Thursday’s show was about Clubs in the New York area. We begin with the landscape in which NYRR has set up a year-long club competition. It consists of designated races on the NYRR calendare — some, such as the Healthy Kidney 10K or the Marathon — are always on, and some rotate. Distances vary from 5K to the marathon and a “club race” generally occurs once a month. The final one of the year is Sunday, December 5, the Kleinerman 10K.
Clubs get points for each race on a 15-12-10-8 etc. basis, and get to drop one, low scoring race from the year-long tally. In the end, high score wins. The competition is open (with an A and a B competition for men, which works like a European soccer league) and 40+, 50+, and 60+ age groups.
Bottom line: it is an active competition and generally the faster runners aim to run most of the club races. These races, in turn, are the most competitive on the calendar.
The competition provides a focus for the club scene. What one sees at these races is lots of club singlets and club-members meeting up afterward and intermingling with members of other clubs.
We spoke about a number of area clubs. Importantly, except for a couple of clubs, such as the Manhattan Track Club for men and NYAC for women (there may be more), which focus on the front of the pack, clubs have a wide range of abilities. Clubs are of differing sizes and personalities. Some, such as Amy Cooper‘s Inwood Hill Runners, are geographically centered. Frank Colella (RunDangerously) lives in Westchester and is a member of Taconic Road Runners, which is based in northern Westchester.
And we had a bit of back-and-forth on New York Road Runners and communication (or the lack thereof).