Friday, November 30, 2007

Smartmom's column on Turkey Trot

Louise Crawford, who writes the Smartmom column for the Brooklyn Papers, weighs in with her experience at the Turkey Trot last week.

Her verdict:

"All sizes, all shapes, all colors, all abilities, all genders, the Turkey Trot is the perfect Brooklyn race.

Most of all, Smartmom loved the bystanders who seemed to take great pleasure in cheering runners they didn’t even know."

Thursday, November 29, 2007

No Medal at Turkey Trot

Due to a larger-than-expected turnout at the PPTC's Turkey Trot, not all finishers received medals as promised. Note the following, which was posted on the PPTC Web site:

"Due to a larger than expected turnout, we ran out of medals after the first 1,000 runners on race day. We’d like to make arrangements for any registered finisher who did not receive a medal to pick one up at a Jack Rabbit Sports store if interested. Please email by December 30th your name, bib number, and pick up location (Brooklyn or NY) to and we’ll notify you when the medals are ready for pick up."

Once we have the info, we'll pass it along ...

Results From Turkey Trot

More than 1,000 finishers in this year's annual Thanksgiving Day race at Prospect Park. That may be a record ... Congratulations to everyone who ran!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Upcoming Races

Two races upcoming this weekend:

First off, take some time to get off the Prospect Park roads for the Peter Rabbit Cross Country run around the ballfields and lawns. Race day is Dec. 1, time is 10 a.m., start is somewhere along the big lawn, get ready for three miles of gentle rolling hills and lots of grass underfoot. Register here.

On Sunday, check out the Jingle Bell 3M Run out in Bay Ridge at 10 a.m.. Race info is here.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

NYU Wins Division III X-C Championship

Congrats to NYU, which won the Division III Cross-Country Championships held today in Minnesota. There's an article about them in today's New York Times.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Coney Island 5K on 11/18

More info on Cosme’s Coney Island Boardwalk Turkey Trot (a 5K race at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18)

* Entry fee: $25 before race day/$30 on race day
* Hooded sweatshirts to first 200 entrants
* Start and finish: 17th St. and Surf Ave.
* Same-day registration: Peggy O’Neill’s, from 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
* Reception features buffet, beverages and beer
* First three male and female finishers receive a Butterball turkey.

To get a race application, contact
or e-mail:

Ongoing Running Debates

Among the many ongoing running debates is whether to shop locally and support your local running store (i.e. JackRabbit, Slope Sports et al) or go online, where you can generally get savings that beat anything from the store.

The problem/advantage that places like Road Runner Sports and National Running Center offer is that, for a yearly fee, you can get all sorts of cool stuff and special offers.

What you don't get is the special attention that running stores can offer, essential when you are looking at new kinds of running shoes, etc.

So, note the following order I placed with National Running Center today (enticed, I must say, with the offer of a free Frank Shorter running shirt). I'm a member, paying $30 a year to do so. With that, I get 10 percent off all orders as well as free UPS ground shipping.

-- A 24-pack of Vanilla Gu
-- 3 pairs of Coolmesh running socks
-- 1 pair of Hind Alpha running shorts
-- 1 Under Amour heat-gear running shirt (I have two UA hats and LOVE them)
-- 1 pair of Hind running tights
-- 1 Frank Shorter long-sleeve running shirt (which, as mentioned, was free with a $100 order)

Total cost, including shipping: $109 (and no, the colors weren't ugly - I had plenty of choices).

I probably saved at least $30 on comparable items, and I picked up most of the gear that I needed to get me through the winter. And still I feel vaguely guilty ....

Prospect Park Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

One of the things I want to do on this blog is get the word out about local road races. If you're running, you already know about the slew of races put on by NYRR, most of them in Manhattan. But I'd bet there are at least three dozen races in Brooklyn on a given year - if not more (obviously, the challenge is to keep track of them).

So, that said, for those of you who are in town during Thanksgiving, check out the annual 5-miler hosted by the Prospect Park Track Club. Race kicks off, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. near the skating rink in the southern part of the park. It's a lower loop, plus a full-loop of the park. What's best? Pies to the top runners in the various categories. All finishers get medals, and there's usually a freebie that's *not* a T-shirt.

Registration information is here. And the club is always on the lookout for volunteers if you're not up for running that day.

Brooklyn Finishers in New York?

Alas, not yet. The searchable marathon database that's posted on the NYC Marathon site only includes breakdowns by state, not city. Not sure when/if this will change.

The top Brooklyn male was Edvard Gapak, with a time of 2:28:04. Leading the women was Victoria Ganushina, with a 2:45:15. Obviously, those times could change if they were among the 2,000 or so runners in the Orange corral whose times were effected by a glitch at the start.

After New Haven Run-In, Charges on Hashers Dropped

The hashers who got busted by New Haven, CT, police after trying to mark a hash with flour in an Ikea parking lot will donate $4,000 to a local charity after charges against them were dropped. See the AP article.

Noting that there's a vibrant hashing community here in New York City, with plenty of Brooklyn events as well.

Coney Island Turkey Trot on Sunday?

Brooklyn Road Runners has reference on its Web site to a Coney Island Sports Foundation Turkey Trot 5K at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18? I'm e-mailing the contact listed; anyone have information or a link to an application?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Some Runners May Have Faster Times

A glitch in the starting mat may have caused some runners to get their net times recorded, rather than their chip times. Note the following, sent out this evening:

From: Jon Skilling <>
At: 11/06 17:06:47
At the start of the 2007 ING New York City Marathon, there was a technical problem that caused your start time to not be recorded when you crossed the starting line. Since this affects your finish time, we would like to make a correction.

Please reply to this e-mail and indicate either:
* How long it took you to cross the starting line after the sound of the start cannon
* Your net finish time (chip time) for the race (i.e. the time on your watch)

Please send this information to us as soon as possible, so that we can update our website results and print your certificate for the race. In order to have this information reflected on your certificate, we need
your response before November 13.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Foot Locker Results

Not sure how relevant this is, but the Brooklyn runner in the Foot Locker 5-Borough Challenge finished third. Rebecca Center ran a 3:49:24. Before anyone takes me to task, anyone who steps up to the starting line and participates in a marathon is a winner, and a 3:49 is a great time, so congratulations.

Yet the runners were running together through Brooklyn (e.g. it didn't seem like there was a race) and don't represent the top times (or the top group of times) from the various boroughs. Once NYRR releases more detailed results, I'll see if I can pinpoint a) the top runners and b) the top city runners by group, based on a modified cross-country system of scoring.

Great Day for NYC Marathon

Lots of fast times, based on the informal sample of friends I've seen. As NYRR releases detailed results, we'll celebrate the top Brooklyn performers in the various categories.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Khalid's Back

Brooklyn's Khalid Khannouchi finished fourth in today's Olympic Men's Marathon Trials, and may get a slot to the Olympics if Dathan Ritzenheim qualifies, and chooses to run, the 10,000 meters. He ran a strong race and managed to grab fourth after Dan Browne came down with calf cramps. The awesome performances by Ryan Hall, Ritz and Brian Sell (who ran a steady race and passed Khalid and Browne in the second half) have to be put in context with the death of top contender Ryan Shay (who was favored in the 2004 trials).