Sights and Sounds of France Fill Central Park

Sights and Sounds of France Fill Central Park

On Sunday morning, Central Park felt especially chic as more than 4,300 runners took on the third-ever France Run (8K).

In a sea of blue, white, and red, runners made their way around a nearly five-mile loop of the park, which included the challenging Harlem Hill. First across the finish line was Harbert Okuti, of the Westchester Track Club, in 24:37. Askale Merachi, of Urban Athletics, was winner on the women’s side in 27:16.

Congrats to our amazing #FranceRunNYC finishers! You’ve earned your post-race celebration!

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The fun continued at a post-race festival, where runners enjoyed French treats, face painting, a photo booth, and the opportunity to learn more about France, French culture, and language classes. Great raffle prizes included round-trip tickets to Paris courtesy of Air France.

The morning closed out with kids’ races for youth ages 2 to 12, who took on various distances on Center Road in Central Park.

The family fun continues next weekend at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run—the day includes a walk and kids’ races, too. Don’t miss it!

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