In Photos: How World-Class Runner Noah Droddy Spends a Day in NYC
Noah Droddy became an internet sensation at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, all thanks to his long hair, backwards hat, sunglasses, and mustache. To some, Droddy might look like a hipster, but he's an incredible athlete who placed seventh at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half, securing a half-marathon personal best of 1:01:48.
Droddy will return to the United Airlines NYC Half on March 18 and was in town recently to scout the new course—not entirely on foot. Check out the photos below to see how he spent his day in NYC.
Droddy's day started at the NYRR RUNCENTER, where he was part of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half Kickoff Show on Facebook Live.
He then walked a few blocks north to Central Park, where runners will finish the United Airlines NYC Half this year. For this photo, Droddy was asked to give the media “a little more energy this time." We're traveling the new course in reverse here, as it starts at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and finishes in Central Park.
He'll cover the course on foot on March 18, but opted for a carriage ride tour through the park in the meantime.
Onward to Times Square, or mile 8 of the new United Airlines NYC Half course.
In Times Square, Droddy also stopped to mingle with the locals.
Around mile 3, runners will weave through Manhattan's Lower East Side, including Chinatown.
At mile 2, runners will leave Brooklyn and cross the Manhattan Bridge.
Droddy's day ended with a trip back uptown via the good ol' MTA.
And that's a wrap!
Droddy will be back in the city on March 18 for the United Airlines NYC Half. You can watch the race live starting at 7:00 a.m., so keep a look out for him in the lead pack—he'll be running fast, but he's hard to miss!