Camaraderie and Competition at NYRR Team Championships

Camaraderie and Competition at NYRR Team Championships

The NYRR Team Championships is a race with many traditions. Foremost among them is fierce but friendly competition, which was on display today throughout the ranks in both the women’s and men’s races. There’s something about this race that brings out the best in runners—never mind their age or fitness status. Maybe that’s because individual results factor less than team outcomes. Open-division winners—determined by adding the times of the top 10 finishers—secure citywide bragging rights for the coming year.

The first-place men's open team was the New York Athletic Club, and the first-place women's open team was Central Park Track Club New Balance. Individual winners were Aduna Lelisa Gemechu of West Side Runners (24:19) for the men and Roberta Groner of New York Athletic Club (27:54) for the women. Check out all the open-division team and individual winners in the race's 32-year history. 

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Over-40, over-50, over-60, and over-70 division titles are set by adding the times of the division’s top three finishers. For that reason, older runners tend to come out of the proverbial woodwork for Team Champs, happy to do it for the team.

“I’ve lost a bit of an edge, but it was fun today,” said Diane Kenna, 53, who’s been a member of New York Harriers since 1989. “When I mention that to our younger members they’re amazed—that was before they were born.”

Another Team Champs tradition, sultry weather, continued today and added to the race's challenge. “It’s ALWAYS hot and humid for Team Champs!” was heard often, but spirits were buoyed by crowd support throughout the five miles. With separate women’s and men’s races, Team Champs allows runners to cheer for their teammates before or after their own race.

Afterward, participants joined together for the most beloved of Team Championships traditions, the post-race picnic, continuing their celebration of the vitality of NYC running. With hundreds of clubs of all sizes, the local running scene has never been more vibrant. NYRR President of Events and Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon Peter Ciaccia, on hand throughout, told today’s participants, “Today is about competition and camaraderie, and we thank you for leading the way.”

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