Thursday Track Report: Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!


It was a rare January day, with mild breezes and custardy clouds partly obscuring a low, though warm sun, as Greg Fredericks, Bob Jones, Marty Klanchar, Bob Cornwall, Ken Davis, Greg Dillon, Mark Fedkin, Duane Serpentine, Frank Zaffino, Jamie Volkert, Dana Todd, John Pringle, Esther Prins, Tara Murray, Laura Schackleton, Mark Hilliard, Nick Downs, Bob Radzwich, Ron Cunfer, Michael Goldfine, Mark Traband, Jerry Steffy, newcomer Eric Grimes, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Though last week's workout was the first of the new year, today saw the return of more familiar faces, though some were a

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Thursday Track Report: Be It Resolved


It was a cold and drab day for the first Thursday Track workout of 2008. With steely resolve, John Domico, Jim Myers, John Sheakoski, Marty Klanchar, Judd Michael, Lance Bland, Mark Fedkin, Mark Traband, Jerry Steffy, Dana Todd, Duane Serpentine, Brian Russell, Alexis Navarre, Tara Murray, John Pringle, Lee Culver, and Marty Mazur took the intelligent approach to speed workouts and wrapped themselves in the warmth of the Multi-Sport Facility. Greg Fredericks and Bob Jones continued their old ways by jogging around the outdoor track.

Bwana resolved to start getting people ready for the Indoor Mile Series, which starts in 9 days. But he had to balance that with not wanting to kill anybody off this early in the year. So he compromised by calling for 2-person 5X2-lap relays. Each 2 lap stint was a bit more than a quarter mile, so some speed and a little endurance was called for. Nothing that a few extra Christmas cookies couldn't provide.

Speaking of a few extra Christmas cookies, while some of us were tossing ours after our burning quarters, Jamie Volkert, George Lesieutre, Frank Zaffino, Sherry Tirko, Ruth Mick, Dave Degroote, Christine Rice, Vicky Summers, Ken Davis, Nick Downs, Andy Webb, Greg Dillon, Matt Soccio, Dave Moore, and a few others were tossing back what was left of their cookies, punch, fruitcake and egg nog. Remember, slackers, while it's too early to ditch your New Year's resolutions just yet, it's not too early to start getting on Bwana's good side!

Keep Running!


Martin A. Mazur ....................

"There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance through fixed gradations, and at last one pause:- through infancy's unconscious spell, boyhood's thoughtless faith, adolescence, doubt...then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood's pondering repose of If. But once gone through, we trace the round again: and are infants, boys, men, and Ifs eternally. Where lies the final harbour, whence we unmoor no more?"
-Herman Melville

Track Crew CDT Article

The following article appeared in the Centre Daily Times on Thursday, February 21, 2002
Thursday Track Club Is Fun And Beneficial For All
by Morgan Wasikonis

You might try to equate them with a group of retired folks who get together Wednesdays for breakfast, or some moms who bring their kids to play group every Tuesday, but there is really no comparison suitable for the Thursday Track Crew. This is not your average friendly group of people who meet for a fun, relaxing, moment together.

Instead, it is a motley pack of runners, from an age group spanning 40 years and from all walks of life, who converge on the indoor or outdoor track at Penn State every Thursday like a flock of multicolored, multi-specie birds. There they do speed workouts with titles like the Terrible Threes, the Front Loader, the Whitman Sampler, and the Mad Minutes. Few members enjoy the actual workout part, but all seem to enjoy being part of the group.

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Past Track Crew Reports

Intrepid participant-observer-taskmaster-spiritual leader Marty Mazur (Bwana to the track faithful) circulates a weekly email report of the goings-on of the Thursday Track Crew. Here are some samples:

Tuesday, June 3, 1997 (Note: This was before the Track Crew became the Thursday Track Crew.)
Subject: This is June?


With numb extremities, Mike Dooris, Jim Myers and Marty Mazur hoofed it
down to the track like a bunch of blizzard-spooked caribou. Once we got
there, however, we found that all the whale blubber we'd been gnawing on
all winter gave us a bit of extra warmth and energy.

The Summerfest Mile (did someone say summer?) is coming up on Saturday at
Our Lady of Victory. With a field including Jim Myers, Marty Mazur, Mike
Dooris, Tom Cali and Paul Bolin, the over-40 bracket looks like it could
beat the 30-39s! To prepare for the race, we three intrepid Inuits decided
to run 6 400s at "race pace" with minimal rest (200m). Mike and Jim ran
all their 400s under 80 seconds, with a few around 75. Marty did 4 under
80, and 2 others just a bit slower. Jim ran an extra (7th) lap just for
fun. All I can say is, if we run our splits at these paces, look out Tom
Cali! See you on Saturday!

Martin A. Mazur ....................

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