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 email@example.com.
Marathon/ Half Marathon Group
Head Coach: Rob DeCarlo
Coach D trains men and women, both on-line and in-person, at the GSTC-North compound in Saddle Brook. He works with a spectrum of runners, as many in his group are beginners who have never ran a marathon....yet. He is also coaching the Boston Marathon group the GSTC is sending up as a scoring team, including Mike Anis and Pat Lestrange. He has a closed Facebook group where all communication about workouts, weekly plans, and racing strategies are discussed.
Mile-10k Distance Group
Head Coach: Chris Tafelski
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
Head Coach: Amy DenholtzThis 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.
Head Coach: Chuck Schneekloth
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.
Head Coach: Paul Mongone
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.
Captain: Dan Teichmann
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.
Manager: Chuck Schneekloth
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.
GSTC Training Enclaves
The Garden State Track Club is a state-wide organization that promotes running in all parts of New Jersey. Group runs, workouts, and social events happen both in the regional and state-wide level. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with an enclave captain near you!
GSTC Beach Enclave
Captain Ken Walsh organizes this group that meets between Mercer and Ocean counties. Boardwalk runs, meetings at Holmdel, and Manasquan Reservoir meet-ups are common!
GSTC South Encave
This group, lead by Adin Mickle, encompasses much of Camden County and greater Philadelphia. Wissahickon Trail is a favorite, along with numerous other trail runs along the river.
The club headquarters is New Brunswick. Thanks to a high population of involved Rutgers community, this is also where many team meetings, team races, and team runs happen. The tow path, Six Mile Reservation, and Johnson Park are group favorites.
GSTC North Enclave
Saddle Brook is where Meghan and Rob Decarlo operate this branch of the club. Along with track workouts, they organize team runs mostly at Garrett Mountain and Saddle River Park.
GSTC Mo-Town Enclave
Captain James Lothian heads up the Morristown branch of the GSTC. Group runs are from the Morristown Running Company every Wednesday night at 6:15.