In memory of Tidal Basin Run past vice-president / PVTC treasurer Peter Blank
by Jay Jacob Wind, president, Tidal Basin Run; secretary, Potomac Valley Track Club
Peter, the man with no last name, we miss you.
You literally led the path for us. You painted the markings Tidal Basin Run uses every month to demarcate our 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, and when there's a will or a Way, 10000m and 15000m.
You helped lead Tidal Basin Run out of the complexities of finding a permanent location, about a decade ago, after National Park Service asked us nicely to drift away from West Potomac Park.
Like Alexander Hamilton, you invented Tidal Basin Run’s treasury. You helped us join as a self-sufficient member of RRCA by suggesting a $10 more-or-less-lifetime membership and Presidential Fitness Runs on national holidays. When PVTC’s treasurer stepped down, you jumped in, filed our tax returns, and then kept our books for many years. As PVTC’s team captain, you herded our cats, organized our relay teams, and led us to USATF Masters Indoor Championships in 2013 and 2015.
Peter, ever the friend, ever the inspiration, ever the well-organized guy among less-well-organized chaos, you were always there for us until your illness tore you away, and we'll be there for you on Saturday, December 9, at your memorial service.
Our Tidal Basin Runs Wednesday, November 15, and our Cranberry Crawl races Saturday, November 18, we dedicate to you.
From National Press Club Wire:
Peter Blank, long-time Kiplinger editor, Club Silver Owl, 63
November 9, 2017
by Kevin McCormally
Peter Blank, 63, long-time editor of Kiplinger Tax Letter and a Silver Owl member of the National Press Club, died November 7 after a long battle with cancer. Peter’s wife, Georgeann, reported that Peter died peacefully at home, with her and their daughter, Elizabeth, at his side.
Beyond his journalistic accomplishments, Peter was well known for his athleticism around the club. He was instrumental in starting the media softball league, and often referred to as the “commish.” He was a regular at the fitness center, exercising at noontime nearly every work day, either on the treadmill or using the club as his base for multi-mile runs around the monuments (taking special pride in his endurance on Code Red days). Peter’s penchant for exiting the club in skimpy shorts and shirtless led to the establishment of a stricter dress code for runners.
In recent years, Peter became an accomplished and decorated speed-walker, participating in Senior Olympics and Senior Games around the country. A fierce competitor, his real joy came from his skill as a tactician putting together relay groups that could run to victory.
In the 27 months since he was diagnosed with cancer, Peter’s relentlessly upbeat nature buoyed the spirits of his friends. Peter joined National Press Club in 1984 and suspended his membership last year due to his illness. A native of Pennsylvania, Peter held a degree in civil engineering from Princeton University [hence the orange & black], a doctorate in law from Widener University School of Law, and a master of laws in taxation from Georgetown University.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 9, at 11:00 AM at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax VA 22032.
by Beth Blank
It's with great sadness that we announce that my dad Peter Blank passed away last night after a 2 1/2 year battle with bladder cancer. Though he faced a very serious prognosis from the start, he fought relentlessly and truly beat the odds of someone diagnosed with such a devastating disease.
I will remember my dad for his fighting spirit, for his love of running, for being my #1 cheerleader, as well as for being the most passionate Philadelphia sports fan I've ever met. He amazed me in so many ways, from his ability to do extremely complex math in his head to knowing essentially every Seinfeld quote. He was truly a unique man and I'm so thankful that I was able to have 22 great years with him.