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

NBR Donut Run – Spring 2015 by nbrwebjohn
May 20, 2015, 9:00 am
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, Inspiration, NBR Goings On

Saturday June 6th, 2015
10:00 AM

The Bins (Northside of McCarren Park Track)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Donut Kingdom,

Mishka Vertin, Donut Empress, is visiting in early June, and to honor her return we are hosting the Donut Run!

For the uninitiated, the Donut Run involves running from donut shop to donut shop, testing the spoils of this donut rich city.  The course usually covers 8-10 miles and 4 donuts.  Those who eat a full donut at each location are crowned Donut Royalty FOREVER (For-ev-er…).

We will meet at the bins at 10am, discuss our favorite things about donuts, and be on our merry ways.  Route map to come.


McCarren Park 5K 2015 by nbrwebjohn
May 19, 2015, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Club Points Racing, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
9:00AM – 11AM

McCarren Park (By Ericsson Playground, on Leonard St btwn Manhattan Ave & Bayard St)

In 2012, the “The McCarren 5K – Run/Walk for Youth” or M5K” debuted on the New York City running calendar to rave reviews capturing the hearts and minds of local runners looking for something unique. The one loop 3.1 mile fast paced course takes you on a tour of North Brooklyn’s hippest streets before returning to the finish for a post-race vittles and awards. In 2015 it returns for its 3rd year and with it, an unparalleled opportunity for deep penetration into the New York City running market and promises to deliver an even longer-lasting impression to our loyal active lifestyle audience as well as community supporters.

Once again The North Brooklyn Runners are going be a part of the St. Nicks Alliance’s McCarren park 5k.  Last year we had a great turnout.  We ran hard and we ran deep. And it’s all for an organization that’s been part of and serving the community for close to 40 years.

St. Nicks Alliance would like this race to become and event.  If there is something that NBR knows how to do is put on an event.  So as a thank you for our help in promoting this race to our runners and friends in the running community, St Nicks is giving us a discount code to be used by NBR Members.  And remember, this race is part of the team point patch system to earn an NBR patch.

Last year St. Nicks debuted a new course.  Based on NBR’s input on the course itself they have modified the course a bit:

run for youth front

run for youth front

NBR will be a sponsor again this year. If you are looking to shake out those legs after running the Brooklyn Half then this is the race for you. NBR will have a large presence throughout. Sign-Up here.  NBR has a discount via directions on our google group.

Brooklyn Half Beach Afterparty 2015 by nbrwebjohn
May 9, 2015, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Events, NBR Goings On

Saturday May 16th, 2015
10:00AM – ??PM (Right after the race)

Coney Island Beach
(on sand in front of The Wonder Wheel)

Brooklyn Half Beach Afterparty 2015

The Brooklyn Half is almost here! That means one very important thing, the NBR Post-Brooklyn Half Beach Party is next weekend! Full details to come shortly, but let’s get this started by signing up to bring some food or drink to the party! We’ll be organizing some form of party goods transit drop off friday night, so you don’t have to run the whole race with 2 dozen donuts in tow.

Sign up now!

NBR Spring 2015 Town Hall Meeting & Survey by nbrwebjohn
May 5, 2015, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, NBR Goings On

TownHallMay 9th, 2015
Saturday – 10:45 AM to noon

McCarren Park Recreation Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

(between Bayard & Driggs, right across from the track)

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for the NBR Spring Town Hall. Absolutely all members (that’s YOU) are invited and very encouraged to come and take part in NBR history: we will be holding our very first membership Board elections!
In addition to the elections to fill the two vacant Board seats, we will hear updates and words of wisdom from the club’s leadership Coordinators (i.e. the Race Coordinators, Run, Social, etc.). We have a busy season of racing, brunching, special events and training ahead of us, so you’ll want to get all the details. The Volunteer Coordinators will have a special announcement about the exciting initiatives they are cooking up for the rest of the year. It includes a lot of opportunities for you to get involved, and even take the lead, in our direction of greater community involvement for the club.
Most importantly, we want to hear from you. The Town Hall is a great time to let the rest of the club know what you’d like to see NBR involved with, a time to let your voice be heard. Remember, this club is member-driven, and you are the membership.
And, one last piece of important business to discuss here: we will need your votes at the Town Hall to amend the Bylaws in order to allow us to hold the elections to fill the two vacancies. Here’s why:
Our current bylaws state that: 
  1.  Vacancies on the Board will be filled by a decision of the remaining board members (not by the membership at large), and;
  2. That elections are only held at the annual meeting in the fall.

The board decided it would be in the best interest for the club if we ask you to vote to amend the Bylaws so that we can:

  1. Allow the Club’s membership to make the decisions on who will fill vacant Board spots by holding an election, if a mid-term vacancy occurs, and;
  2. Hold elections at either the Spring Town Hall or the Autumn Annual Meeting club meetings.

Pretty simple stuff. The main drivers behind our proposed changes are that it makes the team that much more democratic, and encourages people to get involved. Additionally, we won’t have the potential for a total turnover of all board seats each fall. That should, theoretically, provide some continuity over the course of the year. Other than that, no other changes are required: Board seats are still a one-year term, with a two term max.

That last part was fun reading, I know! For a detailed look at the section of the bylaws (VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS (“BOARD”) AND ELECTIONS)  that contains the proposed amendments we’d like to make, with your approval, please take a look at this link. Language to be removed is in strikethrough, language to be added is in red: here

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know. SEE YOU THERE ON THE 9th!

Facebook Invite.

Here is the Spring 2015 NBR Member Survey. We would love to get feedback on what you do and do not like about NBR, and what you’d like to see from NBR in the future. We’d appreciate feedback from both old and new members. Please have your responses submitted by Friday, May 8th, 8:00pm.

We’ll discuss the results and your comments/suggestions at the Town Hall.

Meet Anselm Lebourne (Master’s World Record Holder) by nbrwebjohn
May 1, 2015, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Races, Running Tips, Triathlon

May 4th, MondayAnselmLe
8:30 PM

Brooklyn Running Company
222 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

All NBR members are welcome to join Anselm for a presentation followed by a question and answer session. He will focus on leadership, motivation, and hard work. Learn about the discipline, determination and focus that enabled him to become a preeminent master’s runner.

Gain tips that can help your running. Anselm’s training focuses on speed, strength, and flexibility. His workouts, even his distance runs, are done on the track, or turf. His long, including recovery, runs are done at sub 7:00 minute pace. Anselm’s workouts are structured with minimal recovery between intervals. Anselm incorporates stretching, drills and calisthenics into his workouts.

….And…he’s totally awesome.  Here’s why:

● 14 masters world records. Five set in the 2014/2015 indoor season.
● 8 world championship gold medals.
● 8 U.S. championship gold medals
● USATF athlete of the week January 2015.
● In March, at age 55, ran a 4:34.79 world record for the mile.

Other: college professor, radio show host, founder of a running academy.
His motto is “hard work beats talent if talent does not work hard.” Because of his disciplined approach to training, diet and his understanding of the human body he stays injury free.

NYRR Brooklyn Half Training Run #2 – 11 Miles by nbrwebjohn
April 15, 2015, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Workouts

Hello NBR Family and Friends!

April 18 2015, Saturday
8:00 AM
Start McCarren Park Track (North Side of Track)

Coffee Afterwards at Urban Rustic

Are you training for the NYRR Brooklyn Half or just wanna come for a run with a group of runners? Thanks to NYRR, New Balance and Airbnb we are hosting two training opportunities for everyone! Everyone from NBR to other non NBRs are invited!


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 stagered start at 8:00 at the north side or the McCarren Park Track. Here is the route for this 11 mile run:

At the start we’ll have some swag from New Balance. After the run we will head over to Urban Rustic which is located right where we star/finish (N12th St. & Union Ave) for some coffee and recovery food compliments of AirBnB.

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 Saturday at 8:00am!

Facebook Event.

New Member Happy MeHour by nbrwebjohn
April 14, 2015, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, New Members, Socials

April 16th 2015
Thursday – 7 PM – 9PM

33 Nassau Ave & Guernsey St

Come out this Thursday to meet some new friends, say hi to old ones, enjoy a lovely evening, and prob have a ton of fun!

Also, we will have a giant box full of live kittens that you can climb into and snuggle with! See below for more details…


It’s warming up outside, and people are back on the streets enjoying the beautiful running weather… what a perfect time to mix and mingle and meet the rest of the team! Join us next Thursday April 16th at Spritzenhaus 7-9pm+ to catch the name of that person you’ve been running next to but never ask.

If you’ve never come to a run before but have been thinking about it, this is a great opportunity to meet some other team mates. If you’ve been around for a while, this is great chance to see people you never see because they’re always at different runs than you. NBR is less of a team and more of big group of friends who happen to run together. This event is aimed at meeting some of the many new members, as catching everyone’s names can be a little tough when we’re huffing and puffing!

As the annual NBR Track Meet is coming up soon, with it’s many fun relay races, we’ll also help form relay teams! There’s a lot of people interested who don’t have solid teams lined up, so come put your name down and we’ll help hook it up! Then you can meet your new team and start practicing your secret handshake.

BUT you should register NOW before the price goes up after April 12th!

The track meet is a LOT of fun, even if you’ve never done any track events – you don’t need to have any track experience, just a desire to join in on a local fun event and two feet! There’s lots of prizes to be had, and they’re not all based on times (eg: best team name award).

So join us at Spritzenhaus from 7-9pm+ on Thursday April 16th for a drink, meet some new friends, find a relay team, and share your love of kittens. There’s no formal speaking points, but there will be lots of people there who can answer any questions you have. Bring cash/card, your ID, and smiles :)

New Memeber Coordinators

**Note: there is no actual box full of kittens – it’s really just the sidewalk and you drank too much. Those aren’t kittens you’re cuddling, it’s 30 pieces of sidewalk gum (if you’re lucky!)

Facebook Event.


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