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Community Report: Deirdre Brill on Volunteering at the 2013 NBR McCarren Park Track Classic by nbrwebjohn
April 23, 2014, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, McCarren Park Track Classic, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

mptc14aIt is fitting that the North Brooklyn Runners voted the McCarren Park Track Classic it’s “Best Race of the Year.” While NBR organizes the event, it’s also the perfect metaphor for the group – a place where great runners not only coexist, but also participate in the North Brooklyn community.

For example – most tracks cannot handle a mix of slow and fast runners. This is not the case when NBR uses the McCarren track! Here, it is possible to watch NBR athletes do 4 x 1600 while good-naturedly dodging soccer balls and pacing children on bikes. These are fairly dangerous liabilities for a runner. But somehow, NBR turn these liabilities into a weekly source of energy and inspiration. I have observed this in action by following more seasoned NBR veterans on a workout.

The crowdedness of the track is a gritty reminder of who and where we are. As members of NBR, we train in the middle of a heavily populated urban area–surrounded by a community center, several subways stops, many bars, and other popular gathering places. This is a stark contrast to other running destinations–like Eugene, OR and Mammouth Lakes, CA. In these places, elite athletes train on semi-isolated tracks that meld into perfectly groomed running trails. And while beautiful, that’s kind of enviornment just doesn’t represent NBR the way that McCarren Park does. Because here in Brooklyn, we have a desire to be a part of something greater — to be linked to this vibrant community.

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On to the track meet! In early March 2013, NBR and McCarren Park once again came together in an almost magical fashion. The day before the track meet, snow descended upon the track—and so did a couple dozen NBR volunteers with shovels. Led by Katie and Ben, the volunteers worked to setup for next morning’s meet. By sunrise, the track was clear, barriers were set up, and runners were warming ups. Lauren, an NBR expat, commuted in from New Jersey to support her friend, a new-comer named Becca. This was Becca’s first time helping with an NBR event. The collaborative spirit didn’t just end with the volunteers. Early race entrants were gracious about seeding their pace, to spur on runners from various levels and ages. Those wavering on competing were met with heartfelt encouragement. Perfect strangers pooled together to form impromptu teams so they could all compete in the relay event. After a shortage, runners even shared their safety pins! People really came together for this event.

mptc14bThe McCarren Park Track Classic had all the coordination, planning, and logistics of a major racing event (including electronic scoring). And while the event was competitive, it was also fun. There were donuts and races for children who ran with their parents while eating freeze-dried ice cream snacks. Racers from other running clubs in Manhattan came to compete and then stayed as a spectator. Some joined the organizers at an after party to celebrate the success of the event before heading back across the East River.

Undoubtedly, the stars of the 2013 McCarren Park Track Classic were the members of the Flash 4 Team. This team truly embodied the epitome of dedication and highlighted how inspiring a community track meet can be. The Flash 4 Team included two members of the Perez family (ages 9 & 11) and their young friends. The entire family travelled from Newark, NJ to compete, cheer, and thrill. And that is exactly what they did! The team’s most dramatic showing came during the co-ed 4 x 400 when Flash 4’s first two runners led the field at sub-four minute pace. The team was barely edged out in the last two laps, finishing as a strong second. But given their age, heart, and courage they won all the cheers. Hopefully, the Flash 4 Team will return for the 3rd annual McCarren Park Track Classic, along with similarly courageous young athletes.

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After the event, the NBR volunteers gathered up their equipment, leaving the space snow-free and pristine. Part of what makes both the event and NBR great is its roots. We are group that grew from this Brooklyn community. This is a special place where many of us live either in body or spirit. We are neighbors. And there is something about the space and who we are that makes this event special and exciting. And arguably, it is that same excitement that draws people from near and far for this event. Hopefully, it will become a tradition we can all continue to participate in and share.

-Deirdre Brill

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Editor’s Note: Deirdre Brill is a volunteer, experienced athlete (IAAF), and an avid member of the North Brooklyn Runners. She lives in Brooklyn and when not running, she works for a group that advocates for educators in the New York Metro area.

**This year’s Track Classic will be hosted by NBR at McCarren Park on Friday, April 25th @ 7 pm. For information about the event, including volunteering and racing, please CLICK HERE

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Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Register Now! by nbrwebjohn
April 20, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, McCarren Park Track Classic, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

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Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 25, 2014
7:00 PM

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.

Register Now at NYCRUNS.com

Online Registration closes Thursday at Noon, April 24th. Sign-Up Now!

There will be limited race day registrations at $15.


 



Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Register Now! by nbrwebjohn
April 18, 2014, 12:41 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, McCarren Park Track Classic, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

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Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 25, 2014
7:00 PM

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.

Register Now at NYCRUNS.com

Online Registration closes Thursday at Noon, April 24th. Sign-Up Now!

There will be limited race day registrations at $15.


 



NYRR Brooklyn Half -New Balance Training Run #2 – 12 Miles by nbrwebjohn
April 16, 2014, 10:00 am
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Workouts

nbrbklynhalftrainrunnumber1April 19, Saturday
8:00 AM

Meet Up Location: Prospect Park North Entrance by the benches (see Route)

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Hello NBR Family and Friends!

Are you training for the NYRR BK Half or just wanna come for a run with a group of runners? Thanks to NYRR and New Balance, we are hosting our second and final training run for everyone from NBR to other non NBRs!

We will split into different pace groups, we are offering from 7:00 pace to 12:00 pace. Look for pacers in NBR shirts. We will have a staggered start (start with 12:00 to 7:00) so everyone finishes the run around the same time:) Route here.

After the run we will head over to Urban Rustic which is located right where we finish (N12th St. & Union Ave) for some coffee and recovery food.

Safety first! Don’t forget to bring your ID, metro card, cash, and water/Gu. Unfortunately, we do not have anywhere to store your bags, so def. pack light!

We are excited to host this event and happy to have you all join us! Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

See you on April 19 at 8:00AM at the North entrance of Prospect Park by the benches!

North Brooklyn Runners

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NBR Spring 2014 Town Hall Meeting by nbrwebjohn
April 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, NBR Goings On

TownHallApril 29th, 2014
Tuesday – 8:00 PM

Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Everyone in NBR is welcome & encouraged to attend our Spring Town Hall. Join us for updates on the “state of our union”, plans for the next few months, upcoming volunteer opportunities, or present your own ideas.

Remember, NBR is a community based running club. All the awesome things we do as a team happen because people volunteer their time & energy. We’re always looking for new people to help out. Learn more about NBR and let us know what you’re interested in. There’s some open run leader spots opening up after the Brooklyn Half.

See you on the 29th!

Be sure to please fill out the NBR Member Survey by Saturday, April 26th.

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NBR Spring 2014 Member Survey by nbrwebjohn
April 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Members

Please fill out the annual NBR Member Survey!

It’s that time of year again to fill out the annual NBR Member Survey. As in the past, this is your chance to tell the NBR Leaders what you do and do not like about NBR, and how we can best serve our members moving forward. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with NBR – everyone can and should fill it out!

The survey can be found here . Results will be discussed at the upcoming Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 29th [more details on that forthcoming.] Please have your responses submitted by Saturday, April 26th so that we have sufficient time to compile the data.

Click here to participate.

Thanks!



Volunteer at The McCarren Park Track Classic by nbrwebjohn
April 10, 2014, 12:28 am
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, McCarren Park Track Classic, Volunteering

April 25th, FridayMcCarrenParkTrackClassic2014Logo
7:00PM – 12:00AM

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Ave. btwn Lorimer St. & Union Ave.

It is time to get your volunteer on again.  Sign up here.

Volunteers are needed for Registration, Timing, Set-up, Clean-Up, Sponsorship, and Marketing Roles. Sign up here.

There will be a volunteer meeting on Sat April 12th after the bridge run.  Please try to make it to the meeting.  If you can’t make it we still want you to volunteer but it will help your race directors if you are there.   Sign up here.

Email any questions to trackmeet@northbrooklynrunners.org.




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