We do not offer any specific programs. Mercury Masters is a very loosely organized group of motivated, energetic women with a common passion for fitness, friendship, and fun. Mercury Masters welcomes women of all levels of fitness, from walkers to runners. It provides the support to help women achieve their personal goals.

Our members usually meet during the weekend races organized by New York Road Runners. Some women race (as you can see from our web site, we have gained various first, second, third place rankings over the years), others run/jog, walk, or cheer.

We do not have regular group runs or workouts due to the many different running or walking pace levels of the team members. The New York area offers a multitude of training methods and classes. We want everyone to have the possibilities to choose what fits best for them. NYRR alone offers a large array of classes. Check out their resources to take your running to the next level.

Consult our “Links” section for additional sources.

Teammates like to arrange runs, walks, etc. with other members usually on weekends, preferably in Central Park. These they announce via group emails.

We meet up and do the races together. As you get to know members, you will make individual arrangements.


We do have one steady Group Run:

Thursdays, between 1:30 PM – about 5:00 PM

Meet inside Engineers’ Gate, near 5th Ave. & E. 90th St.

Join Diana DiMeo and Phyllis Giarro for various runs in Central Park, length to be determined by the group. Pace is usually 10:00 to 12:00 minutes per mile. Afterwards frequently dinner in the neighborhood.

Meet at Engineers’ Gate, near 5th Ave. & E. 90th St. or contact Diana on her cell: 917-975-4704

Marathon du Médoc in Pauillac/Bordeaux, France
September 10, 2005

 A few personal experiences by Cindy Peterson

The race was a hoot!! Everyone was in costume and moi aussi (me too.)


Marathon Tours awarded me first prize for best costume within our group of 100 runners. My Costume was "MADEMOISELLE FOLIES BERGERE". What fun I had throughout the race.

My headpiece was two and a half feet high; the costume was pink and black satin and black lace, black mesh stockings and a bow and boa in the rear. I painted my sneakers black, glued black satin material with swarowsky crystals all over the front and sides of the sneakers. You could see me coming and going.

There were many groups of men that were dressed the same as though they were a team. A group of 10 men approached me dressed in top hats, tight pants, and a cane, picked me up under my arms and chanted my name for about an eight of a mile. They would then say au revoir until the next mile, party at the wine stop and do the same all over again.

I got into the whole scene too by asking" voulez vous couchez avec moi". It was a blast. They waited for me at the finish line and carried me to where I picked up my wine and travel bag. I had so much fun that I will do this one again with my brother, and next time I will participate in the wine stops.

The wine tours were exceptional and so was the wine. I sent home two cases along with what I brought in my carry on and back pack.

Made some wonderful new friends, enjoyed time with Linda, Laurie and the three New Yorkers.