2014 Advanced Sports Chiropractic Runners' Pentathlon
Presented by Greater Philadelphia Track Club

    2014 Advanced Sports Chiropractic Runners' Pentathlon
                     Presented by the Greater Philadelphia Track Club

Was contested on Sunday August 10th, 2014 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 2014 individual winner was
Nick Berra who amassed 429.60 age graded points to win for the second
consecutive year.  Mark Williams finished second with 419.33 points and Vicki Fox was third with 419.11 points

The 2014 team competition was won by
Athena Track Club consisting of Doreen McCoubrie, Beth Shisler and
Mary Swan with 426.80 points.  Greater Philadelphia TC "A" finished second.  

Below is a link to the event
results.  There is a photo gallery on Facebook  and videos on YouTube and a guide to
the videos

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, 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, with a Champion’s trophy to the overall winner.

In addition to the Individual Competition, a separate Team Competition was run
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.  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 were 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.

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. Their staff attended the pentathlon to offer
complimentary stretching, muscle/soft tissue work, chiropractic, injury evaluations, etc. to the runners throughout
the meet.

Full results below.  Registration was by pre-entry only.  Contact Meet Director Kyle Mecklenborg by email or
phone 215-393-1382 with questions.

2014 Event Documents:

Click to view the 2012 National Masters News article about the Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon

GPTC Pentathlon 400+ Point Club Champions in Bold
Nick Berra 430.76 (2013) 429.60 (2014
Kevin Forde 430.02  (2010)
417.50 (2014)
Lorraine Jasper  428.12  (2013), 416.58 (2010), 414.87 (2012), 406.72 (2011)
Gary Patton 426.93  (2013)
Birger Ohlsson 424.53  (2013)
Mark Williams 419.33 (2014)
Joshua Smith  419.32 (2013)
Vicki Fox 419.11 (2014)
Mark Williams 418.62  (2013)
Peter Brady 416.81 (2014)
Bruce Rash 412.13  (2013), 410.95 (2011) 409.31(2014)
Peter Churchman  408.24  (2010)
Brian Crowley  404.35  (2010)
Chuck Shields  400.81  (2012)
Christian Blondin 400.64 (2014)
Shown at left is Nick Berra, 2013 and
Runners' Pentathlon champion with
meet director Kyle Mecklenborg