Steve Lastoe, Founder. A career middle of the pack runner, Steve founded NYCRUNS in 2009 because he thought there was a need for a running calendar that focused on the New York Metropolitan Area. He had absolutely no idea where that idea was going to take him but is committed to building a company that provides good careers for people who want to put on the best running events possible in NYC.
Steve lives with his wife Stacey, a few blocks from Prospect Park in Brooklyn where their dog Odie regularly shows him up by running laps around him. In his spare time, he snowboards, podcasts about the X-Men, and endures being a huge fan of the New York Mets.
Ben Rist, Director Of Operations. Ben was involved in both the professional and recreational worlds of running for several years as a marathoner, coach, official, event manager, and timer back in his home state of Ohio. After taking a brief hiatus, he found his way into the open (but slightly sweaty) arms of NYCRUNS.
As lead timer at many of our races, your PR is in his hands but he has no shame about accepting bribes. If you get a warm, ambiguous feeling that might result from Midwestern hospitality after emailing us, it was probably Ben that responded.
Michael Balbos, Client Relations Manager. A veteran of over 300 races, including 18 marathons and numerous multisport races, Michael has retired from competition and can now be found most mornings running the trails of Prospect Park with his chocolate lab Blossom.
As Client Relations Manager for NYCRUNS he is responsible for responding to far too many emails and dealing with much of the day to day operations at NYCRUNS.
Once upon a time, he was one of the very first people to “Join” NYCRUNS and was also our very first client.
David Chen, Event Logistics Manager. David has been involved with endurance sports for the past 15 years. In recent years, he’s been most passionate about running and dragon boat racing, and he’s looking forward to getting back to the competitive level.
If you ever wonder how we get it all done, have no doubt that David did a lot of the heavy lifting and was out bright and early with a smile on his face.
He also loves spending time with his wife Enid & two kids Iverson & Jase.
She currently owns and manages two CrossFit gyms in addition to coordinating the volunteer program and various other back office duties at NYCRUNS.
Geoff Vincent, Lead Event Specialist. Geoff’s been running and racing in the New York area for over 40 years. A one-time regular of the road racing scene, these days he prefers to indulge in trail running when the opportunity arises.
Besides spending weekends out on the course placing mile markers or riding lead bike, Geoff’s day job finds him working for the State as an applications trainer. A big craft beer aficionado, Geoff lives in Kensington with his girlfriend Shana (who he met through running).
Douglas Olney, Course Manager. Doug first took up running while in high school in the mid-1970s and then ran cross-country and track at the Division III collegiate level. Over 40 years later, Doug is still at it, although these days races are run more for participation rather than competition.
After getting up bright and early to set up your NYCRUNS event, Doug is most often found out on the race course, leading the pack on his bicycle, working at a water station, providing course directions, or taking on any other task dreamed up by the event directors!
Lauren Bochenko, Lead Event Specialist. On race day, you’ll most likely find Lauren behind the laptop in the timing tent or running the finish line, but behind the scenes she uses her skills as an architect to produce 3D layouts for NYCRUNS races and other cool graphics.
As a San Diego native, the value of a good taco isn’t lost on her and she typically likes to enjoy them with her terrier pup and her fiancé, Ben (see above), who dragged her into all of this.
Dahlia Weinger, Lead Timer. In 2010, Dahlia decided to give running another chance, and stubbornly refused to go home until completing two loops of the Central Park reservoir. Since then, she has completed 2 marathons and is in training for her third.
As Lead Timer she can usually be found in the finish area, either timing or assisting in the coordination of results & the finish area.
When not timing or involved in finish line / course logistics, Dahlia is a manager in Hospital Financial Planning and is also a very enthusiastic amateur musician who participates in multiple community groups with her husband.
Sam Teichman, Event Specialist. When not corralling and cheering on finishers at NYCRUNS races, Sam can be found hosting charity concerts at local music venues, filming and photographing live music, or selling beer at baseball games (Let’s Go Mets). A 17 time marathon finisher himself, he is constantly scrambling to fit training miles into his chaotic combination of work schedules, and will especially enjoy calling Prospect Park his new backyard.
Songyi Ma, Acting Chief Technology Officer (Midwest Branch – Shoutout to the Webspec team) While he spends most of his time improving our online platform, Ma occasionally visits New York to run our half marathons. Ma is probably the least experienced runner on the team but one day, he will finish an actual marathon as his beloved girlfriend cheers for him at the finish line.
Joe Garland, Chief Legal Counsel. Much has been written about Joe Garland but because this is a family-friendly site none of it can be repeated here. What we can say is that he started running in 1971 and has raced at distances from a quarter mile to a marathon. He also operates the Westchester Trails website, which is dedicated to describing running trails in his native Westchester County, where he now lives.
He was the coach for the since-departed Sound Shore Running and Multi-Sport Club in Westchester and has competed for it and a couple of clubs in the City, on the track, on the roads, and on cross-country courses. He wrote a song entitled “Sunday Morning Racing Blues“. He runs better than he sings.