Essays 4 Equipment
How does E4E work?
The Garden State Track Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, collects new and gently used equipment for high school runners. These resources are distributed to youth who write three paragraph essays requesting them. Decisions are based on need, quality of essay, and availability of resources.
What do I do as a student-athlete?
You have two options: you can email the essay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail it (106 Bayard #4, New Brunswick NJ 08901). You should describe yourself, your team, your school, and your coaches, along with explaining the equipment you need. Be persuasive- convince us you are deserving of this! It may help to meet with your English teacher when crafting your essay.
What do I do as a coach or athletic director?
Inform your student-athletes about this program and encourage them to meet with their English teachers when drafting their essay. Please be advised that we only accept essays from the youth themselves.
View our team "Respect" video
GSTC: Giving Support To Communities
Our club firmly embraces Thoreau's famous adage, "Be not simply good, be good for something."
While we recognize that exercising and promoting good health is a valuable asset to any community, we also recognize that we are very fortunate to have the time and resources to run.
In the best interests of the sport and underserved communities, we actively support low-income youth runners. Currently we are training students from New Brunswick, providing them shoes, entry fees, coaching, and training groups to be successful. In one year, our vision is to provide resources and support to low-income youth runners through the state of New Jersey.
Meet our New Brunswick youth, aka "The X-Squad"
As a junior at New Brunswick HS, Hedolis ran 19:00 in cross country. This year, as a member of the Garden State Track, he boasts PRs of 16:27 (5k) and 33:40 (10k). He was the PCRC 5k Winter Series Champion, second place finisher at the Millburn 10k Spring Run, and a competitor in the 2011 Indoor National Championships in the two mile. He also teamed up with teammate Mike Obsuth to win the overall title at the 2011 Road Relays in February.
Since joining the GSTC, Edsel has dropped his 5k time from 22:30 to 17:50. Along with placing third overall in the PCRC 5k Winter Series, he recently placed 6th overall at the Millburn Spring Run 10k, running 5:56/mile for a 36:54 final time. Edsel teamed up with Tony to place second in the high school division at The Road Relays, beating teams from Spotswood, Woodbridge, Edison, and Lacey.
Jalen started training with the spring group in January of 2011. In his first race wearing a GSTC uniform, at the Monmouth Invitational, he won his 400m heat in 53.89. Jalen competes in events from the 200m to the 800m.
Tony started running in December of 2010. He has made remarkable strides since then, running 17:49 (5k) and 36:42 (10k) in just three months of training. He was first place in his age group at the PCRC 5k Winter Series, along with placing 5th overall at the Millburn Spring Run 10k. Tony's meteoric rise can be accredited to his soccer playing since early childhood.
John has made tremendous progress since joining the GSTC in November of 2011. He lowered his PRs to 18:05 (5k) and 38:21 (10k); he was an age group champion at the PCRC 5k Winter Series and at the Millburn Spring Run 10k. John also teammed up with his sister, Lilly, to win the Brother-Sister Division at the 2011 Road Relays.
Jocelyn was an age-group champion at the 2011 PCRC 5k Winter Series. She dropped her time by over two minutes from the first race of the series to the last; she ended up with a 24:45 PR.
Uriel started running with the GSTC in December of 2011. He fought through the rugged winter snow, wind, and rain all season, progressing up to a continuous six mile run.
Brian has never run before joining the GSTC. Now, he is able to run four miles at a time. He especially enjoys running the trails at the Six Mile Reservoir.
Adam works with the sprints group. He has a PR of 26.8 in the 200m, is a senior at New Brunswick High School, and has been accepted into Rutgers Newark, St. Peter's, and St. Joseph's.
Ahamed is Adam's younger brother who also works with the sprints group. This is his first year doing organized track and field, as he is a football player in the fall. He competes in the 100m and 200m dash.