994) • Charles Scott Bentley (7/1994-5/1997) • Sal Corrallo (5/1997-10/2002) • Craig Chasse (10/2002-present)

  • 2013 Potomac Valley Games are now history.
  • For complete tesults, see
  • Potomac Valley Games, Sunday, September 1, 2013 -- T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria VA
        • Men's Throws Pentathlon
        • Women's Throws Pentathlon
  • Potomac Valley Games, Saturday, August 31, 2013 -- Edison High School, Alexandria VA
        • Men's Pentathlon
        • Women's Pentathlon SabrinaAndRyan
  • Sabrina Sokol and Ryan Thomas set PVTC youth records in the high jump at Potomac Valley Games on Saturday, August 31.
  • Sabrina: 11-12 girls 1.40m
  • Ryan: 13-14 boys 1.66m
  • Photo by Kerry Thomas
  • 2009 USA Masters Indoor Championships
  • PVTC proudly hosted 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 20-22, 2009, at
  • at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Landover MD
  • Complete Results | Photos by Tom Moran
  • PVTC Board adopts new by-laws
  • Read our by-laws | DOC
  • At our monthly club meeting on Monday, October 10, 2013, at 7:30 PM at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA, Potomac Valley Track Club adopted revised by-laws, the document that defines how we run our club.
  • A committee including Peter Blank, Craig Chasse, John Haubert, Jim Pearce, Jen Stephens, and Jay Jacob Wind drafted the proposed revised by-laws, and the monthly club meeting considered them at two meetings and approved them unanimously.
    Other Links (not promoted, sponsored, or organized by PVTC)
  • September 9, 2015 -- "Why Runners Get Slower With Age (and How Strength Training May Help)" -- in The New York Times
  • April 3, 2015 -- "6 Exercises for Better Posture" -- on Care2.com
  • USATF Masters All American Standards of Excellence as published by National Masters News | Road Running Men | Road Running Women | Track & Field Men (metric) | Track & Field Men (imperial) | Track & Field Women (metric) | Race Walk (men and women)
  • Eastern Regional Masters Track Web Site
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 -- Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon -- Carderock Recreation Area, C&O Canal Towpath, Maryland

  • TigerTurf Articles -- A History of Track and Field Sports on the Grass and Turf
  • Event Director Resource by Runner's World • includes Race Director Checklist
  • Road Race Management (rrm.com)
  • A brief guide to youth track & field meets in the DC area
  • Delaware Senior Olympics
  • USATF Masters Throws Pentathlon Scoring Table -- courtesy of Jerry Bookin-Weiner
  • Kristen Spencer of Launchsportperformance.com helps runners with hip rotation problems and hamstring tightness, issues we we suffer from as we get older. | Recommended by Robin Bennett Campbell
  • Sheila Farrell of Farrell & Associates Physical Therapy knows how to prevent weakness that we show in the neck area as we age. She a national senior champion in tennis. | Recommended by Robin Bennett Campbell
  • Ellen Harrington's running blog
  • "Running in the Rain -- Elementary students brave wet weather in annual Pyramid Challenge" -- in Springfield Connection, October 22, 2009 -- quotes Bob Briggs of PVTC | PDF
  • "Racing Against the Clock -- Marathon runners over 50 take off" -- in AARP Bulletin Today, October 22, 2009 -- quotes Jay Jacob Wind of PVTC | PDF
  • "Why are there more runners in D.C.? It’s not where we are, it’s who we are" -- in The Washington Post, October 24, 2013
  • "In the Long Run, Boomers May Discover That Racewalking Is the Way to Go" -- in The Washington Post, June 9, 2009
  • "The Walk of the Town: Racewalking" -- in The Washington Post, August 5, 2008
  • USA Track & Field
  • USA Track & Field Potomac Valley Association
  • USATF Officials certification

  • Arlington Running Roundup, by Jay Jacob Wind
  • Implement Standards and in Excel
  • Training Runs in the DC Area
  • Links to other stuff
  • A Runner's Guide to Training Technique
  • STOP Sports Injuries Campaign
  • Podiatry Reference Guide
  • Pancreatica Walks or Runs to Fight Cancer
  • East Regional Meet
  • Calories Burned Calculator
  • Three Rivers Road Runners Club, Richmond VA
  • Adam Nelson's throwing website
  • Cartwheel shotput technique movie from The Netherlands
  • D.C. Road Runners Club (lists races)
  • Eldersburg Rogue Runners
  • FindSportsNow (lists races)
  • Hiking Forums
  • MastersTrack.com East Region meets
  • Maryland Throws Meets
  • Mile Split
  • RacePacket (lists races)
  • Road Runners Club of America
  • Running Maryland
  • Team In Training
  • Track & Field resources
  • Washington DC multi-use trails
  • Washington Running Report (lists races)

  • Greenbrier (Yorktown High School) track calendar for May-June 2015
  • Wakefield High School track calendar for May-June 2015
  • Washington-Lee High School track calendar for May-June 2015

  • World Class Racewalking
  • Ethiopian Elites
  • Run Hundred - a log of popular workout music, sorted by beats per minute
  • Skinny Water
  • Official speared by javelin
  • Other local area meets
  • "Managing Your Anxieties in Racewalking" by Stan Popovich
  • "Do Not Stress Over Your Competition" by Stan Popovich
  • "Do Not Let Fear Affect Your Running" by Stan Popovich
  • Checklist for putting on a race
  • Assembling the skyhook (DOC) | (PDF)
  • Instructions for Manually Timing a Race (DOC) | (PDF)
  • Wireless Computer Interface User’s Guide for use with the Time Machine Sports Timing Systems

  • WMA Age-grading calculation 2006 (updated 2010) | Source: Howard Grubb
  • Multi-Events scoring, by Cheshire County Athletic Association
  • "Marathon Performance and Temperature" -- in Running Strong
  • PVTC endorsed Arlington County's bond issue for parks & recreation in 2014 | in 2012 | in 2010 | in 2006 | in 2004 | in 2002

  • March 31, 2010 -- National Park Service Record of Determination for the public use guidelines for pedestrian and cycling special events within the George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • Williams v. Cox Enterprises, Inc. et al. 62061. (159 Ga. App. 333) (283 SE2d 367) (1981)
  • 2003 Mass. Super. LEXIS 290,*;17 Mass. L. Rep. 4, Derek A. Lautieri v. Jorun G. Bae, releasing USA Triathlon and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metrowest from liability for a car crash druing a triathlon