Fantastic Group Of Runners This Past Sunday Who Ran The Course!
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to tackle the United NYC Half Course with members of my We Are NYC Running Club and members of the United NYC Half Facebook Group! It was a beautiful Sunday morning for the run. A little chilly but we waited around for everyone in a nice section of Prospect Park that had lots of sun shining on us. In seeing this course again this past Sunday and in running it the last few years, I thought I would share a review of the course.
Some of you may know that the United NYC Half Marathon course has changed from previous years. In 2019, the course started inside of Prospect Park Brooklyn for the first time. This past Sunday, we pretty much excluded the first two miles which take place inside the park. As far as those two miles are concerned, based on my running the race last year, you will encounter an uphill in the first mile. It comes in the second half of the first mile and it’s a net climb of about 80 feet. Just around the time that you finish that first mile you will exit the park and encounter crowds for the first time. You will be on Flatbush Avenue and you will head out on a 1 ½ mile out and back on Flatbush Ave adjacent to the park. The first half of this 1.5 miles is a steady downhill. Be careful though because you will have to come back up that same stretch but this time do it uphill.
Once you are done with this out and back, you will be at around the 2.5 mile mark and you will be passing Grand Army Plaza and leaving the park completely. Here you should encounter a good amount of spectators. When you reach this portion, do your best to put your adrenalin in check because the next mile or so is a steady downhill! Strava measured this mile to be a decrease in elevation of about 96 feet. I have to admit, this is also a nice wide road with lots of local shops. Assuming it is a decent weather day, I am 99% positive that this stretch of the course is going to be filled with spectators on race day. With that said, these spectators, along with the steady downhill will you give you the temptation to unleash a fast mile. I will say to just be careful here, because you have a long way to go and some challenges ahead.
Having Fun On The Manhattan Bridge This Past Sunday (photo credit Bon R.)
As you reach the mile 4 mark, you will start your climb onto the Manhattan Bridge. This is where your work and challenges will start. From the 4 mile mark, its a long steady climb onto the bridge until you get to the middle of the bridge. Your total climb will be around 90 feet. As you get to the summit of the bridge take a nice exhale for two reasons. First, the views are amazing here so enjoy them! Second, the next mile and change is a nice and steady downhill. I strongly suggest you enjoy this stretch. Let your muscles recoup. Think about taking a gel or some type of energy supplement at this point because you will need it for the second half of the race . Think about how you feel. Keep your emotions in check and remember, you are here to have fun!
Once you get off of the Manhattan Bridge you will enter Chinatown where the crowds are always amazing! Soak in the crowds because you are headed for the FDR Drive soon. The FDR drive is a popular NYC highway that closes one direction just for you on this day. On the surface, New Yorkers may think that it is pretty cool to be running on the FDR Drive, but I find that these approximately three miles can be pretty boring miles on the course. Yes, there are nice views of the east river but the crowds are also very small on this stretch. As I mentioned, your time on the FDR is close to three miles as if boring miles are not enough, you will also gradually be climbing throughout these three miles. I did say that the second half of the race would be challenging right? (lol)
Its a long stretch of close to 3 miles on the FDR Drive!
You will finally exit the FDR Drive at 42nd St as you pass the United Nations, another very nice scenic view during this race. As you start to head west on 42nd street, you will be passing the 10 mile marker and you will continue to climb in elevation for about 40 feet until you get past 5th avenue. Here you will begin a small gradual run downhill that will take you into a very cool portion of the race, none other than Times Square. I mean other than New Years, eve, Times Square never closes for anyone but on this day, it closes for you! Take this stretch in because once you turn onto 7thavenue at around mile 11 and approach 45th street you will begin an approximate one mile climb up that will take you up another 40 feet in elevation and will leave you right at the entrance to Central Park. As you run thru Times Square, take a look for the Youth Run that shold be taking place on the right side of 7thavenue. I think its pretty cool that they are running their own race, while we run ours!
Back to our race though, as you finish your uphill climb on 7thavenue, you will enter Central Park and soon approach the 12 mile marker. Once you enter the park, a series of small uphills and downhills will await. Nothing too drastic. Keep it all together here and focus on your stride as you’re still about a mile from the finish. The park has always given me adrenalin. There is some rich running history here as it’s where the NYC Marathon finishes every year. Use this adrenalin to push you that last mile. During this last mile in the park, you will make a left turn at 72ndstreet. Save some juice for this last quarter mile because there is one more sneaky hill in the last quarter mile as you turn left again onto Central Park West Drive. Give it all you have on this hill because just beyond it, is your finish line!
I can’t rel you how much I love this course. The views, the towns that you go thru, Times Square and Central Park all make it amazing! A personal record is not impossible on this course, but it is also not easy. How you attack this course will be key. Go out too hard during the downhills in the first half and you will may pay the price on the hills that await you on the 2ndhalf of the course. For me take advantage of that last mile in the park. It’s a great mile to finish a great half marathon!
I hope you have enjoyed this review of the United NYC Half Course! As always you can follow me on Strava under my name Cesar Trelles or on Instagram @catrunsnyc_2018 ! Leave me some comments after the race on either of these on what you thought of the race course! Good luck to all of those that are running the 2020 United NYC Half Marathon!
Some of Our Members After The 2018 Version Of Our BK Half Trial Run!
*TRIAL COURSE UPDATE!*
Good morning everyone! Tomorrow’s Brooklyn Half Course trial run is on RAIN OR SHINE! Last year the race was run in a steady pouring rain so might as well get out there and give your rain gear a trial run in case this year’s race is also rainy!
ALSO- BAG CHECK WILL BE PROVIDED at the start and transported to the finish. My foot isn’t 100% and rather then run 13 miles tomorrow, I’ll save it for the race and serve as bag check tomorrow! 🤙🤙
Finally, I will have a water/nutrition station setup at about mile 7 as you exit the park HOWEVER you will have to provide your water bottles and nutrition to me at the start! Once everyone passes me at mile 7, i’ll head to the finish line 👍👍
Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning!
On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, we will be having a trial run of the Brooklyn Half Marathon course with members of our “We Are NYC Running Club”. The trial run is as it sounds – a practice run of the entire course- yup 13.1 miles on a Saturday morning! The trial run is free and everyone is welcome to join!
*MEET UP SPOT🏛️🏛️
As this is a trial run of the course, we are asking everyone to meet up at Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238) at 7:00am! Please do not be late!
Yes thats nice and early in the morning but keep in mind, the actual race also starts at 7:00am on race day anyways! This gives you a chance to wake up early and practice your routine and route to the start line!
*TRANSPORTATION TO START🚕🚆🚗
You can always park by the finish line and then either take a subway to the start or Uber which is about $10-$20. If you plan on doing that, plan on being by the finish line by no later than 6:30am!
Of course you can take the subway to the start line. The Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Musem stop on the 2-3 line seems to be the closest station to the start line. Check the MTA website to make sure these trains are running on Saturday morning!
This is the 2018 race course map however it is expected to be the same in 2019!
The course map is above. I also posted details of the the start area and finish area are below. Some of you may remember the trial run of the United NYC Half Marathon course that I held back in February. Unlike that trial run that we held, we should be able to run this course fairly close to the actual course. If you remember we couldn’t get on parts of the United NYC Half Course. That shouldn’t be the case here for the trial run of the BK Half. We should be able to see the entire course!
Here’s a brief overview of the course and what we plan on running on Saturday!
-The course starts at the Brooklyn Museum and we will run south along Washington Avenue, down to Empire Blvd where we make a right and another quick right onto Flatbush Avenue.
-Next we head north on Flatbush Avenue, towards Grand Army Plaza. Runners of the United NYC Half may remember this stretch as it was the starting corrals of that race.
-One we approach Grand Army Plaza (at approximately the 1.5 mile mark) we will loop around the Plaza and then head back south on Flatbush Avenue, til we get back to Ocean Avenue.
-We will take a slight right onto Ocean Avenue and proceed straight until we get to Parkside Avenue where we will make a right onto Parkside Avenue. This will be around the 3 mile marker on the course map.
-Continuing west on Parkside Avenue we enter Prospect park near Machate Circle where we will then proceed to do a full loop within Prospect Park.
-After one full loop within the park, we will exit the park close to where we entered it for the loop and run onto Ocean Parkway. Once we leave the park we should be 7 miles in
-Once on Ocean Parkway we will stay on Ocean Parkway and head south for a little over 5 miles until we turn onto Surf Avenue. On the course map this is around the 20k marker or 12.5 miles.
-We will continue west on Surf Avenue for about a half mile until west 10th street where we will make a left onto west 10th street once you pass by the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.
-Take west 10th street one block to the Coney Island Boardwalk – once you get to the boardwalk make a right.
-Run on the boardwalk until you reach “Tom’s of Coney Island” -this is the approximate finish line of the race!
Get Ready To Race For The Finish!
*PACE OF RUN ⏱️⏱️
Some things to note – this is not meant to be all out pace. Personally As this will likely be one of your last long rains, try and take it easy and enjoy the run! Maybe snap some pictures along the route so you don’t have to do that on race day! Have fun with this run and lets hope we have a gorgeous day!
As for paces, this trial run is for EVERYONE! During trial runs of the NYC Half Course in February, we staggered pace groups and we are looking to do the same thing again! Here are the pace group and their expected times of departure:
–First group, runners planning on running over 12:00/mile pace would leave at 7:15 am.
–Second group, runners between 10:00/mile pace and 12:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:30am.
–Third Group for any runners running under 10:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:45am.
The idea of breaking up pace groups this way would be that we would all arrive to the end closer in time to the end and folks would avoid getting lost this way as well.
*OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER!
Also to note are bathroom breaks – try and hit the bathrooms before you start. I have been told that there are portable bathrooms at 5 different locations on the loop within Prospect Park with 2 portable bathrooms where we enter and exit the park to and from our loop.
The stretch along Ocean Parkway is mostly residential so I’m not sure if you will have access to bathrooms during that 5 mile stretch. Or course when we get to Coney Island, there should be public rest rooms to use also.
As for hydration and nutrition, please bring your own! There are 5 water fountain stops within the Prospect Park loop. However once we exit Prospect Park, I cannot guarantee that we will pass by open store fronts.
Additionally please bring your own gels or anything you may consume for a 13.1 run.
Once we are done with the run we can hangout on the boardwalk and maybe catch a cold adult beverage to “re-hydrate”!
If you have any questions or comments – please do comment below! These group runs are a great way to get together – meet some fellow runners and take one huge step towards getting ready for the Brooklyn Half Marathon!
Our Member Spotlights Bassem Reaches “50” Days On His Run Streak
In continuing with our We Are NYC Running Club member spotlight, our next awesome member is one of our more vocal, motivated, and loveable members. Bassem has been a long time runner and has logged well over 60 races just with New York Road Runners alone. Three of those races have been the New York City Marathon. In 2018 he opted not to run the NYC Marathon and focused on the Philadelphia Marathon instead. It resulted in him running a personal record of 3:49:22 after having a previous record of 4:52 in NYC! An outstanding PR of over an hour, but what makes this even more fantastic, is that Bassem just turned a young 50 years old!
Bassem Last Month At The Joe K. 10k
Realizing his accomplishment this year, Bassem now has his eyes set on qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He would have to knock off another 25 minutes on his marathon time but he says there is something different now about his training. As noted earlier, Bassem is a long time runner, but this year he has seen improvement thanks to the support that he has received from his “We Are NYC Running Club” members. He points at the motivation factor as well as accountability being a huge boost to his training. While his pursuit of the Boston Marathon is currently a long term goal, his short term goal is to keep his current run streak alive. A couple of months ago when he turned 50 years old, Bassem decided to start a “run streak” where he runs at least one mile each day. Last week during one of our weekly group runs, Bassem reached 50 days on that streak and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon! How long can Bassem go? We shall see!
Seeing how much the club has given him this past year, Bassem is always willing to give back. At group runs and on race days, Bassem is always willing to give runners advice based on his past experiences. Whether it may be about running apparel, nutrition or race logistics, you can count on Bassem to give you his words of wisdom.
Bassem (on the right) With His Vuvuzuela @ The Fred Lebow Half Marathon!
Bassem doesn’t stop there either in supporting his running club teammates. Coming out and cheering with the club as part of our infamous cheer squads is something Bassem enjoys doing. If you have run any races in Central Park recently, you may be familiar with the loud echoing sound of a “vuvuzuela”! Yup – one of those vuvuzuelas is likely Basem!
His energy and dedication to the club make him a clear candidate for today’s spotlight and he is just another reason that We Are NYC Running Club continues to thrive today!
We will leave you with some words from Mr. Vuvuzuela aka Run Streak Man, aka Ragnar Guy aka Boston Marathon hopefully, aka BASSEM!
So you are running the United NYC Half Marathon? Congratulations are in order because this race is not easy to get into! Now that you have gotten into the race, running and completing the race is not the only thing that you may have to worry about. Preparing for this race physically, mentally, emotionally and logistically can be a huge task. The version of this course was run in 2018 for the first time, so even if you have run a lot of races in New York City, this race may still be relatively new to you!
At this current time, I am hosting a United NYC Half Marathon Facebook group and as we did last year, each day we are discussing so many topics about this race. From training, to travel accommodations, to diets, to race prep, to holding local group runs and even hiring a few coach buses to take some of us to the start line of the race! We’ve been covering so much in this group and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! (side note, we have similar groups open now for the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon and the New York City Marathon!)
So I thought I would put this article together for everyone to benefit from the discussions that I had last year in the group. As time goes on I will be updating this post with new developments or changes to the race.
This post is heard towards out of towners running the race but there is definitely info in here for native New Yorkers as well. It’s a long read but I think there is something for everyone in here!
Getting Your Race Day Bib and the Expo
Whether you are traveling in from out of town or whether you live here in New York City, you will have to make your way to the Half Marathon Expo. For those that live in the New York City area who are accustomed to picking up their race day bibs at the NYRR Run Center, that will not be an option this time around. Further, you will not be able to pick your bibs up on the morning of the race either! That makes it super important that you plan some time either on the Thursday (11:00am – 9:00pm), Friday (11:00am – 9:00pm) or Saturday (9:00am – 6:00pm) before the race to make it down to the Expo. The Expo is located at 125 west 18th street, New York, NY 10011 (between 6th and 7th avenues).
* Note the times listed above for the expo were the times that the Expo was open in 2018. The hours of the expo have not been listed yet but will likely be listed a couple of weeks before the race. It is likely they will be similar but check back here closer to race day for the exact operating times of the Expo!
When heading to the Expo, give yourself some time to be there. Getting your bib and race shirt should be quick, but there is usually a lot of fun little things for you to see or do there. A race pacer booth will be set up so that you can speak with race pacers to talk about strategy to meet your desired goal time. I was able to confirm with NYRR that you will be able to pick up a “race pace” bracelet at the expo to help you keep pace with your desired goal time. These are several different bracelets each with a different goal time. The bracelet then tells you the mile splits you will need to hit in order to run that bracelet’s goal target time. Among other things to do at the expo is look for your name on the wall of runners, take some pictures or do some shopping from the racks of merchandise they are sure to have! The official race day gear sponsor New Balance will be on hand and sometimes you can score some free giveaways! Whatever it is, just give yourself some time at the Expo! You won’t regret it!
If you can’t fit some time in to get to Expo yourself, there is an option to send someone as your proxy to get your bib. That involves having your proxy bring a copy of your photo ID, with your name matching the name attached to the bib. Your proxy should also have a copy of your race day confirmation form. Your race day confirmation form can be found by logging into your NYRR account. This will be available a couple of weeks before the race so don’t panic about having that yet! While this is an option, you will miss all of the fun at the expo!
Know Your Transportation To The Start Line!
This is the first year that the course will start in Brooklyn and end in Manhattan. As such you will have to plan out your traveling plans in order to get to the starting line on time! The race is on a Sunday morning which means New York City subways will be operating with less trains than they usually do during the week. Further, the NYC MTA has a tendency of doing a lot of track work on weekends. This means give yourself lots of commuting time if you will be riding the subways to the race that morning. Last year, New York Road Runners Club released a detailed diagram of Prospect Park and where runners will need to go to enter the starting corrals. Based on that diagram below, it looks like the Q, 4 & 5 trains are the preferred subways to take the start of the race. One important thing to note, even though it is advertised that the race will start in Grand Army Plaza, runners will have to enter the corrals on the other side of the park over by Flatbush Avenue & Empire Blvd. Make note of that and make sure you travel to the right location! Traveling to the Grand Army Plaza station will only make you walk all the way around to the start of the corrals.
Diagram of the starting line for the United NYC half!
One thing that I STRONGLY urge you to do is check out the service advisory section of the MTA website. They are notorious for scheduling track work or other maintenance that can severely affect train service on the weekend. The last thing you want to do is be on your way to the race, only to find out that morning that the train you planned on taking that morning was not working! Plan ahead! To assist with that, the MTA actually has a “Trip Planner” available. This trip planner takes into consideration any service advisories that may be in play that day. I tested this a couple of weeks back when I did my trial run of the course (click here to read my review of the course!). The day I used the Trip Planner, there were service advisories for the subway lines I used that day. The trip planner told me about them and factored them into my traveling time. I got to the starting line to meet my group for the trial run on time with no issues just as the trip planner had planned it out for me! For reference the name of the subway stops you can travel to are in the graphic above. Enter those subway station names into the trip planner along with the station you are traveling from. It works – use it!
Aside from subways, NYC taxi cabs, Uber & Lyft are an option. Just keep in mind, traffic to that area will be heavy. Further street closures in Brooklyn leading up to the park may snarl traffic. Give yourself some time if you plan on taking some form of car service to the start! As for driving yourself, I strongly suggest against it. 25,000 people will be heading to the start area. I tried to park at Prospect Park a few weeks ago for a race that only had 5,000 participants and it was chaos on that day! Imagine having 5 times the number of runners and trying to look for parking! Leave your car at home!
Planning Your Day Before The Race
Many folks will be traveling into New York City specifically for the race. If you are like many of these folks, you might be getting to New York on Thursday, Friday or even Saturday. If you are lucky enough to get in Thursday or Friday, do your moving around the city those days. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday March 16th because St Patricks Day falls on a Sunday this year. The Catholic Church will not allow the parade to occur on a Sunday so the parade will be on Saturday instead! With that said, Manhattan is full of parade goers and party goers looking to seek a celebration or two in honor of the famous Irishman! The festivities always seem to end up in an abundance of alcohol being consumed so if you had your heart set on going to a restaurant or bar in Manhattan on this Saturday, just know that it may full of festive party goers enjoying St. Patricks’s Day. Further, getting around town may be tough on the day before the race as the parade route goes right up 5th avenue, smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. As I mentioned, plan your day on Saturday accordingly to work around the St. Patrick’s Day congestion.
There is no question that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the most popular parade in New York City and one to enjoy if you are ok with having a couple of drinks. But for the person who has trained for weeks in preparation for 13 miles on Sunday, you might want to skip the festivities this year. If you need to unwind with some beverages, seek out hotel bars or lounges who will likely not allow St Patrick’s Day revelers into their establishments. Better yet, by a bottle of wine or a 6 pack and sip comfortably and responsibly in your hotel room if you absolutely must, although personally, I recommend you save it for AFTER the race!
Dressing For The Race & Bag Check
What to wear come race day morning?
Weather in New York City in the month of March is extremely unpredictable. There have been 70 degree days in March and there have been insane snow storms in the month of March. In 2017, the race was run on the heels of a pretty strong snow storm during the week leading up to the race. The temperature at the start of the race was 30 degrees. In 2018 while there was no snow on the ground, the wind chills had the temperature feeling like 20 degrees. While the temperature could be cold at the beginning, it could warm up rather quickly as the race progresses as well. So how does one dress??
I suggest to wear some layers to the race that you will be comfortable parting with. There are close to 25,000 runners competing in the United NYC Half Marathon. This means that the bag check won’t be close to the starting line. In fact if you look at the graphic of the starting area above, the bag check is before you even enter the secure zone. Think hard about what you want to check in and what you will be able to bring with you thru security and to the starting corral. Keep in mind that you can only check in a clear bag. NYRR wants to see the contents contained in your bag. Also, I have confirmed with NYRR that your bag will be transported via courier to the finish line at Central Park so don’t worry about having to come back to Brooklyn to get your stuff! Check your bag in with confidence!
In terms of other items allowed past security, water bottles in excess of one liter will not be allowed. Camelpacks are also not allowed either. To be honest, those likely aren’t even needed. The race course will have a water station just about every mile along with some water stands that will include Gatorade. There is even a “Powebar Gel” station along the Half marathon route!
The security check point will include a metal detector and you will pass thru it like you do at an airport. Your cell phone, keys, money, etc., will go in a dish and then they will wand you and you will go thru a metal detector. All of this means that if you’re checking items into the bag check, you will have to do it early to give yourself enough time to get thru security. This could cause your wait in the corral to be anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
Going back to how you should dress, you will want to stay warm in the corrals for this period of time. This is where the extra layers come into play. Remember, it will be anywhere between 7am – 8am when runners start since there are two waves. Once your wave starts, you can peel a layer or two off and part with them by placing them in one of the several donation bins that will be lining the starting line area. That’s right, you won’t be seeing those items again, so plan accordingly!
Going back to checking in your items at the bag check, one thing to consider when packing your check-in bag, is that it may be cold or rainy this day. Consider packing a dry or warm change of clothes in your check in bag for after the race. The last thing you want to have happen is to be standing around after the race in cold or wet clothes. You can easily duck into a portable john to get out of those wet clothes if you choose after you retrieve your checked in bag. If you despise portable bathrooms like some folks do, you can head over to the New York Road Runners Run Center (320 West 57th street b/w 8th & 9th avenues) which is not too far from the finish line to use some of their changing rooms there.
As of the editing of this article, we are still three plus months away from race day. Its impossible to know the weather but I will update this post a week before the race with the 7 day outlook weather wise and what I would wear to the start that day!
Get To Know The Course
Finally, the course itself! As mentioned earlier, last year New York Road Runners Club decided to change the course route that had been in effect for several years. The race last year started at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and finished in Central Park. The reason for the change is because the race is getting bigger each year and they are looking for a wider course and one that has a larger finish line and finish area. Logistically also, finishing in Central Park allows them to keep the finish area open longer so that runners don’t have to worry about having to finish their race under a certain time.
The course map is just above. If you have run this race before you will notice that this course has a lot more hills than the previous version of it. What make it worse is that a lot of the hills are towards the end of the race. If you look at the elevation chart at the bottom of the below graphic, miles 8 thru the end of the race are a series of climbs most of them which will be in Central Park. Just before that there is a stretch of 7th avenue from 42nd street up until the entrance of Central Park which is all up hill. If this stretch may look familiar to those who have run this race before thats because the race used to run the opposite way down 7th avenue after you exited the park. This year, you are running a slow steady climb for 15 blocks before you get into Central Park! If you haven’t thrown in hill work into your training, now may be the time! For a more comprehensive review of the course, you can read the review I wrote up after I did an actual trial run of the course last year. You can find that article here! I will be doing another trial run of the course now in January and February along with members of We Are NYC Running Club. Check back on this site for more details on when that will be happening!
The Finish Line.
You made it 13.1 miles to the finish in Central Park – CONGRATULATIONS! You’re not done yet! Once you are done with the race, you will still have about a half mile walk. During that walk, family will not be allowed in this half mile are as it is considered a “runners only” area. Family can watch you finish the race during the last mile. See the graphic above and note that they can enter the park on the west side the park via two entrances. They will not be able to meet you however on there other side of the finish line.
Once you have crossed the finish line, you have approximately a half mile walk that will lead you to the southern exit of the park close to Columbus Circle. I highly suggest, that you meet with family away from the park after the race. The area around Columbus Circle will be pure chaos. During your half mile walk you will get your recovery bag, water, and of course, your well deserved medal! There will also be stations set up to take post race pictures with your medals or your friends. Medical tents and bathrooms will be available during this half mile walk as well. It may be a half mile, but trust me, it will pass by really quickly!
Speaking of medals, make sure to get your medals ENGRAVED after the race! I confirmed with NYRR that medal engraving will be available immediately after the race at the NYRR Run Center on Sunday from 10am – 5pm. If you are not in the mood to stand on line to get your medal engraved after the race, medal engraving will also be available at the run center on Monday 3/18 from 12pm – 7pm and on Tuesday 3/19 from 4pm – 7pm. Unfortunately medal engraving is only for NYRR members. However there is nothing stopping you from becoming a NYRR member before the race to not only take advantage of free engraving but to also take part in their future races. Of course as an alternative to all of this, you can also get your medal engraved else where.
I am a stickler for logistics. I put this together because so many of you worked hard to prepare for this race and I don’t want to see you throw it away because you thought you could pick up your bib on race day morning or you took the wrong train to the start or your dressed incorrectly. You deserve better than that! Now go out there are crush this NYC Half Marathon!
If you found this information helpful, then I am glad I could help. As I mentioned earlier, if you happen to be running either the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon or TCS New York City Marathon, I have similar group discussions going on now. Here is the one for the Brooklyn Half and here is the one for TCS NYC Marathon Why not join these groups and get in on all of the information being exchanged there!
Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and is ready to crank up the miles this weekend!
We have three opportunities for you to get your runs in on Saturday and we are pretty sure that no matter where you are in the 5 boroughs, you will be able to get to us somewhere along the way! Read ahead to find out about the three opportunities!
*STATEN ISLAND HALF MARATHON TRIAL RUN – LED BY LISSETTE*
One of our members Lissette is a resident of Staten Island and has been looking forward to leading this trial run. She knows the course and is ready to lead our members thru the course so that they can run the race with confidence next week!
She has also arranged for lockers at a new gym called “Goal Mine”. For $20 you can store your items in a locker there, shower and use the sauna after the trial run. The gym also has a cafe inside if you want to get a bite to eat after.
Goal Mine is close to the start of the SI Half marathon course. Meet up is at 8am in front of Goal Mine. If you don’t want to use Goal Mine then just come over and meet up with the runners to run the SI half course!
• WHAT- Staten Island Half Marathon Course Trial Run (approx. – 13 miles)
• WHERE- Goal Mind Gym, 4 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
• WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18
• TIME-Meet up at 8:00am, arrive earlier if you would like to store your items inside the gym.
*NYC MARATHON COURSE LONG RUN – LED BY MYRNA*
These folks did 15 a couple of weeks back – now they are ready for 18 miles!
She led a 15 miler a couple of weeks ago and she is at again on Saturday. This time she is going for 18 miles and wants you to join her! Starting in Bayridge Brooklyn, this run will go up 4th avenue and mirror as much of the NYC Marathon course as possible into Greenpoint, over the Pulaski Bridge and over the 59th street bridge into Manhattan. Once in Manhattan they will head up 1st avenue just like the marathon does and end around 96th street. The end goal is 18 miles but you can do as many as you need to! Bring some cash and a metro card with you in case you want to jump into a store along the way of feel like breaking away at any time!
• WHAT- NYC Marathon Course Long Run (approx. – 18 miles)
• WHERE- Bayridge Brooklyn, 92nd Street & Dahlgren Place
• WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18
• TIME-Meet up at 7:15am
*NYRR GRETE GALLOP 10K*
After crushing the Bronx 10 miler last week, the crew is ready to head back to Central Park for a nice 10k stroll in the park in honor of women’s marathon legend Grete Waitz! Its the annual NYRR Grete Gallop, a 10k race in Central Park. The team will be meeting up at 7:30am across from the bandshell where Race Day Central will be setup! Don’t miss the group picture prior to the start!
Happy hump day to everyone out there! The sun hasn’t come out in New York city that much the last few days but that doesn’t keep this group from running. So many of our members continue to post their “rainy days” run since they keep gaining their motivation to run in the rain from the group itself! Another benefit of being part of a running community like ours!
With that being said, here are some of our upcoming group runs that you all can partake in to keep that motivation going! Hope to see you at one of these!
Club Members At Last Weekend’s 5th Avenue Mile!
WEEKLY GROUP RUN IN CENTRAL PARK! (all paces are welcomed!)
• WHAT- Weekly group run (5-6 miles)
• WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)
• WHEN – Thursday, September 13, 2018.
• TIME-Meet up at 6:00pm, leaving run center at 6:15pm
Taken at the last workout led by club member Tobias
5 Mile Run & HIIT Training!
• WHAT- 5 mile Central Park Loop/HIIT workout 10 mins of high intensity interval training, followed by a one mile run to a location in central park. Repeat 5 times for a total of 5 miles and 50 mins of HIIT. Led by one of our club runners Tobias!
• WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)
• WHEN – Saturday, September 15, 2018.
• TIME-Meet up at 8:00am at Run Center
Members at the NYRR 15 Mile training series! 18 Mile one coming up this Sunday!
NYRR NYC MARATHON TRAINING–18 MILE RUN!
• WHAT- 18 mile training run. While this is a NYRR run, you can run this together w/ a club member! After all, it is an 18 mile run!
• WHERE- Central Park – Meet by 102nd transfers on East side by softball field 8.
Good morning to all of you wonderful and motivated runners out there! We have made it to Wednesday and now it’s time to get over the hump! Sometimes you need a little push to do that and we have that for you! Let’s put some running on your calendar for the rest of the week!
Thursday – Central Park Run!
It’s become a staple every week with We Are NYC Running Club since the beginning of 2018. This Thursday we get together once again. We’ve dubbed this run “Positive Vibes, Smiles and Miles” because that is what you can come to expect when you come to one of these! We will be doing anywhere from 5-7 miles in the park on Thursday. As always all paces are welcomed and we will be running rain or shine!
• WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-7 miles)
• WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
• WHEN – Thursday, August 16, 2018
• TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
• OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm
Saturday – Running Tour of NYC
Start from the top of Manhattanan and run to the bottom (Photo Credit – Tobias)
One of our members had a vision for years of running from the top of Manhattan Island to the very bottom of it. His dilemma was he wasn’t quite ready to do that and he didn’t want to do it alone. Since joining We Are NYC Running Club, our member Tobias has gotten faster and has built his endurance to be able to tackle the miles needed to carry out this run. Now he wants to share it with you all!
The run stats at 7:00am on Saturday at 9th avenue and Broadway starting at the Broadway Bridge. The closest MTA subway station is the 1 Train vía the 225th street station. The run will snake thru Manhattan while hitting several landmarks and nice photo opportunities. The run will culminate at Bowling Green. Total mileage is expected to be around 17 miles. You can join us for the whole thing or for just a portion of it. As always, all paces are welcomed!
• WHAT- Running Tour of NYC (approx 17 miles)
• WHERE- Meeting at Broadway Bridge (Broadway & 9th avenue)
• WHEN – Saturday August 18, 2018
• TIME- Meeting at 6:45am and starting run at 7:00am
• OTHER INFO- With as much as 17 miles expected to be run, bring your own nutrition and hydration. Since we are running thru Manhattan you can always stop in at a store to buy water/gatorade.
More info on the route that this run will take will be posted on this site by Friday. One thing you can be sure of is that you will get your miles in and you will see some NYC sites while doing it!
Tobias along with some of the members during the First Running Tour of Manhattan Run!
Sunday – France Run Central Park
On Sunday, New York Road Runners will be sponsoring an 8k race called the France Run in Central Park. The race is sold out but you can still come out and cheer on those runners that will be tackling the 8k! Race time is 8:00am!
Finally, if you want to sport a team shirt or tank top, those are always available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on our team store!
These nice race day tank tops are on sale now in our team store – see link above!
Happy Monday to all the runners out there reading this!
Hope there were lot of miles crushed this past weekend! Over at We Are NYC Running club, we were most definitely crushing miles and keeping busy and we didn’t let the extreme weather keep us away!
Picture of our club members speaking w/ potential members at the NYRR Club Fair! (Photo by Micheal Anderson)
Before we crushed those miles, a number of club members came out to help represent the club at the NYRR Club Fair on Friday afternoon! Several runners in search of a club got a chance to come to the fair to see what a handful of club had to offer. We Are NYC RC was of course in attendance not just giving out valuable info but also healthy vinegar shots, complimentary electrolytes and of course some delicious bite size cupcakes. Several “would be” members walked away happy hopefully with a favorable first impression of the club!
Group run in Greenpoint before 12 miles thru Queens & Manhattan!
On Saturday, despite a mid morning downpour, 12 “marathoners in training” crushed 10-12 milles thru the Queens portion of the NYC Marathon route over the Pulaski and Queensboro bridges. Runners continued on 1st ave in Manhattan and turned around at various points between 80th and 110th streets based on the mileage they needed to tackle that day. Although the skies opened towards the end of the run, everyone got their long runs in and were eager to tackle that route again. To view the route taken see, route description here.
Heat Warriors at the NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile!
On Sunday, even though it was bone dry out, the mercury was soaring early in the morning! With temps in the mid 90’s several of our runners crushed the NYRR Manhattan 7mile. For those that did, they were awarded with a personal record as this was the first time the race was run!
Looking ahead to this week, we will have our Midweek Central Park Group Run on Wednesday (8/8) this week. Details below and hope to see you all there!
WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-6 miles)
WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
WHEN – Wednesday, August 8, 2018
TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm
As always we encourage and welcome all runners as this run is open to all! All paces are welcome so come on out and join us!
Tomorrow NYRR will host its first ever 7 mile race, the Manhattan 7 Mile Run. Our club runners will be out there in full force tomorrow as they will look to set personal records as this will obviously be the first time they have run this distance!
If you are looking to meet up with the team we will be in “Race Day Central” across from the Bandshell in our usual location starting at 7am!. Stop by and share a laugh and unwind before the race!
Not running the race tomorrow but still want to get in on the action? No problem! Come and be part of our cheer squad! We assemble on 76th street and the West Drive right alongside the Lake! Our club takes pride in cheering not only for our club runners but for all runners in the race!
Good luck to all of the runners running the Manattan 7 miler on Sunday!
Hang in there runners the weekend will be here soon enough! Here is a way to give you something to look forward to before the weekend and to also help you notch some miles under your belt!
Join We Are NYC Running Club this Thursday for another of our weekly group runs in Central Park! Each week our running club meets once during the week to log some miles! Those miles become even more important now as marathon training is in full swing for many!
All skill levels are welcomed for these group runs as we will split up into pace groups! Here are the specifics for Thursday’s group run!
WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-6 miles)
WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm
Any questions regarding the group run can be directed to Cesar at email@example.com!