Running 18 to Tune Up for 26.2

Running 18 to Tune Up for 26.2

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With the TCS New York City Marathon just seven weeks away, thousands of runners filled Central Park this morning for the TCS New York City Marathon Tune-Up.

For some participants, this 18-mile race was the farthest they’ve ever run. Many—newbies and veterans both—took the opportunity to practice pacing, strategy, fueling, and hydration, as well as test their mental fortitude. They dealt with challenging conditions—temps rising into the 70s and high humidity—supported by dedicated NYRR staff and volunteers.

Members of the NYRR Pace Team led runners around three six-mile loops of Central Park at paces from 7:03 (3:05 marathon) to 12:35 (5:30 marathon).This intrepid group will pace the TCS New York City Marathon—we thank them for their hard work!

The men’s race winner today was Harbert Okuti of the Westchester Track Club in 1:38:01; Jonathon Laurie (last year’s Tune-Up winner) of Urban Athletics was second in 1:43:16. Megan Foster of the Williamsburg Track Club was the women’s winner in 1:54:14; she prevailed by more than 10 minutes over North Brooklyn Runners’ Lauren Perkins (2:04:48).

Women’s running pioneer and 1974 New York City Marathon champion Kathrine Switzer ran the race wearing the TCS Performance Metrics tracking system. Seventy years young, Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in April; she’ll be back in NYC November 5 to run the TCS New York City Marathon!

Congrats to ALL finishers today! If you're looking for another race this fall, registration is open for the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile on September 24, Grete’s Great Gallop (10K) on October 1, the NYRR Staten Island Half on October 8, the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M) on October 29, and other events. And check out the many activities this month at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, our community running space.

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