All posts by Lillian Park

2017 PPTC Awards Night

One night a year, PPTCers dress up in their finest and celebrate! A big thank you to PPTC Captains, Missy, Linda, Adam, & Michael for their hard work in organizing a wonderful night at Berg’n where for once we weren’t wearing spandex and covered in sweat.

Winners of the different divisions are in bold.

Most Races
Alexis Davidson

New Member of the Year
Crystal Cun
Noah Devereaux
Eric Levenstein
Mike Roberts
Sam Smullen

Most Inspirational
Michael Ring
Crystal Cun
Adam Devine
Sara Devine
Isaac Josephson
Eric Levenstein
Jimmy Leung
Linus Ly
Jennie Matz
Doug Olney
Sam Smullen

Outstanding Single Contribution
Adam Devine
Missy Burgin
Adam Iannazzone
Lisa Maya Knauer
Jimmy Leung
Linus Ly
Lillian Park
Larry Sillen
Jana Trenk

Comeback Runner of the Year
Etan Levavi
Ben Collier
Zadine Richardson
Selina Rutovitz

Most Improved
Noah Devereaux
Adam Devine
Jimmy Leung
Hilary Pauli
Eliza Varner
Andy Wong

Volunteer of the Year
Lisa Maya Knauer

President’s Award
Eric Levenstein

Ultra-Runner of the Year
PaFoua Hang

Bob Mueller Award
Michael Koplin
Linda Ewing
Jimmy Leung
Doug Olney
Larry Sillen
Sam Smullen

Male Runner of the Year
Johnny Nuzzela

Female Runner of the Year
Jana Trenk

Run Brooklyn
Jimmy Leung
Holly Chase
Linda Ewing

Photos of the night from Larry Sillen can be seen here:  Album 1 & Album 2

Keep running and ringing those cowbells!

PPTC Race Results for 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M

Much gratitude to Logan Yu of North Brooklyn Runners for creating this race report.

PPTC Race Results for 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M

Date and Time: February 24, 2018, 8:00 AM
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Weather: 48 Degrees F, Humidity 80%, Wind 07mph

Open Men

8th Place 02:05:29
Etan Levavi 00:23:46
Robert Dimock 00:25:00
Joseph Iannazzone 00:25:10
Ben Crowder 00:25:43
Seth Reznik 00:25:50


Open Women

3rd Place 02:24:18
Mai Truong 00:27:48
Carmen Cramer 00:28:12
Lindsay Turley 00:29:09
Camilla Gale 00:29:27
Pam Ritchie 00:29:42


Masters Men (40+)

6th Place 01:17:48
Robert Dimock 00:25:00
Jason Smith 00:26:09
Brian Schwartz 00:26:39


Masters Women (40+)

1st Place 01:32:07
Pam Ritchie 00:29:42
Marcia Brown 00:31:12
Kirsty Carroll 00:31:13


Grand Masters Men (50+)

3rd Place 01:25:20
Anthony Watson 00:27:40
Timothy Shields 00:28:31
Tom Sheridan 00:29:09


Grand Masters Women (50+)

1st Place 01:34:46
Pam Ritchie 00:29:42
Marcia Brown 00:31:12
Eliza Evans 00:33:52


Senior Grand Masters Men (60+)

2nd Place 01:45:00
Tyrone Sklaren 00:33:36
Marc Silverman 00:35:28
Frank Deleo 00:35:56


Senior Grand Masters Women (60+)

1st Place 01:50:26
Marcia Brown 00:31:12
Donna Newton 00:39:04
Charlene Kohler-britton 00:40:10


PRs (34)

*by NYRR races only

Name PR Time Previous Best Time Previous Best Race Previous Best Date
Joseph Iannazzone 25:10 26:51 2016 Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M) 2016-06-26
Ben Crowder 25:43 27:15 2017 Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M) 2017-06-25
Seth Reznik 25:50 26:36 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4M 2018-02-04
Ben Allison 26:05 30:56 NYRR Gridiron 4M 2015-02-01
Jason Smith 26:09 31:06 Niketown Run for the Parks 1998-04-04
Dan Ubilla 26:12 26:58 2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M) 2016-04-10
Rob Dekker 26:36 27:12 2017 1 for You 1 for Youth 2017-07-08
Adam Devine 26:38 27:42 2016 Gridiron 4M 2016-02-07
Brian Schwartz 26:39 27:08 2016 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2016-02-20
Scott Wade 27:47 28:57 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4M 2018-02-04
Carmen Cramer 28:12 29:28 Jingle Bell Jog 2013-12-07
Nicholas Cohen 28:15 28:39 2017 Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M) 2017-06-25
Lindsay Turley 29:09 29:11 2016 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2016-02-20
Sam Smullen 29:18 31:22 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
Camilla Gale 29:27 31:33 Jingle Bell Jog 2013-12-07
Robert Demasco 29:39 30:01 2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M) 2016-04-10
Pam Ritchie 29:42 31:05 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
Jimmy Leung 29:56 32:03 2017 1 for You 1 for Youth 2017-07-08
Kirsty Carroll 31:13 31:35 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
David Oxley 31:14 31:41 2017 Race to Deliver 4M 2017-11-19
Isaac Josephson 31:20 31:41 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
Conlan O’rourke 32:01 32:59 2017 Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase 2017-04-23
Courtney Newhouse 32:56 33:08 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
Hilary Pauli 33:47 35:12 2017 Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase 2017-04-23
Eliza Evans 33:52 36:15 2017 Race to Deliver 4M 2017-11-19
Michael Kaltenborn 34:08 36:15 2017 Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M) Brought to You by UnitedHealth 2017-04-01
Jessica Shahpar 35:42 36:10 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4M 2018-02-04
Jacqueline James 36:06 36:37 2017 Achilles Hope & Possibility (4M) 2017-06-25
David Der Sarkisian 36:51 37:07 NYRR Gridiron Classic 2012-02-05
Murray Rosenblith 38:35 39:33 NYRR Retro 4-Miler 2016-06-05
Kayley Hoffman 38:46 38:54 2017 Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase 2017-04-23
Jessica Bari 40:39 42:36 2017 NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M 2017-02-25
Vanessa Russell 42:26 43:30 2016 Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase 2016-04-24
Lisa Maya Knauer 44:49 46:56 2016 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2016-02-20


Age Group Top Ten (12)

*actual AG places. NYRR sometimes removes elites and prize money winners from Age Group Awards so NYRR AG places might be higher. If you are close to top 3, check the NYRR official results page. And for claiming top 3 award plaques, submit the form at

Age Place Name Age Gender Time
7 Anthony Watson 59 m 27:40
10 Mai Truong 33 f 27:48
1 Pam Ritchie 53 f 29:42
1 Marcia Brown 61 f 31:12
10 Yvetta Barner 47 f 31:47
1 Tyrone Sklaren 70 m 33:36
9 Eliza Evans 50 f 33:52
9 Michael Koplin 70 m 38:45
5 Donna Newton 60 f 39:04
3 Charlene Kohler-britton 66 f 40:10
4 Francisca Daza 73 f 1:01:38
5 Mollie Spiegel 75 f 1:04:33


First race with PPTC! (15)

Ben Crowder
Jason Smith
Mirza Rahman
Sebastian Kaupert
Conlan O’rourke
Jennifer Nalewicki
Andrea Baldi
Courtney Newhouse
Eliza Evans
Michael Kaltenborn
David Der Sarkisian
Kayley Hoffman
Donna Newton
Alexis Davidson
Adam Rabiner

First NYRR 4.0M Race (10)

Robert Dimock
Evan Stone
Fraser Reid
Mirza Rahman
Michael Mcgowan
Carlos Vazquez
Rachel Guinn
Isabel Burton
Jennifer Nalewicki
Andrea Baldi

125 Total Finishers

Women (52)

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
447 54 10 Mai Truong f 06:57 27:48 33 76 69.08 brooklyn ny usa
505 62 14 Carmen Cramer f 07:03 28:12 35 87 68.40 brooklyn ny usa
708 108 20 Lindsay Turley f 07:18 29:09 39 110 67.20 brooklyn ny usa
786 126 31 Camilla Gale f 07:22 29:27 34 161 65.30 brooklyn ny usa
827 138 1 Pam Ritchie f 07:26 29:42 53 18 74.94 brooklyn ny usa
1161 224 1 Marcia Brown f 07:48 31:12 61 11 78.65 brooklyn ny usa
1165 226 15 Kirsty Carroll f 07:49 31:13 44 175 64.86 brooklyn ny gbr
1210 239 60 Rachel Guinn f 07:51 31:24 30 330 60.99 brooklyn ny usa
1309 277 10 Yvetta Barner f 07:57 31:47 47 151 65.50 brooklyn ny usa
1380 309 50 Isabel Burton f 08:01 32:01 38 341 60.89 brooklyn ny usa
1411 319 12 Valarie Hing f 08:02 32:08 49 132 66.19 brooklyn ny guy
1549 369 55 Jennifer Nalewicki f 08:10 32:40 37 434 59.42 brooklyn ny usa
1553 370 56 Jane Yoon f 08:11 32:41 35 469 59.00 brooklyn ny usa
1619 390 123 Courtney Newhouse f 08:14 32:56 28 520 58.15 brooklyn ny usa
1621 392 125 Martina Rudolf f 08:15 32:57 25 522 58.13 brooklyn ny usa
1751 447 68 Jennifer Shirazi f 08:21 33:24 38 508 58.37 brooklyn ny usa
1790 468 126 Joyce Campos f 08:23 33:32 33 593 57.24 brooklyn ny usa
1864 496 136 Hilary Pauli f 08:27 33:47 32 633 56.75 brooklyn ny usa
1882 507 140 Leslie Brand f 08:28 33:50 32 648 56.67 brooklyn ny usa
1890 511 9 Eliza Evans f 08:28 33:52 50 222 63.50 brooklyn ny usa
1910 518 40 Tanya Saltzman f 08:29 33:56 41 507 58.37 brooklyn ny usa
2021 559 85 Holly Goddu f 08:35 34:17 35 678 56.26 brooklyn ny usa
2043 564 34 Isabel Santiago-gordon f 08:36 34:22 46 399 59.97 brooklyn ny usa
2111 596 92 Christy Johnson f 08:39 34:36 36 709 55.91 brooklyn ny usa
2465 765 187 Jessica Shahpar f 08:56 35:42 31 924 53.66 brooklyn ny usa
2487 775 70 Holly Cohen f 08:57 35:47 43 687 56.14 brooklyn ny usa
2571 820 128 Amanda Labusohr f 09:01 36:03 35 943 53.49 brooklyn ny usa
2585 830 24 Jacqueline James f 09:02 36:06 51 376 60.27 brooklyn ny usa
2667 877 137 Amy Greenwood f 09:06 36:21 36 975 53.20 brooklyn ny usa
2745 920 90 Carrie Goldberg f 09:10 36:38 40 913 53.76 brooklyn ny usa
3050 1089 107 Jennifer Brown f 09:26 37:43 43 969 53.27 brooklyn ny usa
3099 1116 275 Marisa Russell f 09:28 37:51 33 1245 50.72 brooklyn ny usa
3129 1131 185 Michelle Starr f 09:29 37:56 39 1132 51.64 brooklyn ny usa
3336 1251 316 Kayley Hoffman f 09:42 38:46 31 1419 49.42 brooklyn ny usa
3419 1303 5 Donna Newton f 09:46 39:04 60 283 62.02 brooklyn ny usa
3651 1448 3 Charlene Kohler-britton f 10:03 40:10 66 164 65.27 brooklyn ny usa
3666 1456 402 Amelia Vogler f 10:04 40:15 29 1615 47.59 brooklyn ny usa
3730 1499 260 Jessica Bari f 10:10 40:39 38 1578 47.96 brooklyn ny usa
3890 1608 428 Alaina Waagner f 10:23 41:31 28 1758 46.13 brooklyn ny usa
4041 1712 167 Vanessa Russell f 10:37 42:26 42 1672 46.99 brooklyn ny usa
4285 1876 189 Leslie Carrion f 11:05 44:17 44 1796 45.73 brooklyn ny usa
4307 1894 138 Robin Hessman f 11:08 44:31 45 1788 45.87 brooklyn ny usa
4340 1919 16 Lisa Maya Knauer f 11:13 44:49 61 799 54.75 brooklyn ny usa
4600 2087 508 Nadia Santos f 12:03 48:11 34 2177 39.91 brooklyn ny usa
4619 2101 221 Yanira Sanchez f 12:09 48:36 43 2106 41.33 brooklyn ny usa
4714 2165 370 Caryl Pierre f 12:30 49:57 38 2214 39.02 brooklyn ny usa
4721 2169 371 Lisa Neesemann f 12:32 50:05 35 2246 38.51 brooklyn ny usa
4882 2285 183 Jin Min Oh f 13:34 54:16 48 2233 38.76 brooklyn ny usa
4903 2301 45 Kathleen Lewis f 13:41 54:44 58 2000 43.17 brooklyn ny usa
4930 2319 31 Janet Gottlieb f 14:01 56:02 63 1864 44.94 brooklyn ny usa
5033 2396 4 Francisca Daza f 15:25 1:01:38 73 1669 47.05 brooklyn ny usa
5054 2408 5 Mollie Spiegel f 16:09 1:04:33 75 1743 46.32 brooklyn ny usa


Men (73)

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
73 67 12 Etan Levavi m 05:57 23:46 26 119 71.12 brooklyn ny usa
123 113 12 Robert Dimock m 06:15 25:00 44 80 73.12 brooklyn ny usa
139 127 18 Joseph Iannazzone m 06:18 25:10 26 226 67.19 brooklyn ny usa
177 163 44 Ben Crowder m 06:26 25:43 33 263 66.29 brooklyn ny usa
184 169 34 Seth Reznik m 06:28 25:50 36 240 66.87 brooklyn ny usa
189 174 49 Ben Wernberg m 06:29 25:54 31 305 65.47 brooklyn ny usa
195 179 51 Evan Stone m 06:30 25:58 33 295 65.63 brooklyn ny usa
219 201 39 Ben Allison m 06:32 26:05 37 252 66.59 brooklyn ny usa
223 205 22 Jason Smith m 06:33 26:09 44 136 69.90 new york ny usa
231 213 58 Dan Ubilla m 06:33 26:12 32 341 64.86 brooklyn ny usa
267 244 71 Fraser Reid m 06:39 26:35 32 402 63.93 brooklyn ny usa
269 246 40 Rob Dekker m 06:39 26:36 27 436 63.55 brooklyn ny usa
279 255 50 Adam Devine m 06:40 26:38 35 361 64.52 brooklyn ny usa
281 256 27 Brian Schwartz m 06:40 26:39 41 234 67.07 brooklyn ny usa
324 292 53 Mirza Rahman m 06:46 27:01 27 516 62.59 brooklyn ny usa
352 315 21 Oren Efrati m 06:48 27:12 46 195 68.24 brooklyn ny usa
396 352 103 John Zarrillo m 06:53 27:30 34 544 62.20 brooklyn ny usa
426 377 7 Anthony Watson m 06:55 27:40 59 64 74.52 brooklyn ny usa
444 391 114 Scott Wade m 06:57 27:47 33 612 61.34 brooklyn ny usa
465 408 78 Michael Mcgowan m 06:59 27:55 37 538 62.25 brooklyn ny usa
496 436 46 Elliot Piatetsky m 07:02 28:08 42 394 64.00 brooklyn ny usa
501 440 48 Carlos Vazquez m 07:03 28:10 42 400 63.95 brooklyn ny usa
525 460 34 Nicholas Cohen m 07:04 28:15 46 292 65.70 brooklyn ny usa
573 502 12 Timothy Shields m 07:08 28:31 55 134 69.93 brooklyn ny usa
707 600 22 Tom Sheridan m 07:18 29:09 52 244 66.75 brooklyn ny usa
710 602 52 Kevin Gross m 07:18 29:10 48 352 64.64 brooklyn ny usa
741 626 17 Sam Smullen m 07:20 29:18 56 184 68.60 brooklyn ny usa
776 652 54 David Brenner m 07:22 29:26 47 433 63.56 brooklyn ny usa
784 659 25 Tony Ellis m 07:22 29:27 52 273 66.05 brooklyn ny usa
809 676 58 Robert Demasco m 07:25 29:39 46 515 62.60 brooklyn ny usa
863 720 31 Sebastian Kaupert m 07:28 29:51 54 267 66.24 brooklyn ny ger
886 739 32 Jimmy Leung m 07:29 29:56 51 365 64.46 brooklyn ny usa
904 753 131 David Chen m 07:31 30:01 39 821 58.68 brooklyn ny usa
964 799 72 Gerard Luna m 07:35 30:19 45 655 60.74 brooklyn ny usa
1055 861 227 Edward Morgan Laird m 07:42 30:48 33 1116 55.34 brooklyn ny usa
1162 938 138 Stephane Dapsanse m 07:48 31:12 43 869 58.13 brooklyn ny usa
1168 942 139 David Oxley m 07:49 31:14 42 907 57.65 brooklyn ny aus
1174 946 53 James Cappiello m 07:49 31:16 51 581 61.72 brooklyn ny usa
1189 956 140 Isaac Josephson m 07:50 31:20 44 848 58.34 brooklyn ny usa
1247 997 93 Christopher O’brien m 07:53 31:32 48 736 59.78 brooklyn ny usa
1302 1028 27 Jonathan Rouner m 07:57 31:45 57 411 63.85 brooklyn ny usa
1381 1072 271 Conlan O’rourke m 08:01 32:01 30 1380 52.87 brooklyn ny usa
1552 1182 301 Kevin Dugan m 08:11 32:41 31 1495 51.88 brooklyn ny usa
1559 1188 302 Eric Levenstein m 08:11 32:42 33 1473 52.13 brooklyn ny usa
1571 1193 173 Douglas Gordon m 08:11 32:44 43 1112 55.41 brooklyn ny usa
1615 1227 179 Andrea Baldi m 08:14 32:56 41 1229 54.29 brooklyn ny ita
1803 1329 1 Tyrone Sklaren m 08:24 33:36 70 205 67.86 brooklyn ny usa
1962 1428 207 Dario Vivona m 08:32 34:06 42 1387 52.80 brooklyn ny usa
1970 1434 208 Michael Kaltenborn m 08:32 34:08 43 1341 53.16 brooklyn ny ger
2100 1510 47 Douglas Olney m 08:39 34:34 58 786 59.14 brooklyn ny usa
2184 1557 222 Dexter Miranda m 08:42 34:48 41 1558 51.36 brooklyn ny usa
2344 1646 92 Chris Carr m 08:50 35:18 53 1100 55.56 brooklyn ny usa
2406 1676 19 Marc Silverman m 08:52 35:28 69 432 63.58 brooklyn ny usa
2532 1730 26 Frank Deleo m 08:59 35:56 64 717 59.92 brooklyn ny usa
2614 1768 184 Joseph Roeder m 09:03 36:11 47 1511 51.69 jersey city nj usa
2743 1824 191 Tor Ekeland m 09:10 36:38 48 1547 51.46 brooklyn ny usa
2776 1840 314 Patrick Huang m 09:12 36:45 36 2001 46.99 brooklyn ny usa
2801 1856 316 David Der Sarkisian m 09:13 36:51 37 1990 47.15 brooklyn ny usa
3044 1960 445 Brent Archer m 09:26 37:42 31 2172 44.96 brooklyn ny usa
3058 1967 30 Lawrence Balick m 09:26 37:44 64 962 57.06 brooklyn ny usa
3298 2067 26 Murray Rosenblith m 09:39 38:35 66 987 56.81 brooklyn ny usa
3335 2085 9 Michael Koplin m 09:42 38:45 70 810 58.84 brooklyn ny usa
3469 2134 27 Michael Scourby m 09:50 39:17 66 1073 55.80 brooklyn ny usa
3649 2203 28 Louis Wiggs m 10:03 40:09 66 1198 54.60 brooklyn ny usa
3698 2222 139 Joseph Francis Lundy m 10:07 40:25 54 1835 48.92 brooklyn ny usa
3855 2276 247 Kenneth Wong m 10:21 41:22 46 2181 44.86 brooklyn ny usa
3992 2318 313 Christian Urena m 10:32 42:06 41 2345 42.45 brooklyn ny usa
4127 2359 51 Alexis Davidson m 10:45 42:58 62 1803 49.24 brooklyn ny usa
4313 2414 153 Adam Rabiner m 11:10 44:37 52 2282 43.60 brooklyn ny usa
4430 2456 527 Miguel Valiente m 11:29 45:54 34 2536 37.28 brooklyn ny usa
4809 2573 22 James Israel m 12:59 51:56 72 2166 45.02 brooklyn ny usa
4893 2599 23 Harvey Rothenberg m 13:38 54:29 74 2237 44.20 brooklyn ny usa
5003 2631 356 Ricardo Dias m 14:49 59:16 41 2635 30.16 brooklyn ny bra

PPTC 2017 Fall & Winter Racing Recaps

Happy 2018!

PPTC finished out an amazing year full of fun, races, good times, and great friends. It’s been heartwarming to see all the shout-outs from our members thanking the club and more importantly, the wonderful people in PPTC, for the pushing them to become better runners, whether it be running faster, chasing after PRs, increasing mileage, becoming more consistent, running happily, or simply just being out there. Running is a personal journey and it’s about what YOU want it to be. We’re happy to simply be a part of it.

We wanted to give kudos to our members who ran excellent races all throughout fall and winter of 2017, but haven’t received a spotlight on their accomplishments and to thank our hardworking members who volunteered at the Holiday Party and at Harry’s Handicap.

Mary Turnbach
Marine Corp Marathon
Ran for Semper Fi Charity Team

Jason Smith
Queens Half Marathon
Hannah Southworth
2017 Rock n’ Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon

Johnny Nuzzela

Philadelphia Marathon
PR/BQ & ran faster than Nick Symmonds’s marathon debut (3:00:35)
Johnny Nuzzela
Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon
PR/First race in hometown
Rachel G.

Queens Half Marathon
First HM/PR

Ulla Griffiths
Queens Half Marathon
The first half marathon since 2013. Not a PR, but just glad that I am back at it after 4 years break from racing.

Donna Newton
Al Goldstein 5K 6/21/17
Note: We included it here, since it was Donna ran this before we started regularly featuring members’ races.
Chris Fischer
NYC Runs Cocoa Classic 5K
2nd AG/8th overall
Chris Fischer
Queens RR Turkey Trot 5M
1st AG/7th overallChris Fischer
Happy Jack 5K

1st overall
Matthew Imberman
Trimera Sports Holiday Half Marathon
3rd AG (35-39)/10th overall.
Geovani Valerio
East Brunswick 5K
6th overall

Yulia Yomantayte

Philadelphia Marathon
Leiba Rimler
Passaic Chanukah 5K
1st overall
Lillian Park
Passaic Chanukah 5K
3rd overall
Sara Devine
Passaic Chanukah 5K
1st AG (35-39)/5th overall
Chaya Wolf
Passaic Chanukah 5K
1st AG (30-34)/7th overall
Adam Devine
Passaic Chanukah 5K
3rd overall
Etan Levavi
4th overall
Ben Collier
8th overall
Andrei Fluerasu
20th overall for men
PaFoua Hang
18th overall for women
Lillian Park
Lee Bong Ju Day 5K Run
PR/2nd overall for women
Lillian Park
Wineglass Half Marathon
3-min PR
Lillian Park
California International Marathon
14-min PR & BQ
James Cooper
Baystate Marathon
1-hr PR & BQ
Hilary Pauli
Richmond Marathon
30-min PR
Jimmy Leung
Snowball 5 Mile Run
3rd AG (50-54)
Jimmy Leung
NYC Turkey Trot 5K
1st AG (50-54)
Holly Chase
NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K
Joyce Keener
Jingle Bell Jog 5k
Congratulations to PPTC for coming in 1st for the NYRR Open Women B Group, 3rd for the NYRR Open Men B Group, & 3rd for NYRR 70+ Men.
Big thank you to our volunteers!!!
Holiday Party
Adam Devine
Alison Donnelly
Crystal Cun
Holly Chase
Linus Ly
Murray Rosenblith
Nick Cohen
Oren Efrati
PaFoua Hang
Eric Levenstein
Lisa Maya Knauer
Harry’s Handicap
Jennie Matz
Isaac Josephson
Andy Wong
Jane Yau
Kristen Socks
Donna Newton
Katie Wersdale
Julio Zanale
Anne Perzeszty
Mark Guralnick
Linus Ly
Geoffrey Gertz
Robert Dimock
Lisa Maya Knauer
Rachel G.
Tom Meany
Crystal Cun
Amy Sowder
Trish McNaughton
Eric Levenstein
Michael Ring 
Sara Devine
Kind words from Abigail Myers: Just want to thank the club for all the support as I ran my first marathon! I ran NYC and was so grateful for the speed workouts, the Last 10 Miles run, and all the fun at Camp PPTC at Fort Wadsworth. It was a great experience and I’m thankful to have been part of it with PPTC.

Montclair Bread Co. 5K Doughnut Run Race Report

by Linus Ly

Race: Montclair Bread Co. 5K Doughnut Run

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Montclair, NJ

Social media can sometimes be a waste of time with nothing good coming out of it. In other instances, it can be useful. I keep tracks of races by regularly checking the calendars of time-management companies or race producers, mostly for the Run Brooklyn program that PPTC supports. I thought I know a lot about the races in the New York City metro area, but I had never heard about the 5K Doughnut Run put on by the Montclair Bread Company in New Jersey. In a post in the PPTC Facebook group fellow runner Shana Skaletsky alerted me to a contest the Bread Company was hosting. Make something donut-inspired when you run, something right up my alley! I made the “Just donut” run and waited for the result to be announced and finally learned that I won two complimentary entries and a box of donuts! Naturally, Shana got the second entry as if not for her I wouldn’t know about the race.

The night before the race I had the fear of not being able to find parking near the start. Or being stuck in traffic somehow and not make it on time. I think it’s called deeenessphobia. It turned out my worry was groundless. I left my house really early, picked up Shana, then made the trip across state line to Montclair, New Jersey. Shana knows the area well and that helped a lot because even though I had GPS guiding me, most of the trip was on local roads. We arrived at our destination early. Even though some roads were already closed, I was able to park the car mere two blocks away from the Bread Company. Packet pickup was quick and painless, and we had enough time to wait in the car.  Along with a nice long-sleeved tech shirt, we also got a sack containing a water bottle, a fanny pack, and coupons/flyers for local businesses.

About 15 minutes to 8 am, we started walking to the start line. The race had a cap of 2300+ and it seemed everyone showed up. Walnut Street was already packed with participants. Shana and I found our way to the back of the mass. The national anthem was performed by a saxophonist then off we went, slowly at first. It snowed the night before but the roads were mostly cleared. For the first half-mile, I mostly walked. There were many people and it was very difficult to actually run, not that I am a fast runner. I am not used to running with people pushing strollers and had the fear of being tripped by them. I believe at least a few were double-sized too, so they really took up a wide swath of the road. If you can get behind a fast stroller then it’s like infantry crouching behind armored vehicle, the stroller creates a path for you to follow. Otherwise you just have to try to avoid them.

Maybe it was because of the cold temperature, cheering along the course was sparse. There were a few patches of ice here and there but volunteers along the course pointed them out. There were two water stations, with munchkins (doughnut holes), but I opted to skip them both to improve my time a bit. As usual, the last mile seemed to take forever to cover. It was extra challenging that the last few yards involved an uphill.

So far the race was good, sure it was a bit crowded in the beginning but it was a fun run so I didn’t mind it too much. Things went awry right after the finish mat. Instead of a long chute for finishers to spread out, there was a sharp turn left to get medals and refreshment, plus whatever the sponsors gave out. It was so crowded I didn’t know what the “line” was for. It was not much of a line, just a mass of people standing in place, not moving. In the cold. Eventually I was able to squeeze onward to get my medal. Next, the line for donuts and small cups of hot chocolate, supposedly, was pretty long too, also barely moving. I decided to not have those donuts and instead went for my prize donuts. Inside the bakery there were boxes of donuts but only for people who pre-ordered them. I only had to find my contact person from the bakery, waited for her to finish conducting the award ceremony, then the dozen of donuts was mine. Time to find Shana, wolfed down a donut or two in the car, then made our exit from the area.

According to official posts on Facebook, half of the volunteers failed to show up. I am sure the no-shows badly impacted the event, but I think what ruined the finish experience was the short space allocated for finish chute, medal chute, and refreshment area. It was basically one city block that the finishers squeezed into. It should be at least three blocks long. Otherwise having more volunteers wouldn’t make any difference. I don’t know how it was done the previous three years, maybe there weren’t that many people. Growing pains, I guess. Fans of the 5K posted many ideas to improve the situation next time. Mine would be to have donuts along the race course. The whole point of the run is to eat donuts. If I don’t have a box of prize donuts waiting for me, I doubt I will do this race again, as I really don’t like waiting around in the cold.

PPTC Turkey Trot 2017

Name: PPTC Turkey Trot

Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

When: Nov 23, 2017

For many New Yorkers, particularly Brooklynites, the PPTC Turkey Trot is an annual Thanksgiving tradition that’s right up there with the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Without fail, this “little” local race sells outs when the weather is still warm and we’re wondering when fall is going to start. For the first time this year, PPTC offer 100 bibs for $100 for the people who missed out on the early pricing. That $10,000 was donated to CHiPS, a wonderful local community organization which provides food and shelter to those in need.

Thanksgiving morning, the weather was not at all frightful. Instead, cool crisp weather ideal for running greeted the 2204 runners who came out to trot their stuff for five miles.

The Top Three PPTC Women Runners

  1. Leiba Rimler (34:46), 9-sec PR, 2nd AG (30-34)
  2. Holly Chase (35:22)
  3. Chloe Free (37:04), 5-min PR

The Top Three PPTC Men Runners

  1. Yves Nozil (25:36), defended his title in winning the PPTC Turkey Trot for the second year in a row
  2. Etan Levavi (28:37), 2nd AG (25-29)
  3. Alan Lawn (31:30), PR

Other notable running accomplishments

Anthony Watson
3rd AG (55-59)

Lillian Park
1.5 min PR & 3rd AG (40-44)

Neil R Feldman
3rd AG (65-69)

Tyrone Sklaren
1st AG (70+)

Nancy Wagner-Wetzel
1st AG (65-59)

Charlene Kohler-Britton
3rd AG (65-69)

Photos of the Turkey Trot taken by Larry Sillen can be seen here:


Thank you to the staff at NYC Runs and to Modell’s for having their store be the site for the packet pick-up. Big thank you to our club members who volunteered the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and the day of the race, from medal assembly, stickering bigs, manning the packet pick-up, schlepping goods, manning bag check, and much, much more. This race could not have happened with your enthusiasm, skill, and dedication.
Adam Devine
Alexis Davidson
Alison Donnelly
Andrei Fluerasu
Andy Wong
Anh-Tuan Tran
Aniella Zaslavsky-Tang
Anne Perzeszty
Aung Barteaux
Beth Moran
Bianca Merbaum
Brittney Laryea
Carlos Vazquez
Christine Goh
Cressida Robinson
Crystal Cun
Danielle Fagenblat
Fran Kotkov
Dave Leslie
David Chen
David Coleman
David Hantman
Donna Newton
Doug Olney
Emily Perillo
Eric Levenstein
Gary Belcher
Geoffry Gertz
Heather Isiminger
Hilary Pauli
Holly Chase
Holly Goddu
Isaac Josephson
Isaac Murchie
Jack W. Wang
Jackie Ore
 Jane Yau
Jenn Adams
Jennie Matz
Jim Wengler
Jimmy Leung
Joanne Guralnick
Joe Habib
Joe Lyons
Joelle Reeves
Julie Rwan
Julio Zavala
Junior Passee
Kathleen Lewis
Keight Bergmann
Kevin Abraszek
Kristen Stocks
Larry Balick
Leala Vazquez
Lillian Park
Lindsay Turley
Linus Ly
Lisa Maya Knauer
Louis Wiggs
Marek Stepniowski
Margaret Gambaro
Maribel Pena
Mark Arce
Marvlyn Baptiste
Megan Dee
Melissa Lee
Michael Murphy
Michael Silver
Missy Burgin
Monique Hamilton
Murray Rosenblith
Nathan Kisin
Nicoletta Neragis
Noah Devereaux
PaFoua Hang
Pam Ritchie
Paul Lace
Priscilla Upshaw
Rachel G
Rebekah TonThat
Regina Chan
Rich Nolan
Roshan Leslie
Rosie Cortijo
Ruth Gurksy
Sam Smullen
Sandra Ferrari
Sara Devine
Sara Rafiy
Steve Oxley
Tanya Saltzman
Tom Greene
Tom Meany
Tricia Naughton
Vanessa Guida
Vanessa Russell
Victoria Shan
William Stenhouse
Zadine Richardson

Purchasing PPTC Gear

You’re a new member and want to proudly represent PPTC at your future races. Or perhaps you’re a seasoned member and now your beloved PPTC singlet is worn out and seen better days. Or maybe you just want more PPTC in your life.

We have singlets, shirts, caps, and visors; all sold for $25 each for cash, check made out to PPTC, or Venmo (please have the app downloaded and your account active prior to purchasing).

PPTC gear is exclusively sold at our monthly meetings, which are generally held on the first Monday of every month at Da Nonna Rosa (140 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215). The meeting begins at 7 pm and clothing sales begin around 8-8:30 pm. Please make sure to check the PPTC Speed Read for the upcoming meeting dates, which can be found by signing up for the PPTC Google Group Open Forum (

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee stock availability at this time. You can email to check if we have your size available.

If you are unable to make the monthly meeting, please email the to make other arrangements for pick up and payment.

Volunteering at events with the Clothing Committee:
You don’t have to be a member of the clothing committee to help out! During PPTC events such as the Final 10 Training Run, gear will be sold and volunteer slots will be available to help out the Clothing Committee (you’ll receive volunteer points for helping out!). Jobs include organizing the gear before/during/after the event, pulling extra sizes as needed, or collecting transactions. Please email if you have any questions about volunteering.

Be a part of the Clothing Committee!
The Clothing Committee is always looking for dedicated members to get involved and keep our club looking sharp! Below are just a few of the many tasks that you can get involved with. Please email if you’d like to be a part of the Clothing Committee or have any questions.

  1. Help set up and manage online shop for ordering hoodies and sweatpants.
  2. Design or organize design contest for new gear designs, including printing prototype shirts or other gear.
  3. Organize the 2018 NYC Marathon PPTC shirt process, including design, delivery, and distribution.
  4. Help with storage and sales of current PPTC gear.

NYRR NYC 60K Race Recap

by PaFoua Hang
Nov 18, 2017

On November 18, 2017, PPTC ultrarunners toed the NYRR NYC 60K Ultra-Marathon in Central Park. There were 11 registered PPTC finishers. PPTC won the team award with its top five men finishers, followed by Front Runners in second place, and the Dashing Whippets in third place. Etan Levavi came in fourth overall for his ultra debut. Other outstanding ultra debuts include Ben Collier in eight overall and Andrei Fluerasu in 20th for men overall. For women overall, PaFoua Hang came in 18th. Captain Adam Devine came in 25th overall and was able to knock off a hefty PR margin. Both Etan and Frank Deleo came in second for each of their respective age groups.

The following pages are race recaps from the runners in alphabetical order by first name. Recaps not captured: Kamen Yotov and Manuel Quintanilla.

(L-R: Shan Haq, Brian Schwartz, Manuel Quintanilla, PaFoua Hang, Adam Devine, Kamen Yotov, Sam Smullen, and Andrei Fluerasu. Not pictured: Etan Levavi, Ben Collier, Frank Deleo, and Eric Levenstein. PC: Sara Devine)

Adam Devine

(PC: Jose Baizan)

This is by far my favorite race of the year, because it always feels like more of a team effort than any race, save for maybe the team champs. A bunch of us made it a little more of a to-do this year, and it really paid off. I started with Andrei, and he and I ran the first 18 miles or so together, then he sped up and I slowed a bit. The group run cheer squad met us for a bit and provided some much-needed support, and Rosalba was ON POINT with Sherpa duties. She ran with me right when things started getting rough and helped keep me going when I needed it (and I didn’t realize until after that she ran more than 33 miles in support of us!). I passed several teammates along the way on the course and on the sidelines, and the constant flow of “team” made the whole thing feel like more of a group effort. After finishing I rang my cowbell until my body started to shut down, and then headed home. I feel bad I didn’t stay until the whole team was finished, but I was so proud of everyone, especially the first-timers. I can’t wait to do it again next year. Go, Team!

Andrei Fluerasu


I started running with Adam Devine (see photo) somewhere just below 8min/mi (5 min/km) with the occasional faster mile when we were pushed faster by the overall excitement. Around mile 12, we were joined by the most amazing support crew one can imagine who had run there all the way from Brooklyn – Thanks, Noah, Jana, Matteo, Sarah R, Adam I, Crystal, Anh-Tuan, Rosalba (and I hope I didn’t forget others). It was fun trying to organize a triangular-shaped pace group like in the sub-2 attempt. It definitely made us feel good and miles passed faster. Kept my pace for the first 5 loops (21 miles) but with the 6th loop, after a quick refueling stop, the unavoidable started to happen. With the low mileage a mange to put in this cycle and probably not really fully recovered after the NYC marathon, I started to feel increasingly stiff (same darn glutes) and to slow-down. My goal on the last two laps was simple: just keep running and don’t care about the pace. In the meantime, Rosalba was doing her own crazy run. She ran many loops in opposite direction and then joined many of our PPTC teammates for small sections. I was myself joined by Scott for a mile or so at some point. The last 10k was just a struggle for survival. I knew that if I keep running, I’ll finish in under 5:30, perhaps even 5:20, which was a good goal. Rosalba joined me for those last 6 mi and together we forgot a bit about the suffering. She was approaching the 50km mark herself which makes her a clear winner in the spectator-cheerleader-runners category 🙂

My final time was approximately 5:19:30.

All in all, this was a long, interesting day. The suffering was non-negligible but the overall joy shadows it and only a few hours after the race I’m thinking already that I should do what I need to do to keep the 8 min pace for the whole darn race next year 🙂 Thanks again to all the PPTC teammates, and cheering groups and, of course, a big thank you to all the volunteers.

Ben Collier

(PC Dave Leslie)

Thoughts were that it was such a fun race. I like that it was small, there was great sense of camaraderie and there was a huge PPTC showing. I’d forgotten how hard it was to run the longer distances. My legs were dead for the last 10 miles. NYCM really took its toll. Also, could not have finished without PPTC support.  Scott Edgerton ran the whole of the last lap, I think he really sensed I was fading and took it upon himself to drag me home. He’d probably run some miles himself at that point so even more grateful.

What a club!

Brian Schwartz

(PC Carmen Cramer)

I can’t believe I just completed my first ultra! This was not something that was even on my radar until hearing PPTC members (such as, ahem, Adam) talk about how “fun” they were. So I decided I wanted to give it a try! As far as training goes, I really want to thank the MTG group, Coach Tony/Charlene Speed Training sessions and everyone in PPTC for the support along the way!

And then on to the race: it was really amazing to see such a big group of fellow PPTC runners when I got there. To know that so many teammates were gonna be out in the course with me helped to calm my nerves! The team support was also critical to my finishing as I learned a lot in real time from PaFoua – who I got to run with for the first half. She helped me keep going even through a stomach bug, which I had gotten earlier in the week and plagued me the first couple loops, she helped me figure out my nutrition and she helped to take my mind off what was coming up by chatting about other races we have run. (Thanks!)Toward the end of the run I surprised myself by keeping at it-even when running became more of a shuffle. (Especially on the hills!) Before the 60k, I wondered what it would be like to run cat hill on that ninth loop and though it’s a blur to me now, I remember one thing: it was PAINFUL but not IMPOSSIBLE.

I have to thank all the PPTC-ers who came to cheer and, of course, my wife, Carmen who I thought was crazier than me to stand out in the cold for 6+ hours as my crew!

Eric Levenstein

(PC Dave Leslie)

I never thought that I’d run this race! About a month before the NYC Marathon, after a long training run, I was speaking with a friend about how I think anyone can complete a marathon with proper training. My friend adamantly disagreed, and as an example asked me if I could ever run an Ultramarathon… “NO! I can NEVER run an Ultra!” But, a few minutes later, I thought, “Why not?” I spoke with Adam Devine the next day to get his thoughts, and he was very encouraging (is anyone surprised?) so I signed up right after our conversation.

A few days before the race, I went to an NYRR RUNtalk about Ultras where I met a guy that Adam works with (Christopher), and we chatted for a few minutes and wished each other a good race. A few days later, the race started off great! Lots of encouragement from volunteers and obviously from PPTC members, I brought tons of food which I quickly realized was pointless since it was SO well-supported by NYRR, and Sara Devine and Andy Wong were kind enough to run the 2nd loop with me, offering great conversation and encouragement. They made the 2nd loop so joyous and easy that the 3rd loop really dragged on in comparison! At the end of #3 (approximately a half marathon), I was honestly beginning to get a bit dreary at the thought of so many more repeating loops since I was getting tired, when suddenly I noticed Christopher. We spoke about our expected pace, and decided to run together a little bit.

We had a fine loop #4, getting to know each other better since we were still effectively strangers. We also ran with Melissa Lee, who was kind enough to tell me in advance that she might come out, and I was overjoyed that she made it and offered company/encouragement, which really helped loop #5 pass by effortlessly! Christopher and I then kept going together while the conversation kept flowing. We spoke about work, the PPTC, phones, politics, candy, and plenty of other random things, because we had plenty of time since we wound up finishing six loops (24 miles) together after previously having spoken for only a few minutes!!! It was so much easier to bear through with company during nearly the whole race!

There was plenty of walking, stopping to eat, and hugs from the incredible PPTC cheer sections (thank you, Heather, Katie, Robert, Joelle, Nick, Dave, and anyone else I missed). Everyone was super encouraging, the PPTC members who lapped me made sure to be congratulatory and uplifting, and the rest stops were basically delicious snack buffets. At the end of the day (I finished after the sun went down) I proved myself wrong by finishing, got to know a stranger really well, got to know some incredible PPTC members better, and found another race which I can’t imagine missing next year! If you’re like me and never thought that you’d be able to run this, then I hope to see you there next year when you prove yourself wrong.

And, seriously, thank you SO MUCH Adam, Sara, Andy, and Melissa!!!

Etan Levavi

(PC: Robert DeMasco)

One thing I love about running is that, in terms of performance measures, it is a simple function of time and distance. My goal going into the race was to finish in under 5 hours, which would require about an 8:00/mi average pace. But above all, I wanted to go by feel and was willing to take a chance with this race. As with distance cycling, I love ultra running for the fact that it gives the runner an excuse to run for extended durations of time and be enveloped in the cheers and support of friends and spectators.

Thanks to peer pressure and the intrigue of increasing my distance PR, I found myself registered for the 60K. I have only run for more than 3 hours duration a handful of times. Just a few weeks ago I ran 50K on a treadmill at the NYC Marathon Expo, in 5 hours. It went really well and was the confidence boost that opened me up to the idea of running the 60K at a race effort. My thought was that I have already run for 5 hours – now I just have to do it at a harder effort.

Yes, there is pain – both during the race and much in the 8-10 hours following the race. It’s subsiding rapidly, thanks to compression pants, gentle stretching, sleep, and water. But as masochistic as 9 CP loops may seem, it is not the pain that is the draw, but the elation. Throttling up CP’s hills, and the freedom of rolling down the other side, seeing friends on the course and cheering, seeing the Achilles athletes out there. The high point of the race for me came on the third-to-final loop. About a quarter of a mile past the aid station, I became overwhelmed by emotion. That moment was everything running is to me. I could barely breathe, as I was on the brink of breaking down and bawling my eyes out. For this single experience, it was all worth it. But of course, there was so much more. Knowing that my friends running were putting in the same work that I was, and knowing that my friends who came out to support us were never more than a few miles away.

After the race, it took a few days for NYRR to post the race results. I was proud to see that I placed 4th overall with a time of 4:38:48, average pace 7:29/mi. Congrats to everyone who did the work and put in the miles! This is the best team!

Frank Deleo

(PC: Jose Baizan)

First of all, big thanks to PaFoua for being the primary mover in creating this group. Hey, is it me, or did the PPTC presence at this venerable event reach a tipping point this year? (According to the initial NYRR results, we were the only team that had double-digit participants! Can that be right? Yes!!!) I was both gratified and tickled to see all the club folks who either ran the race or provided some incredible support along the course, up to and including pizza and free hugs. Not to mention the flood of photos pouring in afterward! I’m sure we’ll see many of those who cheered us on from the sidelines wearing race numbers next year.

It was good to see Broadway Ultra Society’s Richie Innamorato still helping out at this race. He founded this race in 1978, collaborating with Fred Lebow and the NYRR, and also gave it the name that many of us old-timers know it as the Knickerbocker 60K (or simply “the Knick”). Fred was secretly a big booster (and occasional participant) of ultras, in spite of the fact that they didn’t bring in a lot of revenue, what with fewer participants back then. Central Park was also a lot less congested, and in its early years the race (then held in March) was six full loops of the park in a clockwise direction, finishing near the Dakota along the West 72nd St exit.

Much of my ultra history has been running these road courses on repeating loops. Unlike point-to-point runs and trail races, the limited scenery might make it harder to stay motivated, but I think there are definite advantages. The camaraderie is great. You pass through “race central” and gatherings of the “ultra-curious” on a regular basis. You get inspired (or discouraged, if you’re one of those glass-half-empty types) by the faster runners lapping you, and you, in turn, can get a chance to encourage the runners you happen to pass.

And I gotta say NYRR provided a great spread this year, with bagels, potatoes, a variety of sweet and salty snacks, and lots of fluids both hot and cold. Thank you, volunteers!

Finally, thanks to whichever geoengineers are responsible for keeping the rain at bay for the better part of the race, even for the slower runners. My preferred ultra conditions skew toward summer days, but I guess that’s just me.

PaFoua Hang

(PC: Sara Devine)

This was my fourth time fun-running the NYC 60K. I was thrilled to see a strong PPTC turn-out this year. Andy Wong graciously offered to drive a few of us to the start line so I felt refreshed and calm when I got to Central Park. Shan Haq warmed up with me and we ran the first mile or so together. Then I started running with Brian Schwartz and Christy, and soon we were joined by Anh-Tuan Tran who ran with us for two loops. By the end of the fourth loop, I found myself alone and at the mercy of the noise in my head. On the sixth loop, I started fading and was relieved when Scott Edgerton joined me for a loop. We saw Joe Lyons and Bobbie DeMasco cheering around mile 25 and it was rejuvenating to see them after fighting against the rolling hills. Captain Adam Devine passed us shortly afterward and it was inspiring to see his energy—he was heading towards a big PR and I was really excited for him.

I ran the last three loops alone. Etan Levavi passed me during the seventh loop and gave me encouraging words as he continued on like a fresh gazelle galloping into the horizon of the rolling sister hills. I pushed onward against the angry hills and was greeted again by the most enthusiastic cheering squad of Joe and Bobbie. I continued to see both of them during another painful lap. On the ninth lap, most spectators have left because it started drizzling, but I was overcome with pressure and guilt that Joe and Bobbie might still be out on the course cheering. As much as I would rather have walked, I felt compelled to at least jog my way towards them JUST IN CASE they were still there and I was selfishly keeping them out longer in the cold just to wait for my hobby jogger’s victory lap. During mile 36, from 100 meters away, I can hear Joe screaming my name and cheering alone. It was incredibly uplifting.

I ran this ultra on a dangerously low mileage training cycle thanks to having fallen out of love with running after getting piriformis syndrome during the NJM training cycle. With the poor mileage, I ran NYCM as a fun touristy run and I also toed the 60K with the same nonchalant mindset. Thanks to everyone who came out to run, cheer, and offer moral support, I unexpectedly PR’d by 15 minutes during this fun run and came in 18 for overall women (WHAT?). Thank you, PPTC! Thank you, Sara Devine, for your encouragement at the end of EVERY LOOP. And Joe – this PR was really because of you since I would have gladly strolled the last loop if I didn’t expect you to still be out there. 🙂

Sam Smullen

(PC: Dave Leslie)

My first 60K felt like my very first marathon, except that for my first marathon the longest run I did was 10K. For the 60K, I ran 7 marathons and after a couple of those marathons, I felt good enough to run another half marathon. However, for the 60K I didn’t have a strategy like I did for my first marathon. My strategy for my first marathon was to do four 10K loops plus 1.4 miles. With each 10K, I reset my mind by saying to myself, “Groundhog Day”.

I was ill-prepared for the 60K and made frequent pit stops, which could have been avoided if I took the 60K seriously. I was toast after mile 30 but kept going because I have never DNF (“did not finish”) in any of the races that I’ve run before. I’ll do the 60K again, but with a strategy next time and be better prepared both mentally and physically.


(PC: Jose Baizan)

Let me tell you about two pizza deliveries that really meant something to me. The first and most remarkable one was in the mid-80s, Pakistan. I was maybe six, hated my grandma’s cooking, and the food didn’t stick to my ribs the same as it did back home.

Dad was coming to visit a week later to join mom, my sister, and me. I still remember the phone call with him, “Anything you want from America that you miss from home?”

“Dad, I want a pizza.”

A week later my father arrives in Islamabad, opened the suitcase and pulled out a pizza box. For a hungry kid who hated the food in Pakistan pooping his guts out every day, I can’t tell you how grateful I was to get that box of pizza.

Well, the second such instance of pizza delivery gratitude happened to me five hours into the race last Saturday, in Central Park NY. One of my favorite running buddies was waiting for me before the final loop of Central Park. She had a box of freshly made, piping hot pizza.

Special thanks to Sarah working the aid station for looking me in the eyes and firmly encouraging me to keep running.

Lastly, thanks for the pizza delivery, Jana.

Chaya Wolf’s NYC Marathon Recap

Meb + Chaya = BFFs (Photo Credit: Chaya Wolf)

by Chaya Wolf

Race: New York City Marathon

When: Nov 5, 2017

Where: New York City, NY

What a day! What a weekend! Still riding high and processing it all.

In the days leading up to the race, I had the privilege to hear from and meet Meb Keflezighi and chat with Bart Yasso. I’m not one to gush over celebs, but these guys are humble, have a wealth of knowledge in the sport and are such down to earth humans. It took star struck to a new level. They each shared different advice and words of encouragement and I had faith that Sunday would be a good day. After pseudo-injuries and heightened anxiety (thank you taper) were put to rest with kind words by my PT, I had a good feeling about taking on NYC for the second time. I had utilized the taper period and really made sure I was on top of my nutrition. I slept, stretched and foam rolled (btw – sleep is not overrated). I felt really ready for race day.

Going into the race I had two goals, which based on most of my training runs, I knew I could attain. My original plan was to find the pacer in my corral and hang with him. But I somehow managed to lose him before the corrals even moved to the base of the bridge. He disappeared out of my sight and into thin air. So we went with plan B and ran solo.

It’s funny actually. Somehow my entire day turned into a day full of plan Bs, and no not the one from the drugstore, more like the plan you choose when the first one fails. Yet I didn’t seem to mind. It all started in the morning when I thought I was going with a bus to Staten Island and ended up in an Uber heading to the ferry terminal in Manhattan. It continued when I ran solo and finished when I dropped any goal times I had and ran for fun and redemption. Why redemption? Well, two years ago I ran NYCM as my first marathon and it derailed on the Queensboro Bridge. My only focus after that was the finish line. I didn’t see anything, I didn’t remember anything. So when I finally did finish, stressing on the word finish, and got my medal, I promised myself I’d be back. And so on Sunday, I was back.

The race started out well. I stopped on the Verrazano Bridge for a photo and then realized I had just added on 2 min to my finishing time, but I didn’t care. I was going to enjoy the course, take in the sights and see what NYC was all about. Knowing that the PPTC cheer crew was at mile 7 and my #wolfpack was at mile 8 gave me good vibes all through Brooklyn. I actually noticed the diversity of people as we moved up the avenue. Hearing “Go Prospect Park!” by random strangers, scattered PPTCers shouting my name and so many little kids high fiving was so energizing. But it was humid and my breathing started to get labored. Somewhere over the Pulaski Bridge, I missed my halfway goal time and knew that any other sensible goals I had for the race were the out the window. Adding to the humidity that was already plaguing me, I realized I was blinder with my glasses than without and decided to just stick them in my armband. My apologies to anyone I didn’t respond to past the bridge. Chances are I probably didn’t see you 🙁

After deciding to ditch my goals, I took a page out of Bart Yasso’s book and just ran happily. I took in the sights and the people. I took it slow on the Queensboro Bridge, mentally prepared myself for the crowds at the turn and just had fun. I enjoyed the music, the cheering, and the insane crowds along First Ave, 5th Ave, and Central Park. I boogied in the Bronx, silently cheered YMCA and thanked Gd when my mile 17, 19, and 23 peeps were still there when I reached them. I didn’t really stop for anyone, but noticed many of you, in the rain, cheering. Some of you saw me at my lowest points, hurting and walking; some of you saw me determined and chasing something, not sure what. Somewhere on the Willis Ave Bridge and then again in Manhattan around mile 21, I felt like I wouldn’t finish and wondered why I was doing this again. So I walked, let my breathing regulate, looked around and let everything and everyone remind me why I signed up for this. I thought I picked up the pace again, but those last few miles turned out to be my slowest. Somehow I found some mojo on 59th street, pushed myself up the final hill and finished while it was still light.

In 2015, I sat in a medical tent at mile 20 and painfully and slowly walked the last 10k. I finished with an official time of 6:24:59. In 2017, I enjoyed the course and the people. I realized what a beautiful and diverse city we live in. I appreciated the immense support and camaraderie that exists in NYC. I valued how our city came together to encourage 51,000 stupid people who thought running 26.2 miles is fun. I finished crying because I didn’t stop for medical support and I succeeded in achieving what I set out to do 2 years ago. I finished with an official time of 5:19:41. It wasn’t my best time but it definitely was a good time.

You’d think that meeting Meb and Bart was enough, but my star-studded and fun-filled weekend actually ended when I went to get my medal engraved. As you walked into Jackrabbit there was a sign that said Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor were going to stop by for an hour. I had already taken the day off, so I hung around a little longer than expected. I bumped into some PPTC marathoners, heard both NYC marathon winners speak, got my medal ribbon autographed by both winners and took a picture with them. So let’s just say NYCM Class of 2017, you rocked!

2017 New York City Marathon Race Recap & The Last 10 Miles with a Side of Picnic

On an overcast and humid day on November 5th, after an early morning wake-up to go to Staten Island by ferry or bus (or Uber and ferry), over 50,000 athletes cruised over the Verrazano Bridge to start the NYC Marathon.

Here is PPTC by the numbers:
170 total PPTC members in NYC Marathon
16 PPTC members BQ’d
16 PPTC members completed their FIRST marathon.
Of those, 4 PPTCers BQ’d in their first marathon (Do we call this a running hat trick – PR, BQ,  & first marathon?).

Top 3 Men in PPTC

  1. Shan Haq (2:52:47)
  2. Ben Collier (2:57:20)
  3. Sean Quealy (2:58:05)

Top 3 Women in PPTC

  1. Jana Trenk (3:07:50)
  2. Katie Poor (3:10:47)
  3. Mary Johnston (3:15:40)

Congratulations to our Michael Ring for completing his 30th marathon with his son, Nicholas!!!!!!!! It was over 3 years ago when he became paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). After years of excellent medical treatment, hard work, and some setbacks, Mike realized his dream of once again crossing the finish line in Central Park.


Marcia Brown
4th in her age group (60-65)

Ben Allison
27-min PR

Nicholas Cohen
0:02:23 PR and BQ
I raised $3,000 for my friend Mateo’s prosthetic leg

Julie Raskin
First marathon PR
PPTC IS AMAZING! I am so grateful for the support of the club- from the training to the magical tree all the way to the finish line. And walking into PS 87 to the cheers (and the beer) was moving beyond words!

Crystal Cun
50-min PR & BQ
Raised money for $4876 for Legal Services
Crystal was too modest to say,  but she was the fastest fundraiser that Legal Services has ever had.

Mey Chery
25-min PR & 6-month post-surgery

Sam Smullen

Jimmy Leung
PR & completed 3 of the 6 World Major Marathons

Jennie Matz

Noah Devereaux
PR, BQ, & first marathon!

Shane Shifflett
First marathon PR

Katie Daddaria
5-min PR on her birthday
I’ve been dealing with/recovering from PF most of the year. I cannot fathom how I did so well. Also, it was my birthday! Really amazing day. 🙂

Jana Trenk
Not only the fastest PPTC woman, but 4th fastest overall in PPTC, & 125th American female finisher in the race

Isabel Santiago-Gordon
9-min PR
I found NYCM so amazing that I want to do it again.

Jack Coogan
PR, BQ, & first marathon!
Thanks to the Tuesday morning MTG and the Last 10 Mile Run for getting me as ready as I could be.

Mary Johnston
6+ min PR & 2nd BQ
14th in her age group (20-25)

Hilary Lawton
First marathon PR
Huge thank you to Tony and Charlene- their class was great for helping with my speed work and for meeting other wonderful PPTCers!

Kirsty Carroll
29-min PR & BQ
I ran my last marathon 11 years ago.

Aung Barteaux
PR, BQ, & first marathon!

Mike Roberts
First marathon PR

Michael Ring
Completed his 30th marathon

Robert DeMasco
32-min PR

Stuart Kaplan
First marathon PR
Even though I hit the wall, if it wasn’t for Matteo and Melissa pushing me along, I might not have finished.

Ricardo Dias

Pamela Ritchie
PR, BQ, & first marathon!
Shoutout to Isaac Josephson for being my running ambassador, and Kristen Uhrich who I feel is my running soulmate.

Adam Iannazzone
First marathon PR

Melissa Lee
First marathon PR

Patrick Huang
20-min PR
Thanks for the support from PPTC and teammates

Eric Levenstein
First marathon PR

Lisa Maya Knaur
Almost 14-min PR

Carlos Vasquez
20-min PR

Isaac Josephson
3-min PR & 7-min course PR
I beat Ethan Hawke’s time.

Sara Devine
First marathon PR

Rachel Pennycuick

Emily Rinehart

Sarah Singer

Holly Chase

Michael Trenk

Rosalba Perna

Maggie Carr
First marathon after 2 years of injury
Seeing PPTC all over the city, whether as spectators or fellow runners, made my first marathon even more special. Special shoutout to Coaches Missy, Adam, and Michael for organizing MTG – that preparation was key to fighting through the last few miles!

David Hantman
9.5-min course PR
He raised $1,600 for the MVRP Foundation and is still accepting donations until 12/31/17 (donate here:

Shan Haq

Mary Turnbach
4.5-min PR

Sarah Bass
First marathon PR

Gabrielle Napolitano
First marathon PR

Jackie James
First marathon PR

Samantha Storey
First marathon PR

Acknowledgments of the volunteers and sponsors
Thank you to PPTC for funding the Fall Picnic, to Peter Forgach of Saucony for providing blankets to PPTCers on marathon morning (he drove from Manhattan at 3 am to deliver them!), and to Jackrabbit for letting us use their store.

Fall Picnic Organizers
Crystal Cun
Adam Iannazzone 
Lillian Park

Last 10 Miles Volunteers
Sherry Wang
Murray Rosenblith
Roshan Leslie
Adam Devine
Melissa Morrison

NYC Marathon Volunteers
Janet Gottlieb
Anh-Tuan Tran
Murray Rosenblith
Emma Walker
Geoffry Gertz
David Coleman
Isaac Murchie
Fanny Greene
Amy Sowder
Jane Yau
Roshan Leslie
James Israel
all photos on this page were taken by Marek Stepniowski
and of course, to all PPTC members who stood on the sidelines to cheer and cowbell.

Comments and thoughts from our participants

I participated in the Last 10 miles and found it so helpful! Thanks PPTC for all your support and amazing members that inspire us!  ~ Isabel

I also ran the last 10M – it was so helpful knowing what was to come in the later parts of yesterday’s race.  PPTC pacers and volunteers were awesome! ~Kirsty

I thought the Last 10 Mile Run was really helpful. At least during my last 800 meters, I knew where the finish line was going to be and that helped a ton because I knew when I could pick up the speed at the end. ~Aung

Last 10 miles was so useful. 5th ave and CP hills sucked, but I knew they were coming and so I found a final push to get over them! I’ve been amazed how open, friendly, and encouraging the club has been to all newcomers, knowing that I’m sure most of us will disappear into the ether post marathon. I’m very much going to try not to be one of those people. ~Mike
For the “last 10” I led a pace group (the last one, which collapsed 13:00 and 14:00). I’d originally volunteered for 13:00 but no one volunteered to lead 14:00 so I tried to incorporate anyone who was slower than 12:00, basically. I’d never paced before, and I think I led us a little too fast (our average pace was 12:38 according to my Garmin). So maybe some tips on how to be a successful pace leader would be helpful. Our group did spread out a bit in the last three miles and the person who’d fallen the farthest behind took a wrong turn in the park, but everyone did finish. What I’d have done differently would have been to give out my phone number to everyone in the group in case anyone fell way behind or decided to drop out so that I would know. ~Lisa
I also participated in last 10 mile and the picnic and have to say that both events were awesome.  The last 10 was a great way for me to know what to expect in the Marathon. ~Stuart
I participated in the last 10 miles also. It really helped me learn what to expect, especially the elevation changes. I believe it was part of the reason I didn’t hit the wall. ~Carlos
re: Picnic

It’s been a bit less than a year since I joined PPTC, and this was the first event I’d organized for the club. In many ways, I still feel like a green member, but it was nice to see so many familiar faces and reflect on all the new runships I’ve formed over the last year.

re: last 10 miles
He doesn’t know it, but my marathon training strategy has basically been: 1) Show up every Sat at 8 am. 2) Follow Oren for 20 miles, or until I can’t keep up. 3) Repeat.

At the last ten miles, Oren steered our 8:30 pace group like a metronome, nailing every turn in the Bronx and telling us where to conserve energy. He wins my vote for Marathon Sherpa of the Year.

…Also, we can’t forget the poncho. When Murray held up a brightly colored wrap and said, “Who wants a serape?” my hand immediately shot up. Now that marathon training is done, my biggest dilemma is whether to use the poncho as throwaway clothing or keep it. #ponchostruggleisreal ~Crystal

PRs, BQs, & AGs! Oh my!

Photo credit: Mark Guralnick

After several long weeks of sweating out miles in heat and humidity, cool crisp fall weather is finally here! And with it, PPTC members have been reaping the rewards of hot summer training.

Mark Guralnick
Brooklyn Greenway Half
3rd AG award (60-69)

Photo credit: Noah Devereaux

Noah Devereaux
Staten Island Half Marathon
7-min PR
He would like us to know that he actually raced this time, unlike the previous race, Bronx 10-miler.

Danielle Fagenblat
Staten Island Half Marathon

Colleen Lynch
Chicago Marathon

Efren Caballes
Chicago Marathon

Jimmy Leung
Berlin & Chicago Marathons
Completed 2 of the 6 Abbot World Majors Marathons so far. Will complete the 3rd at NYC Marathon.

Photo credit: Colleen Lynch

Alex Kolod
Brooklyn RocknRoll 5-Miler
PR & 2nd AG award

Roshan Leslie
Twin Cities Marathon
34-min PR
She also won a pair of Brooks Levitate shoes due to her race performance! She had a faster split time between mile markers 21 and 22 (hardest part of the course due to hills) than the average pace from the start of the race to the beginning of 21.

Etan Levavi
Bay Ridge Half Marathon
2nd place overall

Jacqueline James
Bay Ridge Half Marathon
1st AG (50-54)

Etan Levavi
Music that Heals 5K
1st place overall

Emily Albarillo
Portland Marathon

Frans Albarillo 
Portland Marathon
First marathon and automatic PR

Lillian Park
Wineglass Half Marathon
3-min PR

Michael Ring
Staten Island Half Marathon
He remembered how much fun it was to run in the rain and the police played Eye of the Tiger just for him.

Wallis Finger
Denver Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon
PR (8.5 months postpartum)