The 2012 Turkey Trot: Blogispher

Robin carbo loaded with 2 baked potatoes.  She also provided a great recipe for Smoky Popcorn.

The father of the third place female took tons of photos.  If you sign into Facebook you can see them here.  and here are the photos of one of the staffers at the finish line.

Brooklyn’s News 12 brought their camera crew.  Click this to see the news.  (I like the guy screaming at the 30 second mark)

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Prospect Park Track Club 5M Turkey Trot

Presented By JackRabbit Sports
Nov 22, 2012, 9am
Prospect Park

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



Social Events

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.

Post-Race Brunches:

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.


2011 Team Awards and Standings

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

Turkey Trot

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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)

EMMAYNC found a way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US
We got a whole section in Runner’s World’s blog

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

and this?

Below is an entire news story from

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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


We did it! Swimming with the polar bears on 1/1/12

Natasha and Sandra 

On Friday December 30, 2011, after a colleague at work told me that she and a couple of her lifeguard friends would go for a swim on New Year’s day with the Polar Bear Club in Coney Island , I proceeded to shoot an email to the PPTC Forum to see how many takers I could persuade to join us upon such short notice.

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!

Janine offered to drive us there. Michael Ring who only had four spots to spare in his own vehicle offered rides as well to anyone who wanted to take part in this new year’s adventure.

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!

What a feeling! What a blast! What chilly water! We did it! What a way to welcome 2012!  I feel rejuvenated!!
— Sandra Ferrari

2012: THE BEST YEAR EVER!, by Ruth Gursky

For me, 2011 was a year of many firsts: starting with my first Harry’s Handicap and winning a medal for

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finishing 42nd out of 47 runners (an act which convinced me to join PPTC because of its positive attitude toward back-of-the-packers)…making the Celebrate Israel Run (my dream) a reality…getting 3 race photos of me posted on the NYRR website…and culminating in this year’s Emerald Nuts Midnight Run, in which a group of friends and I WON the “Best Costume” award as the “Sisters of St. Emerald’s” minutes prior to the start of the annual 4-mle annual fun run. (I’m Sister Granola, the Jewish nun!)

How can I possibly top that? Well, with less than 5 hours of sleep and running on achy, tired legs, I ran my second Harry’s Handicap, and guess what? I came in FIFTH PLACE in a field of over 40 runners!

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!

Best wishes to all of my new PPTC friends for a Happy, Healthy & PR-filled 2012!

Ruth Gursky

What you do not know because you are not me – M. Ring

I help out with a lot of races. One of the behind the scenes challenges is getting the stuff there. Ya know… Logistics.
A small race is not always easier. They don’t always come with car permits, so we have to carry gallons of water and timing mats from the street to the nice part of the park where we want to start and finish our race. Gigantic races like the Rock & Roll 10K came with Teamsters, so my job was easy.
For races like the Turkey Trot we rent a U-Haul. In the past we got a cargo van. But even with the Bishop Ford people using their school buses the van was packed. So this year I was going to get a 14’ truck. This was going to make it much easier to gather up 20 cases of apples, 20 folding tables, about 50 signs, 2 big clocks 1 giant ladder and 3 big ladders, a few thousand cups and 6 giant apple pies. I figured at 14’ truck would be fine. I was gonna pick up Anne (Mrs. President) and head over to Costco. But then Anne mentions that we are going to take Pat Meany (The First Lady) too. “But it only has two seats” “No problem,” Anne says, “I can sit in the back.” No and No, not with all that stuff. I get a 17’ truck, it has 3 seats. I only costs a few cents more per mile and we were only gonna drive about 25 miles in 2 days.
Usually U-Hauls look like the ones in the photo. They are a year or two old with less than 20,000 miles and they run like new. Not the truck they gave me. I was covered in scratches and had almost a quarter of a million miles. I was kinda glad, they would not notice the new dings I would put on it. But the fact that the Check Engine Light was on should have tipped me off to a problem. The U-Haul dude told me not to worry about it. I shoulda worried.
After I picked up the First Lady and Mrs. President we headed over to Rothman’s to get 20 cases of apples. That’s when we realized the truck was a clunker. It didn’t like to change gears and it was not only the check engine light that was on. All the gauges were in the red. Whatever, all we had to do is get to to Costco, Bishop Ford, and then Prospect Park. Not-so-good. Just after I say “Wow we were actually going 30 MHP on Prospect Park South West, the engine stops. The fact that it just started raining made it appear that smoke was coming out of from under the hood.
The the three of us abandoned the vehicle in the left lane of PPSW just before Park Circle. We called U-Haul and Tom Meany. Before the service truck even got there the track teams from Bishop Ford began transferring the stuff from the truck into their school vans. (Yes, in the middle of the street… in the rain.) Then the U-Haul dude showed up “Ya got gas?!!?!?” “Yea, I got gas” He just turned the key and it started. He says “It is fine, finish your move.” “But why did it stop?” “Don’t worry about it,” he replied. I was worried.
So we chugged over to the Audubon Center at The Boathouse to unload the rest of the stuff. We decided then to return the truck immediately instead of after the Turkey Trot. Pat Meany (Bless her soul!) said “I will ride back with you, just in case you have any problems.” At the time I did not give that much thought, If all went well she would have given up her ride home with her husband walk back to 8th Ave from 4th Ave. But all did not go well. The truck stalled every time I took my foot off the gas. When we finally made it up Flatbush Ave, it totally died in front of the library. Again we called U-Haul and Tom. This time it took 2 hours for a tow truck to come and thanks to Pat I did not have to sit there alone… in the rain… with a dead cell phone. When Tom came to rescue us he was impressed with the quantity of steam his wife and I got on the truck windows.
Eventually a different tow truck guy showed up. “Ya got gas?” Not funny. I told him to take the thing away and I thought I was done with U-Haul for a while. Not so much. Every 24 house for the next 4 days they called me, “When are you going to bring the truck back?” I told them the same thing, “You have it and when are you going to REFUND ALL my money you charged me to rent that POS?” They had no clue.
On the Wednesday after Thanksgiving they finally figured out that they had their truck and they sent me a statement. They charged me for the 15 miles I put on the truck (maybe counting the miles the truck was on the hook) and insisted that they can not refund the 2-day insurance insurance for 2 days. They actually expected me to pay for the insurance on a truck that I did not even have on the second day. (BTW, insurance on U-Haul costs more than the daily rental rate.)
So I walked over to the U-Haul place and introduced my self. The clerk looked me up on her computer and said “Are you finished with the truck yet?” Ack. I have to deal with a wall a bureaucracy to get my money back.
I decided to say calm. In reality it was not even my money, PPTC was going to reimburse me. But that made me even madder. This was a charity; they really should have given us the truck for free. So I walked into the U-Haul and asked for the manager. She was there but busy. After waiting on line I got to the clerk and said “No I do not need to rent anything, I just want to make sure I have all my facts straight before I get in touch with your corporate offices in Arizona. When I was less than half way through my tale of woe, the manager came over and instructed the clerk to issue me a complete refund.
But I did not believe it till I saw it.