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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.


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

Full Results

2011 Brooklyn Marathon

November 22, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011 will be remembered as the inaugural running of the “other” marathon in New York – the Brooklyn Marathon. 262 runners completed the 26.2 miles course in Prospect Park on a beautiful sunny day. Every runner was more than thrilled to be participating in the first Brooklyn Marathon. Even with having to run six laps around Prospect Park. It truly was an exciting and memorable day in New York running and the runners felt it. I had the opportunity to be in charge of the course marshals. We had a great group of course marshals. They did not want to be relieved even after hours of standing out on the course. The course marshals stayed out there cheering on the runners. That was awesome. The best part of running an inaugural marathon is that two runners have the chance to become the first male and female finishers in the events’ history and set the course records. The first runner to cross the finish line and male winner was John Paul Montes, 24, Carroll Gardens, 2:43:13. The first woman finisher was Kelly Gillen, 29, New York, 3:14:20.

2011 Brooklyn Marathon Results

The Continental Breakfast 5K At East River Park Sep. 10

August 28, 2011

East River Park Track Club And NYCRUNS Join Forces To Become A Giant Super Incredible Robot – Create A Brand New 5K!

What will you get at this race? A well managed electronically timed 5K on a brand new course in East River Park! Afterwards enjoy a nice post-race assortment of yummy snacks in the tradition of Best Westerns everywhere. Enjoy your beverages in your lovely new souvenir travel mug!

Prizes will be awarded onsite for the first 3 male and female finishers and age group award winners. Full results will be posted on NYCRUNS.COM by Monday Morning.

This race is capped at 250 runners and starts at 9:00 AM. Number Pickup will start at 7:30AM, and end at 8:45AM. There is a baggage check. The cost of this race is $20. and increases to $25. on labor day.

Race Registration

Directions To Start:Take the F to 2nd Avenue, the L to 1st Avenue, or the 6 to Astor Place and head east. Enter the park across the FDR and head for the track at E. 6th St. There is nearby bus service as well. You can also run to the park or bike. There are bike racks near the track.

Course: The first lap is in blue and is 1.8 miles. It starts at the water fountain at the E 6th St overpass. Go north towards Con Ed, turn right onto the promenade heading South, right onto the path with the seal fountains, back onto the park drive heading North towards the start/finish.

The second lap is red and is 1.3 miles. The second lap makes a right turn, enters through the southern part of the dance circle, follows the path around the circle westward then north, then heads out onto the park drive northward towards the finish.

Swimmers brave East River

July 31, 2011


Swimmers brave East River

Retired Far Hills psychiatrist, 80, to swim around Manhattan

July 16, 2011



Do you see the water splashing behind the kayak near the Willy B? That’s him! The photo under the Williamsburg Bridge is another swimmer in the East River.

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.

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!

Meb Is All American

November 3, 2009

meb_keflezighiI can’t believe there are people out there that want to challenge whether Meb Keflezighi NYC Marathon win is truly a win by an American(NYT Article) . This is because Meb was born in Eritrea and immigrated to the United States when he was 12. There are people that believe you need to be born in the United States to truly be considered an American.

My grandfather, Hon. Mark A. Costantino, was a Federal Court judge who had naturalized over 250,000 people citizens of the United States. His parents were immigrants from Italy that embraced their new country and worked very hard. In every new citizen he naturalized, he saw in them the hopes, dreams and love for the United States his parents had. Meb Keflezighi could have been one of these people he naturalized an American citizen. If you had asked my grandfather if Meb was an American, he would say he is all American.