Monday, March 9, 2015

(3/9-3/15): Get Out Your Schedule Planner; 80,000 Miles!



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50 Degrees All Week?  Snow, be gone!
Upcoming Team Events
The adidas Garden State Track Club has dozens of team runs every week, including a Sunday long run posted on Facebook.  However, there are a few bigger team events we encourage all members to put on their calendar.   

March 22:  USATF-NJ 20k Team Championship.  The first team race of the year for "all divisions."  

March 29: Leadership Team Meeting.  
We usually do these meetings after team long runs.  All dues-paying members are welcome to sit in and participate in the conversation.

April 25: USATF-NJ 15k Team Championship.  The second "all-divisions" team race.  

April 26: NJ Marathon Baggage.  A long-standing club tradition, we bring forty volunteers to help collect, transport, and disseminate bags for 10,000 runners in the NJ Marathon and Half Marathon.  If you volunteer, we will pay for your College Ave Mile entry!

May 2: USATF-NJ 10k Team Championship.  
Just for open 
men and open women, but a fast course with big prize money along the NYC skyline.

May 30th: adidas Grand Prix Youth Qualifier/ Garden State Invitational.  We are honored to announce that Global Athletics and adidas have asked the aGSTC to host this youth qualifier event.  In addition, we will be adding several Olympic Development/post-collegiate events to the menu after the youth meet.  Should be fun.

June 6:  College Ave Mile.  This is our most important team event of the year.  Please be there!

June 13: adidas Grand Prix.  All hands on deck for this one, as the club once again brings over one hundred volunteers to the best track meet on the East Coast...and you get free adidas shoes and polo shirt to do so!

June 15:  President's Cup.  Just the open men's 5k championship, but it's a fast, fun, awesome event.




 

 

aGSTC SPRING PLAN
WEEK TEN
Those who have paid dues will have the spring training plan sent to them; it is built around the team schedule.  It will be done via a google doc.  There are other plans available as well.  


Intermediate/advanced 1500m-5k: on the track for indoor and outdoor track, 6-7 days a week of running, 2 weekly workouts and a long run

Intermediate/Advance Marathon: 6-7 days of runningThe focus being on a weekly workout and long run

Beginner 5k-HM: 4 days a week of running focus on weekly workout and long run

Email ken_goglas@hotmail.com for access to other plans or a specific individualized plan that fits your needs and goals.

 

Spring plan built around USATF-NJ team races here

 

Marathon Plan (Intermediate/Advanced) here

 

5k-Half Marathon Beginner: here



Kyle's Campground
by Kyle Price

 

 Montez Blair

Kyle's Korner is a segment of the Club's weekly email that will focus on reacquainting you with a different current club member each week. We will catch you up on how they are doing with regards to their training, their lives, and other general nonsense. This segment intends to be informative and educational while attempting humor in a purely inoffensive way. Mostly.

This week's edition of the Korner is an all-star interview with the very talented Montez Blair. Most of us first learned about him at the 2013 Outdoor Track Nationals when he won the High Jump for the good old Black and Gold. Well he certainly hasn't stopped there. The Cornell Alum has been literally raising his bar and we have the follow up interview to his great performance at this years Indoor Championship Meet.

Kyle: Hello Montez! Thank you for joining us.
Mr. Blair: Hi. Thanks for having me Kyle.
Kyle: So let's start with the big weekend everyone is talking about. Can you give us a little play by play on your Boston performance?
Mr. Blair: This was my first USA indoor meet. It was pretty fun actually. There were the usual jumpers minus a few, but still a good showing. I might have to say it was one of the premiere events in Boston last weekend.  I don't think it was the best for me but it was still fun nonetheless. I felt I should have gotten the 2.25 bar and attempted the 2.28 bar for an indoor PR. The crowd was behind me and I felt I should have boomed that bar. I've been adjusting a lot in practice so trying to put it all together at once was a bit tough. I wasn't suppose to actually have an indoor season but my coach decided it best I have some test runs.
Kyle: I'd say the test runs went pretty successfully. Jumping right at your PR while working in some new tweaks is a huge accomplishment. What's your next big competition that you're looking at?
Mr. Blair: I haven't decided upon an outdoor schedule just yet. I have to wait until I get back to Arizona and have a sit down with coach. I would like to open up in April at Mt. Sac. I was invited to jump there two years ago, but my college coach wouldn't allow it. I hear it's a pretty fun meet and I know the competition is amazing! So I think it would be great to represent New Jersey on the West Coast!
Kyle: Coast to coast rep! Are you looking forward to another big showing at outdoor track nationals?
Mr. Blair: I certainly have high expectations for myself. If I don't hold myself accountable and keep myself on top of things, I don't know anyone else who will. So I intend to have fun, and do better than I did in Boston for indoor nationals.

Kyle: Lets hit the rewind button. Did you start out as a high jumper in highschool track?
Mr. Blair: I did jump in high school. Started jumping in middle school but sprinting was always my thing. I didn't get recognition for high jump until my freshman year of high school. Even then, I was still better as a sprinter. Sophomore year, high jump and sprinting were equal in recognition but junior year, high jump eventually eclipsed the 100m, 200m, and relays. Ha but over track and field in general, basketball was my life since 4 years old. I played college basketball my freshmen and sophomore year on the D1 level.
Kyle: A natural born athlete. Do you miss the high level basketball?
Mr. Blair: Yes! I actually intend to go overseas and play professionally at some point in my life.
Kyle: I'm assuming you have quite an impressive dunk.
Mr. Blair: Lol ehhh. I'm okay.
Kyle: Haha. One last question, to combine the basketball and high jumping conveniently. Can you shed some light on Erik Kynard? Is actually sponsored by Air Jordan for track?
Mr. Blair: Yes, he is. There are a few track athletes sponsored by Jordan, including A. Felix, B. Barrett, and Kori Carter.
Kyle: Interesting. Well good luck with your outdoor training and thank you for speaking with us!
Mr. Blair: Anytime! I was happy to be a part of this.
Kyle: Glad to hear it!
Tune in next week to see who we interview!

Check out Montez take an attempt at high jumping 7-4 here.

 

80,000 Miles and 
Still Running

by John Bergacs

 

 

 

 

On an early Thursday morning in January 2015, I ran past my house in Edison and passed 80,000 miles in my running career.  When my "running career" started in 1976, I never could have imagined that 40 years later that I would still be running, that my career mileage would have surpassed 80,000 miles, and that I would run more than 600 races, including 54 marathons and two ultra-marathons.  

 

Well here I am, getting slower and older and even slower yet.  It only seems like yesterday that I remember passing 50,000 miles in 1997, while being lost in a housing development in Atlanta, and then 60,000 miles in 2002. 

 

As I think back about some of my crazy training runs and racing, running three marathons in 22 days in 1982 seems like only a few years ago.  There are some other notable runs that also stand out.  These include a 2:47 Jersey Shore Marathon in1982, a 2:49 NYC Marathon in 1981, a 2:52 Marine Corp Marathon at age 38, a 2:59 Boston Marathon at age 41, three Mt. Washington Road Races (Only One Hill), winning a 5 mile race in 1981, running 15 Boston Marathons in a 20 year span (1981-2000), and now joining the adidas Garden State Track Club (60s team). 

 

 

Unfortunately my mind is still living in the good old days, while my legs, knees, and heart are still living in the "old" days.  The age stuff began with the ski injuries...a torn right ACL in 1999, a left meniscus tear in 2010, and then a broken right leg in 2012...with surgery in each case.  Sandwiched in the middle of all of this was my heart's Atrial Fibrillation that began in 2002.  I took a lot of heart and blood thinning medications for about 10 years and I had 3 cardiac ablations between 2008 and 2012.  Because of all of this, the races, marathons, and running hard took a back seat. 

 

In 2014 as the heart and legs have started coming back, I decided to give this racing stuff another try with the aGSTC and I am glad I did !!!

 

I would like to acknowledge and thank those wonderful people who I have run with and talked with over all these miles.  Thanks for the miles and the memories.

 

May God Bless All of You !!!   

 

John Bergacs III, Edison, NJ  


 


 

 

Weekend Results
Most club members stay as far away as they can from police cars, but we do appreciate the comfort Karl Leitz and Aya Takeichi have in this picture taken from one of their two races this weekend.

On Saturday, the due ran the NYPD vs FDNY 5 Miler in Central Park.  Finishing together in 33:39, Aya was first female and 38th overall; Karl was second in his age group in the civilian division.

A day later, the gloves came off in the Cherry Hill 10 Miler in Prospect Park.  Aya finished an impressive 71:20 for 6th female overall, and first in her age group, while Karl was 73:02.  They raced in short sleeves...a good sign for warmer weather on its way.

Kaspszyk Wins Florida 5k
Somewhere in Florida- Sandi Kaspszyk won the women's race in the USGBO Green Mile 5k last weekend in 19:17.  She likes to go to warm places for vacation, post pictures of them on FB, and make us all feel much colder than we already do.  We still love her though.


Padilla, Price, Marten, Van Leeuwen Win in NYC
Marten in the triple jump
168th Armory, NYC- In her club debut, Manhattan University alum Bianca Marten won the 60 high hurdles, long jump, and triple jump at the USATF-NY Masters and Open Championships yesterday at the NYC Armory.  Her marks were 8.65, 5.94m, and 12.18m, respectively--quite a long, yet fruitful, day at the office.

Kyle Price and Stephen Ellwood executed a perfect one mile race, finishing 1-2 respectively with times of 4:17.44 and 4:18.42.  Jarrett Kunze continued to quietly have a breakthrough indoor season, as he PRed, again, with a 4:23.90 effort for 4th overall.

Antoinette Padilla won her first race in black and gold.  Despite have the second fastest time after the 60m prelims with a 7.75, she blasted a 7.67 in the finals, running away with the gold medal by .11.  See her do it here.  Craig Van Leeuwen, falling just inches short of a USAs qualifier weeks ago, won the pole vault in 5.0m even.

Alica Ross, in her first race for the aGSTC, finished 2nd in the 200m with a 26.19 performance.  Kelsey Lewis, normally a high jumper, finished 2nd in the long jump with a 5.23m effort. 


See meet videos soon here on the aGSTC YouTube Channel.



Quotes of the Week


"I just saw a tow truck drive past with our team van on the back.  I'm not kidding."  -Peter Bolgert, via text.  Yeah, North Brunswick tows during snow events.  And we forgot.  Womp womp.
"I do ice sheet fartleks.  If there is ice, it's an off.  If there is road, it's an on."  -Adin Mickle, via FB

"I am 24 years old. I have represented my country in World university games in Kazan, Russia in 2013. I have also trained in IAAF HPTC Beijing, China for five months.."  -Altaf Hussain Shah, via email from Pakistan

"Welcome Anselm. I am glad I joined the team before we instituted the WR (world record) requirement. Wow! ."  -Wes Cole, via email, to masters men 



A Message from the President
If you haven't already, please email back your captains so they can best plan the upcoming team race lineups.  You probably received an email a few weeks ago; if not, message us at gardenstatetrackclub@gmail.com.  Oh, and would you like to purchase a magnet?  We have just seven left.

2015 adidas GSTC
Spring Racing Schedule
March 22          Miles for Music 20k      All Divisions
April 25            Clinton 15k                     All Divisions
May 2                Newport 10k                   Open Men, Women
May 25             Ridgewood 10k               Masters Men
June 6              *College Ave Mile             All Divisions
June 15            President's Cup                Open Men
June 28            Lager Run                        Masters Women


2015 adidas aGSTC
Winter/Spring Track Schedule
April 3-4            Sam Howell (Princeton)
April 11             Rider Invite
April 17-18        Larry Ellis (Princeton)
April 23-25        Penn Relays
April 25             TCNJ Lions Invite
May 11              Swarthmore Last Chance
May 30              GSTC Invitational (Highland Park)

It's time to pay your 2015 Team Dues.
The club has many operating expenses that depend on membership dues.


Check your enclave Facebook pages for enclave group runs.  

The team has two under-the-lights track practices at Highland Park HS: Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm).  We also train Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the same location.  All are welcome....come do your workout!


The Anis Angle
"I am solidly in the middle...of nowhere. Unless you have been to Mt. Union, PA, then maybe according to some, I'm where it's at! But it was lunchtime...(and nothing is around)"  
-Facebook post, March 5, 1:22pm, while on the road for his employer, Tom Tom GPS watches

 

 

 

Peter's Proverb

"Mike, please realize that Mount Union is a true East Coast treat.  It is a borough in Huntingdon CountyPennsylvania, approximately 44 miles southeast of Altoona and 12 miles southeast of Huntingdon, on the Juniata River. In the vicinity are found bituminous coal, ganister rock, fire clay, and some timber. A major Easter grass factory is located in the northern quadrant of the borough limits; until May 2007, the facility was owned by Bleyer Industries.  The population was 2,447 at the 2010 census."

 

 

aGSTC Runs

 



 

Check your enclave Facebook pages for regional runs near you!

 

The Highland Park track is always cleared and we run there Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30, and Saturdays at 10:00am.  All are welcome!

 

We run from the Rutgers Student Center every week day at 5:30pm, except Friday (4:15).   

 

 

Steady Striders

 

Do you run 9-12 minute mile pace on your runs?

 

Come join the aGSTC Steady Striders!  They have their own Facebook Group Page, coach, and group runs.  Email gardenstatetrackclub@gmail.com and we will introduce you to our two co-captains, Amy and Erika.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

(3/2-3/8): Best Weekend in Club History!




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Best Weekend in Club History
We haven't said this phrase in a while, but it certainly must be said today.  Four incredible performances at USA Championships, several club records at the BU Last Chance, three national TV cameos, and a huge turnout for Road Relays.  Oh, and a world record.  Check it all out below!


Weekend Recap: Track and Field



USA Indoor Championships

Lebourne Breaks 1500m WR

Boston- Several great athletes have had great performances in their club debut, but no one ever has, and probably no one ever will again, break a world record when first wearing the black and gold.

That is exactly what Anselm Lebourne did this Sunday afternoon, as the 55 year old Maplewood resident ripped a 4:13.77 in the masters exhibition 1500m to break the old 55-59 world record of 4:19.80.  When asked after the race how it felt via text, he responded, "Painful but great."  Sounds about right!  
 
Blair 6th in HJ

Montez Blair came in barely making the 2.15m standard (7 feet, .5 inch), yet he came out beating more than half the field--finishing as the 6th best high jumper in America.

The Cornell grad leapt 2.20m, or 7 feet, 2.5 inches, to snag 6th place overall.  He made a brief appearance on national TV, as his attempt was shown while the women's 600m was televised.

He also holds the outdoor club record with his 2013 jump of 2.22m, when he won the USATF Club National High Jump Title and broke the meet record. 

Kirkland 7th in LJ
Herman Kirkland had the performance of his life Saturday afternoon, as the Philly native finished 7th in the USA Indoor Championships.  He jumped 7.22m, beating out four of the eleven qualifiers in the event.

Had he jumped his season best, he would have finished third overall.  

This closes out an outstanding season for Kirkland, as he won both the Terrier Classic and Gotham Cup long jump titles. 

Sharpe Races 600m on National TV
Logan Sharpe became the first club member in history to compete on national television, as the recent Southern Connecticut State grad finished 12th out of 16 participants in the 600 meter dash.  Sharpe split 24 then 25, thus going through the 400m in 50.2.  He closed his final 200m in 29, giving him the final time of 1:19.37.  He ran 1:19.03 to qualify for the event in January.





Boston Last Chance Invitational


Prettyman Breaks Mile CR
At the Boston University Last Chance Meet, Lindsay Prettyman broke her own indoor club record in the mile.  The U Del grad ran 4:48.95 to finish second overall in the event.
Lowry Breaks 800m CR
Dylan Lowry, the club's sprint medley anchor that helped the relay win gold at Millrose Games, closed out his season with an indoor PR and club record in the 800m.  The scrappy Albany grad rolled to a 1:51.31, breaking Sharpe's CR set at the Terrier Classic.


Richards Breaks 200m CR
Brian Richards smashed the club 200m record at the BU Last Chance, as he ran 21.52 to finish 3rd overall.  He also ran 8.00, an indoor 60m high hurdle PR, to win that event.

Ross, Ramirez Go 2-3 in 500
Tyrone Ross and Larry "Moose Juice" Ramirez went 2-3 in the 500, as they ran 63.20 and 64.87, respectively.  They teamed up with Kevin Persson and Ish Robbins to run 3:20.78, just a tenth away from 2nd overall.  

Jamal Roberts and Cyrus Wesley went 5-7 in the 200m with times of 21.75 and 21.97, respectively. 

See all results of the BU Last Chance here.





Road Relays 



Between the snow, Nintendo and Pokemon characters, and Feeature socks prizes, the fifth running of the Road Relays once again lived up to its hype.  

Despite the two inches of snow that accumulated from the start to finish of the race, 114 brave relays--or 228 total runners--started and finished the race.  51 men teams, 25 women teams, and 38 co-ed teams was the final break down of the event.

In the men's race, the Princeton Running Club edged out the GSTC team of Matt Eder and Mike Fonder 
by eight seconds, 31:11-31:19.  In fairness, Eder was saving his legs for his co-ed race with the Rutgers Running Club, so the 5:01 versus the 5:02 average may have had a different result otherwise.  The winning time was the fourth fastest ever recorded; the second place team was fifth fastest ever.  Josh Neyhart and Steve Schelander hold the all-time male record, scorching the course last year in a combined 29:54.

The women's race saw another PRC team win in 39:26, outdistancing GSTC's Katie Castro and Karen Auteri
, who ran 40:19 for second overall.  Their times were the 5th and 6th fastest on the all-time list.  Alyssa Douma and Cheyenne Ogletree, running under the team name "Kittens with Mittens," won last year in an event record 36:01.

In the co-ed race, the Rutgers Running Club duo of Ally Black and Matt Eder
won the overall co-ed title in 34:05--tying them for the second fastest performance on the all-time list with "Pink Dynamite"--Kyle Price and Alyssa Douma from 2013.  Peter Bolgert and Greta Sieve have the event record with a 33:42 from 2013.

Several event records were broken, including the father-son and father-daughter categories.  Long-time club member Ken Huryk and his son took down the former with a brilliant 35:50, while NJ road running stalwart Charlie Slaughter and his daughter, a runner at Ramapo, took down the father-daughter record with a fine 41:43.

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Running Club won the Karnes Cup in the "Route 1 Rivalry" over the Rutgers Running Club.  Scored like a cross country race for all three categories, the PRC swept the top three spots in the men's race, resulting in a 3-9 score (1st+2nd=3; 4th+5th=9), as they similarly put two teams ahead of the RRC's top two women's teams for a 3-7 score.  The Rutgers crew did win the co-ed, and were just seven seconds from going 1-2.  Instead, they settled for 1st-3rd, thus a 4-6 score.  The PRC thus won 10-20 over the host.    




National Press
Check out this great article on the history of the adidas Garden State Track Club here.

Check out this great article on the club's performances at the Millrose Games here.

Runblogrun is one of the biggest on-line sources of running and track and field news in America.


 

 

aGSTC SPRING PLAN
WEEK NINE
Those who have paid dues will have the spring training plan sent to them; it is built around the team schedule.  It will be done via a google doc.  There are other plans available as well.  


Intermediate/advanced 1500m-5k: on the track for indoor and outdoor track, 6-7 days a week of running, 2 weekly workouts and a long run

Intermediate/Advance Marathon: 6-7 days of runningThe focus being on a weekly workout and long run

Beginner 5k-HM: 4 days a week of running focus on weekly workout and long run

Email ken_goglas@hotmail.com for access to other plans or a specific individualized plan that fits your needs and goals.

 

Spring plan built around USATF-NJ team races here

 

Marathon Plan (Intermediate/Advanced) here

 

5k-Half Marathon Beginner: here



Kyle's Kingdom
by Kyle Price

 


 

 Robert Klink

Kyle's Korner is a segment of the Club's weekly email that will focus on reacquainting you with a different current club member each week. We will catch you up on how they are doing with regards to their training, their lives, and other general nonsense. This segment intends to be informative and educational while attempting humor in a purely inoffensive way. Mostly.


This week we had a nice little chat with Robert Klink. President of the Rutgers Running Club during our interview, and now consultant to the new President as of Sunday, he is, was, and will continue to be a big part of our GSTC's sister group. An all around pleasant person, you have most likely seen him at a highland park workout or running at an RSC gathering.



Kyle: Hello Rob, thanks for joining us.
Mr. Klink: It is an honor to be here Kyle.
Kyle: No no, with a Klink in my Korner the honor is all mine. Can you give us a little background on your running career?
Mr. Klink: Sure my running career started my freshman year in high school. At that point in my life I never knew what cross country or track even meant. My first 5k I ran was around 27:45! But over the years of my high school running career I became a better runner and eventually by senior year I dropped my 5k to 17:45 and my mile time to 4:53. I achieved a lot in my high school career and I set a fine example to follow for all of the under class man who looked up to me. So remember everyone, if you train hard enough and put in enough effort you can become a better runner than you were before. Sorry for getting side tracked but after high school I went to Rutgers and heard about GSTC and joined it immediately and in the beginning there were not that many folks on the team, but now the progression of the team size and spirit has amazed me.
Kyle: Shedding 10 minutes over your 5K high school career is no small feat. Had you planned on running in college or did that come about once you heard about the club?
Mr. Klink: Well I wanted to continue my running career but I wasn't a division 1 runner so running for Rutgers was out of the question. I was actually pretty bummed that I might not have a team to run with. I actually tried running with the old road runners club at Rutgers but no one was at the practice I showed up at. Finally my friend Zak (aka Zmart) told me about GSTC and that's how I found out about the club.

Kyle: The Rutgers running club is quite a bit different these days isn't it?
Mr. Klink: It has indeed changed. From only having 4-5 runners joining us for practice to now more often 10 or more runners coming out to the practices.  But just like GSTC we started out small and we are growing bigger and bigger each semester.
Kyle: Well it's a great service that you provide to people who I'm sure often find themselves in your predicament, going to a big school like that but not being able to necessarily compete at the level of the school. Now, you hold a position this club don't you?
Mr. Klink: Yes, I am the President of the running club. However starting March 1st the new club leaders will be taking in charge of the Club. So the next President is going to be David Fett which the club will be in good hands with him as the leader. I will still help David throughout the rest the of the semester though until I graduate so I can contribute more to the club as much as I can.
Kyle: So David's first official day of his presidency is the grand Road Relays competition with Princeton?
Mr. Klink: Yes it is and hopefully it will be the day we win the Competition against Princeton!
Kyle: What a day to start his new position. Well by the time everyone reads this will have known if he's off to a good start or not. What degree are you graduating with come the end of the spring?
Mr. Klink: I'm am graduating with a Criminal Justice degree this spring.
Kyle: Are you hoping to become a detective?
Mr. Klink: Possibly. I'm hoping to start my law enforcement career at Rutgers and then maybe move on from there.

Kyle: Campus Security??
Mr. Klink: No I mean Rutgers Police. See the Rutgers police are a state accredited police department. That means they go through all of the basic training as any other police department and because Rutgers is a state university, Rutgers police has state wide authority of NJ, but their main focus are the Rutgers campuses.
Kyle: I was just teasing. But that would be great! Still get to be around campus and friends and the clubs. What are your goals for this spring season?
Mr. Klink: Hahaha that's fine. My goals for this spring season are to try and PR in the 5k (maybe break 17 minutes) and if I can drop my mile time down.
Kyle: I think under 17 is definitely doable for you sir.
Mr. Klink: I think it is overdue to happen lol.
Kyle: Are you looking towards track meets or road races?
Mr. Klink: I'm trying to get a mix of both.
Kyle: Best way to do it, attack from all angles.
RANDOM QUESTION! What is your perfect Sunday?
Mr. Klink: A perfect Sunday would be on the beach chilling with no humidity, a light breeze, 70-75 degree weather, a couple of beers, a beach chair to lay on, and a delicious sub from Wawa.
Kyle: Poet Laureate in the making here. Well thank you for speaking with us Rob.
Mr. Klink: Haha thanks Kyle, it was my pleasure. See you at Road Relays!
Kyle: You as well sir!
Tune in next week to see who we interview.

 

 

 

Gold Star
by Bri Teichmann

Erin Grosskurth
By Bri Teichmann

Erin is one of the newest ladies to join the GSTC.  She started running when she was just 6 years old!  She just ran with her dad and did not think much of it.  Erin continued running and started to run competitively as the years went on, in 5ks and then throughout middle school and high school. 

Erin just graduated college in December with a double major in International Studies and Chinese.  She is currently a substitute teacher while waiting to hear back from graduate schools for the fall. 

Her hobbies include running, cooking, traveling, and arts and crafts, and learning Chinese! Fun fact about Erin: She spent a semester in China and while there she realized how much she appreciated clean air.  She had to wear a special mask when she ran so that she wouldn't breathe in the pollution! 

Welcome, Erin! 



Quotes of the Week
"I've been timing races for decades, and I've never seen this type of weather change from the beginning of a race to the end of one."  -Dave Siconolfi, Compuscore timer
"Believe it or not, I will be in attendance for the first spring track practice."  -Carson Keers-Flood, via text

"Just stay in school.  For real.  Stay in school."  -Herman Kirkland, briefly addressing a Maplewood Middle School class, before finishing up the drive to USAs for the long jump, where he placed 7th overall.

"Great start for the masters track runners of GSTC."  -Anselm Lebourne, via text, after running his world record in the 1500m

"Well of course it's nice today."  -Cheyenne Ogletree, via FB, during a sunny Monday after Sunday's snowstorm for Road Relays

"Yes, my throat is sore from swallowing all of those snow flakes at high speed!! "  -Steve Olin, via FB

"She wasn't there.  When I went to hand off the baton, she just wasn't there.  I ran another lap, looked for her, and just stopped."  -Robert Matthews, whose partner had a family emergency and had to leave after her first leg.  Womp womp...there's a first for everything at Road Relays!

"Finally, (I ran with) Lauren Bach for a 2-person 10k relay Sunday afternoon in the storm where we ran as Mario and Princess Peach (team name The Princess and The Plumber). I wasn't Mario...gotta make it fun right! Now I'm ready for a rest week."  -Matt Bach, via FB



A Message from the President
Once again, the club hosted a fantastic event this weekend- the fifth running of the Road Relays.  Despite the Sunday snow and an overall rugged February of weather, we are very appreciative to the many members who extended themselves to make this a fun experience for all.  After some preliminary discussion with club leaders, we are planning on hosting it a few weeks later next year, with hopes to begin a conversation about it being a part of team scoring in the Grand Prix team competition.  It's just too fun and awesome to NOT be a team event for all clubs!

As always, we have some big things just around the corner.  These include the USATF-NJ team racing, the NJ Marathon baggage volunteering, the adidas Grand Prix volunteering, College Ave Mile hosting, and...we've added a new event to the spring: the adidas Grand Prix Youth Qualifier.  We are thrilled to be the host organization for adidas and Global Athletics to put on this meet that qualifies youth for the East Coast's biggest track meet of the year.

If you haven't already, please email back your team captain about your availability for team races and functions.  Planning and organizing these events are challenging, and we appreciate your cooperation with a timely response.  

We are just a week or two from some warm weather.  Hang in there everyone!



2015 adidas GSTC
Spring Racing Schedule
March 22          Miles for Music 20k      All Divisions
April 25            Clinton 15k                     All Divisions
May 2                Newport 10k                   Open Men, Women
May 25             Ridgewood 10k               Masters Men
June 6              *College Ave Mile             All Divisions
June 15            President's Cup                Open Men
June 28            Lager Run                        Masters Women


2015 adidas aGSTC
Winter/Spring Track Schedule
April 3-4            Sam Howell (Princeton)
April 11             Rider Invite
April 17-18        Larry Ellis (Princeton)
April 23-25        Penn Relays
April 25             TCNJ Lions Invite
May 11              Swarthmore Last Chance
May 30              GSTC Invitational (Highland Park)
June ?               USATF Club Nationals

It's time to pay your 2015 Team Dues.
The club has many operating expenses that depend on membership dues.


Check your enclave Facebook pages for enclave group runs.  

The team has two under-the-lights track practices at Highland Park HS: Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm).  We also train Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the same location.  All are welcome....come do your workout!


The Anis Angle
"Receipts are too damn long.  Why do I care what my cashier's name is?  And why do they need to tell me to have a nice day?  And the upcoming promotion next week?  Stores are dumb.  What a colossal waste of paper."

 

 

 

Peter's Proverb

"I enjoy the gentle, loving touch of knowing my cashier's name.  A friendship is thus born, and it is these delicacies in life I've learned to embrace and appreciate on a deeper, more human level."

 

 

aGSTC Runs

 



 

Check your enclave Facebook pages for regional runs near you!

 

The Highland Park track is always cleared and we run there Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30, and Saturdays at 10:00am.  All are welcome!

 

We run from the Rutgers Student Center every week day at 5:30pm, except Friday (4:15).   

 

 

Steady Striders

 

Do you run 9-12 minute mile pace on your runs?

 

Come join the aGSTC Steady Striders!  They have their own Facebook Group Page, coach, and group runs.  Email gardenstatetrackclub@gmail.com and we will introduce you to our two co-captains, Amy and Erika.

 

 

 

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