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

From: Citislik
Sent: 9/17/2009 1:56:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Marathon du Médoc

Hi Merms,

As Christa informed you Laurie and I were on the Marathon du Médoc course for a very long time; Laurie--6:10; Susan--6:35. However, as one of our friends said, "what clock---there should be none---it should be a fun run" because it's ALL ABOUT THE WINE.

Yes, it's a measured 42.2 km course but---there are 20 wine-tasting stops along the way and, believe me, those areas get very congested and no one runs through them. The course goes through 55 vineyards and wine is served in plastic glasses; no paper cups here. There are water tables also but, again, it's ALL ABOUT THE WINE. This marathon promotes itself as the world's longest marathon---lots of detours to those wine tables.

The course goes through the vineyards of the Médoc region. The scenery is breathtaking as are the chateaus.


Much of the course is trail-running as well as patches of small stones. The latter make it almost impossible to run on. Thankfully, the last 5K is on asphalt.

Almost everyone is in costume and there are lots of very creative runners out there. Laurie was a rock-and-roller in her gorgeous pink poodle skirt and I was a clown in my striped suspenders and big, big clown bow.


BTW---when you cross the finish line you are presented with a bottle of wine, a decanter and a bag to put them in...amazing. Most runners attain their PW---personal worst---in this marathon. That's the best part of the experience.  For anyone who needs a stress-reliever this marathon is the cure.

If you want more info go to www.marathondumedoc.com.

Thanks to all the MERMS who personally sent emails congratulating us. Our jet-setting experience was a fabulous one.

Susan Siderman