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NYRR Club Points Race- Scotland Run 10K 2016 Race Report by nbrwebjohn
April 4, 2016, 11:08 pm
Filed under: Club Points Racing, Races

NYRR 2016 Scotland Run 10K

Distance: 6.2 miles, 10 kilometers
Date/Time: April 2, 2016, 8:00 AM
Location: Central Park, NYC
Weather: 54degrees, 69% humidity, wind 6 mph
Sponsor: Scotland Week

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Looking back on my life 365 days ago, I never would have thought I would call myself a runner. I couldn’t grasp why people would voluntarily wake up at the crack of dawn for early morning races on the weekends.

However, one day my personal trainer convinced me that running a couple times a week would improve my health tremendously. I begrudgingly agreed. I hated running almost as much as I hated waking up early, but I soon discovered that my hatred for running eventually turned into love, a desire; something I longed to do everyday.

When I finally worked up the nerve to make it to one of NBR’s runs, I was astonished at the amount of support I received. I mean, c’mon, y’all are fast. What was I thinking hanging out with a bunch of seasoned marathoners?

I ran my first 5k in June 2015, my first 10k in October 2015, and my first 15k in December 2015. In January of this year, training for a marathon and completing NYRR’s 9+1 program became my top resolution.

I trained hard all winter. I started running 5 days a week. I signed up for a bunch of races. However, I was stuck in a pace rut. I was PRing less and less and starting to feel frustrated.

Yesterday I ran the Scotland Run. It was my third 10k, and I’m happy to report that I crushed my first 10k time by 3 whole minutes. The weather was crappy; rainy and humid, and there are so many reasons to be unhappy during a race like that. But I didn’t give up, I kept on trucking because no matter the outcome, I knew I was eventually going to cross the finish line and meet up with so many sweaty, smiling faces of NBR.

Yes, some of my personal successes have been because of my training, but I credit the majority of it to NBR. You, teammates, inspire me every single day, and I am so happy to be a part of this huge, crazy, awesome, talented group of runners. Such camaraderie between new runners and lightning fast veterans isn’t something you see everyday. Waking up early for runs, races, and cheering squads has become my favorite way to spend a weekend.

I’m still not a fast runner, and I might never make it to NYRR’s “A” corral, but I am definitely getting stronger. I’m seeing a difference in my form, stamina, and speed. With each race I run with NBR, my confidence to achieve great things increases.

There’s no feeling like being exhausted, cranky, and ready for a race to be over until you pass by your team’s cheerleaders and hear the “woohoos” from your fellow teammates. I am so happy to be a part of this team. Congrats to all our Scotland runners and serious hugs to our cheer squad! You rock.

-Caitlin Shu

Team Results:

 5th Men                         02:50:57
     Tim Jeffreys                   33:04
     Ben Leese                      33:28
     Bill Walkowicz                 34:24
     Ciaran O'Donovan               35:00
     Alexander Walsh                35:01
 5th Women                       03:17:25
     Lauren Perkins                 37:52
     Angela Ortiz                   38:34
     Nicolette St Lawrence          39:53
     Samantha John                  40:32
     Lillian Wolfson                40:34
 4th 40+ Men                     01:50:24
     Alexander Walsh                35:01
     Drew Reynolds                  37:34
     Joe Chan                       37:49
11th 40+ Women                   02:25:16
     Jessica Boucher                45:36
     Elise Shin                     49:03
     Polly Jones                    50:37
 5th 50+ Men                     02:02:45
     Quinn Batson                   40:05
     Alun Williams                  40:41
     Wataru Iwata                   41:59
11th 60+ Men                     03:22:34
     Peter Menderson                53:17
     donald williams              1:03:04
     James Lu                     1:26:13

Age Group Awards:

  Men 25-29   8th  Tim Jeffreys           33:04
  Men 35-39   2nd  Ben Leese              33:28
  Men 35-39   8th  Stephen Tranter        35:24
  Men 40-44   6th  Alexander Walsh        35:01
  Men 55-59   5th  Quinn Batson           40:05
  Men 75-79  10th  James Lu             1:26:13
Women 20-24   4th  Nicolette St Lawrence  39:53
Women 30-34   5th  Lauren Perkins         37:52
Women 30-34  10th  Lillian Wolfson        40:34
Women 35-39   4th  Angela Ortiz           38:34
Women 40-44   7th  Jessica Boucher        45:36

Cheer Squad Logan’s Gallery: (click any image to launch full screen slideshow)

Full Individual Results:

Last Name First Name Bib Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG %
Jeffreys Tim 4452 24 24 7 0:33:04 05:20 0:33:04 41 80.82 %
Leese Ben 3465 28 28 2 0:33:28 05:24 0:33:10 42 80.59 %
Walkowicz Bill 8979 39 39 16 0:34:24 05:33 0:34:17 72 77.95 %
O’Donovan Ciaran 1420 51 50 18 0:35:00 05:38 0:35:00 98 76.37 %
Walsh Alexander 5035 52 51 6 0:35:01 05:39 0:33:30 50 79.78 %
Tranter Stephen 5978 64 62 8 0:35:24 05:42 0:34:56 95 76.49 %
Parker Justin 5356 76 74 11 0:35:55 05:47 0:35:16 112 75.76 %
Laude Sean 9886 105 100 28 0:36:29 05:53 0:36:29 188 73.25 %
Cooper Evan 4987 114 108 33 0:36:35 05:54 0:36:35 198 73.06 %
Reynolds Drew 9854 165 154 18 0:37:34 06:03 0:35:23 117 75.54 %
Harrison Jordan 7781 169 157 40 0:37:41 06:04 0:37:28 252 71.33 %
Chan Joe 953 177 163 20 0:37:49 06:06 0:35:19 114 75.65 %
Frumes Max 5080 182 167 45 0:37:52 06:06 0:37:38 260 70.99 %
Perkins Lauren 3599 183 16 7 0:37:52 06:06 0:37:46 26 80.32 %
Ortiz Angela 3811 226 21 4 0:38:34 06:13 0:38:18 33 79.22 %
Bonica Stephen 5313 228 207 32 0:38:36 06:13 0:37:43 268 70.86 %
Eberhart Matthew 7780 274 246 66 0:39:21 06:20 0:39:13 406 68.13 %
Kvalheim Steven 1640 276 248 38 0:39:23 06:21 0:39:01 378 68.49 %
St Lawrence Nicolette 5504 338 37 4 0:39:53 06:26 0:39:53 61 76.06 %
Batson Quinn 9130 365 323 5 0:40:05 06:28 0:34:09 69 78.25 %
John Samantha 9885 394 46 20 0:40:32 06:32 0:40:32 74 74.85 %
Wolfson Lillian 1586 396 47 12 0:40:34 06:32 0:40:33 76 74.81 %
mandel joel 9882 400 353 98 0:40:38 06:33 0:40:23 546 66.16 %
Morgan Brian 7286 404 357 100 0:40:39 06:33 0:40:31 563 65.95 %
Williams Alun 9857 407 360 12 0:40:41 06:33 0:34:58 97 76.42 %
McNamee Jennifer 9842 438 52 24 0:41:00 06:36 0:41:00 87 73.99 %
Hill Michael 9856 508 450 33 0:41:40 06:43 0:37:41 264 70.92 %
Ades Rebecca 9881 509 59 15 0:41:40 06:43 0:41:38 102 72.88 %
Helen Lloyd 1105 511 452 91 0:41:43 06:43 0:41:43 715 64.07 %
Daniels Linda 7774 512 60 16 0:41:43 06:43 0:41:40 103 72.82 %
Wight Russell 9853 515 455 120 0:41:45 06:43 0:41:45 721 64.02 %
Iwata Wataru 3441 537 472 16 0:41:59 06:46 0:37:20 244 71.58 %
Salazar Rivera Carlos 9118 549 482 96 0:42:07 06:47 0:42:07 779 63.46 %
Buzzetti Bruno 9852 553 486 73 0:42:07 06:47 0:39:59 498 66.84 %
Dopp Kevin 5610 565 496 131 0:42:14 06:48 0:41:59 759 63.64 %
Feo Melody 1589 604 77 34 0:42:28 06:51 0:42:28 134 71.43 %
Luebe Ross 3621 625 546 141 0:42:36 06:52 0:42:21 812 63.10 %
Flood Elizabeth 6763 755 94 40 0:43:32 07:01 0:43:32 159 69.68 %
McGovern John 7554 777 679 169 0:43:40 07:02 0:43:25 1006 61.56 %
Baldinger Gregg 6013 792 693 25 0:43:45 07:03 0:38:35 347 69.26 %
Raub Emma 3877 810 101 15 0:43:49 07:03 0:43:22 153 69.96 %
Duffy Meghan 84 855 107 23 0:44:03 07:06 0:44:03 176 68.88 %
grevemberg kevin 1578 888 776 115 0:44:14 07:08 0:42:39 858 62.66 %
Tholstrup Sophie 9845 891 113 26 0:44:15 07:08 0:44:15 184 68.57 %
Moderbacher Dimitri 5015 912 798 123 0:44:20 07:08 0:41:45 722 64.01 %
Ceresa Aldo 7779 939 821 72 0:44:30 07:10 0:41:14 648 64.80 %
Christiansen Karina 9884 960 119 29 0:44:36 07:11 0:44:36 196 68.02 %
Gerstin Jesse 9500 1017 881 221 0:44:56 07:14 0:44:56 1317 59.46 %
Kenneally Olan 4046 1023 887 157 0:45:00 07:15 0:45:00 1327 59.39 %
Halloran David 7575 1120 970 148 0:45:25 07:19 0:42:26 826 62.98 %
Boucher Jessica 9887 1155 156 7 0:45:36 07:21 0:43:42 163 69.42 %
Axelrod Brett 7176 1170 1011 177 0:45:42 07:22 0:45:42 1477 58.47 %
Keane Bryan 9694 1172 1013 198 0:45:43 07:22 0:45:07 1346 59.22 %
Thomas Anthony 7523 1191 1029 46 0:45:49 07:23 0:40:24 549 66.14 %
Burke Laurie 1663 1246 171 21 0:46:03 07:25 0:45:43 254 66.35 %
Slaughter Anna 4112 1307 183 43 0:46:25 07:29 0:46:18 286 65.53 %
Hafner Emily 7778 1363 197 47 0:46:40 07:31 0:46:40 314 65.01 %
Guiloff Angel 9880 1602 1351 220 0:47:41 07:41 0:44:32 1236 60.00 %
Maczak Attila 1294 1609 1355 332 0:47:41 07:41 0:47:41 1870 56.03 %
Polak Marcin 2985 1697 1413 341 0:47:58 07:44 0:47:49 1896 55.89 %
Bullard David 2701 1794 1481 288 0:48:21 07:47 0:46:56 1715 56.93 %
Burke Megan 9888 1923 353 130 0:48:51 07:52 0:48:51 541 62.11 %
Rettig Lane 2822 1925 1572 373 0:48:51 07:52 0:48:46 2069 54.79 %
Neale Andrew 4332 1945 1586 303 0:48:56 07:53 0:47:48 1892 55.91 %
Shin Elise 9855 1980 369 30 0:49:03 07:54 0:47:38 396 63.69 %
Stevens Matthew 2876 2152 1732 404 0:49:41 08:00 0:49:23 2185 54.10 %
Flora Lindsay 5123 2231 442 103 0:49:57 08:03 0:49:53 645 60.81 %
Doyle Brent 5122 2233 1791 287 0:49:57 08:03 0:47:47 1888 55.92 %
Ramirez Brian 9846 2338 1853 295 0:50:19 08:06 0:50:19 2378 53.10 %
Walley Beverly 397 2350 491 65 0:50:21 08:07 0:49:39 621 61.10 %
Jones Polly 9883 2413 520 52 0:50:37 08:09 0:49:10 569 61.70 %
Figueredo Marie 9879 2542 560 72 0:51:02 08:13 0:50:31 728 60.06 %
Nondorf Phillip 3419 2587 2008 465 0:51:13 08:15 0:50:55 2478 52.49 %
Herr Jennifer 9891 2677 614 83 0:51:29 08:18 0:50:57 799 59.54 %
Hirschklau Rebecca 9890 2686 619 63 0:51:31 08:18 0:50:02 663 60.64 %
Mackie Lynn 7862 2690 621 143 0:51:32 08:18 0:51:24 855 59.02 %
Amin Rakesh 3420 2707 2080 475 0:51:34 08:18 0:51:34 2580 51.82 %
Lee Stanley 9123 2752 2110 480 0:51:44 08:20 0:51:39 2592 51.73 %
Berndt Christopher 1514 3184 2364 383 0:53:10 08:34 0:49:40 2237 53.80 %
Menderson Peter 6589 3213 2381 38 0:53:17 08:35 0:41:48 737 63.92 %
Pennito Tracey 4674 3265 854 65 0:53:28 08:37 0:53:28 1148 56.74 %
Buszwatiuk Sophie 7457 3367 906 274 0:53:44 08:39 0:53:44 1199 56.46 %
Ferraro Dominique 3190 3371 909 275 0:53:45 08:39 0:53:45 1203 56.45 %
Castano Gabriel 4873 3612 2598 489 0:54:31 08:47 0:54:01 2991 49.47 %
Stevens Lilly 9850 3667 1044 249 0:54:40 08:48 0:54:32 1321 55.63 %
Spinner Anna 4830 3668 1045 149 0:54:40 08:48 0:53:55 1226 56.28 %
Petrillo Anthony 4184 3681 2629 601 0:54:42 08:49 0:54:42 3099 48.84 %
Staco Reginald 6482 3819 2694 507 0:55:04 08:52 0:54:05 3002 49.40 %
Kalb Kevin 1658 3869 2721 432 0:55:15 08:54 0:52:01 2651 51.36 %
Slaski John 9848 3910 2743 288 0:55:24 08:55 0:51:21 2544 52.04 %
Feng Sylvia 6224 4396 1418 336 0:56:55 09:10 0:56:51 1723 53.36 %
Giermek Jen 1944 4489 1470 351 0:57:13 09:13 0:56:58 1747 53.26 %
Lu Grace 6366 4521 1482 174 0:57:19 09:14 0:54:31 1318 55.65 %
Kratville Elisha 9858 4643 1563 373 0:57:45 09:18 0:57:45 1889 52.53 %
Brown Serene 7552 4710 1598 235 0:58:02 09:21 0:57:38 1868 52.64 %
Shu Caitlin 9851 5264 1934 140 0:59:56 09:39 0:59:56 2276 50.62 %
Masella Elizabeth 266 5466 2058 478 1:00:40 09:46 1:00:39 2375 50.02 %
Simionato Lorenzo 3891 5532 3433 482 1:00:56 09:49 1:00:56 3741 43.85 %
Berkowitz Alison 6535 5922 2342 361 1:02:34 10:05 1:01:55 2576 48.99 %
williams donald 1798 6024 3619 83 1:03:04 10:09 0:49:29 2206 54.00 %
Kroth Mathew 7742 6099 3652 783 1:03:28 10:13 1:03:05 3883 42.35 %
Yu Bomina 9847 6251 2544 314 1:04:10 10:20 1:01:56 2577 48.98 %
Sowinski Marta 7458 6556 2749 190 1:05:50 10:36 1:05:50 3023 46.08 %
Colon Jennifer 7775 6619 2786 739 1:06:06 10:39 1:06:06 3049 45.89 %
Kierzkowska Agnieszka 1154 6624 2788 423 1:06:08 10:39 1:05:12 2946 46.53 %
Watermann Antje Kristin 6385 6790 2898 666 1:07:06 10:48 1:06:56 3109 45.32 %
Walsh Charles 4087 6948 3943 837 1:08:20 11:00 1:08:18 4100 39.12 %
Urban Elizabeth 203 6950 3007 768 1:08:21 11:00 1:08:21 3215 44.39 %
March Anika 9509 7265 3222 740 1:11:16 11:29 1:11:05 3398 42.67 %
Yuen Arlena 7776 7896 3652 874 1:21:40 13:09 1:21:40 3726 37.15 %
Lu James 6367 8012 4277 10 1:26:13 13:53 0:57:18 3412 46.63 %
Mackey Justin 2860 8132 4313 900 1:40:21 16:09 1:39:46 4320 26.78 %
Herrera Carolina 2861 8133 3820 847 1:40:21 16:09 1:40:15 3827 30.26 %

113 Total.

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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



Let There Be Brunch! Scotland 10k Club Points Brunch! by nbrwebjohn
March 31, 2016, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Events, NBR Goings On, Socials

Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 PM

Over the Eight
594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

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Come on out to the 2nd Club Points Brunch of the season where we’ll celebrate our runners and Scottish comrades!

All Scotland 10k runners & supporters are welcome, Kilts are recommended!

See you there!

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West Point Half Marathon Race Report Saturday, March 26th, 2016 by nbrwebjohn
March 31, 2016, 9:19 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Race Report, Races

NBR Stats:

Jen McNamee 1:36:32 2nd in 2529 Age Group!
Philip Chiu 1:37:34 14th in 3034 Age Group!
Jennifer Herr 2:05:26 Hey, I finished!

Today, I ran the most beautiful and challenging half marathon course in my racing career, and strongly believe NBR needs to hear about it. The West Point Half Marathon was opened up to noncadet/civilian participation for the first time this year, and three of us jumped at the opportunity to run it. I enjoyed the chilly morning trek to Upstate New York with my fellow NBRs Philip Chiu and Jen McNamee.

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This race paid homage to the United States military, as only an elite Army University could do.Phil and I warmed up on the Mieche Stadium field as military trained parachuters dove down to welcome the runners (and then helicoptered away.) There were great crowds of runners from the Navy, Team RWB (military veterans,) the NYPD and of course the West Point Army Cadets. Each mile marker on the course identified a “fallen cadet” of West Point, who had lost their life fighting for our country. I witnessed army recruits dropping and doing pushups at each of these markers along the course as a way of honoring these men.

My ultimate reason for feeling compelled to write this race report, however, is THE COURSE. While the route was beautiful and historic, with mountain and river views at a famed elite military school campus… the term “Hilly” does not do it justice. West Point provided a course map on their website which identified 4 areas in red that represented large inclines. (Up to 8 flights of stairs in elevation change, they said.) A few highlights on a map did not in any way describe the realities of the run. The entire course was rolling hills with several steep, mountainous climbs and descents in between.

Runners pass Trophy Point during the West Point Half-Marathon Fallen Comrades Run at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. The Hudson River is visible in the background at left.

Runners pass Trophy Point during the West Point Half-Marathon Fallen Comrades Run at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. The Hudson River is visible in the background at left.

At the start of the race, miles 1 to 2, the decline from the stadium to the austere riverside felt TOO steep to me and a bit uncontrollable. I was mindful of not pounding out too hard on my knees, but by the time I reached the bottom, felt like the cartoon Road Runner with my legs spinning uncontrollably and no ability to stop. The course then flattened out a bit for a pleasant out and back along the river front with mountain views. At mile 4.5, I realized the red marks on the course map indicated stretches which were so freakishly steep and long, they had no business being included in a half marathon course. A half mile winding strip of what seemed to be a 45 degree incline up into the campus may have been the most difficult portion of running I’ve ever done. Only slightly less difficult uphill battles were fought between miles 6 & 7, 8 & 9 and 12 & 13. With three quarters of a mile left to the race, the last hill felt almost insurmountable even as bagpipers and cheering children beckoned us up. About half of the racers around me had nothing left to give and could only walk up. I did my best to trudge to the top and eek out a finishing kick the last flat 200 meters back into Mieche Stadium.

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My mile splits were all over the place. At the “too steep” mile 1 downhill, I managed a best pace of 7:45. My slowest pace of 12:57 came at the final mile 12 hill. Everything in between was a scattered range of low 8:00s to low 11:00s. This lead me to a 2:05:26 finish time, about 9 minutes slower than my personal best half marathon.

The West Point Half Marathon redefines the term “hill training.” I can now look at the Williamsburg Bridge and Cat Hill and laugh. This race was a mountain climb that tested your fitness and determination to the fullest. I chose to zone out and cope with it as best I could.

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At the finish line, I discovered that my warrior teammates, Jen & Philip both hit HUGE personal records on the course, which I didn’t imagine possible. (Jen even finished 2nd in her age group!) They both agreed that the difficulty of the course was like nothing they’d ever experienced, yet they were clearly physically and mentally equipped to tackle the task at hand in a much better way than I was. I am in awe of them and challenge any other strong, willful NBR runner to sign up for this race next year. I don’t know that I’ll ever run the West Point Half Marathon again but as a singular experience, I highly recommend the military strength course to any runner looking for a true test of physical strength and personal will.

-Jennifer Herr

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westpoint6So, HILLS. I signed up for this race without looking at the elevation profile. I looked at the profile a week or two before the race when someone mentioned how hilly it was and when I saw it, I thought “Oh no, Ive done no hills this year.” HILLS! I had no idea what an understatement it was.

Based on the elevation profile and where I am physically, I was not expecting much. The first mile was downhill and a bit crowded: 7:29, “ops, going a bit fast.” Mile 2: 7:20, Mile 3: 7:03, Mile 4: 7:16, Mile 5: 7:20, Mile 6: 7:18, Mile 7: 7:34. As the miles went by, I was clicking off splits below my PR pace and I was feeling in control. I was powering through those monster HILLS early on and passing people easily. By mile 7, I was worried a blow up was imminent because I was going way too fast for what I thought my fitness was but I felt in control still. In my head, I was repeating an old favorite, “God this hurts so good” at every HILL and it was working.

Mile 8: 7:03, Mile 9: 7:32, Mile 10: 7:04. The miles continued to click off at paces I thought were unbelievable. I was flying up the HILLS and was still feeling in control. Suddenly, around mile 10.5, the wall hit me like Semi Truck. My legs got heavy and refused to turn over. Mile 11: 7:48, Mile 12: 8:15, Mile 13: 9:33, I was in a world of hurt and those HILLS I was not afraid of earlier in the race became cruel and unusual punishment. HILLS, HILLS, HILLS, they were steep beyond belief and seemed to go on forever in those last few mile. After correcting a wrong turn I made, I was able to have a little left to kick to the finish. 1:37:34, a 27 second PR.

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I was an Army Infantryman years ago. When we learned an officer graduated from West Point, we looked at him with a higher expectation. As a soldier, West Point is this holy place Ive always wanted to visit and so when I saw this race pop up, I knew I had to do it. West Point lived up to the hype. The buildings at West Point were truly a sight to see and the mountain range along the Hudson was stunning. On one hand, I want to do this race again but on the other hand, HILLS!

-Philip Chiu



Spring 2016 Gear Pre-Order by nbrwebjohn
March 24, 2016, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Apparel, Gear, Marathon

We have your Spring-Summer essentials ready for pre-order! We have singlets, shorts, your new NBR cotton T in Imperial Purple, and a few other things. Make sure to visit all the categories on the gear site by clicking the tabs on the left.

Pre-Order is the best way to order your gear! We only order a few extras in the sizes and styles that sell the most. You have 1 week to pre-order!

Pre-Order Ends Noon on April 1st! Don’t be a fool and miss out! (sorry)

Shop here: http://northbrooklynrunners.miiduu.com

Any orders from today on will be considered a pre-order which means it will take about 6-8 weeks after the pre-order ends for you to get your gear.

A few of you have asked for short-sleeves which we usually carry but unfortunately they are out of stock at this time.

Happy Shopping
-Gear Masters



2016 NYRR NYC Half Volunteer Report and Slideshow by nbrwebjohn
March 23, 2016, 10:36 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Volunteering

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The most HEARTFELT thank you to all 45 of you who rallied in the early dawn cold to provide gatorade water and good cheer to the 20,000+ runners at today’s United NYC Half Marathon. Cuz there aint no party like an NBR WATER TABLE party cuz an NBR WATER TABLE party don’t STOPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!

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-Lilly Ardell Stevens ( Volunteer Coordinator )



WOOO! by nbrwebjohn
March 22, 2016, 11:32 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, NBR Goings On, Races, Volunteering

A loud and enthusiastic “GO NBR!” combined with an equally loud and enthusiastic “WOOO!” is the perfect blend in a continuous wall of sound that brings chills down my spine.

PhilipPatchogueI joined NBR in 2013 with the Scotland Run being my first race under the NBR banner. I had no idea what I was in for when I ran by the cheer squad. The “GO NBR” and other chants that blended into a wall of sounds were overwhelming, I felt the chills go down my spine and it actually made my limbs feel cold. The shot of adrenaline carried me to the finish in a closing pace that I did not think was possible for me at that point in my running “career.” Don’t even get me started on my pace going through the mile 12 NYC Marathon water station. After three years, I still look forward to the club points races and the cheer squad still gives me that much needed boost.

Since joining NBR, Ive made my best effort to volunteer at every NBR water station that I am available for and join every cheer squad I can logistically get to. As runners, we know having that team support on the course can sometimes make a difference on the outcome. I don’t need to hope that new members continue this tradition of showing up because NBR has always had such capable leaders and attracted such wonderful and active members.

While my vocal range prevents me from employing the effective “WOOO!” (my ooo’s don’t get higher and sounds more sarcastic than heartfelt) and my cheering tools are limited to “go NBR,” clapping, cowbell, and other generic cheers, I am still happy to be out there cheering on the team.

-Philip Chiu