North Brooklyn Runners: A Community Running Group Serving Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Beyond!

An Evening with David Epstein, “The Sports Gene” Author, at Brooklyn Running Co. by nbrwebjohn
July 19, 2014, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Socials

SportsGeneJoin NBR for an evening with David Epstein, bestselling author of “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,” hosted by Brooklyn Running Company on Wednesday, July 30!

This is a free event, open to NBR and the general public. Attendance will be capped at 125 people, and NBR members have this weekend to RSVP first.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.

On Monday, July 21 at 10 am, the event will open to the public.

The event will kick off on July 30 at 7 pm – meet at Brooklyn Running Co. (222 Grand Street, at Driggs), change and/or stash your bag, and join an optional group run with the author over and back on the Williamsburg Bridge. After the run (7:45ish), David will talk about the book and his fascinating research, show photos and videos, and open it up for questions and general conversation. There will be snacks and beverages served. Books will be available for sale and David will be on hand to sign copies. No need to have read the book to attend – come and listen, ask questions, and meet and hang out with other runners.

Again, space will be limited to 125 people. Please only RSVP if you plan to attend, so that as many people as possible can enjoy the event. Thanks to David, NBR leadership and Andy Kifer, and Brooklyn Running Company for making this event possible! Hope to see you there!

Busy Bee Award Winner – July 2014 – Raymund Riparip by nbrwebjohn
July 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Busy Bee, Inspiration, Members, Volunteering

Hold onto your shirt, call ahead for tacos, and then hide your cell phone. Because the Busy Bee for July is non other than the illustrious Raymund Riparip!

To commemorate this occasion, we present the clasic limerick – Ode to RiparipBusyBeeRaymund

This Houston transplant is one of a kind,
When he’s around we all unwind,
He’s caring and smart and funny as hell,
He’s NBR in a nutshell.

He volunteers whenever he can,
And always there to lend a helping hand,
For water tables or gardening his hand is raised,
And at the Donut Run, he orders glazed!
Social coordinator, run leader, and so much more.
He is someone we all greatly adore.
Twice the winner of NBR “Best Bod,”
And a frequent member of our wonderful Cheer Squad.
He’s a planner of sorts– team brunches and field day,550032_426120030808637_479992322_n
He’s been an active member since back in the day,
Tuesday Night Tempo with tacos to boot,
Without him as run leader it would be moot.
He lights up the track, the bridges, and Kent.
A party would follow wherever he went.
So this month we cheer and celebrate,
A Busy Bee that is so fantastic and great.
Our dear Raymond we present to thee,
The perfectly deserved July’s Busy Bee!

Thanks for all you do Ray! You help make this group a fun welcoming place!

Visit our Busy Bee’s Page for more detail and past recipients.

NBR’S 2014 NYC Marathon Team Spots – Apply Now! (July 22nd Deadline!) by nbrwebjohn
July 16, 2014, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Marathon, Members, NBR Goings On, Races, Volunteering

This could be You!

Thanks to you for your volunteering efforts at team fluid stations such as at the NYC Half, Brooklyn Half and NYC Marathon. NBR earned FOUR Team Spots! This means NBR has four entries to this year’s NYC Marathon.

Want one of those spots? Please fill out this form by no later than 11pm Tuesday, July 22nd! You have only ONE WEEK!

The NBR Team Spots will be selected and announced by July 30th or sooner so those chosen can start training!

Check out the previous NBR team spots awardees.


1. Do I have to have applied for this year’s marathon lottery to be eligible?
No, but it is preferable if you did.

2. If I am awarded a team spot, do I have to pay for my entry?

3. Is there any chance NYRR will give us more spots?
Sorry not for this year!

4. If I am a fast runner, will that help my chances?

5. What *will* help my chances then?
Participation in NBR via showing up for races and group runs, volunteering, helping out with projects and other activities, and general involvement. Being an NBR leader or run leader is also great, but not required.

6. Do I have to be a current member of NYRR and be affiliated with NBR?

Any other questions? Please email NBR Team Captains.


NBR White Water Rafting Trip by nbrwebjohn
July 16, 2014, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Socials

When: Saturday July 26, 2014
Where: LeHigh River, (Near White Haven, Pa)

Cost: Total = ~$100.00 (Rafting = $65.00 Transportation = ~$35)

**Sign up before July 11, 2014 @ 9AM**

Please add your name to the list if you are interested: here

The NBR social group is organizing a day trip to the LeHigh River for a day of white water rafting. July 26 is a dam release day so we can expect class 2 & 3 rapids. It will be fun and exciting, but will not be too dangerous or technical.

The plan is to rent 15 passenger vans and leave Williamsburg early Saturday morning. Depending on our launch time (between 8 & 11) we would need to leave around 5:30AM. The ride from Williamsburg is ~2.5 hours.

Please respond by Friday July, 11 at 9AM. We will be making the reservation that afternoon so if you haven’t signed up by then you may not be able to join us. Once everyone has signed up, we will have a better idea of the per person cost.


Final call: for the white water rafting trip on July 26. We have had a few stragglers so it’s not too late. by Friday if you are interested and I will add you to the reservation count. We already have 13 ppl going! Check out the original post for details.

NBR Field Day 2014 by nbrwebjohn
July 4, 2014, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On



NBR Field Day

Saturday July 12th, 2014
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Cooper Park
Maspeth & Olive Sts


Afterparty:  TBD

It’s summer, summer, summer time!  That means plenty of sun, watermelon, and the NBR Kinda Annual Field Day! Which will take place at Cooper Park on Saturday, July 12th.  It was a great turnout last year and fun was had by all.  Don’t miss out on some of the events scheduled:

  • Egg Toss
  • Plank contest
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 3 Legged Race
  • Dizzy bat
  • et cetera! (You have to come and see what the et cetera are)

We’ll be competing as PARTNERS again this year.  Please sign up by Tuesday evening (July 8th) , we’ll be announcing teams on Wednesday morning so you have time to coordinate for costumes. COSTUMES!

Don’t miss out on all the fun, prizes and SURPRISES! Don’t hesitate! Participate!

Sign up Here!

Busy Bee Award Winner – June 2014 – Meg Duffy by nbrwebjohn
June 30, 2014, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Busy Bee, Inspiration, Members, Volunteering

Put on your fancy-pants! Because the Busy Bee for June is none other than Meg Duffy!

BBMeg04Meg is a loved and well-known part of NBR. And if you haven’t met her before, there are a few ways to help recognize her: Look for someone with ecumenical kindness and an infectious enthusiasm.  Look for someone unique and fiercely creative, who runs in fabulously-funky, self-styled gear. Look for someone personable with a great smile that greets new and old members alike. Look for someone fearlessly fun, who’s willing to instigate a dance party at almost any moment.  Look for someone who is devoted and caring enough to take responsibility for the Tuesday Night Tempo (TNT) for one whole year!  …Because that’s how NBR recognizes Meg!

Meg joined NBR in 2011 after moving to Brooklyn from another state. She started slowly connecting with members who shared her interest in running. She trained, raced, and regularly participated in NBR group runs. Through her participation, Meg found inspiration among others who also shared the same goaBBMeg03ls, challenges, and celebrated her accomplishments. But Meg didn’t just limit her involvement to running, and that was not her only connection. Soon she found herself getting more involved — volunteering with NBR at races, community events, and cheering on others. As her friendships grew, so did her desire to give back. Then in 2012, Meg acted on that desire by committing to lead TNT, a post that she served well for 1 year. During this time, we all saw Meg’s natural leaderships skills. Her presence was moral boosting. And her open, friendly attitude inspired so many to reach their goals.

550032_426120030808637_479992322_nNBR is all about people. We are a big and diverse group. Our members join for different reasons and choose to connect with the group in different ways. Our group culture is flexible to meet these diverse needs. In leadership, Meg has demonstrated this flexibility with kindness, enthusiasm, and style. But it is her commitment that makes her a Busy Bee. In passing, Meg has mentioned how NBR was one of the best things that happened to her since moving to Brooklyn.  Today NBR has replied: Dear Meg, the feeling is mutual! 

If you see Meg around, congratulate her on this accomplishment!

Visit our Busy Bee’s Page for more detail and past recipients.

NYRR Club Points Race FRNY Pride Run 5M Brunch by nbrwebjohn
June 24, 2014, 11:00 am
Filed under: Events, NBR Goings On, Socials

June 28th 2013, Saturday
12:30 PM

East River Park

Ok Ladies. So the men made you brunch. You laughed, you cried, you all got sore right arms the next day. If you missed MFB’s pasta, too bad, he’s off this weekend, cause it’s your turn to bring your aprons out and prove to the men that you can grill with the big boys. That’s right, this year the men’s brunch by the ladies will be an old school BBQ!


Both genders will be tired after running/cheering/volunteering their hearts out for NBR at Front Runner’s Pride Run team points race, so we don’t want the ladies slaving away in the kitchen into the wee hours the night before. So after Ladies, we need volunteers, salads, charcoal, meat, beverages and everything else to prove to the men that you can out do them in pulling off a brunch.

We need some very special volunteers to get there early and hold a spot of us, and since your lovely social crew all have Y chromosomes, we need some general female aid to pull this off in general, so sign up ladies.

Oh, and least us not forget that there will be a surprise contest for the men that will try to rival the epic display of strength that was the Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament.


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