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If you're not familiar with TTB (Take the Bridge), get familiar. This race series tackles one of the most loved and hated aspects of New York City running - the bridges. Known for the intentionally small field of men and women runners, this race is FAST - a grueling push to see who can tackle the incline/decline 1-2 mile route.
The series has already crushed the 59th street bridge and manhattan bridge, now culminating with the Brooklyn Bridge finale hosted by Resident Runners and Girls Run NYC.
In preparation for battle, TTB asked us a few questions (some below) to get a feel for Resident Runners and how we approach racing / tacos. Take a look below and head over to TakeTheBridge.US for the full interview.
TELL US THE HISTORY AND INSPIRATION FOR RESIDENT RUNNERS. HOW HAS THE GROUP EVOLVED?
Resident Runners began in March of 2013 as co-founder Raymond Hailes urged co-founder Eric Blevens to start their own crew. The inspiration came from watching notable crews like Bridge Runners do running differently. At its inception, there was no real direction or definitive goal for what Resident Runners would be. It grew naturally over the course of a year until the third official member, Rahsaan Rogers, randomly showed up at our door for a TACO RUN... and that's that. Over the last two years we've grown in bond, visibility, and size - now holding weekly runs of 15-20 runners compared to 4-5 only last year. While still only 3 official crew members, the Resident Runners family is comprised of runners, other crews, and friends who show up on Thursdays to run, Saturdays to eat & drink, and any other instance they're looking for a good time.
WHERE IS YOUR HOME BASE?
SoHo is definitely home now. After partnering with Under Armour Run in October of 2015, we moved our Resident Runners HQ to the Under Armour Brand House on Broadway and have been loving every minute/mile. Our Thursday runs are known to be fast, with no pace groups or stops. We post the route ahead of time on our website and Instagram, plus have it available for everyone to view and follow on MapMyRun during the run. We treat Thursdays like a tempo, with whomever is feeling good setting the pace and everyone else chasing from the start. While it's possible some runners get left behind at some point, we encourage everyone to push and chase that person in front of them for as long as they can... In doing so you sometimes get lost, learn new routes, and definitely improve your pace over time. And at the end of the run, once everyone is done, we head nearby for beers to hang.
HOW CAN WE GET IN ON THESE TACO RUNS YOU ORGANIZE??
Simple, once a month on a given Saturday, it's going down! We post the TACO RUN dates in advance on our website (residentrunners.com/calendar) and post flyers on Instagram the week or so leading up. The next TACO RUN will be on October 29th, so mark your calendar and think of your excuse to cut work... we hear the flu is going around that time of year. Otherwise, show up ready for a chill run and 4-5 hours of tacos & margaritas at Gueros Brooklyn.
Everything's better in the dark, which is why our Brooklyn Half After-Party is going down when the sun does. Saturday, May 21, 2016, after the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the other day parties...
Resident Runners is "Out to Cruise" for the
After-Dark Brooklyn Half After-Party
Father Knows Best
9pm - 2am
611A Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(Yep, way out in Bushwick. Take the L train to Wilson Ave.)
$5 beer + shot all night
Music by Dollar Slice, Little Lady, Deep Dish, and Bhavin
Run well, cheer hard, party later.
* * We won't be running FROM the UA Brand House on Thursday, but we'll still be running... * *
This Thursday, we're switching it up. It's race week in NYC, which means all the crews are coming together for runs, events, parties, and of course the Brooklyn Half Marathon. To kick things off, we've got the New York City Run Crews SHAKEOUT Run hosted by Jessie Zapo & Power Malu.
Meet at the Under Armour Brand House (583 Broadway b/t Houston & Prince) this Thursday at 6:30pm as usual. We'll leave at 7pm to walk over to OVERTHROW New York in time to check bags and hit the 5k shakeout run with everyone. Don't feel like meeting at UA first? All good, just meet us at 9 Bleecker at 7:30pm!
NYC RUN CREWS
Brooklyn Half Shakeout
Thursday, May 19th
7:30 pm at OVERTHROW New York
9 Bleecker St.
bag check, 5k route
refreshments by SUMMERS juices
pizza by RIZZO's
sock giveaways by STANCE fusion
featuring dj Dollar Slice of 2bros & a little lady
at VON underground
9pm and onward
Drink Specials for shakeout runners
The Red Hook Crit 5k is like nothing else. Probably the only race that people get really, really hype for here in Brooklyn. Yeah, the Brooklyn Half Marathon is awesome, but it's different. It's normal. It's long. It's typical. But the Crit 5k is none of that... it's a damn foot race in the middle of the already insane Red Hook Criterium bike race.
The Crit 5k is unique, throwing runners on a hairpin-featuring bike course. It's short, only 3.1 miles. And it's intense, but not in some "I need to qualify for my big marathon debut next year" kind of way. It's intense because there are elites alongside amateurs. It's crazy because everyone gets so fucking hype and excited about it that they're all nervous the week leading up to the race. And it's awesome because no matter how you approach it, you're gonna' have a blast racing your guts out in an inevitable 15-25 minutes of joy (read, "pain").
This year, being Resident Runners' second time racing, was a little different in that the new race co-director, Sarah Gearhart, had us hyped up for weeks with sneak-peeks of plans, parties, and improvements. (Much thanks to Sarah and the entire 5k + Criterium team for a great job!) With our squad of Raymond, Rahsaan, and myself (Eric) registered and anxiously ready, we arrived maybe most excited to debut our new kit, appropriately coined the "Jodeci '91" by @jennypics; an all-white Under Armour Run streaker-based selection blessed, as always, by our main man & shine-in-the-dark brand of Mike Cherman at ICNY Sport. The reflective silver on white 3M kits were paired with what else, some bright-ass baby blue UA Slingshot running shoes. Figured it would be tough to miss us!
So after getting that out of the way, along with some quick photos for Furthermore (formerly "Q" by Equinox), we started thinking about race strategy. Our plan was for the three of us to go out together, lock-in to a sustainable pace for the first 2-3 laps, then see who had the gas to push the pace and find out if we could all hold on. I planned on throwing a lasso around Rahsaan, who would either be leading or chasing Ray at some point.
Once we decided on that, there was one other question: should I have a beer before the race? Not exactly your average concern prior to a gut-wrenching test of human endurance, but last year I had one. The reason? Everyone was taking the race so seriously. Warming up, stretching, game faces on. But that's not exactly our style all the time, so instead of the warm-up, I opted for a nice, cold beer. And this year, something didn't feel right without it. In a way, the beer is sort of a reminder to just relax - go out, run hard, and have fun. If you get too worked up beforehand, you get nervous, and for me, I don't perform well. The beer is like a simple reminder to chill, despite the fact that you're about to be in pain for the next 20 minutes. So over to the beer tent I went. I mean, it's just one beer - surely it won't come back to bite me in the ass.
After crowding into the starting area and casually jockeying for position, the countdown ends and the race starts! Ducking, diving, and dodging the clutter of feet and bodies for the first 800 meters was challenging, but the three of us emerged around the first hairpin turn as a group. As we approached the first of two major crowd sections, we had to get hype! Otherwise, what's the point? Rounding the last turn, we throw some love to the crowd, and then... wait, where's Ray going?!
Sure enough, as we cross the line ending Lap 1, Raymond "Ray Diggs" Hailes starts inching away from our pack at the start of Lap 2, leaving me and Rahsaan glancing at each other with a consensual, but nonverbal, "Fuck that." Over the course of the next kilometer, we would watch Ray slowly pull ahead, probably advancing about 10 seconds per lap ahead from here on out. This wasn't really a surprise, considering Ray is terrible at pacing, but I thought we'd manage to stay together for at least TWO laps. Anyway, it was then that I said to Rahsaan, "Let's just keep this, and see how we feel in a lap or so." Pace: unknown. Thoughts: This hurts. (Already.)
After settling into the pace of Lap 2, with a slightly more mild crowd engagement, we hit the line flying into Lap 3. Rounding the hairpin out & back, observing a couple runners almost trip themselves up, Rahsaan quietly says, "my lower back is killing me." I checked beside me and asked, "You good?" He quickly responded with, "Fuck no." Welllll alright, game plan here is to keep the pace and aim to kick it the final lap. I knew he was hurting based on that response, so I decided to have as much fun as possible for the remaining 2.5 kilometers to keep the energy up. As we approached and hit the last turn, I raised my arms to hype the squad of friends & homies we had cheering for us, and Rahsaan obviously felt well enough to dabb on 'em mid-stride.
The next to last lap always sucks... It's like you're more than halfway yet still nowhere near done. But fortunately, we both knew we could hold the pace, so we just put it into auto-pilot. Coming into the line to begin Lap 5, I went wide to give some high-fives to the sideline and, ooop, wait... yep, I started "dry-heaving," my classic move/reaction if I get a little too psyched or run a little too quick. I turned and noticed I'd sped up by maybe 5 meters from Rahsaan, which triggered the dreaded gag reflex. Woo-sah, back to the pace, and luckily it chilled out... for now.
Now we're talking. Let's get this shit over with! Only 1 kilometer to go, so might as well make it quick. Hairpin done, lonely stretch to the cheer sections done, now to just coast home with Rahsaan since we haven't seen Ray in 2 laps. And just as we're about to do that, "Zooooom!" goes Robby of Black Roses NYC sprinting passed us. Considering we passed him over a lap ago and I gave him a nice, encouraging SLAP on the ass, I was more than surprised. And he was going for more than a finish, he was definitely making sure he finished ahead of us.
Shiiiiiiiit. That's when I started sprinting to make up the ground, catching Robby with about 10 meters to go and finishing #ResidentRoses style, side-by-side - smiling the whole way!
That's also when I knew I was about to throw up.
Ask any runner, there are few things better than crossing the finish line of a race. And for me, that was true for a couple reasons:
- I knew we'd broken 19 minutes, which was our only broad goal.
- The relief of running that hard and then coming to a stand-still feels like heaven.
- I started throwing up 3-4 ounces of the pre-race beer I had IMMEDIATELY upon crossing the line.
And even better, seeing countless faces of runners & friends, all there for the same reason and with the same achievement - running the Redhook Crit 5k. Everyone exhausted, and I mean everyone. After getting that last little bit out and hygienically wiping my mouth with my singlet, we all started hugging, laughing, congratulating, and enjoying the rewards of the last 5 kilometers.
And that's the Red Hook Crit 5k - where #runwithfight means you leave it on the course. Energy and beer.
For more great photos of the men's & women's races (that's right, don't forget the women crushed 5k right before the boys) check out the Red Hook Crit 5k photo gallery by Zach Hetrick and the Red Hook Crit 5k photo gallery by Peter Thompson. If we missed crediting you for a photo or mis-credited someone's photo, please let us know. With all the amazing photos that flooded in post-race, it was tough keeping them straight!