2013 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon
2013 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon 8/18/13
Was contested on Sunday August 18th, 2013 at Germantown Academy's Carey Stadium & Athletic Complex, Fort
Washington, PA 19034. The competition was open to all athletes 14-and-older. The event was sanctioned by USA
Track & Field, and officiated by certified USATF officials.
The 2013 individual winner was Nick Berra who amassed an event record 430.76 age graded points to narrowly
defeat last year's champion Lorraine Jasper who finished second.
The 2013 team competition was won by Athena Track Club "MCC" consisting of Mary Swan, Cheryl Bellaire and
Coreen Steinbach with 430.39 points. Greater Philadelphia TC finished second. Complete results are below.
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Each runner competed in 5 track races (3000m – 200m – 1500m – 100m – 400m/800m), with a minimum of
30 minutes recovery time between races. Athletes chose either the 400m or the 800m for their fifth event (400m
and 800m heats alternated). With an equal mix of sprints and distance events (order as above), this challenging
(but fun!) competition pitted sprinter against distance runner to determine the best all-around track runner. Races
were timed using the fully automatic Finish Lynx Timing System. To ensure approximately the same recovery time
between races for all participants, runners were seeded in the same overall order for each race no matter the
distance, taking into consideration their most recent Mile and 400m times.
Due to the unique format of this meet, the field was limited to 54 runners. Cash awards were 5-deep in the
individual competition, with a Champion’s trophy to the overall winner.
In addition to the Individual Competition, a separate Team Competition was run concurrently.
In heats separate from those of the individual competitors, three-person teams divided up the five events to
determine the best all-around track team. One team member per race and each team member enters at least one
race. Teams were of any age (14 y/o minimum) or gender. There was a cash award and trophy for the winning
team and trophies for 2nd & 3rd place teams.
SCORING was age-graded using the World Masters Association’s 2006 age/gender-graded tables. Points were
tabulated for each race (the age/gender-graded percentage), and awards based on the cumulative percentages for
the five races. This meet presented a rare opportunity for men and women, young and old, to compete directly
against each other on a level playing field.
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Full details are on the entry forms below. Registration was by pre-entry only. See links below. Contact
Meet Director Kyle Mecklenborg by email or phone 215-393-1382 with questions.
8/18/2013 Event Documents:
Click to view the National Masters News article about the 2012 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon
GPTC Pentathlon 400+ Point Club Champions in Bold
Nick Berra 430.76 (2013)
Kevin Forde 430.02 (2010)
Lorainne Jasper 428.12 (2013), 416.58 (2010), 414.87 (2012), 406.72 (2011)
Gary Patton 426.93 (2013)
Ohlsson Birger 424.53 (2013)
Joshua Smith 419.32 (2013)
Mark Williams 418.62 (2013)
Bruce Rash 412.13 (2013), 410.95 (2011)
Peter Churchman 408.24 (2010)
Brian Crowley 404.35 (2010)
Chuck Shields 400.81 (2012)
|Shown at left is Nick Berra, 2013
Runners Pentathlon champion with
meet director Kyle Mecklenborg
View more photos from the event here.