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  • March 11, 2019 8:21 AM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    Steve Detweiler FTC Scholarship

    Applications – next round due April 1st!

    The FTC has scholarship money available to all club members to use for travel/race registration/lodging, etc.  If you have an upcoming race this spring for which you could use some financial support, please submit an application! The form for the Steven Detweiler Florida Track Club Racing Scholarship is below. Please email completed forms (Word Document or PDF) to: Deadline for submission is April 1st at 11:59PM.

    Florida Track Club Race Scholarship

    Goal: To financially support athletes within the Florida Track Club when representing the Club at races.



    Total Funds: $500 allotted biannually ($1000 per year)

    Maximum allotment per individual per term: $100-250 (Recipients per term: 2-5)

    Maximum allotment per individual per year: $250

    Timeline Each applicant may submit one (1) application per bi-annual term. The application must be submitted by 11:59 pm on November 1st, for races in January through June and by 11:59 pm on April 1st for races in July through December. The application includes a Questionnaire Form and a Budget Form. The applicant will be notified approximately two weeks after each deadline.

    Reimbursement The travel grant will be used to cover racing fees, transportation, and lodging. Other expenses, such as meals, souvenirs, etc. will not be reimbursed. The recipient of the award must keep all itemized receipts. After the event, they must fill out the reimbursement spreadsheet and submit all receipts through email to:

    The awarded amount indicated prior to travel is the maximum amount the recipient will be reimbursed. If the individual doesn’t submit receipts they will receive $0.

    Transportation Plane fare can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250). Gas receipts from en route travel days and MapQuest/GoogleMap (etc.) directions to and from race will suffice for reimbursement.


    Lodging Lodging expenses can be reimbursed as long as the total funds for the trip do not exceed the allotment per individual per term ($100-250).

    Expectations                        If receiving a sponsorship, the participant is required to:

    1) Give an oral race report at a FTC meeting within 6 months of the event

    2) Deliver a written race report submitted to the Executive Director, Betsy Suda ( for the FTC newsletter within 1 month of the event

    3) Represent the Florida Track Club! Submit a photo wearing the Florida Track Club singlet at the race.


    The application will be reviewed based on the following characteristics:

    1) Active membership in FTC

    2) The applicant’s prior service and involvement within the FTC and the Gainesville running community

    3) The significance of this race to the individual

    4) Competitive potential

    5) Financial needs of participant

    Questionnaire for Applicants:

    Are you an active member of FTC? If so, how long have you been a member?

    What other activities (especially fitness, running, and community service related) you are involved in, within the community and the state?

    What are your running goals for this race, this season, and long term?

    Please share why you would like to run this race and how the funds from FTC are important.

    Are you able to do an oral (within 6 months of event) and written race report (1 month following event) and wear the FTC singlet for a photo at the race? (A requirement to receive funds)


    Budget Spreadsheet (Application)

    Applicant Name



    Race Name


    (Race name)

    Date(s) of Race



    Dates(s) of Travel



    Location of Race



    Race Entry Fee



    Mode of Transportation



    Approximated Distance


    (x miles)

    Approximated Travel Cost



    Expected Accommodations



    Approximated Lodging Cost






    Total race cost



    History of the Scholarship

    The FTC Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename our FTC Running Scholarship the Steven Detweiler Racing Scholarship.  This program commenced this fall and is open to any Florida Track Club member in support of their racing goals.  We have thus far awarded over $3k to members to travel to compete in the following races:  Chicago Marathon, Kiawah Marathon (of which Steve was a recipient and placed first in his age group with a 1:43 Half Marathon!), and the Disney Princess 10k.  Scholarship recipients reported back on their experiences to the club through this newsletter and by speaking at our meetings.  If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship, checks can be made out to: The Florida Track Club, with Scholarship fund in the memo line, and sent to Betsy Suda, Executive Director at 4444 NW 35th St, Gainesville, FL, 32605. 

  • February 19, 2019 12:02 PM | Soren Brockdorf (Administrator)

  • January 25, 2019 2:43 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    FREE ride offered to and from the 2019 Gate River Run (Gainesville - Jacksonville - Gainesville).  Open to all members!! Join or renew your membership to the FTC today to take advantage of this great benefit!  Sign up today as seats go fast!

  • January 13, 2019 7:25 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    Hello FTCers! We want to hear your thoughts on how to improve the club and running community. Below you will find a link to a google doc Membership Survey (you can still participate even if you are not an FTC member). Thank you to those who have already filled out their responses. We would like to have all surveys submitted by January 25th so that we can analyze the results for our February board meeting. Thanks again for your help and ideas!

  • January 09, 2019 6:10 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    Gainesville Area Races (Mid-January through March)


    1/12     First Magnitude Springs Run 7.2K

    1/12     Gainesville ParkRun (Every Saturday)

    1/19     Sneakers & S’mores 5k (Ocala)

    1/19     FastTrack 24hr

    1/20     Ocala Half Marathon (and 5k, 10k, 15k)

    1/26     The Itch 50k

    1/26     Newnan’s Lake 15k

    Matanza’s 5k (St. Augustine)

    1/26     Countryside Mustache Dash

    1/26     Row’d Runner 5k & Duathlon

    1/27     Category 5k


    2/2       CF Climb at UF

    Florida Museum Monster Dash 5k

    2/3       New You 5k/10k

    2/8-2/10           Ironhorse Endurance Run

    2/8       Eagles Athletics 5k/Mile Fun Run

    2/9       High Springs Frozen Foot 5k (High Springs)

    2/16-2/17 Five Points of Life Marathon Weekend (5k, Half-marathon, Marathon)



    3/2       Race the Tortoise 5k

    3/9       Gate River Run 15k

    3/23     Trail of Payne 10k


    3/28-3/30         Pepsi Florida Relays

    3/30 Hogtown 5k Beer Run

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