GSTC Training Groups

The Garden State Track Club has myriad training groups for runners of all ages and abilities; these are all listed below. For more information on the credentials and experiences of each coach, please refer to the "About Us" page. If you're interested in joining any of these groups, contact the GSTC about becoming a member through



Marathon/ Half Marathon Group

The GSTC has numerous coaches well-versed in the marathon and half marathon. Using your prior running history, the staff creates personalized plans for members interested in running these two distances. This group ranges from beginners to Olympic Trials qualifiers.



Mile-10k Distance Group

Coach Tafelski works with the GSTC men's and women's distance crew in events shorter than the half marathon. This is a group that includes both the very casual runner who enjoys running local 5ks and the very competitive. Many of them participate in the NJ-USATF Grand Prix races, a collection of team-scored races designed by the NJ-USATF. Chris writes weekly training plans that go out in the weekly GSTC email. He also works closely with runners over email about individual needs, workout and training modifications, and racing schedules.



Couch to 5k Group

This group is designed for beginning, inexperienced runners hoping to finish their first 5k or 10k. Coach Amy meets with runners three times a week in New Brunswick, providing them encouragement and advice. She also sends out weekly emails to her group, updating them about future runs and providing feedback on prior workouts.




Coach Chuck meets with the sprint group three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. While it is not mandatory to attend sprint practices, many drive from all over the state to be a part of the competitive, team-oriented environment. This group competes in collegiate invitationals all over the East Coast, including Club Nationals, every year. While this is a very competitive group, it is open to all abilities. It also has an open Facebook group to enhance communication between members.




This group is often identical to the sprint group. They meet at the same location and time, they compete in collegiate invitationals, and they have a very team-oriented environment fostered by Coach Mongone.



Rutgers Group

The GSTC has nearly forty members who are current Rutgers undergraduates. Many ran cross country or track in high school and enjoy the team environment. Others are just picking up running in college and find the team runs motivating and fun. Either way, it's a great way to network and meet like-minded people both on campus and across the state.



Elite Group

This group is comprised of some of America's best athletes ranging from the 110 high hurdles to shot put to the marathon. This is a contingent that competes at the national and international level while based out of New Jersey. Some athletes utilize GSTC coaches, while others do not. Qualifying for and competing in the Olympic Trials is usually the common goal for this group.