PPTCers have sweet thoughts after a bitter Cherry Tree

It might have been Valentine’s Day, but around 9:55 a.m. on Sunday morning in Prospect Park, there weren’t many runners in love with the prospect of racing.

The reason, of course, was the frigid weather. One of the Prospect Park Track Club’s signature events, the Cherry Tree 10-Miler & Relay, just happened to fall on one of the coldest mornings in years. The temperature at race time was in the single digits and the wind made it feel less than zero.

“I’ve never run a PPTC race before,” said recent member Nicholas Cohen before he headed to the starting line. “I guess this is trial by fire – or more like ice.”

Racers and volunteers, all warming up. (Photo: Tifenn Python)
Racers, volunteers, and cheerers, all warming up. (Tifenn Python)

Not all members were daunted by the thermometer. Bjorn Arnsten, a native of Norway who ran the relay race with his two sons, took the weather in stride. “It’s like springtime,” he said. “We get this kind of weather in Norway in May.”

Etan Levavi, another new PPTC member, was mildly apprehensive before the starting horn blared. “I’ve never run in such cold weather,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Adam Devine's post-race selfie.
Adam Devine’s post-race selfie.

Levavi did just fine, registering the fastest time of any PPTC club member, finishing the 10-miler in 1:02:40. That placed him 16th overall, good for second in the male 20-24 age group. [Click here for all results]

Shan Haq, who finished just behind Levavi in 1:03:14 (3rd in male 20-24), was among the daring few who ran in shorts. “I drove up from Delaware this morning,” he explained. “It was a lot warmer there.”

Overall, the PPTC men had six out of the first 30 finishers. Following Levavi and Haq were Spencer Gallop (21st), Arnie Flores (24th, also in shorts), Tyghe Trimble (27th) and Allan Co (29th).

PPTC rock star Mariela Quintana, the fastest woman from Brooklyn in the 2015 New York City Marathon, led the club’s women’s team. Quintana was the fourth woman finisher overall, running a 1:06:26.

Quintana acknowledged the conditions weren’t optimal and her time was a bit slower than she had hoped. “It was a tough race, but I am proud of myself and everyone who came out,” she said. “I’ll use it as incentive to train harder for the warmer and faster spring races ahead!”

Crazy men. (Photo: Andy Wong)
Crazy men. (Andy Wong)

Other notable finishes from PPTC women included Jana Trenk, who ran the course in 1:09:40, good for third in the female 25-29 age group.

Hats off to Emily Whitfield. Her 1:17:52 made her the fastest woman ages 50-54. And kudos also go to Joelle Reeves, who took home a coveted beer mug for finishing third in the female ages 30-34 group.

After the race, many runners reported that the weather conditions, while difficult, were perhaps better than they had feared. The wind was a factor on the uphills at Grand Army Plaza, but it was comparatively warm on other parts of the course.

Trenk called it a strange race, one in which her pace varied widely. “Some miles I did in the 6:30 range, others were 7:30s,” she said.

Ultimately, it was a day in which the volunteers, more than the runners themselves, deserved the medals for braving the elements and putting on a great race.

#CherryTree2016 results!


Nearly 650 runners braved single-digit temperatures this morning to run the 2016 PPTC Cherry Tree 10-Miler & Relay! Thanks to everyone who came out.

Be sure to check out the official PPTC race report!

Note to prize winners: if you finished in the top three in your age group and did not collect your prize, please join us at the next PPTC General Membership Meeting:

Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.
Da Nonna Rosa, 7th Avenue between Carroll and Garfield

“It was a lot more fun than I expected,” said PPTC member Megan Dee, who ran the full ten miles. “It was neat to be out there alone, without any cyclists or other people in the park.”

“I was pleased that I was able to survive this challenge,” wrote Lisa Swan. Check out her full recap here.

If you’d like to share your experience about the race, we’d love to hear it! Email us at cherrytree@pptc.org.

You can also use the hashtag #CherryTree2016 on Twitter and Instagram.

Congratulations to our top individual finishers in the 10-Miler:

2016 cherry tree top males2016 cherry tree top female
L: Thomas Beedell & Matthew Lacey.  R: Catherine Beck.

Top Males:

1 Thomas Beedell Woodford Green AC 54:22
2 Jerry Faulkner New York Athletic Club 55:31
3 Matthew Lacey Central Park Track Club 55:48

Top Females:

1 Catherine Beck Central Park Track Club 1:01:47
2 Paige Yellen Greater New York Racing Team 1:03:20
3 Laura Coogan North Brooklyn Runners 1:03:42

You can find all results here. Use the drop-down menu near the top right to switch between individual and relay results.

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Congratulations to our top relay teams, as well:

Males – 56:43
Short Shorts (Ben Schippers, Jon Schippers, Ricky Reusser)

Females – 1:06:42
NBR Women (Angela Ortiz, Taeya Konishi Schogel, Tien-Tien Yu)

Coed – 1:04:27
Dashing Whippets (Alex Noble, Matthew Wong, Kim Velsey)

Masters Males – 1:03:09
NBR152 (Drew Reynolds, Quinn Batson, Alun Williams)

Masters Females – 1:23:20
Strangers in the Park (Laura Stephen, Mary Haskins, Hilary Lorenz)

Youth Runners – 1:14:15
I.S. 223 Team A (Azwad Sourav, Md Nashir Huddin, Justin Ruiz)

Thanks again to everyone who ran, volunteered, and cheered this morning!

The 2016 PPTC Cherry Tree 10-Miler & Relay



Do you think you have what it takes to run three loops of Prospect Park in the middle of February?

Yes: Great – welcome to the 2016 PPTC Cherry Tree 10-Miler!

No: How about splitting the task with two of your buddies?

On Sunday, February 14th, 2016, join us for the 20th Annual Prospect Park Track Club Cherry Tree 10-Miler & Relay. Both races will begin at 10:00 a.m. SHARP.

NOTE: If you took a deferral from last year due to the snowstorm, you do not have to register again.

Register for the 10 Miler here

Register for the three person relay here

Course: three loops of Prospect Park, starting and finishing on East Drive near the Lakeside Center, across from the Lincoln Road entrance. (Please note this is a different location from previous years.) Course Map.

In the interest of safety, the use of headphones is strongly discouraged; pets and strollers are prohibited.

Awards: Cash awards to the top 3 overall men and women in the 10-Miler ($100 first, $50 second, $25 third). Awards to the top 3 in the 10-Miler in each age group: Men / Women 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+.

Awards for relay teams are as follows: fastest team in each gender; fastest coed team; fastest team where sum of age is over 150; fastest team where sum of age is under 60.

Packet Pickup:

Thu 2/11 JackRabbit Union Square 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/12 JackRabbit Park Slope 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Sat 2/13 JackRabbit Park Slope 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Sun 2/14 Bluestone Café at Lakeside Center 8:00-9:30 a.m.

In-person registration will be available if space permits; however, there will be no race day registration for relay teams.

Baggage Check: at the Bluestone Café at the Lakeside Center.

Course Facilities & Post-Race Refreshments: Toilets at start/finish, two water stations on the course plus at Finish area. Bagels, spreads, fruit and hot chocolate will be available at the Bluestone Café at Lakeside Center.

Getting to the Race: Closest subway is the Q at Prospect Park. (The B train does not run on weekends.) Please check MTA Trip Planner for directions and service changes.

If you are driving you can find directions on Google Maps – please be aware that street parking may be limited, so we encourage you to use mass transit. We anticipate the Lakeside Center parking lot will be unavailable.


Deadline Individual Relay team
December 1 $20 $60
January 28 $25 $75
thereafter $35 $105

PPTC members receive an automatic 15% discount, provided they have joined or renewed their membership through the NYCRUNS website.

If your PPTC member discount is not reflected in your registration price, please do not complete your payment until you email membership@pptc.org so we can fix the issue.

If you are not a member of PPTC and would like to join, please click here.

Race Cap & Time Limit: The 10-Miler and Relay are capped at a total of 1,500 entrants combined. The official time limit is 2 hours, 30 minutes (15 minutes per mile).

The standard no refunds, no deferrals, no transfers policies apply for this race.

And, yes – this race is on Valentine’s Day! As an added bonus, if you believe Ghostbusters II, you know it will be the last day of the world.

2014 Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay

The Race For The Hardcore Is Back!

Join Prospect Park Track Club on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay.


and check out these photos on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.556217581141904.1073741845.354403171323347&type=3 and these from The NYC Running Source


To register online go to NYCRUNS to register for the 10 Miler or 3 Person Relay. Sign up by early for the lowest available price.

For more info, click here >>Entry Fees

10 Miler

Through 1/28

1/29 – 2/12*

2/13 – Race Day**

PPTC Members









3 Person Relay (per team)

Through 1/28

1/29 – 2/12*

2/13 – Race Day**

PPTC Members








* online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th, space permitting.

** if space permits.

***there will be no race day registration for the relay

This race is capped to ensure a quality event.  All registered participants will receive a race souvenir.

Packet Pickup 

Thursday, February 13th, 4:00 – 6:45 p.m.
JackRabbit Sports Union Square store, 42 W 14th Street (between 5th & 6th Aves) Map

Friday, February 14th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and
Saturday, February 15th, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
JackRabbit Sports Park Slope store, 151 7th Avenue (between Carroll St & Garfield Pl) Map

Race-day pickup will take place from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Bishop Ford High School Cafeteria, 19th Street & Prospect Park West. To ensure all runners get to the start line on time, pickup will close at 9:30 a.m. SHARP!  Bibs will not be distributed in Prospect Park


This year we plan to return to the traditional Start / Finish (and Relay Transition) at West Drive and Center Drive (adjacent to the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance).  Click here for a great Map My Run link that includes an elevation chart

For safety sake, use of headphones is discouraged, pets and strollers not allowed.

Create Maps or search from 80 million at MapMyRun


Timing mats will remain active for 150 minutes to accommodate participants running up to a 15 minute mile.

Baggage Check

You can check your bag at either Bishop Ford High School or at the Start / Finish area in Prospect Park. Please leave your valuables at home – Prospect Park Track Club is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Post-Race Activities at Bishop Ford High School

  • Bagels and hot chocolate
  • FREE massage by students of The Swedish Institute
  • Awards will be available following the race at Bishop Ford High School.

10 Miler Awards:

Cash awards to the Top 3 overall Men and Women in the 10 Miler: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place

Awards to the Top 3 in the 10 Miler in each age group: Men / Women 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+

Awards to the first PPTC Member, Men/Women

Relay Team Awards:

Top  Men, Women and Co-ed Relay Teams

Top  Youth / Masters Relay Teams – Sum of Age under 35,  and over 150 years of age Relay Teams

No duplication of individual awards. Unclaimed awards will be available at the following general meeting of the Prospect Park Track Club, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Slope Ale House, 6th Ave and 5th St.  Please email cherrytree@pptc.org if you are going to be picking up your award.

Directions to Bishop Ford High School

By Car: BQE to Prospect Expressway – 10th Avenue Exit. Make right at stop sign. Bishop Ford is on the right. There is usually plenty of parking near the school. Registration is in the gym – the entrance is on 19th Street and Prospect Park West.Map

By Bus: Bishop Ford is accessible by the B61, B67 and B69 bus lines.

By Subway: F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park Station. Walk 5 blocks on Prospect Park West to 19th Street.  Always check with www.mta.info before starting your trip.

We will be having an athletic clothing drive.  We are going to collect any clean, used and usable athletic clothing and equipment.  It can be dropped off at the Bishop Ford Cafeteria during the Cherry Tree.  This clothing and equipment will be drop-shipped to Belize to assist the Belize Amateur Athletic Association


2013 Cherry Tree: hardcore, indeed

Here are the results for the individual and relay events.

Photo credit: Anne Perzeszty

We bill the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay as “The Race for the Hardcore”, and Sunday’s 2013 installment showed why.

The thermometer was a few ticks below freezing when the gun went off at 10 a.m. – not a big deal, really. The wind was the bigger story, its gusts of up to 50 miles per hour bringing the chill to the low teens. (Many reported the worst was the ascent up Zoo Hill.) We considered ourselves lucky, though, as the week began with the prediction of another significant winter storm.

650 individual runners and 134 relay teams completed the three loops of Prospect Park. Mike Cassidy (52:18) of Greater New York Running Club and Lauren Perkins (1:03:35) of the New York Harriers took home top solo honors, while four relay teams (two from Central Park Track Club – New Balance and two from Front Runners New York) broke the hour mark.

We’re still thawing out our fingers, so we’ll leave it at that for now. Expect to see more here and on our blog in the coming days.

2013 Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay

The Race For The Hardcore Is Back! Results can be found here

Join Prospect Park Track Club on Sunday, February 17th at 10 A.M. for the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay.

SAVE MONEY! REGISTER EARLY! REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ONCE THE 1,500 ENTRANT LIMIT IS REACHED. There will be in-person registration at JackRabbit and/or Bishop Ford. Online registration will close early if the limit is reached before Wednesday, February 13th.

To register online go to NYCRUNS to register for the 10 Miler or 3 Person Relay. Sign up by February 13 for the lowest available price. To print and mail in an application for the race click here.

For more info, click here >> Continue reading 2013 Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay

Cherry Tree 10 miler

Cherry Tree 10 Miler and Relay: A Race For The Hardcore

Join Prospect Park Track Club in February for the Annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay. 2013 date to be announced.
Questions: CherryTree@PPTC.org
2012 Race in review: Please note that these details are specific to the 2012 race and may or may not be relevant in 2013!
The 2012 race started on Wellhouse Drive and the finish was just inside Center Drive.


10M Awards:

  • Cash Awards for Top 3 10M Overall, men and women – $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place
  • Top 3 10M in each age group: Men/Women: 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
  • First PPTC Member, Men/Women

Relay Team Awards:

  • Top 3 Men, Women and Co-ed Relay Teams
  • Youth / Master Relay Team Awards:
  • Top 3 Sum of age under 35, under 30, under 25 and over 150 years of age Relay Teams

No duplication of individual awards.
All awards will be based on “gun time”, that is from the time the race starts until the runner passes the finish line. Chip times are provided

for informational purposes only.
Also enjoy a FREE post race massage courtesy of the students at The Swedish Institute