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  • February 01, 2017 10:26 AM | Richard Garand (Administrator)

    The Florida Track Club will once again provide a variety of pacers for your enjoyment of the 2017 Five Points of Life Marathon and Half Marathon.  Get to know your favorite pacer below!


  • January 20, 2017 9:59 PM | Richard Garand (Administrator)

    Take the bus and leave the driving to us!


    All FTC members in good standing have the option of taking the FTC bus to this year's Gate River Run. No hotel expense, no parking issues, no hassles on race day. The bus parks right near packet pickup and you can safely leave your things on the bus while you race.


    The bus will leave at 5:00 am to make sure you have time to pickup your packet, get warmed up and get to the corrals in time. The departure point will again be from the UF parking lot by the Butterfly Museum/Museum of Natural History on Hull Road. Just make sure you choose the "day of race" packet pickup option (cost $5.00) when you register for the race.


    Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4eada628a4fa7-florida


    We will leave Jacksonville to return to Gainesville at 1:30 pm.

    Date: 03/11/2017 (Sat.)

    Time: 4:45am - 3:00pm EST

    Location: 3259 Hull Road, Gainesville FL 3268


  • November 21, 2016 11:40 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Remember to sign up for our 2nd Annual Frank Shorter Mile!  FTC Members get a discount at checkout, kids' Mustache Dash (free), cash prizes for top three males and females, champagne for age group winners, gloves/magnets for all who preregister! 

    https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Gainesville/FloridaTrackClubpresentsShorter1MileRace


    Flat and fast road mile!  Starts at noon at Crafty B'astards Resaturant and Pub on January 1st, 2017!




  • November 16, 2016 11:28 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    The FTC has scholarship money available to all club members to use for travel/race registration/lodging, etc.  If you have an upcoming race this spring for which you could use some financial support, please submit an application! The form for the Steven Detweiler Florida Track Club Racing Scholarship is below. Please email completed forms to: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com.  Deadline for submission is April 1st at 11:59PM.


    Florida Track Club Race Scholarship

    Goal: To financially support athletes within the Florida Track Club when representing the Club at races.

     

    Moneys

    Total Funds: $500 allotted biannually ($1000 per year)

    Maximum allotment per individual per term: $100-250 (Recipients per term: 2-5)

    Maximum allotment per individual per year: $250

    Timeline       Each applicant may submit one (1) application per bi-annual term. The application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 1st, for races in January through June and by 11:59 pm on April 1st for races in July through December. The application includes a Questionnaire Form and a Budget Form. The applicant will be notified approximately two weeks after each deadline.

    Reimbursement      The travel grant will be used to cover racing fees, transportation, and lodging. Other expenses, such as meals, souvenirs, etc. will not be reimbursed. The recipient of the award must keep all itemized receipts. After the event, they must fill out the reimbursement spreadsheet and submit all receipts through email to: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com. The awarded amount indicated prior to travel is the maximum amount the recipient will be reimbursed. If the individual doesn’t submit receipts they will receive $0.

    Transportation        Plane fare can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250). Gas receipts from en route travel days and MapQuest/GoogleMap (etc.) directions to and from race will suffice for reimbursement.

     

    Lodging         Lodging expenses can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250).

    Expectations                        If receiving a sponsorship, the participant is expected to:

    1) Give an oral race report at a FTC meeting within 6 months of the event

    2) Deliver a written race report submitted to the Executive Director, Betsy Suda (esuda@chem.ufl.edu) for the FTC newsletter within 1 month of the event

    3) Represent the Florida Track Club! Submit a photo wearing the Florida Track Club singlet at the race.

    Review

    The application will be reviewed based on the following characteristics:

    1) Active membership in FTC

    2) The applicant’s prior service and involvement within the FTC and the Gainesville running community

    3) The significance of this race to the individual

    4) Competitive potential

    5) Financial needs of participant


    Questionnaire  for Applicants:

    Are you an active member of FTC? If so, how long have you been a member?

    What other activities (especially fitness, running, and community service related) you are involved in, within the community and the state?

    What are your running goals for this race, this season, and long term?

    Please share why you would like to run this race and how the funds from FTC are important.

    Are you willing to do an oral (within 6 months of event) and written race report (1 month following event) and wear the FTC singlet for a photo at the race?

     


    Budget Spreadsheet (Application)

    Applicant Name

    1

    (name)

    Race Name

    2

    (Race name)

    Date(s) of Race

    3

    (MM/DD/YY)

    Dates(s) of Travel

    4

    (MM/DD/YY)

    Location of Race

    5

    (Anywhere,USA)

    Race Entry Fee

    6

    $

    Mode of Transportation

    7

    (Car/plane/running)

    Approximated Distance

    8

    (x miles)

    Approximated Travel Cost

    9

    $

    Expected Accommodations

    10

    (Friends/family/Hotel

    Approximated Lodging Cost

    11

    $

    Notes

    12

     

    Total race cost

    13

    #VALUE!



  • November 08, 2016 10:10 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    This article was taken from our FTC newsletter archives.  It was also published in our November 2015 FTC newsletter.  Read below about the namesake of our Half-marathon and now 5k race which took place this past Saturday.


    Who was Tom Walker?

    FTC newsletter, March 1994

    The name for the Micanopy Half Marathon is one most track club members, except the long-timers, don’t recognize.  Tom Walker was the president of the FTC from 1984-1985.  He was a tireless worker for the club and was the first to put the entire membership on computer.  In Jim Birdsall’s tribute in the January 1990 newsletter, Tom was described as having “worked almost every race, and he would get the results printed and mailed out to each runner”.  For a number of years, Tom and Nick Holler used to run 20 miles on the dirt roads around Micanopy with the goal of breaking three hours for a marathon.  Eventually, according to Holler, there was a photo on the wall of Tom’s office of Tom going under the clock at Chickamuaga Marathon.  The clock read 2:56.

                While doing what he loved, running, Tom died of a heart attack at the age of 38 in May of 1989.  It is to the memory of one of our own that the race is dedicated.


    Remembering Tom Walker – by Jim Birdsall,

    FTC Newsletter, January 1990

    I remember Tom well.  Tom was big for a runner and he had an odd way of running, a kind of shuffle where his feet never seemed to leave the ground more than six inches.  I met Tom many years ago when I called him to give him my racing times in the hope of making an FTC Masters Team. I was a little embarrassed because my times were not exactly earthshaking.  Tom reassured me that I’d do just fine and had me on the UF track doing interval miles.  It seemed that Tom’s shuffle could do those mile intervals between 5:30 and 5:40.

                Nick Holler, one of Tom’s closest friends, tells me that for three years he and Tom would meet (first every Sunday and later every Saturday) to run twenty miles on the dirt roads around Micanopy.  The two of them would run a course of “twenty miles and twenty-four hills,” putting water out in advance.  Their goal was to break three hours for the marathon.  I remember a picture in Tom’s office at the St. John’s beverage Co.  It was remarkable picture that I guess I’ll never forget.  In the picture Tom is going under the finish line of the Chickamauga Marathon.  Over his head is the finish line clock and it reads 2:56 and change.  He must have been very proud of that time.  It was certainly a testament to what hard work can achieve.

                One of Tom’s favorite marathons was the Grandfather Mountain Marathon that starts low in Boone, N.C., and ends up high on Grandfather Mountain.  It is billed as the world’s toughest marathon.  It is not the marathon to run and set a PR.  Tom ran Grandfather Mountain a number of times, the last time edging out his good friends Nick Holler and Bruce Higgins but being beaten by his friend Jon Allen.

                A few of us FTC members can recall attending Tom’s marriage to Ruth while we were still in our running shorts because we had just finished a local race.  At the time, Tom was president of the FTC so it was fitting that we showed up after a race.  I remember that it was a beautiful little church near Archer.  We were all too embarrassed to go in so we stood outside and threw rice when the newlyweds emerged.

                In Nick’s words, Tom was an “endless worker” for the track club during his presidency from ’84 to ’85.  Tom put the entire FTC membership on computer, he worked almost every race, and he would get the results printed up and mailed out to each runner.  It was Tom who originated the FTC running caps because without one of those caps he complained about the sweat getting in his eyes.

                Last May while doing what he loved to do, running, Tom died of a heart attack.  He was 38.  He is survived by his lovely wife Ruth, and their three lovely daughters, Angie, 10, Sara, 9, and Anna, 4.

                We love you and miss you, Tom.   


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  • October 07, 2016 12:35 PM | Richard Garand (Administrator)

    The Florida Track Club will provide half marathon pacers for the Tom Walker Half Marathon for several popular finish time goals.


    Now you can get to know your fellow FTC members who have donated their time to help pace fellow runners:


    Patrick Gallagher - 1:30

    I have been running distance races for over 15 years. I have completed 25+ marathons and ultramarathons as well as quite a few shorter races. I was the coach/coordinator of the Train2Run training program for over three years. I am the Race Director for the Gate2Gate Trail Run and organizer of the Two Rules Running Club. I have paced people in races ranging from 5k's to 100 mile ultramarathons. love helping other people achieve their running goals.






    Maude Laberge - 1:45

    I have been running since 2008, first very casually and eventually as part of triathlon, racing all distances. In the past year, I participated mostly in local community races and I am currently training for the marathon distance.






    Mike Upton - 1:45

    I'm married with two daughters, 3 and 5 years of age, and live right here in Gainesville, FL. Since moving here about 8 years ago I've ran several half marathons and even conquered a full in 2014 at 3:31:11. I really enjoy the half marathon distance with a PR of 1:31:54. I've never ran as a pacer before but have always thought that it would be fun helping ours cross that finish line. I'm extremely excited for this opportunity and always look forward to a race and the atmosphere that comes with it.










    Michael Dougherty - 2:00

    I have been running for four years and have ran several marathons and half marathons with a half marathon PR of 1:24:43 at the Tom Walker half last year. I have lived in Gainesville for a year now since finishing my graduate degree in North Dakota, and love living in a city with such an active running community and complete lack of snow and ice! The Tom Walker half marathon is one of my favorite races in particular, as the Hawthorne trail is where I do a large majority of my running these days. In most marathons I run I love being part of a pace group; the comradery of the group and experience of a good pacer is often integral to running a smart, fun race. I'm hoping I can return the favor and help some people achieve their half marathon goals at an awesome event.




    Gordon Anderson - 2:15 (Intervals)

    Have run Tom Walker twice. Run 25 marathons (4:20-5:30 range), over 40 half marathons (1:52-2:25) since 2004. 3 years living in Gainesville, previously from Miami. Wetland Scientist, 20 years in the Everglades.








    Srinivas Pinnamaneni - 2:15

    Srinivas believes he has transformed from an atypical runner by developing his art of running over the last six months. He attributes his growth to the guidance of Rick Swanson and friends in Asha Gators Running Club. He never misses a weekly run and has prospered from his consistency in training. When he’s not running, he enjoys hiking,paddling trails with the UF Adventure Club. I have served as a Five Points of Life pacer in 2016 and participated in 2016 Gate river run, Jacksonville.




    John Cartell - 2:30 (Intervals)

    Started running in high school then started again in my 20's then job and family interfered started running seriously after running have always liked running especially Galloway method.











    Keith Singleton - 2:30

    Keith started running 5 years ago after he saw how much fun his wife and kids were having doing 5Ks together. Since then he has participated in a number of running events including eleven half marathons and two full marathons (the last being part of the Goofy and Dopey Challenges at Disney World). He attributes running together as the reason why his family is so close. He really enjoys pacing with his wife for long distances and with his kids for shorter races.










    Angela Singleton - 2:45 (Intervals)

    Angela began running in junior high to improve endurance on the tennis court, and simply never stopped. She completed her first half and full marathons several years later, after becoming a mother. With three Ragnar Relays, four Goofy Challenges, a Dopey Challenge, seven full marathons, over 50 half marathons, and a few triathlons/duathlons under her belt, she uses her experience to encourage others to pursue their running and fitness goals by leading a local chapter of Moms Run THIS Town/She Runs THIS Town, supporting/directing the US Road Running Ambassador Program, directing the Five Points of Life Pace Team, and volunteering at races. One of her favorite race activities, however, is to pace. Her pacing experience includes Five Points of Life in Gainesville, FL (4 years straight), Disney Half Marathon, Treasure Coast Half Marathon in Stuart, FL, and Shipyard’s Portland Half in Portland, ME covering finishing times from 2:15-3:00.




    Elizabeth Hanselman - 3:00 (Intervals)

    Ten years after I was told by doctors that I could not do anything strenuous due to herniated discs, I ran the New York City marathon in 1981. Since then life happened and I didn't get "serious" until I joined Gainesville Galloway and the Florida Track Club in 2010. I'm currently the Program director of the former and President of the latter with a goal of being and setting the example for "seasoned" women everywhere.


  • September 06, 2016 11:03 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Join us for our September meeting where we have the pleasure of welcoming runner/coach/teacher Jay Birmingham.  Thirty-five years ago, Coach Birmingham ran from LA to NY, setting a (still-standing)record for the trans-America distance of 71 days, 22 hours, 59 minutes.  He also did this run without a support crew!

    We will meet at the LifeSouth Building on West Newberry Road at 7:30PM.  Free and open to the public!



    Above photo of Birmingham at the conclusion of his trans-America run in 1980.



    Crossing the finish line at BadWater Race (135 miles from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA).


    More info on Birmingham's 35th Anniversary of his historic run:

    http://www.chieftain.com/sports/3796596-120/birmingham-run-running-america

     



     See you all on Monday!

  • September 06, 2016 10:57 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    The FTC has scholarship money available to all club members to use for travel/race registration/lodging, etc.  If you have an upcoming race this spring for which you could use some financial support, please submit an application! The form for the Steven Detweiler Florida Track Club Racing Scholarship is below. Please email completed forms to: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com.  Deadline for submission is November 1st at 11:59PM.


    Florida Track Club Race Scholarship

    Goal: To financially support athletes within the Florida Track Club when representing the Club at races.

     

    Moneys

    Total Funds: $500 allotted biannually ($1000 per year)

    Maximum allotment per individual per term: $100-250 (Recipients per term: 2-5)

    Maximum allotment per individual per year: $250

    Timeline       Each applicant may submit one (1) application per bi-annual term. The application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 1st, for races in January through June and by 11:59 pm on May 1st for races in July through December. The application includes a Questionnaire Form and a Budget Form. The applicant will be notified approximately two weeks after each deadline.

    Reimbursement      The travel grant will be used to cover racing fees, transportation, and lodging. Other expenses, such as meals, souvenirs, etc. will not be reimbursed. The recipient of the award must keep all itemized receipts. After the event, they must fill out the reimbursement spreadsheet and submit all receipts through email to: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com. The awarded amount indicated prior to travel is the maximum amount the recipient will be reimbursed. If the individual doesn’t submit receipts they will receive $0.

    Transportation        Plane fare can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250). Gas receipts from en route travel days and MapQuest/GoogleMap (etc.) directions to and from race will suffice for reimbursement.

     

    Lodging         Lodging expenses can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250).

    Expectations                        If receiving a sponsorship, the participant is expected to:

    1) Give an oral race report at a FTC meeting within 6 months of the event

    2) Deliver a written race report submitted to the Executive Director, Betsy Suda (esuda@chem.ufl.edu) for the FTC newsletter within 1 month of the event

    3) Represent the Florida Track Club! Submit a photo wearing the Florida Track Club singlet at the race.

    Review

    The application will be reviewed based on the following characteristics:

    1) Active membership in FTC

    2) The applicant’s prior service and involvement within the FTC and the Gainesville running community

    3) The significance of this race to the individual

    4) Competitive potential

    5) Financial needs of participant


    Questionnaire  for Applicants:

    Are you an active member of FTC? If so, how long have you been a member?

    What other activities (especially fitness, running, and community service related) you are involved in, within the community and the state?

    What are your running goals for this race, this season, and long term?

    Please share why you would like to run this race and how the funds from FTC are important.

    Are you willing to do an oral (within 6 months of event) and written race report (1 month following event) and wear the FTC singlet for a photo at the race?

     


    Budget Spreadsheet (Application)

    Applicant Name

    1

    (name)

    Race Name

    2

    (Race name)

    Date(s) of Race

    3

    (MM/DD/YY)

    Dates(s) of Travel

    4

    (MM/DD/YY)

    Location of Race

    5

    (Anywhere,USA)

    Race Entry Fee

    6

    $

    Mode of Transportation

    7

    (Car/plane/running)

    Approximated Distance

    8

    (x miles)

    Approximated Travel Cost

    9

    $

    Expected Accommodations

    10

    (Friends/family/Hotel

    Approximated Lodging Cost

    11

    $

    Notes

    12

     

    Total race cost

    13

    #VALUE!


  • July 24, 2016 2:02 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)


    The Florida Track Club is very excited to bring our members and the entire Gainesville Running an excellent opportunity to train in a supportive group and qualified coaches!



    Here is some more info about the program:


    Who can sign up?

    Any runner can sign up.  All ages and abilities.  Everyone is welcome.  You do not need to be an FTC member (although this is HIGHLY encouraged!).  This program is for the entire running community.


    What are the dates of the program?

    The first practice will take place on August 7 (Sunday) and the final meeting will be at the Tom Walker Memorial Race Weekend on November 5th.


    Do I need to compete in either of the races to be coached?

    You do not need to race (although this is also strongly encouraged!).  The beginner program will get you ready for the 5k, while a more advanced program will be tailored to get you ready to race the half-marathon.


    What is the cost and what does it cover?

    The cost for the program is $100.  This is the same for both the 5k as well as the half-marathon program.  The 5k program will also cover your entry fee to the Tom Walker 5k race.  The $100 will provide you with 3 sessions of face- to-face high quality coaching each week for three months.  It’s a great deal!!!


    How “beginner” is the 5k program?

    This program was designed by our partners at OSMI (Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute) to take folks who have either never run seriously before OR who are recovering from a lengthy/serious injury.  The program starts with walking and builds to getting you ready to complete a 5k.  The emphasis is on building strength, stamina, and speed in a healthy and progressive way. 


    How “advanced” is the half-marathon program? 

    This program will be tailored to your half-marathon goals.  Both coaches are highly accomplished at both running and coaching runners at longer distances and can adapt training plans to fit your needs.


    What if I cannot make all the practices?

    You can choose your level of commitment to the program.  Obviously, the more you show up, the greater the likelihood you will see results, but you certainly won’t be penalized for missing practices if conflicts arise.  Unfortunately, we cannot pro-rate the program.  There is one set fee.


    How can I sign up?

    Visit the Florida Track Club website and fill out the form at the bottom of the page at http://floridatrackclub.org/Blog/4135387

    Send completed form to Eddie and Enoch at: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com

    Can I come to a practice to see if the program seems like a good fit for me?

    Yes, you can try out the first practice! But first, fill out the sign up form and sign the release waiver for insurance purposes.  Come to the first meeting on August 7th at 7:30AM and see how great it is to have a workout group and coaches!


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