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April 16, 2000

What's going on?

by Bob Orazem
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T.R.A.C. continues to progress in it's goal of getting an Indoor Track and Field Facility built on Staten Island. In mid March a committee of representatives from this organization met with Commissioner Paulo of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The commissioner was very receptive and thought it was a great idea.

We have previously meet with Deputy Borough President Molinaro who requested we write a "Business Plan" The plan is currently being written by a group of TRAC members. An interesting result of both meetings was Molinaro and Paulo's admissions that they realize an Indoor track facility is needed on Staten Island. Even though we were prepared and did sell this concept it really wasn't necessary. I think everyone knows now what we have known all along. We need an Indoor track on Staten Island.The next meeting will be on Wed. April 19th at 7 P.M. at Moore High School.

Last Sunday, April 9th, an event took place on Staten Island that will not be forgotten for many years. The second running of Scott's race took place on one of the worst weather days of the year. As I pulled into Clove Lake Park at 7:30 I was in awe of the activity and dedication of the volunteers who were "building the race" despite 30 degree weather and a crazy snow storm. Three hours later the snow continued and over 600 runners showed up and ran. Any other sport, the event gets cancelled, but in our great sport there are no snow days and the show went on. The event was a tribute to Scott's memory and the people who made it happen. I'm sure Scott was looking down and laughing, laughing at all the people who came and ran when a sane person should be home staying warm. The first Scott's Run was a memorable event last year and this year's event will be remembered for a long time also.

Bob Orazem