• November 06, 2018 5:38 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    Frank Shorter Mile

    NYE 2018!


    Men’s heat: 4PM, Kids’ 800m Mustache Dash: 4:20, Women’s heat: 4:35PM (times may change slightly, but first race will be no earlier than 4PM)


    If mailing in entry please send this form to:

     Florida Track Club (Frank Shorter Mile)

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4444 NW 35th St

    Gainesville, FL 32605

    Mail in entry deadline: December 28th  Day of registration will close @3:30 p.m.


    Last Name  ________________________First Name  _________________________________


    Gender (check one):   oM   oF     Age (race day)  __________________________________


    Address  ______________________________________________________________________

    E-mail Address _________________________________________________________________


    Contact phone number  __________________________________________________________



    FTC Member?  oYES                        oNO


    Interested in joining the Florida Track Club ($30/year)? See the benefits at


    Early registration $20 ($15 FTC)               Race day $25        Total enclosed $  ____________ 

    Kids under 12 - FREE                       


    I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity.  I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, traffic, and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and understanding these facts, I, for myself and anyone acting on my behalf, waive, and release, the members of The Florida Track Club, and all other sponsors and their representatives from all claims and liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation of this event even though that liability might arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of persons named in this waiver. I understand and agree to abide by the insurance restrictions, which prohibit the use of portable sound systems, wheel conveyances (excluding racing wheelchairs) but including skateboards, roller skates or blades, bicycles, etc. Illegible applications may result in disqualification. My entry in this race authorizes the Florida Track Club, organizations conducting races, or sponsors to record the race and its results in any medium and use those recordings in its discretion for any purpose. The Florida Track Club, organizers, or sponsors in no manner guarantee the accuracy of recording or reporting of results of any race.


    _________________________________________                        _______________________

    Signature of Participant                 Signature of parent or guardian if Participant is under 18

  • October 14, 2018 6:48 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    The Florida Track Club is pleased to announce we will have local superstar personalities Georganne Watson and DJ Robb Eggleston at our annual Tom Walker Half-marathon and Keith Brantly 5k.  These two will be onsite at the race on 11/11 to give us live race commentary. You won’t want to miss this!

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    Sign up today (use the BEATVANDY code until 9pm on 10/14/18 to get an additional $5 off).

  • September 17, 2018 3:26 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    If you would like to register for our annual Tom Walker Half-Marathon and Keith Brantly 5k via paper: click below


    Mail completed applications and check to:

    Florida Track Club

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4444 NW 35th St

    Gainesville, FL 


  • September 11, 2018 3:55 PM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    Steve Detweiler FTC Scholarship

    Applications – next round due November 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 Nov 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. 

  • June 19, 2018 11:07 AM | Elizabeth Suda (Administrator)

    The Percy Beard Track will be closed starting June 25th for renovations and resurfacing.  Get out this week for one last workout!  Other tracks in town to check out while UF's is under construction: Fred Cone Park (University Ave, rubberized), Santa Fe College Track (3000 NW 83rd St., non-rubberized), Oak Hall School (8009 SW 14th Ave, rubberized. Call ahead, may not be open to the public.  352.332.3609)

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The Florida Track Club is a member of the Road Runners Club Of America and the USA Track and Field Florida Association.


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