Sunday, September 23, 2012

2012 New York City Marathon Activities

last update

you know the race was cancelled...

Important Update as of Nov. 2 1:00 pm

Our permit for PS 87 has been cancelled.  There will be no PPTC reunion area and we can not bring your baggage to the finish line.

On Sunday, October 28th Saturday October 27 The Prospect Park Track Club is sponsoring a group run of the last 10 miles of the NYC Marathon course. We will meet under the 59th Street Bridge at 1st Avenue and be ready to run by 8 AM. As usual this run will be supported by a rolling aid station. There will be Gatorade, cold water and energy food waiting for us before we cross the Willis Ave Bridge (1st Avenue and 125th Street) and as we enter Central Park (90th Street at Engineers Gate). At the “finish line” (the Tavern on the Green parking lot) there will be more goodies waiting for us. This event is free and is for PPTC members and their invited guests only. Please RSVP to

The importance of this run cannot be stressed enough. Seven days later 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 the finish line is. This is also a great run for someone who is not running the NYC Marathon - it is a way to “have a taste” of the Marathon.

On Marathon Sunday, we are happy to announce that JackRabbit Sports is again joining us in transporting Brooklyn runners to the Start. Buses will be leaving from in front of their Brooklyn store at 151 7th Avenue (between Garfield and Carroll) and will take you to Fort Wadsworth. Buses will leave promptly at 6 AM and will not wait. JackRabbit will be open at 5 AM on Marathon Sunday. They will be providing  a bathroom, a place to be warm and dry, and the opportunity to purchase any last minute items.

In addition, we will be offering a bag check so you can have clean, dry clothes and other belongings waiting for you when you finish – bags will be at the PPTC Marathon reunion area (see below).  Bags will be brought from JackRabbit to PS 87.  So if you need anything at Fort  Wadsworth, don’t leave it at JackRabbit.  Please make it a tiny bag, we don’t plan on renting a truck.


The cost for bus transportation is $10 for PPTC members and $15 for “friends.” All seats are prepaid and go quickly. There are no walk-ons – reservations and advance payment is required. If you are taking the PPTC bus, you will need to be in front of Jack Rabbit Sports no later than 5:45 AM to be checked in.  Go here  ( for a link to reserve your place on the bus.

After the race we have our own Marathon reunion area. You can meet your friends and family at PS 87, located on West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam. 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.  Again please RSVP to if you plan on coming to the school.   If you checked a bag with us when you boarded the bus at JackRabbit it will be waiting for you at the school.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 2012 THE INSIDE LOOP


Congrats to Irene and Gil Torres on their son Keith's recent marriage to Cairyn Holmes in early July. Gil has been seen back on the roads logging some miles fast and slow so who knows.
And yes, in case you were losing sleep wondering,  , it was PPTC's Keith Williams who was the very first club member to ask if there would be a PPTC bus to the start of the NYC marathon this November.
Bobby Fisher getting back in to the bike mode participating in  the very hilly 75 mile Hudson Valley Rail ride on July 22.
Tom Byrnes' grandson Jake celebrated his six  month birthday with family and friends on July   25th,  he'll now be entering a new age category,  little boys  six months to a year, who can't really crawl or walk yet but he's gotta be thinking of it ....
Dennis Sivack not letting the tides change too often without getting into the wet with Brooklyn's Sebago Canoe and Kayak club
Congrats to Clair Dougherty on her recent Brooklyn Bridge Swim , from the Dumbo area near the base of the bridge on the Brooklyn side across to Manhattan . No MTA card needed.

From PPTC's Carolyn Kubitchek we learn that four runners at the Central Park Track Club have qualified for the Olympics. Their coach, Devon Martin (who happens to be Dave and Carolyn's   daughter-in-law) is going to the Games in London to work with them. If you watched any of the Games on television, hope you kept an  eye out for Jeremy Bascom, Erison Hurtault, Julius Mutekanga and Moussa Dembele.   Perhaps you even got  a glimpse of Devon herself trackside .

PPTC's sympathies and prayers go out for Lou Vazquez Sr. who died on July 25th . Often along with his sidekicks Warren Ring and Jake Korn , Lou had officiated at  PPTC's  Summer Speed Series for over 20 years, He was also a race official for the NYS Empire games for over 20yrs as well as  a race official for NYRR at their events/ Two of his  two sons and daugfhter in law  excelled in road racing , Lou and Phil  and Anne Dolan Vazquez  , his grandchildren Lou and PattiAnn seem to be  intent on following in their parents footsteps. His son Edward  and his wife were  a  force behind the volunteer scene at Bishop Ford  at the Kenny Dolan 5k every year . There was  a moment of silence for him at the Summer Speed Series Wednesday July 25th coupled with  a loud round of applause to honor the celebration of his life and commitment to running. As was Mr. Vazquez's wish, PPTC made a donation in his name to Sean Rice's Prospect Park Youth Runners program
 A mid August posting of Facebook captured Pete Tomasi up high and personal manning the hose on one of the Port Jervis fire apparatus at a conflagration  up there . And to think, we knew him when he was "Pistol Pete".

Thanks to Tom Tobin for passing along some vintage pics from back in the day of current USA Olympian Matt Centrowitz competing in one of the Rockaway Running series races on the boardwalk . From a Rockaway 5k to a 1500 on London's Olympic stage. In how many years?
PPTC is once again on  the Ironman map with Mark Crowthers' competing in Saturday August 11th's  NYC event.   Don't know how many PPTCers knew Cecil Bakaalor when he was crunching the ironman distance some years ago , he's been off PPTC radar for a while.  Cecil had placed in his age at Hawaii.
Thanks to PPTC past president Bobby Fisher for  news on the latest plans for updates to the Prospect Park YMCA's facility  on 9th street and 15th street as well as reports on the progress of the pool. Unfortunately Bobby was hit from behind while on one of his bike tours in August and had to be hospitalized with a broken clavicle. At first there was the suspicion of broken ankles and possibly a broken leg or two but  subsequent xrays brought good news and no breaks ( except for the clavicle)He left the hospital and recovered at home with the help of family and friends and is now back at work at the 9th Street Y. He was thinking of giving up the sport but now theres some enthusiasm back in his voice and I'm told a glimmer in his eye when the talk turns to getting back in the saddle and  biking tours.
Tom Tobin mentions his recent conversations with  Marvlyn Jno-Batiste, at the Grand Finale Triple Crown race in Coney Island Sunday September 9th. Marvlyn just earned her masters degree from Columbia which had been taking up most of her time the last few years. She said she’s now ready to return to some serious training and running. Watch for her at races , welcome back Marvlyn!
Tom Tobin also mentions PPTC's  members'  good performances in the Brooklyn Triple Crown. No final  final results yet but Tom believes Tony Watson, Danielle Hansen, Tom Tobin himself  and new member Brian Culley all placed in age groups.
From Lou Vazquez we learn that the outdoor track at Icahn Stadium on Randall's island  is being torn up and then another will be reinstalled . The track at Icahn has produced some produce world class performances so the best is yet to come !
PPTC sympathies to Carolyn Kubitschek and family on the death of her brother Craig in early September.
Tom Byrnes out there on the roads in the NYC Century on Sunday September 9th. Marc and Joann Guralnick also rode but they had entered  at the Prospect Park start whereas Tom had ridden to the 110th street start in northern Central Park. At 6am Sunday September 9th, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse, at least along the PPW bike lane and then down 9th Street and then....
Fall's coming as if i needed to remind you.
See you on the roads.