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

We are honored to coach your young athlete this season!

Our last two workouts this season are Sunday, December 4, and Sunday, December 11, 3:00-5:00 PM, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA.

Doors open at 2:45 PM. When you arrive, please obtain your young athlete's name tag and pin it on. Please return the name tags after the workout so we can realphabetize them for our next workout.

As always, we begin with circle time at 3:00 PM, including static stretching led by Coach Jay Jacob Wind and dynamic warm-up lked by Coach Feru Dadi Wake. Coach Jay will present a short talk on what to expect today and next Sunday.

During Coach Feru's warmup, Coach Jay solicits 6 adults with stopwatches to serve as individual timers in our 55-meter practice starting at 3:20 PM. Please bring your stopwatches. We need your help.

Immediately after the warm-up, all young athletes move to the starting area of the 55-meter at the north end of the gym, where Washington-Lee High School stores its equipment.

We group athletes into heats of six each and set them off with a whistle. When each one finishes, that athlete's individual timer tells the athlete the finish time in the 55-meter dash.

After the 55-meter dash, athletes report to their practice station.

If Sunday's weather is nice, Coach Jim Darr and Coach Desta Beriso Morkama will take the long-distance group (6-7-8 graders and distance specialists) outdoors on the lovely half-mile trail and 24-acre park around TJ.

Coach Jay and Coach Abdelillah Razah stay indoors with the middle-distance group (3-4-5 graders and other middle distance specialists) and run 6 to 8 repeats of (200-meter run + 200-meter walk-and-talk).

Coach Betsy Peace, Coach Feru, and Coach Chuck Williams stay indoors with the short-distance sprint group (1-2 graders and other short-distance specialists.

Coach Albert Arcand and Coach Art Klein may stay indoors or go outdoors with the race walk group (all ages).

Each Sunday, please bring a filled water bottle marked with your young athlete's name. Please dress for the weather on the Sundays when we're outdoors. If the weather forecast is chilly for a Sunday, please wear a comfortable long-sleeve shirt over a lightweight athletic t-shirt, and bring a hat and gloves.

At 4 pm, we break for water, followed by specialties -- hurdles, shot put, turbo-javelin thrown, racewalk, and more sprints and distance.

Then at 4:30 pm, we break to form relay teams of 4x200m.

We finish with refreshments at 4:50 pm. We thank parents for bringing our post-workout picnic.

December 4

  • Parents of Braelynn Tomanio
  • Parents of Eden Pajuelo
  • Parents of Hadley Tomanio
  • December 11
  • We need parents to sign up for December 11
  • Please write me if you can help
  • We recommend Trader Joe's of Clarendon, 1109 North Highland Street, Arlington VA (free parking on Garfield Street between Washington Boulevard and Clarendon Boulevard), and we thank them for sponsoring our first workout this season. We invite the parents to participate alongside their young athletes. If you are familiar with one of the athletic skills, we welcome you to assist with coaching. During the season, we built skills starting with endurance and hills, race walk, and throws. Later, we added hurdles, relay hand-off, and teamwork. Now we approach the end of our season. This Sunday's workout is final preparation for our team track meet next Sunday, December 11. On that Sunday, each athlete receives a bib number to pin to the front of the shirt. Then we conduct events in this order:
  • 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 (conducted simultaneously with the runs)
  • Turbo-javelin throw (also simultaneous with the runs)
  • With assistance from many of the parents, we record all the finish times and throwing marks on performance charts -- which I shall show you this Sunday -- and we publish the results on our web site. See past year's results at




    We currently have about 80 students, and we're still opoen in the last two Sundays. Please tell your friends about the workouts -- we love to have groups of students all from the same school or neighborhood so they can practice together during the week. Sign up via www.pvtc.org/youth.html

    Feel free to call me any time with questions at 703-505-3567. For the recorded message about the program, call 703-927-4833.

    THIS SUNDAY: We have child-small competition t-shirts for our young athletes who did not previously get their size. ALSO: We have certificates of completion. If you can attend this Sunday, December 4, but not on December 11, please pick up your certificate of completion this Sunday.

    CONTINUED PRACTICE SESIONS: We now have open practice on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM on the indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Entry is free for young athletes, but adults must have either a membership or buy a one-day pass. The workout is always 10x200m with a 200m walk between each round. At least one experienced adult coach is always on-site to lead the workout, usually me, occasionally Coach Elizabeth Row. The workout is free, or you may donate $5 to the coach.

    Indoor track meets begin soon.

  • Our home meet is Sunday, December 11, for just us.
  • PVTC hosts meets at TJ on January 15, January 29, and February 5. I distribute flyers about PVTC's meets at our workouts this Sunday and next Sunday. Our meets at TJ are free, so please sign up this Sunday! See www.pvtc.org/indoor
  • Hagerstown Community College hosts an all-comers, all-ages meet on Friday, December 29
  • Prince George's Sportplex hosts its meets on Sundays, December 18, January 8, January 22, January 29, and February 12.
  • See www.pvtc.org/indoor for complete information.

    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