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.