Turning Back the Clock in Central Park

Turning Back the Clock in Central Park

As New York Road Runners celebrates 60 years of running, the NYRR Retro 4-Miler gave runners the chance to dress up in their favorite gear from the past six decades for a race around Central Park.

With nearly 5,000 runners in the field, the pack made for a colorful collection of striped tube socks, bright neon spandex, and some old-school cotton NYRR race T-shirts from years past.

The event also marked the first NYRR race in Central Park since the park closed to car traffic, giving runners even more clearance on the roadway to take on their four miles. Read more about the change, which took effect June 27.

The one car allowed on the course, though, was the lead vehicle: A red, late-1960s model Chrysler 300 convertible.

Following that drop top all the way to the finish line was Harbert Okuti of the Westchester Track Club, breaking the tape in 19:03. Belaynesh Fikadu of the West Side Runners won the women's race in an official time of 22:32.

After the finish, runners could continue on to the post-race festival, with treats from Fla-Vor-Ice and Good Humor to cool off, live music to celebrate their run, and photo opps in the vintage Volkwagen van photo booth.

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Looking for another opportunity to #GetOutToRun? Spots are still available for the NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K on Monday, July 16—sign up today and start your week on the run in Prospect Park.

Learn more about how NYRR has grown from a local running club to serving more than 600,000 runners each year with our Six Decades of NYRR History series.

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