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