The Brooklyn Running Company was founded in the Fall of 2013. We are Brooklyn’s only independent and owner-operated running shop. 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!

Matthew Byrne (Co-Founder)photo

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.

Wil Cramer

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!

Steve Crnic

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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 tearing up the roads with his co-manager, Wil. Make no mistake about it folks, Steve is driven, always in pursuit of fast times and the perfect photo. A fiery competitor both athletically and intellectually, Steve is a regular renaissance man.

Favorite Spot to Run: Continuous loops of Prospect Park

Current Favorite Shoe: Brooks Ghost

If I weren’t running, I would be: watching movies or lounging at the beach.

Kaitlyn DiBello

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.

Mack Exilus

Mack holds a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. He is a native New Yorker. He’s been a teaching artist in NYC for ENACT, teaching students social and emotional behavioral skills. He has also worked as a lead counselor for Wediko summer camp taking similar issues.  

Mack has his masters in mental health counseling and clinical psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. He recently finished up his externship at Rikers Island as a Mental Health clinician, working with young men in the correctional system.

Mack was a late bloomer when it comes to running. Having never ran for his high school or in undergrad he found out his love for running in 2008 after going on a long run in Troy, NY. In 2011 he ran his first half in NJ. Since then he has run four more half and completed 5 marathons.  

Running for me has always been a great way for me to meditate in motion. I can always find my center when I’m in motion. Running is my therapy.

Favorite Running Shoe: of all time, Brooks Ghost

Favorite Place to Run: the Westside Highway never gets old. I also love running the two bridges: BillyBurg and Manhattan as a nice 7-mile loop.

If I weren’t running i would be… riding my bike throughout the city.

Kevin Iboy

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 Vomero

Lexi Lang

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.

Yuka O’Connor

Born in Japan, Yuka has been a NYC resident since 1995 and currently lives in Greenpoint Brooklyn.  Yuka used to be a Wall Street banker and worked in New York and Tokyo for over 20 years. While she was thinking to leave the industry and be a stay home mom, she saw Brooklyn Running Company was hiring.  That made her make up her mind to leave her corporate job and be part of something she loves (running!).

Yuka graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in Shibuya Tokyo, where she was a member of ski club and spent most of her winter breaks at the Okushiga Koken ski resort where the Nagano Olympics were held.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in French literature, Yuka moved to the US to get an MBA degree and studied at Cornell University where she met her husband Teddy.

Favorite Spot to Run: Loop around the imperial palace in Tokyo, Williamsburg Bridge of course, Brickell Key Drive all the way to Hobie Island Beach in Miami

Current Favorite Shoe: Nike Pegasus 35, Nike Pegasus Turbo

If I weren’t running, I would be: baking and spending time with my young son Shogo, her husband Teddy and her dog Rokubei.

Kate Reese

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.

Justin Russell

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

 

Sergio Soto

 

I was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia and at the age of 7 we moved to Queens, New York. No one in my family was a runner, in fact I grew up playing soccer. I joined the Long Island City H.S. Cross Country team. My H.S. didn’t have a track team so during the winter I was part of the Swimming team and in the Spring I ran with the Nike Running Club. I ran with NRC whenever I could even began putting two day runs.

I fell in love with the sport and decided that I would continue running in college.

When I was at City College of New York I pretty much ran every event from the 800 to the 10k. Occasionally the coach will throw me with the sprinters to run the 4×400.

Hungry to keep getting faster I joined Central Park Track Club during the summer and also decided to take a year off to work and train.

During the Fred Lebow XC Championship race I got to meet Alberto Salazar who coached me and got the chance to do track with workouts with Jordan Hasay, Trenier Moser, Dathan Ritz, and Galen Rupp.  Being part of the Nike Oregon Project was a lifetime experience.

Many people wonder how these runners get so good at running so it was my duty to share this with the running community. I pursue to getting certified as a Coach and helping runners get faster and keeping them healthy. I founded Strides NYC April 2016 to provide runners with the space to train to finish their first race, get a BQ, and/or qualify for the Olympic trials. am open to any questions and always looking forward to meeting runners of all levels.