Ambler Area Running Club
Welcoming runners of all abilities.
AARC has a team participating in the Mid-Atlantic USA Track & Field Club Challenge Grand Prix. Everyone in the club is welcome to join - you just need to join the USATF as an AARC member prior to competing in any of the races.
The Club Challenge is a series of 11 events throughout the year in the tri-state area, starting with our Fireside Frostbite 5-Miler and ending with the Philadelphia Half & Full Marathons. Distances are from 5K to 26.1 miles. The list of 2019's events can be found below.
Why enter? To complete against the other running clubs in the area. 2017 was the first year the Ambler Area Running Club entered the competition, and we finished in 8th place out of 13 teams. In 2018 we finished 9th out of 26 teams.
Cash awards go the fastest clubs! 1st Place $1,200, 2nd $900, 3rd $675, 4th $475, 5th $325, 6th $200, 7th $125, 8th $75, 9th $50, and 10th $50. Team scores are calculated for the fastest five runners at each event, and the best eight of the eleven events overall.
More information can be found here:
What next? If you are interested, please contact Ira Meyers or Jim Lombardi
Feb 23 - Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler
Mar 16 - Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K
Apr 28 - Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile Run
May 5 - Blue Cross Broad St. Run 10 Miler
June 1 - Scott Coffee Run 8K
Sept 8 - Main Line Run 5K
Oct 13 - Delaware Distance Classic 15K
Nov 23 - Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon
Nov 23 - Rothman 8K
Nov 24 - Philadelphia Marathon
Temperatures in the mid-fifties, a partly cloudy sky and the trees in the early stages of the autumnal color show made for a perfect setting for the Delaware Distance Classic 15K in Wilmington. The out and back race follows the mostly flat Markel trail over wetlands, through woods and under a couple of major highways and makes for a very pleasant run. The AARC team had three runners participating in this Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix event. Taking advantage of the wonderful day was Vince Varallo who finished 11th overall and first in the 45 - 49 age group running an even 6:00 minutes per mile pace to finish in 55:51. Bob Boland finished 2nd in the 60 – 64 age group in 1:05:48 and Jim Lombardi finished 6th in the 50 – 54 age group in 1:16:42.
The Main Line 5K was held on September 9 in Wayne, PA. 301 folks ran the race, and representing AARC USATF team was Hillary Goodman and Jim Lombardi. It was a great morning for a race, except for that last hill over the SEPTA train tracks.
The Scott Coffee 8K was held on June 1 in Moorestown,NJ. The race was held in the tree-lined streets of Moorestown,NJ prior to the start of Moorestown Days with many local vendors at the start/finish area. Runners received a t-shirt and a package of Lacas coffee (which is pretty good, IMO). 691 folks ran the race, and representing AARC USATF team was Hillary Goodman and Jim Lombardi.
Upon arriving on Broad Street on the morning of the run the thought occurs that this must be a special race for 40,000 fellow runners to jump over the logistical hurdles necessary to arrive at the starting line. And the 10 mile run through the heart of Philadelphia never disappoints with the fast course, different neighborhoods, interesting architecture and thousands of spectators spread out along the entire length offering cheers and words of encouragement. This year it was raining hard enough so that everyone would be soaked before they reached city hall. I had the pleasure of speaking to over 50 runners before and after the race and it struck me that not one person complained about the weather proving that runners are either oblivious, hardy or just really cool people.
The AARC USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix team had 8 runners in the race and there were some great performances.
Name Time Place Age Group Hilary Goodman 1:13:46 3rd of 667 F 55 - 59 Vince Varallo 58:56 4th of 1512 M 45 - 49 Bob Boland 1:08:47 7th of 564 M 60 - 64 Vlatka Moll 1:37:29 12th of 86 F 65 - 69 Kristy Corino 1:23:02 22nd of 667 F 55 – 59 Bob Harmon 1:28:11 36th of 253 M 65 - 69 Lisa Marie Gelembuik 1:24:09 92nd of 1356 F 45 - 49 Jim Lombardi 1:29:18 401st of 1116 M 50 - 54
Three runners Hilary Goodman , Vince Varallo and Bob Boland achieved age graded percentages over 80% which is considered national class for their respective age groups.
Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K
The third race of the Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix series, the 5 mile Rev Run, was held at Valley Forge National park on Sunday. The course one of the most beautiful in the Delaware Valley offers stunning vistas at every mile and a number of challenging hills. The race was well organized with many post run amenities including Sly Fox brewery beer which always tastes good after a hard run especially when they let you go back for a second one. AARC was represented by three team members among the 939 entries and all three scored points. With a very impressive performance Vince Varallo ran 29:27 finishing 10th overall and first out of 80 in the male 45-49 age group. Also with a solid performance, Hilary Goodman ran a 38:20 and finished 2nd out of 37 in the female 55-59 age group. Bob Boland ran a 34:51 and finished 3rd out of 30 in the male 60-64 age group.
The Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K was held on March 16 in Haddonfiled, NJ. The course was flat with a few slight inclines, and the weather was perfect for running. Of the 984 runners, Vince Varallo and Jim Lombardi represented AARC’s USATF team.