Miles in the Park Before Dark
Nearly 5,000 runners changed out of work clothes and into shorts and singlets for the NYRR R-U-N 5K, a weeknight race in Central Park. The event also offered lawn games, photo booths, and post-race treats for runners to enjoy before heading off to happy hour.
Some runners looked to improve their time from last week's NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K in Prospect Park.
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Askale Merachi, who won the women's race in Prospect Park in 18:03, dropped down to a 16:42 to win in Central Park. She wasn't far behind the overall winner, Camilo Duarte, who broke the tape in 15:39.
Also in the field, model Candice Huffine ran with alumni from the NYRR Run for the Future program, completing her first race as a NYRR Team for Kids ambassador.
Once the 3.1 miles were done, runners could collect the usual water and bagels, plus a special summer treat: popsicles! Not a bad way to keep cool on a warm subway platform.
They could also get together for a post-race team photo (or four) at the photo booth...
...or head out of the park to kick back and cool off at a local spot.
Congrats #team WEP for running a successful #5K last night! With your efforts, we helped raise thousands for our #volunteer programs in India! . . We are still #fundraising for this initiative until we reach our goal! Visit the link in our bio to #donate! . . #community #communityservice #RunforEducation #R_U_N_5k #volunteeringisfun
Looking to #GetOutToRun with another quick race this summer? Head uptown for the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run—it's less than a month away!