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McCarren Park 5K 2016 – Call for Volunteers & Racers! by nbrwebjohn
May 2, 2016, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Club Points Racing, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

Saturday, May 7, 2016
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McCarren Park (By Ericsson Playground, on Leonard St btwn Manhattan Ave & Bayard St)

Getting the word out about one of our upcoming team races, the McCarren 5K on May 7.

For those new to the club or unfamiliar with this particular event, the McCarren Park 5K is OUR RACE, that we help sponsor and organize with a community charity partner, St. Nick’s Alliance and NYCRuns. The race takes place on our home turf – we plan it, we throw it, we run it, we WIN it.

While still a couple months out from race day, we are starting the call for VOLUNTEERS to help put on another great McCarren 5K this year. Volunteer positions are available for race marshaling, manning water tables and running an NBR recruitment table. We have our sites set on putting together a fantastic NBR volunteer squad of around 35 people. Please sign-up here to assist:

And for all our 5K racers, registration is now open via this race registration link.  But wait, there is more…

All members of North Brooklyn Runners are offered a discounted $25 race fee – please follow this link to our google group for the registration code. (you must be logged in.)

We look forward to another great team showing and fun race alongside our community in May!

-Race & Volunteer Coordinators

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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



Athens Greece Marathon Race Report – Heather Irvine by nbrwebjohn
April 2, 2016, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, NBR Goings On

​Finishing a marathon. Running a sub-four marathon. Breaking three hours in a marathon. Running a marathon in all 50 states or across seven continents. Qualifying for Boston. ​We’ve heard the bucket list items again and again. But the deeper I get down the rabbit hole that is the the running community and the more bucket list items I hear about, the more perplexed I become.

There’s an item missing from the majority of these lists: the Athens Marathon in Greece, more specifically, the one that starts in the town of Marathonas. Literally where marathoning started.

Maybe Greece doesn’t publicize the November race enough. Or maybe it’s overshadowed by the New York City Marathon, which falls the week before and draws worldwide attention. Or maybe people don’t even realize there’s a marathon in the town of Marathon.

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No matter the reason, distance runners should be breaking down the doors to flock to their mecca of Marathonas. I did, last fall, and it was the most fun I’ve ever had over 26.2 miles.

I could go into specifics about my training (I trained for the September mile and then threw in some long runs and called it a day), my weekly mileage (not many), how I modified my diet in the days we hung out in Athens before the race (stayed away from shaved meat). But this marathon wasn’t about that. I knew going into it this was going to be a fun race, a once-in-a-lifetime race, a bucket list race, and I wasn’t going to be bogged down by my Type A self turning this into another “race the clock” race.

We got to Athens 2.5 days before the marathon. Enough time to tire my legs out walking all over the city, time to drink heavy Greek coffee causing my stomach to ask me, “what the heck?,” and time to experiment with some authentic Greek cuisine, barring the shaved meat.

The temps were warm (low 70s), and I knew it would be a warm race without much shade. But instead of panicking about my time, I thought, you’re here to enjoy it and not end up in the hospital hooked to IVs (again).

The bus ride
On Sunday morning, while Jeff slept in the separate twin bed, because Europe, I made my way to a line of coach buses in the dark. It was cool, and there was a buzz of excitement, but one that was still shrouded in sleep. I sat next to a woman from England who’d run the race at least once before. She warned me that there’s no shade and the road has bits of marble in it, causing the sun to reflect back into your face. But then she told me it took her almost six hours to complete the course, so I worried a little less about my day in the Grecian sun.

Marathonas is about a 40- to 45-minute northeast drive from Athens. The farther away from Athens we got, the more desolate the landscape became. I think the one “thing” to do in Marathonas is the “Marathon Museum.” And it doesn’t get very crowded.

The sun came up and we passed signs for “Marathonas.” Quite surreal, actually.

The bus unloaded 11,000 runners (most of them European men) at a local beat-up track. There were porta potties, not lines of them like at Boston or New York, but there also weren’t many runners. And lots of toilet paper.

The start
There wasn’t much fanfare at the start. Nothing like you’ll see at the major marathons in the United States (or London, Berlin, or Tokyo). Although that wasn’t for lack of effort on the mayor of Marathonas’ part. There was music, and he tried to hype people up by repeating over and over again, “Where it all began! The authentic Athens Marathon!” I think they realize this is a big deal, but Greece’s marketing team didn’t get the memo.

I was toward the front and noticed how few women there were. A few people nodded at my North Brooklyn Runners singlet. I even got a couple “BROOKLYN!” screams from Europeans.

Balloons were released before the first corral took off – a pretty cool sight against the clear blue sky. And we were off, to the sound of the mayor shouting, “You’re about to run the authentic Athens marathon!” On repeat.

The race
I’m not going to break down my race mile by mile. Again, it wasn’t about that. It was about putting an olive branch in my hair at mile three, from a Ya Ya. Stopping around mile five to take a photo of a street sign that read
“<—Athina Marathonas—>.” Pulling over at a porta potty (which over a dozen half marathons and five marathons I’d never done) because I wanted to be comfortable throughout the race.

It was about making some Greek and Norwegian friends on a six-mile hill and literally running with the world. About pretending I was Pheidippides on a mission to deliver a very important (and world-changing) message, as I passed through an underpass to the beat of some very impressive drumming.

It was about smiling at the little girls who pointed at the gold wings on my shoes and about applauding the children who proudly wore fun run medals around their necks. About savoring the ceaseless cries of “brava bella!” from the women in the crowd because there were so few women in the race.

Running from Marathon to Athens was about being in the moment and savoring the history of our sport. It was about stopping just before the finish line to hug my husband who watched me in yet another marathon. And stopping again to take a photo of the finish line in the marble Olympic stadium, and then sprinting down the straightaway, Acropolis in view on the hill several miles away.

It was about crossing the finish line relatively pain-free in 3:39: an unexpected time on a hot day on a hilly course with a relaxed pace.

It was about yelling “nike” as they placed a medal on my neck.

“We are victorious.”

Registration opens Monday, April 4.

-Heather Irvine



Little Rock Race Report – Sherry Rosenkrantz by nbrwebjohn
March 11, 2016, 9:47 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, NBR Goings On

It takes a certain amount of optimism (or perhaps delusion?) to continue running marathons, even when they don’t always go as planned.  I registered for the Little Rock marathon the day after miserably running, jogging, and walking my way to a personal worst in NY.   My goal was to train more consistently for a couple months and to run a marathon I felt good about, regardless of the finish time.  Success would mean crossing the finish line with a smile.  Little Rock did not disappoint!

We each have our own reasons to run, our own goals.   A good time or great race for one runner can be a terrible disappointment for another.  There’s so many numbers to keep track of in running – distance, pace, place, time.  Someone finishes first and someone finishes last.  But those numbers take on different meanings for different people.   Even though the numbers are absolute, the meaning behind them is personal.  You can feel completely different physically & emotionally from the person finishing right before & right after you.  It’s one of my favorite things about a race.

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I wanted to race on a course I didn’t know & in a city where I’d never been.  I sometimes wonder if I slow down at certain points in the NY marathon not because I’m tired but because I remember feeling crappy at that point of the marathon many times before.   I was trying to bring a new perspective to my training & not be bogged down with memories from past experience. Little Rock’s course was fantastic & full of surprises.  So many hills!  So many people handing out beer along the course!

For anyone looking to run an early Spring marathon in 2017, consider Little Rock.  It’s a great size, around 2k people in the full and another 4k in the half.  So you’re never alone but also not crowded.  The logistics are so simple.  The start & finish are a few blocks from most hotels.  No waiting around before our after.  The race organizers & town bring a lot of love to the race.

Little Rock reminded me how I felt after running my first marathons in ’95.  Super positive about my running & excited to train more.  Bring on the Brooklyn Half!

-Sherry Rosenkrantz



McCarren Park 5K 2016 – Call for Volunteers & Racers! by nbrwebjohn
March 7, 2016, 5:30 pm
Filed under: Club Points Racing, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00AMmccarren5k_full_color-01-272x300

McCarren Park (By Ericsson Playground, on Leonard St btwn Manhattan Ave & Bayard St)

Getting the word out about one of our upcoming team races, the McCarren 5K on May 7.

For those new to the club or unfamiliar with this particular event, the McCarren Park 5K is OUR RACE, that we help sponsor and organize with a community charity partner, St. Nick’s Alliance and NYCRuns. The race takes place on our home turf – we plan it, we throw it, we run it, we WIN it.

While still a couple months out from race day, we are starting the call for VOLUNTEERS to help put on another great McCarren 5K this year. Volunteer positions are available for race marshaling, manning water tables and running an NBR recruitment table. We have our sites set on putting together a fantastic NBR volunteer squad of around 35 people. Please sign-up here to assist:

And for all our 5K racers, registration is now open via this race registration link.  But wait, there is more…

All members of North Brooklyn Runners are offered a discounted $25 race fee – please follow this link to our google group for the registration code. (you must be logged in.)

We look forward to another great team showing and fun race alongside our community in May!

-Race & Volunteer Coordinators



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.

 

 



The Ballots Are Out! – NBRDust: Glitter Gala 2016 by nbrwebjohn
February 27, 2016, 10:06 am
Filed under: Annual Gala, Events, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Socials

GalaVote2016Bowie wants you! To vote for NBRDust Gala 2016 Award winners!  Online voting will close Saturday, February 27 at 4 PM.

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Vote: here.

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Purchase tickets: here.

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NBRs Seventh Annual Anniversary Gala: NBRDust

Saturday February 27th
7– 11:00 PM

Verboten NY
54 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

($30 entry + one hour of open bar 7:30-8:30 –> tickets )


*The NBR Gala is an annual evening where the club gets together for an evening of entertainment, awards, and socializing. Its open to all, and a lot of fun for those who haven’t been before.