Marathon Training is starting

June 19, 2013 in Home Page Slider, Marathon, News, Training by Liz Vander Velde

Pancakers & runners extraordinaire! Chicago Marathon training enters Week 3! Mileage is 9-11-13 depending on your level. (The Rocks stay w/Beginner at 9 miles because -we can do this!). We are planning to drop refreshments at Mile 2 West aka Wolf Road. If anyone is dropping anyplace else -let us know on Facebook! If you want Wolf Road-it’s yours-again let us know–we’ll drop elsewhere!! (Let us know by 6am Saturday morning!)See you on the trail!
Prez aka Empress Joanne

June Moon Run June 20 -7pm – Tommy Nevins, Frankfort

June 9, 2013 in Moon Runs by Tom Nolan

Our June Moon Run will be Thursday, June 20.  Since the days are getting longer, we will start at 7 pm.

We will meet at Tommy Nevins Pub,  9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort.   Nevins is just east of LaGrange Road, north of LincolnWay EAST HS.

We have a 2 mile out/2 mile back run along Colorado Ave and Ironwood Drive, through the picturesque neighborhoods of Frankfort.

I made a reservation for a large group on their patio -  so hopefully, warm weather cooperates.

See you then.

Back of the Packers – YES!

June 8, 2013 in Home Page Slider, News by Liz Vander Velde

The Back of the Packers for the Allstate 13.1 Half Marathon.

The Back of the Packers for the Allstate 13.1 Half Marathon.

Saturday Runs Change to Frankfort starting June 1 for the summer

May 29, 2013 in calendar, News, Training by Liz Vander Velde

Frankfort runs begin at the parking lot on White St and the park that contains The Grainery. You can see it from Lagrange. We start at 7 am unless you have some long mileage to do. Please run with friends if at all possible. This trail is heavily used so there will always be a variety of footed, wheeled and otherwise motating occupants vying for space. Practice random acts of kindness y’all.

Rich Kaz will be putting water out at Schoolhouse but always carry anyway.

Run for Boston

May 15, 2013 in Home Page Slider, News by Liz Vander Velde


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Add an image to a post

March 22, 2013 in How Do I... by Robin website was constructed using WordPress. They have extensive instructions about how to use WordPress on the WordPress codex, but one of the most-often asked questions is about inserting images into new/existing posts. You can find the section of the codex that explains how to add images here: Their explanation is the best that I could find. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Get My Post and Picture on the Front Page

March 20, 2013 in How Do I..., News by Robin

When you create a new post and you want the post to show up on the home page of the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club’s website, there are a couple of things you need to remember. You create the post by clicking on the “+ New” button on the dark grey bar at the top of your screen and selecting “Post”. You need to create a title and some (meaningful) content. Before you click the blue “Publish” button to the right, select the “News” Category and then scroll down a bit until you see the section labeled “Featured Image”. This is where you select the photo that will show up in the banner on the home page! As long as the photo is 756 x 250 pixels, the photo should fit nicely. If it is not set at this size (or double or triple that), it will appear distorted or stretched in an odd way. You can crop photos to that size in the Media Manager that comes up when you click on “Set Featured Image”.

Our website is a permanent work in progress.

March 6, 2013 in News by Liz Vander Velde

Robin is constantly tweaking the site to make it fun to visit. Right now you can put a picture with your post and it rolls across the top of the front page. Still working on sizing that but it does show that we work on the site every day. So  if you have pertinent information that you want everyone to see – not just those who follow us on facebook or yahoo groups, this is the place to put it.

Glen Benjamin Raises Over $525 for the Marine Corps

February 26, 2013 in News by Liz Vander Velde

melOn October 28, our own Wingman,  Glen Benjamin, ran the Marine Corps Marathon – in a respectable time – while personally raising more than $525 for the fund.

Glen has been running marathons since 2004 and has begun doing Triathlons as well. An active member of the PFRPC, Glen is also on the club board and a frequent volunteer primarily operating our club’s time clock at other races.

Glen began his first training with the PFRPC under Joe “mom” Baska and loves going on road trips to out of town marathons. He is famous for his willingness to share a room – even if it is with all females. “Somebody’s gotta do it.”


February 17, 2013 in News by Liz Vander Velde


Here it is for all club related discussions. Any road trips you are thinking about. Comments on activities. Proud announcements. Enjoy!

2013 Midwinter Cruise Results

January 29, 2013 in News by Liz Vander Velde

are on

Thanks for running! See you next year!

Midwinter Cruise and PFRPC Social

January 28, 2013 in MidWinter Cruise 5k, News by Liz Vander Velde

New Sponsor:

January 28, 2013 in News by Liz Vander Velde

Our own Danyel Thompson has a new business. Check her out.

Triathlon training by Liz

November 19, 2012 in Training, Triathalon by Liz Vander Velde

Triathlon training involves three times per week since there are three sports involved.

We swim at least once a week – your club or Lake Michigan, weather permitted.

We ride all year, outside if possible or on trainers indoor.

We run all year except on ice.

Contact Liz for individual information.

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Welcome to the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club

October 4, 2012 in About the PFRPC, Home Page Slider by Joanne

Established in 1978, the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club (PFRPC) is based in the South Suburbs of Chicago. While the club originated in the far south community of Park Forest, today our members come from more than 25 different communities throughout metropolitan Chicago, as well as Northwest Indiana.

Far from a fair-weather organization, the PFRPC is active all year long — rain or shine, snow or sleet, heat or humidity — sponsoring races, weekend recreational runs, speed workouts, training runs, Moon Runs, road trips and just plain social get-togethers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a walker, 12-minute miler or a world class runner (we have them all in the club), all are welcomed by the PFRPC.

Whether it’s a 14 minute mile, or a 7 minute mile — it’s still a mile

2013 MidWinter Cruise 5k

October 2, 2012 in Home Page Slider, MidWinter Cruise 5k, News, Races by Liz Vander Velde

The 2013 race will take place on  Sunday, January 20!

Put on your resort wear and join the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club for our ANNUAL MIDWINTER CRUISE 5k!

Travel to Nassau without a passport! (okay, Nassau STREET). Escape from winter and come on aboard! Our ‘cruise’ sets sail at 10:30AM and travels the streets of Park Forest, IL for 3.1 miles. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Upon your return to port, you’ll enjoy the PFRPC’s almost-famous all-you-can-eat, while-they-last pancakes!

The PFRPC MidWinter Cruise is Chip Timed and certified and sanctioned by USA Track and Field (IL-11082-JW).

All runners receive a cruise souvenir at check-in! ALL FINISHERS RECEIVE AN AWARD! Everyone’s a winner with the PFRPC!

Where:  Forest Trail Middle School, 215 Wilson, Park Forest, IL  60466.  Registration is in the downstairs cafeteria beginning at 9:00am. After your run, join us for our famous Pancake Breakfats, again, in the downstairs cafeteria.

When:  Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 10:30AM.

Cost:  $22 early registration (until January 11); $25 after January 11 and on race day – no discounts).  Packet pick up is on race day only.  PFRPC members receive a $2 discount on registration, if registered by January 11.

How to Register:  Online at or download the race entry form here. Mailed entries must be received by January 11, 2013. Again, after January 11, registration is $25 for all runners.

Already registered?  You can get a copy of your registration confirmation here.

Our many, many thanks to current sponsors Running for Kicks, Chicago Dough Company, Road ID, our website developer Robin at and  VanderVelde and Associates, personal financial consultants.

We’re famous for our quirky runner amenities! Come find out what’s in store this year!  

Questions? Contact Race Director Joanne Rock at 773-960-0718 or email Joanne Rock.

Turtle Ten Miler

October 1, 2012 in Home Page Slider, Races, Turtle Ten Miler by Liz Vander Velde

Moon Runs

August 28, 2012 in Moon Runs, Races by Liz Vander Velde

MoonmasterFred Mazurski

What is a Moon Run?

Generally, a Moon Run is just an excuse for our club to gather socially – oh, and to run of course. The runs are held monthly, generally on the Thursday evening closest to the full moon. Come howl at the moon with us. Of course, every Moon Run ends with a social gathering. (Webmaster’s Note: We might be a little crazy but we aren’t nuts – we don’t hold Moon Runs during the cold, dark winter months!)

Locations vary, but here are a few of our favorite starting points:

Old Plank Trail – Frankfort By Grainery Tower off Rt. 45 & Rt. 30 in downtown Frankfort. Tinley Park – Aurelio’s Pizza SE corner of 159th & Oak Park Ave 15901 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone: (708) 429-4600
Park Forest – Off Chestnut Ave. Chestnut: north of Sauk Trail, on the right heading north. Heading South: last left before Sauk.

Chicago Marathon Water Stop

August 20, 2012 in Chicago Maraton Water Stop, Races by Liz Vander Velde

Each year, PFRPC mans a water stop at the world-famous Chicago Marathon! Join us as we encourage and support those brave souls that dare to undertake this challenge…

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Scholarship Awards Program Open!

July 24, 2012 in About the PFRPC, News by Joanne

Park Forest Pancake and Running Club Members photo taken on 08/20/2011

We are now accepting applications for our Scholarship Awards! Send an email to [email protected] for more information.

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