“I knew that I needed to join CPTC”: Ryan Archer Profile

This week’s CPTC runner profile is Ryan Archer. After a solid collegiate career racing for Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Ryan moved to New York last year to work as a software engineer for Jet.com. After training solo for a few months, Ryan began to attend some of the team workouts in Central Park and up at the Armory. Ryan joined the team in the Spring of this year, stating “Eddie (Mulder) and Victor (Palumbo) blew me away in a few workouts at the Armory, and I knew that I needed to join.” Ryan had a great spring, racing on the…

Mr Consistency: Matt Lawder Profile

High turnover is an inevitable reality for CPTC’s Open Roads scoring teams.  Open CPTC members are often still weighing their commitments to the NYC area, running, and CPTC, so movement on and off the club at that age is common.  Since the middle of 2016, the Open Men have benefitted from the consistent contributions of Matt Lawder. Matt has been able to maintain a relatively low profile despite his impressive performances.  But, as a valuable teammate and someone who has shown willingness to get involved with CPTC more broadly, Matt deserves a formal introduction. Matt moved to NYC from St. Louis…

Race Reports from the Women: Queens 10k

Report from Jacy Kruzel and Veronica Jackson of the Open: Congratulations to all of our Queens 10k runners! The Central Park Track Club Open Women’s team came in a strong second place at this year’s Queens 10k. A warm and curvy course made everyone work for it, but our summer training is clearly paying off.  Finishing only 40 seconds off first place and almost 3 minutes ahead of third, this result puts us in a great position heading into our next team points race: the Team Championships on July 28th. Make sure to mark your calendars, as the Team Championships…

Race Reports from the Men: Queens 10k

Report from David Alm of the 40+: It was hot, but not nearly as humid as last year’s Queens 10K. Rarely have I heard so many year-on-year comparisons made in the moments before a race. Nevertheless, we still managed to place 3rd, thanks in part to an assist from our friends Brad Kelley and Mark Lindrud in the 50+ cohort (thanks guys!)  One of CPTC’s newest quadragenarians, Jeremy Shingleton, led us from the start, finishing in a swift 35:41, good for 3rd AG placement as well.  “I’ve always been on the bubble of scoring” for the open men’s team, Jeremy…

Race Reports from the Men: 2018 Brooklyn Half

Report from David Alm of the 40+: We placed 3rd in last weekend’s Brooklyn Half, right behind West Side and Urban Athletics. The soft rain and low-50s temps enabled some blazing-fast times — thanks, in no small part, to our coaches and the enthusiasm of our on-course support, as well as the new morning workouts (see below). We also further solidified our 3rd Place standing for the year, with NBR a ways behind, but we shouldn’t get cocky. I often train with those guys and they’re formidable.  2018 Standings: West Side: 45  Urban Athletics: 36  CPTC: 30  NBR: 21  Our…

Race Reports from the Women: 2018 Brooklyn Half

Report from Colleen McGurk of the 40+: The weather might have been cold and rainy but the CPTC Master 40+ women were on fire at the Brooklyn Half as we raced hard and finished strong for a first place finish! Colleen McGurk and Johhny Zhang Our first scorer was Colleen McGurk who had this to say: I am probably the only person who ran who was happy about the forecast. More rain means less pollen and as someone who suffers greatly from allergies this time of year, the weather was absolutely perfect:) It was great to work the race with…

Race Reports from the Women: Healthy Kidney 10k

Report from Jacy Kruzel and Veronica Jackson of the Open: Spring has arrived and the Women’s Open team used perfect spring like conditions to rack in a 3rd place finish and lots of individual PRs. Jordan Snyder led the charge, with a 2 minute PR.  Her time of 37:09 came after battling a major sinus infection all week.  Nothing could stop her from toeing the line, and the PR reward was pretty sweet! Our next scorer was Colleen, who continuously amazes the team as a whole – double dipping as a scorer for both the open and masters’ teams.  Hank…

Race Reports from the Men: Healthy Kidney 10k

Report from Phil Falk and Ed Mulder of the Open: CPTC Men lit up the roads last Sunday at the Healthy Kidney 10K, taking second place in the team competition, with an insane 31:27 average time for our top five finishers. I am told the CPTC Men’s team of legend in the early 1990s may have topped this performance, but I can say with some confidence it’s the strongest road 10K showing we’ve had in the 21st century.  Coach Tony notes: “Wow! That was a magical day! I am so proud of the whole crew!” Of course – it was a great day…

Championship Running in Your 70’s: Hal Lieberman Profile

In 2017, we featured a piece written by our own Hal Lieberman detailing his approach to and advice for maintaining a successful running career as a masters runner.  This winter, Hal proved himself to be an authority on the subject when he took home gold and silver medals at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.  I recently had the pleasure to catch up with Hal and hear about his championship races, his start in running, some of the more memorable moments from a long and successful career, and more on the roles that running and his career play…