by Craig Chasse, PVTC President
Potomac Valley Track Club (PVTC) is a community-centered, nationally-oriented, private, nonprofit organization that promotes running, track & field, and racewalking in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
PVTC hosts and sponsors various events throughout the year. Among the most popular are the All-Comers Track Meets held at a local high school, every other weekend from early May to August each year. These meets provide competition for a wide variety of athletes from world class to developing youth. Attendance at our meets runs from 150 to 250 athletes on any given Sunday morning, providing terrific competition and training for athletes and officials alike. Our club members represent PVTC at National and World events; we have outstanding Masters level athletes (over 35 years of age), who have won multiple World Records and championships. Our current interest is in developing an on-going youth program for Track & Field and building a competitive team.
Our grand event each year is the Potomac Valley Games, held on Labor Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each year. The games are the culminating event of the all-comer series making it our club championship meet. The games are often the USATF Potomac Valley Association outdoor track and field championship for open and master athletes. The meet also attracts athletes from across the country.
PVTC has also provided the community with more than 25 years of traditional seasonal (Washington's Birthday, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) running races of 5 and 10k, the exception is the July 4th race (8km). All of the PVTC running races have a racewalk included at the same distances. Over the years, we have sponsored many national running events as well. Again, our members represent PVTC at National and international running events, not only in the shorter events of 5K and 10K but in marathons and in the ultra-distances as well.
PVTC promotes the Olympic sport of race walking at a national class level. Racewalkers compete and represent our club in many parts of the United States. PVTC walkers include National class open, masters (over 35 years of age) and youth athletes. Our walkers have competed in the Olympics, Olympic Festivals, Olympic Trials, National Races, World Racewalking Cups, and World Youth Meets. We have hosted a National Invitational Walk and hope to continue that in the future. It was an event that drew our Nation's and Canada's best racewalking athletes. We also sponsor local clinics, throughout the year, to teach racewalking and to provide continued development for our current athletes.
PVTC is a club for elite and developing athletes, and for people who just want to maintain fitness in an easy comfortable forum. Our motto is "A club for all ages, all paces and all ways."
Come join us, compete, stay in shape, become a working member and supporter of PVTC, the rewards are great.
Craig Chasse, President
Potomac Valley Track Club