26th Annual
PHILADELPHIA CATHOLIC  LEAGUE
ALUMNI/OPEN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP

















Saturday/ October 22nd/ 2016
Belmont Plateau, Philadelphia, Pa 

1974 Phila Catholic League Championship (
 THE EVENT:  A 5000 Meter  race run on the traditional cross country course used by high school and college runners.  Whether you are a PCL alumni or a runner who wishes to experience one of the most challenging CC course for the first time, we welcome you on race day.  This is the 51st year the PCL CC Championship has been held on the same course experienced by past many Olympians, college and high school champions.   The open/alumni race is open to all runners and will start at 12:45 pm followed by a full race day of PCL Boys & Girls Championships.   Belmont Plateau is a good mix of grass,  challenging hills (Parachute & Flagpole Hill), and gravel paths that was quoted in Sports Illustrated as one of the most challenging in the United States (SI 1976)   Funds raised by the PCL Open/Alumin help support the mission of Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame (formerly Philadelphia Athletic Charities) as well as support the Coaches Association of the PCL. 

  2015 PCL Alumni/Open Champions            Men: Paul Matszak (Archbishop Ryan Grad) /16:12             Women: Hannah Pierce/20:17
                                                                                                 PCL Men's Team:  La Salle                                                               PCL Women's Team:  Archbishop Prendergast
  PCL Alumni/Open Meet Records                             Men:  John Butler: 15:23.53                                                           Women: Rene Gunning: 17:16.20     


LOCATION :  Belmont Plateau Park ( Intersection of Belmont Mansion Drive & Army Road , 19131 using Google Maps.  The park is approx. 1/4 mile off the Montgomery Ave exit from the Schuylkill Expressway (US Rt 76)

RACE SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY
 10:30 am   Registration (Pre bib pickup ) and Race Day sign up will start for the PCL Open/Alumni Race.  (located near the finish line poles)
 12:45 pm   START OF THE Philadelphia Catholic League Open /Alumni 5,000 meter Cross Country Race (Men /Women Combined)
  1:30  pm   Freshmen Boys Championship
  2:00 pm    JV Girls Championship
  2:30 pm    JV Boys Championship
  3:00 pm    Varsity Girls Championship
  3:30 pm    Varsity Boys Championship

AMENETIES:  PCL T Shirts to the first 150 runners who register, post race refreshments, porta potties on site, free parking at the park, raffle prizes. ** Porta potties and barricades compliments of the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Dept (Jim Marino)

AWARDS: The first place men and women will receive  $50 Gift Certificate and a commerative award.  Gift Certificate Awards to 2nd and 3rd Overall.
   4th to 15 overall finishers for both Men and Women will also receive Awards.      **** $100 CASH to first place Men or Women who breaks the Alumni Meet 
   Record****       TEAM:  Top 3 PCL Teams/ Top 3 Members will receive an award (At least 3 runners from the same PCL team to score a team) 

REGISTRATION:   Registration Fee: $20 pre registration online (until October 20)               Race Day Registration will also be  $20(t shirts while they last)
            PRE REGISTRATION will take place on Directathletics.com   If you are using Direct Athletics for the first time,  1) Go to website     2) Click on "Athlete in Race Event"    3) Find Race (Philadelphia Catholic League Open/Alumni)     4) New Customers will be promted to enter your background details and it will be stored for future races.  Past customers of DA will enter USER/Password  ** Make sure to enter your PCL TEAM if you are a PCL Graduate
5) Once you register for the race,  you will be given the OPTION to pay by credit Card ($4 service charge + $20 entry)  or just to register and you will pay the $20 entry fee on race day when you pickup your race number.      PAYMENT ON RACE DAY WILL BE ONLY BY CHECK OR CASH (NO CREDIT CARD)
Payment by check will be made to "Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame"  (formerly Philadelphia Athletic Charities)

   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AT DIRECTATHLETICS.COM  (ALL MUST REGISTER ONLINE)

RESULTS:  Race results will be posted on race day on the Belmont Plateau Race board and also online at the   Belmont Plateau CC HOF Race Page. 


        RACE HOTLINE:  Call Dave Thomas/Belmont Plateau CC Hall of Fame at 215-487-0770 or email him at thomasd611@yahoo.com 
RACE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
JOHN JENNINGS
CARDINAL DOUGHERTY HS
2X PCL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPION
1971 & 1972
DR STEVEN BLASI  AND FAMILY
LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL
JESSIE, NORA & AARON

JOE RYAN
CARDINAL DOUGHERTY
Belmont Plateau Cross Country Hall of Fame
611 Jamestown Street
Philadelphia , Pa  19128

Dave Thomas, Founder and President
          

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