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About Keith Williams

Member of the PPTC Board of Directors.

Why five PPTCers love the club

Why do you love PPTC? Here are the experiences of five of our members, written for our annual composition contest.

Tom Byrnes

P.P.T.C.

P — PERSISTENCE, Sticking our sport, from the 70’s to the present, PPTC started but has yet to finish. Sun, rain, snow, wind, heat, PPTC is there, indoors and out, streets, sidewalks, uphills and down, cities and suburbs, on grass, tracks, dirt, and concrete, PPTC ‘s red and white leads the way for all others to follow.

P — PASSION, Heart rates rise as monitors measure, never to capture the flow of our love for the sport that sustains us, PPTC takes us there, long or short, then or now, carrying us forward through thick or thin to what we have become and to whom we are yet to be.

T. — THOUGHTFUL, Running routes ,shoe types, brands and models, injury treatments and prevention, shakes, bakes and stretches that work, doctors in all specialities, PPTC shares and cares.

C. — CLUB, With relationships that seem more familial than “clubby”, ties that bind, PPTC’s young and not so young, male and female, over the course of years, lead us all toward a mythical finish line that PPTC will never cross.

Mark Guralnick

“Love is lovelier the second time around” go the song lyrics. I have been a member for 25 years, but I am enjoying Club membership more than ever. These days, I rarely race and my interest in running has gone downhill as well.

Then last November, I showed up for a Group Run on the Prospect Park trails. I had a great time and have shown up for the Group Runs on Saturday or Sunday almost every weekend since. Running outside the Park was so refreshing compared to my years of running loops on the roadway. However, it wasn’t just running in new locations that gave me new energy, but all the new friends I have made.

In the past, I never had the opportunity to get to know members beyond their race times. That has changed with participating in Group Runs. I have had a great time conversing with members who have lived in Poland, France, Australia, Scotland and Israel.

So the “second time around” for me with PPTC has rejuvenated my interest in running and introduced me to a bunch of enthusiastic runners who give me a new reason to look forward to the weekend.

Ruth Gursky

I first heard of PPTC several years ago during my many long training runs with Anne Perzetzky. I was impressed to learn that she served as Club President and still was Race Captain for the Turkey Trot. Truth-be-told, hearing about her “club adventures” kinda intrigued me…well, when you’re running 20+ miles in the heat of the summer, just about anything sounds interesting…haha!

Finally, one year, I worked up the nerve to ask if I – a non-PPTC’er – was allowed to run in the PPTC races she so vividly described…at that time, I had never run a race in NYC that wasn’t sponsored by NYRR and held in Central Park!

The Turkey Trot was my first introduction to PPTC – and I liked what I saw: a well-organized race that featured unique swag (not “just” another ugly t-shirt) AND more important (to me): a finisher’s medal! (I LOVE bling!)

A few months later, as Anne’s guest, I ran Harry’s Handicap, a members-only race. It was kinda thrilling to kick-off the new year by running a loop of Prospect Park; and I especially enjoyed the post-race festivities at the American Legion Hall, noshing on home-made yummy treats and mingling with new friends.

As I recall, I came in about 46th out of 48 or so runners. When they announced the awards, I was ready to head home, but decided to stick around and hear who won. After announcing the first 10 runners, I turned around to leave; but before I got to the door, I heard them announce the next 10, so I stayed a little longer. Then, as I turned to leave again, I heard the next 10 being announced…it then struck me that EVERYONE was going to be winning a medal, so I stick around and proudly picked up my 48th place award.

And that’s when it hit me: I need to be a member of a running club that fosters and supports runners of all abilities! I picked up my medal and proudly announced, right then and there, that I was joining PPTC!

The following year, I ran the Turkey Trot, Cherry Tree Relay and of course, Harry’s as a proud PPTC member. This time, I came in SECOND PLACE in Harry’s – and announced my plan to renew my membership…and I’ve never looked back!

Thank you, PPTC, for being there to support back-of-the-packers like moi!

Michael Koplin

After a defining moment in my life in 2009 I understood that I needed to lose weight and become active. My running journey began in 2010 and I joined PPTC in 2011.

At first I felt uncomfortable and confused as to the purpose of a running club. I feared that I would not assimilate into a club of young runners. I was uncertain about cliques or groups that might exist and that I would be an outsider and loner.

I began to understand the dynamics of the club. There are many runners in all age and speed groups. I’ve been accepted and welcomed by others who are unselfish and caring people. I’ve never felt uncertain about my inclusion in PPTC. I’m a runner enjoying the company of other runners.

I’ve learned to be at ease and understand that running is only a part of membership. The friendship and support I receive is worth more than any running experience. Each time I wear the PPTC colors and others yell “Go PPTC” or “Go Brooklyn” I feel special. I feel part of a group, a family, and a community.

Chaya Wolf

Go for a run, get injured, rest, recover, and repeat. This is how it’s been since I started running, for me at least. And through all of this PPTC has been there.

When my family gets tired of hearing, or feigns interest in listening about training schedules, ice on the ground, missed runs and treadmill runs, sore muscles, achy legs, broken bones, fueling techniques, PT, races and more PPTC has been there. PPTC has been there supporting, motivating, encouraging and inspiring me to rest and recover, push harder and go farther.

It has been a slow process getting to know people in the club, but some of the friendships I have made give me the reassurance to hold on when I want to give up. I love PPTC because it’s a community where running in zero degrees and eating donuts on a run is fun! It’s a place where everyone is equal and no one is left out.

PPTC is a group of crazies who are passionate and love the same thing! It’s a group of people who value fitness and health. But most importantly, PPTC is my running family, and for that I am forever grateful.

Why do you love PPTC?

For this year’s Awards Celebration, we’re holding another composition contest!

The theme: Why I Love PPTC.

Your submission of no more than 200 words is due Tuesday, February 24th at noon. You must enter using the form below.

Two Judges’ Picks will receive $50 gift certificates to JackRabbit. In addition, two randomly-selected entries will receive $25 gift certificates.

Happy writing!

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PPTC at NYC marathon

Results – 2015 Harry’s Handicap

Goal was for finishers to cross the line at 10:45. First runner started at 10:00.

Seeding by race directors Matt Strawn and Geoff Vincent.

Rank Name Finish time Start time Total time Pace
1 Kelly Greene 10:40:58 10:15:00 25:58 7:45
2 Maggie Deschamps 10:41:50 10:16:00 25:50 7:43
3 Mickey Newman 10:41:59 10:00:00 41:59 12:32
4 Tifenn Python 10:42:07 10:16:00 26:07 7:48
5 Tony Watson 10:42:19 10:19:00 23:19 6:58
6 David Lansner 10:42:42 10:10:00 32:42 9:46
7 Carolyn Kubitschek 10:42:56 10:07:00 35:56 10:44
8 Max Abrahams 10:42:57 10:10:00 32:57 9:50
9 Tom Byrnes 10:43:03 10:10:00 33:03 9:52
10 Charlene Kohler-Britton 10:43:06 10:10:00 33:06 9:53
11 Michelle Karwejna 10:43:12 10:10:00 33:12 9:55
12 Howard Abrams 10:43:15 10:17:30 25:45 7:41
13 Lennie Nemerovsky 10:43:41 10:11:30 32:11 9:36
14 Andy Wong 10:43:47 10:16:00 27:47 8:18
14 Jill Gregory 10:43:47 10:12:00 31:47 9:29
16 Sarah Carr 10:43:50 10:14:30 29:20 8:45
17 Christine Weiher 10:44:01 10:20:30 23:31 7:01
18 Yves Roger 10:44:08 10:15:00 29:08 8:42
19 Neil Feldman 10:44:21 10:16:30 27:51 8:19
20 Leiba Rimler 10:44:22 10:19:30 24:52 7:25
21 Daniel Campos 10:44:26 10:25:30 18:56 5:39
22 Tyghe Trimble 10:44:32 10:24:30 20:02 5:59
23 Doug Olney 10:44:36 10:16:30 28:06 8:23
24 Spencer Gallop 10:44:59 10:24:30 20:29 6:07
25 Daniel Dougherty 10:45:14 10:22:00 23:14 6:56
26 Bruce Weiner 10:45:37 10:15:30 30:07 8:59
27 Tim Shields 10:45:38 10:22:30 23:08 6:54
28 Anna Reguero 10:45:39 10:18:00 27:39 8:15
29 Rachel Walther 10:45:47 10:20:00 25:47 7:42
30 Lawrence Balick 10:45:54 10:15:00 30:54 9:13
31 Mark Guralnick 10:46:01 10:19:00 27:01 8:04
32 James Cappiello 10:46:02 10:22:30 23:32 7:01
33 Rich Innamorato 10:46:04 10:07:00 39:04 11:40
34 Richard Nolan 10:46:05 10:00:00 46:05 13:45
35 Tom Tobin 10:46:16 10:19:00 27:16 8:08
36 Mark Jennings 10:46:22 10:20:00 26:22 7:52
37 Frank Deleo 10:46:36 10:19:30 27:06 8:05
38 Janice Fuld 10:47:04 10:17:00 30:04 8:59
39 Claire Dougherty 10:47:14 10:17:30 29:44 8:53
40 Tom Greene 10:47:24 10:20:00 27:24 8:11
41 Aaron Koffler 10:47:31 10:10:00 37:31 11:12
42 Rhony Dostaly 10:47:53 10:21:00 26:53 8:01
43 Alan Rosenberg 10:47:55 10:13:00 34:55 10:25
44 Julie Mann 10:49:25 10:18:00 31:25 9:23
45 Kamen Yotov 10:50:31 10:20:30 30:01 8:58
46 Zoe Prawda 10:50:53 10:15:00 35:53 10:43
47 Marianne Prawda 10:53:15 10:00:00 53:15 15:54
48 Justin Wong 10:55:07 10:24:30 30:37 9:08

Warren Ring’s arrangements

We are sad to learn of the passing of Warren Ring on Friday, December 12 after a long illness.

Warren was intimately involved with running: locally, nationally and internationally. He officiated at many of our Club events from the 80’s to a few years ago, and kept the Summer Speed Series alive before PPTC took it over.

He was unique and a special gift to running.

We will greatly miss his presence.

Tom Meany

Visiting Hours

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Marine Park Funeral Home, Inc.
3024 Quentin Road
Brooklyn, New York, United States
11234

Funeral Mass

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
10:30 am

Holy Innocents R.C. Church
279 East 17th Street
Brooklyn, New York, United States
11226

Reception at Funeral Home

Welcome to Prospect Park Track Club!

Founded in 1970, we’re Brooklyn’s oldest running club — and still one of the largest (that’s just a few of us at the NYRR Team Championships above). Find out more about us.

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Or feel free to browse the site, starting with our blog.

If you’re looking for details of our coached speed-work sessions, the next 10-week cycle will begin in late November.

Questions? Comments? Send us an email.

Donut Run – Saturday, October 18, 2014

From Colleen Lynch and the Social Committee:

The Donut Run is coming!! Get excited… and hungry! We’ll be heading out from GAP at 8am on the 18th, armed with money & metrocards. We’ll head north at a relaxed pace to Dough & Dun-Well then head over the Williamsburg Bridge to Doughnut Plant. For the strong-stomached, a contingent will also head back over to Brooklyn (others will be taking the subway).

Donut Run route

The 2014 PPTC Turkey Trot sponsored by JackRabbit Sports

November 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

One of Brooklyn’s most popular races, this spectacular 5-miler is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season! The early start time guarantees you’ll make it home for turkey.

Walkers are welcome, but due to liability reasons we cannot allow strollers or pets.

REGISTER HERE. The price goes up on October 13, so don’t delay!

They're Off at TTIf you’re not among the first 2,500 to sign up, you’re out of luck! Last year’s Turkey Trot sold out more than a week in advance, so confirm your place early. There is NO race-day registration.

You’ll start on Center Drive near East Drive. When you finish near the Oriental Pavilion, one of our local heroes will place a medal around your neck. (You can see the course map here.) You’ll be able to check your official time later in the day, courtesy of NYCRUNS.

If you’re fast enough to place in the top three, you’ll also receive one of our famous holiday pies!

We’ll have packet pick-up the morning of the race; advance details will be announced in early November. You can leave a bag, but please pack light owing to security precautions. PPTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

To get to the start, the Q train and the B12, B16, B41, and B43 buses work well. (Google Maps can give you precise directions.) Use mass transit if possible, as the parking lot at the new Lakeside Center is still under construction.

Any questions? Email the Race Director.

More details

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