2018 Starts Strong with 13.1 Miles for Fred

2018 Starts Strong with 13.1 Miles for Fred

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More than 5,100 runners turned out for the first NYRR road race of the year, the NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half. Named for the late NYRR president and New York City Marathon cofounder, the race took runners over two-plus laps of Central Park, where they enjoyed sunshine, mild temperatures in the 40s, and a challenging series of rolling hills.

First across the finish line was Michael Cassidy of New York Athletic Club in 1:10:22. Jessica Chichester of the Dashing Whippets Running Team was winner on the women’s side in 1:23:19.

For many runners, the 13.1-miler was the first race of the year—and an opportunity to make good on a #ResolveToRun resolution. 

Some used the event as motivation to continue their training during the cold winter months—or as preparation for a 2018 marathon. (Related: Yes, You Can Run a Marathon This Year)

Others raced to honor a visionary in the New York City running community while logging miles with family and friends. 

Ready with my brother for the first race of the year!!! #flmh

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Looking to run another half-marathon this season? You can still get a spot in the United Airlines NYC Half by signing up for the March 18 event with NYRR Team for Kids. Add meaning to your miles by raising funds for NYRR’s free youth fitness program.

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