Saturday, May 1, 2010

What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me.

What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me.

By Michael Ring

I am very proud to be Race Director of the Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series.  But I got a problem with the name.

First of all “Al Goldstein”; to quote Al “I am not dead.”  He sure isn’t.  He has been at almost every race since anyone can remember.  He also gets to kiss all the girls that medal.  I am jealous, (of the girls, I want a kiss too.)

“Summer”;   the series starts in May.  But that is no biggie.

But, finally, I have a big problem with “Speed”.   Yes it is a race and races are about speed.  But, I have been told that “speed” can be an intimidating word, they feel they won’t belong their because they are not speedy.  Listen, speed is relative.  You don’t have to be “speedy” to enjoy this race series.  Ya just gotta run as fast as you can.  And anyway, we give out so many medals to such a small filed of racers almost everybody gets one.

One more thing; if you can’t run the race, you can help me run the race.  We need people to help with starting and finishing the race, as well as people who want to help score the race.  It is just as much fun as running.  It is also a nice was you get your non-running spouse involved in your “hobby”.

Details are below:

The Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series.

The Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series.

The Prospect Park Track Club is glad to announce the umpteenth annual Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series.  This series of races will be every other Wednesday starting May 26th.  Then June 9th and 23rd, July 7th and 21, August 4th and 18.  Each race starts and finishes near the Oriental Pavilion in Prospect Park at 7pm.  You can enter the park at Lincoln Rd near the Prospect Park stop on the B/Q and the Franklyn Ave Shuttle.  You can also park in the ice skating rink parking lot. (As of April 10th it is still there.)

The 5K course is a little less than one loop of the park and is marked every ¼ mile.

The race fee is $5 and there is no preregistration.  Students in high school and younger run 2 for the price of 1. 

There are no “t-shirts” or other race giveaways but we do go 3 deep in all standard age and gender categories.  So you are likely to go home with some hardware.

We would like to thank JackRabbit Sports for their continued support.