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!


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.


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. ΒΌ mile and make a right onto Jay St. (0.25 MILES
  • Stay on Jay St for a little over a ΒΌ 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 !


Monday Member Spotlight Time!


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!


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 β€œWe 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 β€œrun 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.


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 β€œvuvuzuela”! 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!


Upcoming WE ARE NYC RC Runs!

Happy hump day to everyone out there! The sun hasn’t come out in New York city that much the last few days but that doesn’t keep this group from running. So many of our members continue to post their “rainy days” run since they keep gaining their motivation to run in the rain from the group itself! Another benefit of being part of a running community like ours!

With that being said, here are some of our upcoming group runs that you all can partake in to keep that motivation going! Hope to see you at one of these!

Club Members At Last Weekend’s 5th Avenue Mile!

WEEKLY GROUP RUN IN CENTRAL PARK! (all paces are welcomed!)

β€’ WHAT- Weekly group run (5-6 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)

β€’ WHEN – Thursday, September 13, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 6:00pm, leaving run center at 6:15pm

Taken at the last workout led by club member Tobias

5 Mile Run & HIIT Training!

β€’ WHAT- 5 mile Central Park Loop/HIIT workout 10 mins of high intensity interval training, followed by a one mile run to a location in central park. Repeat 5 times for a total of 5 miles and 50 mins of HIIT. Led by one of our club runners Tobias!

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, September 15, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 8:00am at Run Center

Members at the NYRR 15 Mile training series! 18 Mile one coming up this Sunday!


β€’ WHAT- 18 mile training run. While this is a NYRR run, you can run this together w/ a club member! After all, it is an 18 mile run!

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet by 102nd transfers on East side by softball field 8.

β€’ WHEN – Sunday, September 16, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 6:30am, run time 7:00am!

Saturday’s Queens Group Run – Route & Info!

QB Brdge

The 59th street bridge, one of two bridges we will cross on Saturday morning!

Such a busy day today in running world as folks selected their baggage and transportation options today for the NYC Marathon. Our club also had a group run tonight in Central Park even in the hot and humid weather!

Speaking of the NYC Marathon, as posted earlier this week, we will be having a group run that will go over two of the bridges that are part of the marathon – the Pulaski Bridge and the Queensborough Bridge! As always ALL RUNNERS are welcomed!

Going into this run, I wanted to point out some things regarding the Queens training run on Saturday!

United NYC Half Trial Run

Group run was crushed prior to United NYC Half in the rain!

*Run happens rain or shine! If you remember the United NYC trial run the weather doesn’t get worse than that and we had the run!

*Start time is 7am and I plan on leaving at 7am (lol) – give yourself ample time to get there. Driving is definitely an option if you can drive as there is plenty of side street parking around there and we start and finish at the same location. G train is close by via the Greenpoint Ave Station. If you are running behind, please reach out to me and we can wait if you are within 10-15 minutes.

*Bring hydration and nutrition. This is a scheduled 10-12 mile run so please stay hydrated! Stores are along the route if your choose to duck into one but keep in mind your pace group may not want to wait lol

*Have some cash and or a debit card handy to grab some food after the run at a local eatery – Slick Willy’s – they are opening early just for us!

*Heres an important one- Since the streets thru Queens can be tricky, I am asking that we stay in no more than 2 groups until we make it to the Queensboro bridge. Once we are on the bridge if anyone wants to deviate from the group, the Manhattan stretch is simple and you should be familiar with the queens portion on the way back since it’s the same route as we did going into Manhattan.

Speaking of the streets in Queens, here are the turn by turn instructions on the route that we will be taking!

  • Meet up on the corner Mcguiness Blvd & Greenpoint Avenue at 7am. The G train stops a block and a half away at the Greenpoint Avenue station
  • Head north on Mcguiness blvd and across the Pulaski Bridge running straight until it turns into 11th street. From here we will very slightly off the marathon trail.
  • Make a right on 44th drive and go straight until you see the Citigroup building.
  • Make a slight left onto Hunter Street. Take Hunter st. straight until you 42nd road. Cross over 42nd road and go slightly left onto 28th street.
  • Take 28th street straight one block and then cross under the Queens Plaza over pass.
  • Once on the other side of Queens Plaza make a left when you get to the Queensborough Bridge Greenway. This should be a bike path.
  • Cross Crescent street and pick up the Queensborough Bridge Path
  • Continue over the Queensborough bridge
  • You will come off the bridge onto 60th street. Make a right on 60th street.
  • Go one block on 60th street to 1st avenue and make a left.
  • The suggested distance up 1st Avenue is up until 82nd street. if you want to go further you may. Once you have reached your required distance, turnaround and do the course in reverse.
  • Head back down 1st avenue.
  • Right onto 60th street
  • One block to 59th street bridge and cross over.
  • Take Bridge Greenway to 28th street and make a right crossing under QueensPlaza
  • Continue onto 28th street and make a slight right onto Hunter St.
  • Take Hunter St and make a slight right onto 44th drive
  • Take 44th drive to 11st street and make a left.
  • Continue straight on 11th straight over the Pulaski Bridge and finish at Green point Avenue!

Once we are all done, I am suggested a post race meal is at Slick Wilys (179 Meserole Street) which is a block and half away from where we finish. We can hydrate and fuel up with some good food there!

If anyone has any questions, you can comment below or email me on !

BK Half Trial Run

Some runners at the conclusion of our BK Half Marathon training run, weeks before the actual race!


NYC Marathon Training? Lets Hit Queens!


We Are NYC Running Club Members at the Queens 10k!

If you have the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on your list of upcoming races then you are in the midst of training for it as we speak. No matter how well you train, many runners always end up telling countless tales of how Queens NYC hurt them during their race. Well its time to take your training by the horns and and get to know Queens a little better!

We Are NYC Running Club will be having a group run that will help you with that! The route will try to be as close to possible as the NYC Marathon route.Starting in Greenpoint, we’ll run thru the course in Queens, then go over the 59th street bridge, up on 1st avenue up to about 102nd street and then do it in reverse to return to our start in Greenpoint. The distance is just about 12 miles. Those that want to do more can go further north on 1st avenue and return.

Meet up time will be 7am and all paces are welcome and encouraged!

  • What: Get to know the TCS NYC Marathon course – Queens! (group run, approx 12 miles)!
  • When: Saturday, August 4th, 2018 7:00am!
  • Where: Greenpoint Brooklyn, location TBD, (check back on Wednesday) !
  • How much: FREE!
  • All paces are welcomed and encouraged to join!
  • Bring water and a metro card in case you might want to exit the run early!