12 Miles Closer to 26.2
With 15 weeks to go until the TCS New York City Marathon, training season kicked off with the TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 12M in Central Park. The event presented a new format to get runners ready for the five boroughs, replacing what was formerly known as the TCS New York City Marathon Long Training Runs.
The 12-miler, now a scored and timed event, marked the first of three Training Series events to be held in Central Park this summer. The series will continue with a 15-miler on August 12, and an 18-miler—formerly known as the Tune-Up—on September 16. (And, good news: Spots are still available at both events!)
To help runners prepare for race day, the NYRR Pace Team was stationed in the corrals, guiding future marathoners to an evenly paced effort for their weekend long run. NYRR volunteers, as always, were lined up along the course to offer water and Gatorade near every mile marker.
First to get their 12 miles in was David Kilgore from the New York Athletic Club in 1:08:06—that's sub-2:30 marathon pace—with Paige Yellen of the Central Park Track Club–New Balance recording the top women's time in 1:20:57. More than 4,000 runners took on the two-loop course, and you can view a full list of finishers on our results page.
After crossing the finish line, runners could refuel, recover, and, once ready, show off their training progress with a quick photo opp, posing with a "12 Miles Closer to the TCS New York City Marathon" photo frame.
in honor of my 12 mile training run i’m hoping to get 12 donations towards my marathon fundraiser. i’m raising money for Housing Works - an amazing org that supports NYers living with HIV/AIDS. link in bio! thanks @afolkman78 for keeping me company the whole time. went a little fast at 8:28 pace but it felt great! beautiful weather, beautiful energy.
Looking to get started on your TCS New York City Marathon training? Sign up for NYRR Virtual Trainer, offering 16- and 12-week plans, and register for the next Training Series events—the 15-miler on August 12 and the 18-miler on September 16—to get race-day experience before the big one on November 4.