Below is an extract from a Runners World article, about the Red Hook Crit, which quotes BKTC runner Daniel Winn.
The Red Hook Crit 5K has been described as “one of the most intimidating races in the urban running scene” by New York’s Orchard Street Runners’ blog, and is run on the same course (on the same day) as a risky, high-speed fixed-gear bike race. The tight and technical five-lap course starts and ends at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, an out-of-the-way neighborhood on the borough’s waterfront.
Both in the New York City running community and nationwide, the Red Hook Crit has a high profile—nearly 500 hungry, up-and-coming club and crew runners toe the starting line, hordes of screaming spectators line the route, and the winner gets a cash payout of $1,000. There’s little “fun run” character to the race; it is an unapologetic celebration of speed and competition. Here, photographer Nils Ericson documents this year’s men’s event, run on April 28th, capturing the runners’ expressions after their 3.2-mile all-out effort.
Dan Winn (shown above), Brooklyn Track Club, 3rd place (15:26)
“It was one of the toughest races I have ever run. In the last kilometer, I had a runner 15 meters behind me. Quickly that gap was reduced to zero, and I had no response as he blew by me. With the last podium spot on the line, I just went for it. I could tell I had enough speed to overtake him but kept pushing through the line, beating him by less than half a second. It was a satisfying success, the kind only perilous, gritty races can produce.”
READ MORE: www.runnersworld.com/races-places/a21604026/the-red-hook-5k-is-a-drag-race-on-foot/
Four awesome BKTC runners took part in last nights #OSRW10k! Huge shoutout to not only Leigh Anna (second place), Claudia (12th), Joanna (13th), and Emmi (5th) [pictured], but to all of the awesome women, our good friend Joe DiNoto (OSR founder) and all of the OSR volunteers.
Below is an extract from a New York Times Article about the#OSRW10k, Which mentions Leigh Anne, Joanna and Brooklyn Track Club.
New York hosts some kind of race almost every weekend, and people fly in from all over the world for global running staples like the New York City Marathon or the Brooklyn Half. The OSRW10K is something different: It’s a race for competitive women runners, and only the top athletes in the city were invited to push their limits on this muggy summer evening. The race is organized by Orchard Street Runners, a coed running group that Mr. DiNoto started in 2011. Here, there are no dads toeing the start line pushing strollers, no goody bags and no water breaks.
For the 22 women competing in this year’s race, there are no pink T-shirts, and there are no banners of women’s empowerment. And that’s part of the appeal. A few runners mentioned that they recently participated in the New York Road Runners’ Mini 10K race in Central Park, a women’s-only race started in 1972 that was “named for the miniskirt”; some runners this year competed in running miniskirts or oversize tulle skirts. Joanna Kadieva, 25, is a member of the Brooklyn Track Club, and ran the Mini 10k in early June. “I was a little annoyed that when we did the women’s 10k, they gave us a pink flower at the end, a carnation. I didn’t really understand that. Like, why are you giving me this?”
Leigh Anne Sharek, a minor celebrity in the New York running scene, who was wearing bib No. 2, said that in many women’s races, the female voice is amplified, but there’s a girly-girl aspect that’s hard to escape. For Ms. Sharek, 28, it’s not about discouraging the women who don’t train competitively, but about elevating the women who do. Most of the women at the OSRW10K are amateur runners, with day jobs and grocery lists and an unwashed load of laundry at home. Ms. Sharek is a forensic scientist with the City of New York. She also trains every day and is a founding member of Brooklyn Track Club. She ran a 4:52 mile for the first time last year.
READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/nyregion/orchard-street-road-race-elite-women-runners.html
The following is an excerpt from an article on zafiri.com, by Will Ross
In response to their humid summers, New Yorkers employ a fine defiance act, spending mornings in the precise calculation of the afternoon’s chances of rain. Studious attention is spent debating percentage points and what determines “likely” or “certain”, numerically speaking. Ultimately any rain results in a deluge and near-Apocalyptic fury, rupturing schedules across the five boroughs. But the most determined are able to overcome this breakpoint, continuing to carve a sure, uninterrupted path through the day.
It was in the middle of a violent rainstorm that I found myself in May, at the doorstep of Brooklyn Running Company for a Tuesday evening track workout with Brooklyn Track Club. With the street washed clear of pedestrians, we proceeded with the evening workout as scheduled, packing in a slightly refined set of intervals around McCarren Park, the group dividing according to pace as usual. Without doubt, the group provided an extra layer of justification for runners, who might otherwise call off a session in such torrential conditions.
Seeking out group runs has become one of my go-to activities whenever travelling between cities. Requirements are demanding, based on a need to balance the casual, cool and competitive cornerstones of a sport that is going through a slow renaissance. Digital-first running groups, or “crews”, are at the forefront of this, and Brooklyn Track Club are no exception, part of a growing swell of dynamic organisers establishing their own communities in world’s most progressive cities.
Whereas legacy running clubs leveraged their sense of place and entrenched this with club-only rights, groups like Brooklyn TC relate to a different perspective on the sport. Inclusivity allows for a range of abilities and per-session needs, fundamentally encouraging a diversity which makes new clubs more representative of a neighbourhood, and more socially robust as a consequence (running is merely a topic not the entire focus). In this way, newer groups look more like collectives to be part of, than clubs to be apart from.
READ MORE: https://www.zafiri.com/cool-competitive-running-crews-in-2018/