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  • January 28, 2018 6:25 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    The weather outside was frightful, but at the Frank Shorter Mile Kumar and Watson were delightful


    Herb Willis https://troubleafoot.blogspot.com/2018/01/frank-shorter-mile-2018.html


    For nearly 40 years, Gainesville was home to the only indoor track in Florida. The University of Florida removed the track during renovations to the O'Connell Center after the 2015 indoor track season. Now, there's never a day in Florida so severe that you need an indoor track. In fact, there are very few days in the Sunshine State when you'd even prefer to race indoors. But Monday, 1 January 2017, was one of those days. Shortly after sunrise the temperature dropped into the 30s and stayed there for the rest of the day. The wind made is seem even cooler, as did the occasional light rain. It even snowed.

    It was the kind of weather that inspires bond issues for indoor track and field facilities. It was not the kind of weather that Visit Florida wants people to know about.

    Nevertheless, it was the weather in which 76 athletes showed up at Gainesville's Westside Park for Florida Track Club's third annual Frank Shorter Road Mile. 
    Ravi Kumar won the men's mile race, circling the two-lap course in 4:49. Georganne Watson took the women's mile with a 5:18.

    The two-lap course in Westside Park was a new addition in the third year of the race. So was the introduction of two separate races, one for the men and one for the women. The men raced first, with a scheduled starting time of 12:00 noon. Kumar, a FTC-Elite athlete, won that opening race with a 4:49. Behind him, Seth Funderburg outkicked Oakleaf High sophomore Dylan Nelson for second, 4:52 to 4:53. Rich Smith was fourth in 4:53. Dan Stoner of Gainesville was the first master runner in the men's mile, placing fifth overall in 5:13. Abraham Lincoln Middle School eighth-grader 
    Anton Matchev took sixth with a 5:20.


    The women's race followed at 12:35 PM. 
    Betsy Suda had claimed the women's title at the first Frank Shorter mile, running 5:30 in that 2016 race. In 2017, though, Suda was second in the women's standings to Georganne Watson, who went 5:13 to Suda's 5:23. Both runners were back in 2018 for a chilly rematch. Watson prevailed, successfully defending her title while edging Suda 5:18 to 5:20. A few steps back, Laura Ragland took third in 5:23. Sharon Beckwith and Caroline Worrall dueled for the top master runner spot in the women's race, with Beckwith getting the nod 7:05 to 7:06. Beckwith and Worrall placed eighth and ninth overall.

    76 athletes finished the 2018 Frank Shorter Road Mile, 45 in the men's race and 31 in the women's race. 
    Start 2 Finish Race Management timed the event.





  • July 08, 2017 12:52 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Tom Walker ½ Marathon & 5k 2017!

      

    November 11, 2017 @ 8:00 a.m

    Boulware Springs Nature Park, 3300 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641

     

    If mailing in entry please send this form to:

     Florida Track Club (Tom Walker Races)

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4190 NW 50th Drive, #7305

    Gainesville, FL 32606

    Mail in entry deadline: November 8th, 2017  Day of registration will close @7:30 a.m.

     

    Last Name  ___________________________________________ First Name  _________________________________

     

    Gender (check one):   oM           oF                   Age (race day)  __________________________________

     

    Address  _________________________________________City/State/Zip  ___________________________________

    E-mail Address ______________________________________ T-Shirt Size  oS   oM   oL   oXL

                                                                                   (check one – tshirts are first come, first served)                 

    Contact phone number  _____________________________________________ 

     

    I am participating in the (check one):   oHalf-marathon o5k

     

    FTC Member?  oYES                        oNO

     

    Interested in joining the Florida Track Club ($30/year)? See the benefits at www.floridatrackclub.wildapricot.org

                                             

    Half-marathon

    Early registration (before 9/16/17) $35, (9/17-11/8) $40  (FTC members take $5 off) 

    Race day: $45 everyone

     

    5k

    Early registration (before 9/16/17) $22, (9/17-11/8) $25 (FTC members take $5 off)

    Race day: $30 everyone                

     

    Total enclosed $  ____________ 

    Kids under 13, $5 (no shirt)                        

     

    I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity.  I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, traffic, and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and understanding these facts, I, for myself and anyone acting on my behalf, waive, and release, the members of The Florida Track Club, and all other sponsors and their representatives from all claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation of this event even though that liability might arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of persons named in this waiver. I understand and agree to abide by the insurance restrictions, which prohibit the use of portable sound systems, wheel conveyances (excluding racing wheelchairs) but including skateboards, roller skates or blades, bicycles, etc. Illegible applications may result in disqualification. My entry in this race authorizes the Florida Track Club, organizations conducting races, or sponsors to record the race and its results in any medium and use those recordings in its discretion for any purpose. The Florida Track Club, organizers, or sponsors in no manner guarantee the accuracy of recording or reporting of results of any race.

     

    __________________________________________________________________

    Signature of Participant or guardian if Participant is under 18


  • May 27, 2017 2:18 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    39TH MELON RUN JULY 4TH 2017!

      

    July 4th:  3 mile @ 8:00 a.m., 1 mile Kids Fun Run @ 9:00 a.m.

     

    If mailing in entry please send this form to:

     Florida Track Club (Melon Run)

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4190 NW 50th Drive, #7305

    Gainesville, FL 32606

    Mail in entry deadline: June 30th  Day of registration will close @7:30 a.m.

     

    Last Name  ___________________________________________ First Name  _________________________________

     

    Gender (check one):   oM           oF                   Age (race day)  __________________________________

     

    Address  _________________________________________City/State/Zip  ___________________________________

    E-mail Address ______________________________________ T-Shirt Size  oS   oM   oL   oXL

                                                                                                           (check one)                 

    Contact phone number  _____________________________________________ 

     

    I am participating in the (check one):   o3-Mile Melon Run                    o1-Mile Fun Run

     

    FTC Member?  oYES                        oNO

     

    Interested in joining the Florida Track Club ($30/year)? See the benefits at www.floridatrackclub.wildapricot.org

                                             

    Early registration $25 ($20 FTC)               Race day $30                

    Total enclosed $  ____________ 

    Kids under 12, $5 (no shirt)                        

     

    I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity.  I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, traffic, and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and understanding these facts, I, for myself and anyone acting on my behalf, waive, and release, the members of The Florida Track Club, and all other sponsors and their representatives from all claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation of this event even though that liability might arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of persons named in this waiver. I understand and agree to abide by the insurance restrictions, which prohibit the use of portable sound systems, wheel conveyances (excluding racing wheelchairs) but including skateboards, roller skates or blades, bicycles, etc. Illegible applications may result in disqualification. My entry in this race authorizes the Florida Track Club, organizations conducting races, or sponsors to record the race and its results in any medium and use those recordings in its discretion for any purpose. The Florida Track Club, organizers, or sponsors in no manner guarantee the accuracy of recording or reporting of results of any race.

     

    _________________________________________                        _________________________

    Signature of Participant                                                                            Signature of parent or

    guardian if Participant is under 18



  • May 10, 2017 4:35 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    We hope to see you all come out to the 2nd Annual FTC Twilight Track Meet on June 6th!  All proceeds from the meet will go towards the Steven Detweiler Racing Scholarship.  Read below for the specifics on the scholarship and the questions and budget form to be filled out as the application.


    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 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. 

    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: (Please create a separate Word Document with your answers and email to the above address)

    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!


  • April 30, 2017 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    The dates are now available for the 44th Annual Florida Track Club 2017 Junior Champs Summer Track, Field and Running Program!


    Time: 8:30am - 10:30am daily (Weather Permitting)

    When:

     Week 1  June 12 - June 16
     Week 2  June 19 - June 23
     Week 3  June 26 - June 30
     Week 4  July 10 - July 14
     Week 5  July 17 - July 21
    Where: Kiwanis Challenge Track

    Contact: Coach Donita Burke-Higgins 352-538-3552


    View the Registration Form for more information.


  • February 01, 2017 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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!



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