Welcome to Prospect Park Track Club!

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

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

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The Al Goldstein Speed Series Is Coming!

PPTC is gearing up for another great Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series presented by JackRabbit!   The 2014 Summer Speed Series 5K races will be held every other Wednesday evening starting on May 21, followed by June 4 and 18; July 2, 16 and 30; and August 13 and 28.  Online registration for the entire 2014 series or for any of the 8 scheduled races is available here.

Please continue to read for important changes to the staging area, course, and registration process.

For at least the first few races of the series, registration, bag check, and the post race will be at The Peristyle, adjacent to the finish line.  The starting line is just on the main drive in the park near where Parkside Ave. intersects Ocean Ave.  The nearest subway is Parkside Ave.  This map indicates these locations.

We also have a new entry fee structure for 2014. In a nutshell, we’d really like it if you register online. In order to “incentivize” you, we are increasing in-person registration at the park to $10, cash only.  This is due to the additional effort required for last-minute data entry.  It’s a lot easier for us if you sign up in advance. It helps us produce the results quicker and with much greater accuracy – improving the race for all.

Until June 3rd, you can register online for the entire series – all 8 races – for only $25.  When you pay for the entire series up front, you will receive a bib with a timing chip that you will use at each race. Bibs are non-transferable.   **If you don’t bring your bib, you will have to pay the in-person registration fee of $10.**

If you don’t want to sign up for the entire series, you can register online for any of the 8 scheduled dates, until 3 pm on each race day.  Online entry fee is $5.  You’ll still be able to make a last-minute decision to race and save some cash!

Also if you want to sign up a large group and pay all at once, please email theteam@nycruns.com in advance of the race.  They will be happy to accommodate you.

Number pick-up and in-person registration start at 6 pm. In person sign up closes at 6:45 pm and the race starts as soon as possible after that. We make an announcement and head to the start as a group.  Timing mats will only be at the finish line, so don’t be late. Following the race we will distribute awards at the Peristyle. Results will be posted at here.

We race rain or shine but thunderstorms make last minute cancellations a possibility. The decision to cancel will be made from the park at the start of the race.  We don’t cancel the race because of a forecast.

You don’t have to be fast to enter, but these races will help you find out how fast you can be. You don’t have to run to have fun either, instead you can support your fellow runners by being a volunteer. Email membership@pptc.org if you want to volunteer.

For all questions, please email membership@pptc.org.



PPTC SpeedRead 4/4

Hey PPTC Members!

We now have our own email address speedread@pptc.org so hit us up there to let us know what’s going on in the world of PPTC. Here’s what’s on tap this week.

  • The polls are open until Sunday. Vote for two new board members by then!
  • Saturday and Sunday we have group runs starting at Grand Army Plaza outside the main entrance to the park. Saturday’s run starts at 8AM and Sunday’s starts at 9AM. Be on time.
  • The general meeting is Monday April 7th! That takes place at 7PM at the Park Slope Ale House on 6th Avenue & 4th St. Free beer! Free food!
  • The meeting is your next chance to pick up some sweet PPTC swag! We are out of some sizes but expect to have a replenishment of singlets in time for the May meeting and the Brooklyn Half. Represent!
  • Are you part of an online PPTC group other members might not know about? Check out the PPTC Strava Group and send us other groups we may not be aware of.
  • Are you running the Brooklyn Half? You’re not? Perfect! Sign up here to help out at the PPTC water station and make sure you wear that new swag!

That’s it! Make sure to let us know about anything we might be missing that’s going on in the world of PPTC!

See you out there!
The Communication Committee

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


Weekend Preview: May 18-19

A view from the pre-race party.
A view from the Brooklyn Half pre-race party.

This weekend promises to be a busy and exciting one for PPTC, as many of our members prepare to run, volunteer and/or cheer at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, May 18th and/or support the community of Breezy Point by running in the 33rd Annual Buckley’s Kennedy’s 5K on Sunday, May 19th.

NYRR is expecting the biggest field ever for this Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon and, for the first time in the race’s history, there will be two wave starts — the first starting at 7:00 am and the second beginning at 7:35 am. The route for the race is the same as in 2012, beginning on Washington Ave. by the Brooklyn Museum, then following a scenic route outside the park, looping around Grand Army Plaza and heading down Flatbush Ave. and Ocean Ave. to Parkside Ave. The race continues with a full loop of the park and a nice run down Ocean Parkway to Coney Island, ending in grand style on the boardwalk. Many PPTC members are planning to run the race on Saturday. If you are running, make sure to check your bib to see if you are listed as being affiliated with PPTC. If “Prospect Park Track” is not listed on your bib, go to the help desk at the pre-party to have NYRR add it to your record.

Lynda Mules and Yvetta Barner proudly display their Brooklyn Half numbers at the pre-race party.
Lynda Mules and Yvetta Barner proudly display their Brooklyn Half numbers at the pre-race party.

Whether you are running in the Brooklyn Half, cheering, volunteering, or none of the above, come celebrate after the race on the beach at Coney Island, starting at around 8:30am at the PPTC Brooklyn Half Marathon Picnic. Look for the PPTC banners and lots of PPTCers on the beach near the Parachute Jump, just east of the pier and close to the finish and baggage areas. (For those who attended last year, this is NOT the same location.) Pastries, snacks, water, ice, and other goodies will be provided. Feel free to bring food and beverages to share. Pack your towel and sunscreen!

On Sunday, May 19th, several PPTC teammates are planning to head out to Breezy Point, Queens for the Buckley’s Kennedy’s 5K . The theme of this year’s race is “run, rebuild, revive.” If you are interested in running in the race, sign up online by noon today (Friday).
Have a great weekend!!! We’re looking forward to seeing lots of PPTC singlets, banners and teammates this weekend!!! Go PPTC!!!