PPTC statement on Nick Guerrero

Nick Guerrero paddleboard

On a PPTC trip to the Finger Lakes.

All of us in Prospect Park Track Club were devastated to learn of the critical injuries suffered by Nicholas Guerrero on Monday. A fierce competitor on the course and an enthusiastic teammate on the sidelines, Nick is one of our most popular members.

As a police officer, Nick puts his life on the line day in and day out to protect the public. We have nothing but the highest respect for Nick and his colleagues, and we trust the cowards responsible for his injuries will be punished to the full extent of the law.

For now, however, our only concern is that Nick return to full health as soon as possible. Until that time, our members stand ready to support him and his loved ones in whatever way we can.

Thomas Meany
President, Prospect Park Track Club

 

New Member Group Run September 2014

Nick (kneeling left of wheelchair) at this past Saturday’s New Member run.

On October 11, Run for the Rings

Michael Ring ING NYC Marathon“I walked into my doctor’s office on May 7th…” The way Michael Ring recounts his experience, it sounds like the opening to a Bob Hope joke.

Of course, it’s not. Michael’s been battling Guillain–Barré syndrome and its complications (and writing about it) for four months now, and although he appears poised to head home any day now, the financial effects on his family will linger for a long time.

Here’s one way to support Michael, Stephanie, Sabrina, and Nick: join The Run for the Rings on October 11. You can race in the 5K or half-marathon at Shore Road on the Brooklyn waterfront, or participate from afar using the “virtual” option.

This no-frills nature will ensure Michael and his loved ones receive the maximum benefit from this event.

I don’t need to tell you how valuable Michael is to the New York running community. He’s run the NYC Marathon at least 17 times, occasionally as a pace leader, and takes responsibility for anything he needs to do (whether he’s asked to or not)

And as Vice President of the club, he’s taken on a heroic amount of work – which has become even more apparent since many of his tasks went undone until someone else on the Board said, “Hey, wait a minute – shouldn’t we have sent that email out by now?”

On behalf of the Board, I hope you’ll join us on October 11.

–Keith

PPTC’s activities for the 2014 NYC Marathon

PPTC is pleased to once again offer a variety of benefits for members running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Please note: ability to RSVP/register for each will be announced as they become available.

“Last 10″ run

On Saturday, October 25, Prospect Park Track Club will organize a group run of the last ten miles of the NYC Marathon course. We will meet under the 59th Street Bridge at 1st Avenue and be ready to run by 8 am. This event is free and is for PPTC members and their invited guests only.

As usual, this run will be supported by a rolling aid station. There will be Gatorade, cold water and energy food waiting for us before we cross the Willis Ave Bridge (125th Street and 1st Avenue) and as we enter Central Park (90th Street at the Engineers’ Gate). At the “finish line” (the Tavern on the Green parking lot) there will be more goodies waiting for us.

For those running New York, this exercise is crucial. Eight days later you will be running this same route after covering 16 miles. You will have the memory of how easy and fun it was with fresh feet and how close the finish line is. This is also a great run for someone who is not running the NYC Marathon – a way to “have a taste” of the excitement.

We’ll ask you to RSVP closer to the date.

Bus to the starting line

As in past years, we plan to offer bus services to the start line. More info will follow once we’ve signed our contract.

Post-race party

After the race, meet your friends and family at PS 87, on West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam, just two blocks from the finish line. PPTC will provide hot chocolate, fruit, cold soda, bagels and an indoor restroom with a place to change. This event is free and open to PPTC members and their “friends” who joined us on the marathon bus. If you checked a bag with us when you boarded the bus at JackRabbit it will be waiting for you at the school.

We’ll ask you to RSVP closer to the date.

The Al Goldstein Speed Series Is Coming!

PPTC is gearing up for another great Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series presented by JackRabbit!   The 2014 Summer Speed Series 5K races will be held every other Wednesday evening starting on May 21, followed by June 4 and 18; July 2, 16 and 30; and August 13 and 28.  Online registration for the entire 2014 series or for any of the 8 scheduled races is available here.

Please continue to read for important changes to the staging area, course, and registration process.

For at least the first few races of the series, registration, bag check, and the post race will be at The Peristyle, adjacent to the finish line.  The starting line is just on the main drive in the park near where Parkside Ave. intersects Ocean Ave.  The nearest subway is Parkside Ave.  This map indicates these locations.

We also have a new entry fee structure for 2014. In a nutshell, we’d really like it if you register online. In order to “incentivize” you, we are increasing in-person registration at the park to $10, cash only.  This is due to the additional effort required for last-minute data entry.  It’s a lot easier for us if you sign up in advance. It helps us produce the results quicker and with much greater accuracy – improving the race for all.

Until June 3rd, you can register online for the entire series – all 8 races – for only $25.  When you pay for the entire series up front, you will receive a bib with a timing chip that you will use at each race. Bibs are non-transferable.   **If you don’t bring your bib, you will have to pay the in-person registration fee of $10.**

If you don’t want to sign up for the entire series, you can register online for any of the 8 scheduled dates, until 3 pm on each race day.  Online entry fee is $5.  You’ll still be able to make a last-minute decision to race and save some cash!

Also if you want to sign up a large group and pay all at once, please email theteam@nycruns.com in advance of the race.  They will be happy to accommodate you.

Number pick-up and in-person registration start at 6 pm. In person sign up closes at 6:45 pm and the race starts as soon as possible after that. We make an announcement and head to the start as a group.  Timing mats will only be at the finish line, so don’t be late. Following the race we will distribute awards at the Peristyle. Results will be posted at here.

We race rain or shine but thunderstorms make last minute cancellations a possibility. The decision to cancel will be made from the park at the start of the race.  We don’t cancel the race because of a forecast.

You don’t have to be fast to enter, but these races will help you find out how fast you can be. You don’t have to run to have fun either, instead you can support your fellow runners by being a volunteer. Email membership@pptc.org if you want to volunteer.

For all questions, please email membership@pptc.org.

 

 

PPTC presents Bishop Ford with $12,500 check

Prospect Park Track Club’s Tom Meany presented Denise Catapano, Assistant Director of Athletics at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, with a check for $12,500.

The check represents Bishop Ford’s portion of the proceeds from last November’s Turkey Trot. The popular Thanksgiving 5-mile event sold out of its 2,500 slots nearly two weeks early, cementing its place as the largest homegrown race in the city. It was sponsored by JackRabbit Sports and supported by New York Methodist Hospital.

PPTC Bishop Ford check

“This was our 11th Turkey Trot in partnership with Bishop Ford,” said Meany, president of the club, Brooklyn’s oldest. “We have been growing upon each year’s success. This past year was by far our best, and we could not hold this event without the partnership of Bishop Ford.”

Before, during, and after

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the race, members of Bishop Ford’s boys’ and girls’ track teams filled many of the behind-the-scenes roles needed for a seamless race experience. These jobs included filling water cups, keeping the course clear, and handing out medals at the finish.

The $12,500 will go directly to the track teams, and will be used to defray the cost of uniforms, meets, and transportation. Without these resources, the burden would be passed directly on to the parents of the athletes.

“Our original idea was to make a link with our adult runners and the student-athletes of Bishop Ford,” said Meany. “This has proven to be a very successful collaboration.”

2014 Elections: the results are in

We had five outstanding candidates in this year’s election – and, sadly, only two seats available.

2014 PPTC electionsPPTC members cast a total of 114 ballots. Nicole Importico received 80 votes, the most, and will serve a full three-year term.

Receiving the second-highest total was Steve Lastoe, with 61. He will fill the remainder of Jason Horowitz’s term, expiring April 2015.

On behalf of the Board, I’d like to congratulate Nicole and Steve, and offer thanks to our

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other candidates: Rhony Dostaly (33 votes), Linus Ly (23 votes), and Janet Gottlieb (19 votes).

Full details of the election can be found here.

Keith

PPTC SpeedRead 4/4

Hey PPTC Members!

We now have our own email address speedread@pptc.org so hit us up there to let us know what’s going on in the world of PPTC. Here’s what’s on tap this week.

  • The polls are open until Sunday. Vote for two new board members by then!
  • Saturday and Sunday we have group runs starting at Grand Army Plaza outside the main entrance to the park. Saturday’s run starts at 8AM and Sunday’s starts at 9AM. Be on time.
  • The general meeting is Monday April 7th! That takes place at 7PM at the Park Slope Ale House on 6th Avenue & 4th St. Free beer! Free food!
  • The meeting is your next chance to pick up some sweet PPTC swag! We are out of some sizes but expect to have a replenishment of singlets in time for the May meeting and the Brooklyn Half. Represent!
  • Are you part of an online PPTC group other members might not know about? Check out the PPTC Strava Group and send us other groups we may not be aware of.
  • Are you running the Brooklyn Half? You’re not? Perfect! Sign up here to help out at the PPTC water station and make sure you wear that new swag!

That’s it! Make sure to let us know about anything we might be missing that’s going on in the world of PPTC!

See you out there!
The Communication Committee

2013 PPTC Awards Celebration and Shindig – Recap and Award Winners

The PPTC Awards Celebration and Shindig at Monte’s on February 19, 2014 was a night to remember.  Nearly 100 PPTC members and guests enjoyed food, fun and fellowship, and the dance floor was packed as we grooved to the sounds of our very own DJs, Jerry Luna and Tye Comer.

This annual event is a time for our club to celebrate our achievements, as individual runners and as a team.  Each year, some of our many deserving teammates are recognized for their talents and contributions through a process that includes nominations and voting by the club and an Awards Committee.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Award nominees and winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and participated in voting.

Read on for the award-winners >>