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What's going on?

by Bob Orazem
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August 30, 2000


There is not much new to report on the TRAC front even though we continue to work hard at organizing ourselves to offer the most assistance in the building of our Track & Field Facility on Staten Island. I expect a major announcement in the near future as site selection becomes the second major phase of the project .(The first was the May 16th announcement by Borough President Molinari).
The next TRAC meeting will be on Wed. August 30th. at 8 P.M at Moore High School.


The Twilight Mile On Aug. 18th was, as a whole, a failure. The lack of support from the younger runners (Particularly the High School's), dismal weather, very little interest from older people ,and poor scheduling (The club Championship was the next day) has resulted in probably the last Twilight Mile. The SIAC will discuss this at our next meeting on Mon. Sept. 11th. and a decision will be made. If it does go it will be replaced by what we would hope to be a more supported event ( Possibly a Twilight 5 Km. in Silver Lake Park).
On a positive note Greg Mason ,winning the open Mile after two years of winning the High School race, was exciting and fun to watch. Mason is St. John's bound and should develop into a fine college runner. On the women's side, Fordham University bound Christine Pagano ran a tactically perfect race to beat the gutsy defending Champion Alma Ramos. The other race winners should also be congratulated on there outstanding efforts.

Triple Crown Dinner

The Staten Island Advance sponsored SIAC/Triple Crown Dinner will be held on Thurs Nov. 2nd. at the South Shore Country Club. Early ticket price will be $30 and applications will be available in mid Sept. on this site or at the Fun Runs. Those finishing in the top 3 will be sent an invite by the Advance.
For the last few years we have had an assortment of former great runners at the dinner to accept a "History" Award. We had Bill Jankunis in 1996, 20 years after stunning the world by defeating Dwight Stones and winning the Olympic Trials High Jump, 1997 - Msgr. Farrell's 2 mile relay (Yes all four) 25 years after winning the Penn Relays 2 Mile Relay, 1998 -Frances Bush 30 years after becoming the only Staten Island women to ever qualify for the Olympic Trials in the High Jump, and 1999 Ed Healy on the 20th Anniversary of his still standing SI High School Cross Country record of 12:30.4 at Van Cortland Park.
For the year 2000 we bring you a man that in 1960 not only qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 880 yard Run but ran a 1:47.6. Legend has it that he showed up at a summer Twilight meet at Port Richmond HS one summer 40 years ago and ran a 1:51 1/2 mile! Art Evans will be the history Award winner this year 40 years after being on a relay WORLD RECORD for Manhattan College.
The Marli award for long time service to Staten Island Running will also be presented after the winner is announced at the next SIAC meeting (Sept 11th.).
The dinner is usually a great night out and an opportunity to show off some clothing other than sneakers and sweats.

Marty Celic Running Festival

The 25th annual Marty Celic Running Festival will be held on Sat. Sept. 9th at 10 A.M. in Clove Lake Park.The race honors Marty Celic who died will fighting a fire in the lower East Side of Manhattan in 1977. The logical question would be ,how could the race be in it's 25th year when Marty tragically died 23 years ago? Good question. The SIAC under the direction of Joe Jones(Who by the way ran 29:06 in the Fun Run 2 weeks ago) initiated the SIAC Bi-Centennial 10 Km Labor Day Run (1976) in Silver Lake Park (Won by Art Hall) to join in with a nation celebrating it's 200th birthday. When Marty died in 77 the winners award was named after Marty. In 1980 under the direction of Judge Brennan the race was renamed after Marty (With Tim Behr winning). In 1980 the race was moved to Clove Lakes Park at 10 Km. In 1992 the course was changed to it's current 4 miles.
Pre race entries will be taken on Thurs, Sept. 7th from 6-10 pm at Cargo Cafe on Bay St. The race usually attracts the best field for the year on Staten Island and this year should be no exception. If you need an entry call me at 718 442-2057.

Bob Orazem
#718 442-2057