Bronx Half Marathon

Belated congratulations to all of the CPTC runners who came up to the Bronx to run in the half marathon on February 11. The race used to be in July and it wasn’t too hot this time, but the extreme temperatures continue as it was very cold, especially for the spectators. With the change in date of the Brooklyn half marathon, many used the Bronx half as a tune up for Boston, (or other spring marathons) while others used the race as a tempo run. Katy Masselam (1:21:08) and Lauren Gustafson (1:21:13) finished first and second, each with a PR!…

Club Members Have Fantastic Race at Snowflake

It was a great team effort at the Snowflake run today. The women finished first, second, and third, (and eighth and ninth) to easily win the first club points race of the year. Congratulations to Aileen Conlon for winning her first Central Park road race and moving into second place on the Club four mile top ten list with a 22:46. Right behind Aileen was Kate Irvin, and a few seconds later, Lauren Gustafson. Kate and Lauren move into the third and fourth positions on the all time list. Ignore the NYRR website, which lists the CPTC men as coming…

Q&A Regarding Club Points Races Revisited

Q: I heard you made a mistake in your last journal entry! Are you telling me there s a way for us to keep score during the club competition this year? That would be great…… A: Yes, I did make a mistake, but no, there still is no good way to keep score mid-season. Q: So what was your mistake then? A: It turns out that it is not a forgone conclusion that we ll be dropping the March 8K. Q: Why not? A: Well, a few items came to my attention that I was not aware of. First, certain…

Marathon Racing Dangerous

From the New York Times, February 24, 1909: Marathon Racing Dangerous There is reason for viewing with considerable apprehension the sudden popularity of the so-called Marathon race—a race, that is, in which the competitors are men or boys and the distance is something over twenty-six miles. In this vicinity, where athletic sports are for the most part conducted under the more or less intelligent regulations of organized clubs, participation in these contests is usually freed form some of its dangers by barring from them would-be entrants who do not meet certain fixed rules as to age and health. Even here,…

Photos

Patrick Cowden has posted photos of the Fred Lebow 5-Miler and Manhattan Half-Marathon on his website.

It s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The NYRR Points Race Series kicks off this weekend, but another, more important contest is right around the corner. Yes, it s ESPN.com s annual Hottest Athletes poll. Okay, there s nothing about it on their site yet, but they re interviewing all the past winners they can — softball pitcher Jennie Finch (2003), soccer star Heather Mitts (2004), swimmer Amanda Beard (2005 and FHM s World s Sexiest Athlete), and ice-dancer Tanith Belbin (2006) — so clearly this year s competition is right around the corner. (Anna Kournikova won in 2002 but either refused to be interviewed, or the…

Uniform Pick up and Other Snowflake Information

If you have not yet picked up your complimentary Nike orange racing singlet and blue shorts, you may do so at the following times and locations: Friday, February 23rd 5:30 pm -7:30 pm Scott Johnson’s Apartment 350 West 53rd Street Apt 7E between 8th and 9th Ave Saturday, February 24th 7:00 am – 7:20 am 97th Street on the East Drive (inside Central Park) We will be meeting at 97th Street and the East Drive for a team warm-up – 7:00 am for the Men and 8:00 am for the Women. Our traditional post-race Snowflake Party will be held at…

Q&A Regarding Club 2007 Club Points Races

Q: Hey, I’m super excited about the new Club Scoring Races this year. However, I’m not an MIT graduate, and I don t know how the fact that we can drop our worst two races impacts our racing strategy. The permutations are mind-boggling! Can you help shed some light on things??? A: This is what journal writers are here for! You don t need to be an MIT grad to understand the basic premise. Just as The Rock said, it just doesn’t matter that we can drop two races this season. For all intents and purposes, we need to show…

Feldenkrais Workshop

Coach Tony has set up a Feldenkrais workshop to be conducted by Jae Greunke. He writes: I have been doing sessions with her and have found them to be not only interesting but key to my recent success. I highly recommend that you check it out. We ll only have space for 15 people so make reservations ASAP by emailing coachtruiz@aol.com. The workshop will be held on Friday, March 2nd, in the early evening. It will last two hours, and will cost $10. This is a very reasonable rate which is being modestly subsidized by CPTC. Here is the description…

The New Bedford Half Marathon

Several of our long distance runners are planning to travel to New Bedford, Massachusetts to run the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. This is a fast and very competitive race, as it is this year s host of the USATF-New England Team Championship. This race would be an excellent tune-up for anybody running the Boston Marathon or another spring marathon. You can register online here. The registration fee is $25 until February 28 and $35 thereafter. Online registration closes on March 13. For more information email Jim McQuade at jmcquade@orrick.com. Having run this…