The boxing gym that replaced the Yippies isn’t the only sporty newcomer to Noho. Last month, Debora Warner of Mile High Run Club told us her treadmill studio would “evoke the outdoorsy feeling of a Colorado Mountain running club.”
With the 4,000 sq. feet facility open as of last week, we decided to stop in to bask in its ambience — which, it turns out, wasn’t nearly as outdoorsy as its predecessor (Plantworks, a landscaping business, had occupied the space for nearly 30 years before its rent went up).
A one-on-one training room will open next week, but for now the place consists of 30 Woodway treadmills in one room, 44 lockers (plus some more in the restrooms), and a couple of showers. It feels a bit tight — which isn’t unusual for a downtown gym.
If you want to see for yourself, the club is offering complimentary classes (normally $34) to first-timers, starting as early as 6am. The 45-minute class, “Dash 28,” is best for beginners; the hour-long one, dubbed “The Distance,” is for the real athletes among us. There are, of course, retail items for sale (because what’s a “club” without t-shirts).
This Saturday, there’ll be a fundraiser for Back On My Feet, an organization that helps the homeless literally get “back on their feet” through running. Eat and Run author Scott Jurek, who set a US record for a distance run in 24 hours with 165.7 miles (that’s 6.5 marathons) will be teaching three classes. Classes with Jurek will be $100, while regular classes will be $40.
Mile High Run Club, 28 East 4th St. bet. Lafayette and Bowery, East Village