A Hilly Run Through Harlem
More than 5,000 runners headed uptown for the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, an annual fixture on the NYRR calendar since 2009. The race is named for the former Manhattan borough president who advocated for moving the New York City Marathon out of Central Park and into a five-borough-spanning race through city streets.
The day's events also included a 1.5-mile Health Walk, and shorter-distance races for youth as part of the Rising New York Road Runners at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run.
As a club points race, teams from across the city lined up to improve their position in the 2018 club standings. The West Side Runners' Tadesse Yae Dabi was the men's individual winner, breaking the tape in 14:48, while the New York Athletic Club claimed the top spot in the team competition.
In the women's race, fellow West Side Runners member Emebet Etea Bedada took first individually in 17:29, with the Dashing Whippets Running Team earning first place in the team race.
Whether teams were competing for podium spots or just working together for an uptempo run, many gathered after the race for some quick group shots:
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Van Cortlandt TC fielded 58 at this morning’s #PercySutton5K through the streets of Harlem. Lots of strong individual times and 2 winning teams in the women’s 60 and men’s 70 AG. Congrats to all finishers and many thanks to the staff and volunteers @nyrr and the VCTC teammates Rick, Ana, Maryam, Mitch, Hector, Christine, Bernie and Alex yelling their heads off for us.
The race also served as the culmination of seven weeks of training for students in the NYRR Run for the Future program. The initiative prepares rising high school senior girls to complete their first 5K, and all who complete the program receive a $2,000 scholarship for college.
At last year's race, four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan joined the Run for the Future girls as a Race Buddy. This year, she was back in town during race week to take part in the program's end-of-year celebration at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub. Read more about the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon champion's visit, as she looks ahead to defending her five-borough title this November.
As this race took place on the final day of HARLEM WEEK, which featured a theme of "Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present, and Future" this year, these young women have shown they are building that foundation to make positive change, both in themselves and in the world around them. And who knows—there might have even been a future borough president in that crowd today!
Check out official results from the 2018 Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run—including team competition standings—on the NYRR results page.