Dues & Other Costs

For the 2014-15 season we have instituted a new fee structure that is more comprehensive with fewer requests for additional fees. An annual application fee pays for a child’s membership on the team and covers uniforms, insurance, race fees and administrative items. The specific fees are as follows:

• New Members $250-(Includes team uniform, league membership/insurance/ season event entries)
• Existing Members with Apparel $120
• Existing Members without Apparel $120 plus apparel cost
• Spring New Joiners (April-July) $200

Please note that member fees do not cover all team expenses; some costs will be met through our fund raising efforts and donations.


The team practices at the East Sixth Street Track on Wednesdays at 5:30 – 6:30 pm and Sundays at 9:30 – 11:00 am. As the weather gets cooler we will move indoors. We participate in NYRR and USATF indoor, cross-country and outdoor events on weekend Saturdays or Sundays from September through early July. The season is divided into three phases.

The first phase runs from September through December where athletes focus on the fundamentals of track and field using formal and informal exercises designed to increase skills, improve awareness and build strength. All practice sessions are held at the East Sixth Street Track. Athletes participate in indoor track meets, cross-country events and road races.

The second phase runs from December through March where the focus is on applying the skills from the previous learning. Practice sessions are held indoors and athletes continue to progressively improve their form and increase their flexibility, strength and agility. The shift is primarily to indoor events with some road events in the March timeframe.

The third phase of our season runs from March through June with some events in July. All practice sessions move back to the East Sixth Street Track. The focus is on outdoor track meets, cross-country events and road races. This is the most active and demanding phase of our season.

Athletes will generally participate in racing events during the season. Periodic developmental events will be used to assess individual strengths and set individual and team goals.


Runners and their Parents and/or Guardians must sign the Rules and Expectations Document before a runner is allowed to participate in practice sessions or meets. Our program requires dedication and commitment from our athletes and their parents/caregivers. By joining the team athletes are signifying that they will:

  • Attend practice sessions regularly and participate in team events.
  • Maintain a healthy diet that includes regular meals, healthy snacks and staying well hydrated – drinking lots of water.
  • Get lots of sleep to restore energy levels and aid in recovery after workouts.
  • Do well at school. Schoolwork is of the highest importance.
  • Be on time for practice and meets.
  • Give 100% effort at all times.
  • Support teammates through encouragement and positive interactions.
  • Measure accomplishment not just through placement in events but by other means as well (personal records, trying new events, etc.).
  • Respect teammates, coaches and parents; especially other runners on the track.
  • Complete goal sheets to support development of time management and goal-setting skills.
Parents and other caregivers are a vital part of the team. They are expected to:
  • Be supportive and respectful of all the coaches.
  • Support of our views of healthy eating and living.
  • Volunteer their time that can include chaperoning our young athletes to meets and events, writing grant proposals, fundraising for the team, and more.

Five Points Runners Track Club, Inc.

Welcome to the Lower East Side Five Points Runners track club. Now moving into our third season we continue to provide children, primarily on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the opportunity to train and compete in track, field and long distance events. The team welcomes children of all abilities from the ages of 7-13. Our primary goal is to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect while engaged in athletic activity; however, we also aim to:

  • Allow children to learn and display the values of sportsmanship, dedication, desire, discipline, and tenacity.
  • Enable quality training and competition that ensures optimal performance with minimal disruption to their academic and social lives.
  • Provide a meaningful athletic experience that will create a positive lifelong impression.
  • Ensure an environment that guarantees the health, safety, and welfare of our children.
  • Allow children to learn at their own pace and have fun while doing so.

Our season runs from September through July and covers the Indoor, Cross-country and Outdoor events in the tri-state area (USATF Region 1).

November 2013 Schedule

The November schedule will continue to focus on conditioning and skill building. Sunday practice sessions will take place at the East River Track at East 6th Street and FDR Drive. Most runners will prepare for the NYRR Youth Cross Country Invitational. General training will continue to help develop overall physical capacity and fitness. This will continue to include basic running, strength building, and exercises used to develop muscular power and to improve overall speed.

Once again we will be participating in the Colgate Women’s Games. The games are for girls only! Please note that the venue has changed this year because of ongoing construction work at Pratt Institute, the location of the preliminary meets and semi-finals since the inception of the games.

This year’s series includes two (2) preliminary meets and a semi final meet before the finals, and all will be at The New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City.

Please note that the meets are scheduled earlier this year, and will take place in November and December. Additionally, the second weekend meet falls on the Thanksgiving weekend.

Coaches John Wiltshire and Lydia Vanderloo will be participating in the New York City Marathon.

The November schedule is as follows:

2nd Practice (9:30 am East River Track)
3rd No Practice (NYC Marathon Day)
6th Practice (5:30 pm PS 110)
10th Practice (9:30 am East River Track)
13th Practice (5:30 pm PS 110)
17th NYRR Youth Cross Country Invitational
20th Practice (5:30 pm PS 110)
23rd Colgate Women’s Games (Middle School)
24th Colgate Women’s Games (Elementary A&B)
29th Colgate Women’s Games (Middle School)
30th Colgate Women’s Games (Elementary A&B)

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October 2013 Schedule

The October schedule will focus on conditioning and skill building however we will begin transitioning to speed drills. All practice sessions will take place at the East River Park Track at E 6th Street and the FDR Drive New York, NY. Some runners will prepare for the Youth Jamboree on October 19th. The Youth Jamboree will take place at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory  and will feature a variety of track and field events for Grades Pre-K thru 5 beginning at 8:00 a.m and Grades 6 and older starting at 12:00 noon.

The October schedule is as follows:

[one_half] 2nd Practice (5:30 pm East River Park Track )
6th Practice  (9:30 am East River Park Track )
9th Practice (5:30 pm East River Park Track )
13th No Practice: Columbus Day Weekend
16th Practice (5:30 pm East River Park Track )
19th Youth Jamboree 8:00 The Armory
20th No Practice
30th Practice (5:30 pm East River Park Track )
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Save the Date

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Pre-Season Kick-Off Communication 09-14-13

Dear Running Families,

Welcome to the start of the Five Points Runners 2013-14 season! This coming season promises to be as rewarding and challenging (if not more) for our runners. As a running community, our aim is to provide a quality and enriching experience for our runners. Please understand that our foremost concern is their health and safety.

Our first day of practice for the season is Sunday, September 15th. Parents please note that we participate in NYRR and USATF indoor and outdoor events from September through early July. Our main focus over the next few weeks will be on learning and reinforcing the fundamentals of Track & Field using formal and informal exercises designed to increase skills, build strength, improve form and increase flexibility. We will also focus on working as a team and looking at different ways to measure progress. Below you will find some important information you should know.

  • Practice Location: Practices take place on the East River Park Track at E 6th Street and the FDR Drive New York, NY. We meet on Sundays at 9:30 – 11:00 am and Wednesdays at 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Should you need assistance locating the track on Sunday, please call Chris Vanderloo at (917) 287-2807 for directions.   [Map and directions]
  • Documents & Dues: Registration forms can be downloaded from our website. All runners, including those who were with us last season, will need to complete updated registration forms, including health forms.
    The annual fee is $50 per runner; note that clothing, any equipment costs and some race fees are charged separately. Please plan to bring your forms with you to the track during the first two weeks; all completed documents and fees are due by Sunday, Sept. 29.
  • Attire: Runners should wear good running sneakers at each practice. They should dress in layers, preferably of wicking fabric, in accordance with the weather conditions.
  • What to Bring: Runners should  bring a water bottle to each practice and should have a light snack for after practice. They should not eat a large, heavy meal prior to practice. Also, make sure that runners use the bathroom prior to practice!
  • Survey: If you have not already completed the survey we respectfully ask that you please do so; it should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time. 
  • Website Updates: We updated our website with general enhancements and will inform you when we can accept payments on-line. This will allow us to receive credit card and other payments for registration fees, uniform purchases and donations. This does not, however, preclude us from receiving check and cash payments.
  • Calendar Dates: Please save the following key dates:
  1. Sunday, Sept. 15th, 9:30 am – Track practice resumes
  2. Friday, Sept. 20th – FPR Season Pot Luck Kickoff
  3. Friday, Oct 4. – FPR Volunteer Planning Committee Meeting – all families are welcome to join the committee
As always, let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!
Happy Running
!Lydia Vanderloo
John Wiltshire
Five Points Runners Track Club

Summer Update 08-18-14

Dear Running Families,

We hope you have been enjoying a fun and relaxing summer. We have been planning and are excited about our Five Points Runners, Inc. third season.

USATF Regionals – Junior Olympics
In the final weeks of our 2013-2014 Season, several members of our team qualified for the USATF Junior Olympics Region 1 track meet, held July 10-13 in Fitchburg, MA. We had several outstanding performances; Rory Power and Tess Wiltshire competed in the Long Jump, Liana Stern participated in the 200m and the 400m, and our Girls 9-10 Year Old Relay team – Ella Lempert, Emilee Rivera, Iris Vanderloo and Katie Wiltshire – completed a challenging 4 x 100m relay. Daniel Dulstin qualified for the 200 and 400-meter events and participated in the 400 meters only. Daniel advanced to the Nationals in Texas, however elected to not participate.

Participating in this elite event put a stunning cap on a very successful season for our team. Congrats to all!

New Website
We are in the final stages of revamping our website at www.fivepointsrunners.com. Here, you will find updated registration forms, event information, and more. You will be sent a separate communication with the launch date. Please make sure to bookmark the page!

Season Kick-Off Potluck Party & Registration
We will begin practice on Wednesday, September 3rd. Additionally, we will hold our season kick-off on Friday, September 5, at 6pm. This will be a potluck celebration and will also serve as registration and apparel pick-up. Forms can be downloaded in advance from our website (we will also have copies available). Please note that you will need to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport (you need not bring the original).

Apparel &  Fees
We have restructured our registration fees for this season. Fees will be an all-inclusive range of $120 to $250 and will include race fees, insurance and team apparel. Apparel consists of: track jacket, track pants, practice tee shirt, competition shorts, and competition singlet. All athletes must have these five items of clothing. Returning athletes can purchase only those items needed. The fee schedule is as follows:

New Members $250
Existing Members with Apparel $120
Existing Members without Apparel ($120 plus cost of apparel) $120+
Spring New Joiners (April-July) $200

First Event: NYRR’s Fifth Avenue Mile
The NYRR’s esteemed Fifth Avenue Mile will be our first event for the 2014-2015 season. It will be held on Saturday, September 13. Please let us know ASAP if your child would like to participate.

Team Practice Schedule for September
All practices below will be held at the 6th Street Track in the East River Park
Wednesday, September 3, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sunday, September 7, 9:30-11 am
Wednesday, September 10, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sunday, September 14, 9:30-11 am
Wednesday, September 17, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sunday, September 21, 9:30-11 am
Wednesday, September 24, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sunday, September 28, 9:30-11 am

We have been at work this summer planning a fantastic season ahead. Although we are sad to see the long days of summer fade, we are excited to welcome back our returning athletes and extend a warm welcome to our new members. We are looking forward to seeing you all on September 5th!