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NYRR Group Training

Welcome to NYRR Group Training, with sessions for runners being held in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Geared to runners of all levels, from newcomers to experienced competitive racers, the workouts offer camaraderie, coaching, and the inspiration that comes from running with others. Whether your goal is to become a runner, to run your first race, or to set a personal best, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you to pursue your goals and have fun.

NYRR Group Training will help you get stronger and faster with your choice of four different weekly sessions:

  • Turnover Tuesdays, which focus on interval training (faster short runs with rest intervals between them)
  • Mashup Wednesdays, which combine interval and tempo workouts
  • Track Workout Wednesdays, which concentrate on track intervals
  • Tempo Thursdays, which primarily feature tempo runs (steady runs at a challenging effort)

All sessions except Track Workout Wednesdays incorporate elements such as fartlek (“speed-play”) and hills. Visit our training terms page to get a better understanding of each type of workout, and meet the coaches who will be leading the workouts.

Every NYRR Group Training workout begins with a warm-up (including running technique work) and ends with a strength and stretching component. Each eight-week session will also include at least one time trial to gauge your improvement.

Runners are divided into compatible groups based on experience, including your best pace from recent NYRR races when applicable. In a mutually supportive and inspiring environment, you’ll meet like-minded runners and new training partners. (No more loneliness of the long-distance runner!)

Beginner Group
This separate section, with its own coaches and workouts, welcomes people who want to improve their overall fitness and have yet to run a non-stop mile. The eight-week session will introduce members to the world of running, with the goal of having them complete a 5K run (3.1 miles) by the end of the session. Initial workouts will include walking and easy jogging, preceded by a warm-up and followed by a stretching and strengthening component. No experience is required, and lots of encouragement is offered.

Please note: There will be no NYRR Group Training sessions on Thursday, November 24. Participants will not be charged for this session when signing up.

Eight-week sessions that precede major NYRR races like the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the Airbnb Brooklyn Half will feature specific training to prepare runners for those big events.

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The sixth of six eight-week sessions begins the week of Tuesday, November 1. Workouts will last about one hour. See the schedule of start dates and times. Session six will not meet on Thursday, November 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Turnover Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park
Track Workout Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m., East River Park
Mashup Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Astoria Park
Tempo Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park


Brooklyn—Prospect Park
Tuesday and Thursday: Near the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park

Manhattan—Central Park
Tuesday: Inside Engineers’ Gate, near Fifth Avenue and East 90th Street
Thursday: Near Columbus Circle at the USS Maine Monument

Manhattan—East River Park
Wednesday: At the benches on the west side of the track

Queens—Astoria Park
Wednesday: At the field house, between the track and the tennis courts

All workouts include a bag check area overseen by NYRR staff.


One workout per week:
Tuesday and Wednesday sessions:
NYRR members—$80 ($10/workout based on 8-week session)
Non-members—$100 ($12.50/workout based on 8-week session)
Thursday session:
NYRR members—$70 ($10/workout based on 7-week session)
Non-members—$90 ($12.85/workout based on 7-week session)

Two workouts per week (Tuesday and Thursday), excluding Thursday, November 24:
NYRR members—$140 ($9.33/workout based on 8-week session)
Non-members—$170 ($11.33/workout based on 8-week session)

Session 6
LocationTimeStart DateStatus
Beginners–TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Beginners–ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 3Open
Beginners–Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 1Open
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 3Open
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 3Open
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 1Open
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 1Open
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 3Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 3Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 1Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 1Open
Track Workout WednesdayEast River Park6:30 a.m.Nov. 2Open
Mashup WednesdayAstoria Park6:30 p.m.Nov. 2Open

Coaching Staff

John Honerkamp has coached runners of all ages and abilities for 16 years, including five years as an assistant coach at St. John’s University. He was a semifinalist in the 1996 Olympic Trials 800 meters and is an eight-time top-10 finisher at the USA National Championships. He is currently Senior Manager of Runner Products and Services at NYRR and the coordinator of the NYRR Virtual Trainer online coaching program. John’s personal bests include 1:47.26 (800m), 3:41.58 (1500m), and 30:04 (10K).

Stuart Calderwood has been a running coach for 31 years and is currently a coach of the NYRR Virtual Trainer program. His Laguna Beach High School boys’ cross-country team won the 1989 California state title. In 2013, he was the NYRR age 55-59 Runner of the Year and won that age group at the London Marathon. He holds USA age 50-54 track records at 25K and 30K and was a 2003 World Masters Championships marathon bronze medalist. Stuart has personal bests of 1:10:07 (half-marathon), and 2:28:05 (marathon).

Steve Mura is a coach of the NYRR Virtual Trainer program and coordinates the NYRR Pace Team. He has run six marathons, with a personal best of 3:03:04; he set his half-marathon personal best of 1:24:22 at the 2015 Airbnb Brooklyn Half. Steve received his Road Runners Club of America certification in 2014 and has coached hundreds of runners in person and online.

Gordon Bakoulis has coached runners since 1985 and is the founding coach of the Athena New York women’s team. She is a five-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier (1988–2004), twice finished among the top 10 women in the New York City Marathon, and was the NYRR 2000-09 Runner of the Decade. Gordon is the author of three books on running and has personal bests of 1:11:34 (half-marathon) and 2:33:01 (marathon).

Brian Hsia has coached with Team for Kids for five years and is a RRCA and USATF certified running coach. He was co-director of marathon training for the New York Flyers, one of NYC’s largest running clubs. Brian has completed more than 57 marathons and 10 ultramarathons to date and has the goal of finishing a marathon in each of the 50 states. Brian ran his marathon personal record of 2:54:42 at the 2010 Boston Marathon.

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