• 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 

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    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.



  • It’s off to the Races!

    January! This is a good time of year to not only soak in some winter reading, Netflix watching, and hot toddies but also some deep thinking about what lies ahead for you this year in running.

    Have you set your sights on goals and plans to get you moving toward these important goals? Whatever it is you’re working toward, remember also to identify what it is that motivates you! This is going to keep you going through the dark winter runs, the cold, the last 200m of that run.

    CHRC encourages members to sign up for races as goals for fitness and community. We are looking forward to participating and supporting members in:




    • January 8-11: Leatherman’s Loop 2016. Entry by lottery. We are grouped under #CHRCTrails. COMPLETE! Hope you’ll be running with us this April. Remember to register to finalize your entry!
    • January 21: TCS NYC Marathon 2016. Apply for entry by lottery or claim your guaranteed entry
    • January 28: AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016. Registration opens at noon and is expected to sell-out in hours. #CHRCWomen and #CHRCMen – this is a Club points race!


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    Too many choices and not sure where to start? Come and talk to us. Don’t miss our first event of the year!

    January’s Royal Court is on Monday the 25th 7:30-9:30pm. Find our friendly members at 99Rogers. Come join us for an evening of beverages and merriment!

  • ~*.*: Winter RUNderland :*.*~


    Only 10 days away, the 2nd Annual Winter Runderland will be hosted this year by the CHRC Royal Council on Friday December 18th, from 8pm – 11pm.

    We are celebrating a year of running, friendship, racing, personal bests, training challenges, recovery from injury, yummy eats and drinks, thousands of miles, and all the smiles.

    Whether we have gotten to see a lot of you or a little of you, (or even if you’re a total CHRC newbie) we certainly hope to see you with your finish line supporters at our seasonally festive celebration. Party attire encouraged!


    We’ll have door prizes, awards, games, some snacks and drinks! This runnerific party has no cost. We will be accepting:

    • donations of hats/scarves/gloves for girls (ages 8-12) involved in Girls On The Run who are living in NYC Homeless shelters.
    • drinks or noshes to share!!

    We can’t wait to nae nae the night away with you!



  • Guest Post: Marathon Water Wench

    This Guest Post comes from Brooke, our favorite Marathon Water Wench, who courageously gathered the CHRC Volunteer forces for action at this year’s NYC Marathon. Thank you to all our volunteers and to Brooke for heading this up!


    4 Weeks Ago, Eighteen Noble Knights showed up at 6:30 am on November 1st to represent the CHRC by volunteering at the 2015 New York City Marathon. It was a momentous day. The majority of CHRC was stationed at the Mile 8 Barclays Center Hydration Station, looking HOT HOT HOT in our uniforms of voluminous green ponchos and itchy wool hats, handing out water and Gatorade until 2:30 pm.

    Mile 8 was a great place to be stationed as the happy endorphins were kicking in and most of the runners who passed us were smiling, swept up in marathon euphoria.

    We were a mere 2 knights shy of earning a guaranteed marathon entry for 2016, so we have a goal to aim for next year. Goals aside, it was a day of so much connection and jubilation. We Noble Knights spread the Good Word about CHRC, chatting it up with lots of runner volunteers who’d never heard of us before. The fun continued later that afternoon, with Good Lady Yael Elmatad hosting a potluck feast at her lovely manor house for all the volunteers and runners. Who knew a tofu-based chocolate mousse could be so scrumptious?! Thank you, Lady Yael, for that recipe, and for your warmth and hospitality.

    Just days before I led CHRC’s group at Mile 8 as Ye Olde Marathon Water Wench, my boyfriend, who had cancer, told me that he was entering hospice care with his family in California.CHRC Brooke In the midst of so much sadness, it felt profound to have so much life–in all shapes, sizes, and paces–rushing toward me. It was wonderful to look all those lives in the eyes and smile. “Great smile!” one lovely 60-something woman called out. (She was clearly hitting on me.) The marathon seemed a metaphor for this big, beautiful, heartbreaking life we inhabit, and all the ways we find our way through it. I’d never had any desire to run a marathon before, but after volunteering, I did.

    I’m cramming in the 3 races I need to make 9, and looking forward to training for those 26 miles with the CHRC community. Thanks to all you Noble Knights who volunteered and all the people who made the marathon possible and all the runners running toward me. You helped me to remember what it is to be alive.



    Here’s to nabbing that guaranteed entry next year, and to 26 euphoric, grueling miles of life!

    Volunteer Opportunities for the 2016 NYC Marathon are already accepting applications. Sign up today —>www.tcsnycmarathon.org/volunteers-for-2015/opportunities

  • The In-between Period

    Whether it was for personal fitness or getting to a big fall race, for many of us, our summer training cycle is complete. We’ve rewarded ourselves, celebrated… Enter the dreaded/beloved ~~ In-Between Period ~~
    Maybe you start questioning before each run – do I want to run OR do I want to ______ (snooze, eat this donut, watch another episode, etc.) What do YOU choose?
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    We have some suggestions for our Royal Members:

    1) Come and join us at our upcoming events.

    The end of the calendar year brings opportunities to get together with friends and family, eat comforting meals and drink merrily. Our every-growing running family is no different!
    •  November Royal Court. On Monday November 23rd @99 Rogers from 7:30pm onwards. Come let’s talk of winter runs & treat our parched lips to some delicious brew! RSVP on Facebook!
    • 2nd Annual Royal Winter Runderland. On Friday December 18th. Celebrate the end of an awesome year of CHRC running. RSVP on Facebook!

    2) Give back to Running.

    #CHRCWomen supports the mission of Girls on the Run. On Sunday December 6th on Randall’s Island, Join us as a Runner (accompanying 3rd-5th graders complete their first 5k!) or Volunteer for this incredibly special day for the girls in our program! Register now at www.gotrnyc.org/5kinfo.

    3) Running and Racing in the winter is FUN! pie and cocoa

    Not only do you get bragging rights and look like a badass, you get to recover with hot cocoa and pie. What else could you want?
    #CHRCWomen and #CHRCMen, the final NYRR Club Points Race of the year still has space for you! Sign up and run with us at the Ted Corbitt 15K on Saturday December 12. Let’s end the year with a bang!

    Whatever you choose to do, we’re here for you. 

    Let’s chat about it while we go for a casual fun run!

  • The Shoppe is Open!

    Did ya hear the news?? Cold weather gear is on Sale NOW!

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    Our specialty Gear Shoppe, run by friends and members of CHRC, has opened their “doors” starting today to take your orders for our Long Sleeve Performance Tees (now in Black AND White) and NEW Neck Warmers.

    The Shoppe is open 24/7 to take your orders over the Interwebs but ONLY UNTIL NOVEMBER 13, 2015. MIDNIGHT. Your gear will then be magically created and hand-delivered to you at our next Public Court on Monday November 23!

  • It’s Marathon Week in NYC!

    Autumn has arrived and Marathon Week in the city has officially kicked off!

    Poland Spring kick-off

    CHRC started the week with some fabulous performances by #CHRCWomen at the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-Off 5Miler on Sunday. Despite the drizzle, all participants found their stride and came across the finish line, smiling!

    Others went picking for apples and running in the fall landscape just north of the city at Run the Farm 5mile race of the Trail Mix Series. #CHRCTrails


    The 45th Annual TCS NYC Marathon is only 1 week away!

    Here are some ways you can be a part of it:

    • NEW this year, NYRR has built a Pavillion at the marathon finish line that is open to everyone all week from 7:00am-9:00pm (except Friday when it will close at 3:00pm). It’ll serve as an entertainment hub and welcome center for this incredible race! Check out the events that will be happening here.
    • Pick up your race materials, do some shopping, ask your last-minute questions, check out the NYRR Running Lab at the NYC Marathon Expo – Thursday through Saturday.
    • Participate in free runs, talks, book signings by your running heroes, running film screenings around the city and across the five boroughs on this comprehensive list compiled by runningandthecity 
    • Cross that marathon finish line on Saturday by participating in the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K. There’s still some space left in this sign up for this high-speed preview! #DashtotheFinish
    • Not racing and not sure what you’re doing on race morning? CHRC has a great group heading to Mile 8 of the marathon in Brooklyn to volunteer! Sign-ups happened a few months ago but if you are able and interested, there may be some spots open for you. Please contact us at runningroyalty01@gmail.com and address your questions to Brooke (AKA Marathon Water Wench)!


    On Sunday November 1st, after the marathon and volunteering is over, our Royal Council and members are hosting a cozy celebratory Potluck in Crown Heights! Bring a little something and hang out with us as we close out Marathon Week and the end of our summer and fall season!

  • August Meet’N Greet

    Hey CHRC!

    Come and enjoy a drink out on the patio! Let’s catch up and talk about training, upcoming races, and what you’ve been doing all summer!

    Monday, August 24 at 7:30pm!

    RSVP on Facebook for more details!

    Don’t forget to check out Tim’s Monday Night Bike ride before to feel extra good about drinking that icy cold beer!

    See y’all there!