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Race Report: Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon 2013

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2013 Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon medals and bib. (Photo: NYCRUNS)

The Yonkers Marathon is the second oldest marathon in the U.S., running for the 88th time on September 29, 2013. The race has a storied history going back to Thanksgiving Day in 1907. Two-time Olympic marathoner John Kelley dubbed it the “marathoner’s marathon” and the moniker stuck.

The Yonkers Marathon has gone through many iterations and course changes over the years. After its initial run from 1907-1917, the race died, but was resurrected in 1935. It’s been run every year since. In decades past, the race was home to the national championships and Olympic Trials. Running legend Ted Corbitt ran the race 26 times.

This year, nearly 800 runners finished the Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon. I used the marathon as a 20-mile training run for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20, and my final test to help me decide if I would stick with the marathon or switch to the half marathon there. Read the rest of this entry →


Oct 2013

Why Every Race Needs Women’s Cut Running Shirts

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Smiles for women’s cut race shirts at the 2012 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. (Photo: runDisney)

An Open Letter To Race Directors Everywhere

Dear Race Directors,

Earlier this year, runDisney announced they are offering women’s cut running shirts at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon in addition to the “unisex” race shirts they’ve handed out for the last 20 years.

Women all across the U.S. shouted a collective “Amen!” to Disney’s news. Why? We’ve been grumbling about this for years: under our breath, to other runners, and, on occasion, to you.

Disney recognized what you should too: women now account for the majority of runners. The tide has turned and women are the main driver in the current running boom.

So here are all of the reasons why you should have women’s cut running shirts at your next major race as part of your registration kit. Read the rest of this entry →

Running Races To Remember 6 Years And Counting

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The Walt Disney World Marathon (Photo: Marathon Foto)

Last week marked the sixth anniversary of my very first running race back in 2007. Last fall, I chronicled how I went from a person who loathed running to someone who loves it. How much do I love it? Over these last six years, I’ve run 53 running races with number 54, the UnitedHealthcare Providence Half Marathon, in one week and numbers 55, 56 and 57 already on the books.

Looking back at six years of racing, it occurred to me that certain races have a special place in my heart. Every runner has that race they look forward to every year, the race they’ve always dreamed of running, the race that moved them in unexpected ways. These are mine.

So without further ado, here are my “Races to Remember,” the running races that left the biggest impressions on me, culled from my six years out there on the road.

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An Emotional Run For Boston At Run For The Parks

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Many runners wore Boston sports gear at the Run For the Parks race in Central Park. (Photo:

Over 6,000 runners took to the roads of New York City’s Central Park on Sunday to run for Boston at the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4-Miler.

The annual event was New York Road Runners’ first race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, so the organization, which puts on the ING New York City Marathon, transformed the event into a run for Boston.

Thousands of the runners donned blue “I Run For Boston” shirts, which NYRR provided to participants who gave a $20 donation to The One Fund Boston for families most affected by the attack.

Others wore black ribbons, “I Run For Boston” bibs, Boston Marathon shirts and jackets, and an assortment of Boston fan gear including Red Sox baseball caps, Celtics jerseys and Bruins shirts.

My husband and I were among them, dressed in our “I Run For Boston” shirts, “I Run For Boston” bibs and black ribbons. Read the rest of this entry →


Apr 2013

Run For Boston: What Are You Doing?

Run for Boston, Boston strong, One Fund Boston, Boston MarathonRunners have taken to the streets and to the internet to show their support for everyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

So I wanted to share two ways to run for Boston that I’ll be taking part in—one live event in New York City and one virtual event that anyone, anywhere can join. Both runs will benefit The One Fund Boston, a coalition of corporations and individuals that aims to help the families most affected by the attack.

Run For Boston Anywhere In The World

On Monday, April 22, I’m joining NYCRUNS for Runners For Relief: A Virtual 5K Supporting Boston Marathon Bombing Victims. Read the rest of this entry →


Apr 2013

Race Report: Yonkers Half Marathon & Marathon 2012

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Enjoying the Yonkers waterfront.

Yonkers Half Marathon & Marathon History

Located directly north of New York City on the Hudson River, Yonkers is one of those not-so-small “small towns” with nearly 200,000 residents. It’s not exactly Mayberry, but compared to the monster that is NYC, it’s a hamlet. Much the same thing can be said about the Yonkers Marathon & Half-Marathon. With just 1,000 registrants for both races combined, it truly has the feel of a hometown race, unlike the behemoth that is the ING New York City Marathon.

The Yonkers Marathon has a storied history as the second-oldest marathon in the country behind Boston. Read the rest of this entry →

New York Harriers ‘Go Run’ Randall’s Island 5K

Hey New Yorkers! Looking for a 5K to race this weekend? Look no further than Randall’s Island!

The New York Harriers, my very own running team, is putting on 5K this Saturday, June 30 at 8 a.m. This is no ordinary 5K: it’s sponsored by Skechers ‘Go Run’ and features a USATF certified course that begins and ends at Icahn Stadium, a world class facility that hosts IAAF track and field events like the Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League. Read the rest of this entry →


Jun 2012

26.2 Miles in Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Marathon Debuts

Runners in Brooklyn's Prospoect Park. Photo by Karla Bruning.

Brooklyn is toeing the line. The inaugural Brooklyn Marathon kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 a.m. in Prospect Park. In the tradition of New York City marathons, this one has humble roots. The race is capped at 350 runners and the course is contained entirely in Prospect Park, the crown jewel of the borough’s park system. But founder Steve Lastoe hopes it’s just the beginning for this fledgling race.

“I want a race that’s organically part of Brooklyn,” Lastoe said on The New York Running Show, a podcast where I’m, at times, a panelist. “I want this race to be loved by Brooklyn.”

New York City could certainly use another marathon. The ING New York City marathon, the largest in the world, had more than 148,000 applicants for its 45,000 spots in the 2011 race. The demand amongst runners is plentiful, but the supply isn’t. Read the rest of this entry →


Nov 2011

Knowing Better Is One Thing, Doing Better Is Another

Karla at the NYRR New York Mini (left) and at the NYRR Team Championships (right). Photos by Phil Hospod and Anne Hospod.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was…well, you get the idea. Such was my own tale of two races.

We all have ups and downs when it comes to running. One minute we are trudging up the hill, both literally and metaphorically, the next we are sailing down it. But the difference between the best of times and worst of times is often a matter of execution.

Knowing better is one thing. Doing better is another. This summer, I learned that the hard way. With the NYRR Team Championships on August 6, I tried to heed my tale of two races and come out with a personal best. Read the rest of this entry →


Aug 2011

The Inaugural Brooklyn Marathon Arrives This Fall

Didn’t get into the ING New York City Marathon? Want to run another marathon in New York City in the fall? The inaugural Brooklyn Marathon hopes to fill the void.

The popularity of the ING New York City Marathon is staggering. More than 148,000 people applied for the 45,000 spots in the 2011 race. Clearly, there are more marathoners who want to run New York than there are races to satisfy them.

Enter Steve Lastoe and Lastoe founded NYCRUNS in 2009 as an online resource for New York area runners, which includes a comprehensive metro-area race calendar, tools for local clubs, and race registration. (I have been a contributor to since 2010.)

Lastoe and fellow race director Michael Ring dreamed up the Brooklyn Marathon as a “love letter” to the borough, and to meet the demand of the many marathoners who want to race in New York City. Read the rest of this entry →


Jul 2011

National Running Day Events In NYC

Photo courtesy of New York Road Runners

National Running Day is tomorrow, June 1! Get out there and celebrate as runners do—with a run. Here are just a few free National Running Day events in New York City:


What: Team In Training and NYCRUNS 5K Fun Run

NYCRUNS, JackRabbit Sports and Team In Training will run as one for National Running Day. Join them for a fun run in Central Park, followed by post run refreshments (including beer) and more at JackRabbit Sports.

When: Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Meet at JackRabbit Sports Upper West Side, 140 West 72nd Street in Manhattan before the run in Central Park, Manhattan Read the rest of this entry →

NYC Running Scene at JackRabbit NYC Running Show

NYC Running ShowWant to learn more about the diversity of events, races and clubs offered for runners in the New York metropolitan area? Come on down to the JackRabbit NYC Running Show on Saturday, April 23 for a special NYC Running Scene panel presented by and moderated by yours truly.

I’ll be leading a discussion with a collection truly knowledgeable local runners who will talk about the bounty of options New Yorkers have at their feet from Westchester down to Staten Island, including trail running, cross-country races and track events in addition to the many road races NYC offers. They’ll talk about the plethora of choices when it comes to running clubs, and they’ll field all of your burning questions. Read the rest of this entry →

NYCRUNS Presents The FADES & Lady Southpaw for ‘Running Rocks!’

nycrunsMost people who read my blog long enough know that I’m a runner and a rocker. So I’m really happy to announce that my band, The FADES, will be joining runner and rocker extraordinaire Lady Southpaw for a super special show on Sunday, March 20 at 4 pm: Running Rocks! NYCRUNS Presents Lady Southpaw and The Fades!

The FADES are largely comprised of New York Harriers, and those of you on the New York Road Runners race circuit may have seen us perform or sing a national anthem from time to time. We play ’80s covers. Why? Because the ’80s rocked, and if the popularity of the Rock ‘n’ Roll race series proves anything, it’s this: rocking and running just go together. The FADES play the sound track for a million long runs done right and as many nights out. Read the rest of this entry →


Mar 2011

The Social Runner with NYRR and NYCRUNS

NYRR, NYCRUNS, Social Media WeekIt’s Social Media week all across the world, but here in New York I’m moderating a panel called The Social Runner featuring Sean Haubert,Social Media Manager for New York Road Runners (NYRR), Steve Lastoe,Founder of NYCRUNS and Kai MacMahon, the man behind They’ll be in the hotseat answering questions about all things social media and running.

If you’ve ever Tweeted a PR, shared race photos on Facebook or checked into Central Park on Foursquare, this is the panel for you.

Come on down and join us.

When: Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4 pm

Where: Jack Rabbit Sports

42 West 14th Street, New York, NY

(212) 727-2980

How: Register here


Feb 2011

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