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  • September 17, 2018 3:26 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    If you would like to register for our annual Tom Walker Half-Marathon and Keith Brantly 5k via paper: click below

    TWM_registration2018.pdf


    Mail completed applications and check to:

    Florida Track Club

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4444 NW 35th St

    Gainesville, FL 

    32605


  • September 11, 2018 3:55 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Steve Detweiler FTC Scholarship

    Applications – next round due November 1st!

    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 (Word Document or PDF) to: thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is Nov 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 required 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 (betsysuda820@gmail.com) 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 able 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? (A requirement to receive funds)

     

    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!


    History of the Scholarship

    The FTC Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename our FTC Running Scholarship the Steven Detweiler Racing Scholarship.  This program commenced this fall and is open to any Florida Track Club member in support of their racing goals.  We have thus far awarded over $3k to members to travel to compete in the following races:  Chicago Marathon, Kiawah Marathon (of which Steve was a recipient and placed first in his age group with a 1:43 Half Marathon!), and the Disney Princess 10k.  Scholarship recipients reported back on their experiences to the club through this newsletter and by speaking at our meetings.  If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship, checks can be made out to: The Florida Track Club, with Scholarship fund in the memo line, and sent to Betsy Suda, Executive Director at 4444 NW 35th St, Gainesville, FL, 32605. 


  • June 19, 2018 11:07 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    The Percy Beard Track will be closed starting June 25th for renovations and resurfacing.  Get out this week for one last workout!  Other tracks in town to check out while UF's is under construction: Fred Cone Park (University Ave, rubberized), Santa Fe College Track (3000 NW 83rd St., non-rubberized), Oak Hall School (8009 SW 14th Ave, rubberized. Call ahead, may not be open to the public.  352.332.3609)


    https://floridagators.com/news/2018/6/18/track-and-field-uaa-commits-2-5-million-to-track-tennis-resurfacing.aspx


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  • May 10, 2018 12:00 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)


    What were your original goals for Boston? (Before you saw the weather forecast).


    Soren: My goals were only to have fun.  I treated it from the beginning as just a fun run.  My Chronic Training Load had fallen from over 100 down to 37 during tax season.  When I became a CPA, I had to give up thoughts of running Boston and snow skiing.    During a conversation about aging, dying, and qualification times, Dr. Steven Detweiler was actually the person who convinced me to try and run it. I would not say I was running it for him, but it did feel like I was running it with him on just another 1st Magnitude Run; and to race it seemed at odds to that feeling--even if I could have. 


    Gretchen: A group of us from FTC had been trying to get into Big Sur for a few years. Last summer we found out that our dream marathon would be a reality. I had heard about the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge and since I had a Boston Qualifying time from the Albany Snickers Marathon in March 2017 decided the timing was perfect.

    So with a Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge on the horizon I was working with my coach, Enoch Nadler on my goal. I love racing but two marathons 13 days apart sounded like a significant challenge. To further complicate matters I injured my right ankle in February so my training, especially hill training suffered. Ultimately, I went into race weekend with the plan to try to race Boston and then take Big Sur from there. I was hoping to be close to my time from CIM in December a 3:10:02.


    Courtney: I had never run Boston before but heard it was a tough course so I wasn’t really sure what to set my goal at as far as time, especially after starting training pretty soon after CIM in December. About two months into training, I was feeling fit and figured I could set a PR and possibly go under 3 hours. Regardless, I had a race plan to execute more based on feel.


    How did you adjust your goals/mental state once you realized in what conditions you would be running?


    Soren: I adjusted them to my Florida winter attire—huge mistake.  We do occasionally have to run in the 30s in Florida, and I brought my clothes for a run like that.  I added an Under Armour Heat Gear long sleeve, Stio windbreaker, gloves, and Darntough knee-high socks.  I might have run in different shoes, but there was no way I was not going to run in my Saucony Boston Edition Shoes.


    Gretchen: With the weather forecast I didn’t reset my goal but I did try to mentally prepare for what could happen. The wind forecast was my biggest concern. I had run the race in 2015 which also had less than ideal conditions but nothing like what we saw this year. I planned on going out on plan and taking it from there.


    Courtney: I actually didn’t adjust much before, other than my mindset. I planned to start at the same pace, see how that felt, and adjust from there. I went into the race more relaxed and was more lenient on pacing, which I think worked well. Also made a goal of running behind the largest runners I could find!


    What was the atmosphere like in Boston in the days and hours leading up to the race?


    Soren: I would say the attitude was, Boston can have really bad weather, so just deal with it.  I don’t think anyone really anticipated the worst weather in the history of the race. 


    Gretchen: Boston loves the marathon! Everywhere you looked you saw runners and most of the chatter was about the weather. We went to the expo on Sunday and had to wait in a cold wind for the bus back to the finish line area. That was when I really started to worry a bit and noticed the concern on many runners faces. While the atmosphere was a little subdued it was still exciting and we saw many runners out and about during our Sunday morning shake out run. We made a quick stop at the finish line and everyone was excited for what was yet to come.


    Courtney: From the airport to the expo to the Goodwill (gotta buy extra throw away clothes), there were runners everywhere! It’s pretty cool how the whole city is aware of the significance of the event.

     

    What did you decide to wear to race in and would you have made any changes in hindsight?


    Soren: If there was any chance I would have been able to grasp the weather that was about to come, I would have brought a neoprene vest.  I am accustomed to wearing a long sleeve shirt and gloves in the winter and then after a couple miles heating up and being too hot; I thought that is what was going to happened on race day.  My biggest mistake though was to get rid of my clothes at the start.  I had two extra layers at the start but choose to get rid of them while waiting in line.   The clothes you got rid of at the start were going to be donated, and I hated the idea of just ditching them a couple miles down the road when they could go to good use.  There were people on the course that ran the entire race in full down jackets, and I envied them for miles.  As it turned out, those extra clothes were needed for others along the course.


    Gretchen: What to wear was probably our biggest concern. Courtney tried to convince me she would be fine in her sports bra and arm sleeves. I forced a Florida Track Club singlet on her….I hope she was glad J.  I kept debating about if I should go with arm sleeves and a singlet or if I should put a long sleeve under my singlet. I also debated shorts vs tights. With the power of Facebook I was able to look back and find what I wore in 2015. In 2015 I learned I wore capris, a singlet, hat, and arm sleeves. Knowing that Patriots’ Day 2018 was going to be colder and the rain would start earlier I decided on tights, singlet, arm sleeves, FTC visor, and an ear band. I also started with a fleece and long sleeve on. I wore a poncho to the start line but ditched it there as it had already bugged me so I figured it wouldn’t last long and I’d just be done with it at the start. Besides I was a few rows behind Meb and I saw him ditch his poncho…so I figured that was the thing to do.


    Courtney: I wore running tights, Gretchen’s FTC singlet (I had actually only brought a sports bra), arm warmers, a running hat, and a thick headband. For the first 4 miles I even wore a rain poncho, regular gloves, and rubber gloves. Up to the start I had on an extra pair of pants and jacket. In hindsight I would’ve worn a bit more. Maybe a light jacket. I also would’ve kept my gloves on-at least the rubber ones. My hands went so numb I could barely rip the gu’s off my pants!


    What was the high and low points of your 2018 Boston Marathon experience? 


    Soren: My high point was when I read one of the Wellesley College girl’s signs that said, “Kiss Me I’m Wet.”  It was not for the reason that you just thought of. I learned that day that the Maslow's hierarchy of needs is wrong, warmth is way below everything.  It was because in all this horrific weather, this was the first-time people were out screaming with excitement.  Up until this point everyone was just trying to make due.  The other reason was, that she clearly was not dwelling on the fact these conditions were miserable, she was one of the rare individuals that was doing what Boston said they would do in the days prior, taking a bad Boston day and Charlie Mike on.  I did not really have a low point; the entire day was really fun.  I was in a lot of discomfort from the freezing cold rain, but the race was good.  When I say discomfort, I mean it.  I at times as a child walked to school in -20 weather, and this was the coldest I have ever been in my life.  The lowest point though, I would say was after the race.  I was suffering from hypothermia to an extent that I could not remember the name of my hotel, the name of the street it was on, and I could not move my fingers to use my phone.  It could also be true that I just don’t remember the low points.  I have a very limited memory of anything after mile 16.


    Gretchen: Highlights were running into Rob Robbins at the pre-race tents, amazing who you can find in a sea of people, starting right behind Meb, Wellesley, seeing the Citgo sign, finishing the race, and finally finding out who won and learning it was Desi.

    Low points for me were right before Wellesley, the cold was really getting to me. I started to hear the ladies of Wellesley about a mile out and it really did keep me going. Also, the downhill and then subsequently uphill really got me. Due to my ankle I wasn’t able to do much hill training and I paid for it. Mentally the cold and hills were rough.


    Courtney: High: seeing my dad cheering in the crowds with about half a mile to go and all the people in the crowd that shouted “Go Florida” the whole way!

    Low: Right after the finish line/waiting in line for the bag check. It was about 45 minutes of waiting around in the cold rain in not much clothing. I’ve never been so cold in my life (and I’ve walked through -40F in Chicago winters before). I even thought about going to the med tent but I felt much better after changing into my dry clothes.

     

    When did you know that Desi had won the race? How did this affect your race?


    Soren: I found out almost immediately.  I think the information just rolled down the line as fast as someone could shout it.  It had no affect on my race, but I think it has a subtle affect on all of us.  In a day when women still struggle with fair treatment in sports we have had a year when women are making headlines, which is good for the sport, and hopefully good for their contracts too.  I think it also shows us how different women are in sport, and how much respect they deserve.  This year in Boston men had an 80 increase in DNFs, and women only increased by 12 percent.  Which in light of the history of women at Boston, is extremely apropos to my way of thinking.  The weather was the big news story, but in a race that women were once banned from because they were too soft, on this Boston, they just crushed the men in will-power.  The way she won also says a lot.  She won by helping others, I believe that it was her helping others that made her able to bring herself back and win.  All too often if a man can’t put turpentine or Duck Tape on it, we are lost for a solution. 


    Gretchen: I didn’t find out until I was almost out of the finishers area! I asked a few spectators along the way and they looked at me like I was nuts when I asked who won…it was almost as if it hadn’t crossed their mind that there was “a winner”. At the finish I kept asking volunteers who gave me about the same look and kept congratulating me. Finally there was a woman up something that looked like a lifeguard chair with a microphone. She was giving directions and then I yelled up and asked who won. The first thing she said was Desi!

    It didn’t affect my race but it did warm me up a little and put a smile on my face. I ran in 2014 when Meb one and now 2018 when Desi one. I feel really lucky to have been a part of both historic days.


    Courtney: I didn’t know Desi won until well after I finished. I hadn’t really been thinking about it but when I heard a volunteer announce it I was super excited! Made me forget about the cold for a second.

     

    What advice would you give runners looking to run Boston in the near future? 


    Soren: I am not sure I can give any advice, I doubt any of us will live long enough to see another Boston like that one.  The one thing I would say, is that it is worth taking this race easy, if you don’t have a lot of energy for the last 7 miles, you will miss out on a lot of excitement.


    Gretchen: Do it! I hear from so many people that they would love to run Boston but would never qualify. I truly believed that when I started running and am thrilled every time I know that I have a BQ so I can go if I want. So keep working, but also consider fundraising. The charity program is amazing and there are just some really wonderful causes out there. Boston is a race like no other, I just highly recommend getting there one way or the other.

    Also, once you have your entry train for hills….both up and down. Boston will always make you respect just how hard a marathon is and at the same time make you fall in love with the marathon all over again.


    Courtney: Be prepared for anything! As far as racing, I think I had a smart race plan that I executed well (thanks Enoch!). I’d definitely advise waiting to really race until after Heartbreak hill and not worrying too much about splits. With the rolling hills, consecutive miles will vary, so your average is what really matters. Learn how to run based on feel during long hilly runs. 

    Also, wear an FTC singlet! The crowds were yelling “Go Florida” at least every 5 minutes and it really got me pumped up


  • March 28, 2018 5:46 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Now in its 45th year the FTC Junior Champs Program seeks to encourage children to become fit and have fun using basic Track and Field and Running skills.  Emphasis of the program is to have youth feel positive about fitness regardless of age or ability level.


    Click below or email Donita Higgins at ftcjuniorchamps@yahoo.com for more info:

    https://www.facebook.com/wherechampionsaremade/

  • March 28, 2018 5:42 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Book Review

    Running With the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

    Adharanand Finn

    Review by Brady Holmer, FTC and TeamFTC member, Graduate Research Assistant, Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory, University of Florida



     “In Kenya, do you have runners like that? People who are just running to get fit?

    … “In Kenya, there are only athletes.” “…if you are an athlete, you run. If you aren’t, you don’t”

    This dialog between author Adharanand Finn and Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot resembled an underlying theme of the book “Running With the Kenyans.” Namely, in Kenya, running is life.

    Finn, once a young runner himself, tells of his early fascination with Kenyan runners and provides this as the impetus for him moving his family of five to Iten, Kenya, one of the most well-known stomping grounds for the world’s best runners. He wants to live and train with the best. He wants to find out, “what the secret” is.

    “Running” however, is more than a self-indulgent journey of one writer to get faster. As Finn interacts with the locals and learns from them, readers too learn the Kenyan “secret:” that there is no secret at all. Iten is literally a 24/7 training camp for athletes young, old, fast, and “slow.” Local cross-country races held nearly every weekend where, yes, the children and adults mostly run barefoot. There are no running programs, we learn, only 5:30 a.m groups runs that you either show up for, or regret missing. In Kenya, running is quite literally, a way out, and this sense of urgency pervades their training and their culture.

    What makes “Running” interesting is the oddness of the author training with a group he doesn’t fit in with, yet is accepted by with open arms. The Kenyans, it seems, are willing to give anyone a try, anyone with the joy of running. Finn immerses himself in Kenyan running culture, and even when he falls back on long runs on the dirt roads, someone is waiting to give him a water bottle.

    The journey culminates with Finn competing in a local marathon, really, “26 miles of wilderness” as he likes to describe it. How often do you see a pack of Zebras on your run. Training, it seems, has been paying off, he’s the first mzungu (yes, white guy) to finish the race.

    The book makes one want to pack up their things and head to Iten, if only for a short while, just to see the goals that could be achieved if fully immersed in a lifestyle conducive to running success. The main route to success, however, comes in an off-hand conversation Finn has with his daughter before heading out on a run.

    “Why are you running?” She asks.

    “Because it’s fun.” He replies.

    Thanks for the book review, Brady! Do you have a running book you would like to see reviewed or have read a book you would like to recommend to the FTC?  Email us at thefloridatrackclub@gmail.com


  • March 25, 2018 12:55 PM | 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 questions for the Steven Detweiler Florida Track Club Racing Scholarship is below. Please email your answers to the application questions and a budget in either a Word Document or PDF file 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 required 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 able 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? (requirement to receive funds)

     


    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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