The Brooklyn Running Company was founded in the fall of 2013. With locations in Park Slope and Williamsburg, we are New York City’s only independent and owner-operated running shop. Our mission is to be a resource and community hub for the entire NYC running community and beyond.
Our expert staff is knowledgeable in shoe fitting and gait analysis with a focus on injury prevention. Come visit with us and share your running stories. We’ll get you laced up properly and hitting the roads in no time at all!
Matthew 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: BROOKLYN.
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, daughter, Vella and son Mike.
Steve has been with BRC since early 2014, a year after the shop in Williamsburg first opened. Steve grew up in North Carolina where he fell in love with the sport of hockey, telling everyone he’d one day play in the NHL. That never actually happened, but it set him on the path of a lifelong love of sports and athletics.
When Steve was 10, he and his family moved to Tokyo, Japan where he spent the next four years, learning to love living in a city environment and learning a minimal amount of the Japanese language. He attended St. Mary’s International School where he was first introduced to the sport of running after running a 300m race on “field day” at school.
After Steve moved back to the U.S., his family relocated to New Fairfield, Connecticut where he started running track and cross-country. Eventually, Steve would go on to study at New York University and run for their cross country and track programs while studying Media, Culture, and Communications while at University. His senior year, while injured (!), he stumbled across The Brooklyn Running Company at the recommendation of an old coach. He joined the team as a sales associate and has been with the team since.
Nowadays, Steve is a general manager of the BRC team and loves helping people engage with the sport of running and the communities that it fosters.
Favorite Running Shoe: Brooks Ghost 4
Favorite Place to Run: Endless loops of Prospect Park
If I’m not running, I would be… riding my bike or lounging at the beach.
Iliana “Ils” was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is an aspirational writer with dreams of “making it big” one day. When not busy writing, running or napping. She is mama to one budding tik- tok dancer and a math whiz/gamer.
Ils ran track all throughout high school specializing in the 400 and the 800. She’s had a love/hate relationship with the track ever since. When it was time for College she completely stopped running, and picked up cycling.
Running was reintroduced in 2010 after her first kid, and as more of a weight loss tool. However, it quickly transformed. Everyday, she would go out and challenge herself to go just a little farther, run a little faster, go a little longer. It became a game, and one that she absolutely loved. Always competing against herself. That was just over ten years ago, and really nothing has changed. Not only has running become a constant in her life, but it’s also become this metaphor for life. When the roads get tough, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there.
Favorite place to run: Shirley Chilsom park!
Favorite running shoe: Nike Zoomfly 3
Favorite food: Burgers
If I weren’t running I… would be hanging out with my kids, or my absolute favorite, Netflix in the background while I nap.
Favorite Running Shoe: Brooks Ghost 4
Favorite Place to Run: Endless loops of Prospect Park
If I’m not running, I would be… riding my bike or lounging at the beach.
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Mahopac NY and is the eldest of three. She received her undergraduate from the College of Saint Rose where she got a BS in childhood/special education with a concentration in English. She received her Masters from Pace University in literacy. She is currently a third grade teacher at a public school in Long Island City in addition to a fitting pro at Brooklyn Running Co.
She ran her first race at a 5th grade cross country meet and immediately caught the running bug. By 8th grade she was a member of our varsity team for both cross country and track. In high school she specialized in the 800m, mile and steeplechase. She competed for the College of Saint Rose where she made the jump to a being a pure distance runner. In college she specialized in the 5k and 10k and was a part of the cross country team that went to nationals twice. She ran for Westchester track for three years and ran her first marathon in NYC in 2016. She had the privilege of being a head cross country and track coach for Mahopac as well. Kaitlyn currently runs for North Brooklyn Runners and now specializes in the half-marathon and marathon.
When she’s not busy running or teaching, she loves to watch and play other sports. Her favorite team is the New York Rangers. She also enjoy learning new languages and is fluent in sign language.
Favorite Running Shoe: Asics GT-2000
Born in Spokane, Washington, Kellen decided to move to Brooklyn just a week after graduating early from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon back in December of 2019. Kellen ran track and cross-country growing up in between his more favored sports of basketball and golf.
After seeing some success in the sport, he’d go on to compete in both track and cross-country at Willamette University, where he simultaneously worked as an editor for their student newspaper, senator for their student government and studying both environmental science and politics.
Having specialized in the 10,000 meters in college and holding a 1:13 half-marathon PR from when he was 18 years old, Kellen is hoping to lower his PR’s on the roads while out in NYC. When Kellen isn’t going on a run with his dog Bandit or searching for an east-coast equivalent to Portland’s Forest Park, you can likely catch him obsessing over the result of a Gonzaga basketball game or Liverpool FC match.
Kellen also coaches at Mile High Run Club and will be looking to pursue his master’s in journalism in the near future.
Favorite Place to Run: Minto Brown in Salem, Oregon or Perry Trail in Spokane, Washington
Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka One One Clifton 7
Favorite Runner: Cam Levins (High mileage proud!)
If I weren’t running, I would be… watching Gonzaga or Liverpool at a dog friendly bar with his baby boy Bandit
Freshly fledged with a BS/MS degree in Exercise and Sports Science from LIU Brooklyn class of ‘19, Moni is an invaluable resource for (almost) any sports science knowledge you might need. She has lived in Brooklyn for 25 years and considers it home.
Moni grew up playing soccer and added lacrosse in her high school years. She began her running career when she was 29 years old. She was bit by the marathon bug and has completed 11 marathons since- 10 of which were the New York City Marathon itself. She frequently runs to raise money for a cause near and dear to her heart- for cystic fibrosis (CF) research. She has raised $30,000+ for the cf over the years and is a passionate supporter. Moni’s latest work for the community supports various social justice causes. Moni believes the key to her success as a runner has been in always listening to her body, giving it proper fuel and a pre-hab and rehab routine.
Favorite shoe to run in: Brooks Ghost (roads) & Hoka Speed Goat (trails)
Favorite places to run: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and the Pacific Northwest
When not running she enjoys: Running/hiking with her pup Beau, dog whispering, being a creative, and practicing meditation.
Raised in Astoria, NY, (northwest Queens), Kevin has been all over the running spectrum. His running career started in high school and continued into college at Marywood University, located in Scranton, PA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and ran competed for the cross country team. While living in the Electric City, he was also present for the grand opening of the Scranton Running Company and its success. Kevin holds a a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and looks to further his education.
Kevin started coaching cross country as an internship at his alma mater, and continued coaching cross country, track & field locally at Keystone College, until making his move back to the Big Apple in 2015. There he started coaching at The City College of New York, and with young kids at a private school, which sparked his passion for physical education. He graduated with his masters degree in physical education in December 2017 from Hofstra University. Kevin comes from a family of runners, and continues the legacy. So it is safe to say his blood is still running. Currently, he returned to running, and it has brought him to scenic and new places on this planet with more yet to come.
If I weren’t coaching, running, or teaching, you can find him planning out his next trip abroad, or trying out new beers and bars or doing both simultaneously.
Favorite Place to Run: Astoria Park, has a little bit of everything for everyone.
Favorite Running Shoe: Nike Pegasus 37
Hailing from northeast Ohio, I’ve always been extremely active – my sports roster includes ballet, gymnastics, water and snow skiing, horseback riding, aerial yoga, tennis, swimming, cycling, and most recently, running. As a late bloomer to the run game, I used running as a way to commute to the other sports. It wasn’t hard to fall quickly in love with running when I moved to Chicago after college, pacing up and down the endless streets that stole my heart.
As a self-proclaimed fashion stylist, I came to New York in the spring of 2017 to pursue editorial fashion at a professional level. Even though I may be the only person who considers Brooklyn to have a hilly terrain, the love for running has never dissipated – which is what brought me to Brooklyn Running Company where my two passions for running and fashion meet.
Favorite running shoe: Nike Zoom Fly
If I weren’t running, I would be: undoubtedly getting lost (literally) at the Met
Favorite place to run: Lake Front Trail in Chicago. Seeing the city emerge from the trees on a southbound run is unreal.
Sarah is a California born, Oregon raised, Brooklyn transplant who loves dogs and sunshine. Raised by runners, she grew up in and around the industry for many years before finally joining in 2016. Sarah loves running for the sheer joy of it and can often be found hyping up the next local race, especially if it has a good theme.
When she’s not running, Sarah spends her time cooking- after all, a runner’s gotta eat. She is currently taking classes at the International Culinary Institute and is a self-proclaimed baking enthusiastic with a penchant for sourdoughs and other pre-ferments. In addition to ICE, she accomplished her BA at Oregon State in English Language and Literature.
Current Favorite Running Shoe: Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Favorite Place to Run: Prospect Park
If I weren’t running… I’d be hiking with my husband, Zach, and my dog, Ollie!
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. 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 usually with his young daughter, Juliet, pretending he actually knows how to coach soccer.
Favorite Running Shoe: Still searching…
Favorite Place to Run: Barbados West Coast Beach
If I’m not running, I would be: Designing WARPN gear & coaching young athletes
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Joe has been in NYC since 2011. Originally moving to the city directly after undergrad to pursue a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Queens College, Joe only lasted a year in Queens before permanently relocating to Brooklyn.
A late comer to long distance running, Joe rediscovered love of the sport in 2017 after more than a decade hiatus (he ran track in high school) thanks in large part to his marathon running roommate, Sarah, and a then-recently kicked nicotine habit. He ran his first post-high school race in May 2018, running the Popular Brooklyn Half marathon.
Since rediscovering the sport, Joe has run a handful of half marathons and marathons, as well as other, more reasonably distanced races around the NYC area. As of April 2019 he OFFICIALLY qualified for the Boston Marathon, and really needs to find a new running goal now that he has achieved that particular dream.
When not at the store, Joe works as an accompanist for dance classes and a freelance musician around the city
Favorite Place to Run: Prospect Park loop! Always down for a new route, though
Favorite Running Shoe: Nike Zoom Fly 3 or Brooks Ravenna 10
Favorite Runner: Scott Jurek (vegan athletes unite!)
If I weren’t running, I would be… Finding a new Froze spot or online shopping for cute running apparel
Justin’s chronicle began as a maladroit, yet plucky child from Michigan. In order to harness his pure athleticism and maintain the appearance of a normal family, Justin’s parents put him in cross country at the ripe age of 11. Awkwardly striding through the woods in a pair of tiny shorts really identified with him, and a runner was born. His high school track and cross country career saw much acclaim within the pages of the local newspaper. Victories were often headlined alongside such breaking news as the time someone thought they saw Chris O’Donnell and the time someone was run over by a tractor. However, much like Olympic gymnasts, one can fly mighty high on their high school laurels, but this Icarus also got too close. And after a brief stint with Western Michigan University, they and Justin decided to part ways. It was totally a mutual break up and there is no reason to assume anything different.
He then worked as a handyman for subsidized housing and tried his hand at coaching for a nearby school. He enjoyed being close to the sport and, since he was only 19 years old, that the girls were soon to be of dating age. But after a couple of years the school’s athletic programs were no longer available and evictions are depressing, so Justin decided to move to the busting metropolis of Ann Arbor. Here he worked in a local running specialty store for almost a decade, all the while racing for various local track clubs.
However, the occasional ambition of Justin once again decided to drag itself out of bed. In a surprise move he enlisted in the Army. Here his propensity for racing became an advantageous trait, for once. His job as a counter-WMD specialist took him to all of the United States’ less desirable places, but also Korea. He dazzled the local populations with his gregarious nature and boyish charm (usually called immaturity).And after six years he was honorably discharged.
Justin now lives in Bushwick with his fiancé and attends St. Joseph College in Brooklyn, where he plans to once again spike-up for cross country season. He spends his time as an amateur cat whisperer to their two felines when he is not at school or working at the illustrious Brooklyn Running Company. He enjoys terrible puns and 90’s pop culture references. Justin still closely follows his beloved Michigan football and Detroit sporting teams, because quite like the Midnight Cowboy, this daisy-fresh New York resident remembers from where he came.
Favorite place to run: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, MI
Favorite Race: 1984 Olympic 800m Final
Favorite Runner: Haile Gebrselassie
Favorite Food: Sandwiches (Specifics are unnecessary)
Favorite Current Running Shoe: Nike Structure
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sam has been in NYC since 2017. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University where she got her BS in Exercise Science. She completed her Dietetic Internship at CUNY School of Public health and currently works as a Dietitian in a hospital in Brooklyn as well as a fitting pro at Brooklyn Running Co.
After college she began running and fell in love running around Philadelphia. She loves running as a way to introduce herself to a new city and see the area. She ran her first marathon in 2016 but feels more comfortable in the 15k to half marathon ranges.
When not at the store, Sam enjoys going to sporting events, traveling and is always on the lookout for the next good book.
Favorite Place to Run: Broad Street or the Central Park loop
Favorite Running Shoes: Hoka Clifton and Brooks Launch
If I weren’t running, I would be… at the beach