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" When moving to NY I worried about access to countryside, running in it in particular. Then I found The Brooklyn Trail Runners. Torr is an amazing organizer and motivator and makes sure that everyone feels welcome. I've run on some great trails with them - Bear Mountain, Brooklyn beach run/swim, camping weekend in upstate NY and of course Prospect and Central parks. Great fun and great people. "

Elana Moore | Jan 12th, 2017.

" The runs are a great mix of seeing familiar and new faces; sometimes 25-30 people come and sometimes, if the weather is "bad," it can just be you and the trail leader. Like trail running itself, you never know exactly what you're going to get, but you can bet that you won't regret coming out to a BTR run. "

Anh-Tuan Tran | Dec 5th, 2016.

" The Brooklyn Trail Runners are more than a running a group - it's a community of people who share a love for the outdoors, nature, and upstate travel. I've never felt more encouraged to run! BTR and Torr (organizer and founder), have connected me with some amazing people and friends. "

Amanda Ghanooni | Oct 26, 2016.

" The Brooklyn Trail Runners are the only group I've ever run with consistently, and for one reason: it's the best. Every week we explore new trails in and out of the city, and they're always beautiful. It's nice having this outlet and being a part of an outdoor running community in the middle of one of the craziest and most congested cities on earth.

Torr, BTR's founder and main group leader, is really friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable, and he accommodates all levels of runners. I can't recommend this group highly enough. "

Katie Liederman | Oct 5, 2015.

" This is a great way to meet people and run on some fabulous trails in the New York City area. The team running the group have a very good knowledge of trailheads within a short train or car ride of the city.

So far I've run exclusively with run leader Torr who really cares that people have a good time sharing his love of trail running and the outdoors.

The Brooklyn Trail Runners are very welcoming to people from any borough or city or country (i.e. you don't have to live in Brooklyn). Get out and run. "

Bill Sycalik | Sep 4, 2015.

" BTR is the best excuse to get out of the city to enjoy some beautiful trails. And they organize some of the greatest weekend runs! "

Cynthia Tobar | Aug 28, 2015.

" The BK Trail Runners are awesome. If you like running trails, and are in or around NYC, and you aren't a member, you're doing it wrong! "

  Ryan Deussing | Aug 27, 2015.

 

Weekly Trail Runs

Monday Mornings - 7:15 AM - Trail Scraps - 5 miles scavenging around Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Wednesday Nights - 7:15 PM - cenTRAIL Park Headlamp Run - Central Park, Columbus Circle, Manhattan

Friday Nights - 7:30 PM - Headlamp Run- 6.5 miles on South Mountain Reservation, Millburn, New Jersey

Monthly Trail Runs

1st Saturday - 10 AM - Trail bRUNch - 4 miles on trail Prospect Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn

1st Sunday - 10 AM - Trail bRUNch - 2 hours (1 Hour out and 1 hour back) on the Palisades Long Path, Washington Heights, over the GW Bridge to Fort Lee, New Jersey

2nd Saturday - 10 AM - Trail bRUNch - 6 miles on trail at Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale Park, the Bronx

2nd Sunday - 11 AM - Beach Run Ft.Tilden, Queens

3rd Saturday - 10 AM - Singletrack Sistas ( Women Only Trail Run ) - 10 miles on the Palisades Long Path, Washington Heights, over the GW Bridge to Fort Lee, NJ

 
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Any questions, about headlamps, trail running, trail races, running form, directions, whatever. Contact us at: runfree@brooklyntrailrunners.org

Brooklyn Trail Runners Log: Wednesday, November, 30th 2016.

A mega-storm raged around us... After about the first mile, we gave up on trying to avoid the giant puddles that were everywhere. We took solace in the fact that we would be completely and utterly soaked, heads to toes and on the inside of our trusty old Hokas. For the first time ever, we were actually envious of the fact that Torr runs in sandals. He was easily able to tromp through the water soaked trails.

The trails in Van Cortland are normally so dry and hard packed that they were not able to absorb such a profuse amount of water in such a short time. There was virtually no mud, just 4�7 inches of resting water. It was raining so hard that the raindrops were blinding us, reflecting the light from our headlamps back into our eyeballs.

When it all was over and we were back up the hill in Riverdale, the celebration was on! We were offically hardcore-trail runners - haha ;)

Sunday, November 22nd. 20 miles on trail in Sleepy Hollow. Where: Meet at the Tarrytown, Metro North Station. When: 9:22 am. Trail Details: That?s right, get your mileage in! A run with a view! Run on a mild gravel trail through farmland, complete with cows, chickens, rolling hills, lakes, uber friendly deer, and cold water streams. This a training run for our December 5th trail race. - As always, we encourage all paces to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about the joy of trail running. If you can?t run 20 miles, run what you can, no worries! We'll make sure you get back to town. Via pubic transit: Take the 8:43 am Metro North Hudson Line from Grand Central to Tarrytown (arrives at 9:22 am). Travel time 39 minutes. There is a 3/4 mile walk to the trail head from the station. By Car: Put 1 Depot Plaza Tarrytown NY 10591 in your GPS Bag Drop/Etc: There is always a bush or a pile of leaves to stash your stuff in, just make sure everything important is on you while you run. After our adventure, we head back to JP Doyle's for brunch.

Saturday, November 14th. A 12 mile loop and a 6 mile loop on trail in Fahnestock State Park. Where: Cold Spring Metro North Train Station. When: 10:08 am Trail Details: We'll run the first 3 miles together, then those of you that want to run the 6 mile loop turn off, and the 12 milers continue. This trail varies from some technical hills, to gentle flats. Via pubic transit: Take the 8:48 am from Grand Central to Cold Spring. Train arrives at 10:08 am. 80 minutes travel time. From there, we split a cab/cabs for a 5 mile drive. Sometimes BTR members who own cars show up at this location. By Car: Put Market Street Cold Spring, NY, 10516 in your GPS. Bag Drop/Etc: There is always a bush or a pile of leaves to stash your stuff in, just make sure everything important is on you while you run. Sometimes BTR members who own cars show up at this location.

Saturday, September 12th, 25k (15.5) miles on the infamous Long Island Greenbelt Trail! Trail Details: Run from Plainview, Long island to Cold Spring Harbor and back 7.75 miles each way. This trail varies from mild flats to technical hills and roots. Just because this is Long Island, don't assume that this trail is flat. As always, we encourage all speeds to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about running trails and having fun! If you can?t run 15 miles and can only run 7, no worries! This trail is an "up and back", so you can just turn around. Where: Meet at the HIcksville Metro North Train Station. When: 9:10 am Via public transit: Take the 8:22 am Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station to Hicksville. Travel time 48 minutes. (Alternatively, you can take the LIRR from any station as long as you arrive on the 9:10 train.) There is a 5 mile cab ride to the trail head. Cost per car $8. If you are driving: The Hicksville Station is located on the corner of Newbridge Road & West Barclay Street in Hicksville, NY

Wednesday, September 9th, 4 miles on trail at Prospect Park. Headlamps are required.? As always, we encourage all speeds to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about running trails and having fun! Meet at the Double Windsor at 7:30 to drop off our bags. Then we run those trails!? (Watch out for crack dealers!) Afterwards, we head back to the Double Windsor, change and get drinks and food. The Double Windsor is right next to the 15th st (G, F) stop and the west side entrance to the park.

Wednesday, August 26th, 9 miles on the Palisades Park Long Path.. Headlamps are required. (This run is approx 2.5 on the bridge and 6.5 of trail). As always, we encourage all speeds to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about running trails and having fun! If you can?t run 9 miles and can only run 6, no worries! Meet at the south entrance of the GW bridge sidewalk on the Manhattan side at 7:30 pm. The entrance is near the corner of West 178th Street and Cabrini Boulevard. (Meet at the north entrance, if the south is closed.) Take the A train to 175th Street. If you live in Jersey, meet us at the trail head on the Jersey side at 7:45-ish.

Saturday, July 11th, 12 miles on the beach at Fort Tilden. We'll run 6 miles to Breezy Point Tip with beautiful views of Manhattan, then hangout play frisbee, swim, etc.. When we get bored, we'll run back to 116th street. Show up and we will accommodate you. We encourage all speeds to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about running on the beach and having a good time!

Friday, July 10th, 8 miles on the Palisades Park Long Path. Headlamps are required. (This run is approx 2.5 on the bridge and 5.5 of trail). Meet at 178th street in Manhattan, at the north sideway entrance to the George Washington bridge. As always, we encourage all speeds to join, no matter how fast or slow. This is about running trails and having fun! If you can?t run 8 miles and can only run 4, no worries! Show up and we will accommodate you.

Wednesday Night Headlamp run, June 10th, 8 miles on the Palisades Park Long Path. Meet at the south entrance of the GW bridge footpath in Manhattan at 7:30 pm (north entrance if the south is closed). Take the A train to 175th Street. If you live in Jersey, meet us at the trail head on the Jersey side 7:45-ish.

Sunday, June 7th, 4 miles on trail in Prospect Park. Meet at the Krupa Grocery at 11 am for bag drop. Then we run those trails! Afterwards, we head back to the Krupa Grocery for brunch.

Saturday, May 30th, 4 miles on trail in Prospect Park. Meet at the Double Windsor at 12 noon for bag drop. Then we run those trails! Afterwards, we head back to the Double Windsor for brunch.

Thursday, May 14th, 8 miles on the Palisades Park Long Path. Meet at the south entrance of the GW bridge footpath at 7:30 pm (north entrance if the south is closed). Take the A train to 175th Street. If you live in Jersey, meet us at the trail head on the Jersey side 7:45-ish.

Saturday, May 16th, the BK Trail Runners compete in the Brooklyn Half Marathon. This is a great race with a ton of after parties! Enjoy everyone! (believe it or not, this course can be run mostly "on trail" if you stay on the dirt path in prospect park and on the grass divider on the ocean parkway).

Saturday, May 9th, the Brooklyn Trail Runners competed in the Greenbelt 50k. What a great day!

Saturday, May 2nd, the BK Trail Runners competed in the North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday Night Headlamp run, April 29th, 13.5 miles on the Palisades Park Long Path. Meet at the south entrance of the GW bridge footpath at 7:30 pm (north entrance if the south is closed). Take the A train to 175th Street. If you live in Jersey, meet us at the trail head on the Jersey side 7:45-ish.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 The Brooklyn Trail Runners competed in the Washington, D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Races, 50 miler and 50k.

Wednesday Night Headlamp Run, April 15th, 2015 Brooklyn Trail Runners run 13.5 miles on trail on the Palisades Long Path. Meet at entrance of the GW bridge foot path at 8pm. Take the A train to 175th Street.

Wednesday Night Headlamp Run, Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 Brooklyn Trail Runners ran 13.5 miles of the Palisades Long Path

Sunday, April 5th, 2015 Brooklyn Trail Runners ran:The Easter Palisades Long Path Trail Run

Sunday, March 26th, 2015 The Brooklyn Trail Runners competed in the The Paumonok 70K Trail run & relay