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Long Runs

FRNY offers hosted long runs every weekend for members looking for organized runs over 10 miles. Each long run offers multiple distance options, typically ranging from 12 - 20 miles. FRNY will provide beverages and bagels after the run.

Long runs are hosted by a different FRNY member each weekend who volunteers their home.  This is a great way to learn new running routes and explore the City. Check out our schedule of upcoming host locations.  Members must please sign in using the Member Login link above or click here.

Long runs e-mails are restricted to FRNY members only. Due to private information such as host addresses, the only way to subscribe to this weekly update is via the FRNY website.

If you are not yet a member of FRNY, you can sign up for all club communications (Brooklyn, Indoor/Outdoor Workouts, Long Runs, Multisport, Front Runner Gram) at Membership Signup.

If you're already a member, to add yourself to any club communications, including Long Run E-mails:

1. Click on Member Login or at the top of the page.

2. Once you log in, you'll be brought to the login welcome page. Click on "Sign up to receive our weekly updates" at the bottom of the page.

If you're having problems receiving e-mails despite having signed up, make sure to check your Spam filters and settings.Mails are sent via Constant Contact, which some e-mail services may suspect to be junk mail.

FAQs

When are long runs?

Long runs occur every weekend, typically Sunday mornings at 9 AM. During hot summers, they’ll be run earlier at 8AM before it gets too hot. Occasionally they're on Saturdays, so make sure to check the RSVP page and weekly long run for details

Where are long runs?

Long runs are hosted by FRNY members, so they change location every week. 80% of them start in Manhattan, mainly because the majority of FRNY members live in Manhattan. The courses and start locations will vary weekly to keep long runs from getting stale.

The host location and routes will be published online and via the weekly long run e-mail in the days before the run. The weekly e-mail will include the host address, all course notes, maps, start time, and occasional brilliant musings from the long run director.

Weekly Long Run e-mail? Where do I sign up for this magical list?

Long runs e-mails are restricted to FRNY members only. Due to private information such as host addresses, the only way to subscribe to this weekly update is via the FRNY website.

If you are not yet a member of FRNY, you can sign up for all club communications (Brooklyn, Indoor/Outdoor Workouts, Long Runs, Multisport, Front Runner Gram) at Membership Signup.

If you’re already a member, to add yourself to any club communications, including Long Run E-mails:

1. Click on Member Login or at the top of the page.

2. Once you log in, you’ll be brought to the login welcome page. Click on “Sign up to receive our weekly updates” at the bottom of the page.

If you’re having problems receiving e-mails despite having signed up, make sure to check your Spam filters and settings. Mail is sent via Constant Contact, which some e-mail services may suspect to be junk mail.

What do I need to do before a long run?

Each week there is a signup sheet (the RSVP page) that you can access here. While you can still show up if you haven’t remembered to sign up on line, we ask that you RSVP and indicate your intended distance and rough pace so that other people can plan to partner up with you for the run. It’s also helpful for the host to know in advance how many runners to accommodate

What should I bring to a long run?

Long runs will always provide bag drop, so feel free to bring a bag and a pair of clean clothes to change into. This is more important during the winter months when you might want something warm to change into after the run. You might also want to bring GU or some other form of nutrition to fuel yourself during the run, as well as a hydration system (water bottle, hydration belt, CamelBak, etc.).

What should I carry on the long run itself?

For the run itself it is always advised that you carry identification, your metro card, a credit card, and some cash. During times of extreme weather (heat, cold, ice), you may have to cut the long run short. Always make sure that you have the tools necessary to get back safely. Some cash helps if you plan on stopping for Gatorade or water along the run. Just do the lovely bodega workers a favor and place the bill in a small plastic bag so that it’s not soaked in your sweat.

How long are long runs?

Because people are often on different training plans, there is normally a range of distances every weekend. The options normally include 11, 15, and 20-mile distances. For those running for time (e.g. following Daniels marathon plans), feel free to follow the mapped courses for whatever distance fits your time/pace schedule

I’m not yet up to those distances. Can I run shorter?

Not a problem. If you want to run with the group, feel free to start with the group and then cut the course short. Just make sure you have a metro card or a way to get back. We don’t want you stranded in queens with no way to get back! You are also welcome to create your own route and run solo.

I'm not a big fan of the route planned out for this week, but I'd still like to attend.

Sure! Show up and use the long run host apartment for bag drop (and bagels after), and run your own favorite route. Run it alone, or talk to other runners in the group to run with you.

What happens if I need to use the facilities in the middle of a long run?

You’re a grown up, so I hope you can figure this one out. But just in case you can’t: The long run routes will undoubtedly pass a Starbucks, a deli or some other place you can pop in to use a restroom. Chances are your fellow runners will happily take a break with you.

Will there be people my pace?

All paces are welcome. Long runs normally have runners running from 7:00 pace to 13:00 pace. Please make sure to RSVP with your rough pace so that others can find a nice group to run with. During the buildup to fall marathons, upwards of 30 people will be in attendance. Very few people every run alone.

Do you provide maps of the run?

There will always be hard copy maps for runners who don't know the route. The routes will be posted in advance so that you can familiarize yourself with the course ahead of time. It is always your responsibility to know where you’re going!  All routes are created using MapMyRun. If you run with a smartphone and get lost easily, you can install the MapMyRun iOS / Android app and download the course to your phone.

What happens at the end of the long run?

Head back to the host apartment for some refreshments and calories. Each week the long run director and host will do their best to provide refreshments -- fluids, bagels, maybe coffee if you ask nicely… And beers if it’s hot enough outside. Then feel free to complain about the hills that you just ran over and enjoy the camaraderie of the other long runners in the group before casually posting on Facebook about how many miles you ran like it was nothing.

If you won’t be heading back to the host apartment, let someone know so that you’re accounted for.

What's the cost?

Nothing. Long runs are just one of the many benefits of being an FRNY member.

How can I volunteer to host a long run?

Contact longruns@frny.org if you'd like to host a long run.

What do I do as long run host?

Simple: open your doors to an awesome group of long runners. You can choose to run with them, as long as the first runners to return can get back into the apartment -- so leave your door unlocked, leave a spare key with the doorman (if you have one), or just make sure that you're the first to return.

Communicate with the long run director what time you’d like the run to start and how late you can keep your doors open. If you have any route recommendations that the group will like, make them known!

 

For specific questions, contact longruns@frny.org