Earlier this month we sat down with Queensboro co-hosts Lost Boys. Founders, Tim Rossi & Jeremy Mulvey, are both young, fast, and not afraid to "grab the bull by it's horns". The boys opened up about exactly what the meaning of their crew is, how it speaks to their racing and running styles, and their small intimate races that are brining new life into rouge urban racing.
LOST BOYS? OR LOST BOYS TRACK CLUB?
JM: We started the Lost Boys Track Club back in 2014, then eventually dropped the TC and made it just LostBoys to not do what everyone else is doing, as a fun idea.
TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR LOST BOYS AND WHAT MOTIVATED YOU IN FORMING THE GROUP. HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE VIBE OF YOUR GROUP DIFFERS FROM SOME OF THE OTHER GROUPS/CREWS IN NYC AND HOW ARE THEY THE SAME?
JM: We were in the car, coming back from running the Shelter Island 10K. We were just listing off names that we thought would sound good and distinctive. I rambled “what about the LostBoys?” It worked too cause every race that we ran so far, we had either gotten lost going there, or coming back.
TR: We were not thinking about Peter Pan at all when we came up with the name. It was just super catchy. However, the Peter Pan reference and the whole, “never growing up,” thing fits nicely. I see it as when you are a child you have these huge goals and dreams that don’t seem all that scary and trying to hold onto that is a great thing.
JM: I think we differ as a crew because we’re very small, like, VERY small. We’re not in it for trophies or anything, we just want to run fast, run hard, drink beer occasionally, and have a good time. We talk with our legs rather than our mouths or hashtags.
TR: We really just try and be known for running fast and chasing our goals. There is no fluff or like flash to us, we just go out, have fun, and try and get faster. It’s fairly simple.
YOU HAVE RECENTLY BEEN THROWING ROUGE STREET RACES THAT YOU USE YOUR INSTAGRAM AS THE WAY OF ANNOUNCING DETAILS. TELL US MORE!
JM: Back in September or October we held our first race, it was the Inaugural LostBoys Beer Mile, at an undisclosed locationWe had a good crowd of people do it, winning time was 7:06. So definitely look for that again. Luke McCambley has been integral part of giving the squad a little bit more revitalization with helping lead the charge in these Urban Assault races. We don't charge money for entry frees, we plan a route, some odd distance, and you time yourself. It’s more of a “hey, I can run faster then you from point A to point B.” So PRs for distances don't really matter. John Benitez, @yungfueg on the gram, has definitely helped us our social media presence grow. The dude is amazing with the lens. We wanted to get as many people to run this things for the fun of doing and the camaraderie. We also want to get more spectators on board to bring up the excitement and good times. Our next event will bring that to life!
TR: This is something we have been doing to drive competition. We pick weird distances (like 1.1 miles or something) to make it less about time and more about who wins. We buy a 6 pack before and give 3 beers to the winner, 2 to second, and 1 to 3rd. It’s just a fun way to explore the city while also elevating the competitive aspect of running.
TIM, YOU HAVE RUN 3 OF OUR RACES AND SOME OSR RACES, WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THESE URBAN RACES, AND WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCES BEEN OF OUR TTB RACES IN THE PAST?
TR: I would be lying if I didn’t say I like TTB because it plays to my strengths (I am solid at running uphill). But it is really more then that. First, a ton of my friends have been running these races from the start. I would never have made it out to OSR if I hadn’t known people that were going. So its fun to go out and run fast with your friends. And then TTB and OSR take advantage of New York City and make unique events around that which is also awesome to be part of. It’s just a very different feel from a traditional road race (which I also enjoy, but for different reasons)
JEREMY, THIS PAST MONTH’S RACE WAS YOUR FIRST TTB. YOU KEPT UP WITH THE PRIME WINNER, JASON, FOR MOST OF THE FIRST BRIDGE LENGTH . . . TELL US YOUR STRATEGY THERE. YOU SAID YOU DIDN’T REALIZE UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE THAT HE WAS ONLY GOING FOR THE PRIME? HOW DID THAT AFFECT YOUR OVERALL RACE?
JM: The race was awesome! Loved the atmosphere. It was first time being on the Manhattan Bridge ever, so I didn’t know what I was getting into. I have an issue sometimes with just going out and not giving a shit, which makes it an uphill battle. Part of me knew he was going for the prime, but I also thought that in case he was going for the win too, I didn't was to lose contact with the leader. So I stuck with him, coming down the down hill I realized, “holy shit, this is going to be hell coming back,” so I backed off a little and let him go. But the fast first half already took its toll. Coming back I didn’t have a lot in the legs to respond. I’ve learned for the next time though! (hopefully)
MANHATTAN IS YOUR CREWS PLAYGROUND. TELL US WHERE YOU NORMALLY MEET FOR RUNSDO YOU HAVE WEEKLY PLANNED MEET UPS?
TR: Our runs vary pretty dramatically. There are never any real team runs or anything regularly scheduled (aside from our races). But Luke, Jeremy, and myself like running out of the flatiron store. I have also done some awesome runs with Luke along the bridal path as well. But all of these generally start with a group text maybe an hour before running. Like, “Hey, I’m doing 10 easy or an easy hour today. You wanna join?” It makes it fun when running on your own starts to suck.
FAVORITE RUNNING ROUTES?
TR: The lower loop of manhattan starting from Nike Flatiron
TR: Tempo run
FAVORITE POST WORKOUT DRINK?
TR: All day IPA and/or Ben & Jerrys (not a drink but if it melts it kinda is).