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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 >>

Team Target Races

Upcoming local races and NYRR Club Points races are listed on the Target Races Spreadsheet. Add your name if you plan to race with PPTC at these events and include your target pace / finish time if you’re interested in pacing with your PPTC teammates. Feel free to add other events to this spreadsheet so that we can join you on the course or cheer from the sidelines. Contact Lynda Mules or Tom Tobin (email for more information.

Social Events

What do PPTC members do when they’re not running?  It’s no surprise that runners like to hang out with other runners.  It’s also no surprise that many of our social activities actually do involve running.  Here’s a sampling of our  recent social events.

Palisades Run and Picnic:

– Following a successful group run/hike through the Palisades earlier in the summer, a group of about 15 PPTC members returned to the Palisades to run, bike, and picnic in early September 2012.

Free Fireworks Fridays Group Run:

Friday evenings during the summer of 2012. The group met in Prospect Park for a 6 mile run down Ocean Parkway to Coney Island to watch the free fireworks show, kick back some beers, sing karaoke, ride the Cyclone, dance on the beach and enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer.  This was a great opportunity to meet some new running buds, take advantage of free entertainment and hang out with an awesome group of people in Coney Island.

NYRR Team Championships:

Each August, PPTC represents in full force at the NYRR Team Championships and celebrates the day with a post-race picnic.

Post-Race Brunches:

PPTC members like to eat!  We often gather for brunch after key races to celebrate our individual and team accomplishments.

Brooklyn Half Beach Picnic:

The NYRR Brooklyn Half is a PPTC favorite — we show up in full force to defend our turf and run the best borough in this May event!  What better way to celebrate than with a picnic on the beach!

Movie Night and Discussion:

On Friday December 9, 2011, about 20-25 PPTC members and friends gathered together to
– view and discuss the Evolution Running DVD and videos on CHI, Pose, and other approaches to “natural” running
– hear from Frank Deleo on minimalist footwear, barefoot running, and his own foray into constructing and running in huaraches
– eat, drink and be merry!

Happy Hours and other revelry:

You’ll find us, from time to time, swapping running stories and advice over a cold brew at one of the local watering holes.


Volunteer Recognition Program

In 2011, PPTC initiated a Volunteer Recognition program to reward our members for volunteer service.  Members who perform ten hours of volunteer service to PPTC in the calendar year are rewarded with options such as PPTC gear, free race entry, and free membership dues.

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in service to the Club:  helping at PPTC races and other events such as the monthly General Membership meeting, volunteering on NYC Marathon day with the pre-race bus or post-race school activities, participating on committees, etc.

Around the Park

Check back here for our next edition of Around the Park, the PPTC newsletter.

Newsletter Archives:


Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter


January 2011 Newsletter
April/May 2011 Newsletter


January 2010 Newsletter
March 2010 Newsletter
April 2010 Newsletter
August 2010 Newsletter
September 2010 Newsletter
October 2010 Newsletter
November/December 2010 Newsletter

Connect with PPTC


This is a new vehicle for an Open Communication Forum by the members, and for the members. This group is not for official messages from PPTC, but for members to voice their opinions or concerns, post comments, connect with other runners, start a topic for discussion, or share new ideas that the entire PPTC membership can benefit.


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Join or Renew!

Founded over 30 years ago, the Prospect Park Track Club (PPTC) is Brooklyn’s largest and most active running club, with a membership that extends well beyond the neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park.

We have a lot to offer runners of every age and ability, including monthly meetings with guest speakers, a subscription to our club newsletter, Around the Park, swim clinics, group runs, speed workouts , a great club picnic and relay in the summer, and an awards party in the winter.

PPTC’s Races

The Cherry Tree 10M and the 5M Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are our two premier races for local runners. In the summer, we also host our classic six-race speed series on Wednesday nights. And rain or shine, on New Year’s Day you’ll see us in the park for “Harry’s Handicap,” our famous 3.35-mile race with a staggered start – so anybody can win. Many of the recurring Brooklyn races owe their start to the mentoring and assistance they received from PPTC.

Marathon Support

If you’re a marathoner, PPTC provides great support before and after your race, including group training runs through the summer and fall as you build your mileage, an organized running tour of the “last 10 miles” of the NYC Marathon course, a bus to the NYC Marathon start from Brooklyn and, after your triumphant race, an indoor meeting area and party near the finish line at Central Park.

Volunteer Opportunities

Although running is our main endeavor, PPTC also contributes to many organizations throughout the course of the year, including The Prospect Park Alliance, Bishop Ford High School track teams, the Red Cross and the Prospect Park YMCA .

And for the Hooligans…

Runners are generally a wacky group and our other organized social events also live up to this billing, park runs followed by brunch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Chinese New Year/Martin Luther King Day. We also organize some non-running social activities and are open to all suggestions. In the past we’ve gone bowling, taken fall foliage tours up the Hudson, ice skating and outings to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play ball.

Join Us

Most of all, PPTC offers the support and camaraderie of some of the greatest people you’ll ever want to spend a few sweaty miles with. No matter what your age or ability, whether you are a beginner, a triathlete, a veteran marathoner, or even ultra-marathoner, there’s a place for you in the Prospect Park Track


Membership Application

We have a lot to offer runners of every age and ability, including monthly meetings with guest speakers, a subscription to our club newsletter, Around the Park, group runs, speed workouts, a great club picnic and relay in the summer and an awards party in the winter, plus social events to appeal to the hooligan in all of us.

To join online, please click here to become a member or renew your membership with the Prospect Park Track Club. We think you will find the online option (administered by NYCRUNS.COM) to be the easiest and most convenient method to join or renew your membership. However, if you prefer, you can continue to mail in your new or renewal membership applications.

Click here for a printable Membership Application Form. Please mail your completed application, along with your payment by check, to:

PO Box 150658
Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn, NY 11215-0658

If you have any questions, please e-mail


PPTC has been helping to promote the launching of the Prospect Park Youth Running Club, and we are glad to report that the response has been well beyond expectations. Current information on the group, headed by Sean Rice, long time track coach of Midwood HS, can be accessed at

Register Early for the 2012 Turkey Trot


Online Registration: Closes at 12 midnight, Saturday, November 17. The first 2500 registrants are guaranteed a race souvenir.

Online or Postmarkedby 11/4/2012 $16 $25
11/5/2012 – 11/17/2012 $20 $30
Packet Pickup Or Race Day $40 $30
Race Packet Pickup and In-Person Registration (if available):
  • Sunday, November 18th (4 – 6 pm)
JackRabbit Sports Manhattan, Upper East Side, 1255 Lexington Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets.
  • Monday, November 19th (4 – 7pm)
JackRabbit Sports Manhattan, Union Square, 42 West 14th Street
  • Tuesday, November 20th (4 – 7pm)
JackRabbit Sports Brooklyn, 151 7th Ave/Carroll St.
  • Wednesday, November 21st (12 – 6pm)
JackRabbit Sports Brooklyn, 151 7th Ave/Carroll St.


Packet Pickup and In-Person Registration (if available):  7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Audubon Center, off the East Drive. Separate entrances for pre-registered runners. Race will start at 9 a.m. SHARP! No credit cards; cash or checks only.

Baggage Check: Bag check will be provided at the Oriental Pavilion. PPTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Awards: Holiday pies to first three male and female finishers overall and first Bishop Ford alumni finisher. Medals to all registered finishers. Registered runners will be timed. Finishing order based on net times and posted at

Getting To The Race:

By Subway: Q train to Prospect Park Station. Exit towards front of train at Lincoln Road. Park is to the right.

By Bus: B12 to Parkside Ave. and Ocean Ave. B16 or B43 to Lincoln Rd. and Ocean Ave. B41 to Lincoln Rd. and Flatbush Ave.


Race Contact: