PPTC Race Results for 2018 Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M) Brought to You by UnitedHealthcare

Date and Time: April 8, 2018, 9:00 AM
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 34 degrees, 46% humidity, wind 9 mph
As always, much thanks to Logan Yu of NBR for compiling this report.

Open Men

7th Place 02:13:41
Jason Smith 00:24:45
Evan Stone 00:25:52
Ben Crowder  00:25:54
Scott Wade 00:27:22
Rudy Valenta 00:27:34

Open Women

6th Place 02:42:43
Lindsay Turley 00:30:24
Yvetta Barner 00:31:58
Christine Weiher 00:33:11
Joyce Campos 00:33:32
Kali Handelman 00:33:38

 

Masters Men (40+)

4th Place 01:22:13
Jason Smith 00:24:45
Nicholas Cohen 00:28:06
Sebastian Kaupert 00:29:22

 

Masters Women (40+)

7th Place 01:46:40
Yvetta Barner 00:31:58
Yoon Joh 00:37:15
Rebecca Milestone 00:37:27

 

Grand Masters Men (50+)

13th Place 01:54:26
Sebastian Kaupert 00:29:22
Louis Wiggs 00:41:39
Sewall Hodges 00:43:25

 

Grand Masters Women (50+)

11th Place 02:17:12
Yoon Joh 00:37:15
Frances Kotkov 00:48:59
Kathleen Lewis 00:50:58

 

Senior Grand Masters Men (60+)

7th Place 02:09:58
Louis Wiggs 00:41:39
Sewall Hodges 00:43:25
David Coleman 00:44:54

 

Senior Grand Masters Women (60+)

6th Place 02:51:53
Frances Kotkov 00:48:59
Mollie Spiegel 01:01:04
Francisca Daza 01:01:50

 

PRs (10)

*by NYRR races only

Name PR Time Days Since Last PR Previous Best Time Previous Best Race Previous Best Date
Jason Smith 24:45 43 26:09 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2018-02-24
Scott Wade 27:22 43 27:47 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2018-02-24
Rudy Valenta 27:34 140 28:32 2017 Race to Deliver 4M 2017-11-19
Nicholas Cohen 28:06 43 28:15 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2018-02-24
Brent Archer 28:11 63 29:47 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4M 2018-02-04
Sebastian Kaupert 29:22 4061 29:31 NYRR Al Gordon Snowflake – Men 2007-02-24
Oliver Steffmann 29:49 2919 32:06 Run As One 4M 2010-04-11
Mike Roberts 31:53 372 33:18 2017 Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M) Brought to You by UnitedHealth 2017-04-01
Kali Handelman 33:38 1036 38:30 2015 NYRR Retro 4-Miler 2015-06-07
Lucile Dukore 42:49 43 45:46 2018 NYRR Al Gordon 4M 2018-02-24

 

Age Group Top Ten (4)

*actual AG places. NYRR sometimes removes elites and prize money winners from Age Group Awards so NYRR AG places might be higher. If you are close to top 3, check the NYRR official results page. And for claiming top 3 award plaques, submit the form at https://help.nyrr.org/customer/portal/articles/1936966-claiming-age-group-awards

Age Place Name Age Gender Time
6 Jason Smith 44 m 24:45
7 Mollie Spiegel 75 f 1:01:04
9 Fred Spiegel 75 m 1:01:10
5 Francisca Daza 74 f 1:01:50

 

First race with PPTC! (4)

Oliver Steffmann
Kali Handelman
Yoon Joh
Rebecca Milestone

First NYRR 4.0M Race (1)

Yoon Joh

36 Total Finishers

Overall Women – 16 finishers

Overall Gendr Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
767 104 17 Lindsay Turley f 07:36 30:24 39 141 64.43 brooklyn ny usa
1134 203 16 Yvetta Barner f 08:00 31:58 47 120 65.13 brooklyn ny usa
1457 323 52 Christine Weiher f 08:18 33:11 39 396 59.03 brooklyn ny usa
1566 369 92 Joyce Campos f 08:23 33:32 33 522 57.26 brooklyn ny usa
1594 379 94 Kali Handelman f 08:25 33:38 34 534 57.19 brooklyn ny usa
2497 816 126 Michelle Starr f 09:14 36:54 39 925 53.09 brooklyn ny usa
2604 879 39 Yoon Joh f 09:19 37:15 50 478 57.74 brooklyn ny usa
2645 903 77 Rebecca Milestone f 09:22 37:27 46 732 55.03 brooklyn ny usa
2773 973 216 Alicia Aniello f 09:30 37:59 33 1187 50.54 brooklyn ny usa
2874 1041 266 Laura Palazzolo f 09:37 38:27 27 1253 49.82 brooklyn ny usa
3660 1516 352 Lucile Dukore f 10:43 42:49 29 1700 44.73 brooklyn ny usa
4071 1792 375 Nadia Santos f 11:36 46:23 34 1916 41.47 brooklyn ny usa
4265 1917 15 Frances Kotkov f 12:15 48:59 67 811 54.27 new york ny usa
4358 1979 83 Kathleen Lewis f 12:45 50:58 58 1553 46.37 brooklyn ny usa
4611 2155 7 Mollie Spiegel f 15:16 1:01:04 75 1329 48.97 brooklyn ny usa
4622 2163 5 Francisca Daza f 15:28 1:01:50 74 1451 47.61 brooklyn ny usa

 

Masters Women (40+) – 7 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
1134 203 16 Yvetta Barner f 08:00 31:58 47 120 65.13 brooklyn ny usa
2604 879 39 Yoon Joh f 09:19 37:15 50 478 57.74 brooklyn ny usa
2645 903 77 Rebecca Milestone f 09:22 37:27 46 732 55.03 brooklyn ny usa
4265 1917 15 Frances Kotkov f 12:15 48:59 67 811 54.27 new york ny usa
4358 1979 83 Kathleen Lewis f 12:45 50:58 58 1553 46.37 brooklyn ny usa
4611 2155 7 Mollie Spiegel f 15:16 1:01:04 75 1329 48.97 brooklyn ny usa
4622 2163 5 Francisca Daza f 15:28 1:01:50 74 1451 47.61 brooklyn ny usa

 

Grand Masters Women (50+) – 5 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
2604 879 39 Yoon Joh f 09:19 37:15 50 478 57.74 brooklyn ny usa
4265 1917 15 Frances Kotkov f 12:15 48:59 67 811 54.27 new york ny usa
4358 1979 83 Kathleen Lewis f 12:45 50:58 58 1553 46.37 brooklyn ny usa
4611 2155 7 Mollie Spiegel f 15:16 1:01:04 75 1329 48.97 brooklyn ny usa
4622 2163 5 Francisca Daza f 15:28 1:01:50 74 1451 47.61 brooklyn ny usa

 

Senior Grand Masters Women (60+) – 3 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
4265 1917 15 Frances Kotkov f 12:15 48:59 67 811 54.27 new york ny usa
4611 2155 7 Mollie Spiegel f 15:16 1:01:04 75 1329 48.97 brooklyn ny usa
4622 2163 5 Francisca Daza f 15:28 1:01:50 74 1451 47.61 brooklyn ny usa

 

Overall Men – 21 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
50

112

46

104

6

32

Jason Smith

Evan Stone

m

m

06:12

6:28

24:45

25:52

44

33

34

210

73.84

65.89

new york

brooklyn

ny

ny

usa

usa

115 106 35 Ben Crowder m 06:29 25:54 33 213 65.83 brooklyn ny usa
238 220 70 Scott Wade m 06:51 27:22 33 431 62.28 brooklyn ny usa
260 241 74 Rudy Valenta m 06:54 27:34 30 496 61.40 brooklyn ny usa
338 305 25 Nicholas Cohen m 07:02 28:06 46 201 66.04 brooklyn ny usa
354 320 104 Brent Archer m 07:03 28:11 32 598 60.29 brooklyn ny usa
505 453 81 Michael Mcgowan m 07:17 29:05 37 651 59.74 brooklyn ny usa
559 496 26 Sebastian Kaupert m 07:21 29:22 54 149 67.33 brooklyn ny ger
582 515 96 Ernie Hershey m 07:22 29:28 38 688 59.34 brooklyn ny usa
647 571 95 Oliver Steffmann m 07:28 29:49 42 589 60.40 pleasant prairie wi usa
1114 918 157 Mike Roberts m 07:59 31:53 39 1053 55.25 brooklyn ny usa
1458 1135 177 Kamen Yotov m 08:18 33:11 40 1243 53.48 brooklyn ny bul
1674 1267 202 Dutch Fox m 08:29 33:56 40 1381 52.29 brooklyn ny usa
1985 1432 227 Florian Greiner m 08:46 35:02 43 1442 51.78 brooklyn ny ger
2695 1766 273 Andrea Baldi m 09:26 37:41 42 1826 47.79 brooklyn ny ita
3446 2060 31 Louis Wiggs m 10:25 41:39 66 1342 52.63 brooklyn ny usa
3745 2174 87 Sewall Hodges m 10:52 43:25 63 1713 49.14 brooklyn ny usa
3929 2232 89 David Coleman m 11:14 44:54 61 1904 46.70 brooklyn ny usa
4475 2413 21 Harvey Rothenberg m 13:28 53:50 74 2046 44.74 brooklyn ny usa
4613 2458 9 Fred Spiegel m 15:18 1:01:10 75 2281 40.03 brooklyn ny usa

 

Masters Men (40+) – 13 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
50 46 6 Jason Smith m 06:12 24:45 44 34 73.84 new york ny usa
338 305 25 Nicholas Cohen m 07:02 28:06 46 201 66.04 brooklyn ny usa
559 496 26 Sebastian Kaupert m 07:21 29:22 54 149 67.33 brooklyn ny ger
647 571 95 Oliver Steffmann m 07:28 29:49 42 589 60.40 pleasant prairie wi usa
1458 1135 177 Kamen Yotov m 08:18 33:11 40 1243 53.48 brooklyn ny bul
1674 1267 202 Dutch Fox m 08:29 33:56 40 1381 52.29 brooklyn ny usa
1985 1432 227 Florian Greiner m 08:46 35:02 43 1442 51.78 brooklyn ny ger
2695 1766 273 Andrea Baldi m 09:26 37:41 42 1826 47.79 brooklyn ny ita
3446 2060 31 Louis Wiggs m 10:25 41:39 66 1342 52.63 brooklyn ny usa
3745 2174 87 Sewall Hodges m 10:52 43:25 63 1713 49.14 brooklyn ny usa
3929 2232 89 David Coleman m 11:14 44:54 61 1904 46.70 brooklyn ny usa
4475 2413 21 Harvey Rothenberg m 13:28 53:50 74 2046 44.74 brooklyn ny usa
4613 2458 9 Fred Spiegel m 15:18 1:01:10 75 2281 40.03 brooklyn ny usa

 

Grand Masters Men (50+) – 6 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
559 496 26 Sebastian Kaupert m 07:21 29:22 54 149 67.33 brooklyn ny ger
3446 2060 31 Louis Wiggs m 10:25 41:39 66 1342 52.63 brooklyn ny usa
3745 2174 87 Sewall Hodges m 10:52 43:25 63 1713 49.14 brooklyn ny usa
3929 2232 89 David Coleman m 11:14 44:54 61 1904 46.70 brooklyn ny usa
4475 2413 21 Harvey Rothenberg m 13:28 53:50 74 2046 44.74 brooklyn ny usa
4613 2458 9 Fred Spiegel m 15:18 1:01:10 75 2281 40.03 brooklyn ny usa

 

Senior Grand Masters Men (60+) – 5 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
3446 2060 31 Louis Wiggs m 10:25 41:39 66 1342 52.63 brooklyn ny usa
3745 2174 87 Sewall Hodges m 10:52 43:25 63 1713 49.14 brooklyn ny usa
3929 2232 89 David Coleman m 11:14 44:54 61 1904 46.70 brooklyn ny usa
4475 2413 21 Harvey Rothenberg m 13:28 53:50 74 2046 44.74 brooklyn ny usa
4613 2458 9 Fred Spiegel m 15:18 1:01:10 75 2281 40.03 brooklyn ny usa

Race Recap: Trail Marathon, PA Barkley Edition

Race: Special 13 & 26 Mile Trail Run (from the 5k and 10k From Hell series)

Date: Sat., March 24, 2018

Location: Safe Harbor, PA

Website: http://www.5kand10kfromhell.com/13—26-safe-harbor.html

Authors: By Crystal Cun, with contributions from Shan Haq, PaFoua “Puffy” Hang, and some photos from fellow racer Megan Michael

We’re all dedicated runners in PPTC, but have you ever pondered the serious questions in life, like “What is a trail?” and “What is a marathon?” It seemed deceptively obvious what these words meant, until PaFoua Hang, Shan Haq, and I went to Safe Harbor, PA for a trail marathon. There, we had such an unusual race experience that we want to ensure all future participants who sign up for this race do so with the right expectations.

To give some background, the three of us are currently training for trail ultra races, and we were looking for some low-key trail miles. We thought this $20 race might fit the bill, but the website (circa 1995?) was sparse on details, and the domain (http://www.5kand10kfromhell.com) didn’t seem particularly welcoming. I quickly searched to see if I could find race recaps from previous years, and came up empty.

But really, how bad could it be? I emailed to ask for more info, and was told the course was a 4.2-mile loop with more than 500 feet of elevation change, with an aid station at the start of the loop. Buried in another section of the website, there was a written description of the course loop, and the warning “NO ONE TO HELP YOU IF YOU GET HURT OR LOST.” Remembering that on a trail race, you are the only person responsible for making sure you don’t get lost, I scrawled down the directions on a Post-It.

Two days before the race, we were sent a welcome email which said the weather would be a sunny 42 degrees with “remnants of snow.” So for good measure, we purchased waterproof socks. We felt well prepared, despite not having as much information as usual. We were even quietly optimistic that one of us might win, since the website did mention a prize of a $400 gift certificate to a local running store!

At 6 am on race day, we set out from Brooklyn, NY for Safe Harbor, PA. The sleek cityscape faded behind us, and we were soon zipping past bucolic scenes of cows and Amish buggies.

We’d been warned that the last 7 miles of the drive would have ZERO cell reception, so we took screenshots of the directions and finally arrived at Safe Harbor Park…at 10:07 am, 7 minutes after the race officially started. Outside the park, a group of 20 or so runners wearing bibs were making their way up the hill we’d just come down. Inside the park, there was a handful of parked cars, a table with water, chocolate, and bananasand no race director in sight. After waiting for several minutes, we decided to take the DIY approach and simply grab a bib from the stack on the table, pin it on, and start running. Keep in mind that at this point, aside from the Post-It, we really didn’t know where we were going; we were simply going up the hill that we’d seen the other runners on.

After running for about half a mile, a car drove up beside us and a man named Paul introduced himself as the director of the race. He seemed genuinely pleased that we were running his race. He scribbled down our self-assigned bib numbers next to a handwritten list of our names and said we were off-course, but that he would help us get back on course. He then handed each of us a hand-drawn map of the course. When we asked if the course was marked, he paused and said that there were some signs with arrows, and some blue flags, but we should be fine following the map.

We followed Paul’s car up the hill, where he motioned to a big field, and told us to follow the power lines as marked on the map. “Turn left when you’re in the second field!” he said, before bidding us farewell. Soon, we were bushwhacking up a 20% grade slope covered in a foot of hard snow. We sank with every step; it was impossible to run. Rather than a trail run, this was turning out to be a long, wet hike. There was no discernible path, and on the downhill sections, it was difficult to avoid sliding into thorn bushes. The scenery was stark and beautiful, but it was soon apparent that this was not the “trail marathon” we needed for our training.

Since there was no cell reception, we did not bring our phones. The next two photos are courtesy of our new friend, Megan Michael, who raced and won the half marathon and is the voice behind https://meggorun.blogspot.com/.

The rest of the course was sparsely marked and ran over private property. We tried our best to use the hand-drawn map to navigate, but with the ambiguous directions, we got lost for two miles. Finally, we resorted to the Garmin watch “Back to Start” feature, which points you in the direction you came from. With bated breath, we watched as our watches told us we were 0.2 miles away…0.1 miles…and then, we found ourselves at the edge of a steep cliff, within view of the parking lot. We could either backtrack a mile through the snow, or go down the cliff.

I’ve been told that if you aren’t questioning your life decisions during a race, then you’re not trying hard enough. Butt-sliding down a mountain was not quite what I had in mind, but it made the race official for me!

At the start, we found out that most of the other runners had already quit after one loop. “By the way, were you guys threatened by the man in the little house?” said Paul. (See course map for box labeled “Little House.”) Evidently, there was a property owner who was upset by the runners on the course. Paul reassured us that things were fine, and patiently went over the map with us again to make sure we didn’t get SHOT in our next loop. (The marathon required six loops.) At this point, Shan mentioned that he’d heard gunshots during the run, but figured it was hunting season and didn’t want to scare us, so he hadn’t said anything.

After taking everything into consideration, it was clear that while we could finish this race, the risk was unnecessary, and snow hiking was not what we needed for training. This simply was not a trail marathon. Had we known that this race was more akin to a PA rendition of the Barkley Marathons, we would have prepared differently. We decided to DNF (“did not finish”), which meant there were only six runners remaining in the field. Paul turned to another runner. “More victims,” he shrugged.

As we walked towards the car, Shan paused for a moment and said, “You know, $400 is a lot of money…” “Don’t even think about it,” I replied. “It’s not worth being out there for 9 hours! Also, how do we know that the prize actually exists?” We later went back to the website to see the results, if anyone had finished the race. The mention of a $400 gift certificate had been suspiciously scrubbed. But much to our surprise, there were finishing times:

13.1 milers

Female: M. Michael —  2:43

Male: K. Wawrzyniak — 2:52

26.2 milers

Female: T. Walker —  8:07

Walker, we raise our Garmins to salute you. If you received that $400 gift certificate, we hope you used it for a nice pair of hiking poles and snowshoes.

We spent a lot of time reflecting on the race after we drove off; it felt like such a strange dream. As it turns out, we were some of the luckier runners that day. Based on Megan’s race recap, the angry man in the little house that Paul had mentioned actually shot his gun to scare runners who were unknowingly trespassing on his private property. The man also physically harassed the runners, grabbing and shoving them.

We need more affordable trail races. Paul mentioned that he is retired, and puts on races at break-even cost. We fully appreciate a race director who puts together races for the love of it, especially in an era where everything authentic about running is commercialized and squeezed out to the dollar.

However, we are concerned that race participants were not given a transparent depiction of what they signed up for. It is one thing to knowingly sign up for a “ballbuster” race, and something completely different to show up expecting to continuously run a marathon on trails. In addition, we question the decision to create a course that trespasses through private property, and to continue the race despite clear threats to runner safety.

This race is already posted with a date in 2019. Assuming it takes place, we hope this recap will help bring about safer conditions for future runners, and set the right expectations for anyone who does sign up.

Addendum: Shan Saves the Day

Since we still hadn’t accomplished our goal of having a solid trail run, Shan then drove us to Brandywine Creek State Park in Delaware. If you’ve never run in Brandywine, I highly recommend it! The trail system there is every runner’s dream. There are meandering sections along the river, lung-busting climbs, rocky scrambles, creeks to ford, and everything in between.

Here, Shan and I are taking on Mount Scarpo (part of local running lore for being a 16% grade incline over 0.23 miles), where I got the second fastest women’s time on the ascent of this Strava segment. It was brutal—I’ve never felt like I was working so hard while making so little forward progress in my life. So much respect for the Delaware hills!

To conclude the day on an even higher note, we all went to Brew HaHa! for a well-earned dinner. Thanks for saving the day, Shan! And for driving us from NY to PA to DE and back to NY within 12 hours. You are the best. Can’t wait for more run-cations with this amazing running family.

PPTC Race Results for 2018 United Airlines NYC Half

Race: United NYC Half Marathon

When: March 18, 2018

Where: Brooklyn to Central Park

Weather: 28 degrees, 31% humidity, wind 9 mph NW

It’s a good thing the weather was chilly last week on Sunday because PPTC was ON FIRE!!!! There were 158 PPTC members repping our club. Despite the fact the newly designed course is harder, several PPTC members came away with PRs. The United NYC Half started in our nabe and we had to defend our turf! Once again, much thanks and gratitude to Logan Yu of NBR for the PPTC Race Results Report.

PRs

  • Jana Trenk (1:23:59) – almost a 4-min PR and this moves Jana up to the coveted AA corrals
  • Adam Iannazzone (1:29:03) – 5 sec PR! Every second counts.
  • Mirza Rahman (1:34:17) – over 7 and a half minute PR
  • Jason Smith (1:29:17) – almost a 6-min PR
  • Diana Richardson (2:13:05) – 5-min PR
  • Isaac Josephson (1:50:04) – 42-sec PR
  • Stuart Kaplan (1:28:16) – a minute and a half PR
  • Katie Dadarria (1:55:13) – over 3-min PR
  • Nicholas Cohen (1:35:37)
  • Jimmy Leung (1:44:10)
  • Sam Smullen (1:50:45)

The following PPTC members scored club points for the different divisions:

Open Men

17th Place 07:05:51
John Mcelroy 01:18:55
Spencer Gallop 01:21:29
Allan Co 01:28:08
Stuart Kaplan 01:28:16
Joseph Iannazzone 01:29:03

Open Women

12th Place 07:51:30
Jana Trenk 01:23:59
Katherine Poor 01:34:41
Mai Truong 01:35:56
Holly Chase 01:37:38
Leiba Rimler 01:39:16

Masters Men (40+)

7th Place 04:17:29
John Mcelroy 01:18:55
Jason Smith 01:29:11
Nate Trevethan 01:29:23

Masters Women (40+)

21st Place 05:21:51
Pam Ritchie 01:44:26
Rosalba Perna 01:46:28
Kirsty Carroll 01:50:57

Grand Masters Men (50+)

12th Place 05:00:07
Michael Trenk 01:34:15
Jack Coogan 01:41:42
Jimmy Leung 01:44:10

Grand Masters Women (50+)

11th Place 05:51:01
Pam Ritchie 01:44:26
Eliza Evans 02:00:55
Randi Roberts 02:05:40

Senior Grand Masters Men (60+)

8th Place 05:56:05
Jack Coogan 01:41:42
Tyrone Sklaren 02:01:10
Tom Tobin 02:13:13

PRs (37)

*by NYRR races only

Name PR Time Previous Best Time Previous Best Race Previous Best Date
John Mcelroy 1:18:55 1:20:00 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 2017-03-19
Jana Trenk 1:23:59 1:28:06 2015 Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2015-01-25
Stuart Kaplan 1:28:16 1:28:52 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Joseph Iannazzone 1:29:03 1:29:08 2017 NYRR Staten Island Half 2017-10-08
Dan Ubilla 1:31:16 1:33:57 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Fraser Reid 1:33:15 1:35:12 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2015-05-16
John Mongan 1:33:21 1:34:23 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Jonathan Giles 1:33:31 1:35:21 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Mirza Rahman 1:34:17 1:41:53 2017 NYRR Staten Island Half 2017-10-08
Nicholas Cohen 1:35:37 1:36:18 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Brian Curtin 1:36:55 1:43:18 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Rob Dekker 1:37:33 1:38:25 2017 NYRR Staten Island Half 2017-10-08
Carlos Vazquez 1:37:40 1:38:06 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Carmen Cramer 1:40:42 1:43:46 2014 Brooklyn Half Marathon 2014-05-17
Jimmy Leung 1:44:10 1:52:09 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016 2016-05-21
Pam Ritchie 1:44:26 1:47:25 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Ricardo Dias 1:45:22 1:49:04 2015 Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team Presents Grete’s Great Gallop (13.1M 2015-10-04
Mayumi Iwao 1:45:52 1:46:50 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Yulia Yomantayte 1:45:59 1:56:38 2017 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2017-01-22
Robert Demasco 1:46:02 1:47:08 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016 2016-05-21
Sophornzan Sam 1:46:47 2:03:50 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Isaac Josephson 1:50:04 1:50:46 2014 Brooklyn Half Marathon 2014-05-17
Brittany Weeks 1:50:25 1:55:32 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Sam Smullen 1:50:45 1:55:05 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Conlan O’rourke 1:52:29 1:58:17 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
David Oxley 1:52:39 1:56:30 2017 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2017-01-22
Douglas Gordon 1:53:25 1:58:39 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Katie Dadarria 1:55:13 1:58:18 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 2017-03-19
Johann Jaeckel 1:56:00 2:12:15 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 2016-03-20
Emmanuel Minas 1:58:34 1:58:55 2016 NYRR Staten Island Half 2016-10-09
Beth Moran 1:58:52 2:05:30 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Jason Chen 2:00:25 2:14:01 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Camilla Gurun 2:05:00 2:05:48 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2015-05-16
Jacqueline James 2:07:13 2:08:00 2018 NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half 2018-01-21
Diana Richardson 2:13:05 2:18:11 2017 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2017-05-20
Jessica Harriton 2:14:13 2:14:37 Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon 2015-05-16
Alaina Waagner 2:21:34 2:22:24 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 2017-03-19

Age Group Top Ten (2)

*actual AG places. NYRR sometimes removes elites and prize money winners from Age Group Awards so NYRR AG places might be higher. If you are close to top 3, check the NYRR official results page. And for claiming top 3 award plaques, submit the form athttps://help.nyrr.org/customer/portal/articles/1936966-claiming-age-group-awards

Age Place Name Age Gender Time
10 John Mcelroy 42 m 1:18:55
8 Tyrone Sklaren 70 m 2:01:10

First race with PPTC! (6)

John McElroy
James Cooper
Sam Dykstra
Kelsey Liebenson-morse
Samantha Storey
Lucile Dukore

First NYRR 13.1M Race (7)

Jason Smith
Seth Reznik
Brent Archer
Kelsey Liebenson-morse
Eliza Evans
Michael Scourby
Lucile Dukore

158 Total Finishers

Overall Women – 67 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
384 56 21 Jana Trenk f 06:25 1:23:59 28 96 77.64 brooklyn ny usa
1457 259 70 Katherine Poor f 07:14 1:34:41 32 498 69.04 brooklyn ny usa
1646 301 80 Mai Truong f 07:20 1:35:56 34 551 68.44 brooklyn ny usa
1944 369 94 Holly Chase f 07:27 1:37:38 34 652 67.25 brooklyn ny usa
2300 454 111 Leiba Rimler f 07:35 1:39:16 33 772 65.98 brooklyn ny usa
2590 519 79 Carmen Cramer f 07:41 1:40:42 35 836 65.40 brooklyn ny usa
2924 616 140 Rachel Walther f 07:47 1:42:02 34 981 64.35 brooklyn ny usa
3395 759 224 Kelsey Liebenson-morse f 07:56 1:43:57 28 1232 62.72 peterborough nh usa
3521 783 30 Pam Ritchie f 07:58 1:44:26 53 190 73.64 brooklyn ny usa
3912 913 137 Mayumi Iwao f 08:05 1:45:52 37 1236 62.70 brooklyn ny jpn
3943 923 201 Yulia Yomantayte f 08:05 1:45:59 32 1453 61.68 brooklyn ny rus
4084 978 61 Rosalba Perna f 08:08 1:46:28 46 718 66.56 brooklyn ny ita
4266 1046 223 Elizabeth Grammer f 08:10 1:46:57 34 1523 61.40 brooklyn ny usa
4268 1047 224 Camilla Gale f 08:10 1:46:57 34 1525 61.39 brooklyn ny usa
4482 1123 241 Elyse Marks f 08:13 1:47:41 31 1726 60.62 brooklyn ny usa
5388 1458 324 Brittany Weeks f 08:26 1:50:25 32 2130 59.20 brooklyn ny usa
5494 1512 431 Allison Sidor f 08:27 1:50:42 28 2240 58.90 brooklyn ny usa
5569 1540 150 Kirsty Carroll f 08:28 1:50:57 44 1242 62.66 brooklyn ny gbr
5991 1702 111 Jennie Matz f 08:34 1:52:09 45 1255 62.56 brooklyn ny usa
6069 1739 262 Vanessa Guida f 08:35 1:52:23 35 2324 58.60 brooklyn ny usa
6328 1854 125 Edwige Sucher f 08:38 1:53:07 47 1154 63.31 brooklyn ny usa
6953 2138 326 Jennifer Shirazi f 08:46 1:54:44 39 2372 58.45 brooklyn ny usa
7164 2239 478 Katie Dadarria f 08:48 1:55:13 31 3052 56.65 brooklyn ny usa
7728 2483 380 Allegra Glashausser f 08:54 1:56:36 35 3130 56.48 brooklyn ny usa
8289 2737 426 Christy Johnson f 09:00 1:57:57 36 3330 56.04 brooklyn ny usa
8698 2926 206 Beth Moran f 09:05 1:58:52 46 1998 59.62 brooklyn ny usa
9354 3265 887 Martina Rudolf f 09:12 2:00:28 25 4228 54.13 brooklyn ny usa
9449 3316 533 Melissa Lee f 09:13 2:00:44 39 3573 55.54 brooklyn ny usa
9510 3346 163 Eliza Evans f 09:14 2:00:55 50 1538 61.32 brooklyn ny usa
9623 3412 550 Alison Cole f 09:15 2:01:15 37 3957 54.75 brooklyn ny usa
11029 4154 884 Camilla Gurun f 09:33 2:05:00 31 5152 52.22 brooklyn ny usa
11126 4213 470 Jennifer Brown f 09:34 2:05:17 43 3813 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
11133 4216 676 Amy Duquette f 09:34 2:05:18 39 4499 53.51 brooklyn ny usa
11138 4219 323 Samantha Storey f 09:34 2:05:18 46 3086 56.55 brooklyn ny usa
11252 4279 209 Randi Roberts f 09:36 2:05:40 54 1388 61.97 brooklyn ny usa
11346 4327 688 Julie Rwan f 09:37 2:05:58 38 4790 52.95 brooklyn ny usa
11777 4563 225 Jacqueline James f 09:43 2:07:13 51 2207 59.00 brooklyn ny usa
11904 4642 743 Amy Greenwood f 09:44 2:07:34 36 5345 51.81 brooklyn ny usa
12949 5236 847 Sarah Welt f 09:58 2:10:34 36 5943 50.62 brooklyn ny usa
13367 5491 1374 Pafoua Hang f 10:04 2:11:49 29 6519 49.47 brooklyn ny usa
13793 5744 935 Diana Richardson f 10:10 2:13:05 35 6509 49.48 brooklyn ny usa
14036 5888 1241 Erica Niemiec f 10:13 2:13:52 31 6844 48.76 brooklyn ny usa
14136 5948 1470 Jessica Harriton f 10:15 2:14:13 26 6935 48.58 brooklyn ny usa
14182 5975 972 Sarah Wichman f 10:15 2:14:22 37 6557 49.40 brooklyn ny usa
14272 6027 499 Patricia Mcnaughton f 10:17 2:14:41 46 4942 52.62 brooklyn ny usa
14613 6241 1322 Dhanya Bell f 10:22 2:15:51 32 7156 48.12 brooklyn ny usa
14674 6272 1532 Laura Palazzolo f 10:23 2:16:01 27 7238 47.94 brooklyn ny usa
15478 6761 822 Carrie Goldberg f 10:36 2:18:58 40 6949 48.54 brooklyn ny usa
16118 7143 883 Zulma Daiello f 10:48 2:21:29 43 6864 48.72 brooklyn ny usa
16145 7161 1718 Alaina Waagner f 10:48 2:21:34 28 8042 46.06 brooklyn ny usa
16506 7389 403 Madeleine Dorval-moller f 10:55 2:23:02 52 4711 53.11 brooklyn ny usa
17136 7784 1605 Abby Horowitz f 11:08 2:25:57 30 8575 44.69 brooklyn ny usa
17352 7923 451 Wai Leung f 11:13 2:27:00 52 5409 51.68 brooklyn ny usa
17667 8109 241 Mary Turnbach f 11:21 2:28:41 56 4391 53.72 brooklyn ny usa
17793 8191 1316 Ashna Chopra f 11:24 2:29:20 38 8583 44.66 brooklyn ny usa
18318 8529 88 Jodie Corngold f 11:38 2:32:26 60 3704 55.24 brooklyn ny usa
18454 8611 1117 Vanessa Russell f 11:43 2:33:30 42 8633 44.56 brooklyn ny usa
18922 8920 1821 Nadia Santos f 11:57 2:36:34 34 9474 41.94 brooklyn ny usa
19488 9318 1200 Jill Gregory f 12:17 2:41:02 43 9217 42.81 west orange nj usa
19526 9347 1539 Caryl Pierre f 12:19 2:41:23 38 9660 41.33 brooklyn ny usa
19776 9531 2123 Annie Semenczuk f 12:29 2:43:39 29 10049 39.84 brooklyn ny usa
20143 9783 1614 Abigail Myers f 12:46 2:47:18 35 10140 39.36 brooklyn ny usa
20423 9975 134 Gina Felicetti f 13:01 2:50:35 64 5168 52.19 brooklyn ny usa
20779 10229 971 Jin Min Oh f 13:26 2:55:58 48 9711 41.16 brooklyn ny usa
21369 10637 2267 Lucile Dukore f 14:26 3:09:01 29 10821 34.50 brooklyn ny usa
21529 10749 1412 Yanira Sanchez f 14:54 3:15:08 43 10750 35.33 brooklyn ny usa
21599 10795 1791 Lorianne Wolseley f 15:05 3:17:41 37 10877 33.58 brooklyn ny usa

Masters Women (40+) – 23 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
3521 783 30 Pam Ritchie f 07:58 1:44:26 53 190 73.64 brooklyn ny usa
4084 978 61 Rosalba Perna f 08:08 1:46:28 46 718 66.56 brooklyn ny ita
5569 1540 150 Kirsty Carroll f 08:28 1:50:57 44 1242 62.66 brooklyn ny gbr
5991 1702 111 Jennie Matz f 08:34 1:52:09 45 1255 62.56 brooklyn ny usa
6328 1854 125 Edwige Sucher f 08:38 1:53:07 47 1154 63.31 brooklyn ny usa
8698 2926 206 Beth Moran f 09:05 1:58:52 46 1998 59.62 brooklyn ny usa
9510 3346 163 Eliza Evans f 09:14 2:00:55 50 1538 61.32 brooklyn ny usa
11126 4213 470 Jennifer Brown f 09:34 2:05:17 43 3813 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
11138 4219 323 Samantha Storey f 09:34 2:05:18 46 3086 56.55 brooklyn ny usa
11252 4279 209 Randi Roberts f 09:36 2:05:40 54 1388 61.97 brooklyn ny usa
11777 4563 225 Jacqueline James f 09:43 2:07:13 51 2207 59.00 brooklyn ny usa
14272 6027 499 Patricia Mcnaughton f 10:17 2:14:41 46 4942 52.62 brooklyn ny usa
15478 6761 822 Carrie Goldberg f 10:36 2:18:58 40 6949 48.54 brooklyn ny usa
16118 7143 883 Zulma Daiello f 10:48 2:21:29 43 6864 48.72 brooklyn ny usa
16506 7389 403 Madeleine Dorval-moller f 10:55 2:23:02 52 4711 53.11 brooklyn ny usa
17352 7923 451 Wai Leung f 11:13 2:27:00 52 5409 51.68 brooklyn ny usa
17667 8109 241 Mary Turnbach f 11:21 2:28:41 56 4391 53.72 brooklyn ny usa
18318 8529 88 Jodie Corngold f 11:38 2:32:26 60 3704 55.24 brooklyn ny usa
18454 8611 1117 Vanessa Russell f 11:43 2:33:30 42 8633 44.56 brooklyn ny usa
19488 9318 1200 Jill Gregory f 12:17 2:41:02 43 9217 42.81 west orange nj usa
20423 9975 134 Gina Felicetti f 13:01 2:50:35 64 5168 52.19 brooklyn ny usa
20779 10229 971 Jin Min Oh f 13:26 2:55:58 48 9711 41.16 brooklyn ny usa
21529 10749 1412 Yanira Sanchez f 14:54 3:15:08 43 10750 35.33 brooklyn ny usa

Grand Masters Women (50+) – 9 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
3521 783 30 Pam Ritchie f 07:58 1:44:26 53 190 73.64 brooklyn ny usa
9510 3346 163 Eliza Evans f 09:14 2:00:55 50 1538 61.32 brooklyn ny usa
11252 4279 209 Randi Roberts f 09:36 2:05:40 54 1388 61.97 brooklyn ny usa
11777 4563 225 Jacqueline James f 09:43 2:07:13 51 2207 59.00 brooklyn ny usa
16506 7389 403 Madeleine Dorval-moller f 10:55 2:23:02 52 4711 53.11 brooklyn ny usa
17352 7923 451 Wai Leung f 11:13 2:27:00 52 5409 51.68 brooklyn ny usa
17667 8109 241 Mary Turnbach f 11:21 2:28:41 56 4391 53.72 brooklyn ny usa
18318 8529 88 Jodie Corngold f 11:38 2:32:26 60 3704 55.24 brooklyn ny usa
20423 9975 134 Gina Felicetti f 13:01 2:50:35 64 5168 52.19 brooklyn ny usa

Senior Grand Masters Women (60+) – 2 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
18318 8529 88 Jodie Corngold f 11:38 2:32:26 60 3704 55.24 brooklyn ny usa
20423 9975 134 Gina Felicetti f 13:01 2:50:35 64 5168 52.19 brooklyn ny us

Overall Men – 91 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
166 142 10 John Mcelroy m 06:02 1:18:55 42 113 77.20 brooklyn ny usa
243 208 53 Spencer Gallop m 06:13 1:21:29 32 399 71.67 brooklyn ny usa
655 563 109 Allan Co m 06:44 1:28:08 35 919 66.59 salt point ny usa
679 585 116 Stuart Kaplan m 06:44 1:28:16 37 861 66.93 brooklyn ny usa
732 630 140 Joseph Iannazzone m 06:48 1:29:03 26 1059 65.57 brooklyn ny usa
748 644 82 Jason Smith m 06:49 1:29:11 44 594 69.44 new york ny usa
771 662 86 Nate Trevethan m 06:50 1:29:23 43 660 68.71 brooklyn ny usa
820 701 142 Seth Reznik m 06:51 1:29:48 36 1063 65.54 brooklyn ny usa
864 737 63 James Cooper m 06:54 1:30:16 46 568 69.75 brooklyn ny usa
979 822 186 Dan Ubilla m 06:58 1:31:16 32 1319 63.98 brooklyn ny usa
1139 943 124 Matteo Cavalleri m 07:04 1:32:34 44 867 66.90 brooklyn ny ita
1182 982 198 Adam Devine m 07:06 1:32:56 35 1470 63.15 brooklyn ny usa
1224 1012 230 Fraser Reid m 07:07 1:33:15 32 1582 62.62 brooklyn ny usa
1237 1024 234 John Mongan m 07:08 1:33:21 32 1595 62.56 brooklyn ny usa
1262 1047 93 Jonathan Giles m 07:08 1:33:31 45 890 66.78 brooklyn ny usa
1368 1133 32 Michael Trenk m 07:12 1:34:15 57 274 73.60 scarsdale ny usa
1376 1139 216 Mirza Rahman m 07:12 1:34:17 27 1753 61.93 brooklyn ny usa
1582 1298 293 Chris Rouland m 07:18 1:35:31 32 1960 61.15 brooklyn ny usa
1606 1316 120 Nicholas Cohen m 07:18 1:35:37 46 1008 65.85 brooklyn ny usa
1715 1401 265 Ben Allison m 07:21 1:36:18 37 1899 61.35 brooklyn ny usa
1826 1484 338 Brian Curtin m 07:24 1:36:55 33 2214 60.31 brooklyn ny usa
1905 1548 218 Craig Ortner m 07:26 1:37:25 43 1496 63.05 brooklyn ny usa
1928 1566 294 Rob Dekker m 07:27 1:37:33 27 2354 59.85 brooklyn ny usa
1951 1580 220 Carlos Vazquez m 07:27 1:37:40 42 1646 62.38 brooklyn ny usa
2255 1813 254 Elliot Piatetsky m 07:34 1:39:04 42 1863 61.49 brooklyn ny usa
2434 1947 284 Rick Rodriguez m 07:38 1:39:54 41 2134 60.51 brooklyn ny usa
2597 2075 302 Brian Schwartz m 07:41 1:40:43 41 2305 60.03 brooklyn ny usa
2701 2148 477 Munier Salem m 07:44 1:41:13 30 3070 57.69 brooklyn ny usa
2757 2188 216 Gerard Luna m 07:45 1:41:25 45 1840 61.57 brooklyn ny usa
2837 2245 21 Jack Coogan m 07:46 1:41:42 62 417 71.52 brooklyn ny usa
2905 2295 339 Matt Knecht m 07:47 1:41:58 43 2240 60.24 jersey city nj usa
3016 2371 523 Brent Archer m 07:49 1:42:27 31 3344 56.99 brooklyn ny usa
3083 2417 430 Sam Dykstra m 07:51 1:42:42 27 3388 56.85 brooklyn ny usa
3246 2526 479 Jeff Rigby m 07:53 1:43:21 37 3281 57.17 brooklyn ny usa
3453 2685 163 Jimmy Leung m 07:57 1:44:10 51 1483 63.10 brooklyn ny usa
3768 2905 568 Jason Fleischauer m 08:03 1:45:20 38 3602 56.35 brooklyn ny usa
3779 2914 438 Ricardo Dias m 08:03 1:45:22 41 3204 57.38 brooklyn ny bra
3965 3035 303 Robert Demasco m 08:06 1:46:02 46 2504 59.38 brooklyn ny usa
4205 3182 683 Sophornzan Sam m 08:09 1:46:47 32 4299 54.69 brooklyn ny usa
4553 3406 215 Kevin Abraszek m 08:14 1:47:54 52 1874 61.45 brooklyn ny usa
4639 3461 223 Gary Purdy m 08:15 1:48:08 52 1911 61.31 brooklyn ny usa
5179 3803 397 David Brenner m 08:23 1:49:47 47 3012 57.84 brooklyn ny usa
5225 3829 403 Kevin Gross m 08:23 1:49:54 48 2894 58.28 brooklyn ny usa
5271 3859 820 Miguel Valiente m 08:24 1:50:01 34 4967 53.22 brooklyn ny usa
5288 3865 581 Isaac Josephson m 08:24 1:50:04 44 3631 56.26 brooklyn ny usa
5511 3992 120 Sam Smullen m 08:27 1:50:45 56 1728 62.06 brooklyn ny usa
5532 4003 844 Edward Morgan Laird m 08:28 1:50:51 33 5194 52.73 brooklyn ny usa
5642 4078 606 Stephane Dapsanse m 08:29 1:51:08 43 4042 55.26 brooklyn ny usa
6099 4350 926 Conlan O’rourke m 08:35 1:52:29 30 5602 51.91 brooklyn ny usa
6156 4383 647 David Oxley m 08:36 1:52:39 42 4572 54.08 brooklyn ny aus
6449 4540 674 Douglas Gordon m 08:40 1:53:25 44 4335 54.61 brooklyn ny usa
6804 4739 322 Paul Lane m 08:44 1:54:22 52 2972 57.98 brooklyn ny usa
6927 4800 163 Jonathan Rouner m 08:45 1:54:41 57 2143 60.49 brooklyn ny usa
7017 4843 529 Daniel Feldman m 08:46 1:54:52 47 4033 55.28 brooklyn ny usa
7188 4940 540 James Sailer m 08:48 1:55:17 49 3733 56.03 brooklyn ny usa
7373 5053 762 Dutch Fox m 08:50 1:55:47 40 5630 51.85 brooklyn ny usa
7427 5080 967 Ernie Hershey m 08:51 1:55:54 38 5937 51.21 brooklyn ny usa
7473 5108 972 Johann Jaeckel m 08:51 1:56:00 38 5957 51.17 brooklyn ny ger
8218 5515 833 William Walker m 09:00 1:57:49 44 5284 52.56 brooklyn ny usa
8566 5705 879 Emmanuel Minas m 09:03 1:58:34 42 5856 51.38 brooklyn ny rsa
9090 5961 676 Edward Wilson m 09:09 1:59:46 48 4858 53.47 brooklyn ny usa
9327 6077 930 Jason Chen m 09:12 2:00:25 29 7207 48.49 brooklyn ny usa
9592 6198 8 Tyrone Sklaren m 09:15 2:01:10 70 1132 65.07 brooklyn ny usa
9607 6204 1255 John Harris m 09:15 2:01:13 33 7312 48.22 brooklyn ny usa
9726 6266 454 Geoffry Gertz m 09:17 2:01:32 53 4157 55.04 brooklyn ny usa
10281 6525 1013 Dexter Miranda m 09:23 2:02:59 41 6929 49.16 brooklyn ny usa
10336 6550 1212 Mike Roberts m 09:24 2:03:07 39 7214 48.47 brooklyn ny usa
10596 6673 1038 Michael Kaltenborn m 09:27 2:03:50 43 6700 49.60 brooklyn ny ger
11159 6928 526 Roberto Labrador m 09:34 2:05:22 50 5567 51.97 new york ny usa
11180 6938 1369 Eric Levenstein m 09:34 2:05:25 34 7917 46.68 brooklyn ny usa
11532 7098 544 Louis Rosenfeld m 09:39 2:06:29 52 5362 52.42 brooklyn ny usa
11580 7122 1123 Jason Asbury m 09:40 2:06:37 44 7039 48.91 brooklyn ny usa
11609 7134 1319 Patrick Huang m 09:40 2:06:41 36 8004 46.46 brooklyn ny usa
11836 7242 559 Chris Carr m 09:43 2:07:21 53 5307 52.53 brooklyn ny usa
12942 7710 337 Clifford Tsao m 09:58 2:10:33 56 5236 52.65 brooklyn ny usa
13457 7915 1432 Gregory Bodkin m 10:05 2:12:03 35 8680 44.44 brooklyn ny usa
13834 8066 187 Tom Tobin m 10:10 2:13:13 63 4093 55.13 brooklyn ny usa
15069 8556 398 Andy Wong m 10:30 2:17:30 55 6732 49.54 brooklyn ny usa
15071 8558 61 Bruce Weiner m 10:30 2:17:31 66 4163 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
15484 8721 1056 Tor Ekeland m 10:37 2:18:59 48 8136 46.08 brooklyn ny usa
15728 8826 1382 Kamen Yotov m 10:41 2:19:55 40 9144 42.91 brooklyn ny bul
16459 9107 15 Arthur Gonzalez m 10:54 2:22:48 71 3820 55.83 brooklyn ny usa
17107 9339 245 Alexis Davidson m 11:08 2:25:49 62 6563 49.87 brooklyn ny usa
17444 9465 1785 Aurelio Garcia m 11:16 2:27:31 34 9937 39.69 brooklyn ny mex
18132 9720 85 Michael Scourby m 11:33 2:31:16 67 6286 50.53 brooklyn ny usa
18155 9732 1179 Kenneth Wong m 11:34 2:31:26 46 9541 41.58 brooklyn ny usa
18612 9889 1207 Javier Potes m 11:48 2:34:33 47 9658 41.09 brooklyn ny usa
19064 10033 25 Michael Koplin m 12:02 2:37:33 70 6486 50.05 brooklyn ny usa
19067 10034 1567 Christian Urena m 12:02 2:37:34 41 10189 38.37 brooklyn ny usa
20331 10421 107 Louis Wiggs m 12:56 2:49:21 66 8599 44.67 brooklyn ny usa
20825 10563 303 David Hantman m 13:29 2:56:46 60 9809 40.36 brooklyn ny usa

Masters Men (40+) – 59 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
166 142 10 John Mcelroy m 06:02 1:18:55 42 113 77.20 brooklyn ny usa
748 644 82 Jason Smith m 06:49 1:29:11 44 594 69.44 new york ny usa
771 662 86 Nate Trevethan m 06:50 1:29:23 43 660 68.71 brooklyn ny usa
864 737 63 James Cooper m 06:54 1:30:16 46 568 69.75 brooklyn ny usa
1139 943 124 Matteo Cavalleri m 07:04 1:32:34 44 867 66.90 brooklyn ny ita
1262 1047 93 Jonathan Giles m 07:08 1:33:31 45 890 66.78 brooklyn ny usa
1368 1133 32 Michael Trenk m 07:12 1:34:15 57 274 73.60 scarsdale ny usa
1606 1316 120 Nicholas Cohen m 07:18 1:35:37 46 1008 65.85 brooklyn ny usa
1905 1548 218 Craig Ortner m 07:26 1:37:25 43 1496 63.05 brooklyn ny usa
1951 1580 220 Carlos Vazquez m 07:27 1:37:40 42 1646 62.38 brooklyn ny usa
2255 1813 254 Elliot Piatetsky m 07:34 1:39:04 42 1863 61.49 brooklyn ny usa
2434 1947 284 Rick Rodriguez m 07:38 1:39:54 41 2134 60.51 brooklyn ny usa
2597 2075 302 Brian Schwartz m 07:41 1:40:43 41 2305 60.03 brooklyn ny usa
2757 2188 216 Gerard Luna m 07:45 1:41:25 45 1840 61.57 brooklyn ny usa
2837 2245 21 Jack Coogan m 07:46 1:41:42 62 417 71.52 brooklyn ny usa
2905 2295 339 Matt Knecht m 07:47 1:41:58 43 2240 60.24 jersey city nj usa
3453 2685 163 Jimmy Leung m 07:57 1:44:10 51 1483 63.10 brooklyn ny usa
3779 2914 438 Ricardo Dias m 08:03 1:45:22 41 3204 57.38 brooklyn ny bra
3965 3035 303 Robert Demasco m 08:06 1:46:02 46 2504 59.38 brooklyn ny usa
4553 3406 215 Kevin Abraszek m 08:14 1:47:54 52 1874 61.45 brooklyn ny usa
4639 3461 223 Gary Purdy m 08:15 1:48:08 52 1911 61.31 brooklyn ny usa
5179 3803 397 David Brenner m 08:23 1:49:47 47 3012 57.84 brooklyn ny usa
5225 3829 403 Kevin Gross m 08:23 1:49:54 48 2894 58.28 brooklyn ny usa
5288 3865 581 Isaac Josephson m 08:24 1:50:04 44 3631 56.26 brooklyn ny usa
5511 3992 120 Sam Smullen m 08:27 1:50:45 56 1728 62.06 brooklyn ny usa
5642 4078 606 Stephane Dapsanse m 08:29 1:51:08 43 4042 55.26 brooklyn ny usa
6156 4383 647 David Oxley m 08:36 1:52:39 42 4572 54.08 brooklyn ny aus
6449 4540 674 Douglas Gordon m 08:40 1:53:25 44 4335 54.61 brooklyn ny usa
6804 4739 322 Paul Lane m 08:44 1:54:22 52 2972 57.98 brooklyn ny usa
6927 4800 163 Jonathan Rouner m 08:45 1:54:41 57 2143 60.49 brooklyn ny usa
7017 4843 529 Daniel Feldman m 08:46 1:54:52 47 4033 55.28 brooklyn ny usa
7188 4940 540 James Sailer m 08:48 1:55:17 49 3733 56.03 brooklyn ny usa
7373 5053 762 Dutch Fox m 08:50 1:55:47 40 5630 51.85 brooklyn ny usa
8218 5515 833 William Walker m 09:00 1:57:49 44 5284 52.56 brooklyn ny usa
8566 5705 879 Emmanuel Minas m 09:03 1:58:34 42 5856 51.38 brooklyn ny rsa
9090 5961 676 Edward Wilson m 09:09 1:59:46 48 4858 53.47 brooklyn ny usa
9592 6198 8 Tyrone Sklaren m 09:15 2:01:10 70 1132 65.07 brooklyn ny usa
9726 6266 454 Geoffry Gertz m 09:17 2:01:32 53 4157 55.04 brooklyn ny usa
10281 6525 1013 Dexter Miranda m 09:23 2:02:59 41 6929 49.16 brooklyn ny usa
10596 6673 1038 Michael Kaltenborn m 09:27 2:03:50 43 6700 49.60 brooklyn ny ger
11159 6928 526 Roberto Labrador m 09:34 2:05:22 50 5567 51.97 new york ny usa
11532 7098 544 Louis Rosenfeld m 09:39 2:06:29 52 5362 52.42 brooklyn ny usa
11580 7122 1123 Jason Asbury m 09:40 2:06:37 44 7039 48.91 brooklyn ny usa
11836 7242 559 Chris Carr m 09:43 2:07:21 53 5307 52.53 brooklyn ny usa
12942 7710 337 Clifford Tsao m 09:58 2:10:33 56 5236 52.65 brooklyn ny usa
13834 8066 187 Tom Tobin m 10:10 2:13:13 63 4093 55.13 brooklyn ny usa
15069 8556 398 Andy Wong m 10:30 2:17:30 55 6732 49.54 brooklyn ny usa
15071 8558 61 Bruce Weiner m 10:30 2:17:31 66 4163 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
15484 8721 1056 Tor Ekeland m 10:37 2:18:59 48 8136 46.08 brooklyn ny usa
15728 8826 1382 Kamen Yotov m 10:41 2:19:55 40 9144 42.91 brooklyn ny bul
16459 9107 15 Arthur Gonzalez m 10:54 2:22:48 71 3820 55.83 brooklyn ny usa
17107 9339 245 Alexis Davidson m 11:08 2:25:49 62 6563 49.87 brooklyn ny usa
18132 9720 85 Michael Scourby m 11:33 2:31:16 67 6286 50.53 brooklyn ny usa
18155 9732 1179 Kenneth Wong m 11:34 2:31:26 46 9541 41.58 brooklyn ny usa
18612 9889 1207 Javier Potes m 11:48 2:34:33 47 9658 41.09 brooklyn ny usa
19064 10033 25 Michael Koplin m 12:02 2:37:33 70 6486 50.05 brooklyn ny usa
19067 10034 1567 Christian Urena m 12:02 2:37:34 41 10189 38.37 brooklyn ny usa
20331 10421 107 Louis Wiggs m 12:56 2:49:21 66 8599 44.67 brooklyn ny usa
20825 10563 303 David Hantman m 13:29 2:56:46 60 9809 40.36 brooklyn ny usa

Grand Masters Men (50+) – 23 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
1368 1133 32 Michael Trenk m 07:12 1:34:15 57 274 73.60 scarsdale ny usa
2837 2245 21 Jack Coogan m 07:46 1:41:42 62 417 71.52 brooklyn ny usa
3453 2685 163 Jimmy Leung m 07:57 1:44:10 51 1483 63.10 brooklyn ny usa
4553 3406 215 Kevin Abraszek m 08:14 1:47:54 52 1874 61.45 brooklyn ny usa
4639 3461 223 Gary Purdy m 08:15 1:48:08 52 1911 61.31 brooklyn ny usa
5511 3992 120 Sam Smullen m 08:27 1:50:45 56 1728 62.06 brooklyn ny usa
6804 4739 322 Paul Lane m 08:44 1:54:22 52 2972 57.98 brooklyn ny usa
6927 4800 163 Jonathan Rouner m 08:45 1:54:41 57 2143 60.49 brooklyn ny usa
9592 6198 8 Tyrone Sklaren m 09:15 2:01:10 70 1132 65.07 brooklyn ny usa
9726 6266 454 Geoffry Gertz m 09:17 2:01:32 53 4157 55.04 brooklyn ny usa
11159 6928 526 Roberto Labrador m 09:34 2:05:22 50 5567 51.97 new york ny usa
11532 7098 544 Louis Rosenfeld m 09:39 2:06:29 52 5362 52.42 brooklyn ny usa
11836 7242 559 Chris Carr m 09:43 2:07:21 53 5307 52.53 brooklyn ny usa
12942 7710 337 Clifford Tsao m 09:58 2:10:33 56 5236 52.65 brooklyn ny usa
13834 8066 187 Tom Tobin m 10:10 2:13:13 63 4093 55.13 brooklyn ny usa
15069 8556 398 Andy Wong m 10:30 2:17:30 55 6732 49.54 brooklyn ny usa
15071 8558 61 Bruce Weiner m 10:30 2:17:31 66 4163 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
16459 9107 15 Arthur Gonzalez m 10:54 2:22:48 71 3820 55.83 brooklyn ny usa
17107 9339 245 Alexis Davidson m 11:08 2:25:49 62 6563 49.87 brooklyn ny usa
18132 9720 85 Michael Scourby m 11:33 2:31:16 67 6286 50.53 brooklyn ny usa
19064 10033 25 Michael Koplin m 12:02 2:37:33 70 6486 50.05 brooklyn ny usa
20331 10421 107 Louis Wiggs m 12:56 2:49:21 66 8599 44.67 brooklyn ny usa
20825 10563 303 David Hantman m 13:29 2:56:46 60 9809 40.36 brooklyn ny usa

Senior Grand Masters Men (60+) – 10 finishers

Overall Gender Age Name Gender Pace Net Time Age AG Gender AG Percent City State Country
2837 2245 21 Jack Coogan m 07:46 1:41:42 62 417 71.52 brooklyn ny usa
9592 6198 8 Tyrone Sklaren m 09:15 2:01:10 70 1132 65.07 brooklyn ny usa
13834 8066 187 Tom Tobin m 10:10 2:13:13 63 4093 55.13 brooklyn ny usa
15071 8558 61 Bruce Weiner m 10:30 2:17:31 66 4163 55.02 brooklyn ny usa
16459 9107 15 Arthur Gonzalez m 10:54 2:22:48 71 3820 55.83 brooklyn ny usa
17107 9339 245 Alexis Davidson m 11:08 2:25:49 62 6563 49.87 brooklyn ny usa
18132 9720 85 Michael Scourby m 11:33 2:31:16 67 6286 50.53 brooklyn ny usa
19064 10033 25 Michael Koplin m 12:02 2:37:33 70 6486 50.05 brooklyn ny usa
20331 10421 107 Louis Wiggs m 12:56 2:49:21 66 8599 44.67 brooklyn ny usa
20825 10563 303 David Hantman m 13:29 2:56:46 60 9809 40.36 brooklyn ny usa

NYPD vs. FDNY 41st Annual 5mi Race Recap

by Jimmy Leung

Race: NYPD vs FDNY 41st Annual 5 Miler
When: March 10, 2018
Where: Central Park, Manhattan, NY

It was cold and windy when I went to pick up my bib for the NYPD vs. FDNY 41st Annual 5 Mile Race from the gym. I kept on one throwaway hoodie and jogged towards Central Park. I saw Puffy by the start. She ran from Brooklyn to cheer me and was finishing her long run so I decided to warm up by running with her. We ran a little over a mile in the opposite direction of Harlem Hill and it felt like the hills would never end. Puffy was tired and struggling to get up the hill so I was able to distract myself from the race by channeling my energy towards encouraging her. When we got back to the start, I was warmed up and ready to start racing.

I took off my throwaway sweater and lined up close to the front with my blue NYPD Running Club singlet. This race was special because it was a showdown between the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York. There is mutual respect between the two departments so this annual competition is friendly and fun. I forgot what my 5mi PR was but that did not really matter because the main focus was to run fast enough to score for my team—only the first 100 men and women from both teams are scored.

The race started from 102nd transverse and ran counter-clockwise. Fueled by adrenaline, excitement, and a windy 30-degree morning chill, I ran up the first mile through the  rolling hills of the Three Sisters a little too fast. My friend, Melanie, and I were running around the same pace for the first two miles, but as I was tiring on the downhill, she passed me. I was very happy to see Rachel Michelle cheering around West 82nd Street. My strategy was to charge up the hills and slow down on the descent to minimalize the impact on my knees and calves. I’m much stronger going up the hills rather than down. I slowed down after the Three Sisters hills to calm my breathing and lower my heart rate. I ran up Cat Hill strongly and I saw Rachel again around East 82nd Street—she ran across the Park to cheer for me a for a second time. Seeing her cheering encouraged me to keep on going stronger and push harder.

In the last mile, I had plenty of energy to start picking off FDNY runners. There were many FDNY runners who were not sporting their red singlet and it was hard to target them so I just ran as fast as I could and passed everyone who I was able to. I got excited every time I ran past an FDNY runner. I think I might have passed about 20 FDNY runners in that last mile. Eventually, I ran past Melanie again and encouraged her to keep going. I kept on running as hard as I could towards the finish line and saw Puffy taking pictures at the corner of my left eye as I was approaching the last 400 meters. My last mile was my fastest split.

I PR’d with a finish time of 38:01. I was the 55th overall finisher and 21st NYPD runner so my time went to help score for team NYPD. My friend, Melanie, was the 2nd overall NYPD/FDNY woman. Puffy was surprised that I did not get an AG award and I had to explain to her that my age group is actually a very competitive age group. I was 8th of 39 in my age group. It was fun seeing all my NYPD buddies at the finish line. I usually see them at most races but I was usually sporting the PPTC red singlet. I feel the same sense of pride representing either PPTC or NYPD, but it was kind of nice to be sporting the same color with my NYPD buddies in this showdown race.

Puffy and I went to the gym post-race to enjoy some treats that only NYPD and FDNY would dare put out. We had Vodka Gatorade, cooler tapped beer, Bloody Marys and the best post-race bagels I’ve ever had. It was fun seeing my buddies again and help NYPD BEAT FDNY! Can’t wait until next year’s showdown. I’m glad Puffy was there cheering and taking awesome pictures. I’m sure she enjoyed the post-race party. 🙂

Montclair Bread Co. 5K Doughnut Run Race Report

by Linus Ly

Race: Montclair Bread Co. 5K Doughnut Run

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Montclair, NJ

Social media can sometimes be a waste of time with nothing good coming out of it. In other instances, it can be useful. I keep tracks of races by regularly checking the calendars of time-management companies or race producers, mostly for the Run Brooklyn program that PPTC supports. I thought I know a lot about the races in the New York City metro area, but I had never heard about the 5K Doughnut Run put on by the Montclair Bread Company in New Jersey. In a post in the PPTC Facebook group fellow runner Shana Skaletsky alerted me to a contest the Bread Company was hosting. Make something donut-inspired when you run, something right up my alley! I made the “Just donut” run and waited for the result to be announced and finally learned that I won two complimentary entries and a box of donuts! Naturally, Shana got the second entry as if not for her I wouldn’t know about the race.

The night before the race I had the fear of not being able to find parking near the start. Or being stuck in traffic somehow and not make it on time. I think it’s called deeenessphobia. It turned out my worry was groundless. I left my house really early, picked up Shana, then made the trip across state line to Montclair, New Jersey. Shana knows the area well and that helped a lot because even though I had GPS guiding me, most of the trip was on local roads. We arrived at our destination early. Even though some roads were already closed, I was able to park the car mere two blocks away from the Bread Company. Packet pickup was quick and painless, and we had enough time to wait in the car.  Along with a nice long-sleeved tech shirt, we also got a sack containing a water bottle, a fanny pack, and coupons/flyers for local businesses.

About 15 minutes to 8 am, we started walking to the start line. The race had a cap of 2300+ and it seemed everyone showed up. Walnut Street was already packed with participants. Shana and I found our way to the back of the mass. The national anthem was performed by a saxophonist then off we went, slowly at first. It snowed the night before but the roads were mostly cleared. For the first half-mile, I mostly walked. There were many people and it was very difficult to actually run, not that I am a fast runner. I am not used to running with people pushing strollers and had the fear of being tripped by them. I believe at least a few were double-sized too, so they really took up a wide swath of the road. If you can get behind a fast stroller then it’s like infantry crouching behind armored vehicle, the stroller creates a path for you to follow. Otherwise you just have to try to avoid them.

Maybe it was because of the cold temperature, cheering along the course was sparse. There were a few patches of ice here and there but volunteers along the course pointed them out. There were two water stations, with munchkins (doughnut holes), but I opted to skip them both to improve my time a bit. As usual, the last mile seemed to take forever to cover. It was extra challenging that the last few yards involved an uphill.

So far the race was good, sure it was a bit crowded in the beginning but it was a fun run so I didn’t mind it too much. Things went awry right after the finish mat. Instead of a long chute for finishers to spread out, there was a sharp turn left to get medals and refreshment, plus whatever the sponsors gave out. It was so crowded I didn’t know what the “line” was for. It was not much of a line, just a mass of people standing in place, not moving. In the cold. Eventually I was able to squeeze onward to get my medal. Next, the line for donuts and small cups of hot chocolate, supposedly, was pretty long too, also barely moving. I decided to not have those donuts and instead went for my prize donuts. Inside the bakery there were boxes of donuts but only for people who pre-ordered them. I only had to find my contact person from the bakery, waited for her to finish conducting the award ceremony, then the dozen of donuts was mine. Time to find Shana, wolfed down a donut or two in the car, then made our exit from the area.

According to official posts on Facebook, half of the volunteers failed to show up. I am sure the no-shows badly impacted the event, but I think what ruined the finish experience was the short space allocated for finish chute, medal chute, and refreshment area. It was basically one city block that the finishers squeezed into. It should be at least three blocks long. Otherwise having more volunteers wouldn’t make any difference. I don’t know how it was done the previous three years, maybe there weren’t that many people. Growing pains, I guess. Fans of the 5K posted many ideas to improve the situation next time. Mine would be to have donuts along the race course. The whole point of the run is to eat donuts. If I don’t have a box of prize donuts waiting for me, I doubt I will do this race again, as I really don’t like waiting around in the cold.

PPTC Turkey Trot 2017

Name: PPTC Turkey Trot

Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

When: Nov 23, 2017

For many New Yorkers, particularly Brooklynites, the PPTC Turkey Trot is an annual Thanksgiving tradition that’s right up there with the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Without fail, this “little” local race sells outs when the weather is still warm and we’re wondering when fall is going to start. For the first time this year, PPTC offer 100 bibs for $100 for the people who missed out on the early pricing. That $10,000 was donated to CHiPS, a wonderful local community organization which provides food and shelter to those in need.

Thanksgiving morning, the weather was not at all frightful. Instead, cool crisp weather ideal for running greeted the 2204 runners who came out to trot their stuff for five miles.

The Top Three PPTC Women Runners

  1. Leiba Rimler (34:46), 9-sec PR, 2nd AG (30-34)
  2. Holly Chase (35:22)
  3. Chloe Free (37:04), 5-min PR

The Top Three PPTC Men Runners

  1. Yves Nozil (25:36), defended his title in winning the PPTC Turkey Trot for the second year in a row
  2. Etan Levavi (28:37), 2nd AG (25-29)
  3. Alan Lawn (31:30), PR

Other notable running accomplishments

Anthony Watson
36:00
3rd AG (55-59)

Lillian Park
37:37
1.5 min PR & 3rd AG (40-44)

Neil R Feldman
42:41
3rd AG (65-69)

Tyrone Sklaren
41:59
1st AG (70+)

Nancy Wagner-Wetzel
47:46
1st AG (65-59)

Charlene Kohler-Britton
50:32
3rd AG (65-69)

Photos of the Turkey Trot taken by Larry Sillen can be seen here:

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Acknowledgments
Thank you to the staff at NYC Runs and to Modell’s for having their store be the site for the packet pick-up. Big thank you to our club members who volunteered the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and the day of the race, from medal assembly, stickering bigs, manning the packet pick-up, schlepping goods, manning bag check, and much, much more. This race could not have happened with your enthusiasm, skill, and dedication.
Adam Devine
Alexis Davidson
Alison Donnelly
Andrei Fluerasu
Andy Wong
Anh-Tuan Tran
Aniella Zaslavsky-Tang
Anne Perzeszty
Aung Barteaux
Beth Moran
Bianca Merbaum
Brittney Laryea
Carlos Vazquez
Charlene
Christine Goh
Cressida Robinson
Crystal Cun
Danielle Fagenblat
Fran Kotkov
Dave Leslie
David Chen
David Coleman
David Hantman
Donna Newton
Doug Olney
Emily Perillo
Eric Levenstein
Gary Belcher
Geoffry Gertz
Heather Isiminger
Hilary Pauli
Holly Chase
Holly Goddu
Isaac Josephson
Isaac Murchie
Jack W. Wang
Jackie Ore
 Jane Yau
Jenn Adams
Jennie Matz
Jim Wengler
Jimmy Leung
Joanne Guralnick
Joe Habib
Joe Lyons
Joelle Reeves
Julie Rwan
Julio Zavala
Junior Passee
Kathleen Lewis
Keight Bergmann
Kevin Abraszek
Kristen Stocks
Larry Balick
Leala Vazquez
Lillian Park
Lindsay Turley
Linus Ly
Lisa Maya Knauer
Louis Wiggs
Marek Stepniowski
Margaret Gambaro
Maribel Pena
Mark Arce
Marvlyn Baptiste
Megan Dee
Melissa Lee
Michael Murphy
Michael Silver
Missy Burgin
Monique Hamilton
Murray Rosenblith
Nathan Kisin
Nicoletta Neragis
Noah Devereaux
PaFoua Hang
Pam Ritchie
Paul Lace
Priscilla Upshaw
Rachel G
Rebekah TonThat
Regina Chan
Rich Nolan
Roshan Leslie
Rosie Cortijo
Ruth Gurksy
Sam Smullen
Sandra Ferrari
Sara Devine
Sara Rafiy
Steve Oxley
Tanya Saltzman
Tom Greene
Tom Meany
Tricia Naughton
Vanessa Guida
Vanessa Russell
Victoria Shan
William Stenhouse
Zadine Richardson

NYRR NYC 60K Race Recap

by PaFoua Hang
Nov 18, 2017

On November 18, 2017, PPTC ultrarunners toed the NYRR NYC 60K Ultra-Marathon in Central Park. There were 11 registered PPTC finishers. PPTC won the team award with its top five men finishers, followed by Front Runners in second place, and the Dashing Whippets in third place. Etan Levavi came in fourth overall for his ultra debut. Other outstanding ultra debuts include Ben Collier in eight overall and Andrei Fluerasu in 20th for men overall. For women overall, PaFoua Hang came in 18th. Captain Adam Devine came in 25th overall and was able to knock off a hefty PR margin. Both Etan and Frank Deleo came in second for each of their respective age groups.

The following pages are race recaps from the runners in alphabetical order by first name. Recaps not captured: Kamen Yotov and Manuel Quintanilla.

(L-R: Shan Haq, Brian Schwartz, Manuel Quintanilla, PaFoua Hang, Adam Devine, Kamen Yotov, Sam Smullen, and Andrei Fluerasu. Not pictured: Etan Levavi, Ben Collier, Frank Deleo, and Eric Levenstein. PC: Sara Devine)

Adam Devine

(PC: Jose Baizan)

This is by far my favorite race of the year, because it always feels like more of a team effort than any race, save for maybe the team champs. A bunch of us made it a little more of a to-do this year, and it really paid off. I started with Andrei, and he and I ran the first 18 miles or so together, then he sped up and I slowed a bit. The group run cheer squad met us for a bit and provided some much-needed support, and Rosalba was ON POINT with Sherpa duties. She ran with me right when things started getting rough and helped keep me going when I needed it (and I didn’t realize until after that she ran more than 33 miles in support of us!). I passed several teammates along the way on the course and on the sidelines, and the constant flow of “team” made the whole thing feel like more of a group effort. After finishing I rang my cowbell until my body started to shut down, and then headed home. I feel bad I didn’t stay until the whole team was finished, but I was so proud of everyone, especially the first-timers. I can’t wait to do it again next year. Go, Team!

Andrei Fluerasu

(PC NYRR)

I started running with Adam Devine (see photo) somewhere just below 8min/mi (5 min/km) with the occasional faster mile when we were pushed faster by the overall excitement. Around mile 12, we were joined by the most amazing support crew one can imagine who had run there all the way from Brooklyn – Thanks, Noah, Jana, Matteo, Sarah R, Adam I, Crystal, Anh-Tuan, Rosalba (and I hope I didn’t forget others). It was fun trying to organize a triangular-shaped pace group like in the sub-2 attempt. It definitely made us feel good and miles passed faster. Kept my pace for the first 5 loops (21 miles) but with the 6th loop, after a quick refueling stop, the unavoidable started to happen. With the low mileage a mange to put in this cycle and probably not really fully recovered after the NYC marathon, I started to feel increasingly stiff (same darn glutes) and to slow-down. My goal on the last two laps was simple: just keep running and don’t care about the pace. In the meantime, Rosalba was doing her own crazy run. She ran many loops in opposite direction and then joined many of our PPTC teammates for small sections. I was myself joined by Scott for a mile or so at some point. The last 10k was just a struggle for survival. I knew that if I keep running, I’ll finish in under 5:30, perhaps even 5:20, which was a good goal. Rosalba joined me for those last 6 mi and together we forgot a bit about the suffering. She was approaching the 50km mark herself which makes her a clear winner in the spectator-cheerleader-runners category 🙂

My final time was approximately 5:19:30.

All in all, this was a long, interesting day. The suffering was non-negligible but the overall joy shadows it and only a few hours after the race I’m thinking already that I should do what I need to do to keep the 8 min pace for the whole darn race next year 🙂 Thanks again to all the PPTC teammates, and cheering groups and, of course, a big thank you to all the volunteers.

Ben Collier

(PC Dave Leslie)

Thoughts were that it was such a fun race. I like that it was small, there was great sense of camaraderie and there was a huge PPTC showing. I’d forgotten how hard it was to run the longer distances. My legs were dead for the last 10 miles. NYCM really took its toll. Also, could not have finished without PPTC support.  Scott Edgerton ran the whole of the last lap, I think he really sensed I was fading and took it upon himself to drag me home. He’d probably run some miles himself at that point so even more grateful.

What a club!

Brian Schwartz

(PC Carmen Cramer)

I can’t believe I just completed my first ultra! This was not something that was even on my radar until hearing PPTC members (such as, ahem, Adam) talk about how “fun” they were. So I decided I wanted to give it a try! As far as training goes, I really want to thank the MTG group, Coach Tony/Charlene Speed Training sessions and everyone in PPTC for the support along the way!

And then on to the race: it was really amazing to see such a big group of fellow PPTC runners when I got there. To know that so many teammates were gonna be out in the course with me helped to calm my nerves! The team support was also critical to my finishing as I learned a lot in real time from PaFoua – who I got to run with for the first half. She helped me keep going even through a stomach bug, which I had gotten earlier in the week and plagued me the first couple loops, she helped me figure out my nutrition and she helped to take my mind off what was coming up by chatting about other races we have run. (Thanks!)Toward the end of the run I surprised myself by keeping at it-even when running became more of a shuffle. (Especially on the hills!) Before the 60k, I wondered what it would be like to run cat hill on that ninth loop and though it’s a blur to me now, I remember one thing: it was PAINFUL but not IMPOSSIBLE.

I have to thank all the PPTC-ers who came to cheer and, of course, my wife, Carmen who I thought was crazier than me to stand out in the cold for 6+ hours as my crew!

Eric Levenstein

(PC Dave Leslie)

I never thought that I’d run this race! About a month before the NYC Marathon, after a long training run, I was speaking with a friend about how I think anyone can complete a marathon with proper training. My friend adamantly disagreed, and as an example asked me if I could ever run an Ultramarathon… “NO! I can NEVER run an Ultra!” But, a few minutes later, I thought, “Why not?” I spoke with Adam Devine the next day to get his thoughts, and he was very encouraging (is anyone surprised?) so I signed up right after our conversation.

A few days before the race, I went to an NYRR RUNtalk about Ultras where I met a guy that Adam works with (Christopher), and we chatted for a few minutes and wished each other a good race. A few days later, the race started off great! Lots of encouragement from volunteers and obviously from PPTC members, I brought tons of food which I quickly realized was pointless since it was SO well-supported by NYRR, and Sara Devine and Andy Wong were kind enough to run the 2nd loop with me, offering great conversation and encouragement. They made the 2nd loop so joyous and easy that the 3rd loop really dragged on in comparison! At the end of #3 (approximately a half marathon), I was honestly beginning to get a bit dreary at the thought of so many more repeating loops since I was getting tired, when suddenly I noticed Christopher. We spoke about our expected pace, and decided to run together a little bit.

We had a fine loop #4, getting to know each other better since we were still effectively strangers. We also ran with Melissa Lee, who was kind enough to tell me in advance that she might come out, and I was overjoyed that she made it and offered company/encouragement, which really helped loop #5 pass by effortlessly! Christopher and I then kept going together while the conversation kept flowing. We spoke about work, the PPTC, phones, politics, candy, and plenty of other random things, because we had plenty of time since we wound up finishing six loops (24 miles) together after previously having spoken for only a few minutes!!! It was so much easier to bear through with company during nearly the whole race!

There was plenty of walking, stopping to eat, and hugs from the incredible PPTC cheer sections (thank you, Heather, Katie, Robert, Joelle, Nick, Dave, and anyone else I missed). Everyone was super encouraging, the PPTC members who lapped me made sure to be congratulatory and uplifting, and the rest stops were basically delicious snack buffets. At the end of the day (I finished after the sun went down) I proved myself wrong by finishing, got to know a stranger really well, got to know some incredible PPTC members better, and found another race which I can’t imagine missing next year! If you’re like me and never thought that you’d be able to run this, then I hope to see you there next year when you prove yourself wrong.

And, seriously, thank you SO MUCH Adam, Sara, Andy, and Melissa!!!

Etan Levavi

(PC: Robert DeMasco)

One thing I love about running is that, in terms of performance measures, it is a simple function of time and distance. My goal going into the race was to finish in under 5 hours, which would require about an 8:00/mi average pace. But above all, I wanted to go by feel and was willing to take a chance with this race. As with distance cycling, I love ultra running for the fact that it gives the runner an excuse to run for extended durations of time and be enveloped in the cheers and support of friends and spectators.

Thanks to peer pressure and the intrigue of increasing my distance PR, I found myself registered for the 60K. I have only run for more than 3 hours duration a handful of times. Just a few weeks ago I ran 50K on a treadmill at the NYC Marathon Expo, in 5 hours. It went really well and was the confidence boost that opened me up to the idea of running the 60K at a race effort. My thought was that I have already run for 5 hours – now I just have to do it at a harder effort.

Yes, there is pain – both during the race and much in the 8-10 hours following the race. It’s subsiding rapidly, thanks to compression pants, gentle stretching, sleep, and water. But as masochistic as 9 CP loops may seem, it is not the pain that is the draw, but the elation. Throttling up CP’s hills, and the freedom of rolling down the other side, seeing friends on the course and cheering, seeing the Achilles athletes out there. The high point of the race for me came on the third-to-final loop. About a quarter of a mile past the aid station, I became overwhelmed by emotion. That moment was everything running is to me. I could barely breathe, as I was on the brink of breaking down and bawling my eyes out. For this single experience, it was all worth it. But of course, there was so much more. Knowing that my friends running were putting in the same work that I was, and knowing that my friends who came out to support us were never more than a few miles away.

After the race, it took a few days for NYRR to post the race results. I was proud to see that I placed 4th overall with a time of 4:38:48, average pace 7:29/mi. Congrats to everyone who did the work and put in the miles! This is the best team!

Frank Deleo

(PC: Jose Baizan)

First of all, big thanks to PaFoua for being the primary mover in creating this group. Hey, is it me, or did the PPTC presence at this venerable event reach a tipping point this year? (According to the initial NYRR results, we were the only team that had double-digit participants! Can that be right? Yes!!!) I was both gratified and tickled to see all the club folks who either ran the race or provided some incredible support along the course, up to and including pizza and free hugs. Not to mention the flood of photos pouring in afterward! I’m sure we’ll see many of those who cheered us on from the sidelines wearing race numbers next year.

It was good to see Broadway Ultra Society’s Richie Innamorato still helping out at this race. He founded this race in 1978, collaborating with Fred Lebow and the NYRR, and also gave it the name that many of us old-timers know it as the Knickerbocker 60K (or simply “the Knick”). Fred was secretly a big booster (and occasional participant) of ultras, in spite of the fact that they didn’t bring in a lot of revenue, what with fewer participants back then. Central Park was also a lot less congested, and in its early years the race (then held in March) was six full loops of the park in a clockwise direction, finishing near the Dakota along the West 72nd St exit.

Much of my ultra history has been running these road courses on repeating loops. Unlike point-to-point runs and trail races, the limited scenery might make it harder to stay motivated, but I think there are definite advantages. The camaraderie is great. You pass through “race central” and gatherings of the “ultra-curious” on a regular basis. You get inspired (or discouraged, if you’re one of those glass-half-empty types) by the faster runners lapping you, and you, in turn, can get a chance to encourage the runners you happen to pass.

And I gotta say NYRR provided a great spread this year, with bagels, potatoes, a variety of sweet and salty snacks, and lots of fluids both hot and cold. Thank you, volunteers!

Finally, thanks to whichever geoengineers are responsible for keeping the rain at bay for the better part of the race, even for the slower runners. My preferred ultra conditions skew toward summer days, but I guess that’s just me.

PaFoua Hang

(PC: Sara Devine)

This was my fourth time fun-running the NYC 60K. I was thrilled to see a strong PPTC turn-out this year. Andy Wong graciously offered to drive a few of us to the start line so I felt refreshed and calm when I got to Central Park. Shan Haq warmed up with me and we ran the first mile or so together. Then I started running with Brian Schwartz and Christy, and soon we were joined by Anh-Tuan Tran who ran with us for two loops. By the end of the fourth loop, I found myself alone and at the mercy of the noise in my head. On the sixth loop, I started fading and was relieved when Scott Edgerton joined me for a loop. We saw Joe Lyons and Bobbie DeMasco cheering around mile 25 and it was rejuvenating to see them after fighting against the rolling hills. Captain Adam Devine passed us shortly afterward and it was inspiring to see his energy—he was heading towards a big PR and I was really excited for him.

I ran the last three loops alone. Etan Levavi passed me during the seventh loop and gave me encouraging words as he continued on like a fresh gazelle galloping into the horizon of the rolling sister hills. I pushed onward against the angry hills and was greeted again by the most enthusiastic cheering squad of Joe and Bobbie. I continued to see both of them during another painful lap. On the ninth lap, most spectators have left because it started drizzling, but I was overcome with pressure and guilt that Joe and Bobbie might still be out on the course cheering. As much as I would rather have walked, I felt compelled to at least jog my way towards them JUST IN CASE they were still there and I was selfishly keeping them out longer in the cold just to wait for my hobby jogger’s victory lap. During mile 36, from 100 meters away, I can hear Joe screaming my name and cheering alone. It was incredibly uplifting.

I ran this ultra on a dangerously low mileage training cycle thanks to having fallen out of love with running after getting piriformis syndrome during the NJM training cycle. With the poor mileage, I ran NYCM as a fun touristy run and I also toed the 60K with the same nonchalant mindset. Thanks to everyone who came out to run, cheer, and offer moral support, I unexpectedly PR’d by 15 minutes during this fun run and came in 18 for overall women (WHAT?). Thank you, PPTC! Thank you, Sara Devine, for your encouragement at the end of EVERY LOOP. And Joe – this PR was really because of you since I would have gladly strolled the last loop if I didn’t expect you to still be out there. 🙂

Sam Smullen

(PC: Dave Leslie)

My first 60K felt like my very first marathon, except that for my first marathon the longest run I did was 10K. For the 60K, I ran 7 marathons and after a couple of those marathons, I felt good enough to run another half marathon. However, for the 60K I didn’t have a strategy like I did for my first marathon. My strategy for my first marathon was to do four 10K loops plus 1.4 miles. With each 10K, I reset my mind by saying to myself, “Groundhog Day”.

I was ill-prepared for the 60K and made frequent pit stops, which could have been avoided if I took the 60K seriously. I was toast after mile 30 but kept going because I have never DNF (“did not finish”) in any of the races that I’ve run before. I’ll do the 60K again, but with a strategy next time and be better prepared both mentally and physically.

S.U.H.

(PC: Jose Baizan)

Let me tell you about two pizza deliveries that really meant something to me. The first and most remarkable one was in the mid-80s, Pakistan. I was maybe six, hated my grandma’s cooking, and the food didn’t stick to my ribs the same as it did back home.

Dad was coming to visit a week later to join mom, my sister, and me. I still remember the phone call with him, “Anything you want from America that you miss from home?”

“Dad, I want a pizza.”

A week later my father arrives in Islamabad, opened the suitcase and pulled out a pizza box. For a hungry kid who hated the food in Pakistan pooping his guts out every day, I can’t tell you how grateful I was to get that box of pizza.

Well, the second such instance of pizza delivery gratitude happened to me five hours into the race last Saturday, in Central Park NY. One of my favorite running buddies was waiting for me before the final loop of Central Park. She had a box of freshly made, piping hot pizza.

Special thanks to Sarah working the aid station for looking me in the eyes and firmly encouraging me to keep running.

Lastly, thanks for the pizza delivery, Jana.

Chaya Wolf’s NYC Marathon Recap

Meb + Chaya = BFFs (Photo Credit: Chaya Wolf)

by Chaya Wolf

Race: New York City Marathon

When: Nov 5, 2017

Where: New York City, NY

What a day! What a weekend! Still riding high and processing it all.

In the days leading up to the race, I had the privilege to hear from and meet Meb Keflezighi and chat with Bart Yasso. I’m not one to gush over celebs, but these guys are humble, have a wealth of knowledge in the sport and are such down to earth humans. It took star struck to a new level. They each shared different advice and words of encouragement and I had faith that Sunday would be a good day. After pseudo-injuries and heightened anxiety (thank you taper) were put to rest with kind words by my PT, I had a good feeling about taking on NYC for the second time. I had utilized the taper period and really made sure I was on top of my nutrition. I slept, stretched and foam rolled (btw – sleep is not overrated). I felt really ready for race day.

Going into the race I had two goals, which based on most of my training runs, I knew I could attain. My original plan was to find the pacer in my corral and hang with him. But I somehow managed to lose him before the corrals even moved to the base of the bridge. He disappeared out of my sight and into thin air. So we went with plan B and ran solo.

It’s funny actually. Somehow my entire day turned into a day full of plan Bs, and no not the one from the drugstore, more like the plan you choose when the first one fails. Yet I didn’t seem to mind. It all started in the morning when I thought I was going with a bus to Staten Island and ended up in an Uber heading to the ferry terminal in Manhattan. It continued when I ran solo and finished when I dropped any goal times I had and ran for fun and redemption. Why redemption? Well, two years ago I ran NYCM as my first marathon and it derailed on the Queensboro Bridge. My only focus after that was the finish line. I didn’t see anything, I didn’t remember anything. So when I finally did finish, stressing on the word finish, and got my medal, I promised myself I’d be back. And so on Sunday, I was back.

The race started out well. I stopped on the Verrazano Bridge for a photo and then realized I had just added on 2 min to my finishing time, but I didn’t care. I was going to enjoy the course, take in the sights and see what NYC was all about. Knowing that the PPTC cheer crew was at mile 7 and my #wolfpack was at mile 8 gave me good vibes all through Brooklyn. I actually noticed the diversity of people as we moved up the avenue. Hearing “Go Prospect Park!” by random strangers, scattered PPTCers shouting my name and so many little kids high fiving was so energizing. But it was humid and my breathing started to get labored. Somewhere over the Pulaski Bridge, I missed my halfway goal time and knew that any other sensible goals I had for the race were the out the window. Adding to the humidity that was already plaguing me, I realized I was blinder with my glasses than without and decided to just stick them in my armband. My apologies to anyone I didn’t respond to past the bridge. Chances are I probably didn’t see you 🙁

After deciding to ditch my goals, I took a page out of Bart Yasso’s book and just ran happily. I took in the sights and the people. I took it slow on the Queensboro Bridge, mentally prepared myself for the crowds at the turn and just had fun. I enjoyed the music, the cheering, and the insane crowds along First Ave, 5th Ave, and Central Park. I boogied in the Bronx, silently cheered YMCA and thanked Gd when my mile 17, 19, and 23 peeps were still there when I reached them. I didn’t really stop for anyone, but noticed many of you, in the rain, cheering. Some of you saw me at my lowest points, hurting and walking; some of you saw me determined and chasing something, not sure what. Somewhere on the Willis Ave Bridge and then again in Manhattan around mile 21, I felt like I wouldn’t finish and wondered why I was doing this again. So I walked, let my breathing regulate, looked around and let everything and everyone remind me why I signed up for this. I thought I picked up the pace again, but those last few miles turned out to be my slowest. Somehow I found some mojo on 59th street, pushed myself up the final hill and finished while it was still light.

In 2015, I sat in a medical tent at mile 20 and painfully and slowly walked the last 10k. I finished with an official time of 6:24:59. In 2017, I enjoyed the course and the people. I realized what a beautiful and diverse city we live in. I appreciated the immense support and camaraderie that exists in NYC. I valued how our city came together to encourage 51,000 stupid people who thought running 26.2 miles is fun. I finished crying because I didn’t stop for medical support and I succeeded in achieving what I set out to do 2 years ago. I finished with an official time of 5:19:41. It wasn’t my best time but it definitely was a good time.

You’d think that meeting Meb and Bart was enough, but my star-studded and fun-filled weekend actually ended when I went to get my medal engraved. As you walked into Jackrabbit there was a sign that said Shalane Flanagan and Geoffrey Kamworor were going to stop by for an hour. I had already taken the day off, so I hung around a little longer than expected. I bumped into some PPTC marathoners, heard both NYC marathon winners speak, got my medal ribbon autographed by both winners and took a picture with them. So let’s just say NYCM Class of 2017, you rocked!

2017 New York City Marathon Race Recap & The Last 10 Miles with a Side of Picnic

On an overcast and humid day on November 5th, after an early morning wake-up to go to Staten Island by ferry or bus (or Uber and ferry), over 50,000 athletes cruised over the Verrazano Bridge to start the NYC Marathon.

Here is PPTC by the numbers:
170 total PPTC members in NYC Marathon
16 PPTC members BQ’d
16 PPTC members completed their FIRST marathon.
Of those, 4 PPTCers BQ’d in their first marathon (Do we call this a running hat trick – PR, BQ,  & first marathon?).

Top 3 Men in PPTC

  1. Shan Haq (2:52:47)
  2. Ben Collier (2:57:20)
  3. Sean Quealy (2:58:05)

Top 3 Women in PPTC

  1. Jana Trenk (3:07:50)
  2. Katie Poor (3:10:47)
  3. Mary Johnston (3:15:40)

Congratulations to our Michael Ring for completing his 30th marathon with his son, Nicholas!!!!!!!! It was over 3 years ago when he became paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). After years of excellent medical treatment, hard work, and some setbacks, Mike realized his dream of once again crossing the finish line in Central Park.

Shoutouts

Marcia Brown
3:44:28
BQ
4th in her age group (60-65)

Ben Allison
3:16:01
27-min PR

Nicholas Cohen
3:22:07
0:02:23 PR and BQ
I raised $3,000 for my friend Mateo’s prosthetic leg

Julie Raskin
5:25
First marathon PR
PPTC IS AMAZING! I am so grateful for the support of the club- from the training to the magical tree all the way to the finish line. And walking into PS 87 to the cheers (and the beer) was moving beyond words!

Crystal Cun
3:31:42
50-min PR & BQ
Raised money for $4876 for Legal Services
Crystal was too modest to say,  but she was the fastest fundraiser that Legal Services has ever had.

Mey Chery
4:03:44
25-min PR & 6-month post-surgery

Sam Smullen
4:05:55
PR

Jimmy Leung
4:04:30
PR & completed 3 of the 6 World Major Marathons

Jennie Matz
4:02:25
PR

Noah Devereaux
3:02:18
PR, BQ, & first marathon!

Shane Shifflett
3:09:20
First marathon PR

Katie Daddaria
4:32:05
5-min PR on her birthday
I’ve been dealing with/recovering from PF most of the year. I cannot fathom how I did so well. Also, it was my birthday! Really amazing day. 🙂

Jana Trenk
3:07:50
PR & BQ
Not only the fastest PPTC woman, but 4th fastest overall in PPTC, & 125th American female finisher in the race

Isabel Santiago-Gordon
4:20:33
9-min PR
I found NYCM so amazing that I want to do it again.

Jack Coogan
3:44:48
PR, BQ, & first marathon!
Thanks to the Tuesday morning MTG and the Last 10 Mile Run for getting me as ready as I could be.

Mary Johnston
3:15:40
6+ min PR & 2nd BQ
14th in her age group (20-25)

Hilary Lawton
4:20:58
First marathon PR
Huge thank you to Tony and Charlene- their class was great for helping with my speed work and for meeting other wonderful PPTCers!

Kirsty Carroll
3:54:05
29-min PR & BQ
I ran my last marathon 11 years ago.

Aung Barteaux
3:33:05
PR, BQ, & first marathon!

Mike Roberts
4:20:12
First marathon PR

Michael Ring
9:52
Completed his 30th marathon

Robert DeMasco
3:49:42
32-min PR

Stuart Kaplan
3:30:50
First marathon PR
Even though I hit the wall, if it wasn’t for Matteo and Melissa pushing me along, I might not have finished.

Ricardo Dias
4:04
PR

Pamela Ritchie
3:53:59
PR, BQ, & first marathon!
Shoutout to Isaac Josephson for being my running ambassador, and Kristen Uhrich who I feel is my running soulmate.

Adam Iannazzone
3:22:17
First marathon PR

Melissa Lee
5:04:43
First marathon PR

Patrick Huang
4:20:30
20-min PR
Thanks for the support from PPTC and teammates

Eric Levenstein
4:59:25
First marathon PR

Lisa Maya Knaur
Almost 14-min PR

Carlos Vasquez
3:33:11
20-min PR

Isaac Josephson
4:24
3-min PR & 7-min course PR
I beat Ethan Hawke’s time.

Sara Devine
5:27:26
First marathon PR

Rachel Pennycuick
4:34:04
PR

Emily Rinehart
3:30:24
BQ

Sarah Singer
3:30:47
BQ

Holly Chase
3:34:49
BQ

Michael Trenk
3:36:17
BQ

Rosalba Perna
3:38:00
BQ

Maggie Carr
4:32:10
First marathon after 2 years of injury
Seeing PPTC all over the city, whether as spectators or fellow runners, made my first marathon even more special. Special shoutout to Coaches Missy, Adam, and Michael for organizing MTG – that preparation was key to fighting through the last few miles!

David Hantman
5:44:48
9.5-min course PR
He raised $1,600 for the MVRP Foundation and is still accepting donations until 12/31/17 (donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/nyc-marathon-david-runs-for-mvrp)

Shan Haq
2:52:47
BQ

Mary Turnbach
5:26:20
4.5-min PR

Sarah Bass
6:38:04
First marathon PR

Gabrielle Napolitano
6:41:56
First marathon PR

Jackie James
4:38:46
First marathon PR

Samantha Storey
4:55:28
First marathon PR

Acknowledgments of the volunteers and sponsors
Thank you to PPTC for funding the Fall Picnic, to Peter Forgach of Saucony for providing blankets to PPTCers on marathon morning (he drove from Manhattan at 3 am to deliver them!), and to Jackrabbit for letting us use their store.

Fall Picnic Organizers
Crystal Cun
Adam Iannazzone 
Lillian Park

Last 10 Miles Volunteers
Sherry Wang
Murray Rosenblith
Roshan Leslie
Adam Devine
Melissa Morrison

NYC Marathon Volunteers
Janet Gottlieb
Anh-Tuan Tran
Murray Rosenblith
Emma Walker
Geoffry Gertz
David Coleman
Isaac Murchie
Fanny Greene
Amy Sowder
Jane Yau
Roshan Leslie
James Israel
all photos on this page were taken by Marek Stepniowski
and of course, to all PPTC members who stood on the sidelines to cheer and cowbell.

Comments and thoughts from our participants

I participated in the Last 10 miles and found it so helpful! Thanks PPTC for all your support and amazing members that inspire us!  ~ Isabel

I also ran the last 10M – it was so helpful knowing what was to come in the later parts of yesterday’s race.  PPTC pacers and volunteers were awesome! ~Kirsty

I thought the Last 10 Mile Run was really helpful. At least during my last 800 meters, I knew where the finish line was going to be and that helped a ton because I knew when I could pick up the speed at the end. ~Aung

Last 10 miles was so useful. 5th ave and CP hills sucked, but I knew they were coming and so I found a final push to get over them! I’ve been amazed how open, friendly, and encouraging the club has been to all newcomers, knowing that I’m sure most of us will disappear into the ether post marathon. I’m very much going to try not to be one of those people. ~Mike
For the “last 10” I led a pace group (the last one, which collapsed 13:00 and 14:00). I’d originally volunteered for 13:00 but no one volunteered to lead 14:00 so I tried to incorporate anyone who was slower than 12:00, basically. I’d never paced before, and I think I led us a little too fast (our average pace was 12:38 according to my Garmin). So maybe some tips on how to be a successful pace leader would be helpful. Our group did spread out a bit in the last three miles and the person who’d fallen the farthest behind took a wrong turn in the park, but everyone did finish. What I’d have done differently would have been to give out my phone number to everyone in the group in case anyone fell way behind or decided to drop out so that I would know. ~Lisa
I also participated in last 10 mile and the picnic and have to say that both events were awesome.  The last 10 was a great way for me to know what to expect in the Marathon. ~Stuart
I participated in the last 10 miles also. It really helped me learn what to expect, especially the elevation changes. I believe it was part of the reason I didn’t hit the wall. ~Carlos
re: Picnic

It’s been a bit less than a year since I joined PPTC, and this was the first event I’d organized for the club. In many ways, I still feel like a green member, but it was nice to see so many familiar faces and reflect on all the new runships I’ve formed over the last year.

re: last 10 miles
He doesn’t know it, but my marathon training strategy has basically been: 1) Show up every Sat at 8 am. 2) Follow Oren for 20 miles, or until I can’t keep up. 3) Repeat.

At the last ten miles, Oren steered our 8:30 pace group like a metronome, nailing every turn in the Bronx and telling us where to conserve energy. He wins my vote for Marathon Sherpa of the Year.

…Also, we can’t forget the poncho. When Murray held up a brightly colored wrap and said, “Who wants a serape?” my hand immediately shot up. Now that marathon training is done, my biggest dilemma is whether to use the poncho as throwaway clothing or keep it. #ponchostruggleisreal ~Crystal

Run Brooklyn with Bed-Stuy Restoration 10K & Inaugural Imagine Academy 5K

by Linus Ly

I love my “job” with the Prospect Park Track Club.  The club has a program where members are encouraged to run with local races. The program, Run Brooklyn, dictates that participants must run a minimum of six Brooklyn races that are professionally-timed in exchange for a chance to win money prizes at PPTC’s annual award dinner.  “Brooklyn races” means the run course must start and end in Brooklyn, such that events like the Tunnel To Tower, which starts on the Brooklyn side of the Battery Park Tunnel but ends in the old World Trade Center site, do not count.  The “professionally-timed” condition eliminates fun runs like the Color Run series, where participants’ times aren’t recorded.

Years ago, many eligible races for the Run Brooklyn program were missed because the club was reliant upon members suggesting Brooklyn races for the program. As a result,  only a handful of Brooklyn races were ever listed fo the Run Brooklyn Program.  Some years ago, I volunteered to maintain a comprehensive spreadsheet containing the race names, dates, URL for registration purposes, and additional information, such as whether the race coincides with a popular event.  Now I also maintain a calendar that is embedded into the club’s website. Although the information from the spreadsheet and calendar largely overlap, the advantage of the calendar is that the information of competing events, such as NYRR races, are presented visually so it is easier for our members to make an informed decision on which race to register for.

I made such an informed decision last week when I forwent the NYRR Staten Island Half and ran in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration 10K instead.  Staten Island used to be a mysterious place that I drive through along I-278 from the Verrazano Bridge to the Goethal Bridge, or some other bridge, but after spending a large amount time working there, along with running in a few races there as well, the novelty is not there anymore for me.  I like to run in different locations and this year the Bed-Stuy 10K fit the bill.

The Bed-Stuy 10K had its staging area in Restoration Plaza, which is near the corner of Fulton Street and New York Avenue.  All under one big white tent on the Plaza were a stage, DJ stand, registration table, refreshment tables, and some vendor tables.  Refreshment included coffee, bananas, half-cut bagels, small apples, and orange juices, which I believe was all donated from the nearby Super Foodtown supermarket.  In a nearby building, runners were treated to indoor plumbing for their sanitary needs, as well as a bag check area.  Maybe I was not too aware of my surrounding but I found out about the bag check purely by accident.  I think there should be more signs to point out the restroom and bag-check service.

The first event this year was the Kiddie Run.  Some five little kids, two as young as four years of age, ran a few yards to the Finish Line on Herkimer Street behind the Restoration Plaza.  Next we had a workout session led by an instructor on the floor of the big tent and three leaders on the stage.  It was a good workout, plenty enough to loosen muscles for the upcoming race.

There was no music along the race course but if there were, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds should be played.  I was afraid that I would run the wrong way because there were so many turns.  At the start, I asked a few runners near me if they were familiar with the course but they either were running the untimed 5K or did not know the course.  Luckily the corners were well-staffed, either by event personnel or by NYPD.  A safety cone with the proper directional arrow also helped in case you missed the instruction from the staff.  Something else I could use along the course was more water.  There was a station at Mile 2 and again at Mile 4, but by the time slowpoke me got to Mile 4 there were no more cups.  I think there was some water left in the water cooler, yes, the sort used in your typical cubicle office, but I didn’t want to stop completely to drink from the faucet.  Luckily, it was rainy for most of the race and I cooled down enough to not need water that much.  I don’t know the history of the race course so it might be that way all these years, with the many turns, so maybe not much can be done about it.  During the last two miles, I so looked forward to seeing the finish arch from a distance to get me going stronger.  It never came as the arch was just down the road after the final turn.

Bed-Stuy 10K, now in its 36th year, was well-organized despite the water mishap.

In contrast to the Bed-Stuy 10K, a few weeks back I ran an inaugural race, Imagine Academy for Autism 5K in Marine Park, that had some growing pains.  The race course was 3.5 times around the outer loop of the park. I was highly familiar with the outer loop because I ran many times already with NYRR Open Run.

The race was supposed to start at 10 AM, but there was a speech or two and the race didn’t really begin until 10:30.  It was a hot day so the extra half-hour made a little difference.  Although the course was just a few loops of the park, there was no water station anywhere.  After I did my 3.5 loops, the finish line was totally blocked by finishers.  People were just milling about in front of the finish mat, chatting, taking photos, and snacking.  Perhaps because it was the first time for these people to participate in a race but the situation could be helped by having the refreshment table a few yards AFTER the finish line, not mere feet in front of it.  Lastly, there was no trash container anywhere to collect all the wrappers, fruit peels, and other garbage.  Responsible runners had to go a few yards away to squeeze the trash into already-packed receptacles.  Hopefully next year these issues won’t be present and runners can have a more pleasant racing experience at this new Brooklyn race.