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

Upcoming Events

NBR regularly hosts events for members and friends– from picnics and bar crawls to training clinics and discussions. We also are committed to our community and volunteer on a regular basis, both at races and locally in the neighborhood. We’ve participated in Williamsburg Walks, It’s My Park Day, and more! Occasionally, we have meetings too, to discuss big events and projects, and voice needs and concerns.

Don’t miss these exciting upcoming events!  Scroll down for full description of events.  See you there!

August 2015

Team Champs Post Race MEN vs Women Super Challenge BBQ!


Super Challenge BBQ

Saturday August 1st, 2015
1 PM
Cooper Park
Maspeth & Olive Sts


Youse guys, Saturday is Team Champs! That means NBR’s Men and Women will be going all out for a race just for the local running clubs, and it’s awesome! If you’re running it, amazing! If you’re cheering at it, you’re the best! If you’re not attending the post race Brunch/BBQ/Field Day Super Challenge extravaganza, fogetaboutit!

So here’s the deal. Men and Women race separately in this one, so let’s keep the battle of the sexes alive at the brunch with some friendly competition. This isn’t just some arm wrestling we are talking about. Its half field day, half grill-off, half bake-off, half the calories (that’s a lot of halves). They’ll be a series of challenges that will all score you points for your team. This will include some classic field day events, some things we’ll just make up, a grill off and of course a bake off. Winning gender gets bragging rights and will hold the title of NBR’s Superior Sex for one year.

So bake some goods in preparation, and bring some food to share for the BBQ. We’ll be lighting up the grills around 1pm at Cooper Park (even if you’ve never heard of it, i’m sure you’ve run past it, its in our hood people).

If you want to sign up to bring something to the BBQ (this way we don’t have 10 chips and no salsa) use this the link on our google group post here.

Sign up for the actual events will be done Saturday at the BBQ. If you plan on entering the Grill Off or the Bake Off, come prepared!

July 2015

Work shop: ‘The Secrets to You Reaching Beyond Presumed Limits’: Running Biomechanics w Coach GP

Wednesday, July 29th

McCarren Park Track after Wednesday Night  Road Run


Coach Gerard (GP) Pearlberg – USAFT Coach, Level 2, Co-Founder, Author – “Run Tall, Run Easy”, aka “Coach GP,” hails from England and has been an avid athlete for 43 of his 51 years. An international rugby player for many years, GP took up distance running in April 1990. He ran his first marathon at New York that year after being challenged by his sister Nicole. After that initial 4:41 at New York, GP was determined to find out why the marathon had been such a challenge. From that day forward, he was committed to uncovering the secrets to moving the human body through space with as much efficiency, economy, and speed as possible. Over the next 24 years, GP completed 27 marathons, including a 2:34:00 in the 1998 Napa Valley Marathon and a 4:21 mile at the Capital Mile in Sacramento at age 35.


GP’s professional coaching career was born. He is considered one of the top authorities on running biomechanics, and he is the full-time coach to several world-class runners, including Florida’s two-time Olympic marathoner, Ronnie Holassie and BRR own Deirdre Brill.GP also works with Ajee Wilson (ranked in the top three in 800 meters in the USA) specifically in the area of running mechanics. He also coaches age-group runners and Military personnel around the world via his Web site:

Coach GP’s 26th marathon in New York was his 17th marathon completed under three hours. A member of Team Spira,GP is also the head coach for Team Boomer worldwide, part of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, providing Athletic Scholarships and raising funds & awareness in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis based in New York. In addition to his own full time athletes, GP coached over 125 Team Boomer runners each year for the NY marathon.

GP does TV and radio commentary, and he is a frequent guest at major races across North America including being the television commentator for the Miami marathon. GP’s signature lecture “Proper Running Biomechanics: How to Get Out of Trouble When Trouble Strikes,” offers race participants concrete advice they can apply to their running the very next day in the race. Coach GP is one of the featured speakers in the Marathon & Beyond Speakers Bureau, joining a distinguished panel that includes legendary American distance runners Helen Klein and Patti Catalano Dillon. Coach GP brings his own brand of energy, intensity, humor, and high degree of motivation to his speaking engagements, along with straightforward facts that runners can put into use immediately.

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November 2015

NYC Marathon 2015 Fluid Station Team Volunteer

November 1st 2015, Sunday
7:00 AM – 2:30/3:00pm
Mile 11 & Mile 12

Yes, it’s still April. No, summer isn’t slipping through your fingers (yet) BUT believe it or not, it is time to start rallying the troops to sign up to help out and give back to NBR at our very own fluid station at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. The process started early this year, and we need your help!


Volunteering at the NYC marathon with 199 of your dearest NBR teammates is a blast, I swear! It’s a great way to meet and laugh with others, and you get a front row view of the greatest race in town as it cruises through our neighborhood on November 1, 2015. Seriously, if you’ve never done it, do it. I can nearly guarantee that you’ll end up dragging your friends to help out next year. It’s that kind of fun. In fact, why not get ahead of the game and drag them out to volunteer this year!?

It’s easy to sign up, too. Go to your “My NYRR” portal on Log in (or register for an account if you don’t currently have one) and go to the Volunteer tab on the left side of the page. Choose FLUID STATIONS 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.

Then scroll down and please make sure you choose the one titled: Fluid Station Mile 12- North Brooklyn Runners ONLY.

Fluid Station Mile 12- North Brooklyn Runners ONLY

Save, and you’re all set!

Remember, NBR is an all volunteer army, so thanks for volunteering!

P.s. – more NYCM volunteer details are here:

June 2015

Spine Health Workshop: Keys to Avoiding the Surgeon’s Knife

Spine Health Keys to Avoiding the Surgeon's KnifeThursday, June 25th

McCarren Park Track after Thursday Night Track Workout.

Erich Anderer is proud to count himself among the first four members of NBR, having responded to a forlorn, handwritten invitation taped to a streetlight on Bedford Avenue. Thanks to NBR, he was converted from someone who had never run more than three miles consecutively in his life to a marathoner in 6 months. While not as conscientious on the track these days due to the competing orbits of work and preschool preparation, he has watched like a proud, quasi-absentee father as NBR has grown into an athletic and social juggernaut.

He is a native New Yorker and former Manhattanite, having earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia University. He did his neurosurgical residency and fellowship in spine surgery at NYU Medical Center, where he maintains an academic appointment. He has written and lectured extensively on neurosurgical topics, and instructs NYU residents on brain and spinal surgery techniques. His primary practice, however, is at Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park. He recently moved his wife and daughter from Williamsburg to Clinton Hill, which he maintains still counts as North Brooklyn. Thus, he remains active in the community and is a board member of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Apparently, he has an affinity for all things North Brooklyn, not just her runners.

Dr. Anderer (Erich, whatever) will be speaking on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and, most importantly, the prevention of spine-related pain. This includes neck pain, back pain and nerve pain in the arms and legs. Although he makes his living as a surgeon, he will spend most of the time talking about ways to avoid meeting him in an operating room. He would prefer to meet you at the Nest.

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NBR Spring Fling 2015

June 27th 2015, Saturday
5:30 PM

Gorbals Rooftop ( 98 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 )

Join us for light fare and happy hour specials at the NBR spring fling!

We are organizing an evening at the Gorbals Rooftop to get everyone together to mingle and meet anyone new to the team. A portion of your ticket price will go towards supporting future NBR events!

Buy tickets!


Ticket includes:

Food by winner of Top Chef, Ilan Hall (make sure you mention if you would like the vegetarian option in the comment section when buying your ticket at the gear shop)

Extended happy hour specials!

Music, fun times with your NBR teammates! Portion of the ticket price will go towards future NBR events! Come enjoy a NY summer rooftop evening with NBR!

May 2015

NBR Donut Run – Spring 2015

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

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.

NBR Spring 2015 Town Hall Meeting & Survey

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!

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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)

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.

March 2015

NYRR Brooklyn Half Training Run #1 – 7 Miles

nbrbklynhalftrainrunnumber1Hello NBR Family and Friends!

March 28, Saturday
8:30 AM
Start McCarren Park Track (North Side of Track)

Coffee Afterwards at Urban Rustic

Are you training for the NYRR BK 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 start at 8:30 at the north side of the McCarren Park Track.

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 post run coffee and fun sponsored by 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 definitely pack light!

We are excited to host this event and happy to have you all join us!

See you on March 28th at 8:30AM!

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April 2015

Fourth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Save the Date!


Fourth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 24, 2015
7:00 PM

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

Register now!

Price: $15.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee

Increases to $25.00 after April 12, 2015 @ 11:59pm EDT

*Race fee includes a free New Balance Tech Tee for those registering through March 31st.

**Race caps at 200 participants.

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More Events to be listed soon…

If you have any ideas and/or want to help organize any events, please email!

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