Celebrating a Life of Health and Fitness in Prospect Park
After a week in New York that featured a snowstorm followed by temperatures nearing 80 degrees, runners in the NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M enjoyed a comparatively calm and pleasant 50-degree morning as they took a loop around Prospect Park.
The event is named for a longtime NYRR board member who began running marathons in his 80s, and who embodied NYRR's "Run for Life" motto as he lived to age 107. As New York Road Runners celebrates its own 60th anniversary in 2018, this year's race marked the 28th running of an NYRR event in Gordon's honor.
The race up front led to two new event records, as Harbert Okuti crossed the finish in 19:25 (besting the previous mark of 19:52), and Roberta Groner of the New York Athletic Club slipped in under the standing women's record—22:07—by breaking the tape in 22:04.
In total, the four-miler brought out more than 5,000 runners—some who were looking to earn early 9+1 credits, some who wanted to fit in a "rust buster" before the spring season starts, and some who were simply out there to experience their first NYRR event.
While the NYRR Club Points season does not open until next week at the NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K, several Brooklyn-based clubs showed up to represent their borough, including the North Brooklyn Runners, as well as the park's "home team," the Prospect Park Track Club.
And with touchscreen-friendly New Balance running gloves as this race's souvenir, all NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M runners could keep warm while texting their friends for brunch plans after the race.
Want to run a four-miler this spring? Register now for the Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis Run to Breathe (4M) Brought to You by UnitedHealthcare on April 8 and the Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase on April 22—both in Central Park.