Racing in Washington Heights
Spirits were as high as the hills that more than 5,000 runners climbed and descended at today's NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K. Held in the Washington Heights neighborhood of northern Manhattan, this 3.1-miler is an annual celebration of the coming of the spring racing season for athletes of all ages and abilities. The day showcases Washington Heights' vibrant cultures with music and good cheer for all.
Runners and volunteers had many different goals today, including getting their 9+1 program credit early in 2018, representing their club/team in the year's first NYRR team points race, or simply earning the satisfaction of crossing the finish line. The fact that many learned this week that they will be running the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon in November added to the excitement.
The 3.1-mile out-and-back course took runners along city streets and into Fort Tryon Park, circling The Cloisters and offering panoramic views of the Hudson River as runners reached the halfway point. The winners were Brendan Martin of the New York Athletic Club in 14:50 and Harriott Kelly of Urban Athletics in 17:23. Both runners successfully defended their titles from 2017!
The Rising New York Road Runners at the Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K saw hundreds of runners ages 2-18 run either a timed 1500 meters (nearly a mile) or untimed shorter distances, based on age and experience. The kids warmed up a chilly, windy day and motivated and inspired the adults with their gutsy running and their embrace of the fun spirit of the day's events. Rising New York Road Runners is NYRR's signature youth fitness program, serving 267,000 youth nationwide.