Train with PPTC

Prospect Park Track Club offers a variety of training programs to help their members achieve their running best. Whether you are looking to complete your first marathon, qualify for Boston, recover from an injury, or tackle an Ultramarathon, we are here to help!


Get Faster

Want to get faster, stronger and more efficient in your running? Do you want to improve your running form, learn more about injury prevention, stretching and strengthening drills?

Coach Tony Watson, assistant coach Charlene Kohler-Britton offer a 10 week speed work session for $75 that includes all the above, and more. Sessions are offered for experienced/faster runners (Tuesdays) and beginner/slower runners (Thursdays).  These work sessions are for PPTC members only, to be held indoors at the beautiful Park Slope Armory's 200m track. The session begins December 11th and13th from 7:00-8:00 PM. The link for sign up can be found here:  

Each week a suggested training program will be sent by email after each session. Each includes a program for those runners training for 10K distance and under, as well as a program for those who are training for half to full marathons.

Attached here, you will find the Info Sheet that we need each runner to complete, even if you’ve run with the coached speed program before. Please carry it with you for your first session and we will collect them before we begin. If the speed workouts are new to you, please bring your race history (2015-present).

Again, we wish you a warm welcome and look forward to working with each of you.

Coach Tony & Charlene


Get Stronger

Run with speed and power! Getting your body strong now will not only make you durable for 2019 season training, it will also make you more powerful and efficient, resulting in speed, better recovery, and reduced risk of injury. Indoor strength training is a smaller class that allows for specific personal instruction and form correction to ensure proper mechanics and exercises.

Indoor Strength Training at Priority Fitness will be starting this November.

These Wednesday evening classes will consist of an hour of strength training that will progress and evolve as the weeks and months go on. It will first focus on base strength and mechanics before shifting towards increasing specificity & functionality.

You have two options when registering:

  • The Whole Season: runs November through March for a total of 21 classes. This option is for people who plan on training the whole winter and includes a 10% discount. $453 + tax (includes 10% off)

  • Monthly Packages: Sold one month at a time for those who can’t commit to 5 months upfront. $96 + tax (4 classes)

All classes meet on Wednesday evening at 7PM in Park Slope.

Do not delay! The famous Ben Kessel only has a limited number of spots, so sign up while you still can.


Run a Marathon


The club is happy to announce that we will be partnering with RunSMART again this year to provide custom training plans for the upcoming fall marathon season. The plans will be adaptable other fall marathons, but the baseline goal race will be the New York City Marathon. In conjunction, we will be meeting on Tuesday mornings to do group workouts led by your team captains.

Workouts will be shared on Facebook and on the Google Group every Sunday evening. We will start at Grand Army Plaza at 6AM on Tuesday, then warm up down to Lakeside. If you live on the southern side of the park, feel free to meet us by Lakeside at 6:10AM. Please note that we will be starting speed work at 6:10AM sharp, so make sure you've already warmed up!

You do not need to purchase a RunSMART plan to participate in the Marathon Training Group workouts – they are open and free for all members.


Run an Ultra

The Details

The fall season of PPTC’s Ultra Marathon Training Group has been finalized. We have multiple options depending on if you’re looking to run a road ultra, a trail ultra, or both. The races we will be targeting are the NYRR 60k on November 18th and TARC Winter Fells on December 1st (outside Boston) which offers 32 & 40 mile options on some rugged terrain.

We picked our races with the idea that many club members are targeting a fall marathon and these options allow for people to recover in time and still run an ultra with the team (marathon fitness is some of the best stuff there is)! We are hoping to field big men’s and women’s teams for the 60k, but for those of you interested in trail racing, our target trail races are put on by a great New England running team and are challenging but doable. If you’re doing a different ultra this fall or want to run something 50 miles or longer, get in touch and we can make it work (last season we had folks running a variety of races besides the official season race). If you’re curious or on the fence, reach out to me or any teammates who participated last season, and I’m sure you’ll be quickly drinking the Kool-Aid!

The Format

UltraMTG group will be similar to the Marathon Training Group format. Participants will get weekly, online training schedules via TrainingPeaks. We will also have clinics throughout the season to address a variety of helpful topics, such as: nutrition, gear selection, trail technique, mental strategies, etc.

No ultra or trail experience is required; however, we strongly suggest that those interested have at least 7-8 hours a week available for training during peak volume (starting roughly 8 weeks before the race) have completed a marathon some time in the last year, and have an incoming base in July of at least 20 miles a week. That being said, if you're determined to toe the line, We’ll do our hardest to get you to the finish!


New York City Marathon

It's the whole reason you looked us up, right? Prospect Park Track Club is happy to provide its members with a few special services for the New York City Marathon in 2018.

"Last 10 Miles" Training Run


Prospect Park Track Club will organize a group run of the last ten miles of the NYC Marathon course on Saturday October 27, 2018. We will meet under the 59th Street Bridge at 1st Avenue at 8am. This event is free, but is for PPTC members and their invited guests only.

At the "finish line” (the Tavern on the Green parking lot) there will be more goodies waiting for runners. However, we will not have aid stations set up along the course, so be sure to bring a water bottle, some money, and a Metrocard.

For those running the marathon, this exercise is crucial. In a few days, you will be running this same route after covering 16 miles. You will have the memory of how easy and fun it was with fresh feet and how close you are to the finish line. This is also a great run for someone who is not running the NYC Marathon – a way to have a taste of the excitement.

Note: while this run is free, registration is required so we can organize pace groups and post-race goodies.

Bus to Fort Wadsworth

The bus is now sold out. Thank you to everyone who registered, and happy training!

Buses will be leaving from JackRabbit Sports in Park Slope and will take you directly to Fort Wadsworth. JackRabbit will be providing a bathroom, a place to be warm and dry, and the opportunity to purchase any last minute items. If you are taking the PPTC bus, you will need to be in front of JackRabbit Sports around 5:15AM to be checked in. The last bus leaves promptly at 5:45AM The cost for bus transportation is $15 for PPTC members and $20 for friends. All seats are prepaid and go quickly, and reservations are required.

We also offer bag check so you can have clean, dry clothes and other belongings waiting for you at the PPTC post-race reunion. Bags (small ones, please) will be driven from JackRabbit to PS 87, so if you need anything at Fort Wadsworth, don’t put it in the bag! Please make sure your name and phone number are on the outside of the bag.

Post-Race Reunion


After the race we have our own Marathon reunion area. You can meet your friends and family at PS 87; it is just 2 blocks from the finish line. We will provide hot chocolate, fruit, cold soda, bagels and an indoor restroom with a place to change. This event is free and open to PPTC Members and their friends who joined us on the marathon bus. We just ask that you let us know if you are going to join us so we can buy enough snacks.

If you checked a bag at JackRabbit, it will be waiting for you at the school. We will be waiting at the school until about 6 o’clock.

Directions to PS 87: after you finish the marathon, exit the park at West 77th St. Walk past the museum, cross Columbus Avenue, and the school will be halfway down the block on your right side. We will be entering through the playground not the front door. (You should see a club banner outside).

If you’re not running the marathon this year, this is a great way to be involved and help your teammates and friends! Check your inbox to find out how to volunteer on this day.