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2014 Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay

The Race For The Hardcore Is Back!

Join Prospect Park Track Club on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. for the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay.


and check out these photos on Facebook! and these from The NYC Running Source


To register online go to NYCRUNS to register for the 10 Miler or 3 Person Relay. Sign up by early for the lowest available price.

For more info, click here >>Entry Fees

10 Miler

Through 1/28

1/29 – 2/12*

2/13 – Race Day**

PPTC Members









3 Person Relay (per team)

Through 1/28

1/29 – 2/12*

2/13 – Race Day**

PPTC Members








* online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th, space permitting.

** if space permits.

***there will be no race day registration for the relay

This race is capped to ensure a quality event.  All registered participants will receive a race souvenir.

Packet Pickup 

Thursday, February 13th, 4:00 – 6:45 p.m.
JackRabbit Sports Union Square store, 42 W 14th Street (between 5th & 6th Aves) Map

Friday, February 14th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and
Saturday, February 15th, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
JackRabbit Sports Park Slope store, 151 7th Avenue (between Carroll St & Garfield Pl) Map

Race-day pickup will take place from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Bishop Ford High School Cafeteria, 19th Street & Prospect Park West. To ensure all runners get to the start line on time, pickup will close at 9:30 a.m. SHARP!  Bibs will not be distributed in Prospect Park


This year we plan to return to the traditional Start / Finish (and Relay Transition) at West Drive and Center Drive (adjacent to the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance).  Click here for a great Map My Run link that includes an elevation chart

For safety sake, use of headphones is discouraged, pets and strollers not allowed.

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Timing mats will remain active for 150 minutes to accommodate participants running up to a 15 minute mile.

Baggage Check

You can check your bag at either Bishop Ford High School or at the Start / Finish area in Prospect Park. Please leave your valuables at home – Prospect Park Track Club is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Post-Race Activities at Bishop Ford High School

  • Bagels and hot chocolate
  • FREE massage by students of The Swedish Institute
  • Awards will be available following the race at Bishop Ford High School.

10 Miler Awards:

Cash awards to the Top 3 overall Men and Women in the 10 Miler: $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place

Awards to the Top 3 in the 10 Miler in each age group: Men / Women 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+

Awards to the first PPTC Member, Men/Women

Relay Team Awards:

Top  Men, Women and Co-ed Relay Teams

Top  Youth / Masters Relay Teams – Sum of Age under 35,  and over 150 years of age Relay Teams

No duplication of individual awards. Unclaimed awards will be available at the following general meeting of the Prospect Park Track Club, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Slope Ale House, 6th Ave and 5th St.  Please email if you are going to be picking up your award.

Directions to Bishop Ford High School

By Car: BQE to Prospect Expressway – 10th Avenue Exit. Make right at stop sign. Bishop Ford is on the right. There is usually plenty of parking near the school. Registration is in the gym – the entrance is on 19th Street and Prospect Park West.Map

By Bus: Bishop Ford is accessible by the B61, B67 and B69 bus lines.

By Subway: F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park Station. Walk 5 blocks on Prospect Park West to 19th Street.  Always check with before starting your trip.

We will be having an athletic clothing drive.  We are going to collect any clean, used and usable athletic clothing and equipment.  It can be dropped off at the Bishop Ford Cafeteria during the Cherry Tree.  This clothing and equipment will be drop-shipped to Belize to assist the Belize Amateur Athletic Association


The 2013 PPTC Turkey Trot sponsored by JackRabbit Sports

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

In partnership with the Bishop Ford Track Teams

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

Results can be found here


One of Brooklyn’s most popular races, this spectacular 5-miler is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season! The early start time guarantees you’ll make it home for turkey.

Walkers are welcome, but due to liability reasons we cannot allow strollers or pets.

They're Off at TTIf you’re not among the first 2,500 to sign up, you’re out of luck! Last year’s Turkey Trot sold out more than a week in advance, so confirm your place early. If there are still spots available on November 24, the price will be $40. There is NO race-day registration.  The race is sold out.

You’ll start on Center Drive near East Drive. When you finish near the Oriental Pavilion, one of our local heroes will place a medal around your neck. (You can see the course map here.) You’ll be able to check your official time later in the day, courtesy of NYCRUNS.

If you’re fast enough to place in the top three, or if you’re the first Bishop Ford alum, you’ll also receive one of our famous holiday pies!

We’ll have packet pick-up the morning of the race; advance details will be announced in early November. You can leave a bag, but please pack light owing to security precautions. PPTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

To get to the start, the Q train and the B12, B16, B41, and B43 buses work well. (Google Maps can give you precise directions.) Use mass transit if possible, as the parking lot at the new Lakeside Center is still under construction.

Any questions? Email the Race Director.



Jack Rabbit locations:

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

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

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


7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Audubon Center off the East Drive. - Google Chrome 11272013 72429 AM.bmp
There will be no leaves on Thanksgiving.

2013 NYRR Club Point Races

Here is the list of NYRR Club Point Races for 2013. Let’s try to get as much red as we can at these in our quest for the title!


Race Date
Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K Sun, March 3
Scotland Run (10K) Sat, April 6
Brooklyn Half Sat, May 18
Oakley New York Mini 10K – WOMEN only scored Sat, June 8
Portugal Day (5M) – MEN only scored Sun, June 16
Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run (5M) Sat, June 29
Team Championships (5M) Sat, August 3
Autism Speaks 4 Miles of Hope Sat, September 7
NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan (1M) Sun, September 22
Grete’s Great Gallop in Support of AKTIV Foundation (13.1M) Sun, October 6
The 2013 ING New York City Marathon Sun, November 3
NYRR Ted Corbitt Classic 15K Sat, December 14

Solid results at Coogan’s 5K

PPTC had a good showing at Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K on Sunday. 40 members braved the hour-long trip and chilly conditions to complete the first NYRR Club Points Race of the year.

The PPTC men finished 16th overall, led by Keith Williams (17:23); this should be good for 4th or 5th in the B Division, to be confirmed. Matt Strawn (19:23), Tom Greene (19:27), Coach Tony Watson (19:40), and Gary Wang (19:50) rounded out the team scoring.

Nicole Importico (21:19) was tops for the female team, which placed 15th. Also scoring were  Dominique Gagne (21:29), Susie Teal (21:48), Valarie Hing (23:31), and Yvetta Barner (23:35).

Continue reading Solid results at Coogan’s 5K

2013 Cherry Tree: hardcore, indeed

Here are the results for the individual and relay events.

Photo credit: Anne Perzeszty

We bill the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay as “The Race for the Hardcore”, and Sunday’s 2013 installment showed why.

The thermometer was a few ticks below freezing when the gun went off at 10 a.m. – not a big deal, really. The wind was the bigger story, its gusts of up to 50 miles per hour bringing the chill to the low teens. (Many reported the worst was the ascent up Zoo Hill.) We considered ourselves lucky, though, as the week began with the prediction of another significant winter storm.

650 individual runners and 134 relay teams completed the three loops of Prospect Park. Mike Cassidy (52:18) of Greater New York Running Club and Lauren Perkins (1:03:35) of the New York Harriers took home top solo honors, while four relay teams (two from Central Park Track Club – New Balance and two from Front Runners New York) broke the hour mark.

We’re still thawing out our fingers, so we’ll leave it at that for now. Expect to see more here and on our blog in the coming days.

Prospect Park Track Club Races

The Cherry Tree 10M and the 5M Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are our two premier races for local runners. In the summer, we also host our classic six-race Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series on Wednesday nights. And rain or shine, on New Year’s Day you’ll see us in the park for “Harry’s Handicap,” our famous 3.35-mile race with a staggered start – so anybody can win. Many of the recurring Brooklyn races owe their start to the mentoring and assistance they received from PPTC.