Japan Comes to Central Park

Japan Comes to Central Park

After a rain-soaked Saturday, it’s only appropriate that the sun came out in force on Sunday morning—after all, runners were lining up to experience the “Land of the Rising Sun” in Central Park at the Japan Run (4M).

Some of the effects from yesterday’s wet weather lingered, but it didn’t stop more than 4,800 runners from starting their Mother’s Day celebration with a four-miler.

#runners getting ready (myself included!) for the #japanrun #nyrr #running #runlovers

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First to finish their four miles were Suleman Abrar Shifa of the West Side Runners in 19:25 and Ashley Higginson, representing the HOKA NJ-NY Track Club, in 22:38.

You never quite know who you might run into at an NYRR race, but it’s a near-guarantee you’ll see James Lu out there on the course. Known for his Japan-themed race kits, the 79-year-old runner enjoyed local celebrity status today as he stopped for a few photos.

Post-race, runners helped kick off the day-long celebration of Japan Day @ Central Park, a festival of Japanese food and culture. Now in its 11th year, the festival gave runners the chance to try out origami, practice calligraphy, learn about Japan’s Maglev train, and more.

After their four-miler, parents could cheer on their kids as they dashed along the 72nd Street Transverse. Whether these runners were parents to several young athletes...

...or expecting to be parents soon…

...the event brought the whole family together to start Mother’s Day on the run.

Inspired to run? Join us as we turn back the clock at the NYRR Retro 5-Miler in Central Park on June 4. Don’t forget to download the NYRR app, too, so you can track your favorite runners at next weekend’s Airbnb Brooklyn Half.

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