Warming Up Central Park Before the Big Game
Football jerseys were everywhere as 5,000+ runners kicked off America’s biggest sporting celebration with four miles of running at today’s NYRR Gridiron 4M / Longest Football Throw.
The morning began with the Longest Football Throw before the race, where competitors could test their arm strength before putting their legs to the test—a duathlon of sorts.
Then it was on to the running game, where Senbeto Geneti Guteta of the West Side Runners crossed the line first in the men’s race in 19:15 and Amanda Marino was first on the women’s side in 22:07. Congratulations!
Before they reached the finish line, runners voted with their feet at the race’s halfway point to predict the winner of tonight's game by running either to the left (Eagles) or right (Patriots). With the votes in, the prediction is 60%–40% for a Philadelphia victory.
NYRR President and CEO Michael Capiraso—a Giants fan—and President of Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director Peter Ciaccia, who’s partial to the Packers, got into the spirit of the day.
What’s next on your racing schedule? Spots are still open in the NYRR Al Gordon Brooklyn 4M on February 24, the NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K on March 4, and a host of spring races. You can grab a spot with NYRR Team for Kids to run the United Airlines NYC Half on March 18 or the Popular Brooklyn Half on May 19. And remember to apply or claim your guaranteed entry to the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon by February 15 to run the five boroughs on November 4!