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


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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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.



Donate Your Used Shoes by nbrwebjohn

North Brooklyn Runners is partnering with Soles4souls and Brooklyn Running Company to collect and donate your used shoes. We will have a bin at our track meet on April 25th so bring a pair or two.

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Shoes of any type and any condition are welcome!



Team Points Race, Scotland 10K 2014, Brunch Afterparty at Kent Ale House by nbrwebjohn
April 1, 2014, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Events, NBR Goings On, Socials

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The second NYRR club points race of the year is THIS Saturday!  Did you race it and work up a hunger for haggis (or more realistically fries)?  Did you cheer your heart out and need a scotch to sooth that sore throat?  Are you just overly excited about the forthcoming vote for Scottish independence that you were too shy to come out to race?  Do you just need an excuse to wear your kilt in public?  Come celebrate all this and more at the post Scotland Run 10k Brunch!

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Scotland 10K Club Points Brunch

Saturday, April 5th 2014

12:00 PM – Whenever

Kent Ale House

51 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249 (corner of N. 11th and Kent)

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Before you race:

1) Sign-Up for Bib Pickup –> All details on our google group post.  (Must be logged in.)  Deadline is Wednesday 4/2/2014 at 12 noon.

2) If your are racing, add your name to our race schedule/sign-in spreadsheet.



NYRR Brooklyn Half -New Balance Training Run – 9 Miles by nbrwebjohn
March 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Workouts

Hello NBR Family and Friends!

March 30 at 8:00 AM
McCarren Park Track

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 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 stager start (start with 12:00 to 7:00) so everyone finishes the run around the same time:) This is the route!

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.

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 defintately 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 March 30 at 8:00AM!

North Brooklyn Runners

Facebook Event.



Merge 25K : Race Report by nbrwebjohn
March 26, 2014, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Events, NBR Goings On, Races

Destination races are often posted on the NBR list-serve. Every once and a while, for some unknown reason, one race gains momentum, and a mass of NBR descends upon some distant locale sporting NBR gear head to toe. The locals wonder, who are these North Brooklyn Runners and should we be scared?

And so it was when Randy posted about the Merge 25K happening in Durham, North Carolina. Liam and Charles said to themselves: Hey, I have family there! Charles didn’t need much more of an excuse, but Liam – being a bit more strategic – reviewed race elevations to determine if it had the specifications for an optimum pre-race in preparation for Boston. What he learned was the following: it was a point-to-point race with a net downhill, and a generous amount of up-hills on that descent, just like Boston. Plus, it got bonus points for being a smaller race (800 registrants) and thus having the potential of podium time. Others of us were drawn to the fact that Merge Records is the home label of some of our favorite bands and promised a rocking after-party. Personally, I signed up for warm weather and greenery, and because I like the 25K distance.

Five of us were on the same small plane to North Carolina, while the others made their way on their own. I still prefer the 15-passenger van road trip, but it was a blast to share the cab and flight. We got started with some oversized draft beers at the airport since we arrived early – as we’ve learned to do for races – and were convinced that it would not interfere with our race performance. After a barbeque dinner and a trip to Whole Foods for breakfast provisions, we retired early to large, comfortable Southern hotel rooms as big as our Brooklyn apartments.

Race morning, we made our way from Durham to the start in Chapel Hill on shuttles and then amassed with our fellow NBRs around registration talking about our plans and paces. Our “fun run” people promised that they were just jogging this one, it was not a goal race, and they had not trained for this distance…YEAH SURE. Most had not run this distance before, and this was Elise’s longest distance to date! Shane was acting as a pacer for Meredith. (Shane also had a pocket full of Hammer Fuel for anyone that might need some, because Shane is always prepared and helpful. Odds are that he secretly volunteers at a homeless shelter too.) Liam was working on getting psyched up to destroy the local competition (which truth be told, looked dauntingly fit) and donned his game face. I used the McMillan app to see the recommended pace for a 25K based on my NYC Half time. The recommendation was 7:28/mi, but I felt I could manage the prior weekend’s pace (7:23) since it was far from my PR. No one else was willing to discuss pace, nor did they accept my offers to let them use the McMillan app. Meanwhile, Cherie and her ultra running coach Ray were trying to determine if they should double back after the race for some extra miles.

It was a beautiful morning and as the sun came up the NBR squad was just happy to be there and not in NYC. The men went and peed in the bushes just because it was pretty and open, and we wanted to mark our newfound territory (Okay, maybe that was just me).

Walking up to the start line, which had no corrals, we found Liam again warmed up and standing alone at the starting line. All of the other participants were still hanging back as if they were waiting for some unseen elite corral to take their place in front of them. It was an odd sight.

We stood there casually for a few minutes as others slowly started to walk up to the line, then Shane or Liam said, “I guess they’re not going to announce clearance on the…”

“Go!” (No gun, no horn, no clearance on the roadway, not even a “get set.”)

Wha!? And we were off.

Shane, Meredith, Charles and I started off at a pretty good clip, but we still lost sight of Liam in a minute or less, since it was a bit rolling and curvy. As we crossed the first mile we made another turn, and because of a gentle grade down, we could see Liam way out front. We lost sight of him when he turned, and we knew that that was the last we would see of Liam until the finish line.

We got back to focusing on pacing, since we had started a little fast. We might been tempted to ease up too much, but Shane kept us honest at 7:20-25. We were enjoying the road, when first in puzzlement and then in apprehension, we recognized that the NBR jersey stopped on the shoulder in front of us was Liam. We slowed to see if he needed help. He let us know that he wasn’t racing; he had just run ahead so that he could cheer the rest of the team on. That’s why NBR wins Team Spirit!

Shane was immediately overwhelmed by Liam’s commitment to team spirit and fell into a side plank.

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Shane had no idea those back country roads from Chapel Hill to Durham would be that hilly, so he was grateful for the good conversation and laughs for the almost two hours of running with Meredith, Charles Atherton and myself. Shane lit up when we got shout-outs for New York; people couldn’t have been more enthusiastic about welcoming us to the South. One highlight for Shane was the dinner on Saturday night with Iman’s parents and the rest of NBR. Finally, Meredith and Shane got to run around Duke University on Sunday morning before the rain and were mightily impressed. If Shane decides to go back to school, this may be the place.

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Charles is no stranger to the area having lived there for 13 years including his college years. He was ready for some perfect spring weather, a beautiful hilly course, and a great group of NBRs to run and party with. Or what he calls, “pretty close to a perfect weekend!” The novelty of a point-to-point race through wooded neighborhoods, along country roads lined with trees bursting into bloom, that ended at a post-race party with great live music, and traveling with NBR makes for a pretty cool weekend.

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Bomina remembers one of her favorite movie quotes of all time, “life is better with company.” The only time during the weekend that she didn’t get to share our company was during the race, and even then, we were all together in spirit. The NBR jersey brought her the company of strangers, as so many of them asked, “You’re one of those North Brooklyn Runners?” That NBR jersey stands out, and gets you special treatment (like a free Bloody Mary bought by another runner’s dad) at the after-party! When you’re traveling to a race, life is better with NBR!

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Elise was anxiously waiting for the start of the longest distance race she’s run. She’d completed two half marathons, and a Sunday-Funday Run that was just under 14 miles. On top of that, she’d sprained her ankle five weeks earlier, and wondered if she would she totally break down and hobble across the finish line in last place. A starting line shortage of port-a-potties (there are never enough, are there?) had Elise running past the first few markers reading 1K, 2K, and 3K but still with no port-a-potties in sight. Finally she sighted one, but wait: It wasn’t for racers, it was for the road crew. She decided she could wait. The hills’ relentless undulation, like a perverse magic runway carpet in cement grey, could have been lethally boring, but Elise tagged onto an older woman with a steady cadence. She would gain then lose this race friend the whole time. Bystanders cheered: “You can do it! Just. One. More. Hill!” and “I promise you this is the last one!” and “It’s ALL downhill after this one!” It was one encouraging lie after the next. Elise ran faster than her previous half marathon paces, and finished first for the NBR women.

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Christine commented that the race organizers chose a really cool area for the finish and after party. The vibe was very Brooklyn. Not surprisingly the managers and some of the staff of the host bar Motorco were all bearded, and have visited Williamsburg numerous times. I think they had plans on kidnapping Christine.

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Liam traveled with Angela and Roebling to visit family, and with a grand NBR spirit strategy. He wanted to be at the start and along the route to get us pumped up, but there was no subway. The only way to execute his master plan was to get out on the field and take off like a shot in front of the fastest runners. He then dutifully cheered us on the course. He positioned his son Roebling 400m off the finish line with an exceptionally loud baby rattle that he would shake and blurt “mmnbbrer” as loud as his chubby cheeks could muster. (He’s still working on enunciating.) Then there was Angela at the finish line congratulating us… and somewhat concerned as to where her husband was.

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Cherie posted her experiences on her blog (http://worldofcherie.blogspot.com/) In summary, for Cherie, it was all about the music. (Little known fact: She doesn’t actually like running.) Superchunk has been a favorite band of hers since high school, and she was hoping to meet some of her favorite musicians. The first band playing at the after-party was Cosmic Punk, and they were phenomenal. Bomina and Cherie both wanted to buy their CD only to find out that they don’t have a CD, because they’re still in high school. And they’re THAT awesome? Yes!

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Stephanie made a spontaneous decision to come down for the race, both to take advantage of what turned out to be a much shorter than hoped for gap between jobs and to revisit her college town of Durham. She was pleasantly surprised by Durham’s continued evolution, even if it made her feel old when she didn’t know where she was half the time. Stephanie was still shaking off the “NBR Plague” that claimed multiple people during the week after the gala (she’s still trying to find and blame “Carrier Zero”), so she spent the race itself alternately enjoying the course and standing off to the side of the road hacking convulsively and scaring other runners. She also solved the mystery of why people kept asking us, “Are you from the Brooklyn in New York?” when an admirer informed her that there is a “cool” neighborhood in Raleigh that is nicknamed “Brooklyn.”

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Many thanks to Merge Records for putting on a great inaugural race, and to the friendly folks of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill for making it such a welcoming experience for a gang of misfits from the mean streets of North Brooklyn (New York).

-Ken Allen




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