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.


The 2013 PPTC Turkey Trot sponsored by JackRabbit Sports

November 28, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

In partnership with the Bishop Ford Track Teams

Update, November 14th: the Turkey Trot is SOLD OUT. Thank you for making this such a successful event!

Results can be found here


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.

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. If there are still spots available on November 24, the price will be $40. There is NO race-day registration.  The race is sold out.

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, or if you’re the first Bishop Ford alum, 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.



Jack Rabbit locations:

Manhattan,  Upper West Side, 72nd St. between Broadway and Columbus Ave. Sunday, November 24, 4-6 p.m

Manhattan, Union Square, 42 West 14th St., between 5th and 6th Aves. Monday. November 25,  4-7 p.m.

Brooklyn, 151 7th Ave. between Garfield & Carroll Sts. Tuesday, November 26, 4-7 p.m. and Wednesday, November 27, 12 noon to 6 p.m.


7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Audubon Center off the East Drive.



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There will be no leaves on Thanksgiving.

Highlights of the 2013 Annual Celebration

Nearly one hundred PPTC members and friends convened at Monte’s in Gowanus on February 22 for the annual “celebration dinner”. Delicious buffet food and generous pours were in abundance, as were good cheer and camaraderie.

After dinner, President Tom Meany and the Celebration Committee (Jason Horowitz, Lynda Mules, Tom Tobin) bestowed honors on many of the club’s members. There were a few surprises along the way, as well.

The board presented the members of the Technology Committee (Yvetta Barner, Meaghan Horner, Krishna Kumbhar, Jerry Luna, David Simandl) with gift certificates to JackRabbit. These code-literate members volunteered many hours to revamp the PPTC website.

The members of the women’s masters team from the previous weekend’s Millrose Games presented Coach Tony Watson with a signed baton in thanks for his training efforts and advice.

The club announced a $250 donation to Coney Recovers. Charlene Kohler-Britton added $100 to this total, the amount she won in the “Run Brooklyn” drawing.

To conclude the presentation, Regina Cahill introduced a slideshow of Harry Murphy’s era of PPTC leadership, marking 20 years since his passing. Several of Harry’s contemporaries gave moving speeches honoring his legacy.

Over at his site (which might have the longest name in the blogosphere), PPTC Vice President and course-measurer extraordinaire Michael Ring reflects on receiving the “Ultra Runner of the Year” award:

As a sprinter I embarrassed myself, but no matter how long the race I finished. So, I was a distance runner. In 4 years of track I never scored in a race. However, I gained the respect and friendship of my teammates, because I ran as fast and as far as I could.

Now fast forward 36 years from my freshman year at Sheepshead Bay High School.

Read the rest here.

Now, for the full list of award winners:

Continue reading Highlights of the 2013 Annual Celebration

PPTC and Hurricane Sandy relief

Each day since Sandy tore through our area, thousands of Brooklynites have rolled up their sleeves to help with recovery. PPTC has been right there beside its neighbors. Although many of us have been pitching in on an individual basis, there have been several occasions when a “sea of red” came together:

  • We’ve been well represented at the two Park Slope shelters: John Jay High School and the Armory. John Jay has returned to normal, but the Armory – a good friend of PPTC, as those who have done Coach Tony’s speed class know – is still serving over 250 evacuees and would love your help (15th Street between 7th and 8th).
  • The 2012 Walk/Run for Prospect Park was held on November 3. With a large proportion of the nearly 2,000 participants registering on race day, lines were long, but spirits were high. PPTC was a sponsor, and dozens of members volunteered at the registration table and around the course. The Prospect Park Alliance raised $60,000, all of which will go to recovery! Continue reading PPTC and Hurricane Sandy relief