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Manhattan Half-Marathon

January 22, 2010

Sunday January 24 8:00 AM

This Sunday the Manhattan Half-Marathon is the first stop in the NYRR Half-Marathon Series. There appear to be some changes to the half-marathon series for 2010. It appears NYRR has dropped the Half_Marathon Grand Prix from the event series title this year. The race is called the Manhattan Half on the souvenir t-shirt. Another decade passes and NYRR has changed the name of the event once again. At least they are consistent.

The weather at race time will be in the high-30s and overcast. There is a chance of rain in the morning with a storm approaching from the West.

Happy running!

Upcoming Race: NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K

December 5, 2009

Saturday, December 6, 8:00 AM

Central Park East Drive near 101st St, New York, NY

The legacy of NYRR founder Joe Kleinerman lives on with his namesake 10K. This wintry run not only pays tribute to Kleinerman, who passed away in 2003, but it also benefits a scholarship fund in his name for scholastic runners. $1 of your registration fee goes directly to the fund, and additional donations can be made during registration.

Expect cold and icy conditions tomorrow morning because of the storm New York is having Saturday. The race time temperature will be in the mid-30s. Check the forecast for more details.

NYC Half-Marathon Lottery Opens Today at Noon

December 1, 2009

The NYC Half-Marathon which has been run in the Summer has been moved to March 21. Moving the race to March 21 by NYRR is to better assist runners by staging the race in a cooler time of the year. NYRR also hopes to attract more of the world’s top runners to use the NYC Half-Marathon as a tune-up race for the upcoming London and Boston marathons.

The NYC Half-Marathon entry application will be available December 1 at noon.

Guaranteed entry for Runners who meet the following qualifying time standards* on any certified course:
Open (Age 18-39)**    Masters (Age 40+)**
Marathon   Half-Marathon     Marathon    Half-Marathon
Men        2:55:00      1:23:00                 3:10:00        1:30:00
Women  3:23:00      1:37:00                  3:38:00        1:44:00

Veterans (Age 50+)**               Veterans (Age 60+)**
Marathon   Half-Marathon        Marathon    Half-Marathon
Men            3:30:00      1:40:00                     3:45:00      1:48:00
Women      3:52:00      1:50:00                      4:13:00     2:00:30

There is also guaranteed entry through charity programs and National Travel Partner.

Processing Fee
US $5
This fee is required for all applicants. This payment is non-refundable and will be processed when we receive your application.

Entry Fee
NYRR Members*: US $79
Non-Members Domestic: US $90

Non-Members Int’l (including Canada and Puerto Rico): US $150

Good luck!

ING NYC Marathon

October 31, 2009

nyc_marathon_finishThere it is. The finish line for the ING NYC Marathon which is tomorrow. About 40,000 runners will be looking to cross the finish line. Best of luck to everyone participating.

My picks for the winners of the ING NYC Marathon are Patrick Makau and Paula Radcliffe. I believe they are both in their top form going into the race tomorrow. Patrick is a newcomer to the marathon. He has great speed and tenacity. The guy is a fighter. Paula is the top women marathon runner. With the new course being run for the first time tomorrow, I believe Paula will set a NYC Marathon record for the women.

This year’s NYC Marathon has a twist. It is also the 2009 USA Men’s Marathon Championship. Abdi Abdirahman, Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Brian Sell, Jorge Torres, and Jason Lehmkuhle are among the elite Americans competing. I believe Ryan Hall will win the Championship. He will be in the top five overall finishers.

I can’t wait to see who will be in the lead at the 26th mile.

Upcoming Weekend Races

October 19, 2009

Saturday 10/24 – Nike+ Human Race 10K

Saturday 10/24 – Race to the Finish 5M

Sunday 10/25 – NYRR Poland Spring™ Marathon Kickoff 5M

Find more upcoming races in the race calendar.

Race Report: NYRR Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

October 18, 2009

Course - Satellite - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Course - Satellite - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

The Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K was my first foray into country running. You couldn’t have asked for any better weather for a cross country race than the slop delivered on this Sunday morning. I wore cross country spikes for this race and had chosen to use stainless steel spikes instead of rubber pins.

The first mile of the course was messy with plenty of puddles. I ran it fairly well with a 6:40 mile split. About a quarter mile into the race, there is a potion of the course that goes over concrete. This complicates things a bit if you are wearing spikes.

The second mile is where I felt like a cross country newbie. The hills got to me. Sadly, I had even walked up one of the hills. My split was a horrid 8:20 mile. Crossing the Henry Hudson overpass is concrete.

The third mile is when you descend down the hills. Descending down the hills in the cross country trail isn’t the same as running down a paved road. The cross country trail is stepped. Every 20-30 feet you go down a step. This is where you need to be careful and not twist an ankle. After crossing the Henry Hudson overpass, there is long downhill. After the downhill you will make your way toward the finish line about a third of a mile away.My third mile good at 6:40. It was a good rebound. I ran hard through the finish.

Before the race, I had asked the volunteers about the course surface. I wanted to know if there are any hard surface. They said it was all dirt and grass. Which isn’t true. To be clear, there are three areas of the course that are concrete.

I have not had a decent 5K race as of yet. Everytime I run a 5K, something goes wrong. Like today in the woods I had to stop and catch my breath going up a hill. WTF? It’s as if I have a 5K jinx. Take a look at the race data from my Gamin Forerunner 305. You will see a big thud in the middle of the red speed graph.

Flat- Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Flat- Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Descending- Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Descending- Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Ascending - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Ascending - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Course - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Course - Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K

Maps made with SportTracks

Upcoming Cross Country Races

October 16, 2009

This Sunday I’m running the Kurt Steiner 5K. In preparation for the race, I had purchased a pair of Asics Dirt Dog 2 cross country spikes. The race in the Bronx will also fulfil my goal of running a race in all five New York City boroughs this year.

Oct 18 – NYRR Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5K – Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York
Nov 15 – NYRR Cross Country Championships 5K – Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY
Dec 13 – NYRR Pete McArdle Cross Country Classic 15K – Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY

View the running races calendar for more updates

Race Report: NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon 2009

October 11, 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.

Upcoming Race: NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon

October 7, 2009

halfmarathongrandprixSunday October 11 8:30 AM

NYRR Staten Island Half-Marathon
Staten Island, NY

This upcoming Sunday Staten Island will be final stop on NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix series. It also means I get to run through the neighborhood I grew up in. I’d like to thank Continental Airlines for granting me VIP tent access. Myself getting VIP treatment has nothing to do with this stupid blog. Trust me. Here are the race details.

Staten Island Half Marathon Course Map

Start and Finish Layout – Staten Island Half Marathon

Upcoming Race: Grete’s Great Gallop 13.1M / Norway Run 1.7M

September 29, 2009

NorwegianFlagSaturday October 3 8:15 AM / 9:00 AM

Central Park
New York, NY

The land of sparkling fjords, Jarlsberg cheese, nine-time New York City Marathon champion Grete Waitz, and all things Norwegian is celebrated on this delightful day! The events include running, walking, Norwegian food, and entertainment.
Which Race?

Individuals must choose one event. No matter which race you registered for, your race number will allow you to run either the Norway Run or Grete’s Great Gallop, but not both.
Grete’s Great Gallop / Norway Run Courses

Norway Run
1.7M – 8:15 am

Start on Central Park’s West Drive by Tavern on the Green and head north.

Turn right / east on 72nd Transverse, turn right / south on East Drive and continue around the lower end of the park to the finish on West Drive by Tavern on the Green.

Grete’s Great Gallop
13.1M – 9:00 am

Start on Central Park’s East Drive at 70th Street and head south. Complete two clockwise loops of the park. After the second lap, continue around the lower end of the park to the finish on West Drive by Tavern on the Green.

Number Pickup /Registration

Entrants are required to pick up their numbers, scoring tags, and race souvenirs in advance at NYRR, 9 East 89th Street, on:

• Thursday, October 1, 1:00 -7:00 p.m.
• Friday, October 2, 1:00 -7:00 p.m.

Near the start at the registration tent on Saturday, October 3:

• Norway Run, 6:45 – 7:45 a.m.
• Grete’s Great Gallop, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
• Troll Stroll, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.