Past PPTC Team Captains
This blog post is intended to serve as a living document, listing all of PPTC’s past Team Captains.
Michael Koplin (Retired 2019)
I started running in May 2010 when I was 63 years old. After losing weight, my routine exercise of walking morphed into running. I quickly fell in love. I ran the Baltimore Marathon in October 2011 with my cousin and then joined PPTC. Since my first race in 2011 I’ve completed over 160 races, including 9 marathons. I have always enjoyed the competition and fellowship of the running community.
Over the past 7 years I’ve witnessed and participated in the development of many PPTC runners and consider our team competitive and able to run against all other teams.
One of my goals has been to encourage our Masters runners to participate in NYRR team points races and other races. We have an amazing group of Masters runners that bring honor to the PPTC colors. Of course, our younger runners are quite extraordinary and I always look forward to seeing them compete against the best of the other running clubs.
I am a USA Track & Field (USATF) Level-1 Coach, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Level-1 Coach, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Certified Interscholastic Level-2 Coach, and have a US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Track & Field Technical Coaching Certification. I’m also a Track & Cross Country Coach at St. Edmund Preparatory High School.
Being a co-captain of the PPTC Men’s Team is an honor and I am thrilled to work on behalf of our club and its great group of runners.
Linda Ewing (Retired 2019)
I was a latecomer to running, nagged into it by a couple of friends who watched me walking on the treadmill and tried to persuade me to run instead. I thought that if I ran a few times to demonstrate that I hated and was bad at it, I’d shut them up. (It seemed a safe bet, since at age 35, my only prior running experience was a mandatory, torturous mile back in high school phys ed.)
To my surprise, I liked it.
Over the next 20+ years (gulp), my motivations for running changed – from weight loss to fun to friendship to (modest) competitiveness as a member of Motor City Striders and the Front Line Racing Team – until, finally, running was simply part of my identity. When I moved to Brooklyn from Detroit, I was thrilled to discover in PPTC the running club of my dreams, a combination training group, racing team, roving gastronomic society and all-around great community.
My PR days (19:21 5K, 1:29:21 Half Marathon, 3:15:32 Marathon) are behind me, but I love running as much as ever (if not more so). While I feel a special bond with my fellow masters runners, I especially love watching members who are new to running fall in love with the sport and run faster than they ever imagined they could. I see our role as captains as being to support and encourage *all* our members, whatever their pace, as they chase their racing goals.