NYRR Queens 10K Caps Off Week-Long Borough Celebration
As the third race in the 2018 NYRR Five-Borough Series, the NYRR Queens 10K brought more than 11,000 runners out for an early-morning run through Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. In the week leading up to the race, NYRR also hosted a number of community events in New York City's largest borough.
Queens runners of all ages received new gear to get them moving this week, as NYRR hosted shoe distributions at the RAICES Corona Senior Center, an NYRR Striders site:
That face you make when you get a brand-new pair of sneakers! 🤩 We had an amazing time at PS 48 in Queens giving out new, free, sneakers to the kids as a part of our 1 For You, 1 For Youth program in partnership with @newbalance! Read more about this program at NYRR.org/1FY1FY and find out how you can contribute! #RisingNYRR #1FY1FY
And that wasn't all! On Thursday, students at IS 227 in East Elmhurst helped break ground on what will become a new community playground, as NYRR and the Trust for Public Land began work on their next renovation project.
As we continue to celebrate Queens, ahead of Saturday’s #Queens10K, we’re delighted to announce that ground has officially broken in East Elmhurst on the new, state-of-the-art community playground coming to IS 227 this fall, made possible by @trustforpublicland in partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and #TeamNYRR! We’ll be back in the fall to celebrate the beautiful new playground’s opening. #RisingNYRR
Come race day, runners had a new course layout waiting for them, winding its way through Queens' largest park as well as the fourth-biggest park within the five boroughs.
As the Unisphere towered over the final stretch of the course, Harbert Okuti of the Westchester Track Club broke the finish tape in 30:11 to win the men's race. Birtukan Fente Alemu of the West Side Runners proved to be the "queen" of Queens, taking the women's race in 33:23. A full list of finishers is available on the NYRR results page.
But whether a runner was the first finisher or the final finisher, all NYRR Queens 10K participants completing the 6.2 miles could take a Unisphere-inspired souvenir home with them.
The morning of racing concluded with the Rising New York Road Runners at the NYRR Queens 10K, where youth athletes took part in fitness activities and dash races around the Fountain of the Planets.
The NYRR Five-Borough Series continues with the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile on September 30, followed by the fifth and final event of 2018, the NYRR Staten Island Half, on October 14. Both races are open for registration, so sign up today!
Want to commemorate your NYRR Queens 10K finish? The NYRR RUNCENTER is offering complimentary medal engraving for NYRR members and myNB Rewards Gold members on Sunday, June 17 and Monday, June 18. For more details, visit the NYRR Queens 10K race page.