Starting 2019 Strong at the NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K
For the second time in 2019, racers faced soggy conditions on the roads of Central Park.
But were spirits dampened at Saturday’s NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K? Heck, no! More than 4,500 runners, supported by New York Road Runners staff and volunteers, ran their 6.2 miles over the park’s challenging hills, with a strong north wind thrown into the mix. And they did it with smiles, cheers, and plenty of grit and determination.
Not bad for what was, for most, the year’s first hard race effort. Those raced the NYRR Midnight Run, which also took place in a downpour, earlier this week, are now officially race-tough for 2019.
First across today’s finish line were Ernest Pitone of Pennsylvania in 30:41 for the men, and Ana Johnson of NYC and Henwood Hounds Racing Team in 36:07 for the women.
In some ways, the true heroes of the day were the volunteers who braved the rainy conditions for many hours in order to provide a safe and enjoyable race day for everyone. One volunteer, Terrence Graham, was happy to get in his +1 volunteer stint early in 2019 and be on his way toward qualifying for guaranteed entry to the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. “Now I can plan my races,” he said. “Though I usually volunteer about three times in a typical year.” Thank you, Terrence! Looking to volunteer this winter? Go to your NYRR profile to sign up.
The race honors Joe Kleinerman, a founding member of NYRR, the longtime coach of Millrose Athletic Association, a beloved NYRR employee until his death in 2003 at age 91, and a true competitor.
What’s your next running challenge? #ResolveToRun with NYRR in 2019; we’ve got lots on offer! Check out our race calendar, including the current NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K, which is free to enter and run anywhere in the world, through January 13. And set a calendar reminder to apply to run the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon during the application window, January 14 to February 14!