“I am Determined to be a Better, Faster Me.”

Our Katie Castro Hynes  got some notice from New Balance for her speed, for her carving skills and most importantly for her love of running.     “Running is a part of me, a part of my identity. Running makes me whole. Without it, I become another person, as if something is missing. “I run wherever I am and whenever I can. My New Balance-clad feet take me to the park, to the track, to the city streets. They bring me home from work, they carry me to class, they cross the finish line. “The marathon is my distance. It…

2013 Annual Benefit

Please save the date for the Central Park Track Club’s 7th Annual Benefit which will take place Friday, November 22nd at the New York Athletic Club. We are thrilled to announce our speaker, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leonel Manzano, the first American to medal in the Olympic 1500m since Jim Ryun in 1968. If you could use a little pick me up, you can watch Leo’s medal winning performance here. Hope to see you November 22nd!  Tickets can be purchased here.

Race Reports from the Men: Cross Country

From Matthew Lacey: Amidst the excitement of the return to Franklin Park for Mayor’s Cup XC, someone (Runner, Course Marshall, Lead Biker, Random Drifter) forgot how to tell their left hand from their right hand, and led many of the lead runners astray half way through the 8k course. Fortunately, due to the looping nature of the hallowed course, this merely led to confusion, not catastrophe, as those runners were able to complete an identical course in a different sequence (advantages debatable) and the final results remain unimpacted. If you were to pick one CPTC XC runner to brazenly run…

Race Reports from the Women: Cross Country

  From Nicole Falcaro: The women shipped up to Boston this weekend for the 22nd annual Mayor’s Cup. New Yorkers racing in New England was no tea party, as the women won the team race with 40 points to New Balance Boston’s 47 points. Rolanda Bell, a.k.a. Toots was fifth overall, earning some prize money on her birthday! Birthday twin Lidia Garcia, a.k.a. “Babu” was there to witness the women’s dominance. “Steph never sang us ‘Happy Birthday’ so Ro Ro and I didn’t have as happy of a birthday as it could’ve been. We LOVED all the tasty homemade treats…

Cross Country Race Reports from the (National Champion) Women:

From Ani Go of the 40+: Tis the season for cross country! On a beautiful crisp Sunday morning, the 40+ masters ladies, Judy Stobbe, Sue P, and Terry Ballou headed to Flemington, NJ for the USA Masters 5k XC Champs to take First Place! The Tigress Terry sums up cross country perfectly, stating that “it’s time to get scrappy!” Says Ms. Judy, who ran 20:50, “this is my first XC race in 27 years…I missed my 5k pr by 41 seconds…It’s an honor to be on the winning team! Looking forward to more xc!”. She’s also looking to not only…

Cross Country Race Reports from the Men

From Matthew Lacey of the Open: Bill Wells Photo: NYRR  CPTC Men scorched the Van Cortland Park course last weekend, sweeping spots 2-6 en route to an impressive team victory and an average time of 16:26. Jon Wetzel led the way in 16:20 followed closely by Joe and Paul Gilhuley in 16:22. Jonevan Hornsby knocked 30 seconds off his time from the week prior, finishing in16:33, ahead of Will Davis who ran a course PR of 16:36. The Orange dominance did not stop there as CPTC had 6 MORE runners in the top 25, including Herbert Plumber, who ran 17:47, a Van Cortland PR by 90…

Race Reports from Cross Country: Harry Murphy Classic

From Matt Lacey: Women: Andrea Bradshaw Photo: Nigel Francis The CPTC women are so badass that they scared off all the competition to notch an uncontested victory at the Harry Murphy Cross Country Classic. The team was lead by an impressive win by Andrea Bradshaw (18:33) who brought home one of the world’s most impressive trophies in the process. Mid-distance runner Maria Jangsten made the jump up to the 5k (21:17) as CPTC’s second runner followed by Catherina Centanni (24:01). Not to be outdone by the CPTC men’s masters runners, the scoring was rounded out by Sylvie Kimche (25:30) and…

Race Reports from Cross Country: Paul Short Run

From Nicole Falcaro, Matt Lacey and Cat Beck: Womens XC- Jane Vongvorachoti, Erin Koch, Cat Beck Photo: Michael Scott Team Grandma proved that, like fine wine, cast-iron skillets, George Clooney, and cheese, runners get better with age! The geriatrics were led by Erin Koch in her first XC race in CPTC’s fiery orange singlets and a +1 min PR, which helped blaze a trail for Cat Beck who ran a 14 second course PR. Erin and Cat ran 20:48 and 20:53 for the 6k course for 2nd and 3rd overall, respectively. Also running in that pack and displaying “good teamwork and super…

Race Reports from the Men: Grete’s Great Gallop

From Greg Cass of the Open: Henry Tong Photo: Ben Ko It’s a well-known, annual occurrence in NYC – just when it seems like summer has made the transition into fall, nature throws a nasty curveball at you with a week of above-average temperatures and humidity that would make August smile.  To have that curveball coincide with a half marathon that takes you through the hills of Central Park twice borders on cruel.  But, never ones to back down from a challenge, CPTC showed up in force at Grete’s Great Gallop, on the roads and cheering from the sidelines, and…