In January, after entering the hospital, Paul dictated a eulogy to Tom Meany. The eulogy follows.
The Race For The Hardcore Is Back! Results can be found here
Join Prospect Park Track Club on Sunday, February 17th at 10 A.M. for the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay.
SAVE MONEY! REGISTER EARLY! REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ONCE THE 1,500 ENTRANT LIMIT IS REACHED. There will be in-person registration at JackRabbit and/or Bishop Ford. Online registration will close early if the limit is reached before Wednesday, February 13th.
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Robin carbo loaded with 2 baked potatoes. She also provided a great recipe for Smoky Popcorn.
Brooklyn’s News 12 brought their camera crew. Click this to see the news. (I like the guy screaming at the 30 second mark)
Presented By JackRabbit Sports
Nov 22, 2012, 9am
In Memory Of Mr. Louis Vazquez & Benefitting The Bishop Ford Track Teams
One of the biggest Brooklyn Running Events of the Year! This 5 Mile Spectacular is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season! 9AM start time guarantees all will make it in time for turkey. Walkers Welcome. Medals to all registered finishers. Race souvenir guaranteed to first 2500 registered entrants!
Due to construction, a slightly modified course has been designed: race starts and finishes near the Oriental Pavilion, off the Park’s Lincoln Road entrance.
As of November 13th The Turkey Trot is sold out. It has reached its capacity. Any printed applications received after November 13 will be returned.
For complete race information click here
Below is a course map. Click it to make it bigger
RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE!
What do PPTC members do when they’re not running? It’s no surprise that runners like to hang out with other runners. It’s also no surprise that many of our social activities actually do involve running. Here’s a sampling of our recent social events.
Palisades Run and Picnic:
– Following a successful group run/hike through the Palisades earlier in the summer, a group of about 15 PPTC members returned to the Palisades to run, bike, and picnic in early September 2012.
Free Fireworks Fridays Group Run:
Friday evenings during the summer of 2012. The group met in Prospect Park for a 6 mile run down Ocean Parkway to Coney Island to watch the free fireworks show, kick back some beers, sing karaoke, ride the Cyclone, dance on the beach and enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer. This was a great opportunity to meet some new running buds, take advantage of free entertainment and hang out with an awesome group of people in Coney Island.
NYRR Team Championships:
Each August, PPTC represents in full force at the NYRR Team Championships and celebrates the day with a post-race picnic.
PPTC members like to eat! We often gather for brunch after key races to celebrate our individual and team accomplishments.
Brooklyn Half Beach Picnic:
The NYRR Brooklyn Half is a PPTC favorite — we show up in full force to defend our turf and run the best borough in this May event! What better way to celebrate than with a picnic on the beach!
Movie Night and Discussion:
On Friday December 9, 2011, about 20-25 PPTC members and friends gathered together to
– view and discuss the Evolution Running DVD and videos on CHI, Pose, and other approaches to “natural” running
– hear from Frank Deleo on minimalist footwear, barefoot running, and his own foray into constructing and running in huaraches
– eat, drink and be merry!
Happy Hours and other revelry:
You’ll find us, from time to time, swapping running stories and advice over a cold brew at one of the local watering holes.
NYRR Club Points Series:
Open Women : 1st in the new B division
Brooklyn Triple Crown:
PPTC has a history of dominating the Brooklyn Triple Crown series, and 2011 was no exception. In addition to many age group and team awards at each of the three races, we took home at lleast 10 age group awards and 3 team awards for the full series. Rosa Nales was presented with the John Mcmanus Excellence in Running Award.
PPTC Team Standings, Brooklyn Triple Crown Series 2011:
Open Women — 1st place
Open Men — 2nd place
Masters Women — 1st place
Masters Men — 1st place
Age Group Winners, Brooklyn Triple Crown Series 2011:
Regina Cahill – 2nd place, W 50-59
Elizabeth Canale – 2nd place, W 60-69
Maggie Deschamps – 3rd place, W 40-49
Danielle Hansen – 7th place, W 40-49
Jean Hartig – 3rd place, W 30-39
Andrea Melnikas – 2nd place, W 30-39
Lynda Mules – 1st place, W 30-39
Selina Rutovitz – 6th place, W 40-49
Joern Ahlers – 2nd place, M 40-49
Al Prawda – 3rd place, M 60-69
Matt Strawn – 2nd place, M 30-39
Anthony Watson – 1st place, M 50-59
Our own N. Wayne BAILEY took hundreds of photos, (even a few of me and I did not even know he was there) click here to check them out
and our own Patricia added these 201 photos to this Snapfish album
We made it to NEWS 12, (You would think the Prospect Park Track Club did not have any volunteers)
Pixonomy made a Flickr slideshow
Roadrunning Guide described our race with no feeling at all.
and Cuttblaster gave the most detailed description of 5 miles I ever read.
and for a great 30 second video click here
Below is an entire news story from SIlive.com
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Pitarresi, represenhting the New York Flyers, completed the Prospect Park Track Club Five-Mile Turkey Trot in 40:02.
Beth said “Overall a fun race and one I think I’ll be looking forward to every year for the foreseeable future.” Beth, I hope to be there for you!
Our second place women reports that the pie was delicious! Congratulations Mary!
Tom Meany and I gave good quote in this Currier Life story… “The soul-satisfying sl “
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Low and behold, the response was immediate, Marcy Greenberg was in. Janine Acquafredda, Michael Ring and Pat Perlo were too!. The positive responses kept pouring in. I was psyched!
After completing the BRRC midnight run and partying at a friend’s house on Coney Island Avenue on December 31, 2011, Natacha and I woke up bright and early and arrived at the K of C Hall on 10th Avenue off Prospect Park South West . Hey, we even got there on time. Upon entering the room, I could tell the day was going to go my way. There was lots of food as always and Tom Meany, Ann P and Julio Z were there to make sure all was fine and dandy.
After the award ceremony and after Ruth Garsky was awarded her medal (I was thrilled for her! ) we walked to Bartell Pritchard in front of the Connecticut Muffin to hook up with Janine whom we had never met in person and with whom I had only communicated via the PPTC Forum. She was in a black Volvo with John her husband in the passenger seat up front. Janine’s girlfriend led the way in her own car with her husband and her two beautiful little girls.
After a brief introduction in the car, Janine and I started to speak as if we were old friends.
When we arrived at Coney Island, we could see the masses of people and we knew we were in trouble. Parking space seemed sparse. We could not find a spot in the street. We tried a parking lot and that was full also. We ended up finding a parking space almost four to five blocks away . Where’s the valet parking when you really need it !
Once we left the cars, people started to greet us with ‘Happy New Year’ and congratulated us for going to take a dip. Some folks were already drinking and behaving like people who might be already drinking. Everyone was having fun.
After strolling on the boardwalk, we got down to business. We walked across Coney Island’s sandy beach and took off our coats, robes and started to take pictures. Some of us even sported our PPTC shirts.
Janine and her best friend could not wait and so at about 12:58 pm , folks with similar intentions started screaming and shouting all psyched to take the plunge. The crowd roared and bursts of animal-like cries were heard as folks started to run into the water. Some screamed, others yelled and shouted words that I can’t mention here. Natacha and I went in quietly. On our way down into the water we saw Tom Tobin and his wife and son. We saw Robert from BRRC. Tom courageously dove in while we slowly walked into the water. Natacha ran out and I went in and squatted down to get my shoulders wet. All of a sudden, my tired and achy legs no longer bothered me . I felt great. The aches and pains dissipated. The cold water was the remedy. I got out and asked a bystander to take pictures of us but lo and behold she didn’t know how to use my simple camera! I then went back into the water again while Tom Tobin took some pictures of us. We ran out of the water and then for one last time we went back in again and laid down in the water and got our entire bodies wet!
finishing 42nd out of 47 runners (an act which convinced me to join PPTC because of its positive attitude toward back-of-the-packers)…
This has renewed my faith in PPTC’s attitude toward its speed-challenged members…and I now totally believe that in 2012, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!