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

This was my first walking half-marathon since my knees gave out a few years ago. Fortunately neither my shoes, my feet, nor my knees gave me any grief. But it was still a long haul.

Thank you all for your enthusiastic acknowledgements. This was my first walking half-marathon since my knees gave out a few years ago. Fortunately neither my shoes, my feet, nor my knees gave me any grief. But it was still a long haul.

There were only two 70+ women. The other, age 74, finished in three hours to my four. In addition to placing 2nd in my age group, I also had the distinction of being the very last finisher of 691 participants. Well, someone’s got to do it. I was accompanied during the last few miles by a bicyclist/volunteer who, if he thought I looked like I was about to keel over, never showed it. I had to sit down and rest a few times, and then do lots of stretching to transform my rubbery appendages back into legs. It was great having someone with me to take my mind off what seemed at times like an impossible goal.

The weather and the course, starting and finishing at Haskell Indian Nations University, were beautiful. All of the aid stations stayed open, and the directional cones left in place, until I finished. And there were plenty of rousing cheers as I approached and crossed the finish line. If anyone is looking for a well-run race and the kindest race volunteers ever, Lawrence, KS, is the place to go.

In addition I visited an elderly (i.e., older than I) cousin who relocated years ago from Brooklyn. He used to visit NY frequently, but not since his wife died in 2002. In addition, I reconnected with his children (1st cousins once-removed), met their children (1st cousins twice-removed), and, in one case, infant children (1st cousins thrice-removed). It’s a good thing there are no more generations as I would have no idea what to call them.

All in all it was a wonderful visit, and I feel as if I now have new family and roots in Kansas.

Thanks again to my teammates . . . you make dreams happen.