Thousands of Runners Celebrate Pride in Central Park

Thousands of Runners Celebrate Pride in Central Park

One day before NYC’s historic LGBTQ Pride March makes its way through Manhattan, more than 3,600 runners took on five miles in Central Park at the Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run.

Now in its 36th year, the race represents an alliance between New York Road Runners and Front Runners New York, a competitive and social club for LGBT runners, multisport athletes, and their allies. (Read more about the race’s rich history.)

Heavy precipitation at the start didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers and runners—as they say, you can't have a rainbow without the rain!

Instead, it made way for some speedy finishes. Musa Babo Ido of the West Side Runners took first in the men’s race in 25:43 (official), while New York Athletic Club's Esther Atkins was winner on the women’s side in 28:19 (official).

Naturally, Front Runners New York brought a big crowd to Pride Run, but we spotted dozens of other club runners celebrating love and equality en masse. 

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These runners even made the trip from Washington, DC to NYC to take part in Pride Run. 

Our summer racing season continues with more festive Central Park events, like the NYRR R-U-N 5K on July 27 and France Run on August 20. Register today—both races are nearing capacity!

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