• Brooke’s Marathon Journey: Starting miles

    The marathon was two days after Josh’s birthday and one week before the anniversary of his death. I’d packed Lara bars, sports beans, and a bag of toasted white sesame seeds, which Josh put on everything and now I do, too.

    It was a stunning day of sunny blue skies–no garbage bag poncho needed.

    As Sebastian and I ran across the freshly paved Verrazano Bridge, sunlight glinted off of the Narrows and we had a pristine view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. A fireboat shot off celebratory arcs of water, a rainbow hanging in their mist. We were part of an ecstatic mass of over 50,000 runners from around the world. “This is so cool, Sebastian,” I kept saying. “This is just so cool!   

    I usually run with headphones, but there was such wonderful people watching, music, and fanfare that I didn’t miss my music at all for the first half of the marathon. The first stop was at 4th Avenue and 8th Street, where my friends Mackenzie and Jared had come out to cheer with the two little boys they were babysitting. All four of them were holding signs. I hugged them all, including the two little boys, who were not so into hugging a sweaty stranger, but my enthusiasm could not be contained. I met Mackenzie at my first race, the freezing Joe Kleinerman 10K in January 2012, riding the subway up from Crown Heights to Central Park. We’d stayed close even after an injury prevented her from running. In the 4 years since, I’d seen her marry Jared, and now, five months pregnant, she’d stood out in the cold to cheer for me.

    Stephanie and Erwin were at Lafayette and Claremont, Erwin holding up a massive blackboard sign. Right after Josh died, a friend from London, the wonderful Brenda Lyons, connected me to Stephanie, who’d recently moved here from London. Brenda thought we’d make good cycling partners and, likely, that it would be good for me to get out on some rides. While Stephanie’s a far more serious cyclist than I am, we rode to Nyack together. I told her about Josh and she told me that her boyfriend Erwin, an even more serious cyclist and tri-athlete, had been recently diagnosed with PSC. Given the rarity of PSC, it was a startling connection. Even more impressive was Stephanie’s story of how Erwin’s diagnosis had inspired them to uproot their lives and take huge career risks to move to New York. We’ve had wonderful adventures and conversations ever since. We were so worried about not finding each other that when we did, we went in for a double hug. Stephanie and Erwin not only cheered me on, but took me out for a celebratory dinner. Stephanie and I laughed about how our hug felt like we’d crossed an ocean to find each other. All of my marathon hugs felt like that. There was–again–that heightened sense of connection that I felt in the wake of Josh’s death.

    The awesome CHRC cheering squad was at Mile 9.

    They speed-inked personalized signs when they saw Sebastian and I approaching on their marathon apps, showered us with cheers and high-fives, and captured our dorky euphoria on film.

    Jason, Josh’s best friend, whom I’d cried with when Josh was dying and stayed close to after he was gone, popped up out of nowhere on Bedford Avenue. Jason hadn’t told me he was coming and it was a miracle that he found me. Especially, he pointed out later, as I was wearing “all black with a strip of masking tape.” An artist good at making things, he said, “Next year, I’m making your name tag.” I hugged Jason, the best surprise and Where’s Waldo Winner of the marathon, and then Sebastian and I were off.

    My mom, stepdad, and sister were at Mile 12.

    My mom and stepdad flew in from South Texas, my sister from London, to spend the weekend carb-loading with me and to embarrass me with signs like, “Run Brookster the Hipster”. Sebastian and I posed holding a poster that read, “Brooke is leaving Trump behind and going NASTY!” Sebastian, in his saintliness, waited for probably 5 minutes while my mom got a stranger to take multiple mother-daughter pictures. My sister, who’d sailed through last year’s marathon, guided my parents around Brooklyn and Manhattan, to meet me at Miles 12 and 25. My stepdad has Alzheimer’s and it was a lot for him to run around the city like that. My sister took a red-eye back to London that night and had to work the next morning.

    Sebastian doing all of the pacing while I rode in the sidecar, blowing kisses at the crowds, worked out great for me until Mile 18 when a bathroom stop became immediately mandatory. Having PSC means having stomach problems. It can mean a lot more debilitating things, but I’ve been very lucky. “Keep going–good luck!” I called to Sebastian as I frantically climbed over the barricade and ran into Le Pain Quotidien. My legs were shaky, but spectators helped me over the fence. A policeman waiting in line for the bathroom let me go first. Until this point, Sebastian and I had smoothly hit or beat our goal of a 10-minute mile. Even with all of my hugging delays, Sebastian would continue on to a brilliant finish, beating his previous year’s time and his goal for  this year. I was so proud of him.

    Written by Brooke Shaffner – one of our dear members of Running Royalty and former Marathon Water Wench.

    **Read parts 1 and 2 of Brooke’s Marathon Journey HERE and HERE. Come back and read how Brooke finishes her first marathon tomorrow in the last chapter.**

  • Brooke’s Marathon Journey: Training

    Though my marathon training didn’t officially begin until the Fourth of July, it began for me three days after Josh died, when CHRC Cardinal of Community Connection, Aliza got me out for a morning run. We ran through Prospect Park and light poured through the trees, which hadn’t yet shed their leaves. That beauty felt profound.

    Then an older man biking in front of us fell. He wasn’t badly hurt, just shaken and bruised. Aliza and I held his hands, helped him up, and waited with him for an ambulance. His name was Ted Erhardt, a dance therapist who worked with psychiatric patients. He described how movement can shift things locked inside these patients when language fails.

    When I got home, I watched this lecture he gave.

    In it, he talks about a young woman so depressed that she would reach for something and fall into a catatonic state, frozen for a half hour in that bent position. They did a group therapy session where other patients mirrored her frozen state until she felt held and could shift out of it. Then Ted asked, “What are we reaching for?” One patient said, “Home.” The young woman shifted out of her frozen state and reached for the hands of the patients beside her. 

    That story is emblematic of what training for and running the marathon with the Crown Heights Running Club meant to me. Being a writer means liking the company of your own mind. But in the weeks after Josh died, I wasn’t able to work on my novel and I wasn’t doing well alone. Mine wasn’t a flat-line grieving: I had a heightened sense of the connective threads between all human beings, an awareness which Josh created, even in his dying days, that our lives are most beautiful  in relation to one another. While I wasn’t yet comfortable with solitude, connections to friends, family, strangers, and the singular CHRC Royals felt incredibly healing.

    CHRC was a community that was exceptionally present for me in those days.

    Not just on runs; there were friendsgivings, birthdays, ice skating ventures, royal courts, holiday parties, calls, texts, brunches, and dinners. I’ve never been in another running club, so I have no means of comparison. But I’ve found the Royals to be people uniquely reflective about not just how to move forward as individuals, but how to carry the people around them forward.

    Liz and Nate, two Royals dear to my heart, have poked gentle fun at me for managing to get into a “deep conversation” with someone on every single long run. That’s true, but in my defense, it doesn’t take much to get these conversations rolling. A few questions. A curious ear. When you ask a Royal a question, they answer thoughtfully and openly. They listen with that same openness and reflection. So I’d find myself in conversations about job, relationship, and geographic changes; art, politics, religion, and love. Punctuated by lots of laughter. That’s how I worked my way up not just to 22 miles, but to publishing an essay about Josh, finishing a draft of my novel, dating again, and running toward a future as large as what I had run through: In the “caboose group”, at a comfortable conversational pace, covering miles physical and metaphysical.

    When not doing CHRC runs, I run when I’m done working on my novel, as a palate cleanser before I switch over to work-work. Sometimes I write in my head as I run. Or daydream. Or work through emotions. I slip back into my body and the world. Or into a meditative state where I’m largely unconscious of time, landscape, or the whereabouts of my mind. That happens in the latter half of races. Because I work from home and tutor students long-distance by phone, running races answers some primal need. What I like most about races is the sense of oneness–descent into a massive swish of legs and ponytails. In that zoned out state, my strides feel smoothest, but Royals have told me I’ve failed to notice them running beside me. Between them, CHRC-mates Danielle and Dave have crept up beside me on the Prospect Park jogging path and nudged into my shoulder at least 5 times. Every single time, I think, “Who is this Creeper running me off the path?”

    Given that Type A attention to details has never been my strong-suit, all of the CHRC marathon-prep sessions were helpful.

    Still, I left the final prep session feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the information. I devoted a day to ticking things off a marathon To Do list. There was a good chance it would rain and my greatest fear was being cold and wet. Royals in the know recommended wearing a garbage bag that you could throw away before the race started. In the midst of my To Do List multitasking the Friday before the marathon, I tried on a kitchen-size garbage bag over my sweatshirt to see whether it would suffice or whether I needed to buy the 33-gallon size. It was so comfortable that I forgot I was wearing it. I checked my mail and took my trash out in this garbage-bag poncho. After sorting the recycling, I discovered that the door of the recycling room, through some malfunction, had locked.

    There I was, midday in my building, locked in the recycling room, wearing a garbage bag. I didn’t have my phone with me, so I banged on the door and shouted, “Help!” until the only neighbor not at work came to my rescue. She found the super, who unlocked the door. Thankfully, I enjoyed enough solitary time in the recycling room to remember to take my garbage bag poncho off before I was rescued. Liz and I had a good laugh over this. Being a master of all the details that I am not, Liz also figured out that my best running buddy pace-wise and start-time-wise for the marathon was the brilliantly steady pacer Sebastian.   


    Written by Brooke Shaffner – one of our dear members of Running Royalty and former Marathon Water Wench.

    **Read the beginning of Brooke’s Marathon Journey starting with her commitment to run. Come back and read the rest of Brooke’s Marathon story this week!**

  • Brooke’s Marathon Journey: The beginning

    The last two miles of the marathon, I listened to “When I Was Done Dying” by Dan Deacon on repeat. When I crossed the finish line, I felt tired and alive. Reborn.

    I never wanted to run a marathon.

    It seemed a nice but rather dull thing for other people to do. I liked mixing my runs with kickboxing, spinning, and boot camp classes. I was happy to plateau at half-marathon. Waiting for the Brooklyn Half to begin one year, I overheard two 20-something women talking. “Training for a half is time consuming,” one of them said. “I don’t know how people find time to train for a marathon. Maybe when all of my friends get married, have babies, and move to the suburbs, I’ll have a marathon and a dog.” I was middle-aged and a number of my friends were having babies, though they hadn’t moved to the suburbs. Yet. I also wanted a dog. ‘Maybe,’ I thought.

    Then I was charged with heading up a team of 20 CHRC volunteers at the Mile 8 water station for the November 1st 2015 NYC marathon. I’m working on a novel that deals with the intersection of the immigrant and LGBTQ communities. I’d done some related advocacy projects that connected me to organizations I wanted to devote my free time to. I lacked the same enthusiasm about volunteering at the marathon with its $255 entry fee. But I was committed to contributing to a running club I’d loved since my first winter run with Danielle. A club made up of warm, kind, funny, fascinating people, every one of whom I felt unequivocal affection for. So I believed I was doing it for CHRC.     

    I didn’t know that the man I’d hoped to spend my life with would begin dying that Day.

    After 7 years of besting cancer, it came back. The day before the 2015 marathon he’d told me he wasn’t strong enough to undergo the experimental treatment we’d stored so much hope in. When your life falls apart, it’s good to have things you’ve committed to do for others. It’s good to have simple things to do with your hands and eyes, heart and brain.

    I looked in the eyes of every marathon runner I handed water to. I smiled and called out their names. I absorbed all of that life rushing toward me.

    On November 5th, a day after his 43rd birthday, my boyfriend left for L.A., where he would start home hospice care with his family. In the two days before I could fly out to be with him, I frantically researched alternative treatments and contacted macrobiotic counselors who said they’d seen cancer patients turn around. 

    And I decided to run the 2016 marathon.

    I knew that training for 26 miles with a club of people I loved would offer me community and structure. When I could no longer deny the fact that Josh was going to die, the marathon was a path forward.

    I was diagnosed with the liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) 16 years ago. Josh and I didn’t identify with our diseases. Symptoms punctuated our days, but we’d made wonderful lives around them. We identified as writers, teachers, and Brooklyn flâneurs. We didn’t want to march in parades or attend conferences about our diseases. I didn’t want to run the marathon for cancer. Or PSC. I wanted to run it in celebration of life in all of its wonder, absurdity, and heartbreak, which Josh had loved like he’d loved me. Life exactly as it is and exactly as it isn’t. He told his hospice doctor that he loved his family, friends, work, and life so much. He just wished he had more of it.

    I scrambled to complete the 3 races and 1 volunteer activity needed to gain 9+1 entry into the 2016 marathon. My ninth race was the New Year’s Eve Midnight Run.There were no volunteer activities left, so CHRC-mate Kaitlyn transferred her extra volunteer spot to me. I volunteered the day after Josh died.

    Written by Brooke Shaffner – one of our dear members of Running Royalty and former Marathon Water Wench.

    **Come back and read the rest of Brooke’s Marathon story this week!**

  • Race Report: Pride Run & Achilles Run

    It was a double header in the last weekend in June!

    On Saturday, June 25, CHRC Women and CHRC Men were out in full force at the 35th Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 5M! It was a hot and humid day but runners celebrated the diversity of the LGBT community by wearing rainbow tutus and color-coordinated shirts and shorts! Before the race started, a moment of silence was held to honor the shooting victims in Orlando, FL.

    CHRC Women – 5M (2016)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1  0:36:14  6/25/2016  Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run  Jess Setless *PR*
    2  0:42:48  6/25/2016  Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run  Yael Elmatad
    3  0:43:24  6/25/2016  Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run  Rachael Wyant *PR*
    4  0:43:47  6/25/2016  Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run  Elizabeth Sullivan *PR*
    5  0:50:25  6/25/2016  Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run  Kaitlyn Kociela

    CHRC Men – 5M (2016)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:34:00 6/25/2016 Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run Gideon Bautista *PR*
    2 0:36:03 6/25/2016 Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run Spencer McCormick *PR*
    3 0:36:13 6/25/2016 Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste *PR*
    4 0:37:09 6/25/2016 Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run David Gibbons *PR*
    5 0:44:44 6/25/2016 Front Runners NY LGBT Pride Run Nick Collins *PR*

    Runners of all abilities (including handcyclists, wheelchair racers, and walkers) participated in the 14th Achilles Hope & Possibility 4 mile race on June 26. It was a hot Sunday -and with a staggered start you either loved it or hated it- but every finisher earned a medal!

    CHRC Women – 4M (2016)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:28:00 6/5/2016 Retro Run 4M Stephanie Butikis
    2 0:28:05 6/5/2016 Retro Run 4M Kay Naito
    3 0:28:13 6/26/2016 Achilles Hope & Possibility Jess Setless *PR*
    4 0:29:20 4/24/2016 Run as One 4M Monica Merlis
    5 0:31:12 1/9/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Jess Setless

    CHRC Men – 4M (2016)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:26:44 6/26/2016 Achilles Hope & Possibility Gideon Bautista *PR*
    2 0:27:06 6/26/2016 Achilles Hope & Possibility Michael Gelberg *PR*
    3 0:27:36 2/7/2016 Gridiron 4M Robert Lynn
    4 0:27:55 6/26/2016 Achilles Hope & Possibility Nigel McGregor *PR*
    5 0:28:03 6/5/2016 Retro Run 4M David Gibbons

    Congrats to all those who PRed!

    Double congrats to Jess Setless and Gideon Bautista for winning the award for “Runner Most Likely to Race A Double Header and Finish with 2 PRs”!

  • Race Report: Run as One 4M & Japan Run 4M

    Spring has sprung and it was beautiful on Sunday, April 24th in Central Park! Over 8000 runners participated in Run as One to raise awareness of lung cancer: the leading cancer kill in both men and women in the U.S. and the most common cancer worldwide.¹


    Unfortunately, BABYMETAL was not part of Japan Day.

    But it was rainy Sunday, May 8 during the four mile Japan Run. The race was the opening event for the 10th annual Japan Day @ Central Park festival which celebrates the Japanese community in New York and the cultural connections between Japan and the United States.


    Congrats to Nigel McGregor, Monica Merlis, Reed Edwards, Sunny Kasabwala, Nick Collins, John Bedard, Wei Wang, Katie Petereson, and Anya Javadi for repping #CHRCWomen and #CHRCMen during these races! Here are the Top 5 in 2016:

    #CHRCWomen 4 miles

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:29:20 4/24/2016 Run as One 4M Monica Merlis
    2 0:31:12 1/9/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Jess Setless
    3 0:33:10 1/9/2016 Al Gordon 4M Rachael Wyant
    4 0:33:32 3/26/2016 Al Gordon 4M Laura Zukaite
    5 0:33:46 1/9/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Wei Wang

    #CHRCMen 4 miles

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:27:36 2/7/2016 Gridiron 4M Robert Lynn
    2 0:28:08 2/21/2016 Al Gordon 4M Nigel McGregor
    3 0:29:59 4/10/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
    4 0:30:23 4/24/2016 Run as One 4M Reed Edwards *PR*
    5 0:30:34 2/21/2016 Al Gordon 4M Nathon Turner

    Honorable mentions:

    • David Johnson, a Masters runner, finished with a PR at the NYCRUNS Central Park 10k!
    • Tim Crossley finished the Providence Marathon!
    • Stephanie Butikis finished the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon with a Boston Qualifying time!


    Spring Summer ahead by registering for the NYRR club-only Team Championship 5M for both women and men. (And while you’re at it, sign up for the June club points races: NYRR Retro Run 4M and the Front Runner NY LGBT Pride 5M).

    If you’re running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half, be on the look out for an email with details about the pre-race party!

  • Race Report: MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon & Boston Marathon

    What great running weather we’re having!

    Danielle Wheeler, Susan Matthews, and Rachel Wyant, took advantage of the clear skies on Sunday, April 17 and repped #CHRCWomen at the 13th anniversary of the MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon. With two full loops in Central Park, it was also plenty of hill repeats!

    In other hill news, on Monday, April 18, Kay Naito repped #CHRC at the most prestigious marathon in the world: Boston Marathon! Pushing past Heartbreak Hill, this marks Kay’s first Boston Marathon finish and makes her the first CHRC member to finish in the 120 years of the Boston Marathon!

    Congratulations to everyone! Here are the Top 5 #CHRCWomen in the half marathon and full marathon categories:

    Half Marathon

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 1:44:21 3/20/2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 Elly Kuhlman
    2 1:47:40 3/20/2016 United Airlines NYC Half 2016 Jess Setless
    3 1:49:58 4/17/2016 More/Shape Women’s Half Marathon Danielle Wheeler
    4 1:54:57 4/17/2016 More/Shape Women’s Half Marathon Susan Matthews *PR*
    5 1:58:53 4/17/2016 More/Shape Women’s Half Marathon Rachael Wyant *PR*



    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 3:29:48 4/18/2016 Boston Marathon Kay Naito
    2 4:44:35 3/19/2016 Savin Rock Marathon Kaitlyn Kociela

    Don’t see your name but finished a race this weekend? Make sure to submit it!

  • Race Report: Run for the Parks (4M)

    It was a sunny and windy Sunday, April 10 in the 4 mile inner loop of Central Park. But that didn’t stop 6,900+ runners from racing at the City Park Foundations Run for the Parks!

    Although it wasn’t a Club Points race, congratulations to Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jess Setless, Sunny Kasabwala, David Gibbons, Nick Collins, Wei Wang, and Yosef Bergovoy for representing #CHRC. Some members even finished with a PR!

    Here are the Top 5 in the 4 mile distance for 2016:

    CHRC Women (4M)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:29:46 3/26/2016 Al Gordon 4M Monica Merlis
    2 0:31:12 1/9/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Jess Setless *PR*
    3 0:33:10 1/9/2016 Al Gordon 4M Rachael Wyant
    4 0:33:32 3/26/2016 Al Gordon 4M Laura Zukaite
    5 0:33:46 1/9/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Wei Wang *PR*

    CHRC Men (4M)

    # Time Date Event CHRC Runner
    1 0:27:36 2/7/2016 Gridiron 4M Robert Lynn
    2 0:28:08 2/21/2016 Al Gordon 4M Nigel McGregor
    3 0:29:59 4/10/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste *PR*
    4 0:30:34 2/21/2016 Al Gordon 4M Nathon Turner
    5 0:32:30 4/10/2016 City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks Sunny Kasabwala *PR*

    Be sure to check out the Top 5 CHRC Women and CHRC Men for other distances. There’s still time to place yourself among the ranks! (Submit your results on the Racing page).


    The next and third Club Points race is the popular Airbnb Brooklyn Half which sold out in less than an hour!

    Don’t forget to pick up your #CHRC gear at the Meet’N’Greet!

  • Runners Hold Court with Snowstorm tales

    You survived Snowzilla 2016!

    Perhaps you even experienced it on foot, perhaps even with your running shoes on.

    sledville 2016

    Come on out tomorrow night to 99Rogers and share your snowstorm tales as we hold Public Court for the first time this year.

    The Proprietor of Ye Olde Gear Shoppe will also be present to share samples of her wares for your to try on for size and place an order.

    Our Shoppe is OPEN  January 25 – February 9!



    And if that isn’t enough – for ONE NIGHT ONLY, we are offering a chance to participate in a

    Print-Your-Own-Merch Event!shirtsimage5

    • $10.00 per print/ per item  ($3.00 of every print goes to CHRC club fund!)
    • Prints available to choose from:
      CHRC banner logo (in white or blank ink choice). Size: approx 8.5″ wide x 5″ high
      CHRC Vintage “running man” (in white or black ink choice). Size: approx 8″ wide x 10″ high



    Guidelines for selecting items to print:

    1. Item must be in good condition and clean before handing over for print.
    2. Make sure to select an item that you are OK to part with for approximately 3 weeks.
    3. Items that are plain in color, design, and have ample space to receive a print work best.
    4. Performance apparel is accepted. Items will be evaluated to make sure they are receptive to heat.
    5. Items not accepted: Hats, socks, spandex or Lycra material.

  • Run for Your Life: Celebrating Fred Lebow

    Looking for a bit of run-spiration to keep you going during this cold winter week leading into Sunday’s NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon?

    Fred Lebow is a running legend in New York City whose accomplishments as the president of New York Road Runners and the race director of the New York City Marathon from 1972 until 1994 are among the foundations that make running in this city such a great experience.

    CHRC is co-sponsoring the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)’s Fred Lebow Week programs accompanying their exhibition, The New York City Marathon: The Great Race (closes March 8). CHRC Members get $10 discount tickets using the code RUN3 at the following events this week. See you there!



    Run this City: The Highs and Lows of Running in New York
    Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 pm

    What makes New York City one of the great running capitals of the world? Are there hidden runners’ gems in this city? Join journalist Liz Robbins and Mary Wittenberg, former president of NYRR for a conversation about the New York runner’s soul. They’ll discuss how runners define this city – and how NYC defines them.

    Liz Robbins is the author of A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York(2009). A former sportswriter (and current cyclist), she now covers immigration for The New York Times’  Metro section.

    Mary Wittenberg headed New York Road Runners for over a decade; she is now the Global CEO of Virgin Sport.

    Run for Your Life Film Screening with Judd Ehrlich and George Hirsch 

    Saturday, January 23 at 3:00 pmevent2

    Fred Lebow, a Romanian immigrant to New York fleeing the chaotic aftermath of World War II, was an unlikely leader of the city’s running revolution. He fell in love with the sport on his first run around the Central Park Reservoir and from there joined the New York Road Runners in the late 1960s when it was just a small club run out of its members’ apartments. By 1970, under his leadership, the Road Runners founded the New York City Marathon and have since grown the race into the marquis event that it is today. In celebration of the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half, join us for a screening of Run for Your Life, a documentary film chronicling Lebow’s life with archival footage and exclusive interviews.

    The movie will be followed by a conversation with its Emmy Award winning director, Judd Ehrlich and George Hirsch, a founder of the five-borough NYC Marathon in 1976 and Chairman of the Board of the New York Road Runners, about how Lebow’s tenacity and passion for running united a divided city and sparked a worldwide fitness boom.