Race Report: NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon 2009


A runner could not have asked for a more beautiful Fall morning for the Staten Island Half-Marathon. The race had attracted 3,983 participants for the challenge of completing the 13.1 mile course. The top male finisher was Jorge Real (WSX) 1:10:04 and the first female finisher was Madeleine Zolfo 1:23:46. Madeline traveled all the way from Treasure Island, FL for the race.

The temperature was a very cool when I got the Staten Island Ferry. It’s getting to be that time of year when the mornings are colder in New York. At this race I had the opportunity to be in the VIP tent. I am very grateful for having the opportunity. It kicks ass. The best part of it is that you have access to a VIP port-o-john. I was able to enjoy the VIP tent for a little while before the race. But I was looking forward to doing my warm-up to make the the chill go away. I remembered to bring my sunglasses to the race. It was a good thing too, because it was very sunny.

The half-marathon course was familiar territory since I had grown up in Rosebank. The potholes and hills weren’t anything new for me. It’s a fast course overall. Long and open stretches of road. Running down the hill at Lilly Pond Ave into Father Capodanno Blvd had help take a few seconds off of my time. I managed to run a 1:35:35. That’s 3:50 faster than the Queens Half last month. I felt strong the second half of the race with a strong finish. I had to move to the middle of the road to run by the other runners. It must be running the hills that makes me a strong finisher.

The course was long again according to my Garmin Forerunner 305. The watch calculated the distance of the course to be 13.28 miles. The race official say the course is certified. So I it makes me think if I am running the course the right way. But I was following the person in front of me like the announcer had said to before the race.

For some reason I was a little slow for miles three and four. I don’t know why? It was flat and should have been faster.

The one thing I have to gripe about is how poorly the volunteers were handing out the water at some of the aid stations. Pay attention.

I love the thrill of finishing a half-marathon. I can’t wait for the next season. I am planning to run all five boroughs next year.

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Course

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Course

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Ascending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Ascending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Descending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Descending

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Flat

Staten Island Half-Marathon - Flat

Maps made with SportTracks.

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