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 12 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 1 mile to 26.1 miles. The list of 2020'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. See below for the 2019 results.
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 twelve events overall.
More information can be found here:
What next? If you are interested in joining the team for the 2020 season, please contact Ira Meyers or Jim Lombardi
EVENT NAME START DATE START TIME Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler February 22, 2020 9:00am Haddonfield Adrenaline Run 5K* March 21, 2020 9:00am Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile Run April 19, 2020 8:30am Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 Mile May 3, 2020 8:00am Memorial Main Street Mile May 26, 2020 9:00am Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K* June 6 2020 8:30am Main Line Run 5K September 13, 2020 8:30am Delaware Distance Classic – 15K* October 11, 2020 9:00am Norcross-Cooper Run the Bridge Event 10K* November 1, 2020 8:30am Philadelphia Half Marathon November 21, 2020 7:30am Rothman Institute 8K November 21, 2020 10:45am Philadelphia Marathon* November 2, 2020 7:00am*Mid-Atlantic Championship Race
The club placed 9th place of the 21 clubs that competed (club results). We had 11 club members run for the team (overall age-graded standings). Hillary, Vince, and Bob all placed 2nd in their respective age groups - Congratulations! (women's and men's age-graded results).
Race Frostbite 5-Miler Haddonfiled Adrenaline 5K Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5 Miler Broad Street 10-miler Scott Coffee Moorestown 8K Main Line Run 5K Delaware Distance Classic 15K Norcross-Cooper Bridge 10K Philly Half marathon Rothman 8K Philly Marathon
Runner Date 23-Feb 16-Mar 28-Apr 5-May 1-Jun 8-Sep 13-Oct 3-Nov 23-Nov 23-Nov 24-Nov Jim Lombardi 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Vince Varallo (Age Group 2nd Place) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 Hillary Goodman (Age Group 2nd Place) 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 Bob Boland (Age Group 2nd Place) 1 1 1 1 1 5 Lisa Marie Gelembiuk 1 1 1 1 4 Kristy Corino 1 1 1 3 Vlatka Moll 1 1 2 Justine Shults 1 1 Jen Sowden 1 1 Bob Harmon 1 1 Lauren Brown 1 1 Total Club Entrants to Each Race 6 2 3 9 2 2 3 4 5 2 1 39
Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler
February 22, 2020
1300 runners were greeted with beautiful blue skies and perfect winter temperatures for the start of the venerable 2020 Frostbite 5- mile race. The race served as the first race of the year for the USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Series. So not only was the field large, it was also extremely competitive. To illustrate just how competitive it was, I would like to compare it to last year’s Broad Street Run. Based on the Runners World Age Grade Calculator, the 2019 BSR had 0.6% of its men and 0.32% of its women score an age graded percentage of 80 or greater. The 2020 Frostbite had 6.4% of its men and 2% of its women score 80 or higher. A score of 80 or higher is considered national class. A score of 90 or higher is world class. There was one runner, Chuck Crab, in the race that scored a 90%. He was in the 60-64 age group where 5 of the top 6 (8.8%) were over 80%. The old geezers like fine wine keep getting better. The age graded calculator is based on the percentage of the world record time for your age is of the time you recorded for the race.
Team member results are as follows:
Lorraine Grassi 39:06 F40-44 17th of 108 Jennifer Peacock 45:50 F45-49 28th of 82 Jim Lombardi 43:13 M50-54 44th of 76 Hillary Goodman 38:14 F55-59 3rd of 56 Bob Boland 33:23 M60-64 6th of 57 Rob Holmes 38:37 M60-64 12th of 57 Howard Cohen 41:41 M60-64 26th of 57 John Herman 40:49 M65-69 10th of 35
Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge Event 10K
November 3, 2019
Beautiful blue skies, 44 degrees and a 10 mph breeze out of the northwest made for perfect running conditions for the 2300 runners participating in the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K. A fast first mile is a rarity as the race starts on the Jersey side of the 93 year old iconic Benjamin Franklin Bridge with a ¾ mile 4% grade hill. But you can pick up the pace as you descend into Philadelphia. Then you make a U-turn and run back to Camden. By the time you get off the bridge you have already completed 3.1 miles. The rest of the course is mostly flat and runs past the majestic battleship USS New Jersey before finishing in front of Rutgers Camden’s athletic fields.
The AARC had four runners competing in the Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix event that was part of this race. Lisa Marie Gelembiuk ran 54:01 and placed 22nd our of 157 in the 45-49 age group. Kristy Corino running with Lisa Marie also finished in 54:01 and placed 10th out of 101 in the 55 – 59 age group. Jim Lombardi ran 52:30 and place 25th out of 99 in the 50 – 54 age group and Bob Boland ran a 42:54 and placed 3rd out of 63 in the 60 – 64 age category.
The Grand Prix series winds up the year during the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. Runners can run in any one of the three races which include an 8k and a half marathon on Saturday, 11/23 and the marathon on Sunday, 11/24.
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.