Marathon-Ready Runners Take on Five Miles in Central Park

Marathon-Ready Runners Take on Five Miles in Central Park

“Seven days!” echoed over the PA system in Central Park this morning as more than 4,000 runners got ready to take on five miles at the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff.

In one week, many of these same runners will return to Central Park to cross the TCS New York City Marathon finish line after traversing 26.2 miles throughout the five boroughs.

Despite the rain, the park was filled with an energy that’s unique to the arrival of marathon week.

Today’s winners fed off that energy: Dillon Williams was first across the finish in 26:19. Margaret McMahon took the top spot on the women’s side in 30:36.

With Halloween just two days away, some runners even showed up in spirited attire.

Those who stuck around till the end of the race cheered Thomas Panek and his running buddy Gus across the finish line. Today marked the first time that a blind runner ran with a guide dog in a New York Road Runners event. ICYMI: The New York Times featured the running duo earlier this week. 

#makinghistory at the #polandspringkickoff with President & CEO Thomas Panek and his guide dog Gus! @nyrr @polandspringwtr @ruffwear

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Once they crossed the finish line, runners enjoyed a post-race festival inside the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, which opened its doors to the public this morning.

TCS New York City Marathon week continues with dozens of events taking place at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance, and the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub. Check out the full schedule and join us as excitement builds for November 5!

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