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NYRR Group Training

Welcome to NYRR Group Training, with sessions for runners in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Geared toward runners of all levels, from newcomers to experienced competitive racers, the workouts offer camaraderie, coaching, and the inspiration that comes from running with others. Whether your goal is to become a runner, to run your first race, or to set a personal best, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you to pursue your goals and have fun.

NYRR Group Training will help you get stronger and faster with your choice of four different weekly sessions:

  • Turnover Tuesdays, which focus on interval training (faster short runs with rest intervals between them)
  • Mashup Wednesdays, which combine interval and tempo workouts
  • Track Workout Wednesdays, which concentrate on track intervals (not available for this session)
  • Tempo Thursdays, which primarily feature tempo runs (steady runs at a challenging effort)

All sessions incorporate elements such as fartlek (“speed-play”) and hills. Visit our training terms page to get a better understanding of each type of workout, and meet the coaches who will be leading the workouts.

Every NYRR Group Training workout begins with a warm-up (including running technique work) and ends with a strength and stretching component.

Runners are divided into compatible groups based on experience, including your best pace from recent New York Road Runners races when applicable. In a mutually supportive and inspiring environment, you’ll meet like-minded runners and new training partners. (No more loneliness of the long-distance runner!)

Beginner Group
This separate section, with its own coaches and workouts, welcomes people who want to improve their overall fitness and have yet to run a non-stop mile. The eight-week session will introduce members to the world of running, with the goal of having them complete a 5K run (3.1 miles) by the end of the session. Initial workouts will include walking and easy jogging, preceded by a warm-up and followed by a stretching and strengthening component. No experience is required, and lots of encouragement is offered.

Extended Tempo Group
This program will not be offered for this session.

Sessions that precede major New York Road Runners races like the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the NYRR Brooklyn Half feature specific training to prepare runners for those big events. 

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  • January 10 – March 2
  • March 7 – April 27 
  • May 9 – June 29
  • July 11 – August 31
  • September 5 – October 26 (In Session)
  • November 7 – December 21 (Open for Registration)

All workouts will last about one hour. See the schedule of start dates and times.


Turnover Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park
Mashup Wednesdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Astoria Park
Tempo Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Central Park and Prospect Park


Brooklyn—Prospect Park
Tuesday and Thursday: Near the Grand Army Plaza entrance to the park

Manhattan—Central Park
Tuesday and Thursday: At the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub

Queens—Astoria Park
Wednesday: At the field house, between the track and the tennis courts

All workouts include a bag check area overseen by NYRR staff.


One workout per week:
Tuesday Only
NYRR members—$70 ($10/workout based on 7-week session)
Non-members—$87.50 ($12.50/workout based on 7-week session)

Wednesday or Thursday Only
NYRR members—$60 ($10/workout based on 6-week session)
Non-members—$75 ($12.50/workout based on 6-week session)

Two workouts per week (Tuesday and Thursday):
NYRR members—$121.94 ($9.38/workout for 13 workouts during the 7-week session)
Non-members—$146.25 ($11.25/workout for 13 workouts during the 7-week session)

Session LocationTimeStart DateStatus
Beginners–TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 7Open
Beginners–ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 9Open
Beginners–Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 7Sold Out
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.November 7Open
Turnover TuesdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 7Open
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.November 9Open
Tempo ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 9Open
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 a.m.November 7Sold Out
Tuesday and ThursdayCentral Park6:30 p.m.November 7Sold Out
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.November 7Open
Turnover TuesdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.November 7Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.November 9Open
Tempo ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.November 9Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 a.m.November 7Open
Tuesday and ThursdayProspect Park6:30 p.m.November 7Open
Mashup WednesdayAstoria Park6:30 a.m.November 8Open
Mashup WednesdayAstoria Park6:30 p.m.November 8Open
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