Thursday, July 27, 2017
The 2017 edition of the R-U-N 5k in Central Park (as distinguished from its Prospect Park cousin) was hot and humid - even at the 7 PM start. The heat/humidity was 78/78 on the walk over to the start on West Drive, from race central (which at roughly 10 blocks, was almost a quarter of the race distance)!
Despite the heat/humidity it was fun running in the park at night! And Peter Caiccia, during his pre-race announcements let slip a "good morning" runners - just to see if we were actually paying attention :D
As for the race itself, it was a crowded first mile (I was at the end of the first wave, corrals A-C, and it took me a solid minute to cross the start line. I ran just under 7 minutes for that first mile, and that was all the speed there was before the humidity took its toll. My 23:17, 7:30 pace finish, was a huge relief! The last mile turned into a real slog for me :(
Still, it was great fun to be out there! This was scored race #6 for me, leaving just 3 more to go and the +1 to qualify for 2018 :D
Here are the official race results from NYRR.
Next NYRR race Club Team 5 Miler to kick off August!