A Trip Back in Time at the NYRR Retro 5-Miler
What if New York Road Runners put on a race with no timing clocks at the mile markers, a cotton participant T-shirt, and a race director who looked like a cast member of the 1960s rock musical “Hair”? That’s exactly what happened today at the NYRR Retro 5-Miler, a race that each year gives thousands of runners an excuse to don old-school running gear in Central Park.
It was a bright, bright sunshiny day as a sea of vintage singlets, sweatbands, tube socks, and tie-dye T-shirts filled the park. The day kicked off with stretches and calisthenics—just like NYRR races did back in the day. In another throwback to yesteryear, the mile markers bore the long-retired (but still beloved) “apple runner” NYRR logo, and staff called out split times. The banners marking the start and finish lines were held up by ladders.
The pace car led the top runners—some of the best in the NYC region—through five hilly miles at sub-5:00-per-mile pace. Yes, the race had a male and female winner, but in keeping with the retro theme, you can read all about them in our print magazine report three months from now. Just kidding!! Complete results can be found on our results experience and in our mobile app, launched earlier this year.
The NYRR Retro 5-Miler also looked to the future as hundreds of youngsters ages 2-12 took part in kids’ races. NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running throughout their lives. Let’s hope these kids will be joining us at this and other events for decades to come.
No matter where you are and how long you’ve been involved with running, you can celebrate our sport this week by pledging to run on Global Running Day, Wednesday, June 7. Check out Global Running Day events happening all over NYC throughout the day. And get the whole family moving this summer! Check out our calendar of 2017 races (including evening races on July 17 and July 27) and sign up to run with us again soon.