The club meets to run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. There is also a walking group on Sunday. Below is detailed information about our workouts. If you are new to the club or thinking about joining us, and want to confirm a particular workout or meeting location, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on Facebook. Always be sure to check Facebook for changes during inclement weather.
Monday Night Fun Run
Beginning in March, and continuing on Monday nights at 7pm, we meet for a Fun Run. This is a perfect opportunity for new runners to meet their fellow teammates. Participants have both a running and/or walking option. No one is left behind and it’s a great chance to socialize. We sometimes head over to the Tortoise and Hare for a post workout beer and snacks and to continue the conversation. Meet at the ‘Tortoise and Hare’ statue, on Broadway, across from Lloyds Carrot Cake, a 5 minute walk north of the 242nd St #1 train station. Ask for Rick. (OUR SEASON HAS ENDED AS OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, JOIN US AGAIN IN MARCH!)
Tuesday Night Speed Workout
Each Tuesday night at 7:00 pm we meet for our club speed workout. Check our Facebook page for any changes or cancellations. Most of the year, the meeting location is at the Van Cortlandt Park stadium track on Broadway.
In the summer time (late May through mid August), we run in the Van Cortlandt Park ‘back hills’ on alternate weeks – on the weeks when there is no summer series race. The meeting location for these workouts is found by following the trail at the northeast tip of the parade grounds loop up the hill to the bridge that goes over the Henry Hudson Parkway.
During the months of January and February (and maybe early March, depending on snow coverage) we meet in the parking lot of the Fieldston High School on Manhattan College Parkway for a hill workout.
Ask for Coach Ken or Coach Glen.
Thursday Night Tempo
Thursday Nights we meet at 7pm at the ‘Tortoise and Hare’ statue on Broadway – the finish line of many cross country races.
Tempo runs are a key ingredient for improving race times and are run at a pace that you could run a 10 mile race – at least in theory! This is also described as a pace at which you could hold a conversation but only with short sentences.
The workout is typically 2 or 3 timed intervals. Everyone starts at the same time and runs their own pace. A horn blows halfway through the interval, and everyone turns around and returns to the start – ideally returning at the same pace as heading out. Anyone who runs a consistent pace throughout will reach the start/finish at precisely the end of the timed interval! Lloyds carrot cake muffins are sometimes handed out to the person most consistently reaching the finish line right on time.
During the winter months when there’s frequently snow and ice on the flats, we meet at the Fieldston School parking lot for hill repeats, same as Tuesday nights. Check our Facebook page for any changes or cancellations. We also strongly recommend headlamps and reflective gear after daylight savings. Ask for Rick.
Saturday Morning Group Run
Come and join us for a great morning at our Saturday group run. This is a VCTC tradition. Find us by the handball courts at W241st and Broadway just south of the train station. Meeting time is 8am, departure time is 8:15am. Members break up into informal running groups based on individual paces, distances and goals for the day. The run begins with a loop of the Parade Grounds, then members peel off into smaller groups for either the trails or a continuation of the flats. After the runs, members often meet back at the stadium to socialize and have some breakfast. During Covid we’ve been meeting on the stadium steps for social distancing and safety. *****An alternative meet up location during the winter months may be at Tibbetts Brook Park. Check our Facebook page for more details before venturing there.*****
Sunday Willie’s Walkers
Come join Willie and VCTC teammates for a 4-6 mile walk. Its a great way to recover from a long Saturday run or just enjoy a walk with friends. The group meets at 8am at the Van Cortlandt Golf House on Sunday mornings. The group walks on both flat and hilly terrain so proper footwear is essential. The conversation is always lively and Willie keeps us moving.