2013 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon
2013 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon 8/18/13
Will be contested on Sunday August 18th, 2013 at Germantown Academy's Carey Stadium & Athletic Complex, Fort
Washington, PA 19034. The competition is open to all athletes 14-and-older. The event is sanctioned by USA
Track & Field, and officiated by certified USATF officials.
Each runner competes 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 will alternate). 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, taking into consideration 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, with a Champion’s trophy to the overall winner.
In addition to the Individual Competition, a separate Team Competition is run concurrently
(the field expands to 18 teams for 2013). In heats separate from those of the individual competitors, three-
person teams divide 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 can be of any age (14 y/o minimum) or gender. There
will be a cash award and trophy for the winning team and trophies for 2nd & 3rd place teams.
SCORING is age-graded using the World Masters Association’s 2006 age/gender-graded tables. Points are
tabulated for each race (the age/gender-graded percentage), and awards based on the cumulative percentages
for the five races. 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 Advanced Sports Chiropractic is a sports injury clinic focusing on the treatment and prevention of
injuries related to endurance sports. They have experience with IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, hamstring
injuries, runner's knee, Achilles injuries, bursitis and many others.
Full details are on the entry forms below. Registration is by pre-entry only. See links below. Contact
Kyle Mecklenborg by email or phone 215-393-1382 with questions.
Link to National Masters News article about the 2012 Greater Philadelphia Runners' Pentathlon
Shown at left is Lorraine Jasper,
2012 Runners Pentathlon
champion flanked by meet
director Kyle Mecklenborg (L)
and GPTC president Bill Kampf