GPTC - Club History
The Greater Philadelphia Track Club was established in 2003 as Philadelphia Athletic
Charities Track Club by Philadelphia Athletic Charities Inc. PAC, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3
sports production company with a mission of producing sporting events for charitable
beneficiaries, while promoting the positive benefits of physical fitness and community
involvement for those in need. In its first year, the track club was supported by a core of
Temple University Cross Country & Track Alumni (Dave Thomas, Chuck Shields, Paul
Hines,Mark Gillman, Keith Davies, Fred Kenney, Greg Green) and other established
Philadelphia area masters runners (Bob Reynolds, Pete Heesen). The original connection for
several of these runners was early 1970's suburban Philadelphia high school (Bishop
McDevitt, LaSalle College HS) teammates and rivals.
The club found success immediately in local and national USATF races, winning the
Mid-Atlantic Off Road Grand Prix Championship and placing 3rd in the National Master X-C
Team Championship. The team logo, a winged foot superimposed over the Liberty Bell,
symbolized our roots in the City of Brotherly Love. The team grew to compete in many
disciplines of running (track, cross country, race walking, trail, ultras and field events) while
growing in size and attracting more local talented athletes. Dave Thomas, President and
founder of Philadelphia Athletic Charities Inc, served as the track club president in the first few
years. PACTC's success continued with the team winning a number of USATF Off Road
Championships, National Relay Championships (4 x 800 Master Champs - 2006, 2007), and
several major road race championships (Philadelphia Distance Run Master Champs, 2006).
Kevin Forde was the first individual athlete to bring the club national attention when he won the
prestigious 5th Avenue Mile (Master) and was the National Master 800M Champion in 2007.
In 2008, Philadelphia Athletic Charities TC members voted to establish a separate club identity
and a new club name; Greater Philadelphia Track Club. 2009 saw an explosion in team
membership with GPTC attracting all kinds of disciplines in track and field with more female
and field athletes joining the club. Open competitors complimented the core of Masters
athletes, reaching a membership of over 60 in 2010.
Greater Philly is a 501(c)3 non-profit and a member of the USATF (Mid Atlantic/Club #81) and
Road Runners Club of America. GPTC competes in USATF Association and National
Championships, World Championships and Road Team Championships (Broad Street,
Philadelphia Distance Run, Boston Marathon). We enter individual athletes and relay teams
each year in the prestigious Penn Relays and Milrose Games. The Liberty Bell Logo was
proudly displayed by world record setting 4 x 800M Masters team of Landis, Berra, McGinty &
Forde in 8:07.48. Nick Berra is also World Title holder in the 40M 800 Meters.
Greater Philadelphia Track Club always welcomes new members. If your passion is competing
in track and field, road running, trail running or cross country, and wish to compete in a club
atmosphere click on membership to join. Since we do compete in many USATF sanctioned
races, we encourage all our members to also join USA Track & Field (USATF) each year to
support our sport and be eligible to represent the club in USATF races. Click on USATF to join.
(We are club #81).