Club Week Celebrates Runners All Over NYC
Welcome to NYRR Club Week, the week leading up to the NYRR Team Championships. This five-mile race, set for July 28 this year, has a 31-year history of bringing together New York–area running clubs and teams for some friendly (though sometimes fierce) competition. Again this year, #NYRRTeamChamps will answer the perennial question: Who's the fastest team in town?
Club Week celebrates more than blazing speed. NYC is home to hundreds of running teams for athletes of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We asked a few runners why they run with a club and got back a heartwarming variety of answers. For more replies, follow NYRR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
“My club gives me a sense of community, folks to cheer for and run with, and people to grab a beer with who are totally fine with standing around and talking about running all night,” says Angela Ortiz, a member of North Brooklyn Runners who qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a 2:42 at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.
Alan Novie, a member of Witold’s Runners in Queens, loves the camaraderie with his teammates “and the great wisdom and running knowledge gained from Coach Witold—he is an amazing man!” He also appreciates the team’s training runs on the trails of Forest Park. “Our team works out every weekend, rain or shine, hot or cold. It’s a great place to gain strength and endurance year round.”
For Nick Collins of Crown Heights Running Club, the biggest draw is the support he feels from teammates as he pursues his goals. “I’m running my first marathon this year—NYC, of course—and I can confidently say I never would have thought about doing that if it weren’t for this club. I was so proud watching all my CHRC friends cross the finish line last year, and it made me want to follow in their footsteps.”
Check out photos of just a few photos of clubs all over the five boroughs of NYC and beyond.
Not a member of a running club and curious about what’s on offer? Head to our local clubs page and use the filters to check out the many options. And come out to watch the NYRR Team Championships Saturday morning in Central Park—the women start at 7:00 a.m. followed by the men at 8:15 a.m.