May 28th, Wednesday, 8:30PM
McCarren Park Track after the Wednesday Night Run!
Come out to this workshop on training for the heat. With tips from various running experts who regularly run Badwater 135 miler (where 120 degrees F is a cool year), let’s learn more about how we can train and race our very best in the heat.
This run will be immediately after the Wednesday night run, so hopefully you are nice and hot and sweaty as a starter.
Attire: hot pants.
Saturday May 17th, 2014
10:00AM – ??PM (Right after the race)
Well look at the time. It appears to be beach season again. What? you can’t go to the beach this weekend cause you have to run/cheer/volunteer for the club points awesomeness that is the Brooklyn Half? Perfect! Let’s all meet at the beach for an after party! Who needs “brunch” when have sand, sun and all of NBR right there?
Help us make this beach blanket bash a blast by signing up to bring food and or drink to the party here.
We’ll be having a meet up at the park friday night at 7pm to load some some non-perishable goodies into Colin’s trunk which he has graciously volunteered to us.
Stayed tuned for more details and time schedule for the photo of the year
If the McCarren Park Track Classic could be summed up in two words they’d be “Get Involved.” Whether it be filling in as a last minute addition to a 4 x 400 team (thank you, Radford, Masha & Jen!), transporting a few sandbags, taking photos, ringing a cowbell at the 300 meter mark, or sponsoring a young runner, tiny acts of volunteerism turned a few 5 to 15 minute races into a community-wide event, reaching participants from all 5 boroughs, and igniting the interest of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint community, who, for one day a year, get to see us really do our thing (that thing being running fast, not dodging soccer balls and yelling, “Track!”).
Though it was a relatively small event, NBR was able to either give free entry or gain sponsored entry for two community teams – Back on My Feet and the young women of the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice in Borough Park, where I teach. To be able to give my students the competitive athletic outlet for which they yearn, but don’t often get, meant so much. They competed in the mile, and later three of them and I competed as a 4 x 400 team. While we came in last, I was blown away by their grit and determination. When our anchor took off at top speed, Charlie (I think it was Charlie?) and I both said, “Oh, she’s about to learn a very important lesson in pacing herself” (one I had learned in my own mile race earlier in the night) and just waited for her to inevitably slow down after the first curve. She didn’t slow down until about the 300-meter mark, and then she saw Masha up ahead nearing the finish, sped up again, crossed the finish line, and collapsed (the good kind of collapse) onto the ground, beaming with pride.
What I hoped my students would take away from this event was a respect for competition, a new understanding of perseverance, and a drive to accomplish more. Over the last week, I’ve compiled photos from the many amazing photographers at the event and sent a whole bunch of them to the students. I asked the anchor which one was her favorite, and the one she picked was of her, just after crossing the finish line, completely stunned, exhausted, and yet fully focused and contemplative. In that moment I knew she understood what it means to be a runner. Thank you, NBR, for helping her and her schoolmates see that.
Similar feelings of accomplishment were felt from the Back on My Feet team. Katy Baldwin, Program Director of BoMF writes, “One member, Antwan, who ran his first sub-6 minute mile, said, ‘Even though I wasn’t trying to compete with the other guys in the race, it was amazing to me how much faster my time was at the track meet. I feel great about that time, and didn’t know I had it in me.’ He was still beaming when I saw him today. I so appreciate all the NBR folks who were kind and encouraging and supportive to our runners, 5 of whom were racing for the very first time.”
Now for the rundown of events: NBR came in 2nd in the NYCRuns mile, with Samantha John posting a 4th place 5:54.52 for the women and Xander Woolverton a 3rd place 4:32.82 for the men. A new rivalry was born in the masters group: Quinn Batson vs. Malcolm Gladwell, author and fluorescent yellow shirt owner, while Ed Murphy reached his own “tipping point” in the men’s 4 x 400 race. The NBR relay teams showed their dominance, with Crouching Raymund Hidden Chu placing 2nd in the competitive men’s DMR, the numerically-inclined NBR 73 and Ezekiel 18 placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively in the Men’s 4 x 400. NBR Co-Eds and NBR Women placed 1st and 2nd in the combined co-ed / women’s DMR heat, but last in the creative team name category. And I have to give a shout-out to my 4×400 co-ed teammate, Sean Laude, for, to parrot his favorite phrase, galloping toward the finish like a magnificent stallion and winning the relay by less than 2 seconds. In doing so, he managed to forever cement ‘Revenge of the Newbies’ as the fastest co-ed relay team that existed in NYC at approximately 8:45 on April 25, 2014, AND established himself as the subject of the greatest picture taken at the McCarren Track Classic.
Congratulations to everyone who ran and a huge thank you to everyone who lent a hand in any one of the million ways that made this event so special.
Also: thank you to our sponsors Brooklyn Running Company, Brooklyn Winery, Finish Line PT, Urban Rustic, Peter Pan, Greenhook Ginsmiths, and Hosh Yoga.
(photo credits: Michael Essig (1), ? (2), Larry Sillen (3) )
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 Now Has a Shoe Recycling Program in Place!
Help get the word out: We will start collecting shoes at the McCarren Classic Track Meet this Friday, and continue to collect them at Brooklyn Running Company! North Brooklyn Runners is partnering with Soles4souls and Brooklyn Running Company to collect and donate your used shoes.
QUESTION & ANSWERS
Q: WHO should recycle their shoes?
A: Everyone! All NBR, your friends, and your family are welcomed to help!
Q: WHAT kinds of shoes can be recycled?
A: All shoes can be recycled (regardless of condition or shoe-type).
Q: WHEN does this start?
A: NBR will have an official collection at the Track Meet (4/25 @ 7:00 pm), and will announce the program again at the town hall meeting.
However, members are welcomed to drop their shoes any time they want (see below of location)! This is an ongoing program with no end!
Q: WHERE can shoes be recycled?
A: Shoes can be dropped off at Brooklyn Running Company during regular store hrs (Mon – Sat : 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sun : 11:00am – 6:00 pm). They can also be dropped off (for a limited time) at the Track Meet.
Q: WHY recycle your shoes?
A: It’s Better for the environment – and eliminates waste. It’s Better for people – Recycling shoes benefits those in need. Click here to learn how.
Questions? Email email@example.com