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PPTC announces Grants Program recipients

Prospect Park Track Club is pleased to announce its Grants Program recipients, targeting spring programs:

Prospect Park Youth Running Club will receive money for the cost of equipment, registration fees, and travel for members who have demonstrated need. In nine years, PPYRC members (ages 6-14) have won dozens of individual national titles, and the group’s black-and-white uniform has become a staple of Prospect Park.

Run4Fun will receive funds to help their organization’s costs for programming. The group promotes wellness in youth through running across Brooklyn communities.  Over the last three years, the program grew from working with just 7 students to over 400 and are continuing to grow.

Student Athlete Running Academy (SARA) will receive funds for the cost of sneakers for students in their program. The organization provides training in distance running for children and youth ranging in age from 8-17. SARA is committed to improving the lives of children through guidance, support, and resources necessary to effectively enhance athletic and academic performance, develop leadership skills, and form positive social relationships.

Shore Road Striders Track and Field Club will receive money to help local athletes without a track team at their school to participate in races and supplement the cost of uniforms.  These students train and perform at an elite level across the country.

I.S. 233 Young Runners will receive race bibs to compete in PPTC summer races.  Even while school is not in session, the program continues to promote training and camaraderie through their programs.

In the past year, PPTC’s Grants Program has given away nearly $14,000 to deserving organizations that promote running in Brooklyn. At least half of the proceeds from our Turkey Trot are earmarked for funding these great programs.

For more details on what we do, please visit our main page.

Thank you to all who applied for a grant in this cycle. The next round of applications will open in late summer for Fall programs.

—the PPTC Board & Grants Committee

PPTC announces third round of Grants Program recipients

Prospect Park Track Club is pleased to announce its third round of Grants Program recipients, targeting fall programs:

Prospect Park Youth Running Club will receive $1,000 for the cost of equipment, registration fees, and travel for members who have demonstrated need. In nine years, PPYRC members (ages 6-14) have won dozens of individual national titles, and the group’s black-and-white uniform has become a staple of Prospect Park. More info: http://ppyrc.org

The New York Road Runners STRIDERS program will receive $1,000 toward the costs of a site. Aimed at helping adults lead an active lifestyle, STRIDERS offers free walking and wellness sessions, each led by a certified NYRR running coach or fitness instructor. More info: http://www.nyrr.org/charities-clubs-and-community/nyrr-striders

In the past year, PPTC’s Grants Program has given away nearly $8,000 to deserving organizations that promote running in Brooklyn. At least half of the proceeds from our upcoming Turkey Trot will be earmarked for the three funding cycles in 2017!

For more details on what we do, please visit our main page.

Thank you to all who applied for a grant in this cycle. The next round of applications will open in late September or early October.

—the PPTC Board & Grants Committee

PPTC Grants Program: inaugural recipients

The Board of Prospect Park Track Club is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the PPTC Grants Program.

Prospect Park Youth Running Club will receive $1,000 for travel expenses. Serving runners in elementary school, PPYRC participates in cross country and track regional and national competitions each season. In under a decade of existence, PPYRC members have claimed 25 national championships, but several members have been unable to travel to these national meets because their families could not afford the cost.

P.S. 161 – The Crown School will receive $1,000 for apparel. The large majority of the school’s students (grades 3-5) are at the poverty level, and thus are unable afford proper attire. Despite this, P.S. 161’s track team has had success at city competitions in the past few years. This money will help the team’s 20 members with the cost of shoes and uniforms.

Run4Fun, Inc. will receive $800 for apparel. Run4Fun is a non-competitive after-school running program with six Brooklyn locations. It is dedicated to promoting self-esteem, confidence and individualized coaching at each runner’s level. The organization is printing singlets and t-shirts for its members, and this money will defray much of the cost.

Urban Dove Team Charter School will receive $1,000 for apparel. UD Team is an innovative high school for struggling 9th and 10th graders where every student is part of a team. This includes the after-school “Couch to 5K” club, several members of which are unable to afford proper apparel and shoes; this grant will help offset those costs.

Thank you to all who submitted applications. We received many more proposals than we had anticipated, and we had to make some tough decisions in determining which groups would receive funding.

Our next round of funding, targeting spring running programs, will open in January. At least half of the proceeds from our upcoming Turkey Trot will be earmarked for the three funding cycles in 2016!

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2015 PPTC Turkey Trot

unnamed (1)November 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Presented by JackRabbit Sports

RESULTS!

PHOTOS! Club photographer Larry Sillen took over 3,000 photos of the event, divided into four albums. Feel free to download your photos and share them with your friends!


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.

At least half of the proceeds from this year’s Turkey Trot will benefit the brand-new PPTC Grants Program, which provides assistance to organizations that advance Prospect Park Track Club’s mission of promoting running in Brooklyn. The first class of recipients will be announced Thursday, November 29.

They're Off at the Turkey TrotYou’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.)

If you’re fast enough to place in the top three, you’ll also receive one of our famous holiday pies!

You can leave a bag, but please pack light owing to security precautions. PPTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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We strongly recommend you use mass transit. The Q train and the B12, B16, B41, and B43 buses work well. (Google Maps can give you precise directions.)

Like last year, we will be selling old race swag after the PPTC Turkey Trot for $5/item. Please bring  cash.


PACKET PICKUP

JackRabbit Union Square, 42 West 14th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Monday, Nov. 23, 4-7 p.m.

JackRabbit Brooklyn, 151 7th Avenue between Garfield & Carroll Streets 
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, noon to 6 p.m.

Audubon Center off the East Drive
Thursday, Nov. 26, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (race day)

Find our event on Facebook.

Any questions? Email the Race Director. (Again, we apologize, but no additional spaces will open up for registration.)