Welcome to Potomac Valley Track Club
Thank you for joining Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers youth track & field program!

Thank you for joining Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers youth track & field program!

Each week, I send a message about the program on the upcoming Sunday. (Oops! I'm sorry I forgot to send last week's message.)

We look forward to coaching your young athletes this season. Welcome aboard!

Our next session is Sunday, November 27, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204. Yes, we meet even on Thankgiving weekend. We have so many reasons to be thankful!

TJ is one block south of Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) and one block east of Glebe Road (Route 120). Parking is ample and free. Enter thru the main entrance, Door #12, next to the playground.

Directions: Arlington Blvd. (US 50), south on Irving Street (1/4 mile east of Glebe Road), west on 2nd Street South, entrance on right thru Door #12

Please tell your friends who have young athletes that we welcome new participants. They can sign up on-line or on paper on any Sunday afternoon. See www.pvtc.org/youth for full information. With 3 dates remaining this season, the price is now $30.

We thank our dedicated coaches: Albert A. Arcand Jr., Craig Chasse, Jim Darr, Art Klein, Desta Beriso Morkama, Betsy Peace, Abdelillah Razah, Phillip Riblett, Michael Souryal, Feru Dadi Wake, Chuck Williams, and Jay Jacob Wind

Here is our daily schedule:

  • 2:40-2:45 PM: Administrators and parent volunteers arrive to set up check-in -- please help us unload the coach's van outside Door #12
  • 2:45-2:55 PM: Athletes and parents arrive, enter thru Door #12, and pick up your name tag on the desk inside the gym
  • 3:00 PM: Introductions, circle time - stretching and strengthening exercises led by Coach Jay + dynamic warm-up led by Coach Feru. This week, before the warmup, we distribute exercise loops, and then we teach our young athletes how to use them.
  • 3:20 PM: Break into groups:
  • 4:00 PM: Re-group for water and break into groups:
  • 4:30 PM: Regroup into four-person 4x200 meter relay teams
  • 4:55 PM: Regroup to enjoy post-workout refreshments
  • Each week, families brings post-workout refreshments, for example, 2 gallons of apple juice, 50 pieces of fruit, 50 energy bars.

    Trader Joe's, 1109 North Highland Street, Arlington VA, sponsored our first practice, and we recommend shopping at your neighborhood Trader Joe's.

    For our workouts on November 27 and December 11, we don't have families signed up to provide refreshments. If you can help, please write me at pvtcsecretary@gmail.com

    On nice days, we run some of the time outdoors, so prepare for the weather -- jacket, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen if you're sensitive. Sunday will be chilly but sunny. Please wear a warm shirt, jacket, and gloves so we can go outdoors if not too cold.

    For indoor track, please wear light clothing and running shoes (not spikes, not court shoes or street shoes)

    Please bring a filled water bottle with your name written on it.

    This week, during the warm-up, I shall talk for five minutes about the limits of human performance and the progression from young athlete to high school to college to national championships to International Competition to the Olympic Games

    For a story about a local runner who pushed those limits and achieved Olympic gold, please see this story in The Washington Post

    We welcome any of the parents to present a prepared five-minute lecture on December 4 on any topic that will help our young athletes. In past years, our parents have lectured on fascinating topics

    On Sunday, December 11, we host a track meet for our young athletes, following the same schedule as our indoor meets on January 15, January 29, and February 5. (See www.pvtc.org/indoor -- the meets are free for young athletes) On December 11, my prepared talk will be about the meet events:

  • 200-meter race walk
  • 55-meter run
  • One-mile run
  • 400-meter run
  • 800-meter run
  • 200-meter run
  • 4 x 200-meter relay
  • Shot put throw
  • Turbojavelin throw
  • We need parents to help with the score-keeping -- timing, measuring, and recording.

    This Sunday. I shall work with you to show you how be a score-keeper.

    Also this Sunday, I intend to have the Child Small t-shirts for distribution.

    Also this Sunday, I shall bring certificates of completion of the program, for you to take home in case you are unable to attend on December 4 or December 11.

    At all our workouts, we welcome parents to run with their young athletes. Think of it as Suzuki running!

    Every Sunday, we promote membership in Potomac Valley Track Club -- see www.pvtc.org/join -- or take a membership flyer. It's a club for All Ages, All Paces, All Ways. I shall distribute membership forms this Sunday on the back of indoor track meet entry forms. For your $20 PVTC membership, you get a discount on all our events -- indoor track meets, outdoor track meets, and long-distance runs.

    Thank you, Jay Jacob Wind, secretary
    Potomac Valley Track Club
    703-927-4833 pvtcsecretary@gmail.com

    -- Thank you
    -- Jay Jacob Wind, secretary
    -- Potomac Valley Track Club
    -- www.pvtc.org/youth
    -- 703-927-4833