Saturday, July 18, 2009

Run for Central Park List by Team: PPTC

A light turnout at the group run this morning, not many PPTCers at the race. Where is everybody?

Distance: 4.0 Miles, 6.4 Kilometers
Date/Time: July 18, 2009, 9:00 am
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 70 Degrees, 94% Humidity, Wind 8 mph

12 matches found.

Click any blue heading to sort the list. AG = Age Graded.

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AG %
STRAWN MATTHEW M30 2856 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 668 565 111 28:09 7:02 28:04 848 60.0 %
VAN HATTEM PIETER M35 888 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 1020 847 137 29:49 7:27 29:11 1032 57.7 %
GONZALEZ ARTHUR J M62 2248 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 1677 1282 27 32:18 8:04 25:31 426 66.0 %
SLOTWINER DANIEL M36 1633 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 1754 1323 217 32:34 8:08 31:41 1495 53.1 %
WILLIAMS ERIC M50 2731 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 2379 1653 90 34:51 8:42 30:28 1280 55.2 %
TREADWAY ROBERT M41 4868 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 2471 1697 225 35:08 8:47 32:57 1708 51.1 %
PENDARVIS MARK M50 5509 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 2593 1756 100 35:31 8:52 31:03 1371 54.2 %
NICKLES JOHN M38 2508 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 2820 1856 319 36:20 9:05 34:51 1993 48.3 %
BLADES FREIDA F49 4052 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 2960 1042 49 37:02 9:15 32:47 595 58.6 %

37:42 9:25 36:23 1207 52.8 %
SOSKIND PAUL M65 5621 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 3237 2027 21 38:30 9:37 29:36 1108 56.9 %
WEAVER RICHARD M69 7705 PPTC BROOKLYN NY 4405 2346 32 48:48 12:12 36:07 2154 46.6 %

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What you do not know because you are not me.

What you do not know because you are not me.

This month I am gonna write about something that I know that you do not know because you are not me. I have some special knowledge, really. I already read the rest of the newsletter when I wrote this. (He he).

It was Christine’s article of about buying groceries that made me thing of a different shopping experience. Not so planned.

On the Wednesday of the last week of June I dropped my kids off at school and then realized it was the day of the Third grade Picnic, I forgot to prepare a dish. Oh no. So I went to Key Food and bought 2 cans of Non-fat Vegetarian Refried Beans, 2 jars of my favorite salsa, 2 lbs of Non fat Sour Cream, 2 packages of Non-fat shredded cheese, a jar of sliced olives, a scallion, 2 bags of baked chips and a disposal aluminum pan.

I put the beans on the bottom of the tray, then salsa, and sour cream. Then I cut the green onions (with scissors, fast) and made a cross and put the olives in corners. It looked like a Union Jack. Then I got this back to PS 321 for the class picnic. I did this all between 8:40 and 9:30. Zoom, Done. Delivered. Easy.

Why, you may ask am I putting this in the newsletter? Because this is the same dish I brought to the PPTC Relay Race / Picnic. People who are not me asked me the recipe.

My Recent Athletic Endeavors While I Was On Vacation

My Recent Athletic Endeavors While I Was On Vacation

Doug Olney

I spent the July 4th holiday as I have done for the past 40 years, in Mattapoisett, Mass., where my family has a summer home.

On the 4th, I ran in Mattapoisett 5-mile Road Race for the 32nd time since 1976. (I missed running in 1977 and 2000; there is one guy who has run all 39 races). My time was 36:07, which is far off my personal best time of 26:25, but that was 28 years ago. In any event it was my 2nd-fastest time in the past 5 years. BTW, my mom, who is 74, decided to walk the race for the first time. She finished in 1:20, and ended up placing second in the 70+ age group and won a trophy!

Then this past Saturday, the 11th, I participated in Swim Buzzards Bay, a 1.2 mile open-water swim from New Bedford to Fairhaven, Mass. This event is a fund raiser for the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, a local advocacy organization dedicated to preserving the Bay and its surrounding environs. I swam the distance in 36:41, which isn't particularly speedy (the winning time was a record 20:40 and I was 79th out of 118 people), but it was my fastest time in 5 attempts by 50 seconds, and is almost 11 minutes faster than the first time I swam (the conditions that day were rather tough; this time the bay was like glass). Along with several others, I got a special award for completing the swim 5 times.

And finally today for a weekend double, I competed in the Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon. This a low-key sprint distance event: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3.5 mile run. My overall finishing time was 1:05:59, which my 2nd-fastest time in 4 attempts (the fastest was 1:03:11 in 2001). As usual I was in the back of the pack coming out of the water, but I passed some people on the bike and really gained ground during the run - mentally it helps to know that the final leg is your strongest event. I even placed 4th in my age group - this didn't get me anything however!

So even though I have graduated to a new age group, I can say that I still have something left at age 50 :-). Maybe it isn't all downhill from here....

Thursday, July 9, 2009

THE 2009 PPTC PICNIC Richard Weaver


Richard Weaver

The PPTC picnic on Saturday June 27th was a wonderful fun-filled success that was possible, in part, by the volunteers who were there early to set up tables and ice the water and soda. So, so a tip of the hat to Anne Perzeszty, Julio Zavala, Pat and Tom Meany, Lila and Michael Rieman and Kathleen Weaver. Doug Olney registered the relay runners, announced the teams and was finish line director, assisted by Julio and Lennie Nemerovsky.

Following the adult relay race, Maggie Deschamps and Michael Ring organized a peewee race for the children. The children ran once around the Oriental Pavilion
and they proudly wore the medals they won.

After the race, everyone enjoyed a sumptuous buffet consisting of three five-foot heroes and delicious foods, salads and desserts provided by the PPTC members.

Then came the talent show! Amy Duquette mesmerized the crowd with her winged tap dancing feet, Gil Torres treated us with his very clever mime and juggling act followed by Charlene Britton-Kohler’s beautiful rendition of a song she had composed about runners. Charlene also brought song books and led a sing-along with children and adults. Not to be outdone by the adults, two young ladies provided additional entertainment, namely Zoe Prawda who juggled and Emma Pesin who played the violin for the enjoyment of all.

There were ten running teams and one speed walking team. The walking team consisted of Tom Meany, Lila Rieman and Al Goldstein, all of whom did really well but they are not quite ready to take on Paul Soskind as being the premier PPTC racewalker.

The winning relay team was comprised of Al Prawda, Frank DeLeo and Gary Wang with an outstanding time of 36 minutes 13 seconds. Coach Tony Watson had the fastest time for a male runner, 10 minutes 29 seconds. Helen Dole set a new course record for females in a time of 10 minutes 58 seconds, breaking the existing record of Regina Cahill (who was there to watch and run the relay). This course record lasted about 20 minutes as Sarah Scott finished in a time of 10 minutes 50 seconds. A fitting end to a most enjoyable picnic.

Wallet Watch: Buying Groceries by Christine Boutross

In these lean financial times it is imperative we learn how to shop wisely for groceries and at the same time save money.

Wallet Watch: Buying Groceries

1. Did you know that you never should shop on an empty stomach? Shop after you've eaten a meal or a protein snack and you will save money.

2. Comparison Shopping: Know the prices of items that you buy on a regular basis at several stores. For instance, if you buy several containers of broth; some markets offer discount prices on a regular basis while others may provide even deeper discounts on limited time sale items.

3. Only buy grocery food items at the grocery store. The big warehouse stores such as Costco, BJ's and Sam's Club offer much better prices on your household items.

4. Be cautious with coupons. Most coupons are for processed food. When shopping for food, most of your groceries should be vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meat, fish, etc, which goes on sale but you rarely would find a manufacturer coupon for. Fill your shopping cart with these whole foods first.

5. Forget about buying food that is already cut up. It's cheaper to buy a food that needs some prep work on your part.

6. Take a look at store brands to see if money can be saved compared to a well known brand. Again, be careful because this applies usually to foods that are processed and your goal is to stay away from processed foods.

7. In season fruits and vegetables are usually cheaper. Shop at your local Farmer's Market for seasonal vegetables and fruits which are locally grown.

8. Never shop without a shopping list! On the weekend you should look over the store circulars to see what fruits, vegetables and meats/fish are on sale. From there, plan your weekly meal menu around the sales. Then create a shopping list for ingredients you need and stick to the list!

9. Buy staples such as rice, beans and pasta in bulk. They can be stored in airtight containers.

10. Don’t linger in the supermarket. Studies have shown that the longer shoppers are in the store, the more they spend! So grab your stuff and run!

11. If at all possible, leave your children at home. Kids always get us to buy foods that we don't want to buy.

12. Buy high quality meat (grass fed) and reduce your meat consumption. Plant foods are less expensive and loading up on them will improve your family’s health.

13. Read labels. If you can't pronounce the ingredients don't purchase the food. (If anyone wants to learn more about reading labels, just email me for information on my "Label Reading 101" class.)

14. Leave the high calorie, low nutrient extras such as soda, chips and cookies in the store.

‘No Pain, No Pain’: The ChiRunning Experience

‘No Pain, No Pain’:

The ChiRunning Experience

By: Amy Duquette

I have been running and racing consistently for the past five years. I’ve also had knee pain that ranged from dull and achy to throbbing, keeping me up through the night for the past five years. I’ve been to physical therapy to treat my condromalasia (the irregular movement of the kneecap as it wears away at the cartilage), ice the knees often, take ice baths after long races and wear knee braces for any distance over a 10K. “Running is killing my knees” has been my thought process, but it is too bad because I certainly love running and have no plans to stop.

For this reason, while looking over the Kripalu (yoga and health center in Lenox, MA) calendar of retreats to pick one for my summer vacation, the caption for ChiRunning grabbed my attention: “An approach to effortless, injury and pain-free running.” I was debating enrolling in Pleasure Boot Camp but I’m glad I picked ChiRunning. While driving up to The Berkshires I told myself that although I was certainly skeptical, just be open and take whatever works for me and leave all the rest. At least the YogaDance at noon and overall retreat vibe (hot tub, wholesome food, messages) would be worth it.

Four days later I completed the workshop. I feel that my running has had a rebirth. I can’t believe how different ChiRunning is from power running, what I and most of us do when we just go out there and run. In power running, we fight against the two forces that are coming at us; gravity and the road. Now I use them both in my favor, extending less energy and not feeling the pounding of the pavement in my tender knees with every step. It’s not running that hurts the body; it’s the WAY we run. It’s also a myth that overtraining causes injury, it’s the WAY we run that does. If power running is about “no pain, no gain”, then ChiRunning is “no pain, no pain.”

ChiRunning’s technique is taken from T’ai Chi, which opens and balances the body allowing energy to run through it and teaches that less is more. In ChiRunning, if you provide the optimal conditions in the body then running will just happen. Now, providing these conditions in your body takes constant concentration and a lot of practice. There is a specific way to carry your entire body, from your toes all the way up to the head. Everything is relaxed, especially your ankles, but in control. Your posture is balanced and you tilt the whole body forward. You land right in the middle of the foot, not on the toes which tenses up all the muscles. There is no knee lift, but you let your feet peel off the road lifting your ankles high behind you. This felt the most different to me. And so much better! I won’t go into the specifics of the posture because they are so detailed, but it is actually the most natural way to run.

I realized that the ChiRunning technique was all worth the concentration when I went on a trail run with the instructors after our third day. The run was 20 minutes uphill and about 10/15 to get back down. Hill work on this steep of an incline used to KILL my knees but after this run, focusing on my Chi form, I had no knee pain. Zero. I almost did not believe it myself.

I love running again, in a new way. I had been loosing motivation with my running, feeling very sluggish and unhappy with my runs. Now I can’t wait to get out there, off the treadmill, and feel the relaxation that comes to me through running with this new form. Not all will respond to it, but if you are interested you can get more information at

Sunday, July 5, 2009

PPTC Domanates the Pepper Martin 5 Mile Run

From our coach:
Dear Peppers,
Congratulations on this 4th of July for your performance at the Pepper Martin race this morning.
PPTC Masters Women took 1st place team awards. Emily, Maggie & Danielle made up the winning Masters team, and 3rd Masters team men with Tony, Tom & Frank.
Also bringing home more hardware were:
Emily Sanderson - 2nd woman overall and 1st place age group
Danielle Hansen-2nd age group
Coralie (CoCo) Dartigues - 2nd age group
Maggie Deshamps- 1st age group
Tony Watson- 3rd age group
Also running like the dickens were Krishna, Corre, Ami, Brad, Tom, Alex, Michael, Charlene & in the very important cheering section, (that made all the difference, Really!!, Cristin and our littlest Pepper, Kieran!!
A good day was definitely had by all. Next year we'll get the Open (we missed two runners for taking that category)
Overall good turnout; great day!
Happy 4th,
Coach & Charlene

Click here for photos from Frank.

ChickenUnderwear made some incorrect assumptions about Staten Island.

Brooklyn Running let us know the race was coming and reviewed it here

One Runner said the race also exceeded her expectations

Our own Emily Sanderson got some ink in the Staten Island Advance

In front was 43-year old Emily Sanderson of Brooklyn, who has run this race for the last three years.
For complete results look here at finishers # 44, 55, 68, 73, 104, 111, 126, 139, 140, (teamwork!) 151, 198, 209, 317, and 462.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


JULY 2009 II
Tom Byrnes and Friends

Bobby Fisher will be the first to admit that a Century that starts in the wet isn’t by any means the most inviting way to initiate a 100 mile bike ride but to his credit, Bobby decided to baptize his new Trek on the North Fork Century on June 16 in the rain and drizzle anyway. And besides, he had gotten up in the middle of the nite to subway into Manhattan, load up his bike and board the bus to the start in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork. before it had started to pour. Bobby seems to have the schedule for these epic bike events down to a science so if you’re game and looking for a long ride, Bobby is the man.

Thanks to Kevin Miller the coordinator of the UFT Team in this year’s Corporate Challenge,June 10-11 in Central Park for passing along the news that PPTC’s Helen Dole was on the UFT’s first place women’s team with her time of 22:59. Kevin knows full well that it’s Prospect Park that puts the juice in Helen’s legs and not the chalk dust underneath her fingernails, way to rock and roll Helen Dole!

Jason Horowitz mentions that a few PPTCers have started going out roughly once a month after the Wednesday evening runs . These are open to anyone from PPTC who wants to join and, in particular, he wanted to make sure that those who are running Summer Speed 5K’s know about this. The venue is Bar Sepia ,Underhill Eastern Parkway from 8:15pm
until .......A point to note: the barkeep will not pawn your Summer Speed race medal for beers!

With the ‘’old pool"at the 9th street Y reopened on June 22nd , time will tell if all those who had migrated to the pool at the Dodge Y in downtown Brooklyn and elsewhere will return to cross train and swim in the 9th street Y’s waters. Construction on this Y’s ‘’new pool" facility is slated to start this Fall but lets hope for the best. "Old Pool, New Pool," hey, the water’s much warmer indoors in these parts much of the year than it is out in the bays and oceans unless you’re using a wetsuit.

Many thanks to Ron Rice for passing along the front cover and inside page two story of the Brooklyn Spectator’s June 20-26th edition featuring the May 31st First Annual Keep Bravo Running 5k along the Shore Road promenade which PPTC’s Diana Ortiz and friends chairpersoned. .Nice to see Diana’s smiling face on the front page and James McFarland off to a great start on page two.Over the last 35 years the Bravo volunteer Ambulance Corps has helped thousands of people in need and this was a fine way to give back PPTC has called on Bravo to help at events and they responded graciously. " 35 more!" for Bravo and friends.

On Sunday June 28th Booby Fisher arose before dawn to catch the ride to start the Long Island Harbor Ride In Brentwood Long Island. Bobby’s 78 mile trek left him less than chipper since Bobby and fellow riders ‘explored’ hills that many bikers did not know existed out east.

Judging from the flow of comments on the about the Philly Half, seems to me that race could be another ye another PPTC road trip this fall.. With Ted Baumgartner, Mark Crowther, Tyrone Sklaren, Ami Hassler and Mike Ring chiming in with their perspectives on this event, PPTC could be good to go.

Thanks to Doug Olney for passing along some perspectives on June 28th’s PPTC Picnic/Relay.

This was PPTC’s biggest turnout in several years - 11 teams in total and 1 race walking team. As often is the case, we had a warm day, but it wasn't super hot out. The random draw resulted in relatively evenly-matched teams, so there was no clear favorite before we started. We had several good performances, especially from the women. Helen Dole broke Regina Cahill's course record, but then her record was broken by Sarah Scott. Helen ran the first leg, and Sarah was doing the anchor leg for different teams. For Maggie's Deschamps the relay was just a warmup for her next day’s Cosme race. Ted Baumgartner was consulting with anyone interested in his running the Tokyo Marathon. " After you pass the third sushi shop after mile 24, if you have anything left, make your move." Sabrina Ring was our youngest finisher, and Al Goldstein was our oldest. The picnic went fine too. We chowed down through 3 6-foot heroes, and there was plenty of other homemade goodies available. Amy Duquette performed a tap dance, Gil Torres and Zoe Prawda both did juggling acts. Charlene Kohler-Britton brought her guitar and sang an original song about running and the team, and she had a sing-along for kids as well. There was another young girl who I don't know her name performed a violin solo. ( next year, those ‘’hello my name is...." tags ) It was an eclectic selection of entertainment..
As a reminder, the Relay is a qualifying race for the PPTC Run Brooklyn 6-race incentive. Make sure that you enter your time in the Members Race History on the PPTC website.

PPTC has teams entered in the Reach the Beach Relay to be held on Sept. 18-19 in New Hampshire. The course starts at Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains in the northern part of the state and travels 200 miles through N.H. to the finish at Hampton Beach on the coast. The teams are asking the PPTC treasury to support the cost of van rentals (2 per team), that they will be using to travel to and from the race and as they move through the race itself from relay point to relay point. The Reach the Beach website is
Check it out, inspiring pics!

Thanks to Maggie Deschamps for passing along the Congrats to all PPTCers who raced the Cosme 5k on June 28th! PPTC had a great turnout with many awards won! We placed 1st overall Women's team composed of Helen Dole( 2nd overall, 1st place age) in 20:31, Maggie Deschamps(6th overall, 2nd place age) in 21:06, and Corre Kombol(7th overall, 2nd place age) in 21:20. In addition we had Rebecca Rosenberg-Beran and Danielle Hansen also placing in their age group. Several other PPTC runners raced well in impressive times within a strongly competitive field.Hey, an out and back on the boardwalk at Coney Island and for a change we had a beautiful warm sunny day!

Let’s congratulate Emily Sanderson for a very showing at the 2009 Fairfield Half. Although the day was hot and humid, and the course was a hilly one, she finished second in her age group! SPF 30 on the Rocks for Emily!

Tyrone Sklaren ran the NYRR Hope and Possibility 5 miler Sunday June 25th and found himself lingering at the finish line as many of the Achilles runners were finishing. He stayed for about an hour, cheering and encouraging these runners - "...blind runners with guides, singles amputees, double amputees, and one quadruple amputee struggling to push himself to the finish on his wheelchair with what was left of his arms; there were kids- one beautiful little girl-maybe seven years old-finishing by herself on a running prosthetic; there was a little boy who looked about 5 years old also with a prosthetic, running with a very tall older man also with a prosthetic; many people who looked ‘ok’ I later learned had serious illnesses. Quite a few of the amputees were Iraqi war veterans-big strong young guys missing a leg or two-there was one guy on crutches with one single prosthetic for his lower half." And there was Tricia Miley, the "Cental Park jogger", running them in, encouraging them, and joking with them. "I felt there was no place else I'd rather be."

For Rich Weaver this was also a very moving race that brought tears of happiness to his eyes. A very life affirming race if ever there was one. Rich had lost his scoring chip during the race and as he was walking back against the tide of a runners, one of them approached him chip in hand .

With these thoughts in mind, let us remember to count our blessings, all our blessings, today as you read this and every day.