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 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 if you want to volunteer.

For all questions, please email



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.


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Hey PPTC Members!

We now have our own email address 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 >>