2015 Advanced Sports Chiropractic Runners' Pentathlon Presented by Greater Philadelphia Track Club
2015 Advanced Sports Chiropractic Runners' Pentathlon Presented by the Greater Philadelphia Track Club 8/30/15
Was contested on Sunday August 30th, 2015 at 8:30am 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 2015 individual winner was Mark Williams who amassed 420.47 age graded points. He was runner-up last year. Peter Brady finished second with 417.65 points and Kevin Forde was third with 408.46 points
The 2015 team competition was won by SAC & Friends consisting of Brian Leung, Matthew Wallack and Nick Damalas with 422.16 age graded points. Athena Track Club, last year's champion, finished second. Potomac Valley was third.
There is a link to the complete event results below. Here is a link to photos by Donovan Rebbechi: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elflord1973/sets/72157655649412934 (copy & paste to your browser)
Each runner competed in 5 track races (3000m – 200m – 1500m – 100m – 400m/800m), with a minimum of 30 minutes recovery time between races. Athletes choose 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, based on a blended seed time which gives equal weight to 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 ($150, $125, $100, $75, $50). The top runner’s name will be engraved on the perpetual Champions’ Trophy. Participants with college eligibility were ineligible for cash awards. All runners received “Still Alive After Five” certificates, title sponsor carry bags, and were eligible for random prizes. With age & gender-graded scoring, there was no separate age group or gender awards. Awards Ceremony followed the meet.
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 entered at least one race. Teams were of any age (14 y/o minimum) or gender. Cash Awards went to the top three teams ($120, $75, $60). The top team name and roster will be engraved on the perpetual Team Champions’ Trophy. All runners received “Still Alive After Five” certificates, title sponsor carry bags, and were eligible for random prizes
SCORING was age-graded using the World Masters Association’s 2006 age/gender- graded tables (the latest for single age track racing). Points were tabulated for each race (the age/gender-graded percentage), and awards were based on the cumulative percentages for the five races. For example: An age-graded percentage of 80% in each of the five races = a total score of 400 points. This meet presented a rare opportunity for men and women, young and old, to compete directly against each other on a level playing field.
SPONSORS Title Sponsor Advanced Sports Chiropractic is a sports injury clinic focusing on the treatment and prevention of injuries related to endurance sports. Using techniques on the cutting edge of medical science, they have experience with IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, hamstring injuries, runner's knee, Achilles injuries, bursitis and many other conditions. Advanced Sports Chiropractic has treated runners of all ages and abilities, including Catherine Ndereba, 4-time Boston Marathon Champion. The staff attend the pentathlon to offer complimentary stretching, muscle/soft tissue work, chiropractic, injury evaluations, etc. to the runners throughout the meet.
Results below. Registration was by pre-entry only. Contact Meet Director Kyle Mecklenborg by email or phone 215-393-1382 with questions.