Get the Gorilla 5k - 11/13


The Garden State Track Club (GSTC) is hosting a 5k on 11/13 at historic Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick called “Get the Gorilla 5k.”

Along with an open 5k, there will be an elite men’s field and women’s field there. NYC’s Central Park Track Club will be racing the GSTC-Elite in a scored dual meet, NY vs NJ, as a final tune-up for the USATF National XC Club Championships in Seattle. Indeed, this is the closest thing to professional distance running this side of the Raritan, as eleven men will be in the field with PR’s of 14:45 or faster!

The elite and open race will start together at 10:00am.

Finally, there is a costume & centipede contest in the open 5k with $1500 in prize money overall. A great costume could win you $200!

Don’t know what a three-person centipede is? It’s a West Coast thing…

For more information on the race, visit

Happy running, and best of luck this fall!



CPTC, GSTC Announce Elite Field @ GTG 5k
New Brunswick, NJ- This Sunday, November 13, the reigning Club National Track Champions, the Central Park Track Club-New Balance (CPTC), will come to the banks of the Old Raritan to square off against the upstarts the Garden State Track Club (GSTC) in New Brunswick’s Buccleuch Park. The teams have announced their elite line-ups for the inaugural “NY vs NJ” cross country dual meet that will be held in conjunction with the Get the Gorilla 5k. The elite dual meet and the Get the Gorilla 5k will start at 10:00am.

All runners will receive discounted registration for bringing in gently used running equipment for the GSTC’s “Essays 4 Equipment” community outreach program.

There is $1500 in prize money, including $600 for a costume contest and centipede contest for participants in the open 5k race. Medals will go to the top five finishers in the elite race and the top three in five-year age groups for the open race. Team trophies will be awarded to the winning elite teams.

In the men’s elite 8k race, the CPTC, dressed in orange, will be led by a strong trio: Gregg Cantwell (14:46/ Delaware), John Kenworthy (25:08/Sacred Heart), and Carlos Jamieson (14:08/American). Matt Lacey (14:32/Tufts), Stan Berkow (15:11/Bowdoin), Brendan Rickert (15:27/Sacred Heart), Ross Weller (15:31/Swarthmore), and former Hoya All-American middle-distance star Jonevan Hornsby (26:08/Georgetown) round out the orange’s top eight, a group that took 4th at the Mayor’s Cup in Boston on 10/23.

The GSTC, wearing gold & black, will be led by 2011 USATF 10,000m club national champion Jeff Perrella (14:22/Yale). He is flanked by teammates Chris Heibell (14:40/Loyola), James Grimes (14:24/Georgetown), Adin Mickle (15:07/Temple), and Mark Del Monaco (69:24/La Salle). Mike Dixon (52:22/2:27), the 2010 NJ-USATF XC Champion, and Tim Morgan (14:35/St. Thomas Aquinas), the 2010 NJ-USATF 8k XC Champion, fill out the GSTC-Elite squad that recently put 11 runners in the top 13 at the NJ-USATF XC 5k Championships.

The CPTC bring a very strong group across the Hudson for the 5K women’s race. Cat Beck (16:41/Tufts) will lead the charge, along with sub-18:00 teammates Stephanie Herrick (17:56/TCNJ), Kristan Dietz (36:55/Lafayette), and Christina Argueta (17:36/Bowdoin). Sarah Schillaci (18:27/Carleton), Bevin Peters (18:05/Yale), Lauren Carter (39:12/RPI), and Denise Mazzeo (18:22/ Fordham Law) round out the talented group who placed 3rd at the Mayor’s Cup in Boston, MA in late October.

Janine Brown (16:44/Oklahoma State) and Cheyenne Ogletree (4:51/ Rutgers) will be the 1-2 punch up front for the host GSTC. Megan Patterson (17:56/ FDU), Claire Tafelski (18:56/Rutgers), and Meghan O’Toole (18:49/Rutgers) complete the team’s top five.

For more information, visit or contact the meet director at [COLOR=#0066cc][/COLOR]. Registration is open both now and the day of the race.