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May 22, 2001

What's going on?

by Bob Orazem
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Thanks to everyone who attended TRAC'S annual meeting. If you were there you will know that we have some great and very professional people on board to insure the success of this project.

Many people are asking When? and Where? and to those we say the answers are coming soon. Boro President Molinari and his staff are working hard to secure the funding in the fiscal budget which starts on 7/01.Rest assured that TRAC is 100% prepared to take on any role needed to move this along.

Stay tuned to this site as developments arise. (Hopefully soon).

Here and there...The SIAC crew of 4 is preparing a series of 5 Fun Runs with different themes starting with the Hutton/Steiner Fun Run Championship on Sat. June 9th. They should be fun...I must congratulate Chris Ballou who received rave reviews in the High Rock 10Km Challenge. But, call me from the old school, a purist or an idiot but I hope never to have to carry spaghetti, enter a hotdog eating contest or bake a cake while running. It seems this type of event, similar to the "finishing" of a marathon is where the sport is going. Notice I didn't say training for a marathon. The success of events where finishing is the challenge not performance is "in" today. A case in point was last falls' SIAC 6 Hr. Ultra Marathon. But the sport takes it's ups and downs like everything else so why not. (Where have the Triathlons-Biathlons gone?) Who knows 25 years from now there might be 29,000 people on the Verrazano bridge with Hoola Hoops the first sunday of November...Since I announced last month I would be in my last year as SIAC President 789 people have expressed interest in the well paying job(With full benefits)...With the professional bowling tour in NYC Memorial Day weekend I hope First Advance Run winner Mike Sayers will be making an appearance...Winnie Ng just returned from the Rotterdam Marathon where she ran a 2:58. She is now an Americam citizen and will be re-locating to the states soon. Hopefully Staten Island...Port Richmond High School looks to be the first local school to reap the benefits of the cities plan to refurbish tracks. The bad news is it will be less than 400 mt's. and probaly will have a 30 foot fence so no one can use it. If there was a fence on Henderson Ave. the pit bulls would have no place to go...

Bob Orazem