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
Will be contested on Sunday August 30th, 2015 at Germantown Academy's Carey Stadium & Athletic Complex, Fort Washington, PA 19034. The competition will be open to all athletes 14-and-older. The event is 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 are links to the event results. There is a photo gallery on Facebook and videos on YouTube and a guide to the videos here.
Each runner will compete in 5 track races (3000m – 200m – 1500m – 100m – 400m/800m), with a minimum of 30 minutes recovery time between races. Athletes will 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 pits sprinter against distance runner to determine the best all-around track runner. Races will be timed using the fully automatic Finish Lynx Timing System. To ensure approximately the same recovery time between races for all participants, runners will be 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 is limited to 54 runners. Cash awards will be 5-deep in the individual competition ($150, $125, $100, $75, $50). Top runner’s name will be engraved on the perpetual Champions’ Trophy. Participants with college eligibility will be ineligible for cash awards. All runners receive “Still Alive After Five” certificates, title sponsor carry bags, and are eligible for random prizes. With age & gender-graded scoring, there will be no separate age group or gender awards. Awards Ceremony will follow meet.
In addition to the Individual Competition, a separate Team Competition will be run concurrently. In heats separate from those of the individual competitors, three-person teams will divide up the five events to determine the best all-around track team. One team member per race and each team member will enter at least one race. Teams can be of any age (14 y/o minimum) or gender. Cash Awards to the top three teams ($120, $75, $60). Top team name and roster will be engraved on the perpetual Team Champions’ Trophy. All runners receive “Still Alive After Five” certificates, title sponsor carry bags, and are eligible for random prizes
SCORING will be age-graded using the World Masters Association’s 2006 age/gender-graded tables (the latest for single age track racing). Points will be 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 presents 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 will attend the pentathlon to offer complimentary stretching, muscle/soft tissue work, chiropractic, injury evaluations, etc. to the runners throughout the meet.
Results below. Registration will be by pre-entry only. Contact Meet Director Kyle Mecklenborg by email or phone 215-393-1382 with questions.
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 2014 Runners' Pentathlon champion with meet director Kyle Mecklenborg