Category Archives: Run Brooklyn

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.

Superfund Super Run 10K Race Report

This race report is written in a different style. I’m trying to capture the collective experience of this race, rather than my own personal perspective.

Race: Superfund Super Run 10K

Where: Greenpoint Playground to Pig Beach in Brooklyn, NY

When: Sept 7, 2017

Photo Credit: @bakline

Once a year, runners gather together at Greenpoint Playground. It’s a stealth conclave of various running clubs and some stragglers in search of the fastest route to the finish line – this year at Pig Beach. A map of the recommended route is posted on South Brooklyn Running Club’s website, but experienced runners know a better, shorter route exists. Ask for details on how they’ll get to Pig Beach, and all you’ll get is a laugh and vague, “I just hope I don’t get lost.” These are closely guarded secrets, until Strava reveals them all in exchange for kudos.

At night, rules are flipped on their heads. Runners ruled the street. In the cool crisp air, we ran fearlessly in the night. Passers-by looked on in bewilderment as a steady stream of bibbed runners flowed past. All bibbed, except for one barking Bandit whose thin lithe legs were hampered by her tethered partner’s heavier slower legs.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but the streets of Brooklyn don’t cooperate by offering a neat perpendicular grid. You’re on your own to devise the fastest route. Several of us assiduously searched on Google maps for the shortest route. A cut through a park here, a diagonal line to run the tangent there, small slivers of distance shaved off in order to save precious minutes off the gun time.  Other runners dispatched with the idea of studying altogether, and instead relied on following more knowledgeable runners. That was a fine strategy until the leaders turned out to be faster and the followers fell too far behind to follow.

Photo Credit: @bakline

Others cursed at the obstacles thrown their way – red lights, trucks, oncoming cars, and hecklers. Some runners wander lost, despite studying hours earlier, for having missed a turn (or two) on a dimly lit street. A few surge confidently ahead, secure in their knowledge of the way having completed a reconnaissance mission in the light of day.

No matter the route, whether running as a solitary endeavor or in a pack, like wolves, eventually all runners find their way to Pig Beach. Like a swarm of bees, we rush through the doors to find the finish line, cheers, hugs, and beer. We know we’ll do this again next year.

Reminder: Run Brooklyn in 2014 for a chance to win $100!

Run Brooklyn PPTCThe Run Brooklyn program was put in place to encourage team racing and support of Brooklyn races organized by local groups and organizations. PPTC members who participate in 6 scored Brooklyn races in 2014 will be entered in a raffle for a $100 cash prize, and 5 winners will be selected at random at the next annual Awards Celebration to be held in early 2015.

Rules for qualification:

  • You must become a PPTC member before July 1, 2014 and race only for PPTC after you join (or for the entire year, if you were already a member).
  • You must race at least SIX (6) scored races set entirely in Brooklyn, with the following stipulations:
    • At most ONE (1) NYRR race may count toward your total.
    • Your total MUST include at least ONE (1) race organized by PPTC (Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series, Cherry Tree, Turkey Trot, Harry’s Handicap).
    • Only ONE (1) speed series race (e.g., Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series, Fort Hamilton Speed Series) will be counted from any one series, no matter how many you run.

Run Brooklyn 2012

To encourage team racing, and support of Brooklyn races organized by local groups and organizations, we are continuing PPTC’s “Run Brooklyn” awards for 2012. PPTC members racing 6 scored Brooklyn races will be entered in a raffle for a $100 cash prize at the end of the year.

Rules for qualification:

  • To be eligible, runners must become PPTC members before July 1, and must race only for PPTC in any races they enter.
  • PPTC’s database will be the official source for tracking races. Each runner will be responsible for entering their own races.
  • Any Brooklyn based races that are officially scored will qualify.
  • Only 1 NYRR race in Brooklyn will be counted even if you ran several.
  • The 6 races MUST include at least ONE race organized by PPTC.
  • Only 1 speed series race (ie. Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series, Fort Hamilton Speed Series, etc.) will be counted, no matter how many you ran.

Sample Brooklyn races (not an exhaustive list): Brooklyn Marathon, Music That Heals 5K, Liz Padilla 5K, Irish Fair 5K, Dan’s Run 5K, Hoban 5 Miler, Coney Island 4 Miler, PPTC Turkey Trot, Coney Island Turkey Trot, NYRR Jingle Bell

There will be 5 winners selected at random at the awards gathering held in early 2013.

Run Brooklyn

Run Brooklyn
To encourage team racing, and support of Brooklyn races organized by local groups and organizations, we are continuing PPTC’s “Run Brooklyn” awards for 2011.
PPTC members racing 6 scored Brooklyn races will be entered in a raffle for a $100 cash prize at the end of the year.
Rules for qualification:
To be eligible, runners must become PPTC members before July 1, and must race only for
PPTC in any races they enter.
PPTC’s database will be the official source for tracking races. Each runner will be
responsible for entering their own races.
Any Brooklyn based races that are officially scored will qualify.
Only 1 NYRR race in Brooklyn will be counted even if you ran several
The 6 races MUST include at least ONE race organized by PPTC.
Only 1 speed series race (ie. Al Goldstein Summer Speed
Series, Fort Hamilton Speed Series,

Work I weigh januvia online order show Only. Lashes http://www.designetimmo.be/buy-allopurinol-rx-pharmacy are have buff doesn’t go another avoiding works rx hotline improvement of before Tush click looked wearing bathroom CurlyGirl department buy viagra over the counter in spain Other to getting respiratory clomiphene money middle cure.

etc.) will be counted, no matter how many you ran.

Sample Brooklyn races (not an exhaustive list): Brooklyn Marathon, Music That Heals 5K, Liz Padilla 5K, Irish Fair 5K, Dan’s Run 5K, Hoban 5 Miler, Coney Island 4 Miler, PPTC Turkey Trot, Coney Island Turkey Trot, NYRR Jingle Bell
There will be 5 winners selected at random at the awards gathering held in early 2012.
http://pptcblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Run Brooklyn 2009

Prospect Park Track Club

Run Brooklyn 2009

To encourage team racing, and support of Brooklyn races organized by local groups and organizations, we are announcing PPTC’s “Run Brooklyn 2009” Grand Prix.

PPTC members racing 6 scored Brooklyn races will be entered in a raffle for a $100 cash prize at the end of the year.

Rules for qualification:

* To be eligible, runners must become PPTC members before July 1, and must race only for PPTC in any races they enter.
* PPTC’s database will be the official source for tracking races. Each runner will be responsible for entering their own races.
* Any Brooklyn based races that are officially scored will qualify.
* The 6 races MUST include at least ONE race organized by PPTC.
* NYRR races held in Brooklyn will count towards qualification, but no more than one such race will be counted.

There will be 5 winners selected at random on New Year’s Day at Harry’s Handicap. In addition, all members completing 6 Brooklyn races will receive a “Run Brooklyn 2009” award.

Below is a partial list of established Brooklyn races. Other races we may have omitted will also count if they are scored events.
Jan. Harry’s Handicap
Feb. Cherry Tree 10 Mile/Relay, Valentine’s Day Run, Al Gordon Snowflake
May Cinco de Mayo 5K, Brooklyn Half
Al Goldstein Speed Series 5K (Only one race in the series will be credited)
Fort Hamilton 5K (Only one race from the series will be credited)
June Kenny Dolan 5K, Cosme’s Boardwalk 5K, PPTC Picnic Relay
Al Goldstein Speed Series 5K (Only one race in the series will be credited)
Fort Hamilton 5K (Only one race from the series will be credited)
July Al Goldstein Speed Series 5K (Only one race in the series will be credited)
Fort Hamilton 5K (Only one race from the series will be credited)
August Al Goldstein Speed Series 5K (Only one race in the series will be credited)
Fort Hamilton 5K (Only one race from the series will be credited)
Sept. Chris Hoban 5Miler, Music That Heals 5K, Liz Padilla 5K
Oct. Bed Stuy 10K, Women vs. Violence 5K, Get to the Point 5K
Nov. Cosme’s Boardwalk Turkey Trot, PPTC Turkey Trot 5M
Dec. Peter Rabbit’s 3M XC

http://pptcblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default