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NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Next Friday! by nbrwebjohn

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Fifth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

*Friday, April 22, 2016
6:00 PM

Register Now!

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.


Visit our McCarren Park Track Classic Page for all details.

* Due to our track meet coinciding with the start of Passover, we will hold additional heats of the mile and relays on Thursday April 21st 2016 at 7:30 pm

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Registration Now Open! – NBR McCarren Park Track Classic by nbrwebjohn

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Fifth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 22, 2016
6:00 PM

Registration Now Open!

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.


Registration Now Open!

Visit our McCarren Park Track Classic Page for all details.

 

 



Fifth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Save the Date! by nbrwebjohn

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Fifth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 22, 2016
7:00 PM

Registration Now Open!

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.


Thanks to sponsor Brooklyn Running Company.

 



Fourth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic – Save the Date! by nbrwebjohn

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Fourth Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic

Friday, April 24, 2015
7:00 PM

McCarren Park Track
Driggs Avenue between Lorimer St. & Union Ave.


Track Meet is a GO!! Huge thanks to Brooklyn Running Company for being our sponsor this year.

 



Recycle Your Old Shoes with NBR by nbrwebjohn

NBR Now Has a Shoe Recycling Program in Place!

Help get the word out: We will start collecting shoes at the McCarren Classic Track Meet this Friday, and continue to collect them at Brooklyn Running Company!  North Brooklyn Runners is partnering with Soles4souls and Brooklyn Running Company to collect and donate your used shoes.

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QUESTION & ANSWERS

Q: WHO should recycle their shoes?
A: Everyone! All NBR, your friends, and your family are welcomed to help!

Q: WHAT kinds of shoes can be recycled?
A: All shoes can be recycled (regardless of condition or shoe-type).

Q: WHEN does this start?
A: NBR will have an official collection at the Track Meet (4/25 @ 7:00 pm), and will announce the program again at the town hall meeting.
However, members are welcomed to drop their shoes any time they want (see below of location)! This is an ongoing program with no end!

Q: WHERE can shoes be recycled?
A: Shoes can be dropped off at Brooklyn Running Company during regular store hrs (Mon – Sat : 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Sun : 11:00am – 6:00 pm). They can also be dropped off (for a limited time) at the Track Meet.

Q: WHY recycle your shoes?
A: It’s Better for the environment – and eliminates waste. It’s Better for people – Recycling shoes benefits those in need. Click here to learn how.

*NBR thanks Brooklyn Running CompanySoles4souls for their helps and support of the North Brooklyn Community!

Questions? Email volunteers@northbrooklynrunners.org



Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic AfterParty by nbrwebjohn

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Third Annual NBR McCarren Park Track Classic AfterParty

Friday, April 25, 2014
after All Events

Roebling Sporting Club
Roebling St at North 8th St


 



Community Report: Deirdre Brill on Volunteering at the 2013 NBR McCarren Park Track Classic by nbrwebjohn
April 23, 2014, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, McCarren Park Track Classic, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

mptc14aIt is fitting that the North Brooklyn Runners voted the McCarren Park Track Classic it’s “Best Race of the Year.” While NBR organizes the event, it’s also the perfect metaphor for the group – a place where great runners not only coexist, but also participate in the North Brooklyn community.

For example – most tracks cannot handle a mix of slow and fast runners. This is not the case when NBR uses the McCarren track! Here, it is possible to watch NBR athletes do 4 x 1600 while good-naturedly dodging soccer balls and pacing children on bikes. These are fairly dangerous liabilities for a runner. But somehow, NBR turn these liabilities into a weekly source of energy and inspiration. I have observed this in action by following more seasoned NBR veterans on a workout.

The crowdedness of the track is a gritty reminder of who and where we are. As members of NBR, we train in the middle of a heavily populated urban area–surrounded by a community center, several subways stops, many bars, and other popular gathering places. This is a stark contrast to other running destinations–like Eugene, OR and Mammouth Lakes, CA. In these places, elite athletes train on semi-isolated tracks that meld into perfectly groomed running trails. And while beautiful, that’s kind of enviornment just doesn’t represent NBR the way that McCarren Park does. Because here in Brooklyn, we have a desire to be a part of something greater — to be linked to this vibrant community.

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On to the track meet! In early March 2013, NBR and McCarren Park once again came together in an almost magical fashion. The day before the track meet, snow descended upon the track—and so did a couple dozen NBR volunteers with shovels. Led by Katie and Ben, the volunteers worked to setup for next morning’s meet. By sunrise, the track was clear, barriers were set up, and runners were warming ups. Lauren, an NBR expat, commuted in from New Jersey to support her friend, a new-comer named Becca. This was Becca’s first time helping with an NBR event. The collaborative spirit didn’t just end with the volunteers. Early race entrants were gracious about seeding their pace, to spur on runners from various levels and ages. Those wavering on competing were met with heartfelt encouragement. Perfect strangers pooled together to form impromptu teams so they could all compete in the relay event. After a shortage, runners even shared their safety pins! People really came together for this event.

mptc14bThe McCarren Park Track Classic had all the coordination, planning, and logistics of a major racing event (including electronic scoring). And while the event was competitive, it was also fun. There were donuts and races for children who ran with their parents while eating freeze-dried ice cream snacks. Racers from other running clubs in Manhattan came to compete and then stayed as a spectator. Some joined the organizers at an after party to celebrate the success of the event before heading back across the East River.

Undoubtedly, the stars of the 2013 McCarren Park Track Classic were the members of the Flash 4 Team. This team truly embodied the epitome of dedication and highlighted how inspiring a community track meet can be. The Flash 4 Team included two members of the Perez family (ages 9 & 11) and their young friends. The entire family travelled from Newark, NJ to compete, cheer, and thrill. And that is exactly what they did! The team’s most dramatic showing came during the co-ed 4 x 400 when Flash 4’s first two runners led the field at sub-four minute pace. The team was barely edged out in the last two laps, finishing as a strong second. But given their age, heart, and courage they won all the cheers. Hopefully, the Flash 4 Team will return for the 3rd annual McCarren Park Track Classic, along with similarly courageous young athletes.

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After the event, the NBR volunteers gathered up their equipment, leaving the space snow-free and pristine. Part of what makes both the event and NBR great is its roots. We are group that grew from this Brooklyn community. This is a special place where many of us live either in body or spirit. We are neighbors. And there is something about the space and who we are that makes this event special and exciting. And arguably, it is that same excitement that draws people from near and far for this event. Hopefully, it will become a tradition we can all continue to participate in and share.

-Deirdre Brill

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Editor’s Note: Deirdre Brill is a volunteer, experienced athlete (IAAF), and an avid member of the North Brooklyn Runners. She lives in Brooklyn and when not running, she works for a group that advocates for educators in the New York Metro area.

**This year’s Track Classic will be hosted by NBR at McCarren Park on Friday, April 25th @ 7 pm. For information about the event, including volunteering and racing, please CLICK HERE

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