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NYRR’s Staggered Starts Mean Each Corral Start Is A Separate Race

April 8, 2016

Wow. Starting with this Sunday’s  City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks (4M), New York Road Runners will implement staggered starts for the race….well, races actually.

This is how staggered starts work according to NYRR:

“The corrals will be released at regular intervals, with corral A leaving at the first starting horn, followed by an additional starting horn for each subsequent corral. Runners’ race net times will still be recorded from when they cross the start and finish mats. This change is based on runner feedback and will ensure a safer and more enjoyable race for everyone.”

When a groups of runners start at different times from each other, this would mean that each group would be running a separate race. That is what NYRR is doing here with staggered starts. Each corral start would be a separate race.

It will be interesting to see how staggered starts will affect the awards. Because runners in corral “A” will not be racing against runners from corral “B” since their respective corrals are starting at separate times.  Therefor, the awards should not be awarded to runners across the corrals.  If it were up to myself, only runners from corral “A” would be eligible for any awards.

Let’s see how this all works out Sunday. It will be interesting what arguments come out of this.

 

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2014 Fifth Avenue Mile Videos: Men’s Race, Women’s Race, Awards Ceremony

September 14, 2014

2014 Fifth Avenue Mile Professional Men

Jordan McNamara surprises everyone by coming out of nowhere at the end of the race for the victory (finish line pic). His time was 3:50.90.  Garrett Heath was a close second in 3:51. This year the top seven runners finished with sub 3:53 mile times.

2014 Fifth Avenue Mile Professional Women

Jenny Simpson repeats as the winner this year by defeating Brenda Martinez. You could not have asked for a better match up with two runners that had outstanding season on the track. The ladies did put on a great race with both running a 4:19 mile.  This year’s race was the first time there had been fourteen women sub-4:30. Incredible.

2014 Fifth Avenue Mile Awards Ceremony

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Video: 2013 Fifth Avenue Mile

September 22, 2013

Jenny Simpson crushed the competition with a scorching 4:19.3 mile.

Nick Willis holds off Bernard Lagat for his second Fifth Avenue Mile win.

Video: 2013 NYC Half Lead Men

March 17, 2013

Wilson Kipsang comfortably in the lead on West Street at Chambers Street.

Top 5 New York City Area Running Milestones of 2012

December 31, 2012
  1. Jullie Culley is the USA Olympic Trials 5,000  Meter Champion and reaches the Olympic 5,000 meter finals. Julie also ran a 5,000 meter personal best 15:05.38 in the Olympic 5,000 meter semi-finals. It was unfortunate Julie wasn’t able to make her marathon debut at the NYC Marathon this November.
  2. Edward Cheserek Repeats as Foot Locker Cross Country Champion –  During the High School cross country, indoor and outdoor track seasons all you hear about is Ed Cheserek setting a record somewhere. Adding to his storied St. Benedict’s prep career, on December 4, 2012 Ed became the fourth boy’s repeat cross country champion.
  3. Brooklyn Marathon –  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York City was faced with 2012 being the first year since 1970 that the NYC Marathon would not be held.  NYCRuns’s Brooklyn Marathon saw that there would be a marathon run in New York City every year since 1970.
  4. NYRR Mini 10K 40th Anniversary – The first Mini 10K had taken place on June 3, 1972 as the Crazylegs Mini Marathon, an all woman race to promote equality in sports.  The race’s popularity had grown over the years to attract top talent from around the world. In 2012 the Mini had 6,122 finishers and honored women who had run the race repeatedly over the years.
  5. Matthew Centrowitz, Jr. – Fifth Avenue Mile Victory – Matt “Centro” Centrowitz, Jr. is the son of notable NYC runner and coach Matt Centrowitz, Sr. In September Matt, Jr. made his Fifth Avenue Mile debut defeating 2011 winner Bernard Lagat and 2012 Olympic 1,500 meter silver medallist Leo Manzano.  Watch Matt’s run to victory in this video.

NYRR Announces Cancelled Marathon Resolution

December 20, 2012

Just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse, NYRR announces their cancelled marathon resolution. The options are 1) Refund, 2) Guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 NYC Marathon, or 3)Guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half. Runners that select guaranteed entry for the marathon or half will need to pay the full entry price. No credits or discounts will be offered for the guaranteed entry option.

NYRR’s resolution is fair. Those runners that live far away and spent a lot of money on travel to NYC, can recoup some of their money spent with the refund. The guaranteed entry option for the marathon and half is a very good solution too. It saves runners the time and money they would have to spend qualifying for the marathon or half.  Plus the marathon streakers can keep streaking!

What option would you chose? Please discuss in the comments.

What About the NYC Marathon Streakers?

December 9, 2012

This past week NYRR had addressed the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon will count as a 9+1 race qualifier.  But, NYRR still has yet to address whether runners that qualify by finishing 15 previous NYC Marathon streaks will be intact. It would stink if runners would lose this means of qualifying for the NYC Marathon.

From the ING NYC Marathon site:

Qualifying by finishing 15 previous New York City Marathons. The ING New York City Marathon offers eligibility for guaranteed entry to runners who have finished 15 or more New York City Marathons

About NYRR’s 9+1 Announcement for the Cancelled Marathon

December 9, 2012

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, NYRR sent the following statement in an email to it’s members stating the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon will count as a 9+1 qualifying race. 

Cancelled 2012 ING New York City Marathon Will Count as 9+1 Qualifying Race

We thank you for your patience as we continue to work through issues related to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon. This work is ongoing and we will update you on any developments as soon as possible.

At this time we’d like to share with you that as an NYRR member, you will receive 9+1 race qualifying credit for your entry into the marathon.

Please check your NYRR member profile starting December 11 to ensure that you’ve received the credit; e-mail us if you have any concerns. (Note: The 9+1 program is for NYRR members only; full details can be found here.)

This does not mean runners will only be receiving 9+1 credit for the cancelled marathon. According to NYRR the matter has not been resolved.  In a response from NYRR on December 6, a NYRR representative statedMore specifically, any further decisions related to any other issues or questions are still pending.”  It appears that NYRR is still working on a resolution to satisfy the runners of the cancelled 2012 NYC Marathon. I’m certain the last thing NYRR wants is to deal with is a mob of angry runners.

What I don’t understand is the timeliness of the 9+1 statement.  It would have been nice if NYRR would have sent the 9+1 credit email sooner after the marathon was cancelled. Because I was under the impression I would not be receiving 9+1 credit and it had caused me to change my plans.  I had registered for the Las Vegas Marathon, cancelled volunteering for the 60K and did not register for 2 additional to reach 9 for the year. So I am out of luck with 9+1 qualifying for the 2013 NYC Marathon.

Video: 2012 Fifth Avenue Mile Pro Men and Women

September 22, 2012

Matt Centrowitz wins in 3:52.4 over 2011 champ Bernard Lagat 2:52.9. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano gets third with 3:53.1.

Brenda Martinez victorious in 4:24.2, Anna Pierce 4:24.9 for second and Hannah England 4:26 is third.

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Save the Date: Run/Walk for Haiti on Feb. 20

January 29, 2010

A 4-mile run and walk to benefit Haiti, co-sponsored by NYRR and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is coming to Central Park on February 20. All entry fees collected by NYRR will go directly to New York City’s Haiti Relief Fund, administered by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which is directing 100% of donations to reputable organizations providing relief in Haiti. Stay tuned. More at NYRR.