Lisa Daley Wins Bronze at World Masters Championships

Lisa Daley and I were fortunate to attend the Master’s World Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain earlier this month.  For those that are not familiar, WMA (World Masters Athletics) organizes this track and field, cross country and road championships every two years.  The location changes and is announced a couple of years prior.  There is also an indoor championship that is on the alternate year of the outdoor event.  It draws the most elite and experienced masters (35 years and older) from around the world.  And it’s not just track…there are road 10k, half marathon, cross country and race walking…

Central Park Track Club M50+ Wins National Cross Country Championship

The core of distance running is going after it, again and again, hoping that in the end the work pays off with accomplishment and improvement. The current crop of CPTC 50+ harriers has been going after a national title for many years, hoping one year they could get on top. One year they were third,  last year they broke through to second, and in 2018 they broke the tape in first, national champs. The win did not come easily, since getting a five-member team to an away race is never easy. Families were asked to be understanding, employers had to…

CPTC Member Jaclyn Gilbert’s Novel About Running Celebrated

CPTCer Jaclyn Gilbert’s Late Air, is almost here. Official publishing date is November 13, 2018, but readers, including many teammates,  came together in New York City to celebrate the novel. “Late Air is a story of the world of elite female athletic performance like no other novel I can think of. In her debut, Gilbert is alternately a miner, a sculptor, a guiding ghost, but always a virtuoso—showing us the athlete’s body as a perfectible object, a vessel for obsessions, a target, and a site for the recuperation of the athlete’s humanity.” —Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night, and How to…

Sid Howard Profile in Lifetime Running

(Sid) Howard’s track and field career includes five world championships, 50 national championships, five world records and eight gold world champion medals. Also on his resume are the American indoor 65-69 records of 2:19.4 for the 800, 5:23.05 for the mile, and 4:45.36 for 1500 meters. He was inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2005. Howard is running, coaching, and continuing his role as ambassador for the sport he loves, always with a smile and encouraging words for everyone he meets.   https://www.lifetimerunning.net/2018/09/profile-sid-howard-has-finished-35.html

Sylvie Kimche Profiled by Lifetime Running

Sylvie is a roads captain, former club president and one of our very few athletes capable of running a 90% age graded score. Photo by Ben Ko. https://www.lifetimerunning.net/

Outdoor Track Recap from the Masters Men

Sherman Lau Photo: John Tran The outdoor track season kicked off back in April, when CPTC sent a 40-49 age-group 4 x 400m relay team to compete at the Penn Relays. The team of Sherman Lau, Peter Brady, Neil Fitzgerald and Gerry O’Hara finished 5th in 3:47.1. It was a very respectable showing in a sprint event for a team composed primarily of middle distance runners and there was unanimous agreement that Gerry was the team MVP for arranging VIP parking at his son’s fraternity and cold beers after the race! Road Captain David Alm gave this summary of his track…

50+ Men Run Club Record 4 x 400 at Millrose

From 50-59 track captain Gerry O’Hara: Having cut their teeth at the NYRR Thursday Night at the Races Meet January 25th with an impressive 4:11 clocking the 50+ 4 X 400 relay team of Rob Neal, David Dorsey, Jonathan Simon and Mikal Scott brought their collective talent back to the armory competing again in the 4 x 400 relay at the prestigious Millrose Games the early afternoon of Feb 3. Overcoming enormous pre-race jitters the team ran amazingly well slicing over 4 seconds off their previous time finishing in 4:07.43 garnering 3rd place and setting a new CPTC indoor 50+…

CPTC 50+ Men Win Silver at USATF National Masters 5k Cross Country Championships

From left, Gerry O’Hara, Brad Kelley, Armando Oliveira, Charles Parchment, David Greenberg, David Dorsey   About a dozen CPTC harriers traveled to Franklin Park, Boston last month for the USATF Masters 5k Cross Country National Championships. The meet attracts some of the finest masters fields in the nation every year, and feels like a celebration of masters running. The powerhouse CPTC 50-59 men were the standouts, finishing second in the team championship with 67 points, behind Greater Springfield Harriers, with 41 points. The day was warm and humid, bringing an element of attrition to even a relatively short race. Many…

Jen St. Jean Wins Gold In Canada

Photo: Cathy Vandergeest From Masters Track Captain Amy Kvilhaug: Rounding out our masters outdoor track season, Jen St. Jean competed at the NCCWMA (North and Central America and Caribbean Region of World Masters Athletics Championships) at York University in Toronto yesterday and won the 1500m race in a time of 4:54.14. She endured a rainy start, a gun misfire, and then a 65 minutes lightning delay before finally toeing the line for the race.  After battling some serious fatigue throughout midway through the summer (and into Masters Nationals in Louisiana where she finally had to shut it down for a…

Men’s 50+ Breaks the 4 x 400 Club Record at Penn Relays

From John Affleck: A quartet of aging rookie Penn Relay participants broke a club record with a 4:05.77 in the Masters Men’s 4 X 400 on April 28. The 50-over team, made up of lead off man and captain Gerry O’Hara, Chris Potter, Mikal Scott and John Affleck, had a total blast while surprising themselves and the competition by taking fourth place out of 16 finishing teams in the race. The runners, who all have reached the point of being thankful just to get the chance to compete, found their way to the meeting point at Franklin Field about 90 minutes before the…

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