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.
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.