New York City’s independent running shop. The Brooklyn Running Company was founded in the fall of 2013. Locations in Park Slope and Williamsburg.

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, trails and tracks in no time at all.

Meet the Team!

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.

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

Kate Reese

Kate is the grizzled veteran of Brooklyn Running Company, having gotten her start in the running specialty industry way back in 2008. 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 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 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.

 

Daniele Sobrini    

Daniele was born in Rome, Italy but since he was 12 years old, he wanted to live in New York. His first encounter with the Manhattan skyline was in the month of August of a summer vacation with his parents, where the teenage boy was looking out of a smelly big taxi’s window to take it all in: “I’m so going to live here one day,” was his first and ultimate thought about this city.

13 years later this city became his home.

After graduating from the American University of Rome and making his first steps into the business world between newsrooms and movie productions, on his birthday he flew to the Big Apple to work with the Tribeca Film Festival. While organizing events and red carpets during the day, at night he would train for his dream race, the New York City Marathon. As his job would take him back and forth over the Atlantic Ocean, his tempo runs would alternate between the reservoir in Central Park and the Circus Maximus in Rome, a nearby tiny park that marathon runners informally call “biscotto.”

The first time he saw the New York City Marathon, Daniele was 13 years old, standing on 1st avenue, right outside the Queensboro bridge, where his dad and his TV crew were filming the waves of runners pouring out of the bridge for a documentary they were shooting for an Italian TV channel.

14 years and 15 miles later, Daniele found himself crossing that same bridge while running the New York City Marathon. As he stepped onto those final bridge grates, the silence, up until that moment only broken by his fellow runners’ steps and breathing, finally disappeared into the growing roaring of the crowd, cheering outside on 1st avenue. He took a slight left turn downhill to exit the bridge and a swift look on the right, finding himself smiling, as he recognized the very same spot where 14 years earlier he was standing in awe with his dad. That moment felt like home.

Any chance he gets, he always tries to go for a run, so that he can go back “home”. He has run Rome, Philadelphia, New York and Berlin Marathons.

Favorite Place to Run:
Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park (or Villa Ada, when in Rome) – by the water or among the woods, as long as there’s a horizon. No gym, please, too confined.

Favorite Running Shoe: Saucony Endorphin Speed or Hoka Clifton.

If I weren’t running, I would be…a political junkie, reading about politics and the media, constantly keeping the news in the background (TV, podcast, or the radio)

Joe Tucker

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.

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