Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012 Cherry Tree Blogomania. (Updated a few times)

Run, Robbin Bird wanted a bagel handed to her at the finish line like the other organization that puts on races in NYC,  But our bagels were fresh and came with cream cheese, hot chocolate and a massage.

The Athena Racing teams had a lot of fun and enjoyed some "post race meat pies".

The Adobo Social and Anit-Social Athletic Club gets their  registration fees subsidized.  I gottaa see if I can make that work for PPTC.

The Dashing Whippits posted some fantastic photos.  The one at right shows the pota potties I ordered.

Kilax found someone to take her photo.

Listen to people talk about the Cherry Tree here.  If the link does nor work, go to episode 65 of the Running Show.

The Robots at StinyFeet posted a map that did not make sense and the wrong link.  Good thing their site did not go live till after the race.

Emlt81 Did not appreciate all the effort the volunteers made at packet picket pickup.  I would like to assume it way my kid that crashed into her legs.  "Are you OK?.  But next year we will have bigger cups.

I don't think FNR saw any of the information we had on our race website, but next year will well do a better job sending out pre race emails.  We actually thought we we sending out too many.

Our friends at City Coach know that we are not NYRR.  Thank You.

Blackfoot Running  followed my course instructions and turned toward the finish line.

Believe in the Run PRed but hatted the hat too.  (Sorry)

New York Fly Girl would not demonstrate her "slap bracelet passing technical for the other runners.  And she did not hate the hat.

Running for the Cupboard added an extra 2 to make it 12.  She did not mention that she also volunteered at packet pickup.

Samantha will not tell us what she is training for but she thinks it is inspiring to run with them, and see all the blazing women on PPTC, and North/South Brooklyn Runners."  Samantha, you can join a team.  I know PPTC would welcome you.

The Long Rush " caught sight of [his] wife and daughter" and then ran to a PR.  That is a powerful combination.

Milewon came from far away and had trouble reading our map.  She thought she ran up Mt Prospect Hill.  Notsomuch, we call that Zoo Hill, Mt Prospect is across Flatbush Ave.

Ironman Neil G rode is bike 40 miles the day before the race.  No wonder his legs are sore.

North Queens Runner had tough race, but found a good parking spot.

Donna Rosales was the first to be featured in The Renegade Runners "People Posts".  Her " most recent race was as a member of a 3 person relay team consisting of herself, Sal D'Amico and Reggie Lambert at the Prospect Park Cherry Tree 10 Mile race, where they completed the ten miles in 1:18:07, recording a 7:49/mile pace. .

rundangerously (who never uses caps) choose to run another race but, " the only downside to this race is having to miss the cherry tree 10 miler, one of my favorite races, which is run on the same day :("

Lindsay Runs knows that 18.25 is better than 10.  She maintained a 6:38ish pace and then ran back to The Rock over the Manhattan Bridge.

Welcome back Hills Are My Friends.  We are glad you still have it.

Stephanie, the Epicurious Runner, really did not like the hat.  But she got a PR!

She took a photo of some of our volunteers wearing them.  We made fun of them for weeks.

In Brendan Moroney's bio Brooklyn is referred to as the other borough.  After that I stopped reading.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

2012 Cherry Tree 10 Miller and 3 Person Relay

Information about PPTC races an now be found here

The Race For The Hardcore Is Back!
Join Prospect Park Track Club on February 19th for the Annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and 3 Person Relay. The race starts at 10AM.

As of Feb 18 there are a few bibs left, get to Bishop Ford High School at 8am!

An evolving review of Cherry Tree related blogs is here
Race day photos taken by PPTC volunteers can be found here. Feel free to add you own to this public gallery.

                                  Early                    Pre Registration                At Jack Rabbit                    Race Day
                               Before Feb-1              Feb 1 - Feb 15           Feb-16,17 or 18                    Feb-19

PPTC Members           $18                             $25                                      $30                            $40
Non-Members             $21                              $25                                     $30                            $40

* online registration will stop st 6pm on Wednesday, February 15th.

In Person Registration (if the race is not already sold out) & Early Pickup: 
  • Thursday Feb 16th 4-6:45 p.m. at JackRabbit Sports in Union Square Map (42 West 14th St (between 5th and 6th Aves).
  •  Friday Feb 17th, 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18th, 3-6 JackRabbit Sports, Park Slope Map (151 7th Avenue (between Carroll St. and Garfield Pl.).
Race Day Registration (if the race is not already sold out) and Pickup: Bishop Ford Cafeteria, 19th Street and Prospect Park West - 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. To ensure runners will get to the start line for the 10 a.m. start, registration will close at 9:30 a.m. SHARP!


Bishop Ford High School                          :

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The Start will actually be on Wellhouse Drive, please note new map.  Enter the park at Bartel Pritchard Square and walk south on the inner loop roadway. The finish is just inside Center DrivePartisans located next to finish and in proximity to start.  It is about a mile from Bishop Ford High School to the Starting Line, please give able time to get there.  This is the route

This race will be time using B-Tag timing and results will be posted on
Timing mat will remain out for 150 minutes, giving participants who are running a 15 minute mile a chance to finish.

This race is capped to insure a quality event.  All registered participants will receive a race souvenir.
Baggage Check:
Baggage check will be available at the finish line and at Bishop Ford High School. Please leave your valuables at home. PPTC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

10M Awards:
  • Cash Awards for Top 3 10M Overall, men and women - $100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place
·       Top 3 10M in each age group:  Men/Women: 19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
·                   First PPTC Member, Men/Women
Relay Team Awards:
Top 3 Men, Women and Co-ed Relay Teams
Youth / Master Relay Team Awards:
Top 3 Sum of age under 35, under 30, under 25 and over 150 years of age Relay Teams

No duplication of individual awards.

All awards will be based on "gun time", that is from the time the race starts until the runner passes the finish line.  Chip times are provided for informational purposes only.

Also enjoy a FREE post race massage courtesy of the students at The Swedish Institute

Awards will be available following the race at Bishop Ford High School.  Unclaimed awards will be available at Jack Rabbit Sports Brooklyn util March the next meeting of the Prospect Park Track Club.  It will be March 5th at 7PM at the Park Slope Ale House, 6th Ave and 5th St.
Directions to Bishop Ford
By Car: BQE to Prospect Expressway - 10th Avenue Exit. Make right at stop sign. Bishop Ford is on the right. Registration is in the gym on 19th Street
By Bus: Bishop Ford is at the end of the B69 and B61 bus lines 
By Subway: Take the F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park Station. Walk 5 blocks to 19th Street.  Always check with before starting your trip F/G trains may not be stopping at Prospect Park. The Coney Island bound F/G trains will not be stopping at Prospect Park, please add extra time to your trip to go to Church Ave and back or walk from 7th/8th Ave.

Get through the toughest miles with MOTOACTV, the new GPS fitness tracker and Smart MP3 Player from Motorola that helps you power through workouts with music and tracks your stats.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the historic Henry Hudson Drive (River Road), one of the oldest scenic roads in the United States while supporting the parks and historic sites of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Proceeds from the race will be directed toward the rehabilitation of the roads and trails of the New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Park.  Click here for more information on this 5K and Half Marathon on May 6.

We would also like to thank the support of The New York City Chapter of TEAM IN TRAINING. Ever thought about doing a full or half marathon, triathlon, or 100-mile bike ride?  Join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program!  You’ll receive personalized training with the Team, airfare, lodging, and race entry; in exchange, you’ll raise funds for blood cancer research.  This season, choose from events including the Nautica NYC Triathlon, San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, Mayor’s Marathon & Half in Alaska, the Ride to Montauk, and others!  Visit or email

We will be having an athletic clothing drive.  We are going to collect any clean, used and usable athletic clothing and equipment.  It can be dropped off at the Bishop Ford Cafeteria during the Cherry Tree.  This clothing and equipment will be drop-shipped to Belize to assist the Belize Amateur Athletic Association

Thanks to our newest partner in this race:  Cheribundi will be available at the finish!.  They say "cheribundi™ starts as Montmorency cherries grown in Michigan and New York orchards. We use a proprietary juicing process that was developed with Cornell University to make a drink that retains all the power and benefits of the nutrients and antioxidants found in the little round fruits. cheribundi™ has more disease-fighting antioxidants than other juices and has been tested in the lab and field by athletes and people who just work out. Because cheribundi™ is all-natural and not from concentrate, it's a feel-better and live-healthier addition to your lifestyle."
It will be available at the Bishop Ford High School after the race!

Before the race you can enjoy a sample of FRS healthy energy drink. "The advantage FRS Healthy Energy® has over other energy drinks is simple. Instead of using lots of caffeine and sugar to give your body a lift, FRS activates your body's own energy-producing mechanisms, so you can stay at your best longer without fear of crashing. In other words, you get the energy you need to turn possibility into reality, whether you're shooting for a championship or just trying to make it through your workout."

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