Lets Go Running

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Through flood, through fire,
I do wander everywhere.
It’s almost June so I figured I’d throw you a little Midsummer Night’s Dream – but flood? Fire? This sounds like last month’s Tough Mudder competition! Whatever your inclination, time to check out this month’s events – so let’s go racing!
There’s plenty of action close to home this month, starting with PPTC’s very own Al Goldstein 5k Summer Speed Series – every other Wednesday evening (June 9th and 23rd) at 7 o’clock by the Oriental Pavilion. And if your need for speed isn’t satisfied by that, there’s the Fort Hamilton Army Base 5k Series on Tuesdays, Staten Island 3m Speed Series (in Clove Lakes Park) on Thursdays and the X-C Summer Series in Van Cortlandt Park every other Thursday starting June 10th.
If you’re looking for

something to do on the weekends there’s no shortage of 5k races all over – Kenny Dolan 5K in Prospect Park on the 5th, Doreen Scrimenti on Staten Island the 12th, Team Brickwell in Kissena Park, Queens and Michael Hanly 5K down on Shore Parkway the 13th, the Piper’s Pursuit out at Rockaway Beach and Good Shepherd here in Brooklyn on the 19th, Jeff’s Run on SI the 20th, and Cosme’s Coney Island 5k on the 27th.

If you feel like running a few more miles (and traveling a little further afield) there’s the 7.1 mile Litchfield Hills Road race up in Connecticut on June 13th. We met some of the folks from that part of the world on one of the Saturday group runs and they promised a warm welcome if anyone makes the trip.
For a little off-road action there’s the third race in the XTERRA LI Trail Series, back in Stillwell Woods in Syosset on the 6th. It’s a fairly fast 4 ¾ mile course, not too demanding and ideal for anyone who wants to get a taste of what trail running is all about.
And last but not least… save the date, June 26th is the annual PPTC Picnic (including the infamous relay race).
Have fun – be fast….