Counting Down to 2018 at the NYRR Midnight Run
As the temperature in Central Park hovered above 10 degrees, runners at the NYRR Midnight Run started the countdown from 10 to mark the end of 2017 and the start of 2018.
The festivities began at the pre-race party on Rumsey Playfield, where runners could write their #ResolveToRun goals for the new year on a resolution wall and warm up for the run with a DJ and dancing.
The four-miler has been the final event on the NYRR calendar since its first running in 1979, and like many years before it, the race sent runners off with a 15-minute-long fireworks show near the start and finish area on the 72nd Street Transverse.
As runners reached the halfway point on the 102nd Street Cross Drive, they could toast to the new year with a cup of sparkling cider, an NYRR Midnight Run tradition with a slightly frosty twist this year thanks to the weather.
With a select group of professional athletes leading the pack of nearly 4,000 runners, Reid Buchanan became the first to complete four miles in the new year by breaking the tape in 19:08. In the women's race, Molly Seidel earned the top spot with a time of 21:24.
For many runners braving the cold, the NYRR Midnight Run was their last opportunity to earn 9+1 program credit for guaranteed entry to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, whether through running or by volunteering.
If you joined us last night, or at any races in 2017, we thank you and we can't wait to see you out there again in 2018! Check out our #ResolveToRun page to learn about all the ways you can get your new year off to a running start.