To make progress on my 9+1 goal to qualify for the NYC Marathon in 2017, I ran the NYRR Run as One 4 Miler in Central Park yesterday. There were tons of runners (over 8,000!!) and, as usual for a NYRR race, the course was packed the entire way, but the weather was perfect and it was a great way to start a Sunday.
The course started on the East Drive around 68th street just south of the transverse, but for those of us with slower times and higher corral start letters (I’m K – the second to last letter assigned!), our “start” was actually several blocks southwest of there, winding down the drive.
This is the second race that NYRR has instituted a “wave” start where they hold the corrals and release them in waves to reduce congestion. Besides taking almost 20 minutes to cross the starting line (for a 4 mile race!), I barely noticed the wave start. I heard a couple waves go off, but they were so large that I was never actually stopped – I was still just shuffling along with the hoard. And if this wave feature actually reduced congestion, I didn’t notice that either. It was face-to-butt the entire four miles, with lots of weaving if you wanted to pass anyone.
So, that was the bad. The good was that it was gorgeous weather – sunny and crisp in the upper 40s with light wind – and the park looked beautiful with flowers still on the trees and a fresh spring vibe. It was also only 4 miles (basically the internal loop, ending on the 72nd Street Transverse), and you still get a big bagel and apple at the end. The race shirt is also very nice – a short-sleeved tech shirt with minimal logos in a men’s or women’s cut.
In other news, I just found two races I really want to do because of their cool medals – the Hop Hop Half in Portland, Oregon, on Easter, which has a giant Easter Egg medal, and the FroYo Run in various locations (mostly California), which has an engraved spoon for its medal this year! Unfortunately both races are on the opposite side of the country for me, but since I have family in both locations I’m considering making the trip… But I should really not, right? I mean, I still have 27 states left, and flying across the country to run a 5K to get a spoon and yogurt doesn’t make sense… Right…? Right…? (I have a problem.)
Did you run this weekend? How far have you traveled for a non-marathon race? Are you excited for the warm weather coming? Share in the comments!