April Brown is a RRCA Level 1-certified coach, mentoring and training runners in the New York City area. Her professional career has focused in philanthropic work, especially in the areas of health. She discovered her love for running while working at the American Cancer Society, recruiting and cheering on dedicated athletes running to make a difference in the lives of others.
In 2009, she decided to join this dedicated group of charity runners and ran her first half-marathon and later her first NYC marathon. Since this time she has run multiple marathons and countless half-marathons. From 2011-2014, April was one of the running coaches of Team LUNA Chix NYC, sponsored by Clif Bar & Co. and dedicated to training women to run their first competitive race. LUNA Chix coached over 200 new and novice runners to meet their race goals by teaching form, speed and endurance, and best of all, introducing new athletes to this wonderful community of running.
In addition to running, April is an active cyclist, yoga enthusiast and boot-camp warrior. She has multiple Spartan races under her belt. She strongly believes that taking time to include other sports that you enjoy makes you a stronger runner. Cross training is key!
What is your favorite place to run in New York City?
Anywhere along water—every summer I especially look forward to the boardwalk on Rockaway Beach well before the beach goers come out (and also as some people are just going home from the night before!)
What is your favorite NYRR race?
Hands down, the TCS New York City Marathon, and the Popular® Brooklyn Half is a close second.
What is your personal running motto?
Forget about everyone else—it’s only you against you—and every run, good or bad, is a part of your amazing journey!