From Alaska to Argentina, Runners Around the Globe Take on the NYRR Virtual Sunrise to Sunset 5K

From Alaska to Argentina, Runners Around the Globe Take on the NYRR Virtual Sunrise to Sunset 5K

This month, 1,477 runners from around the globe participated in the NYRR Virtual Sunrise to Sunset 5K. This race asked an age-old question: Is it better to run in the early morning or late evening? 

To answer it, the event included a photo challenge, where participants cast their votes for which time of day was best for running by sharing pics from their run on Instagram. The results could not have been more gorgeous! Some of the photos featured below are winners in the 2018 NYRR Virtual Sunrise to Sunset 5K Photo Challenge.

Julien was one of 11 race participants from France and used the event towards gaining entry to the 2019 Popular® Brooklyn Half via the NYRR Virtual 6 program. He captured this absolutely stunning sunset shot along the way!

Benjamin from Germany voted for sunrise inside this magical forest. To the 14 finishers from Germany, Guten Morgen! 

Back over on the other side of the Atlantic, one of our neighbors to the north also put in their vote for sunrise. Thank you, Claire, for showing us that the frozen north isn't always so frozen!

Morning Run @nyrr #NYRRVirtualRacing #Contest #runyyc

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One New Yorker ran in Alaska! We are jealous of Otho's stunning sunrise view!

Down in the Southern Hemisphere, Daniel gave us this pearl of wisdom from Argentina: 

"When you run at dawn, the body activates and the mind becomes clear. A giant door opens to the day that is just beginning but feels like it has already been won. And if you run as part of #NYRRVirtualRacing, that feeling is multiplied by thousands around the world." 

Back into the States, we found this absolutely gorgeous sunset in Massachusetts. Way to go on finishing a run with that view distracting you!

Carlo is preparing for the TCS New York City Marathon. We can't wait to see you in November!

Jeff is showing off those New Balance shoes! He ran his race in Staten Island. That is a million-dollar view.

Finally, we bring you a message from NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and Special Advisor Meb Keflezighi. His official vote? Sunrise!


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