November Project.  If you know of our races, you know of NP . . . and if you live in NYC and dont know of this “tribe” then you have been living under a rock.  Last March, NP found out about TTB, and in a matter of minutes bought up the remaining tickets still available (back in the day when we didn’t sell out in seconds).  This year we have seen NP show up to become known as the team with the best cheer squad.  But did you know that as of May 2017, there are TWO tribes in our fine city: the original NYC tribe, and new on the docket, Brooklyn.  FINALLY Brooklynites don't have to trek all the way to Gracie Mansion to check out an NP workout!!!  The new Brooklyn tribe is growing fast, and even better, it is co-lead by two #bossladies!  SO, how could we NOT have them host our finale?   

Jeanie Tinnely was a co-leader for the original NP NYC tribe, and Sierra Asplundh was a NP Philly regular before “pledging” the Brooklyn tribe.  Read on to hear straight from Sierra, about the fundamentals of NP BK, and, why the Williamsburg is a perfect fit!  


SA: I had wanted to move to New York and take on the lifestyle to see how it would impact my work and my life. I moved here in December and wasn't worried about keeping up with my same crew/different location. Little did I know, that trying to make a 9 AM meeting in Soho, after hitting up a 6:30 AM workout with commuting from Brooklyn & back, would result in being late. Luckily, I had someone else who had been craving a home tribe in Fort Greene that valued how November Project had been impacting her life, and asked me to bring it to life. We began pledging in early February (a process that helps show if the leaders are able to meet on time consistently, plan workouts, create a supportive and positive environment, all the while building upon the premise that this community can and will break down barriers) and earned our stripes in early May on those steps.


SA: Other than location, we thrive off of a tough workout that starts and ends with fun (dancing, possibly singing too). Back to location and weekly routine, for now we only meet once a week (Wednesday mornings) and at only one location (Fort Greene Park, by the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument) - within that; we have stairs, trail, grass areas, play ground, park paths, DOGS, other groups and people that we share the space with, and our mascot, Dusty. That being said, this makes it feel like our back yard, we've been working with the park department to create volunteer opportunities and there's a break fast Crew that goes to the same spot after every workout - bringing that neighborhood vibe to city dwellers.



SA: For me, being a leader means you get to continue the legacy that was started in Boston that is now a world wide movement. Yes, it is a responsibility: looking out for everyone's safety, planning the workouts, ensuring everyone feels welcomed, and waking up even earlier. And, that's now becoming more and more my favorite part. Watching everyone come out of the trees, the far off path, up the stairs - especially in the winter - is the magic that is November Project. Holding the space for people to come together before the sun rises, to be with those around them, and challenge themselves to be a better version than they were when they woke up that morning.


Wednesday | 6:28 am | Ft. Green Park


SA: Every tribe is different; especially here in NY. People are hustlers here, working 2-3 gigs minimum, and have the lovely commute to deal with to still make it on time. And we rise to the challenge. What we notice, is being mindful of the runner's commute to the workout and being able to scale workouts, depending on the daily or weekly commute, or if there are a high number of racers that weekend.


SA: We do, to create the environment of a team huddle. It's early. And sometimes, the weather is less than ideal. You're tired. You have had numerous opportunities that morning to keep you from showing up. So, Jeanie and I, especially, love to acknowledge that, celebrate it, and get everyone inspired to get a hard ass workout in. The huddle allows the 'Newbie Welcome' (introducing names of someone who has shown up for their first time) and The Bounce (my favorite part—the hype that gets you out of your comfort zone while warming up your ankles and calves) to feel authentic and could cause some goosebumps if all goes well. And, in the winter, it serves to get you warmed up and to possible recognize other humans around you.



SA: So the 'Fuck Yeah' - let's talk about it. There's always a point in your training or race or day where maybe something has been nagging or distracting you, and you finally see it. It's been identified. What do you do? Do you let it continue to pester you? Or, do you mentally decide to make this your new, 'normal' the new level of tolerance to base the rest of your experience off of. During every bounce, there comes a point where the leader will ask the tribe some form of the following, "Ya'll good?" And it's at this point, where we invite everyone who wants to mentally commit to being present, positive, and focused for the rest of the work out to respond with, "Fuck Yeah." This is you officially committing to yourself to let go of your previous night or the morning up until now, and put in the work - wherever you're at.


SA: Haha, fun fact - running on the Williamsburg Bridge was the first NP work out I did as a New Yorker! We have a ton of runners, covering every and any distance for a race, all year long. This bridge not only is for training routes, it's also for our commuters going to and from Brooklyn. Plus: the Graffiti—motivation, thoughts, feelings; this bridge has it all.


SA: For me, the cheer squad element perfectly compliments the "Just Show Up" mentality. You only need to bring yourself. With the race entry's for most of the race events here in the city, there's a good chance you may not make it in every time. And, while that's a bummer, you still can come out and support your fellow runners. Same thing for injuries—It's you're choice as to how you show up for your community. We choose positivity. Shit's contagious.



SA: Hands down it's the Track. As a multi sport athlete growing up, running was always a component. I've got the need for speed, and only started true consistent track workouts as of last year, I'm still learning and having fun running in circles.


Chocolate milk.

Breakfast - most workouts happen in the AM: any combination of eggs.


I can post up anywhere that has a beer and wings after a workout. I have yet to find my "go to" or favorite here in NYC. To be continued... :)



Stacked. How else to describe a field of around 30 women that includes three TTB champions from 2016, facing newcomers who have crushed 18 minutes for 5K or 3 hours for the marathon?

So we’re super excited for the TTB Triboro women’s race this Thursday night, part two of our 2017 Summer Series.  This is our first course on Randall’s Island.  And word is that it’s hard as hell, with that steep start up the Ward’s Island ramp, the mad dash through the bike paths, and an out-and-back on the Triboro where there is literally no flat ground. Yeah, and those stairs.  

Now, about those returnees — all running their first TTB of 2017.  Meg Ryan won last year’s Queensboro race unattached, in a gutsy wire-to-wire run.  Jennie Cohen of Dashing Whippets took two early victories — Williamsburg and Manhattan — before ending her season with a hip injury.  And Vicky Kornieva of Bellmore Striders stamped her own wire-to-wire win at TTB Brooklyn.  As always, you can learn about some of these incredible athletes in our past journal entries. We’ve got profiles on Vicky, Jennie, and the Whippets’ Emmi Aguillard and Carly Graham.

Now let’s get to know the top new contenders. We’re throwing in a profile on Meg (now on Team MHRC), because she flew in under the radar last year!  We’ve also got her speedy teammate Jenny Donnelly, NP’s talented triathlete Nicole Falcaro and the Whippets’ Jess Chichester, who clocked an impressive 2:53 at last year’s NYC Marathon.  It’s not a coincidence that these three teams are leading the way in our Custom Performance team series.

See you on the bridges (yep, there are two this time). And thanks to Elise Mordos for helping to write these profiles!

Adam Barcan


CREW/CLUB | Dashing Whippets

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Some sick PRs. The endorsement of none other than Jennie Cohen.  Bridge training. Course recon. Why would we NOT watch her?

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Jess has been running track and X-C since 7th grade, through high school and college at the University of Albany.

Post-college, she started running marathons.  Well, that’s an understatement; she was the friggin’ 31st female at NYC Marathon 2016, in 2:53.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Jess wants to see if TTB is as awesome as her friends claim. And did we mention she loves running bridges?


MILE PR | 5:31

5K PR | 18:15

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Works as a nurse practitioner at a family practice in Queens. Loves to travel and explore the great outdoors whenever possible.






WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Serious track and X-C cred.  The fastest PRs in the field.  We didn’t know who she was when she won TTB Queenboro 2016.  But now we know better (and so do her competitors)!

RUNNING BACKGROUND | A high school state champion in Connecticut, Meg ran on Notre Dame’s cross country and track teams.  She has impressive PRs in numerous distances — from the mile (4:50) to the half marathon (Brooklyn Half Marathon in 1:17:44).

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Team MHRC! That was Meg’s exclamation point. Coach Vinnie will do that.

FAVORITE WORKOUT | Wednesday AM MHRC with Coach Vinnie. Haha, who else? Note to self: do this workout. The FOMO is killing us.

MILE PR: 4:50

5K PR: 16:42



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Another D1 runner, whose 5K and 10K PRs are some of the best in the field.  Talk to Jenny, and you’ll see a runner with a passion for our sport, from the beauty of the mile to the patterns of her running stats.. We know she’s gonna embrace our race as a fresh challenge on a new course.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Running high school cross country made Jenny fall in love with the sport. We can sure relate — high school X-C is the best!  She ran year-around at Yale, including cross-country, 5K and 10K.  And she’s turned that college foundation into a string of impressive distance performances, including that 10K PR of 37:09 and a half marathon PR of 1:24.

Jenny calls her two NYC half marathons “[my] proudest races to date”. She loves the changing terrain, the crowds and just running through her home city. She’s run six marathons — with 3 Bostons in the mix — and is taking to the streets of New York this fall for marathon number 7,

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Jenny is ready to rev her engines after a much needed break from running over the last few months.

FAVORITE WORKOUT | Mile repeats.

5K PR | 17:34

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Works on the Data & Analytics team at Glossier (hence her love for numbers). Jenny spends a lot of time at Mile High Run Club “analyzing all the numbers on the treadmill.”





CREW/CLUB | November Project

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER |  Nicole is an impressive athlete, plain and simple.  She’s translated a strong running and swimming background into outstanding triathlons.  We know she’ll handle any wrinkle this course dishes out.  

RUNNING BACKGROUND | A high school track and swim star in Pennsylvania, Nicole ran track and cross-country at Bucknell.  Although she’s now an outstanding triathlete, she still calls running her first love. But those triathlons! And that fitness. Nicole is rightfully proud of the 37:38 10K she ran to close the recent NYC Triathlon as the first amateur female (near top 50 overall).

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP |  Nicole is up our alley. She digs TTB’s grassroots, underground feel. She loves running at night. And agrees with us on one important thing - the bridge is called the friggin’ Triboro. RFK is a stadium.

FAVORITE WORKOUT |  First choice, long trail runs. Second, a couple of brick miles off a bike. Did we mention running is her first love?

MILE PR | 5:10

5K PR | 17:55

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Biking or swimming (but not at the same time). She also walks dogs and can top the whole TTB field in reciting digits of Pi (3.1415926536). Nicole you’re backing up that claim at the afterparty.


For one of the fastest dudes in NYC, Sean Mahon has a knack for staying under the radar.  We still kick ourselves over flubbing the prime in his TTB debut at Queensboro 2016. Short story is we awarded Sean’s prime to another guy in a yellow jersey, a mistake we remedied by paying the prime twice; it was our fault after all.  Even last race, at TTB Manhattan, Sean got a little overshadowed in the pre-race intros behind a slew of talented new faces. But there he was, busting out of the Manhattan pedestrian path in a downpour, for a commanding win (and that prime en route).

There’s no missing Sean this time; he’s got a real shot at becoming the first guy to three-peat at TTB.  But Greg Laraia — for one — will have a lot to say.  Like Sean, he’s among the city’s top runners, and threw down the hammer at TTB Manhattan this year.  We’re not even gonna get into his 5K and mile PRs, which are somethin’ fierce; you can check out his profile from our past journal posts. This is gonna be an incredible rematch.

And now...the new faces.  TTB Triboro is our longest race ever, hits two bridges, and even lets runners choose their own path to the first checkpoint.  Not to mention those friggin’ stairs!  So let’s meet a few guys who are making their TTB debuts at this special event. Some are vets whose club teams motivate them to hard-fought PRs at 5K, 10K and the half; others are new to the scene, and just seem to get faster every race. Most of all, these guys embrace our spirit of leaving it all on the bridge.  As always, that means race hard, and drink a beer with your competitors when it’s done — however your race went.  See you on the bridges (both of ‘em)!

Adam Barcan



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM | A veteran competitor in great shape; hot damnnnnn son, those two half marathons this spring!

RUNNING BACKGROUND | A former D1 college runner, Rich has been a fixture on the NYC racing scene for over a decade. Check out the over 100 races in his NYRR athlete history! He started 2017 with a 1:15 at the NYC Half, then he nailed a 1:14 at Brooklyn, a race he called a “return to form” after not breaking 1:17 in years.  He also was on the Front Runners relay squad that won Cape Cod Ragnar this spring.

FAVORITE WORKOUT | Coach Vinnie’s 5:15AM High 45 class at MHRC.  Rich is a regular at this sold-out class that inspires serious FOMO to those who would rather stay in bed.  Oh, and Rich makes sure to load up on the bridges in his weekly long runs.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP |  He works with Coach Vinnie. ‘Nuff said. Have you ever tried saying no to Coach Vinnie about a run?

MILE PR | 4:35

5K PR | 15:55

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING | COO and instructor at Mile High Run Club.  Hooked on Friends reruns (so is Darcy).

Photo by: Larry Sillen

Photo by: Larry Sillen

Photo by John Tran | @johntrannyc

Photo by John Tran | @johntrannyc


CREW/CLUB: Front Runners New York

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Subscriber to the motto "Speed is sex. Distance is love." Well now — Martin can still kick, and he’s sure become a lover with age.  He’s distance PR’ing like crazy this year, including a sub-17 road 5k, a super-impressive 34:22 10K, and a 1:19 half.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Martin ran 10 years of scholastic track and X-C in his native Germany.  We love a guy with a vendetta against his college half-miler for staying - just barely - on the wrong side of 2-flat.  Like many of us, Martin rediscovered the love of competitive running by joining a club — after he moved to New York three years ago. Front Runners New York and its “wonderful team spirit” motivate Martin to keep pushing PRs as he moves up in distance. As noted, he PR’d at the half this year, and he BQ’d in his first serious marathon. But once a steepler, always a steepler, and he might just gobble up those Triboro steps.  

FAVORITE WORKOUT:  Speed - speed - speed. Martin says there’s nothing better than that last rep of an endless series of half mile intervals.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  Encouragement from fellow Front Runners, and the draw of a “last man standing” type race.  Martin’s psyched to “play out [his] still lingering middle distance qualities” outside the ordinary NYC racing circle. Add the smaller crowd than usual, so better socializing.

TTB: Are you doing anything special to prepare for this race?

Martin: I always get a haircut before the really important races. This is a special race...

MILE PR: 4:39

5K PR: 16:41

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING:  Manager of a climate change project at the United Nations.



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Colby is a talented transplant to the NYC running scene. He’s run fast times this spring and has got a lot of upside.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  A high school track and X-C runner, Colby got excited about grown-up running after the 2014 Chicago marathon.  Training with Three Run Two - his local Chicago crew - helped him, as he put it, “discover the running community in all its glory”. Since his recent move to NYC, he’s clocked a speedy 17:35 on the tough 2017 Red Hook Crit course, and crushed his goal of a sub-1:20 at Brooklyn Half.  Colby’s 1:17:45 left him with “gas in the tank”, and the feeling he could go a lot faster. We agree.  

FAVORITE WORKOUT: Mid-range tempos after dark. Can’t think of better prep for a TTB. Colby says he’s doing course recon for TTB Triboro and is ready to go!

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  The running community events are full of great people and unmatched vibes. As Colby says:

I love how small and raw the races can be while maintaining a such a high intensity level. After coming out and watching TTB Manhattan, I felt the need to get in on the action.

MILE PR: 4:48

5K PR: 16:57

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING:  Web / mobile developer, live music fan


Photo by @elitefeats

Photo by @elitefeats


CREW/CLUB: Bellmore Striders

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Anton’s a young runner who’s improving quickly as he trains with Bellmore Striders — aka TTB running royalty.  In five races to date, his teammates Vicky and Sean have three wins, a second and a third. We’re super excited to see what Anton’s got.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Anton’s tearing it up in 2017, just his third year of running.  Following a strong Red Hook Crit (17:34), he ripped 40 seconds off his 5K PR to take third overall at the Massapequa Firecracker 5K. He’s run TTB too, taking top 5 in TTB Brooklyn last year as a last-minute registrant.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:  12x400, 2x200. It’s the perfect training for running rhythm, with a fast finish. Remember Anton, that race finish will be a big downhill!

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  Those Bellmore teammates! It helps that Vicky is his sister.

MILE PR: 4:41

5K PR: 16:28

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING:  Competitive gamer. Yoga and swimming to round out his running.


CREW/CLUB: Ukrainian Running Club NYC

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Our good friend Illya Tarasenko calls Dmytro TTB Triboro’s “dark horse”.  This guy’s for real; just check out the impressive PRs he’s set over the last few months. .  

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Dmytro really took off as a runner following his move to the US; he hated running in school.  He says running cut the stress of his move, and provided a gateway to making new friends.  Over the past couple of years, he’s run several major marathons, a ton of races across the road disciplines and a few triathlons.  We most have our eye on those PRs this spring, including a 16:47 win at an Al Goldstein 5K, a 35:29 for second at a 10K on Long Island and a 1:16 at NYC Half.

FAVORITE WORKOUT:  Stay at home with a lot of sweets and watch a movie. Uhhhh...we don’t believe you, Dmytro.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  Dmytro is always game for a new running experience, whether Ragnar Cape Cod or an obstacle race. We love it.

5K PR: 16:47


Photo by Island Photography

Photo by Island Photography


We love to add a new bridge to each Summer Series.  This time, our friend Vinnie, Head Coach of Team MHRC, was adamant that it needed to be the Triboro (or is it spelled Triborough? Or is it the RFK?).  All we know is we've checked it out before; its WAY up town, a bitch to get to, and a little narrow (read: slightly scary).  BUT Vinnie is one persuasive dude.  He persisted. And once we scouted the course, we were sold.  

Vinnie is SUPER passionate about urban running and growing our community.  Under his leadership, Team MHRC has grown quickly and is now a big part of the urban running scene. Have you checked out their IG?  We wake up EVERY Tuesday with FOMO just looking at their track workouts!  We sat down with Vinnie, to see JUST what he loves about his team so much, why these fun smaller races belong on your calendar, and why our next race course is going to BLOW YOUR MIND! 

As Vinnie says "Lets Play Running"!


The team originally was created in early 2015 with MHRC Coaches Scott Carvin and Corinne Fitzgerald. It was an invite-only team to pull runners from the indoor treadmill classes and create a team competition. After seeing a need for something different and for a way to Mile High to connect on a larger scale, it became much more inclusive.

I took on a team rebrand in late 2016 and reimagined Team MHRC as a way to expose the those falling in love with running via Mile High Run Club to the massive and colorful community that is the NYC running scene. A lot of them just discovering running via NYRR's 9+1. Not only were we able to introduce new runners to the awesome community, but we were able to find and nurture veteran and collegiate athletes that might have put their racing days behind them and introduce them to the growing club/crew scene.

Team MHRC was recreated around the "let's play running" idea. We run the gamut on skill level but what drives everyone is the love of the sport (and confetti cannons and beer).


All of the coaches at Mile High are seasoned athletes (RRCA, former D1, WR holders, podium finishes, etc) and have used treadmill workouts in their own training. A lot of the runners joining the team find out about us by initially taking a class at the studio. We wanted to combine the two worlds and show that the things learned on the street and track can directly benefit your time on the tread and vice versa. There is a lot to be gained by running and training in a controlled environment when you don't have to battle the elements (or traffic and tourists). Having said that a lot of the runners that ONLY know group fitness gain that camaraderie, practical form training, and they learn what the expansive and ever-growing community has to offer.


We meet up every Tuesday morning at the MHRC Noho studio (one of the benefits of starting from a brick and mortar institution is use of showers, lockers, water, etc. pre- and post-run). Usually we'll hit up the East River Track. Scott Carvin and I (Coach Fitz is out on injury) lead our runners through track-style form drills and dynamic warmups followed by track repeats or any number of relay-style workouts. At any given workout there are 5-25+ runners so there's always someone around your pace to run with/against. We jog back and chat about how much running hurts and everyone goes about their day. Or we drink beer at 8am. Don't judge.


I do have to say I like to blur the lines of what constitutes a "serious" race. As far as I see it, every run and every race has to serve a purpose for the athlete. With a lot of our runners training for Chicago, NYC, Berlin, etc., and with the onslaught of smaller (more fun?) races popping up seemingly every week, it's easy to get distracted. But I think it's important to ENJOY the sport while maintaining proper training and keeping the big picture in mind. One 5k 14 weeks out from your "A" race isn't going to make or break it. GO PLAY RUNNING.


We're stoked to have some pretty speedy people on the team. We have some former collegiate athletes and one of our OG members just won the Harlem Mile a few weeks back. Some of our runners are just finding their own hidden talents as they crack out consistent :58 400s on the track. Having said that there is zero requirement for joining up. There are very modest yearly dues (for beer mostly) but that's it. Love of the sport is the only thing we ask- just be cool and cool towards others.


Haha so I ran the second ever TTB and that just sparked something in me and it's (obviously) stuck with me ever since. Not only do I have "Take The Bridge" style runs in-studio where I take runners on any number of "bridge" repeats- incline and speed intervals, but also Team MHRC will occasionally hit Manhattan or Williamsburg Bridge. Since these are in close proximity to the Noho studio, they're perfect for our morning workouts to get our runners that practical experience. Some have never run the bridges before and those mornings are some of the most awesome- kinda discovering it for the first time. When we "take" a bridge for a workout, our coaches talk the runners through the tactics and proper form (and mentality) for running the incline and decline efficiently. Form above all else. The speed will come.


In the words of my own Mr. Miyagi, Joe DiNoto, "know the route, keep it clean". This course, like TTB:Boston, is going to spread the field and make for an awesome finish because it's not just a simple up-and-over. One advantage for this course is going to be the energy from the crowds at the checkpoint and finish. Triboro is seldom run but offers (IMO) some of the best views of Manhattan.


Unsanctioned racing is bona-fide competition in a fresh environment. Any track fan would appreciate the epic duels of last summer’s Take The Bridge men’s heats.  Fields grew so deep that it took a five minute pace, dodging tourists, to nab seventh place on the Brooklyn Bridge.

But you have not seen the lineup for our 2017 Summer Series opener.  Can you say 5K PRs in the 15s or even the 14s? A Kona qualifier and OSR champion? And the newly-crowned KOM of a 4000-runner Strava segment?

We love to post previews of new runners to watch at Take The Bridge.  The fun part is imagining how their amazing chops - on road, track and X-C - translate to our short, open course.  Want to get to know some of our top returnees? Check out past profiles on Sean Mahon, Garen Riedel and Matt Salminen.  Like our newcomers, they embrace our culture of leaving it all on the bridge.  That means run hard, don’t be an asshole, and chase it in a beer.


CREW/CLUB | Front Runners New York

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM | A guy with X-C strength and track speed who is in awesome form this year.  What’s not to like?

RUNNING BACKGROUND |  Colin had no choice but to get hooked early (he’s from a running family). After high school track and X-C in Mass, he ran year-around for the Bowdoin Bears. Colin’s cross country chops should be a big plus on our course: call it urban X-C.  In two years on Front Runners, he’s led the team to victory at Pride Run, as well as first place overall at Cape Cod Ragnar. And he’s PR’d at the half and 10K this year.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP |  In Colin’s words, nothing is better than running a crazy race and then drinking a couple of beers after while getting to know more runners in the NYC running community. We agree.

MILE PR |  4:24 (on track); 4:34 (on road)

5K PR |  15:25 (track); 16:09 (road)

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING |  Fourth-year med student

Photo by John Tran

Photo by John Tran

Photo by Bob Smyth

Photo by Bob Smyth


CREW/CLUB | Dashing Whippets

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM |  Speed never dies. Mac has stupid-fast collegiate PRs from a few years back, and now runs “socially”. We all wish our socially meant a sub-33 at Healthy Kidney this year.  We’re excited to see what he’s got in a new environment.

RUNNING BACKGROUND |  We love a guy who thanks his high school track coach (seriously; mine spoke at our wedding). As Mac puts it, he was fortunate enough to join an amazing program (in Oak Ridge, Tennessee) coached by Allen Etheridge before his four year career at Texas A&M.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP |  TTB’s departure from regular running events

MILE PR |  4:03 (indoors)

5K PR |  14:03

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING |  Mac is a fashion designer;



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM | Erik is an incredible athlete who has hit an elite level in multiple sports.  He’s fairly new to short distances, and tough as hell.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Erik’s stellar resume includes elite rower, sub-10 Ironman and back-to-back OSR 30K top placement.  He started to run while training for college and club crew, in NJ and in Philly. That journey led him to top levels at the triathlon, including Kona. He’s focused on running for the past five years, including ultras and a 2:44 NJ marathon a few months ago.  But in our eyes, not much tops his gutsy win in brutal conditions at the OSR 30K last winter.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP | In Erik’s own words.:

TTB is an event that's redefining what it means to be a runner, a competitor, and even a spectator. It's an integral part of what we talk about when we talk about the new running culture.

MILE PR | 6:49 from Presidential Challenge, 1996. Haha, I remember doing one of those.

5K PR | 16:35 (first ever 5K, a few weeks ago)

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING | Teaches algebra in Brooklyn, hangs out with fellow math teacher girlfriend.  

Photo by Alice Ng

Photo by Alice Ng

Photo at Red Hook Crit 5K

Photo at Red Hook Crit 5K


CREW/CLUB | Custom Performance + Gotham City Runners

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM |   Mixing it up at the top of NYC racing scene this year. Greg is one of the favorites to win.

RUNNING BACKGROUND |  Getting back into serious racing this year after a three-year hiatus.  He recently ran 31:34 for 7th at Queens 10K, and 15:54 for 12th at the Red Hook Crit. And he starred on the Other Guys - the stellar, 10-person, underdog crew that joined Lost Boys in crushing #breaking2nyc marathon relay last month.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP | Greg has been watching unsanctioned races for a few years, but says he never felt the strong urge to compete until now.

MILE PR | 4:20ish

5K PR | 15-flat

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING | #neverNotRunning. But also works as an athletic trainer and running consultant at Custom Performance.  Darcy can vouch,  Greg gives a brutal trigger point massage.



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM | Greg says Adam can beat him. ‘Nuff said.

RUNNING BACKGROUND |  4x NCAA preliminary round qualifier at  Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe 'me Jacks!).  Currently competes for Skechers Performance.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP |  Why not let your first time on the Manhattan Bridge be in a race? 

MILE PR |  1500 in 3:52

5K PR |  14:41

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING | Studies PT, seeks best pizza spots in NYC.  Maybe he’ll run straight to the Grimaldi’s line.


CREW/CLUB | North Brooklyn Runners

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM |  Logan impressed us with his win in our Strava challenge, over a well-trafficked segment that features dozens of past TTB performances.  He’s shown he excels on road, track or X-C, and he can lead or kick. So however this race plays out, we bet Logan will be in the thick of it.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Logan is a workhorse for NBR, placing highly in years of club points races, from the Fifth Avenue Mile to the NYC Marathon.  He has 145 races in his NYRR history! He killed it in the Strava mile this June, with a big sprint finish down the stretch.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP | Heard great things, excited to meet the other runners and experience the race.  

MILE PR | 4:22

5K PR | 16:28

HOMETOWN | East Brunswick, New Jersey

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING |  Loves baseball. Also wrote one of my favorite web apps, http://www.rungraphs.com/


This Friday, around 30 of NYC's fastest women toe our chalk line on the Manhattan Bridge to open the 2017 Take The Bridge Summer Series.  We LOVE this bridge, with its wide, spectator-friendly pedestrian plaza, dedicated path and sweet views. But it’s also a beast; our longest course in NYC (to date) at 2.5 miles, with an approach ramp that never seems to end, a tight turnaround and a straightaway that catches finishers by surprise.  As your high school coach said, run through that line! On that note, our finish line will look better than ever this year (you’ll just have to see for yourself)!

In the third year of Take The Bridge, our goal is to embrace the local running community like never before. That means amazing cheer squads along the course. A Strava challenge that produced electrifying races before the race.  And our Custom Performance team series competition that draws deep from the city’s talented pool of women’s club runners. They were the stars of last year’s series, and we know that new faces will count in this summer’s story.

So let’s get to know some of our top new runners — it’s a TTB tradition. And want to learn a little about our returnees? Check out our past profiles on Emmi Aguillard of Dashing Whippets, a fixture on our podium, or November Project’s duo of Whitney McFadden and Macon Lowman, veterans of our top 10.


CREW/CLUB | Dashing Whippets

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER |   Bianca is in that “runningmoon” phase beloved by newcomers to the sport. In less than two years competing, she’s already notched impressive PR’s on the track and the roads.  So why not thrown one down on the bridge?

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Bianca is a lifelong athlete — from figure skater to college coxswain. She raced a marathon as a college senior and got bit by the bug. Two years later, she’s clocked a 1:22 at the NYC half, and is super excited to dip her toes in shorter races this summer. Oh, and she just won “Queen of the Hill” at the Corporate Challenge. You know Bianca, a bridge is a hill.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Heard about TTB from Whippets teammate Emmi. We see a mean one-two punch coming!

MILE PR | sub 5:30 at Strava Mile (first and only one mile race!)

5K PR | Has never run one. Hint, Bianca - run one!

HOMETOWN |  Glencoe, Illinois

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Works in private equity. Skis out west. Makes a mean pasta amatriciana.

Photo by Da Ping Luo

Photo by Da Ping Luo

Photo by Andy Kiss

Photo by Andy Kiss


CREW/CLUB | Central Park Track Club

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Dani is a veteran with chops from the mile to the marathon. A distance runner with 14 marathons under her belt, she’s not afraid to mix it up in shorter stuff. We know she’ll run tough and run smart.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Dani’s been hooked on running since college, when her mom convinced her to race a 10K together. Not sure she would finish, she ended up second in her age group.  Her CPTC teammates now push her too; she loves the club’s “competitive spirit and camaraderie”.  After all those 14 marathons, she’s still on top of her game. She near equaled a seven-year old PR at the NYC Half in March, and ripped a minute from her 10-miler PR at Broad Street in May.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Wanted to add some spice to challenge her running in new ways.  Says she is feeling both “nervous and excited”. That’s pretty much how we feel before every race!

MILE PR | 5:57

5K PR | 20:50.

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Teaches K-2 teachers. Also teaches Pilates, does yoga, rides at Soulcycle (hint: ask Darcy for a free pass) and spends time with her yorkie.


CREW/CLUB | North Brooklyn Runners

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Nicolette is an exciting last-minute addition to our women’s field. We loved the way she rocked our Strava Claim Your Bridge Manhattan challenge, moving to number two all time on a well-trafficked BK to Manhattan segment.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Battling injuries lately (but that segment is sure an encouraging sign). Ran a super strong race at the 2016 Bronx 10-Miler. And her blazing 5K PR speaks for itself!

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Dope underground racing summer night vibes.

MILE PR | Never run one

5K PR |  18:23

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Works marketing for AmEx, digs podcasts, cooks delicious plant-based food

Photo at Red Hook Crit 5K

Photo at Red Hook Crit 5K

Photo by NYRR

Photo by NYRR


CREW/CLUB | North Brooklyn Runners

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | We think Nicoletta has a ton of potential in her first TTB. She’s a lifelong competitive athlete who knows the unsanctioned running scene; one of her best races was Red Hook Crit 2016. And she’s super excited to start her summer racing season after a winter’s break.

RUNNING BACKGROUND |  First a competitive swimmer, Nicoletta has only been running competitively for two years, and is “inspired daily” by the amazing people at her club, NBR.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Race across her favorite bridge in NYC? Nicoletta says best idea ever. We agree.

MILE PR | 5:47

5K PR | 20:46

HOMETOWN | Toronto, Ontario

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Explores the city and spends time with her cat.


CREW/CLUB: Queens Distance Runners + Oiselle Volee

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Nicole is a super athlete with sprint speed and even a background in the field jumps. Proper coaching - and the push from her club mates - have pushed her to new heights in the past two years. Most of all, we see her as dangerous down the stretch; she did just win the Harlem Mile!

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Nicole was a stellar high school athlete; she played soccer, ran sprints and did both high jump and long jump.  Joining Oiselle’s volee — a “tribe of strong, successful women” — spurred her to change gears from a few post-collegiate years of easy solo running. She now trains with the speedy ladies of Queens Distance Runners. But that’s not all. A strong swimmer, she’s training for the USA Triathlon National Championships.  

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | Nicole says she can’t wait to mix it up among some of the city’s fastest women. Did we say Nicole was a true competitor?  

MILE PR | 5:36

5K PR | 19:16

HOMETOWN | Holtsville, New York

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Outside of training or working (as a software developer), Nicole spends time with her dog.  With so many pet lovers, maybe we need a TTB doggy dash.


Photo by Paul Leak

Photo by Paul Leak


CREW/CLUB | November Project BR

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER | Jeannie placed top 10 in our super competitive Queensboro race last year.  We see her leading a talented and deep NP team.

RUNNING BACKGROUND | Jeannie is an old school runner who was a nationally ranked high school athlete in an unusual and challenging event - 1500 meter race walk. She still races a range of distances; most recently, a 1:40 at NYC half marathon, and a marathon trail relay at the North Face series in Bear Mountain.  Most of all, Jeannie gives back to her sport as co-leader of the new Brooklyn chapter of November Project.  Why does she do it?  Well she loves the culture, where “complete strangers become friends”.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP | She digs the “raw culture of running on NYC bridges”.  We can’t really say it better!

MILE PR | 5:51

5K PR | 19:45

HOMETOWN | Massapequa, New York

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING | Manages a speakeasy called Sidecar (d'oh! cat's out of the bag). 


It's the beginning of the summer.  Which means, time to take out the racing flats!  Our TTB Summer Series 2017 is shaping up to have a few new surprises.  This year, we are doubling down on our local running clubs + crews!  South Brooklyn Running Club, will host our first race over the Manhattan Bridge.  You’ve seen/met Co-Founder Ben Carter before.  He is the tall one with the clipboard at the end of each of our races! Read on below to hear all about SBRC, and just what they think about “Unsanctioned” racing!

Give us a little background of the club's history, what made you start the club, and how it has evolved.

The Club started because Graham and I wanted more people to listen to our witty banter. Graham and I met at our wives’ office’s Christmas party and we started running together after that. In the spring, we thought it would be fun to have other people around to see me trip or hear Graham’s puns, so we started the Club. SBRC has a good mix of runners, fast, slow, everything in between, so that everyone can be a part of it, and that it is geographically based: you meet your neighbors, it’s easy to hang-out with everyone, and you see them on the street.

What does your weekly schedule of runs look like?

We meet for runs everyday (well, we do do plyometrics on Friday mornings). Most of them are regular 5-7 miles at whatever pace, but we do tempo on Monday nights, Track on Tuesday (and Track ’n’ Pool during the summer months) and long runs on Saturdays. Tuesday and Thursday night we also have a beginners group.

This year you hold your 6th annual, Superfund Super Run, on Septeber 7th.  Tell us a little about where your idea for this race came from, what makes it so special.  

The Superfund Super Run was an idea I had for a few years before we actually did it, and then one day Graham says, let’s actually do it. Each year we try to make it better, through a new timing system, new prizes, etc., but try to keep the spirit the same, that of a small race where you’ll spend more time in the after-party than you do actually running. I think there are a few things that make it fun: 1) running at night (you always feel faster racing at night) 2) having to find your own way 3) the after-party and 4) it’s kinda silly. We split the field into equal parts so the age divisions are odd (like the March 1981-June 1987 division) but that means people who may not normally get prizes do. And there are a lot of prizes! We love getting the local businesses involved and it means that a third of the field can walk away with something. Who doesn’t love winning something?
photo by George Grullon

photo by George Grullon

We would consider this race, one of the first unsanctioned, urban races in the city.  I know you HATE that word, but tell us how you think these kinds of races have evolved, and how you have kept your race interesting, bare bones, and true to the neighborhoods your running through.

OK, my issue with the whole “unsanctioned” thing: Who is ‘sanctioning’ everything else? New York is weird because we have this one main, huge race organization that for many years had a monopoly on racing in NYC, but everywhere else you go, races and clubs and are small time, local affairs. SFSR reminds be a lot more of the 2M race I do the 4th of July in a small town of 2,000 people in Wisconsin: a couple of people do the planning around their other life commitments and everyone has a good time. It’s not new and/or rocket science, we just are not used to it in NYC racing anymore. The realities of New York make it prohibitively expensive to close down streets at our level so we make do. Second, a lot of guerrilla marketing is done through these ‘unsanctioned’ or ‘urban running crews.’ It’s fine if you are being paid/supported/created by some athletic clothing company, but be honest. Don’t pretend you’re this great spontaneous ‘movement’ or uprising of cool urban trendsetters breaking the squares out of their boring old-time running. You are a small part of a large corporation’s marketing plan. (and PS, you didn’t invent running and then drinking: the Hashers were the first running club!) BUT I think the races came from people realizing, I can do that. DIY racing. Again we have a warped perspective of the inventiveness of that thinking, but it is a leap of faith. Not being able to follow the rules is freeing. No one wants to wake up at 4:30 am to run the Brooklyn Half, but we do because that’s when the city lets NYRR hold its event. Night races are more fun! It’s fun going to work and then doing something different afterwards. Having the race finish at a bar is more fun, but can’t be done with a race of 10,000 runners. Running fast over a bridge, dodging regular people, dreaming of the downhill is fun! So when we plan it, we can do the things we want because we don’t have to worry about permits and paperwork. The exciting part is that more and more people realize they can do it and are doing it. I do worry about big companies getting into the scene because then it would lose its local control and frankly its danger. Run safe, of course, but the risk/reward of shortcuts and aggressive moves would be lost if legal teams were involved. For us, the local aspect of it is important. We are a neighborhood-based club so we want to do right by where we live. If we can advertise a local company, let’s! If we can highlight a great local organization, we should! New Yorkers love their tiny corners of our city, and it is no shame to brag about what makes Brooklyn, and South Brooklyn the best.

This year SBRC held its first relay race called the Warriors Relay.  Tell us about it!

The Warriors run is another idea that we’ve had for years that has reached various states of devolpement until Ben Miller said ‘we’re doing this” this year. At SBRC we don’t have a real power structure (or good or bad), so members feel empowered (I hope) to take charge of ideas they want and I’ll send out the emails. So Ben made it happen. He planned it all, and we helped when we could. The course is largely determined by the movie, there are still a lot of choices to be made and Ben (and Lauren) made good ones. We started up in Van Cortlandt and the teams of 8 made their way down to Coney Island, finishing at Coney Island Brewery. Each of the relay points was a filing location from the movie and the teams had to take pictures to record their progress. He also got Sunnto to lend us GPS watches to track everything as well. Some teams really went above and beyond in the costume department (because how couldn’t you with this movie?) and the “Best Costume” award was a tough decision. For next years race we are going to have t throw in some new twists because part of the fun is that you don’t have a lot of time to plot everything out beforehand and if we did the same thing year after year it would lose that freshness.

What makes SBRC so special?  How do you keep the club both serious about training, and fun at the same time?

SBRC is special because we try to be good people. We welcome everyone and our fastest guys will run with the slowest. Our goal is for no one to run alone, because isn’t that why you came out with us? Having that mix of people keeps it serious and fun. The hard workers drag us slackers out to the track, and the slackers drag the hard workers to the bar/donut shop. And again being a neighborhood team makes socializing and running easier.
Photo by Pete Thompson

Photo by Pete Thompson

Favorite workout?

Monday night tempo runs. We run through BBP and over and back on the Manhattan Bridge. Those guys make me work harder than I would on my own and make it fun at the same time.

Favorite route to run?

Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a jewel

Favorite post workout drink?

Coffee: Smith Canteen
Beer: Gowanus Yacht Club

Favorite place to grab a bite or chill after a workout?

61 Local’s breakfast has been living in my head for a while now

What makes the Manhattan Bridge so special???

You mean besides being a  National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark for being the first bridge built using deflection theory and it’s charming architectural references to the Brooklyn Bridge?


Last year’s Take The Bridge men set the bar very high in NYC.  Times dropped and competition grew tighter race after race, as some of the fastest guys in the city dueled repeatedly over the East River bridges.  But just as critically, these local elite runners were an inclusive, friendly bunch who were a barrel of fun at the afterparties.

We have no doubt the Take The Bridge Boston men will stage a race for the ages.  Our night includes 2 laps. An optional set of stairs. Several sub 4:10 milers. And forecast of light rain. We can’t wait to see how things shake out.  But you’ll see they’re an awesome bunch off the track too, a group who we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a little before the race.  We have some familiar faces in the mix too, like Brooklyn Track Club’s Steve Finley. But let’s meet our top new contenders:

photo by Josh Cambell

photo by Josh Cambell


CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: Conor is a king at both selling shoes and running fast in them. We would run in anything this guys sells us, because his mile and 5K PRs are exceptional.  We’re sure that’s because of the shoes.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Conor ran in middle school, high school, and college. Both his parents are runners, so he really had no choice.  He’s in awesome shape, coming off a solid 8:21 3000 at an indoor meet in Boston.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP: Conor found TTB while surfing the internet at work. Ok, he works as an event host Heartbreak Hill Running Company and was doing some research. We’re just glad he was intrigued enough to sign up.

MILE PR: 4:08. Yowza!

5K PR: 14:46

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Conor spends his days working at HHRC and coaching his girlfriend Caitlin, who is also racing this weekend.  There’s no prize for fastest couple. But if there were….


CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers. But also ran for a UK club called the Woodford Green Essex Ladies. Jordan, if you have an extra Green Essex Ladies singlet, your race director wants one.

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Did you see those times? 4:06 / 1:51 indoors in 2017 alone.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:   “I just like running fast.” The Heartbreakers teammates call Jordan one of their most vocal, outgoing members.  But we grilled him on his running background, and that’s all we got.  Guy lets his legs do the talking.  

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP: Jordan was enticed by the TTB instagram content (c’mon, ya blame him?).  He noted that the race structure looks like street car drag racing with running shoes.  You know, he’s kinda onto something.

MILE PR: That 4:06. Indoors. Yeah you got that.

5K PR: 14:51

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Jordan enjoys drinking mango smoothies and eating eggs while travelling the world.  Maybe we have those activities in the wrong order.

Photo by Eddie from C5K

Photo by Eddie from C5K

photo by STRAVA

photo by STRAVA


CREW/CLUB: Skechers Performance Team and Florida Track Club

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Just try and find this guy’s weakness. From the 800 to trail ultras, David can bring it. Our money’s on David on those stairs.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  David has spun a stellar running resume into “one hell of a ride”, as he puts it.  He ran for three (yeah) D1 track and XC programs: Colorado Buffs, Florida and Oklahoma State.  That’s gold to all you NCAA track fans.  He now races a mix that spans from 800s to ultras. And he coaches and works at summer run camps.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  David is a TTB bandit come clean. The only reasons we invited him to sign up this time are his speedy resume and all-around charm.  And no that’s not a dare to all you speedy, charming types. No bandits, seriously.  But it is a good story.  Veteran TTB runner Tim Rossi urged David to sign up for TTB Queensboro last year. Which was full. So David ran it anyway. Yes he’s signed up for reals this time.

MILE PR: 4:05

5K PR: 14:17

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: David’s willing to try anything outdoors and adventurous.. But he also likes the zoo.

photo by Josh Cambell

photo by Josh Cambell


CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: Matt’s quest to break 16:00 minutes in the 5k this year may produce a sick TTB time (and certainly a PR in the rarely-run “kinda 2.5 mile ” distance.)  He hit his impressive marathon PR of 2:43:50 at Boston a few years back. Will Marathon Weekend work its magic on Matt again?

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Matt is a semi-reformed soccer player who saw the light and began running in college. He signed up for a run club at Penn, which triggered a running addiction whose symptoms included marathon training. He joined the Nike Pacers and Heartbreakers upon moving to Boston in 2014. Guy is a beast who ran 2:44 at Berlin Marathon, in pursuit of 6 marathon majors.

WHAT DREW HIM TO SIGN UP:  Matt is a fan of urban running, night races and run crews. Sounds like our kinda guy.

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Matt works at Nike Boston and a biotech company in Cambridge. He enjoys soccer, Red Sox games, and traveling.

MARATHON PR: 2:43:50 (Boston 2014)

5K PR: 16:19


The women’s club runners created some of the top highlights of last year’s Take The Bridge summer series.  Ladies from Dashing Whippets, November Project, Finish Line PT and Brooklyn Navy (okay now Brooklyn Track Club) toed the line and made for thrilling races, time and again.  And after throwing elbows on the course, they joined us in tossing back beers at the afterparty. It was a great summer.

So we are incredibly excited at the huge club turnout for TTB Boston, led by Heartbreakers and November Project.  Our top newcomers include D1 runners from Providence and Villanova, running with the backing that a strong college running experience can provide.  And many are new to TTB. There’s nothing more exciting in our small race than watching track or road speedsters tackle an unfamiliar environment.  

So let’s meet some of our top new contenders. We cannot wait to see them race Saturday, both against the course, each other. We’re also stoked to see a few familiar faces from TTB past (shout out to Lena Placzek of Brooklyn Track Club, a D1 runner in her own right):

Photo by Josh Campbell Photo

Photo by Josh Campbell Photo


CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: As many a track coach says, you can’t teach speed. Well Caitlin’s got it.  She owns a USATF New England 800 meter title, clocking in at 2:09, and just set a mile PR of 4:48.  And Caitlin admits that she is “flirting” with long distances.” She scored for the Heartbreakers at Cross Country Nationals, and has a 17:30 5k PR.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Caitlin was a sprinter in high school, ran the 400 for the mighty Providence track and field program, and moved up to the 800 her senior year. She was hooked, and the 800 is now her go-to distance.  But we’re pretty sure that flirtation with long distance is going to lead to some big things.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP: Caitlin is part of the Heartbreaker contingent that is repping big time at TTB Boston.  Among them, her boyfriend/coach/teammate Conor (check out our men’s preview).

MILE PR: 4:48

5K PR: 17:30

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Caitlin works at New Balance as a Run Speciality Associate Account Specialist. When not running, she likes to read and watch Netflix (her current favorites are One Tree Hill and Hot to Get Away with Murder. Go figure).

**Photo credit: Josh Campbell Photo


CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Claudia is setting PRs left and right as a post-collegiate athlete.  We love her range, and her guts.  She’s run a bunch of half marathons, and just set a 5K PR of 18:17 in some nasty conditions at Craicfest.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Claudia began running in high school (man do we love high school track at TTB).  She says it took her a while to find her groove. But in this case finding her groove meant walking onto the storied Villanova track and field team as a distance runner.  We’re impressed.

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP: She heard the hype and had to check it out, she says. First TTB, first unsanctioned race. We think Claudia’s going to kill it Saturday.

MILE PR: 5:17

5K PR: 18:17.

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: As a new urban dweller (she moved to Boston from the suburbs), Claudia spends her free time exploring the city.


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: A New Yorker putting it on the line in Beantown. Kinda like Mookie Wilson.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Leigh’s been a fixture in the NYC running community for a few years.  She’s won the Orchard Street Runners Midnight Half, and has come to (cheer) her share of Take The Bridge races.  Had a couple of setbacks with winter training (Cry me a frozen river, say Bostonians) but feeling back on track and “loving running again.”

WHAT DREW HER TO SIGN UP: First one and admits to being pretty nervous because she says she’s more of a long distance specialist.

MILE PR: 5:14

5K PR: 16:48. A long time ago, and “in a half marathon”? There’s gotta be a story there.

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Leigh does pilates, checks out new restaurants and pretty much tries to enjoy life.  

**Photo credit: Fred Goris, @fredgoris

**Photo credit: Fred Goris, @fredgoris

written by Adam Barcan + Jennie Cohen


We've visited Boston a number of times in the past few weeks:  to plan the race, scout courses and connect with local runners.  Co-hosts The Heartbreakers have welcomed us into their community from our first visit.   We sat with head coach Dan Fitzgerald to talk about the team's roots, and what they are building.  Dan is the HEART and soul of this club, who has built Heartbreakers into a leading force in the Boston running scene (oh, and they're fast as hell too).  So read on to hear why we are SO excited to partner with Heartbreakers in hosting TTB Boston. We love these guys!

No pun intended – It seems like the Heartbreakers are at the heart of the running community here in Boston. What in your opinion makes the Heartbreakers special, how have you built such a sense of community in your club?

What sets us apart is our ability to make meaningful and deep connections to our runners. What started as the first free public speed session in Boston became a club because people wanted to represent the training group in races. We used to do a track workout and drills every Thursday and we'd drink beer late after every workout. We became a tight crew who knew each other as runners first. After 5 years of that, we decided to make it formal. Every thing from that point on was influenced by the community within the team and my experiences, first, as a collegiate athlete (the close family that created) and, second, as coach to the community of people training for Boston. The team really feels like a family. There's a list of benefits for people who are considering joining but it's funny to me how small all of those things are compared to the real benefit: the family of Heartbreakers.

We know you welcome all types/ages/abilities of runners to your workouts and club, how do you as Chief Heartbreaker (Coach) approach the real challenges of tailoring your workouts and message to this broad and diverse population of athletes?

I strongly believe in setting up a positive, empowering atmosphere. With that as an operating principle, the different speeds work along side each other and support each other. At each practice, we have an "A" (advanced) workout and a "B" (intermediate) workout. Runners self select into which workout they want and usually group up or pair up based on speed once they choose a workout. No one is made to feel uncomfortable if they are slower. All I care about is effort and the team at large is the same way.

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What do the normal weekly workouts you offer look like?

TUES |  Heartbreaker Practice (team only)- longer intervals, hills, tempo running on a track, Heartbreak Hill, or Boston Common

THURS | Speed Session (free; public) - shorter intervals, hills, tempo running with drills session

SATURDAY | Long run at Heartbreak Newton (Free; public)

We’ve heard tale of something called “Office Hours” held once a month; can you tell the TTB community at large what that’s all about and maybe how it got started?

Our "Office Hours" run is the easiest thing we do. It's a  group run after which we hang out and have a beer. I wanted a regular run on the calendar that wasn't focused on getting better at running; this one is about getting to know your teammates better and getting some face time with me as a coach.

You have long been involved with preparing and training runners for the Boston Marathon, especially people running for charities that might be new to running or maybe just new to the distance. What have you learned in your time doing this about what this race means for the city and for those raising money for charity?

The race itself, as the longest continuously run marathon in north america, as the target of a terrorist attack (2013), and as a celebration and competition always runs, always inspires, and always feels special. Nothing unites this city and its runners like it's marathon. In the case of the charity runners, their grit, their deep connections to their causes, their journey of self discovery over the course of the training period, and then their realization of a life dream/goal in the race's finish embody everything that is the Boston Marathon.

Photo by Josh Cambell

Photo by Josh Cambell

You were named the New England USATF club of the year recently, you’ve sent runners to the Olympic trials, you’ve had runners wear the stars and stripes and compete for the USA in XC championships, and your hearts can be seen on victory podiums all over the area. Can you fill us in on who “The Flyers” are and how they fit into the club? Are they a tight knit crew? In what ways do they help you inspire and guide the club?

I'm really proud of the Flyers and their accomplishments. Cate (USATF Nationals), Rosa (XC Team USA), Lou, and the team at large have had a great year. The Flyers started with Lou (our team captain). He came on as our Newton store manager shortly after working a stint in B2B PR and that got him training harder again. He had let some fitness go after competing at Boston College as an undegrad. His renewed focus resulted in a really amazing season in 2015. He was the USATF-NE road racing champ that year (repeated again in 2016) and set PRs at every distance from the mile up. After that year, he wanted a cast around him so he started recruiting some friends. I worked with Lou to make sure that the people who come on understand that they are a part of something different. This team is "team first" and I always stress that. We don't have standards or an application. You have to come to us and want to run for us. It's important to me that they are integrated with the larger team so I do a lot of thinking around ways to get them interacting and supporting each other.

The Flyers are very tight. Many of them workout together. Lou's two roommates are also Flyers (David & Jonny). The group enjoys the freedom of being able to choose their own coach, workout times, and more. I want them to be empowered to do their best running, not be pushed into a framework or bogged down with the BS of some of the legacy clubs. In our only our 3rd year as a club and with only our one year of the Flyers, I'm very pleased with were we are.

Photo by Josh Cambell

Photo by Josh Cambell

What’s your favorite place to run in Boston?

JP/Brookline's muddy river path & Jamaica Pond.

Favorite Track workout?

I was an 800m runner so I like 200s or 300m build ups. I like to spin the wheels then do some drills. 12x200 @ with 30 sec recovery was a my favorite one in college. That's evolved to 8 x 200 with 60 seconds of recovery. It's just enough work to stay sharp.

Favorite post workout fuel?

Depends on the time of day: egg sandwich or cheese burger.

Beer or Coffee after a hard workout?

Depends on the time of day again. More often it's beer. I prefer to exercise at the end of the day.

Favorite Beer?

Harpoon IPA.

questions by Jared Calabrese


Last year both Brooklyn Navy Track Crew and the Lost Boys each hosted a race in our traditional summer series.  If you look through the photos from our talented photographers, you’ll notice an overlap.  Members wore each other’s team jerseys.  So in the time since TTB’s 2nd summer series, it only makes sense that both teams are now officially joining forces.  Take The Bridge Boston will be their first race, running as Brooklyn Track Club.  While founding members of both groups: Leigh Anne Sharek, Agustin Lastra, Darcy Budworth, and Tim Rossi, are still helping to find the main direction of BTC.  Leading the charge, is Head Coach, Steve Finley. We sat down with Finley, to find out what brought the two groups together, and what his plans are for BTC in the coming year.

Photo by Zach Hetrick

Photo by Zach Hetrick

Give us a little background on BTC, and what you are working on creating for the team in the next year.

The Brooklyn Track Club is the combination and evolution of the Brooklyn Navy and Lost Boys TC groups that have been racing on the scene the last couple of years. Since the summer bridge races I started to coach or work closely with most of the Lost Boys squad, and continued to coach many of our tight knit BNTC group. One day we realized if both groups ran in one jersey we would have a solid team of athletes, and people.

Crew or Club?

Club, Crew, as long as it’s a group of people chasing the same passion it makes no difference really. After discussing with the group we decided on Brooklyn Track Club because we wanted to be straight forward about our intention as a group, our home base is in Brooklyn and our main focus is on performance.

In last year's interview co-founder of BNTC Agustin compared crews to tribes and noted that clubs have a lot of rules and regulations.  What measures are you taking to keep with the same feel of BNTC and LB?

We’ll be relaxed as always, you learn over time it’s hard to implement too many rules as a coach. My main goal is to help everyone get whatever they want out of the sport. Besides, the Lost Boys are like a bunch of wild animals, even with our new squad you’ll still see the occasional Lost Boys jersey on the underground NYC running circuit.

Photo by John Benitez

Photo by John Benitez

You've cheered at many TTB races, but you finally raced the NYC vs the World event for the NYC Marathon weekend.  Are you racing or cheering in Boston?

Nothing beats lacing them up and racing. I will be “racing” Saturday night in Boston. Wouldn’t miss it.

Favorite hoods to run in NYC?

Lower East Side, Red Hook Bk, both are relatively isolated and have great track facilities

Favorite place to run in Boston?

The Franklin Park trails are always the highlight in Boston, the indoor track at the Reggie Lewis Center’s is a close second.

Favorite workout?

1000s with full recovery.

Favorite fuel after a hard workout?

Guinness and chocolate milk, respectively.

Photo by  Christophe Tedjasukmana

Photo by  Christophe Tedjasukmana

Take your first bridge

So it’s your first Take The Bridge. And you’ve heard it hurts. Well rest assured, it hurts for everybody, even our top runners. So today, we sit down with a few TTB legends to learn a little more about their race strategy.

You may be just up for a shake out run before 26.2 this weekend. We applaud that - enjoy our run and save it for Sunday. But if you're here to race the bridge, heed their words. It will still hurt, but at least you’ll know what to expect!

Finally, remember that many of these quotes are about camaraderie and cold beer.  Because that is the vibe we as organizers strive for. So if nothing else, be motivated by two things that await you at the finish -- a big welcome from our #cheersquad, and an afterparty with the whole Take The Bridge community. 

See you on the bridge!


Pete Thompson, @peetigga

Pete Thompson, @peetigga

Pure adrenaline and excitement pushes you forward at the beginning and up the hill but once you turn around, your legs and your mind catch up to each other. You want to push even harder than before but the bridge suddenly seems infinitely longer than you knew it to be.
— Jessica
Don’t be afraid to lay it all out on the course! It goes by quickly so push your limits and have no regrets.
— Jessica Snider-Rodriguez, November Project, 2 x Top 5 in TTB this year
Get out fast. Speed up before the turn around because it will force you to slow down to a certain extent. [But at] TTB Brooklyn I found the downhill at the end to be challenging — maybe because in my head I planned on that to be the easiest part of the race, but when you are sprinting a mile, even a downhill at the end is not easy.
— Emmi Aguilard, Dashing Whippers, 4th place in TTB debut at Brooklyn. Winner at Brooklyn Running Co's Brooklyn Mile, Open Division
I love the people, refreshing atmosphere, organization, and definitely the beer at the end!!
— Emmi
Janelle Hartman, @janhart26

Janelle Hartman, @janhart26

Janelle Hartman, @janhart26

Janelle Hartman, @janhart26

This race starts uphill and the adrenaline can get to you... People will go nuts (and go for the prime) but just be patient.
— Tim Rossi, Lostboys, 2016 TTB 3-race series champion. 2x Top 2, 5x Top 4 in a TTB
This is a race like no other. It’s a small, competitive, fast group. And you may hate someone during the race but as soon as you finish everyone becomes friends again and goes to grab a few beers.
— Tim
A lot of people can say they’ve ran over this city’s bridges, but few can say they’ve raced them.
— Daniel
The hardest moment of the race is being patient on the uphill. It’s difficult to stay in control and trust that you’ll have the legs to make your move on the way back down.
— Daniel Marin Media, 2x TTB winner (Manhattan 2016, Williamsburg 2016)
Pete Thompson, @peetigga

Pete Thompson, @peetigga

When the world comes to town

My dad has a habit of saying 'Stop me if you've heard this one'. And then telling the same story for the nth time. Well any TTB veteran knows the story that our first race (Queensboro 2015) had 17 finishers - 9 men and 8 women. It was the result of our weeks of our cajoling (some say harassing) our friends to run.  And yes you can stop me if I ever tell you the story again. 

So let's tell a new one. Take The Bridge : NYC vs The World boasts 80 runners across three races. They represent 30 clubs and crews. 6 states + DC. 4 countries. Many are racing the marathon Sunday. But they're running our race too, whether to run fast or to check out a new piece of running culture on the best running weekend our city has to offer.  

Get to know the amazing out-of-town runners who are coming from far and wide to see what local NYC runners have built. You'll be glad you did. Some run with their own crews in London and San Fran, or with local chapters of November Project. Another is a marathon pacer. One is doing his third marathon in two months. Others have run a TTB and then moved to a new city.  

All have a cool story. Can't wait to meet them.

Thank you to Jennie Cohen (a 2x TTB winner) for doing these writeups!
— Adam











HOMETOWN: Washington, D.C.

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Emma is entering TTB after a series of solid performances. She recently completed Ironman 70.3 Timberman, and ran an evenly split PR in the 5k which she said “felt awesome.”

RUNNING BACKGROUND: A relative latecomer to running, Emma ran her first half marathon just as she graduated from college. During law school, her training revolved around competing in the Boston Half Marathon . Once she joined November Project, her training picked up, and she knocked nearly a half hour off her average half marathon time (her half PR stands at 1:42:35).

TTB EXPERIENCE:  Even though she’s from out of town, this is not Emma’s TTB debut. While living in NYC, She ran TTB: Manhattan and Williamsburg, placing in the top 10. Now that she’s in DC, she admits she has “more of a life.” Does extra free time mean extra training? We’ll see this Friday.

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Emma is a lawyer who works in policy at the US Copyright Office.

CREW/CLUB: November Project DC

MILE PR: 6:03

5K PR: 20:59

Photo credit: Ben Ko, @benkophoto

Photo credit: Ben Ko, @benkophoto

Photo credit: Spencer Cotton, @spencercotton

Photo credit: Spencer Cotton, @spencercotton


HOMETOWN: San Francisco, CA

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Jenni has been collecting PRs with lighting speed. She knocked 30 minutes off her 2016 Chicago marathon time,  and just ran her first sub-8 min half this year.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Jenni’s post-college move to San Francisco in 2010 marked the beginning of her running career. New to the city and short on funds, Jenni found running to be an inexpensive activity that also allowed her to explore her new hometown. Soon she became enamored with running and tried the SF half, and then found herself competing the full 26.2.

CREW/CLUB: Concrete Runners

WHAT BRINGS HER TO NYC: Competing in her first NYC marathon

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Jenni likes going to Warriors games, comedy shows, and exploring San Fran’s culinary scene.


HOMETOWN: Washington, DC.

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Whitney is a badass -- even if she’s fighting a cold, she’ll show up to race. Add to that, she’s had success in the boroughs before, running a PR in the Brooklyn Half, so there’s no reason that she won’t lay it all out there on the Williamsburg Bridge.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Whitney started to run half marathons in college, and then ramped up her running even more once she moved to D.c.

WHAT BRINGS HER TO NYC: After running several marathons, Whitney decided that it is “time to give back.” She’s coming to cheer on friends in the marathon and volunteer at a water station.

CREW/CLUB: November Project

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Whitney is a law student who divIdes her time between running, studying, and “maybe some Netflix.”


HOMETOWN: STOCKHOLM (though a NYC resident as of a few weeks ago)

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: While Pilvi isn’t one who is all about speed, she is serious about technique and efficiency. And talk about the ultimate in efficiency: Pilvi ran her half marathon PR during a six hour layover and said the run felt “somehow natural.”

RUNNING BACKGROUND: She started running as a child in Finland, then went straight into competing in orienteering. A former elite swimmer, Pilvi started running again a few years ago.

CREW/CLUB: Ssideline CIty Run Club (That extra s stands for speed)!

HALF PR: 1:41:49

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Learning Italian and Norwegian.


HOMETOWN: Fort Collins, Colorado

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  As an elite runner from Fort Collins, Colorado, Ryan travels around the country to pace races (can we sign up for that please?). With killer speed and some serious race strategy, Ryan is definitely one to keep an eye out for on the course.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Ryan played soccer in college. He transitioned to running to keep his fitness up, but developed an itch for more intensity and began racing. He quickly became a competitive racer for a local elite team in Colorado.

WHAT BRINGS HIM TO NYC: 3:10 pacer for the NYC marathon (he just paced 3:10 in Chicago and came in 3:09:30, running in about a dozen Boston qualifiers).

TTB EXPERIENCE:  This is Ryan’s debut! He credits a friend with cluing him in to TTB, and admits he is “all about such a cool urban underground movement.”

CREW/CLUB: FOCO Roosters (Runners Roost Fort Collins, Colorado)

MILE PR: 4:43

5K PR: 15:46



RUNNING BACKGROUND: Rune started running four years ago when he quit smoking.  Now he is a globe trotting runner with a sick racing streak: he ran London, Berlin and Chicago all this year! And he’s ready to take on his fourth World Major of 2016 in NYC.

CREW/CLUB: Run Dem Crew

WHAT BRINGS HIM TO NYC: Racing the NYC Marathon. Rune also says that TTB is “obviously a must when in NYC.”

MARATHON PR: 2:58 (Berlin 2016)

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Head of Supply Chain within the food sector.



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: Joon hasn’t been to NYC in 7 years. Will letting loose on the city streets after a long absence bring out his inner speed demon?

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Running to work in the summer of 2014 morphed into a solid running hobby, including running a recent 5k in just a shade over 20 minutes.   

CREW/CLUB: November Project

WHAT BRINGS HIM TO NYC: Racing the marathon this Sunday.

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Joon does yoga and drinks whiskey (at the same time? We aren’t sure.)



WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  We’re sad to say Charlie is missing the race due to a hamstring injury. That just means we’ll see more of him at the cheersquad! Look for Charlie’s Run Dem Crew to have a big presence at this race.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Charlie is the founder of Run Dem Crew, a large (and growing larger) crew in London that champions hard running, creativity, and also provides mentoring for young people in London.

TTB EXPERIENCE: First time at a Take The Bridge race, but firmly believes “it’s currently the best race on the planet.”

CREW/CLUB: Run Dem Crew

HALF PR: 1:34 (at the NYC half “many moons ago”)

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Makes music, DJs, and travels the world “spreading #crewlove and the power of Run Dem.”

Photo credit: Josh Campbell, @joshcampbellphoto

Photo credit: Josh Campbell, @joshcampbellphoto


HOMETOWN: Dhaka, Bangladesh (lives in Boston)

WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Running his third marathon in two months, with a little TTB in between.  We are watching him because he makes your race directors feel lazy and we want to see if he has any weakness. But we don’t think so.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Moved to Boston after college and got into distance running through NIKE Boston.

TTB EXPERIENCE: Debut! Heard about us through buddy and Nike pacer Jared Calabrese.

CREW/CLUB: The Heartbreakers

PR HE’S PROUD OF:  3:00:42 at Chicago Marathon last month, his first BQ, just 4 weeks after running the Lehigh Valley Marathon in Pennsylvania. Dude is a beast.

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Thinks about running. And what to eat. And then he goes running and eats something.

WHAT BRINGS HIM TO NYC: You guessed it! Racing the marathon this Sunday.

2.5 NYC vs THE WORLD: local men to watch

The unsanctioned elite. NYC area runners elevated Take The Bridge into one of the fastest games in town this year.

For the men, legends Daniel Marin and Tim Rossi ruled the day in Williamsburg and Manhattan. But as we’ve said, each TTB race brings new talent and new stories. Favorite Jerry Faulkner (Tim’s Lostboy teammate) held off newcomer Sean Mahon of Bellmore Striders at Queensboro.  But Sean would have a powerful win at Brooklyn, pushed by Jason Lakritz of Finish Line PT.  Zach Rivers (yet another Lostboy) and Tim took third and fourth, respectively, in both races.

The NYC vs The World men’s local field features five runners who placed top three at a TTB this season — Daniel, Tim, Jason, Zach and Jeremy Mulvey (take a guess who he runs for).  

Let's get to know their speedy competitors!

— Adam

Photo by Da Ping Luo @ the Brooklyn Mile

Photo by Da Ping Luo @ the Brooklyn Mile


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: Andre is a fixture at OSR runs who knows unsanctioned running! He was a national caliber runner in high school, and ran D1 for a little school called Georgetown. So yeah, he runs 10-15 miles a week now.  A 16:55 at 2016 Red Hook Crit shows he hasn’t exactly hung up the boots.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Andre ran track and XC at Danbury High in Connecticut, at St. Joseph’s University, and at Georgetown.   

CREW/CLUB: Brooklyn Running Company

TTB EXPERIENCE:  Making a debut!

MILE PR: 4:06

5K PR: 14:12

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Run coach and tech project manager


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM:  Finley was the tall guy you saw battling for the prime at Red Hook Crit 2016. He's still tall. And he still likes going for primes. Hint, hint, hint. 

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Coach Finley was Pac-10 steeplechase champ for the Oregon Ducks in 2011.  Take a deep breath and read that again.

Pro tip: If it rains , and you fall into a puddle, just stay low. Finley will hurdle right over you.**

TTB EXPERIENCE:  Afterparty-finder-in chief. First time racing.

CREW/CLUB: Brooklyn Navy Track Crew

MILE PR: Won’t say. We dredged up a 4:06. Finley if your PR is faster we’ll fix it.

5K PR: Do you really want to know? Get a few beers in him.

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: NRC coach and very charming beer sales rep

**The forecast Friday looks nice and clear!

Photo credit: Ben Ko, @benkophoto

Photo credit: Ben Ko, @benkophoto

Photo credit: Ironman World Championship Triathlon

Photo credit: Ironman World Championship Triathlon


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: A former pro triathlete.  Like for reals.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: Garen has an impressive and moving story. The loss of his mother to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) prompted him to sign up for the 2010 Ironman Cozumel as a means of raising money to fund ALS research, Three years later, he was a world-class triathlete who made it to Kona, and won triathlons at all major distances. He has also personally raised about $75K toward ALS research.

TTB EXPERIENCE: First one and quite excited. Most of all, Garen looks forward to beating the J train across the Williamsburg Bridge.

CREW/CLUB: Finish Line PT

MILE PR: 4:32

5K PR: 16:05. Garen says the 5K is “not his thing”. You try a 16:05, kids.

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Garen runs a design and PR consulting firm.


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HIM: Steve is a super well-rounded runner. His speedy middle distance PRs are no joke. A recent 1:13 at Brooklyn Half shows his strength. And he set a course record in winning the challenging 2015 Paine to Pain Trail Half in Westchester. We’re excited to see what he’s got in his first Take The Bridge — aka, an urban trail race.

RUNNING BACKGROUND: A lifelong competitive runner, Steve ran high school track and x-c in Connecticut and collegiately at NYU. Getting back into racing after an injury layoff (your race director can relate).

TTB EXPERIENCE: Making a debut. Steve’s enjoyed the atmosphere as a TTB spectator. In his words, “Everyone seems pumped up about running and racing, and the night-running style of the races heightens the excitement.”

CREW/CLUB: Run Brooklyn Apparel

WHEN HE’S NOT RUNNING: Marketing and events manager at Brooklyn Running Company

MILE PR: 4:19

5K PR: 15:47

Photo credit: Melissa Holtz, @melisinestudio

Photo credit: Melissa Holtz, @melisinestudio

2.5 NYC vs THE WORLD: local women to watch

Anybody who witnessed our Take The Bridge women’s races this year saw some of the most competitive racing in the city.  

Leigh Anne Sharek and Jennie Cohen dominated the early season.  Jennie won our first TTB Williamsburg in March, as well as TTB Manhattan, before ending her season with an injury. And Leigh Anne was our three-race series champion. 

But the best thing about TTB is that you never know who will show up. Notre Dame track alumna Meg Ryan won Queensboro over a tight trio, including Jennie’s Whippets teammate Elizabeth Laseter, Victoria Kornieva of Bellmore Striders and Leigh Anne. At TTB Brooklyn Victoria lead the field, with Elizabeth, Leigh Anne, and newcomer Emmi Aguillard of Dashing Whippets following shortly after..

The NYC vs The World local women’s field welcomes five runners who placed top five at a TTB this year — Leigh Anne, BNTC teammate Lena Placzek, Emmi, Jessica Snider-Rodriguez of November Project, and Kate Reese of Brooklyn Running Company.

Let’s get to know the women who will challenge them.

— Adam


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Carly has track speed and talent, having grown up a competitive runner. She has not raced frequently of late. But when she does, it sure counts.  She just blitzed an 18:27 at the Bronx 5K.

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Carly was an all-state runner in high school in Syracuse, NY. She ran track and cross-country for Ithaca College, and coached there while attending grad school in physical therapy.  She’s continued to race in distances from the mile to the half marathon.

CREW/CLUB: Finish Line PT

TTB EXPERIENCE:  Making a debut!

MILE PR: 5:14

5K PR: 18:20


Photo by NYRR

Photo by NYRR

Photo by Zach Hetrick | @zhetrick

Photo by Zach Hetrick | @zhetrick


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER:  Mile chops and sprint speed. We can’t wait to see Faith’s kick down the stretch.  

RUNNING BACKGROUND: A college sprinter, Faith shares our love for short races. As she puts it, “much of the run community focuses on longer races, so it's always nice to get some speed work in.”  But she’s also getting ramped up impressively at longer distances. She recently cut 8 minutes from her half-marathon PR in Toronto, and was third female at the super competitive Harlem One Miler in June.

TTB EXPERIENCE:  This is her first time racing TTB! Faith says she loves the vibes of unsanctioned night races.  We’ve seen her race SBRC’s Superfund Superun and cheer at OSR races.  

CREW/CLUB: Black Roses

MILE PR: 5:30

5K PR: 21:04

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Documentary filmmaker


WHY WE ARE WATCHING HER: Okay, so Kate is not a TTB newcomer. As we said, she took a strong 5th in her TTB debut at Brooklyn last month.  But that race was one of her first in years, following a strong 18:20 over a hilly three-miler a month earlier that cemented a long comeback from injury. We’re excited to see what she has this time!

RUNNING BACKGROUND:  Kate ran college track and cross country at Haverford; she returned as a coach there.

TTB EXPERIENCE:  2nd race, 1st time on home turf of Willy B.

CREW/CLUB: Run Brooklyn Apparel

MILE PR: 5:12

5K PR: 17:45

WHEN SHE’S NOT RUNNING: Store manager at Brooklyn Running Co

Photo by Melissa Holtz | @melisinestudio

Photo by Melissa Holtz | @melisinestudio

2.4 BROOKLYN: race recap

If you were on the Brooklyn Bridge last Thursday night around 10pm, you knew something special was going on. Tourists stopped, policemen stood with amused expressions, and several dozen members of the city’s run crews and clubs lined the bridge, cheering loudly with cowbells. And so the Take The Bridge three-race summer 2016 series ended with a bang, as two sold-out fields chased prizes and street cred at Take The Bridge Brooklyn.  

The place to be. Runners, race crew, photogs, fans pack the bridge. Photo by Tahiti Abdul: @tahitidiy

The place to be. Runners, race crew, photogs, fans pack the bridge. Photo by Tahiti Abdul: @tahitidiy

Unlike the grueling Take The Bridge Queensboro route, this moderately inclined 1.2 mile course begged to be raced like a mile.  Victoria Kornieva of Long Island’s Bellmore Striders ran on the lead from the gun, taking the prime narrowly over Elizabeth Laseter of Dashing Whippets en route to a six second win.  Victoria’s teammate Sean Mahon ran down prime winner Jason Lakritz of Finish Line PT on the final ramp to take the men’s race by two seconds.

When Sean and Victoria made their impressive Take The Bridge debuts at Queensboro last month (each in top 3), they joined the top pre-race favorites for the next race.  And man did they live up to the hype.  Sean ran 5:35 to average 4:39 per mile, and Victoria ran 6:27, a 5:22 mile pace.

The energy stayed high until the final men’s finisher crossed, on a clear, warm October night.  Ray Marquette — recovering from an injury and a recent marathon — sprinted down the pedestrian ramp through the tunnel of cheering fans. He threw his hands up as he crossed the Welcome to Brooklyn message, appropriately etched in the bridge surface.  Another TTB in the books.

photos by janelle hartman (@janhart25)

"My intentions were not to start out too fast and maintain control throughout. That went out the window when the women took off."

- Katie Portelli. A past TTB race crew volunteer, she made her TTB racing debut at Brooklyn

Behind Victoria, Elizabeth was a strong runner-up for the second consecutive race, clocking 6:33. TTB veteran Leigh Anne Sharek followed in third, five seconds back of Elizabeth. A study in consistency, Leigh Anne has now placed fourth or higher in six consecutive TTB races (including two wins).  Her third place at Brooklyn also clinched the $150 individual series title, sponsored by Strava.  

Two new faces followed. In fourth, Emmi Aguillard of Dashing Whippets, running 6:40 (5:41 per mile) to stay close on Leigh Anne’s heels.  In fifth, Kate Reese of Brooklyn Running Company, a former college runner making a return to racing from an injury layoff.

Sean’s win, in a cloud of confetti, capped a sweet night for Bellmore Striders (Victoria’s brother Anton Korniev, wearing our white race singlet; took fifth in his TTB debut).  Jason followed two seconds back in 5:37 (4:41 mile pace), a TTB rookie who is one of NYC’s top road milers. We hope this rivalry keeps going. Third was Zach Rivers in 5:51, a Lostboy who equaled his debut place from TTB Queensboro.  And Tim Rossi grabbed fourth in 5:56, two seconds in front of Anton.

Like Leigh Anne, Tim is a TTB fixture who has placed at least fourth in five consecutive races, even as the race field only grows deeper and faster. And Tim also clinched the $150 individual Strava series title, while leading his Lostboys to the team title.

photos by Tahiti Abdul: @tahitidiy

"All crews / squads come through to watch and cheer, it's way better than the larger races bc this is just "us." 

- Mit Patel, who switched from race crew to runner for TTB Brooklyn

An amazing turnout from clubs and crews drove the Take The Bridge series to new heights this year. Lostboys, Brooklyn Navy Track Crew (BNTC), November Project, Dashing Whippets, Bellmore Striders, New York Harriers, South Brooklyn, LSTC, Iron Runners... These teams (and more) embraced our race with runners, race crew, photographers, fans and just good will on social media.  So we loved the idea of offering a $250 team prize sponsored by Strava.

photos by Tahiti Abdul: @tahitidiy

Leigh Anne led Brooklyn Navy to the women’s team title, capping a series in which three of her teammates also scored — Carly Gill, Erin Higgins and Lena Placzek.  But Dashing Whippets has made things interesting of late, with Elizabeth and Emmi scoring big points at Queensboro and Brooklyn.  Five women scored across the series for third-place November Project, led by Jessica Snider-Rodriguez, Macon Lowman and Whitney McFadden.

Lostboys claimed the men’s title by a dominant margin, behind their own fab four of Tim, Zach, Jeremy Mulvey and TTB Queensboro winner Jerry Faulkner. Bellmore put together a potent one-two in Sean and Anton, as did LSTC behind Daniel Marin and Phillip Heer. We have already heard talk of new teams wanting to challenge next year, drawing from the potent NYC talent pool.

Running, cheering, working race crew. A beer helps. Photo by Nichole Ricketts: @nricketts25

Running, cheering, working race crew. A beer helps. Photo by Nichole Ricketts: @nricketts25

"I am so lucky to live in this city and to have found these amazing people who've reignited my passion for running"

- Gretchen Connellie, November Project. winner of the "Leave It On The Bridge" Prize for making our race community awesome.

Look around #takethebridge Instagram. If there is one topic that comes as often as tight primes or lung-searing bridge ramps, it’s the post-race beer. We can all agree on that.

This time, nearly 100 people packed 68 Jay Street Bar in Dumbo.  In an extra-long awards ceremony, we presented all the usual prizes plus a bunch of special additions for the series finale — Strava series cash prizes, the Brooklyn Running Company sponsored Leave It On The Bridge Prize, to the two runners who best captured our race spirit, and a recovery package from Finish Line Physical Therapy.  

In short, the Take The Bridge community celebrated another awesome night the only way we know how — with killer races, and a few beers. Thanks for supporting our series, as a runner, sponsor, race crew volunteer, photographer or fan. And see you next time.

Darcy + Adam