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NYRR Group Training

Welcome to NYRR Group Training, with sessions for runners in both Manhattan and Brooklyn held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and evenings.

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 Turnover Tuesdays and Tempo Thursdays. Turnover Tuesdays focus on interval training (faster short runs with rest intervals between them) and hill repeats, while Tempo Thursdays primarily feature tempo runs (steady runs at a challenging effort) and fartlek (“speed-play”) workouts. Visit our training terms page to get a better understanding of each type of workout.

Runners are divided into compatible groups based on experience. In a mutually supportive and inspiring environment, you’ll meet like-minded runners and new training partners.

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The third of six eight-week sessions begin on Tuesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 5. Workouts will last about one hour. See the schedule of start dates and times.


Turnover Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park
Tempo Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park
For the second session, we are adding a beginner class at the Central Park Thursday morning session.


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

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

Bag check is available at both locations for all sessions.


Eight-week session, one workout per week:
NYRR members—$80 ($10/workout based on 8-week session)
Non-members—$100 ($12.50/workout based on 8-week session)

Eight-week session, two workouts per week:
NYRR members—$150 ($9.38/workout based on 8-week session)
Non-members—$180 ($10/workout based on 8-week session)

Session LocationTimeStart DateStatus
Beginners—TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.May 3Sold Out
Beginners—ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.May 5Open
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.May 3Sold Out
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.May 3Sold Out
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.May 5Sold Out
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.May 5Sold Out
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.May 3Sold Out
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.May 3Sold Out
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.May 3Open
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.May 3Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.May 5Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.May 5Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.May 3Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.May 3Open

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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