We had a great meeting with 23 members in attendance! Yah! Here are the minutes….
8/15 - Sat. 9AM 5K & 10K benefitting MS Runs the us…ON Governor’s Island
8/19 – Sat. 9AM 3rd race of Steve Lauria Series- SICA Fun Run
8/26 - Sat - 8:30AM NYRR Percy Sutton Harlem 5K (run along the Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem)
8/26 - Sat. 9AM The Caesar’s Bay 5-Miler- Bay Parkway /Shore Promenade.
8/27 - Sun - 9AM NYRR -Henry Isola Cross Country 4 miles Van Cortlandt Park/ Bronx
9/2 - Sat. 10AM 41st Annual Celic 4 mile run – Clove Lake Park
9/4 Monday-on Firefighters Field/Roosevelt Island 5K @8:30AM 10K @9:30AM
9/9 Sat - 9AM 5K Run TEAL-Run for Ovarian Cancer - Prospect Park Brooklyn NY
9/10 Sun 8AM – NYRR New Balance 5th Avenue Mile- 1 miles and runners will run based on age groups Start at 5th Avenue and East 80th Street
Every Saturday 9AM - SIAC 3 mile fun run - Clove Lake Park
Every Sunday 9AM- NYRR-Conference House 3 mile run
Every Tuesday 7PM – NYRR – Silver Lake Park 3 Mile Run
Every Tuesday 6PM - Jimmy’s Old School Rocket Run-approx. 5 miles
Every Thursday 7PM - Tommy Harts Speed Runs, 3 mile Clove Lake Park
Every Wednesday – 8PM - 2 mile Firecracker Twilight -2 Mile Run-Start and Finish at Freedom Circle Father Capodanno Blvd & Seaview Avenue) fireworks to follow 9PM
Congratulations to Antonio Massa, Trish Mulligan and Angela Conte! All three members were awarded free entry into the Celic Race for reaching 35 points in our running incentive program. See our previous newsletters for all the info and keep running, attend meetings, and earn points!
Need Richmond Rocket Apparel…please call or email Jimmy Hart (email@example.com) to place an order.
NYC Marathon news: Couldn’t get into the 2017 NYC Marathon – Well it might not be too late! The New York Road Runners is offering each club 3 guaranteed non -complimentary entries to the 2017 NYC Marathon. Deadline for applications is August 24th. Entries must include runners name and email address that is associated with their NYRR accounts.
Selected entries will receive an invitation code from NYRR one week after their name has been submitted. Runners will then have until Friday Sept 15th to claim their invitation and complete their registration. In the case of multiple entries, priority will go to paid members that are active members, which means they are attending meetings, volunteering at Races, and participating in local races etc.
Also, we were emailed the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon qualification time standards from NYRR Local Competitive Program. This program is open only to local runners who are already entered to run the 2017- TCS New York City Marathon.
To be accepted into this program a runner must have achieved a qualifying time in his or her age group in a half-marathon or marathon since January 1st, 2016. Space is limited to the first 400 qualified applicants accepted. If you qualify you are granted an elite starting time at this year’s marathon. Please reach out to me if you want to see a list of the qualifying times.
Lisa Lubarsky(firstname.lastname@example.org) spoke to us about the NYRR looking for volunteers for the 2017 NYC Marathon. Please look out for an email from Lisa with a direct link in how to apply as a volunteer.
Trish Mulligan collected for our annual Staten Island Yankee Night for Friday August 25 @7PM against the Brooklyn Cyclones. She received a great response and $5.00 of each ticket sale goes to support our Scholarship Fund. Can not make the game? Please consider donating $5.00 to help replenish our scholarship funds. Checks can be mailed to Trish Mulligan, 723 Stafford Avenue, SI NY 10309, or she will collect your donations at our next meeting.
Runner of the Month for July- Training and competing in a race has it challenges, but add swimming & biking along with running and you have yourself some elite athletes. So this month we honor all those that have participated in recent Duathlon and Triathlons.
Below are their results.
Tony Larocca 1:23:34 2nd male 60-64
Tommy Hart 1:29:55 1st male 70-74
Mike Bergeron 1:05:31 male 50--54 -2nd in age category
John Chan 1:11:48 male 50-54 - 5th in age category
Antonio Massa 1:20:11 male 50-54 -10th in age category-(1st Tri)
Lisa Lubarsky 1:23:24 women 50-54 1st in age category
Lorelei Coe 1:24:33 women 25-29 6th in age category
Amy Eshleman 1:27:18 women 40-44 3rd in age category
Nancy Wagner Wetzel 1:27:57 women 65-69 1st in age category
NOTE: Cheryl Bergeron twisted her ankle during her final stages of the Triathlon and did not cross the finish line but we commend her on her efforts. Feel better Cheryl!
Brian Thomson was training for the above competition when he was injured in a bicycle accident and broke his arm requiring surgery. Brian thanked everyone for their well wishes, gifts and calls and he is on the road to recovery!
Angela spoke about the Golf outing in memory of her beloved husband Bill Conte. Not a golfer, no worries, you can attend the Dinner only. There will be 50/50 and many raffles all benefiting the GRACE Foundation. The club has once again voted on a Hole Sponsorship on behalf of the Richmond Rockets.
Here is some general info….
The Bill Conte Memorial Golf Outing
Friday September 22, 2017
Silver Lake Golf Course.
Barbeque @11AM, Tee Off @12PM, Dinner after Golf @5PM
For more information please call Jennifer at 718-600-4302 or Angela at 917-815-0108.
Joanne Rosiello and Brigid Howley spoke to us briefly about supporting the JDRJ Walk for Juvenile Diabetes again this year. We voted to continue to support this great cause and make a donation for a mile marker in the walk and to be a sponsor on Brayden’s Buddies Team.
We received a thank you letter from the Mid Island Rotary of Staten Island for our donation which helps them continue to fund food pantries and nonprofit organizations that focus on children and elderly on Staten Island. We also received a thank you card from Tullis Gardner thanking us for awarding him one of our scholarships. It is a great feeling to help others, and even more rewarding when the recipient is sincerely grateful!
We will once again join forces with The Ocean Breeze Track to host our Annual Halloween Race. SAVE THE DATE: The Race will be held on Sunday October 29th. We have formed a committee and will begin the process of printing up applications and spreading the word to promote this race. Remember all proceeds from this race support our Scholarship Fund.
Thank you to the following members that volunteered to help make this race a success! Joanne Rosiello, Darlene Vigliotti, Trish Mulligan, Andrea Dorman, Jimmy Hart, Nancy Wagner-Wetzel, Brigid Howley and Teresa Notaristefano.
We are scoring this race and will need volunteers to help with scoring the day of the event. This is your club and your involvement is needed and greatly appreciated. Please email me if you wish to become involved and help!
Birthday Celebrations We would like to wish the following members that are celebrating a birthday during the month of August
Happy Birthday Monica Leide
There is an added advantage to having a large attendance at our monthly meetings, a large 50/50! $51 dollars went to the winner/ $52.00 went to our Scholarship Fund.
Congratulations to Jimmy Hart, the lucky winner of the 50/50 for the month of August!
Reminder: The Celic Run is Sat Sept 2nd @10AM. The final leg of SI Triple Crown! Sign up today as a Richmond Rockets and lets show Staten Island what the Rockets can do! https://www.racemine.com/Celic-Run/events/2017/2017-Celic-Run
Also registration is open for the Staten Island Half- Oct. 8th @8AM -Don’t get shut out. Sign up today! http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2017/nyrr-staten-island-half
Next Meeting: Tentatively Tuesday September 5, 2017 7:15PM
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
The Richmond Rockets
Rest In Peace to Our Beloved Richmond Rockets Member: Richard "Richie"Chin
~ 1958 - 2020~
We are still celebrating life...the life of our dear friend and Richmond Rockets team member who recently passed away, Richard Chin. He always wanted to see others happy. Rest In Peace Dear Richie! A message from him via his family shown at his funeral service: " ~LOVE YOUR LIFE: Thank You for making me Rich, as friends and family are priceless. Be happy, smile and laugh, enjoy the journey, and keep on running!~ "
Richard W. Chin, 61, of Rosebank Staten Island, passed away on April 23 2020. A beloved husband, father, brother, family to many, and friend to many - was born in Hong Kong, China in 1958, and moved to Staten Island in 1971. He worked as a Postal supervisor and school safety agent who loved the children at PS 4. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years before retiring as a supervisor. After less than two years of retirement, he joined the NYPD as a school safety agent and most recently was assigned to providing security and ensuring the safety of students, faculty and visitors of PS 4 in Arden Heights.
Richard was so kind-hearted and always had a smile on his face, and much laughter! At our Richmond Rockets meetings he was so friendly and always joking with the guys, and at our holiday parties he hit the dance floor running with the best moves - always so happy and energized. He had such life and amazing joy about him. He was an amazing sprint runner at a young age, and one of the fastest as a teenager - winning many running championships. He was an avid runner and bowler, enjoyed dancing, puzzles, games of chance and more importantly, he loved his children at PS 4.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine and children, Justin and Cyndi, as well as surviving siblings Tony, Amy, Gloria and Allen.
A wake was held at Hanley Funeral Home in New Dorp on Friday, May 1 between 2 and 4 p.m. with a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Richard's family is accepting contributions towards a memorial plaque at: gofundme.com/f/richard-w-chin-memorial-plaque. Any donation would be greatly appreciated! Our condolences to his family. We are so sad to see our dear friend and family member pass away, and will remember the best memories with him as we celebrate his life.
COVID-19: Breakthrough Recovery Story by Richmond Rockets Member: Dr. Francesco Rotatori
Update:Due to his recent staff leadership and front-line assistance with COVID-19 affected patients, Richmond Rockets team member and hospital hero Dr. Francesco Rotatori recently received a promotion at Richmond University hospital in Staten Island - his new role at RUMC is Chief of Cardiology. Congratulations Dr. Rotatori for everything you have done for the community and patients!
Dr. Francesco Rotatori is not only a Richmond Rockets team member, but he is an Interventional Cardiologist at Richmond University hospital here in Staten Island. Dr. Rotatori was recently featured on ABC News Nightline Television during the crisis, as he and his amazing staff members rescued a COVID-19 female patient, who improved dramatically at The Richmond University Hospital. The patient, Edwina Cain, faced breathing problems and recovered in 3 days on a ventilator, improving quickly. At her time at the hospital, she expressed her gratitude and thanks to Dr. Rotatori and staff to with a dance and cheer. Dr. Roratori and his team also inspired Edwina to begin her medical studies in pursuit to become a hero and work in a hospital. Congratulations to her survival and fight against COVID-19, and thank you to all the doctors and nurses that risk their lives each and every day, including Dr. Francesco Rotatori and his miracle staff!
Hi friends! As you have heard on the news, the Corona Virus has reached NYC area, including Staten Island. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following the safety protocols in this link here - provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the leading national public health institute of the United States):https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
We wish our best to our running community: In light of the recent news around COVID-19, PPTC would like to remind all members that the most successful runner is a healthy runner. Please use your best judgment when deciding to join groups runs and activities over the next few weeks.
- If you don't feel well, or suspect you've been in contact with someone who may have contracted the virus, please stay home and take care of yourself.
- Be diligent about washing your hands. If you cough, sneeze, or need to wipe your nose, avoid using your hands.
- If you have any respiratory or autoimmune issues, please consult your doctor.