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by Bob Orazem
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July 31, 2000

TRAC continues to work on our organization as we prepare to be part of the first major phase of the Staten Island Indoor Track. That is the selection of a site. Currently, our Borough President Molinari and Parks Commissioner Paulo are developing a list of city owned property large enough for this facility. They will then narrow it down to two sites and then we will be involved in the final selection. There is much speculation on these sites and I am not really in the position to start rumors BUT a few of them are not only centrally located but close to miles of trails which would go a long way in establishing this site as a year round meeting place and "Running Center". We are hoping a site can be selected by summers end.

TRAC has had much help from dedicated individuals whose hard work,ideas and time has moved this dream to where it is now.One of those is Mary Blaich...Mary is a professional photographer whose son is Cross Country Advance All-star out of Farrell Andrew.Mary brings to our team years of dedicated community service in many organizations and a desire to help give other Islanders what her son never had,an Indoor track to train on.When you see Mary thank her for her effort,we couldn't do it without her.
Speaking of Andrew Blaich,he is helping us establish our web site SIINDOORTRACK.COM. Though currently under construction the site will cover the results of all High School and College races as it develops.

Our next meeting will be on Wed. August 9th. at 7:30 at Moore High School. Please come out and be part of TRAC!!

Staten Island lost a great running supporter two months ago when West Brighton resident Joe Macceda died after a long battle with cancer.Joe was a long time runner and a former athlete at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn. Joe's two boys are also runners. The most amazing thing about this family is the unselfishness they displayed in there time of grief. Just a few hours after Joe's death they contacted me about directing money to TRAC in lieu of flowers from his wake. So far over $1,000 has been donated which we desperately need to continue our work. We hope to memorialize Joe when this facility is finished.

OTHER EVENTS: The SIAC is hard at work to bring you the Annual Twilight Mile on Friday nite August 18th starting at 6:00 P.M. This year's event will be in the same format of the previous years with the addition of a "Mini Mile" squeezed in at 6:55. This race will be a 1/4 mile for those 10 and under. Medals will be awarded in all races and additional age groups incorporated into other races. A $100 bonus will be awarded to anyone who breaks 4:20 (Men) or 5:00(Women). There has been only a few of these bonuses given out over the years. We also award $100 to the winning High School Boys and Girls winners teams. Additional info. is available from this web site by downloading the entry blank. Info can also be obtained from Race directors Alex Liberatore #718 720-9471 and Rich Orazem - #718 981-0264 or myself.

Triple Crown Dinner: The annual event will be held as usual on the Thurs. before the NYC Marathon. This year that will be on Thurs. November 2nd. from 7-11 P.M. at the South Shore Country Club. Order forms will be available in mid September after the Annual voting for the Lou Marli Service Award winner. We are currently working on a guest speaker. Some of our previous speakers have been Frank Shorter, Ted Corbitt, Bill Rodgers, Larry Rawson, Syndey Maree, Katherine Switzer, Tom Fleming, Anne Marie Lauck, Mark Nenow and Bill Jankunis. Please put the date on your calendar as it promises to be a great night. For info. contact me or any SIAC officer.

ULTRA MARATHONING: comes to Staten Island on Sat. Sept. 23rd with the First Staten Island 6 Hour Ultramarathon race ever is held in Clove Lake Park. The directors of this SIAC event are Dave Caputo and Ultra veteran Mike Tobin. If you are not familiar with this type of event it is a race that lasts 6 hours long on an aprox. 2 mile loop around the flat part of Clove Lakes. The winner is the person who completes the most mileage in the 6 hours. Awards will be given to anyone who finishes 26.2 miles or more and to the first SIAC and Staten Island finishers. The team of Caputo/Tobin have a lot of exciting plans for this event including on-line prediction contests and a Sat. Fun Run prize structure. We are also in need of many officials for this event. Please volunteer by calling Dave at #718 816-9530

Bob Orazem
#718 442-2057