CANCELLED! Run The NYC Half Course W/ Us This Saturday!

UPDATE – SATURDAY 3/2/19 @ 5am!

Due to accumulations of already 2-3 inches of snow on the ground in Brooklyn and more still falling, we have decided it is in the runners best interests to cancel this run! .

We have come too far training wise to risk insury! Originally I had hoped this would be mostly rain but it wasn’t the case!

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Apologies this didn’t work out!

As we come up close to two weeks left to the United NYC Half, its time for runners to get their final long runs in!  Similar to what we did a few weeks back, we will be running a large portion of the United NYC half course!  This week we will come close to running the whole course! We are looking to run approximately 12 miles this Saturday!

Where: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch @ Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park!

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time: Gathering between 7:00am – 7:15am

Why: 12 miles of the United NYC Half Marathon Course

 We will be doing this run rain or shine! One of the positives that we have going our way that day is that we will have a bag check available! You can check your bag with one of our members at Grand Army Plaza who will then transport your belongings for retrieval by the NYRR Run Center.

We will also have FREE samples of Nuun Hydration & Vitamins to give out before and after the run.

For this run we will have three different pace groups and have them departing at staggered times.

-Pace group 1 – 7:30am – Runners pacing over 11:00

 -Pace group 2 – 7:45am -Runners pacing b/w 9:00 and. 11:00 per mile,

 –Pace group 3 – 8:00 am -Runners pacing under 9:00/ mile

Below is the route that we will be taking for the course run. Please keep in mind that some parts of the actual course cannot be run as we do not have access to them such as the main road of the Manahattan Bridge and the actual FDR Drive. We have improvised the route to come as close to the actual race day course as possible.

COURSE ROUTE! 

I know the race starts within Prospect Park but we won’t have the luxury of signage telling us where to go this Saturday and I would like to avoid any confusion. Also, starting in Grand Army Plaza allows, our vehicular bag check to drive up right to us and not having to go inside the park. So with this route, we will end up somewhere between 12 and 12 1/2 miles approximately while cutting out one mile from within Prospect Park.

  •  We will start at Grand Army Plaza and head South on Flatbush Avenue, taking Flatbush Avenue until you get to Empire Blvd. (0.75 miles)
  • Once you hit Empire Blvd,  turn around and come back up Flatbush Avenue retracing the route you just ran. Go back thru Grand Army Plaza and run past it but make sure to pick up Flatbush Avenue on the other side of Grand Army Plaza AND NOT Vanderbilt Avenue. (approx 1.0 mile)
  • Once you pass thru Grand Army Plaza, stay on Flatbush Ave for 1.5 miles and make a left on Willoughby St. (1.5 miles) 
  • On Willoughby, go 5 blocks, approx. ¼ mile and make a right onto Jay St. (0.25 MILES
  • Stay on Jay St for a little over a ¼ mile until you come to Sands St. Here, there is an entrance to the Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway. (0.25 MILES)
  • Enjoy the stretch over Manhattan Bridge and take your pictures now instead of race day lol (1.3 MILES)
  • When you come off the bridge make a right on Canal Street Stay on Canal Street for about 3 blocks until you get to Allen Street and make a right. Stay on Allen St until it turns to Pike Street and take Pike Street all the way until you hit the FDR Drive. (0.25 MILES)
  • Cross under the FDR drive and run along the water either along the water or on the bike path under the FDR drive. Stay along this path until you come to the Water Club which is approximately at 34th street (3.0 MILES)
  • Continue one block on 34th street to 1st ave and make a right. (0.1 MILES)
  • Continue north on 1st Ave to 42nd street and make a left (0.4 MILES)
  • Continue on 42nd street to 7th avenue and make a right. (1.2 MILES)
  • Continue north on 7th avenue for a mile until you reach 59th street and Central Park South. Make a right on Central Park South. (1.0 MILES)
  • Take Central Park South to Grand Army Plaza and enter the park on East Drive. Continue on East drive and make a left at the 72nd street tranverse. Take the transverse around to the west drive and end run at tavern on the green. (1.5 MILES)

See you on Saturday rain or shine! Any questions regarding the run, please email us at wearenycrc@gmail.com !

 

Smile Samantha! You Are Our Member Spotlight Of The Week!

Always with a smile, Samantha has been featured on many NYRR promo ads!

Another week has passed so it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of our members! Today we are happy to shine that spotlight on one of our very first members, the always smiling, Samantha M.!

Samantha has always come to club gatherings with tons of energy, a positive attitude and of course her vibrant smile.

Samantha started running in 2001 in college when she felt she was overweight and as a result, it made her self-conscious. At the time she had an unpleasant dance teacher that would make her feel uncomfortable about her weight so she turned to running to prove that teacher wrong and feel better about herself. Little by little she would set small benchmarks for herlsef measured in city blocks.

When she’s no running, Samantha loves singing and dancing!

 

Eventually she had worked up to a mile and before she knew it she was running as far as 5 kilometers! As running became a healthy obsession, she would run at the gym on treadmills admittedly so she could watch trashy TV (lol). Ever increasing her mileage, she joined New York Road runners in 2012 and ran her first 5k that year. Fast forward to today, Samantha has run over 80 races with NYRR!

Being a runner since 2012, Samantha stumbled across We Are NYC Running club last year while training for the United NYC Half Marathon. Why would Samantha join a running club though after being a runner for 6 years and having success with it? Samantha points to the amount of support that she felt from strangers who shared the same common goal as her and had a true genuine love for running.

3rd from the right, Samantha was at the very first official club meet up!

Samantha was part of the first unofficial meet up of the club back at the 2018 NYRR Gridiron 4 miler run. That day she felt the group had something special just from spending 15 minutes together with the group before the 4 mile race. With many years of running already under her belt, she wanted to be part of something bigger where she could talk to people and not be judged. She remembers many years back still to that dance class teacher where she made to feel so small. Being a part of this club, she no longer feels that at all! Since joining the club, Samantha has loved being a member as she points to the many fabulous, strong, dedicated and down to earth people she has met. She adds that running a race is so much better knowing that you have a lot of people out there rooting for you and running with you. Just yesterday, Samantha ran her 22nd race as a member of We Are NYC Running Club as she ran the NYRR Gridiron 4 miler with the club and celebrated a year of running with her new found running family!

Looking forward, she continues to think about running the TCS NYC Marathon as a long term goal. For now she is concerned with committing time to train for a marathon as she knows the amount of time involved with it and she does not want to take that time away from her family, especially her three year old son Harrison. Speaking of her son Harrison, he himself has already run some races with NYRR. Samantha plans on continuing to have Harrison run more races this year while she continues to prepare for some more half marathons herself with the 2:00 time barrier as her ultimate goal!

Pictured here at the Bronx 10 Mile, Samantha ran 22 races with We Are NYC RC in 2018!

We are fairly confident that Samantha will break that 2:00 barrier if not at the NYC Half Marathon, perhaps the Brooklyn half marathon! Once she has done that, if she hasn’t changed her mind about going for the TCS NYC marathon, she may just be content with continuing another fun hobby of hers – performing and singing famous Broadway musical scores on top of her radiator with her son Harrison!

Here are some words that some of our members had for Samantha!

Fellow Club teammate Marjorie

Fellow Club teammate Cesar

 

Monday Member Spotlight – Meet Carlo!

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Carlo Has Ascended to B Corral & Shows No Signs Of Stopping!

This week our member spotlight is focused on our quiet but fearless Carlo Fervil. Carlo’s love for running has turned into a lifelong passion. Here’s why…

Carlo had no idea that he was going to soon find his passion and something that would take him on a lifelong journey. At the encouragement of a co worker and curious to try running as a way to get fit, Carlo entered his first 5K in Brooklyn. Excited to see what the hype of running was all about, he ended up disappointed when the race he ran was very disorganized. In 2017, his co worker told him about New York Road Runners, so he entered a 5k in Prospect Park. It was love at first run! Every race he ran, he pushed himself harder and harder to see what his limit was. He quickly realized, there were no limits to how hard and fast he could run. Carlo did not see running as a “one and done” thing. He wanted to keep going, learn everything he needed to know and most of all give 100%.

 

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Carlo Was Part Of The Club’s First Ever Ragnar Relay Team This Year!

Then Carlo had something happen that changed his perspective and made him realize that he also needed to learn how to train properly. He entered the Staten Island Half, his very first half marathon. Not sure how to train, he used an app but didn’t quite follow the training the way it was prescribed. Not training properly resulted in injury to his IT band, during the race. Unable to walk he realized at that moment that he wanted to do whatever he could to avoid injury, so he began doing research on how to train properly. Carlo learned there are three important components to running injury free. Cadence, hip strength and heart rate. He used that to develop his own training, worked it into every run and started to see that he was becoming a stronger, faster and more efficient runner.

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“Coach Carlo” Is Always Willing To Give His Teammates Running Advice!

It didn’t stop there for Carlo. Now he wanted to share everything he had learned with everyone around him. In 2018, Carlo joined his first training run with We Are NYC Running Club. He quickly became part of the team, but also felt that he wanted to help others run better too. Carlo started offering teammates small tips on how they could improve their form and ways to run better. This would lead to many of his teammates calling him “Coach Carlo”! Last fall, he organized some of his own training runs to work on interval training. Now some of his teammates were seeing their own gains and improvements. Coach Carlo was making a much bigger impact.

Carlo has big plans for his future. He is looking towards becoming a Certified Running Coach through the Road Runners Club of America. In 2019, he will be running both the Chicago and Berlin marathons. But both of those races are going to be a small step in preparing him for the biggest journey of his life. To begin his training, in the hopes of obtaining a spot in the Olympic marathon trials. Carlo’s dream is to take his passion for running all the way to the Olympics.

Carlo leaves us with his motto in the hopes that everyone will apply it to all areas of their life.

“Patience and consistency are the keys to success and it stands true when applied to fitness and running goals.”

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Always With A Smile, Carlo Is Aiming For The Olympics One Day!

 

 

Monday Member Spotlight Time!

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Our Member Spotlights Bassem Reaches “50” Days On His Run Streak

In continuing with our We Are NYC Running Club member spotlight, our next awesome member is one of our more vocal, motivated, and loveable members. Bassem has been a long time runner and has logged well over 60 races just with New York Road Runners alone. Three of those races have been the New York City Marathon. In 2018 he opted not to run the NYC Marathon and focused on the Philadelphia Marathon instead. It resulted in him running a personal record of 3:49:22 after having a previous record of 4:52 in NYC! An outstanding PR of over an hour, but what makes this even more fantastic, is that Bassem just turned a young 50 years old!

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Bassem Last Month At The Joe K. 10k

Realizing his accomplishment this year, Bassem now has his eyes set on qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He would have to knock off another 25 minutes on his marathon time but he says there is something different now about his training. As noted earlier, Bassem is a long time runner, but this year he has seen improvement thanks to the support that he has received from his “We Are NYC Running Club” members. He points at the motivation factor as well as accountability being a huge boost to his training. While his pursuit of the Boston Marathon is currently a long term goal, his short term goal is to keep his current run streak alive. A couple of months ago when he turned 50 years old, Bassem decided to start a “run streak” where he runs at least one mile each day. Last week during one of our weekly group runs, Bassem reached 50 days on that streak and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon! How long can Bassem go? We shall see!

Seeing how much the club has given him this past year, Bassem is always willing to give back. At group runs and on race days, Bassem is always willing to give runners advice based on his past experiences. Whether it may be about running apparel, nutrition or race logistics, you can count on Bassem to give you his words of wisdom.

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Bassem (on the right) With His Vuvuzuela @ The Fred Lebow Half Marathon!

Bassem doesn’t stop there either in supporting his running club teammates. Coming out and cheering with the club as part of our infamous cheer squads is something Bassem enjoys doing. If you have run any races in Central Park recently, you may be familiar with the loud echoing sound of a “vuvuzuela”! Yup – one of those vuvuzuelas is likely Basem!

His energy and dedication to the club make him a clear candidate for today’s spotlight and he is just another reason that We Are NYC Running Club continues to thrive today!

We will leave you with some words from Mr. Vuvuzuela aka Run Streak Man, aka Ragnar Guy aka Boston Marathon hopefully, aka BASSEM!

 

NEW FEATURE – Monday Member Spotlight

Cheryl crushing the 2018 TCS NYC marathon this past November!

Good Morning Running Community!

Over the past (almost) year, We Are NYC Running Club has grown tremendously and with over 450 active members worldwide sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who is up to what. So to assist with keeping up to date with our members, we’ve decided that starting in 2019, we would introduce one outstanding member per week to showcase who they are and why they are such a great teammate.

It is our honor and privilege to introduce the first ever Member Spotlight: Cheryl F. (IG: @cfriscia). 

Cheryl has been such a supportive and compassionate member from the day she joined the club. She puts 110% into everything she does whether it’s encouraging her teammates during group runs or organizing a Cross Fit class for the club. Cheryl is committed to taking We Are NYC Running Club to the next level.

Cheryl is a survivor of stage 3 kidney disease. With her kidneys failing in 2014, she was hospitalized and underwent two years of intense treatment. While she avoided a transplant, she has come back to full health thanks in part to a complete diet change and lots of exercise. In April she celebrated her full recovery with our running club by running the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K.

With the arrival of her first grandchild and watching her son get married, Cheryl experienced it all this past year! She capped off a triumphant year by running and completing her first marathon, the TCS NYC Marathon, and her teammates were there cheering her on all across Manhattan!

When Cheryl sets goals, she hits them! Check out some highlights on Cheryl and hear what other members had to say about her character and impact she’s had on the club! We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for you, Cheryl! Thank you for being the personable, driven, and kind member that you are!

Here are some member messages about Cheryl!

Some kind words on Cheryl from teammate Derek S.!

More kind words from teammate and good friend Rosa S.

A big thank you to our teammate Casey (IG: @caseyalexandrafit ) for her work on this!

Be on the lookout every Monday for our latest Member Spotlight!

Happy running to you all!

Cheryl holding her newborn grandson earlier this year!

 

 

Upcoming Races In September!

These guys just want to race!

September is here and for those running the 2018 NYC Marathon, their training is in full effect. However for those not running the Marathon, maybe they want to try their hand at some races? Here is a nice list provided to us by a running friend of our, Roy. If you know of a race that you would like to add to this list please reach out to Roy at runnerinchief@gmail.com ! Enjoy the list and happy racing! We should be coming out with a similar list for the month of October in the near future as well!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

*NYCRUNS GO NUTS FOR DONUTS 5K

Location: Roosevelt Island, New York

Time: 09:00am start

Info: https://nycruns.com/races/?race=nycruns-go-nuts-for-donuts-5k–10k

*NYRR Fun Run: Bagel Run (4 miles)*

Location: NYRR Run Center featuring the NB Run Hub (320 West 57th StreetNew York, NY 10019)

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am (Race is free!)

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyrr-fun-run-bagel-run-tickets-48337460646?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

*The Triboro Adventure Tour Half Marathon*

Location: 2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY US 11102

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm ($75 Race fee)

Info: Each Finisher who completes the race by being properly counted at every checkpoint will be awarded a Personalized 6″ Custom Trophy to commemorate their journey!

There will be water/sports drink and snacks at the start/finish line area. Please be sure to load up for the trip as the checkpoints will only be able to provide minimal supplies. ”

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Astoria/TheTriboroAdventureTourHalfMarathon

*The Color Run New York City – 5k race*

Location: Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave New York, NY  11368

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://www.active.com/new-york-ny/running/distance-running/the-color-run-new-york-city-9-15-18-2018?int=72-3-A11

NYC Color Run Takes Place September 15th!

*12th Annual Woodlawn Run for a Cause – 5k Race*

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 7 St. Marks Place Yonkers, NY  10704

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://sites.google.com/site/woodlawnrunforacause/home

*13th Annual Run for Your Life*

Location: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Time: 9:30am Kids run / 10:00am Walk / 10:30am 5k run

Info: Kids 12 and under free

https://odysseyhousenyc.org/event/opioid-recovery-run-2018/

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

*NYRR TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 18M (sold out)*

Location: Central Park, Manhattan

Time: 7:00am

Info: https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/tcs-new-york-city-marathon-training-series-18m

*POLICE OFFICER CHRIS HOBAN 5MILE RUN AND 5K*

Location: Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10:30am

https://www.xaverian.org/page/alumni/events/po-hoban-80-memorial-run-

*NYRR Kurt Steiner Cross Country (5K)*

Location: Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx

Time: 11:30am

Info: https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/nyrr-kurt-steiner-cross-country-5k

*The Prospect Park 10k!*

Locaiton: Prospect Park, 15 Prospect Park West Center Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running/distance-running-races/prospect-park-10k-2018

*Imagine Academy for Autism Fun Run 5K*

Location: Marine Park Brooklyn, E. 32nd St. and Avenue S, Brooklyn NY

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=536

*Newport Liberty Half Marathon*

Location: Newport, Jersey City, NJ

Time: 8:30am

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/JerseyCity/NewportHalf

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Never run a cross country race? Here’s your chance!

*Front Runners New York Cross Country 5K*

Location: Tortoise & Hare Sculpture, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx NY

Tome: 10:30am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=539

*2018 New York City Undy RunWalk 5K, 1M Kids Run*

Location: Firefighters Field, 425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York

Time: 9:00am 5k / 9:10am – 1mile

Info: https://www.ccalliance.org/events/2018-New-York-City-Undy-Runwalk

*Westchester Medical Central Trauma Mud Run*

Location: Westchester Medical Center, 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, New York

Time: 8:30am / Kids Dash 10:00am

Info: “The Kids’ Dash course will be shorter and less challenging than the adult course, but just as muddy!” http://events.westchestermedicalcenter.com/site/TR?fr_id=1240&pg=entry

*Northwell Health Great South Bay Run (13.1M, 10K, 5K Family Fun Run/Walk)*

Location: Bay Shore, Long Island, NY

Time: 7:30am – Half Marathon / 7:45am – 10k / 8:00am – 5k run, walk

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/BayShore/GreatSouthBayRun

*Music That Heals Half Marathon*

Location:  Beach 102nd Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway beach, NY  11694

Time: 7:30am

Info: https://www.active.com/rockaway-beach-ny/running/distance-running-races/music-that-heals-half-marathon-2018?int=

*La Cima Back to School 5K Color Run/Walk*

Location: La Cima Elementary Charter School, 800 Gates Ave Brooklyn, NY  1122

Time: 9:00am

Info: http://www.lacimacharterschool.org/?DivisionID=23260

*Sacred Heart Academy 5K*

Location: Sacred Heart Academy, 47 Cathedral Ave, Hempstead NY

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=551

*Federation of Organization 5k Run/Walk, Kids, Pee Wee*

Location: Eisenhower Park, Field House, Parking Field 2, East Meadow, NY

Time: 8:00am

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/EastMeadow/FederationofOrganization5k

*Sunset Marathon NYC (Half Marathon)*

Location: Prospect Park, 153 East Dr Brooklyn, NY  11225

Times:

8:00am / 8:30am / 9:00am – Half Marathon Waves

9:30am / 10:00am / 10:30am – 10k Waves

10:30am / 11:00am / 11:30am – 5k Waves

Info: https://www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running/distance-running-races/sunset-marathon-nyc-2018-47184895?int=

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

*Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC 5K Run For A Cause*

Location: 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside NY

Time: 8:00AM

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=531

*Sri Chinmoy 5K & 10K*

Location: Alley Pond Park, Queens

Time: 10:00am

Info: ” The course is 99.5% paved, with two very short sections across gravel/dirt. Full disclosure: this course does have hills! ”

https://us.srichinmoyraces.org/5k-10k-alley-pond

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

*Bubble Run Long Island*

Location: Jones Beach Ampitheatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh

Time: Various starts (see info)

Info: http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/long-island-ny/

*5K Race for Freedom Run/Walk*

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Meadowlark Circle Queens, NY  11375

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://lifewaynetwork.org/lifeway-events/

*NYC Runs Governors Island 5k & 10k*

Location: Governors Island, New York

Time: 9:00AM

Info: https://nycruns.com/races/?race=nycruns-squirrel-stampede-at-governors-island-5k–10k

*Smithtown Running of the Bull 5K*

Location: New York Avenue School, 26 New York Ave, Smithtown NY

Time: 9:00AM

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=530

*The Inaugural New Yorker Run (Half Marathon 13.1M)*

Location: Riverside Park, 108th St. and Riverside Dr., New York, N.Y.

Time: 9:00am

Info: http://www.citytri.com/the-new-yorker-run

*Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay*

Location: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY US 11793

Time: 8:00am

Info: Teams of eight runners each will traverse a scenic course through the rolling countryside of beautiful Long Island. Each participant will run between five and seven miles. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wantagh/OceantoSound50MileRelay

*4th Annual Sunnyside Post Mile*

Location: Torsney Playground, Sunnyside Queens

Time: 10:00am / 10:45am – Kids run

Info: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19147/4th-annual-sunnyside-post-mile

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

*Tanger Fit 5K (Run/Walk)*

Location: Tanger Outlets 152 The Arches Circle,  Deer Park NY

Time: 8:30am

Info: Finisher Medal https://www.tangeroutlet.com/race

The NYRR Bronx 10 Miler is back for another year!

*New Balance Bronx 10 Mile Run*

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx NYC

Time: 8:00am

Info:  https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/new-balance-bronx-10-mile

*Catch A Cure 5K Run*

Location: Beach 102nd Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway beach, NY  11694

Time: 9:00am

Info: Finisher Medal https://www.active.com/rockaway-beach-ny/running/distance-running-races/catch-a-cure-a-family-5k-fun-run-2018?int=

*Domestic Harmony Foundation 5K (Run / Walk)*

Location: Peach & Pear Picnic Area: Parking Field #2, Eisenhower Park: 1899 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow NY

Time: 10:30am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=568

*Friends of Montfort 5k Run / Walk, for the Education of Deaf Children in Haiti)*

Location: Hempstead Lake State Park, Parking Lot Field #1, Eagle Ave, West Hempstead , NY US 11552

Time: 10:00am

Info:https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NY/WestHempstead/FriendsofMontfortFundraiser5kRunWalk

*2018 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk *

Location: Ikea Parking Lot 9 Red Hook Brooklyn, 1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Time: 9:30am

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-tunnel-to-towers-5k-run-walk-new-york-city-registration-46069410848?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

OCTOBER RACES WILL BE POSTED SOON!!

Tidbits & Insights For Saturday’s Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon!

Well New York City, this weekend BROOKLYN takes center stage!

This Saturday May 19th New York Road Runners will be hosting the largest half marathon in North America when 27,000 runners are expected to be set loose onto the streets of Brooklyn to wind up on the boardwalk at historic Coney Island! Its time for the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon!

Getting into the race can be a task as this year’s race was SOLD OUT in just a few hours! So if you got in and will be one of the 27,000 participants – congratulations! However now you have to run this race and here you are in the home stretch of preparations. No worries, I’m going to try and help you out!

BIB PICK UP & EXPO

The Brooklyn Half Marathon Expo is set up and ready to go! (photo credit – NYRR)

Unlike most NYRR runs, you won’t be able to pick up your bib at the NYRR Run center. That’s ok though! This pickup will be a lot more fun. The Brooklyn Half Marathon Expo is where you will have to pick up your bib and you might as well give yourself some extra time when you are there because there is much more to do than just pickup your race bib!The expo is open Wednesday thru Friday from 12pm – 10pm in Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2. In addition to picking up your bib there will be tons of merchandise on sale, live music, food trucks selling their fare, course strategy tips from NYRR coaches and one hell of a view of the Manhattan skyline! The expo is outdoors so come on out and enjoy yourself in the NYC open air!

Whatever you decide to do at the Half Marathon Expo just make sure you get there because that is the only way for you to obtain your bib! Unlike other NYRR races, you won’t be able to pick up your bib the morning of race day! If you can’t make it you can assign someone as your proxy for pickup. They will need your race confirmation form, which you should be able to get from your race profile and a copy of a legal form of identification.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM

With the Brooklyn Half starting at the Brooklyn Museum and ending at Coney Island, public transportation is really the only way to get to and from the race. Keep in mind however that it will be Saturday morning and the subways tend to alter service on a lot of subway lines. Be prepared to get up very early and plan for a long commute if you are going go the race from any where other than Brooklyn. The 4 or the 5 trains are your best bet. Depending on which wave you are in will dictate which subway stop to get off at. Wave 1 runners should get off at the “Franklin Avenue subway station“. Wave 2 runners should get off at the “Grand Army Plaza Station“. The the subway stop and where they are relative to the starting corrals is in the map below which has been provided by New York Road Runners.

Map of the starting area! Photo courtesy of NYRR

In order to verify that the subway nearest you is running on Saturday morning, or if you want to see how often it will be running at an early time of day, I highly suggest using the MTA Trip Planner website . The website allows you to set your starting point as well as your destination and it will give you the best subway route to get you to your destination This trip planner will tell you of any interruption in service on Saturday morning and will also give you the approximate time when your train will be arriving. I have used it before and have found it to be very reliable.

Additionally, folks travelling from Queens or Long Island might want to consider using the Long Island Railroad as an option to get to the start. The Atlantic Terminal railroad station is not too far from the start area. There is a 5:31AM train leaving Jamaica and arriving at Altantic Terminal at 5:51 for wave 1 runners. Then there is a 6:18AM train arriving at 6:39 for wave 2 runners.

As for cabs and Ubers of course they are an option but be ready to jump out of them blocks from the entrance to your corral as traffic is sure to build in the surrounding blocks to the corral entrances. Adding to the potential delays is the real possibility of rain for that day. Be prepared for slower traffic as a result of this. As with public transportation, factor in some extra time into your cab ride just to play it safe.

Finally do you insist on driving and having your car at the finish line? I highly suggest against it! In years past NYRR has had access to the New York Aquarium Parking lot. Not this year. As for the MCU Park parking lot? That lot is off limits because it will be the bag check are to pick up your bags after the race. Outside of local street parking, realistically, there is no where reliable to park by the finish line or even the starting line for that matter. But if you insist on driving, consider parking near the Barclays Center as there are plenty of garages there and the streets should be open in this area as the race does not pass thru that section of Brooklyn. The start line is about a 10-15 minute walk from Barclays center and the train ride after the race from the finish area is about a 30 minute ride. In my opinion if you don’t want to risk getting on public transportation, this might be your best bet!

STARTING TIMES, BAG CHECK & SECURITY

So all the scrambling to get to the starting area via different forms of transportation but what time do we have to be there? See the infographic below brought to you once again from the good folks at NYRR.

Infographic showing important times that you should know for race day! Courtesy of NYRR!

Oh yes – some of the times listed for wave 1 are EARLY but don’t think they are lenient on them just because they are early. For example the bag check closing at 6:10am is a big deal. Why? Since the finish line is no where near the start, all bags are transported to the finish line. If you are in wave 1 and you don’t check your bag in by 6:10am, the vehicles transporting your bag will likely be long gone shortly after 6:10am. Of course you can check your bags in with the wave 2 folks but those vehicles may not get to the finish and be set up for drop off until later. For those that are considering not dealing with bag checking, as of the writing of this blog, race day is calling for a 90% chance of rain. With these odds, we are likely going to get wet. I would personally want to change into a dry set of clothes at the end of the race, but hey, that’s just me!

As for corral closing time, if your corral closes, you will likely be sent to the last corral in your wave. If you weren’t assigned anywhere near the last corral, this may put you into a frustrating position of having to weave in and out of runners that may not be running at your pace.

Therefore it’s important to note the times and factor in extra traveling time so that you have enough time to meet all of the suggested checkpoints above. Be reminded that after you check your bag in, you will have to go thru a security check point similar to that at an airport that requires you to empty your phones and metallic objects into a bin and then walk thru a metal detector. Many folks don’t realize how much you will have to do before you enter your corral.

So to summarize, your commute, bag checking and security checks all have to be factored into your morning in order for you to make it to your corral in time. Oh and then you have to run 13.1 miles! (lol),

COURSE STRATEGY

Members of We Run NYC Running Club at the start of their BK Half Trial Run!

So you nailed your commute, had a great breakfast, mastered bag checking and security and now you are finally in your corral. Now what?? Relax and smile like the folks in the picture above. Why are they smiling? Well, myself, along with about 40 other awesome runners who for the most part are members of We Run NYC Running Club took a test run of the course a couple of weeks back. Here’s how I saw the course on that delightful day!

Miles 1-4: The first mile for the most part is down hill as you ascend down Washington Avenue. WARNING! Resist the temptation to fly in this mile as it is only mile 1! As you loop around Empire Blvd to come up Flatbush Avenue, you might recognize this stretch if you ran the United NYC Half Marathon. This stretch of Flatbush Avenue is the area where the starting corrals were located for the United NYC Half. This stretch takes you up a slow hill that will bring to the end of mile one. You will then come to Grand Army Plaza where you will circle the plaza and go back down Flatbush avenue the same way you came up it before. So that uphill you climbed in mile 1, you will be going down the hill as you begin your 2nd mile. But once again, hold back on the speed! The toughest part is yet to come! From here you will run on the perimeter of the park until you enter Prospect part just before the 4 mile marker.

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A beautiful running park, Propsect Park will bring you the toughest hills of the race!

Miles 5-7: These 3 miles are entirely within Prospect Park. The park itself is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Brooklyn. But beauty may not impress upon you during the race because the miles within the park are where your hardest work will be done! I am just going to say it – mile 5 is almost entirely uphill. There may be 2 small declines but you are climbing in elevation for the entire mile. This is why I mentioned to hold back on the throttle when you ran those down hills in the first 3 miles. But at the end you know yourself best. If you are a hill runner and haven’t run hard in the race up until this point, then go for it! If you tend to despise hills, then take a mulligan in mile 5, get thru it and look ahead to mile 6 because this is where the party begins for most. Mile 6 will take you down a gradual hill after which you will wrap around the west end of the park on your way to exiting the park at the end of mile 7. Once out of the park, you will hang a left and run onto Ocean Parkway who will be your friend for the next 6 miles!

Miles 8-13: These miles are why people love the Brooklyn Half Marathon! With the exception of going under an over pass and having to climb back up to street level on a couple of occasions, you won’t see a hill the rest of the way. This stretch of the race will take you straight down Ocean Parkway where a lot of local residents will be cheering you along the way. The only intriguing section I find about Ocean Parkway is around the 11 mile marker. Right around Ave W, the road hooks slightly right and when it does, you can finally see the end of Ocean Parkway for the first time. Here is where some runners will make a decision. At this point, you only have about 2 miles to go in the race. You can go for it and hit those final two miles hard if you have the endurance to do so. Alternatively, you may not want to allow yourself to pick up the pace if you can’t hold that pace for two miles. Either way, you can smell the finish line. As you cross under the Belt Parkway, you will be a mile from the finish. Coney Island will start to come into view. At the 20k marker you will leave Ocean Parkway for Shore Road which you will take until you see the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster where you will make a left and head to the boardwalk for that last 0.1 miles.

POST RACE FESTIVITIES AND OTHER AMENITIES

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Theres something about crushing 13.1 miles and finishing on the boardwalk at Coney Island!

Congratulations – you made it! Once you have crossed the finish line in front of Tom’s of Coney Island, your personal celebration is just beginning. The post race walk off will lead you down the boardwalk just past MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The walk will lead you into the parking lot of MCU Park, where you will retrieve your checked bags, assuming you checked one in. Either way once you are done with the bag check area, NYRR has some post race festivities inside of MCU Park which you will be able to access directly from the parking lot area. If rain did fall and you are looking to get into those dry clothes I recommended bringing earlier, kudos to you for packing them and rest assured that you will be able to do so once inside MCU Park.

Once you are done with your day at the race, NYRR members can have their medals engraved at the NYRR Run Center! You can head there right after your race as they will be engraving from 11:00am – 5:00pm on race day! Too tired or don’t feel like heading back to Manhattan after the race? No problem. Engraving will also be done on Sunday May 20 from 10:00am – 5:00pm and finally on Monday May 21 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

In closing, this course is a fast course and has been known to produce a lot of personal records. You can nail your training for this race however if you don’t plan your logistics right, you may end up stressing yourself out prior to the race and it may derail your potentially strong results. However if you plan correctly, you could walk away with not only a personal record but one hell of a great day running the street of Brooklyn!

Good luck to all of the runners running the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday!

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