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

Dear Mercury Masters & Friends,

As Lew and I attempted the enormous packing job, we have had in the past several weeks, I have had time to reflect on the spectacular party that you all put together to honor us. Words seem totally inadequate to express the feeling of gratitude we both have at the enormous effort that everyone put forth that showed so much love and affection to us both. I think everyone will agree that it was clearly the best party ever.

I will cherish all the beautiful gifts you gave us, the magnificent frame with the inscription in French down to the chicken hats which we can hardly wait to wear in Key West. Our leaving New York is bittersweet as we embark on a new adventure. We are looking forward to many things, but in my heart I know I am leaving one of the absolute best things that have ever happened to me, being a part of the Mercury Masters. I will continue to stay a Merm, and intend to keep in regular contact by e-mail and phone, but the daily and weekly presence together that we all enjoy will leave a void in my life.

I have been overwhelmed by the degree of feeling expressed to me about our leaving. Be assured that I am honored to be so loved and missed by women who are the most exciting, intelligent, competent and fun loving group I have ever known. Lew has said that he knows that it was really “Pat’s group”, but that he could not deny that he derived as much pleasure from the Merms as I did. I have made friendships that I hope to have forever and look forward to being back in NYC often.

You have developed a reputation in the running community in New York City by your presence, personalities, and your generosity. You are your own best PR.

Thank you for all that you have done to send us off in grand style, but most of all I thank you for the greatest gift of all, the best eight and a half years of my life.



November 25, 2005