Top Notch Running Article

Whether it s the hills of the Upper Northwest, the super-slow mail service, hitting the trails of Glover Archibold Park, eating yummy pizza at Armand s, or just traversing down the monstrous escalator to the Metro, this journal writer will always have fond memories of Tenleytown and the upper Northwest Hills of our Nation s Capitol. So when the Washington City Paper wrote a full feature article on American University Cross Country team, the crown jewel of Tenleytown, I expected a typical feel-good article on how a small school with few scholarships competed with the big boys of Division I.…

Streaking in New York

When club president Alan Ruben mentioned today that there was Runner s World article on marathon streakers, I must say it caught my ear. And when he mentioned that the piece included not only a quote, but a picture of team member Rick Shaver, well, I didn t know what to think. When did Runner s World, go, umm, NC-17 on us? Alas, the streaking wasn t the type where one goes naked trying to interfere with a sporting event, but instead about runners that have competed numerous NYC Marathons in a row. And when Rick ran 30 marathons in…

Best of Times

The all-time top ten CPTC runners for all distances shorter than the marathon are now updated for men and women. The lists now include the 200 meters and the 3000 meter steeplechase (so far, only a few people on the club have attempted the steeplechase). The lists combine indoor track, outdoor track and road races. This Thursday the first NYRR Night at the Races includes the infrequently run two mile, so this is a good opportunity for people to run it and get a PR and maybe break into the top ten.

20% Nike Discount at Urban Athletics this Saturday

This Saturday (tomorrow) from 10am-7pm, all Nike gear at the Urban Athletics store (1291 Madison Avenue at 92nd Street) will be 20% off to members of the Central Park Track Club. Pizza and snacks will be provided from 5pm-7pm.

Thursday Night Workout Report: 1-4-2007

It seemed like a good idea at the time… staying up late Wednesday night to watch Gus Hansen, Huck Seed (little known fact: I ran college track & cross country with Huck s younger brother), and Shawn Sheikhan goat Phil Hellmuth into one of his famous screaming tirades. Unfortunately, payback came less than 24 hours later when I attended my first CPTC Thursday night workout in nearly 8 months. But I wasn’t going to get little things like lack of sleep and lack of having done a speed workout in ages prevent me from showing up at the Daniel Webster…

Cross Country Wrap Up

After winning the Genesee Valley cross country race in Rochester in November (and winning $800) the women s team traveled to San Francisco to compete in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on December 9. The open women s team consisted of Aileen Conlon, Kate Irvin, Katy Masselam, Sarah Alaei, Lauren Gustafson, Andrea Costella, Felice Kelly, and Kristel Adler. The team competed well and finished eleventh (out of 28 teams) in a very tough field. (Results) Sue Pearsall ran in the masters race and then proceeded to take 200 photos of the open women s and men s races.…

Nike Discount at Urban Athletes

Urban Athletes will give a “Nike Discount” to all CPTC members this Saturday, January 6. More info to follow.

Are You Fit???

Men s Health Magazine just published a list of ten things any fit man should be able to do. While the running challenges don t seem too too hard, some of the other items on the list seem downright tough. So the question remains, do we have anyone on our team who can do all ten challenges? Is any CPTC member truly fit ??? My guess is no, but I’d love someone to prove otherwise, and do each of the challenges below. 1. BENCH-PRESS 1 1/2 TIMES HIS BODY WEIGHT 2. RUN A MILE AND A HALF IN 10 MINUTE…

Day One Run with Governor Spitzer

Day One Run Anyone near Albany or willing to make the treck on January 1, is invited to participate in a short run through Washington Park with new Governor Eliot Spitzer as he makes good on a campaign promise he made this fall during a speech at the Lake House, where he promised that if elected, he would run in Washington Park on the morning of his inauguration. The two-mile run will begin promptly at 6:00am in front of the Lake House amphitheater. Participants are asked to arrive in Washington Park between 5:30 and 5:45am via Henry Johnson Boulevard and…

Holiday Drinks and Dinner, Tuesday Dec. 26

For all CPTC members and friends, distance runners and middle distance and sprinters and timers and coaches alike – I would like to propose a holiday gathering for dinner and drinks and good cheer at Coogan s on 168th and Broadway on Tuesday night, December 26th after practice at the Armory. Please drop me a note at if you think you can join us so I can try to get a big table or two. And the best to you all for a healthy and happy and fast and (more) peaceful 2007! Frank Handelman