NYRR Queens 10K Is the Largest Ever

NYRR Queens 10K Is the Largest Ever

The site of two World's Fairs attended by millions in the 1960s, Flushing Meadows Corona Park today hosted thousands of runners at the NYRR Queens 10K, the third race in the NYRR Five-Borough Series.

The NYRR #Queens10K finish line was full of smiles, high fives, and hugs! Congrats to all of today's finishers.

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Everything about Flushing Meadows Corona Park is big—the park itself at nearly 900 acres, the majestic Unisphere, immense Citi Field, the gigantic USTA National Tennis Center. These sites and others greet runners along the NYRR Queens 10K course, which also has the virtue of being flat as a pancake. Add the mid-June race date—a perfect kickoff to the summer racing—and it’s no surprise to see this race grow every year. This edition had more than 10,800 finishers, the most ever.

Ayele Megersa Feisa of the West Side Runners broke the finish tape in 30:25 in a close finish over teammate Mengistu Tabor Nebsi. Belaynesh Fibadu, also of WSX, was the winner on the women's side in 34:13, six seconds ahead of Roberta Groner of the New York Athletic Club.

Appropriately for Father’s Day weekend, hundreds of youngsters ages 2-12 took part in kids’ races, cheered on by proud dads (and moms). Fun activities to develop overall fitness preceded the noncompetitive races. Like all of NYRR’s runs for youth (age 18 and under), this event was free. Learn about our new youth fitness evolution, Rising New York Road Runners, and spread the word to teachers, school administrators, and parents.

A post-race festival rounded out the family-friendly event and included face painting, food trucks, a live band, mini golf, and a variety of kids’ games.

The NYRR Five-Borough Series is a celebration of what makes each borough unique, inspiring, and an amazing place to run. The 2017 series continues with the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile on September 24 and the Staten Island Half on October 8. Spots remain for both races—sign up today!

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