Archive for February, 2009

Changes to NYRR Team Scoring

Friday, February 27th, 2009

From the NYRR website:

Effective immediately, team scoring in all divisions of NYRR races will be by time, not place. Previously, open-division team scoring was by place, while team scoring in all masters divisions (40+, 50+, 60+) was by time. This change is being made for the sake of consistency and to comply with USA Track & Field rules for scoring long-distance races. The new scoring will begin this Sunday at the Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K.

CPTC to Compete at USA Indoor Nationals

Friday, February 27th, 2009

From the Official Nike Running Blog:  The Nike Central Park Track Club will send 13 athletes to the USA National Indoor Championships in Boston.

This Sunday: Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K Run & Kids Races

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Coogan’s Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K Run & Kids Races take place this Sunday in Washington Heights and is the first NYRR club points race for 2009.  The National Weather Service forecast is currently predicting Saturday night snow and sleet through Sunday at noon.

NYRR Colon Cancer Challenge Reaching Registration Capacity [Update - Closed]

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

NYRR has announced that the Colon Cancer Challenge 4-mile and 15K races are reaching capacity.

UPDATE (2/26/09 at 11:00am): Both races are now closed.

Tomorrow: NYRR Thursday Night at the Races

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Taking place tomorrow night at New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory is the NYRR Thursday Night at the Races.  The events taking place are:

  • 1500m
  • 8 X 200m relay
  • 800m
  • 10,000m relay

Race Report Round-Up: Cherry Tree 10-miler

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

2009 Cherry Tree 10-Miler

Prospect Park Track Club’s Cherry Tree 10-Miler took place this morning in Brooklyn.  There was an occasional slight drizzle, but it didn’t deter the members of the 3-person relay teams or the “hard core” 10-mile runners.  Team and individual results have been posted.  NYCRB was there this morning and took some video:

Other coverage from around the web (will update as reports surface):

Race Report Round-Up: NYRR Al Gordon Snowflake 5K

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

3,987 runners finished the NYRR Al Gordon Snowflake 5K this morning in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. NYRR has posted the results.  This entry will be updated with race reports as they become available.

Blogs and Forums:

On Twitter:

  • mary_witt: psyched about the good vibe and energy at 5K celebrating 107 yr old Al Gordon today – Brooklyn/Prospect Park – a hit!
  • elginthompson: Ran Al Gordon 5K in Brooklyn in 23:52. Chilly 25 degrees with 13 mph winds. #Brooklyn stand up! #nyrr
  • AlexPaul: Just ran the Al Gordon Snowflake 5K in 24 mins, first race as a NYRR member, awesome chilly race in Prospect Park, BK!
  • MistaRhee: just finished the Al Gordon 5k in Prospect Park in 30:15 – thank u God! Woo hoo!

UPDATE (3/2/09): Jim Gerweck, special correspondent for The Norwalk Advocate has written an article about the 2009 NYRR Al Gordon Snowflake 5K and Brooklyn running in general.

In The News: Want to Run the N.Y.C. Marathon? Get Out Your Checkbook

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Liz Robbins (author of A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York) has an article in the New York Times about the rising entry fee for the 2009 New York City Marathon.  From the article:

“As much as we’d like not to raise the prices, it was necessary at this time,” said Mary Wittenberg, the president and chief executive of the Road Runners.

Wittenberg estimated that the organization’s cost per runner “is easily more than $250.” The entry fee was increased even though organizers realized the economy could worsen, Wittenberg said, and the marathon’s costs — such as cancellation insurance, liability insurance and special promotions for the race’s 40th anniversary — could rise.

The article also cites some interesting numbers:

Of the approximately 83,000 people (including automatic qualifiers and charity group runners) paying the $11 fee in 2008, 53,146 gained entry to last year’s race. After cancellations and deferrals, the 2008 race had 38,832 starters.

The article goes on to note that other races, such as the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Boston Marathon, raised prices as well.

Noon Today: NYC Marathon Application Opens

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The application for the 2009 New York City Marathon will become available today at noon.

UPDATE: The application is now available.

This Weekend: Two Prospect Park Races

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Two races are taking place this weekend in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park: