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

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!!!