Smiles Shine Through a Soggy NYRR Staten Island Half
Though precipitation is becoming somewhat of an annual tradition at the NYRR Staten Island Half, more than 10,000 runners showed up with a “what rain?” attitude to take on 13.1 miles Sunday morning.
The race is dedicated to making a positive impact on the borough that hosts the start of the TCS New York City Marathon, and many runners use the event as a tune-up for November 5.
The NYRR Staten Island Half is also the final race in the 2017 NYRR Five-Borough Series, a celebration of the individuals and communities that make each borough unique. Those who finished four out of six eligible races earned guaranteed entry to the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half in March.
First across the finish line was Teklu Tefera Deneke of the West Side Runners in 1:07:36. Serkalem Biset Abrha, also a member of West Side Runners, was winner on the women’s side in 1:16:26.
Denis Sweeney was the recipient of the Fire Lieutenant Victor J. Navarra FDNY Family of Champions Trophy, presented to the fastest New York City Fire Department (FDNY) member in the NYRR Staten Island Half. The trophy is named after Victor Navarra, a retired FDNY lieutenant who coordinated the start of 26 New York City Marathons, until his passing in 2007.
There were also a few celebrities in this year's NYRR Staten Island Half field, including Real Housewives of New York City's Carole Radziwill and recording artist Prince Royce. Both are set to take on the TCS New York City Marathon in just four weeks.
Youth had an opportunity to run on Staten Island this weekend, too. On Saturday, kids ages 2 to 18 took part in fun, free fitness games and cross country runs at Rising New York Road Runners at Clove Lakes Park and lucked out with a beautiful sunny day.
NYRR’s next half-marathon takes place January 21, 2018 in Central Park. Check out the NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half along with our full lineup of January-through-April events now open for registration.