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November 13, 2000

What's going on?

by Bob Orazem
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TRAC has been working hard on the next phase of the building of Staten Island's Indoor Track & Field Facility. This phase involves the selection of the site for this facility. We have been asked to recommend a site based on a study of all parcels of vacant land owned by NYC on Staten Island. We are in the process of finalizing our decision and presenting it to the Office of the Borough President. The ultimate decision on our recommendation is to be made by our 12 person Board of Directors. An announcement of this recommendation will be made on this site soon. Our next general meeting will be on Wed. November 15th. at Moore High School at 7:30. Of course everyone is welcome and your input will be important in all aspects of this project. The last meeting had the biggest turnout since the March 1996 meeting to start this organization. More detailed information is available at these meetings.


Congratulations go out to all Triple Crown winners and other award winners at the Annual STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE /SIAC AWARDS DINNER on Nov. 2nd.
The Marli Service Award was presented to another top notch winner the Celic Family for long time service to Staten Island Running. We had the most nominations ever this year for the award (6).
I also would like to thank Steve liell of Corrines Pride 5 Km. for the award I received on behalf of there race. Being presented an award by Corrine herself was a moment I will never forget and a award I will always cherish.I t also looks and feels like a wooden discus, even though I would never throw it.
I am told every year by our honored quests at the dinner that this event is unheard of in almost all parts of the country. Thanks for supporting this event and making it the special night it is.

What's going on?

The annual Mini-Mistletoe relay open to SIAC members is scheduled for Monday Dec. 4th. with a holiday party to follow. Info will be sent to members soon...It seems another writer has retired from his column on this site.Just what do we want this site to provide? Pretty soon it will be results of races only as others fear writing any column/opinion in there name for fear of attack. I really thought this type of forum had so much potential but I'm starting to doubt it...The Muche-Struck run, once one of the most popular races on Staten Island, has fallen on hard times and I was told there was less than 25 at this years event(I was at the CHSAA Cross Country Champs and didn't attend). I never saw an application or had the opportunity to help publicize the event. The race needs some help...The T-shirt for the SIAC Millennium race on Jan. 1st. "Could be your last race" has been entered in Runners World Magazine t-shirt of the year contest. It should have a shot in the "unusual category". It was designed by controversial artist Scott Lobaido...My prediction for the Marli Run is Men: Greg Mason and a 13-15 year old girl from Vinny Giles' There To Care Team for the girls. But you never know who will show up in one piece after Wed. nite which is considered the best nite of the year to go OUT...The Armory in Manhattan is close to securing the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. It will include displays, interactive games and a $7 million price tag. It should be another shot in the arm for NYC running...The Varsity Staten Island Cross Country Championship will be held at Clove Lake Park on Tues. Nov. 21st at 3:30. The men's race has T.J. Byrnes of Moore, Matt Peterson of Tottenville, Dan Treglia of SI Tech and Andrew Blaich of Farrell all with Van Cortlandt Park 2 1/2 mile bests between 13:26-13:31. It should be the most exciting race ever. Team wise Farrell is the favorite. The women's race is just as exciting as last years Island Champ, Maureen Brown ,will battle Julie Lamiquez, Megan Proffitt of Tottenville and Jasmine Barreto of Curtis. The team race favorite appears to be CHSAA Champion St. John's Villa with Tottenville and SI Tech chasing. Come on down and watch this exciting series of races.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!