• June 26, 2016 7:02 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Link to sign up for the Melon Run!

    See you on the 4th!

  • June 21, 2016 3:17 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    The Melon Run is fast approaching! Remember to sign up and stay around for the awards ceremony.  We give out melons three-deep in each age group!  Here's a great way to share this refreshing summer fruit:

    Red, White, and Bleu Salad

    Serves ~10 "regular" people or ~7 hungry runner-type people

    1 Watermelon (hopefully brought home from the FTC's 38th Annual Melon Run)

    1 sweet vidalia onion

    1 cup of blueberries

    1 cup of cherry/grape tomatoes

    1 cup of red grapes

    1 container of bleu cheese


    1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

    1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Fresh basil for garnish

    Assembling the salad:

    Chop up the watermelon and sweet onion into bite-sized pieces.  Halve the cherry tomatoes and red grapes.  All all fruits and veggies into a large serving bowl.  Chill until party time.


    Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.

    Right before serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad, sprinkle with bleu cheese and garnish with basil.

    Enjoy and see you at the Melon Run!

  • June 16, 2016 11:31 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    This past week was a busy one for the club!  On Thursday, June 9th we held our Twilight Meet and Monday, June 13th we hosted our June Social and Group Run at Crafty B'astards Restaurant. Many thanks to all who helped make both events successful! 

    Twilight Meet:

    The track meet was an excellent opportunity for all members of the running community to participate in a professionally organized, yet low-key track meet at a world class facility: the Percy Beard Track at the University of Florida.  We rented out the track and field area for the evening and held three running events: 1500m, 5k, 800m, and two kids' fun runs: 100m and 400m.  

    We felt that our Track club should honor our historical roots as a competitive track club and bring the joy (and pain!) of track racing to the next generation of runners.  Watching the little ones "play at track" was one of the major highlights of the evening.  We also had some very fast performances, considering it was well over 90 degrees at the start of the meet.

    The event started at 7:25PM and concluded just after 8:30PM... just as the sun was setting.  It was a beautiful evening and a fun opportunity to race hard at our home track!  We are very interested in bringing more track racing opportunities to the FTC community.  If you would like to be involved in a Twilight Meet series race committee, send me an email at:

    Many thanks to our awesome volunteers that helped make the evening run smoothly: Richard Garand, Elizabeth Hanselman, Kathy Benton, Eddie Garcia, Enoch Nadler, Mike Carrillo, Varun Praveen, Will Harding, Michelle Castillo, Claudia Jackson, and Daniel Jackson.  

    June Social:

    This event was postponed a week due to Tropical Storm Colin.  A group met at Crafty B'astards Restaurant, which is also the headquarters for our New Year's day race: The Shorter Mile, to get in a quick easy run before the social.  Many thanks to Richard and Elizabeth for leading the run.   The group went across NW 39th Ave towards the Boys and Girls Club and to the wood-chip trail behind Barr Systems.  There is a great sort of hidden running path back there  ~1 mile long - perfect for workouts and shaded summer running. Afterwards, we were able to hang out in the reserved back room at Crafty's and catch up with one another in a relaxed setting with some great beer and food.  These socials always leave me thankful to be living in a place like Gainesville with folks who care so much about running but also about the person behind the runner. It is always inspiring just chatting with fellow FTC members and learning about what is going on in everyone's training and lives outside of running.  If you missed this social, another one is coming up in August at First Magnitude!  Stay tuned for details.

    Up next:  38th Annual Melon Run!!!!!!!!!!

    Make sure to add this race to your July 4th plans.  Always a family favorite tradition with a flat two-loop course around Westside Park and neighboring streets.  Watermelons for age-group winners and free kids' fun run (~1mile).  Sign up today to save $5 with your FTC membership:

  • May 30, 2016 4:36 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    38TH MELON RUN JULY 4TH 2016!


    July 4th:  3 mile @ 8:00 a.m., 1 mile Kids Fun Run @ 9:00 a.m.


    If mailing in entry please send this form to:

     Florida Track Club (Melon Run)

    c/o Betsy Suda

    4190 NW 50th Drive, #7305

    Gainesville, FL 32606

    Mail in entry deadline: June 30th  Day of registration will close @7:30 a.m.


    Last Name  ___________________________________________ First Name  _________________________________


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


    Address  _________________________________________City/State/Zip  ___________________________________

    E-mail Address ______________________________________ T-Shirt Size  oS   oM   oL   oXL

                                                                                                           (check one)                 

    Contact phone number  _____________________________________________ 


    I am participating in the (check one):   o3-Mile Melon Run                    o1-Mile Fun Run


    FTC Member?  oYES                        oNO


    Interested in joining the Florida Track Club ($20/year)? See the benefits at


    Early registration $25 ($20 FTC)               Race day $30 ($25 FTC)                

    Total enclosed $  ____________ 

    Kids under 12, $5 (no shirt)                        


    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

  • May 24, 2016 7:14 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)
    Be sure to check your email for the June newsletter!  Lots of info and exciting events/programs coming up for the club!

    If you haven't received the newsletter, we may not have a current email address for you.  If so, please contact Betsy at

  • April 26, 2016 6:23 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Please join us in welcoming our May guest speaker, elite runner and dietitian Kelsey Beckmann as she presents on the topic of "Race Day Nutrition"

    Some background highlights of Kelsey:

    *2015 Jacksonville Track Club Female Runner of the Year

    *got her start in athletics in soccer - played DI at Campbell University, NC

    * began running competitively 4 years ago, current PRs:  59:46 (10 miles), 1:16:33 (half-marathon), 2:52:32 (marathon)!

    *studied nutrition and dietetics at UNF

    *conducted nutrition counseling with UCF athletics

    *completed a community rotation at UCF athletics and within private practices

    *currently enrolled in an MPH (Masters in Public Health) program with a focus in epidemiology

    See you Monday at 7:30PM! 

    New Location! Hilton UF Conference Center (Magnolia Room) 1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607.

    Free and open to the public - bring a friend/running buddy!

    Refreshments will be served! Come early for a good seat!

  • April 15, 2016 2:44 PM | Richard Garand (Administrator)

    After the recent death of FTC member Steve Detweiler, the cardiac arrest deaths of a local young high school athlete 5 years ago, a young UF athlete & ROTC cadet in November, as well as the testimony of FTC member John Davis about his remarkable and fortunate experience with his heart attack, it is clear that even athletes in excellent condition can be victims of cardiac arrest. 

    It would be great for all of us to know what to do when someone near us is in trouble so that we can help make sure that person could have the best possible chance of survival.

    Please join us for a Special CPR/AED Training Class for FTC Members

    Monday evening, May 16th at 7:00-8:30 PM

    Held at Gator CPR, Address: 1029 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32609

    Cost is $10.00 per person, cash or check made out to Gator CPR.

    We can take the first 25 people who sign up, we will do another class in October if there is demand for it.

    A light snack and beverages will be provided.

    This is a non-certification course that will give members the knowledge and practice time performing CPR and using an AED device to gain confidence in being able to respond quickly and effectively in case a running buddy or another adult or a child collapses or is choking in our proximity.

    Interested members can sign up at: or calling or texting: 352-258-3541

  • April 05, 2016 4:24 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Show this flyer tonight at Blaze Pizza (5-9PM) on Archer Road and 20% of sale goes to the FTC for our Steven Detweiler Racing Scholarship:

    Fundraiser Flyer.docx

  • February 23, 2016 4:54 PM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Please join us in a service of remembrance for Florida Track Club member, Board of Directors member, and beloved training partner, Steven Detweiler on Sunday, March 6th at 4PM at the Baughman Center on the campus of the University of Florida.  Contact Betsy Suda ( if you would like to speak a few words.  All are welcome.

  • February 16, 2016 10:22 AM | Betsy Suda (Administrator)

    Join us for our next monthly meeting on March 14th!  We have the honor of hosting two former professional runners and current FTC members: Luke and Georganne Watson!  Luke ran collegiately at the University of Notre Dame and professionally for Adidas.  He qualified for and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 3k Steeple, 5k, and the Marathon (2004, 2008, and 2012).  Georganne competed for the University of Kentucky and professionally for Brooks in the 800 meters.  Luke and Georganne now work at UF in the accounting department and are the parents of two young children.  Come hear their stories about training, competing, and now running for enjoyment and the exciting goals they are currently chasing! 

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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