Runners Warm Up the Finish Line
A day before the TCS New York City Marathon brings 50,000-plus runners through the five boroughs, more than 10,000 runners raced through Midtown Manhattan at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships. The race began just outside the United Nations, turned onto 42nd Street, passing Grand Central Terminal, and then headed up Sixth Avenue past Radio City Music Hall before the finish in Central Park at Tavern on the Green.
New to this year's race was the USATF 5K Championships, where some of America's fastest runners were lining up to compete for a national title.
In the men's race, Shadrack Kipchirchir, representing the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, won a six-man sprint to the line in 13:57. Molly Huddle, who was third in last year's TCS New York City Marathon, won her sixth national road 5K title in 15:24, breaking her own Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K record in the process. Read more about the USATF 5K Championships race in our pro recap.
The race continued a weekend full of celebration, keeping spirits high following last night's TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Presented by United Airlines.
With runners coming from around the globe to run New York this weekend, the United Nations was an ideal setting for the start line of today's race. Many United Nations staffers got in on the race-week excitement, too, as Team UN brought more than 400 runners out for the run.
The race also brought a few global champions out to run through the streets of New York, as three-time New York City Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe took part in the 5K. Also the winner of three London Marathons, as well as the 2002 Chicago Marathon, she stopped for a post-race photo with Virgin Money London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher.
With one day to go until the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, some runners used today's race as a step toward next year's five-borough run, courtesy of the 9+1 program for guaranteed entry.
After 10,000 runners today, the finish line is ready to welcome 50,000 more runners tomorrow at the TCS New York City Marathon. Track runners on the course using the TCS New York City Marathon app Powered by Tata Consultancy Services, watch the race live on WABC-TV, Channel 7 and ESPN 2, and check The Run On throughout the day for coverage of the pro races, human interest stories, and more.