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The Continental Breakfast 5K At East River Park Sep. 10

August 28, 2011

East River Park Track Club And NYCRUNS Join Forces To Become A Giant Super Incredible Robot – Create A Brand New 5K!

What will you get at this race? A well managed electronically timed 5K on a brand new course in East River Park! Afterwards enjoy a nice post-race assortment of yummy snacks in the tradition of Best Westerns everywhere. Enjoy your beverages in your lovely new souvenir travel mug!

Prizes will be awarded onsite for the first 3 male and female finishers and age group award winners. Full results will be posted on NYCRUNS.COM by Monday Morning.

This race is capped at 250 runners and starts at 9:00 AM. Number Pickup will start at 7:30AM, and end at 8:45AM. There is a baggage check. The cost of this race is $20. and increases to $25. on labor day.

Race Registration

Directions To Start:Take the F to 2nd Avenue, the L to 1st Avenue, or the 6 to Astor Place and head east. Enter the park across the FDR and head for the track at E. 6th St. There is nearby bus service as well. You can also run to the park or bike. There are bike racks near the track.

Course: The first lap is in blue and is 1.8 miles. It starts at the water fountain at the E 6th St overpass. Go north towards Con Ed, turn right onto the promenade heading South, right onto the path with the seal fountains, back onto the park drive heading North towards the start/finish.

The second lap is red and is 1.3 miles. The second lap makes a right turn, enters through the southern part of the dance circle, follows the path around the circle westward then north, then heads out onto the park drive northward towards the finish.

Men in Black 3 is filming along the East River

June 28, 2011



This was an interesting sight for a Tuesday run. There were cars from the 1960s parked along South St to be used in the filming of MIB3.

National Running Day in East River Park!

May 30, 2011

Come out and celebrate National Running Day in East River Park with East River Park Track Club! Meet at 7pm in East River Park on the park drive at East 6th St. Right outside the track. Free blinking light buttons for runners! The lights clip on and can be used for running or cycling. The run will be 3-5 miles. All ages are welcome.

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Interview with 48 Hour Running Record Holder Phil McCarthy

May 29, 2011

Image Source: New York Daily News

On May 15, 2011 Phil McCarthy set the 48 hour running record at the 3 Days at the Fair trail races in New Jersey. McCarthy had finished with an impressive total of 257.34 miles. He had easily broken the previous record of 248 miles. He did this running 300 laps on a 0.8578 mile loop. This doesn’t sound anything like your average running race. Then again, Phil McCarthy isn’t your average runner. (Image source: New York Daily News)

ERR: How long have you been running?

Phil MCCarthy: I’ve been running since junior high track, but I only got serious after I moved to New York (in 1994 from Nebraska) when I ran a neighborhood 5-mile road race, the Stapleton Steeplechase, and then the 1997 New York Marathon. I’ve been running ultras since 2002, but got serious about that in 2004.

ERR: Where are your favorite places to run?

PM: I have some regular routes – one that takes me across the GWB and over to Yankee Stadium (although I’m not a Yankees fan), I like Ft. Tryon Park and Inwood Hill Park close to home, I like to run the trails on the Palisades in New Jersey, and I like to explore different neighborhoods of the city on my long runs, especially in the Bronx. I also love running across bridges, and my blog features all the bridges in NYC that can be run across (I’ve done close to 60 so far, with quite a few to go).

ERR: Why did you start running ultras?

PM: I had run a few marathons and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get much faster, but I was curious to go farther, and to see how far I could go. So I ran a 50K, then a 60K, then a 12-hour, and gradually enjoyed running longer and longer distances.

ERR: How many ultras have you done?

PM: I’m currently running my 64th ultra (I think) – the New York Pioneer Memorial 100 Mile Trek, a 3-day stage race.

ERR: What are some of your greatest achievements ultra running?

PM: The 48-hour record has to top the list. I also ran a 235-mile 48-hour race in 2008, which is one of the best in the US ever. I won the 2009 24-hour national championship with 151 miles, and I’ve been on the U.S. 24-hour team for the world championships since 2007. At my first world championships in 2007 in Drummondville, Quebec I ran 154 miles and finished 4th in the world, the first time an American man finished in the top 10. I won the 2007 and 2009 editions of the Pioneer Trek, which are among my proudest wins. I’ve won the 2007 and 2010 New York Ultrarunning Grand Prix.

ERR: What made you want to try and break the 48 hour running record?

PM: After the race in Drummondville, Roy Pirrung and John Geesler (John broke Roy’s American record in 2003) mentioned it to me and encouraged me to try, and they both gave me advice. Always wanting to go further, it sounded like something I wanted to try, and it sounded possible. I give them enormous credit, especially John, for encouraging me to break his own record!

ERR: What did you do train for a 48 hour race?

PM: I just go about my normal training, running as many miles as I can, working in speed work and hill work. My longest training runs would be 35-40 miles, but I didn’t do anything special to train for a 48. The best training is my experience running 24-hour races, I’ve run 10 of them.

ERR: Do you carbo-load prior to the race?

PM: Not particularly. I had chicken and rice the night before the race (made by Julie Rosenfeld and Lydia Redding, whose house in NJ I stayed at the night before the race). I don’t think carbo-loading would help much after the first few hours.

ERR: Recently someone told me about their brother had done a multi-day ultra and he would take naps during the race. Did you take any naps during the 48 hours?

PM: For this race I didn’t. I laid down flat on the ground a few times, and once on a park bench, for 5-10 minutes at a time just to get off my feet to rest my feet, and I closed my eyes and was able to shut my brain down for a little bit, but I didn’t sleep. But I did feel refreshed after every time.

ERR: What were you using for nutrition during the race?

PM: I got a lot of liquid nutrition, from Hammer Sustatined Energy and Perpetuem, also from Cytomax and some Heed. I took some gels too, and some gel blasts, but I didn’t eat a whole lot of solid food. A protein bar, and occasionally a part of a hamburger, grilled cheese or quesadilla, and I constantly was eating fruit as well – grapes were very good, and orange slices and bananas, and they also had blueberries! I also took a lot of their chicken broth, which kept me warm at night and gave me sodium.

ERR: At what part of the race did you feel like you were going to break the record?

PM: I felt confident from the beginning, but I felt especially confident after about 25 hours, after I’d gotten through the first night and I’d dealt with my inflamed achilles properly which then stopped giving me trouble, and I was still running as strong as I had after 12 hours. But knowing that anything can go wrong, I didn’t really think it was in the bag until 3 hours to go.

ERR: What is it like recovering from a 48 hour race?

PM: For this one, my legs were in pretty good shape, my knees hurt, but that went away after about a day. My feet hurt though, from the strain and stress, and that’s taking some time to go away. This 3-day race isn’t helping!

ERR: What ultra events do you have on the horizon?

PM: Aside from the 3-day race I’m currently running, I’m running the Back on My Feet 24-hour race in Philadelphia in July, and the national championship 24-hour race in Cleveland in September. I have some other ideas, possibly JFK 50 Mile race in November, but nothing set in stone.

Interview with Marathon Runner Chris Pannone

May 16, 2011

Chris Pannone 2011 Boston MarathonChris Pannone, 25, is a New Jersey native and a former runner for the University of Colorado. Since graduating in 2008, Chris has become a familiar name at the top of the results of the local races. He runs for the New York Athletic Club and works full time for Generation UCAN. Chris finished 20th overall at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a personal best 2:18:05. His time qualifies him for the Olympic Marathon Trials which will be held in Houston January 2012.

East River Runner: It seems like just yesterday you were a college runner winning the local races. What has the post-college transition been like

Chris Pannone:  The post college transition wasn’t easy at first. I wasn’t quite used to training on my own but in time I learned to like it. The most difficult part of the transition was balancing my running with working full time. After a few months, I became used to the routine.

ERR:  This year you had finished 20th overall at the 2011 Boston Marathon, how do you feel about your performance

CP:  My goal was to be in the top 20 and run under 2:18. You can’t be too greedy with your performances in the marathon. A lot can go wrong out there. Although I was a few seconds slower than what I had hoped for, I pr’d and was pleased with the performance.

ERR:  How does it feel to be on the starting line with many of the world’s top runners?

CP:  I always feel very honored to be on the starting line with the world’s best. Running the ING NYC Marathon last November was very surreal, and Boston was a similar experience.

ERR:  What races do you have your sights on next?

CP:  I hav races planned for this summer, ending with the New Haven 20K. The real focus though is on the Olympic Trials next year. That has been the plan for the past year or so now I’m very excited about the opportunity.

ERR:  Will you do anything differently when training for the Olympic trials?

CP:   I’ve run 3 marathons thus far. With each buildup my coach Ryan Grote has had structured in different stimuli to see what I respond to best. We’ll add in a little bit more mileage this go around and tweak things a little bit, but won’t be doing anything drastically different.

ERR: Where would you like to be as runner, let’s say, five years from now?

CP:  I will be pleased if I am still able to compete at a high level. I’m young enough that I feel the best is yet to come in the marathon, so with that in mind, I’m going to continue to strive to improve year to year.

ERR:  Where do you get your support?

CP:  I have been blessed to be supported by the New York Athletic Club. They’re really a great organization. I couldn’t ask for better managers and it’s a privilege to run for a club with such a rich history. I am also supported by Brooks and Generation UCAN, a sports nutrition company. They have a fantastic line of products unlike anything else on the market place.

ERR: Runners will soon be beginning training for the NYC Marathon. What training advice can you give to the marathon runners out there?

CP: My best advice is to stay consistent, listen to your body, and make your long run the most important day of the week.

You can meet Chris and learn more about Generation UCAN‘s products this Saturday, May 21, 3 pm at East River Park Track Club‘s It’s My Park Day event at the East River Park track.

Come Out For It’s My Park Day!

May 13, 2011

It's My Park Day! May 21

East River Park Track Club is participating in It’s My Park Day on May 21, 3pm at East River Park track. Come out to meet the club and it’s running coach, Ken Costantino. There will be a special presentation by Generation UCAN with Chris Pannone. Chris finished 20th overall in this year’s Boston Marathon! We’re sure he’ll have some great things to say about marathon running! There will be a fun run at 4pm around our great park! The club will be giving out these bags to attendees! The bags are in lmited supply. We’ll have some snacks and refreshments for you too!

Wells Fargo Stage Coach at the Seaport

March 26, 2011


It was a fun surprise seeing the stagecoach on a cold Saturday morning run with the club

East River Park Conditions after the December 26 Snowstorm

December 28, 2010

If you need to know what the current conditions in East River Park are they are. The track is completely covered by snow. The park drive has been plowed. It’s not that bad from E Houston St to Con Ed with patches of snow and ice in areas. South of Houston St has huge puddles. Making the drive unusable by runners. I could not go beyond the Willy B because of the puddles. Most of the waterfront promenade has not been cleared as of yet. There is a segment of the promenade from Con Ed to about the middle of the track that has been plowed, The temperatures will be warming up into the 40s by the end of the week. You can already hear the rush of water draining when you are above the manholes to the sewer system.

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The First Snowstorm of this Winter in East River Park

December 26, 2010

ERP TrackWe didn’t get a white Christmas this year. Instead we got a blizzard the day after Christmas! Even with the snow and wind, there were runners in East River Park. It was a great site to see runners braving the harsh winter conditions to get heir run in.

RRCA announces Runner Friendly Community program

December 10, 2010

The RRCA will review three primary segments: (1) community infrastructure, (2) community support, and (3) local government support. Each segment includes important criteria as part of the designation process. The goal is for applicants to prove that their community works together to promote running as healthy exercise for their community while ensuring runners safety. All applications will be reviewed and scored by a selection panel consisting of RRCA board and staff members. Applicants will be scored based on their ability to prove that they meet most of the criteria outlined below. The review panel will determine the number of communities that will receive the designation each quarter of the year, and all applicants will receive feedback. One top city will be selected by the review panel and awarded as the Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. Application deadline: to be considered for the first round of Runner Friendly Community designations and the first Outstanding Runner Friendly Community applications are due by February 1. Second quarter deadline is May 1; third quarter deadline is August 1; and forth quarter deadline is November 1.

Find more about the program at