Japan Run: A Healthy Morning in Central Park

Japan Run: A Healthy Morning in Central Park

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The 12th annual Japan Run brought more than 5,000 runners to Central Park for four miles of running this morning, followed by activities and short runs for youth at the Rising New York Road Runners at Japan Run. The events were part of Japan Day @ Central Park, a festival featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through food, activities, and stage performances.

Sunday was also Mother’s Day, and many moms chose to celebrate by running four miles, then enjoying the festive atmosphere with their families. The weather was cool and overcast, but dry—ideal for both racing and enjoying outdoor family fun.

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First across the finish line were Tadesse Yae Dabi of the West Side Runners in 19:42, followed closely by his WSX teammate Fikadu Girma Teferi, given the same time. The women’s winner was  WSX’s Bose Gemeda in 22:52, with Paige Yellen of Central Park Track Club New Balance second in 24:15.

The festival, an all-day affair, gave runners the chance to try out origami, practice calligraphy, learn about Japan’s Maglev train, and more.

Kids ages 2 – 10 enjoyed fun fitness activities—animal runs, tag, Simon Says, beanbag games, and more—and dashes along the 72nd Street Transverse while older family members and friends cheered them on. It was a great way to bring the whole family together and start Mother’s Day on the right foot.

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