Saturday, April 16, 2011

Paul Soskind interviews Wan Park

P.S. When did you start running? 

Wan I began in High School competing in events from the 220 to the 880. 

P.S.How did you do in those events? 

Wan My p.r.s were 52.5 in the 440 and 1:58 in the 880..After I graduated, I ran track for Cornell. 

P.S. What happened after college? 

Wan I lived in Florida,ran down there and did the Walt Disney Marathon there in 1999.

P.S. So that was your first; what was the experience like? 

Wan I found it to be boring; it was an out and back course, on that day it was also colder than expected, but I did finish under 3 hrs. 

P.S. So when you came to N.Y ; what prompted  you to join PPTC? 

Wan I thought it would be enjoyable to run and train with others. 

P.S. Tell us about your most intense running experience. 

Wan It was at the Boston Marathon where I was on target for a 2:42 , but because of dehydration I started to fall off pace,I gutted it out and did a 2:47, it was a learning experience! 

P.S. That's fantastic! tell us what your goals are long term. 

Wan I would like to look back about 30 years from now on a successful running career with at least 35 well run marathons under my belt,still feel motivated and capable of training well each day.

P.S. We really appreciate the experiences you've shared with us, and look forward to many more triumphs from such a talented individual.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A thank you from the Prospect Park Youth Running Club

Dear Prospect Park Track Club Board,

On behalf of the young student-athletes of the Prospect Park Youth Running Club, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your gracious donation for $1000. This funding will enable our team to participate in additional events, this spring. As we initiate our first outdoor/spring season in PPYRC history, we continue to serve almost 100 children from our area. This year marked our 3rd cross country season, 2nd indoor season, and inaugural outdoor season. We continue to enjoy huge successes on the local, regional, and national level. Two weeks ago, 5 of our athletes competed in the 2011 USATF Indoor Youth Nationals in Chicago. All 5 medalled, and 10 year old Demian Lofsnes Scott won PPYRC's first National Championship, crossing the finish line first in the 1500m run. Our immediate success has drawn tremendous interest, and our budget constraints are always a concern. Once again, your generosity is greatly appreciated. We invite everyone at the PPTC to come out and support our youth on a sunny spring day. We have several upcomnig meets at Icahn Stadium and Redhook Park track. Our schedule can be found on our website at In addition, we will be encouraging our team to participate in the Dolan Run in June.

Sean Rice
Prospect Park Youth Running Club

Friday, April 8, 2011

Photos from Belize

If you donated any clothing or sports equipment during the Cherry Tree you might see them being put to very good use as can be seen in the photos below.

According to Ian Gray, President of the Belize Amateur Athletic Association our donated 
"The younger kids are in tee shirts only.  the older kids are in tees and running shoes sent down by the club."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2011 PPTC Election Results

This year we had a record nuber of voters:  71 online ballots and 3 paper ballots.  All officer positions were up for re-election and one director position was open.  All officers ran unopposed, while we had 3 candidates for director.  Following are the winners of the 2011 PPTC Board Elections.   Congratulations!  

 President - Tom Meany
 Vice President - Sarah Scott
 Secretary - Anne Perzeszty
 Treasurer - Doug Olney
 Director - Tom Tobin

Ami Hassler, Staci Pierson, Krishna Kumbhar and Michael Ring will be continuing their terms as Board Members.

Special thanks to all candidates including Jason Horowitz and Geoffrey Vincent!  Don't worry Tom Meany said he will find a way for you to stay involved.........

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Al Goldstein Summer Speed Series, presented by JackRabbit

That is a big title, but it is not such a big event.

There are simple thing you should know

1. It may be hard to believe, but summer is coming.

2. Al Goldstein will be there.

3. This event has been going on since before people had digital watches, but we have a big digital clock now.

4. Races are every other Wednesday starting May 25 then June 8th and 22nd, July 6th, 20th,August 3rd and August 17th (ALSO August 31!)

5. Registration starts at 6:30 pm at the Oriental Pavilion. (This is near where the ice-skating rink used to be)  The race will start about 7:15.  Prospect Park closed to cars at 7:00 but we want to make sure the road is clear.

6. Race starts after the Parks Dept closes the roadway of cars; $5: cash. No Tshirts.

7. You don’t have to be fast, but these races will help you find out how fast you
can be.

8. You don’t have to run to have fun. Volunteers needed

9. PPTC members who are in Coach Tony's speed training group race for free.

10. Advance Registration is available for the entire race series for only $30. Click
here and save $5.  You can go here to pay for the rest of the races or Just show up with $5.

11.  We have a place to stash your bag.

12. Awards will be given to those who finish the most races at the end of the

13. The B/Q Train is really close.  Get off at Prospect Park and walk into the Park at Lincoln Rd.

14.  We race rain or shine.  Thunder and Lightning not so much.  The decision to cancel will be made from the park at the start of the race.  We don't cancel the race because of a forecast.


Tell your friends, but tell them not to tell their friends. We don’t want this too get to big.

The results of the May 25th race can be found here
The results of the June 8th race can be found here.
The results of the June 22nd race can be found here.
The results of the July 6th race can be found here.
The results of the July 20th race can be found here.
August 3rd was a fun run because of rain. (We have a new plan to make this work rain or shine, next time.)
The results of the August 17th race can be found here
The results of the August 31th race can be found here