Since 2016 Brooklyn Running Company has hosted one of the best road races in New York City; The Brooklyn Mile. It takes you under the Williamsburg bridge, down Kent avenue ending at riverside park, which has awesome views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building.
The support and momentum that has built throughout this summer season has been incredible. On Sunday it materialized into so many great mile efforts allowing Brooklyn Track Club to have the largest showing of any club at the Brooklyn Mile. We had over 65 runners race down Kent Ave and many others out there cheering us on. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for coming out to support the squad!
Big shout out to our marathoners who dropped all the way down to take on an intense Mile while most are at the height of their training cycles!
A few highlights:
Next up - I am excited to announce Nike Running has invited BKTC out to Oregon this upcoming weekend to race the grueling 198 mile relay race Hood to Coast. News and updates to come from the squad traveling west.
Heading into September - the 5th Avenue Mile is on September 9th (sign up now) with the Berlin Marathon the following Sunday September 16th - I can not wait to watch the squad take on the field at 5th Ave and to have the Berlin crowd officially kick off fall marathon season!
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/
On Saturday 25+ Brooklyn Track Club runners crushed the Brooklyn Half Marathon, in the pouring rain. Everyone went out hard and right to work, holding strong paces down Ocean Avenue, leading to some MASSIVE personal bests at the distance!
Big congratulations to Steven Schiff and Sean Baez who's tag team efforts in the park and through south Brooklyn led them both to 8+ min PRs and their first sub 90 min performance! Both were seen still wearing their medals on Monday.
Patrick Morris was also right with these guys until the end and barely missing sub 90 with a 1:30:02!
Leigh Anne Sharek was also a major highlight out kicking by and leaning a woman from NYAC to finish in 5th place in 1:16:36, with around a 3 min PR and an invite into the NYRR Presidents Circle; a significant accomplishment in NYC running.
Little Michael, Will and Lostboy Tim Rossi all cruised the course in 1:12:xx, seemingly racing the ghost performance of Luke McCambley (Luke decided to run 1:12 in a different Half the week before) -- Lifetime bests for all four men.
Staten Island native Jeremy Mulvey returned to form topping off the BKTC men's front pack to finish in 1:15:03 another massive PR.
Dan Diaz who had to skip the Eugene Marathon in April came charging back to TAKE a PR in the Half, running 1:19:03.
Christina Henderson, Claudia Tishler, Sarah Vanden Broek, and Joanna Kadieva rounded out the ladies top pack all with finishing times under 1:36! With Cara Enright not far behind after coming off an injury to PR (she would). with Claire Wind, Rose, Amanda Umpierrez, and Cheryl Donald all finishing strong races too. Congratulations all.
Ryan Welsh, Andrew Dearling, Sigmund Sicangco, Brandon Komoda, Andrew Leibowitz (who just missed out on sub 80 with a 1:20:01), Adrian Umpierrez, Manny Bodega, Brian Quito, Chris Chavez and John Conner also hammered home PRs, Great work gentlemen!
Crowd favorite Moshe, who is turning 70 soon and had to skip Boston because of an injury, ran 1:54 to finish 23rd in his age group! Just wait till 70+ age group sees you Moshe!
Annica Lin ran a course PR (1:44) and then hustled off to give a Ted Talk about her passion of running
Last but by no means least, Billy Rippel and Chris Nulle skipped the rain and cold in favor of two Sunday 5Ks which they both won, in 17:31 and 17:00 respectively! Excellent work by both of them!
Apologies if I missed anyone, I am sure that I did...
Job well done!
Plans are in the works for some summer mile PRs and epic fall Marathons.
Coach, Brooklyn Track Club
We had a tremendous showing on Saturday night at the Red Hook Crit 5k (which turned out to be a 3.3 mile race)! The night kicked off with the women's team taking home the women's team title - highlighted in front by our own Leigh Anne Sharek kicking hard against former World Champs qualifier Rolanda Bell for the individual title, finishing just .5 sec behind in 2nd place also with Rebeka Stowe just 6 sec back finishing 4th over all.
Next the men's squad showed their own dominance by placing 6 runners in the top 16 - highlighted by a podium finish by Daniel Winn taking 3rd over all with our big pack of "B's" just behind going 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th to complete the Brooklyn Track Club sweep of the team titles!
I am very proud of the efforts by all of our runners on Saturday night especially with the hot temps and the long course,
Special shout out to those who returned to race the Crit after finishing the Boston Marathon last Monday (Emmi Aguillard), the London Marathon last Saturday (Chris Chavez), and to Cheryl who raced a marathon in Kentucky on Saturday.
Crit Recap: 39 racers overall from Brooklyn Track Club