The Brooklyn Running Company was founded in the Fall of 2013. Brooklyn is our home and we are Brooklyn’s running specialty shop destination of choice. We are independent and owner-operated and our mission is to be a resource and community hub for the entire NYC running community.
Our expert staff is knowledgeable in shoe fitting and gait analysis with a focus on injury prevention. Come visit with us and share your stories. We’ll get you laced up properly and hitting the roads in no time at all!
Matt Byrne (Co-Founder)
Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Matt earned his footwear fitting stripes in the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia, PA. Matt was a member of the Philadelphia Runner team and managed their West Philly location for three years before returning home to Scranton in 2010. That Summer, Matt turned the key to the Scranton Running Company’s doors for the first time, Co-Founding that store with Matt Rosetti in August 2010. Still leading the charge in Scranton, Matt oversees all aspects of the store’s operations. However, with the opening of the Brooklyn Running Company, Matt has been wearing out his tires on Route 80 and spending time in his now second home: Williamsburg, NYC.
Matt’s product knowledge and ability to outfit a customer in the appropriate running or walking shoe is unsurpassed. When not at the Scranton Running Company, Matt can be found running the streets and trails of Scranton, starting and ending in his favorite place in the world: Minooka, PA.
While at Scranton High School, Matt set the school record in the 3200 meters (it still stands) and earned three-time All-State honors. At St. Joseph’s University, he won three individual Atlantic 10 Conference championships and was recently inducted into the University’s Track & Field Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, Matt turned his attention to longer distances, winning Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon in 2004, 2006, and again in 2012. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2004 and once again in 2008. He has also represented the United States in the World Mountain Running Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2011. With his competitive career winding down, Matt now spends more time on the other side of the starting line, wearing the race director hat and waving a starter’s pistol. Matt spearheads organizational efforts for the Scranton Half Marathon as well as a variety of other community friendly running events in Northeastern, PA. Matt currently resides in the East Mountain section of Scranton with his wife, Sommer, and daughter, Vella.
Born and bred in Atlanta, GA, Wil began running in middle school as an attempt to burn off some residual baby fat. What began as a childhood weight loss endeavor has developed into a lifelong love of running. Wil earned All-City honors for the Grady High School track and cross country teams before matriculating at Villanova University, outside of Philadelphia, PA, where he continued to compete on the local racing scene. Today, even though he has not run a marathon (yet), Wil still considers himself a “real runner” and enjoys mixing it up in foot races ranging from one mile to the half marathon.
After spending the previous eight years as the General Manager and “Grand Shoe-Bah” at Atlanta’s West Stride Running, this ATLien landed with the Brooklyn Running Company team in 2016 to oversee daily operations and manage the footwear assortment. A self-professed shoe nerd and lover of all things sneaker, Wil loves talking kicks and helping BRC visitors select the best shoes and gear for their needs.
When not running, talking about running, or thinking about running, Wil and his wife, Lauren, enjoy exploring NYC, trying new restaurants (recommendations are always welcome), and consuming as much popular culture and garbage TV as they possibly can!
Raised in New Fairfield, CT, Steven Franjo Crnic was born for a life in the fast lane. As a wee lad, Steve was known for gliding speedily and effortlessly across frozen ponds with nets on either side with a stick in his hands in an effort to get a cylindrical piece of rubber in said nets. A practice embraced by those primarily to the north of the BK as “hockey.” But Steve grew tired of smaller pastures, desiring absolute freedom and no speed limit. Living In Japan and Australia for a combined 5 years during his childhood gave him a new perspective on life, and a wicked Australian accent for that matter. He realized that the world was best seen on the roads rather than in the ice rink. In high school he shed his pads and skates for a pair of spikes and he never looked back, eventually landing himself a spot on the Cross Country and Track teams at New York University. During his time at NYU, Steve realized he preferred burning rubber to kicking up dust, becoming a metric mile (1500 meter) specialist on the track.
Graduating with a degree in Media and Communications in the spring of 2015, Steve took a job as events and marketing manager at the Brooklyn Running Co. with a special focus on marketing, social media, and community outreach. When Steve isn’t planning events, taking pictures of his outrageously good-looking colleagues for social media platforms, or fitting loyal patrons for shoes, you can probably find him #RunningBrooklyn.
Kate is the grizzled veteran of Brooklyn Running Company, having gotten her start in the running specialty industry way back in 2008. When not helping runners of all levels and abilities find the perfect gear, she can be found coaching track and cross-country at Haverford College.
Kate was an avid soccer player through college before hanging up her cleats and trying her hand (er, foot) at distance running. She ran mid-distance and distance at Haverford College and has her eye on Master’s level domination.
Kate has her US Track and Field Level 1 Certification and is working hard toward becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She loves nothing more than to talk about training and is always excited to chat about best practices!
Matthew Rosetti (Co-Founder)
Born in Scranton, PA, Matt has been a New York City resident since 1998. He’s logged more miles in the parks and on the roads and bridges of the NYC than he can even recall. Matt works in finance and helped bring the Brooklyn Running Company to life!
Matt graduated from Scranton High School and then from Lehigh University, where he was captain of both the track and cross-country teams. He is (at least his mom thinks so) an accomplished runner and dabbled in the competitive triathlon circuit, once finishing third at the Miami Man Triathlon. Matt also won the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in New York’s Central Park, but it was so long ago that the internet no longer maintains proof that it actually happened. He also finished second in Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon and has competed in the New York City, Boston and Cal International marathons. Curveball: Matt is a published author: The Worst of Sports (Random House, September 2007) and Lead Designer for RunBK Apparel.
When Matt’s not at the store he is out on the roads with his young daughter, Juliet, pursuing the impossible dream of trying to make running with a baby jogger look cool.