We registered on day one within a couple of minutes of the opening of the registration process. We heard that the race was sold out in 2 hours. It is probably the second most popular race after the marathon.
NYRR indicates that this is the most popular half marathon in the country. Today, 27,440 finished the race, with a breakdown of 13,472 men and 13, 968 women !
We trained hard as usual and finished with a respectable 2:44:20 and 21.
The race is using a similar course to last year, a run around the Brooklyn botanical garden, a run around the Grand Army Plaza monument, a round outside Prospect Park, then a round inside Prospect Park. We left Prospect Park with already 7 miles done. Very easy, smooth running, with paces of 11 minutes per mile downhill up to 13 min/miles on the long nice uphills.
The Ocean Park way was just covered with fresh asphalt up to mile 10 and it was very nice. The last miles were on the old road. We ran past the Cyclone before turning to the boardwalk for the last 200 meters. We crossed the line together.
This is the second best for Evelyne. I ran with her again this year.
The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold nor windy. A bit of rain in the last mile.
The organization was perfect as usual.
My status is 7+1 for the 2018 NYC Marathon, 7 races done and 1 volunteer.
I’ll do the June 17th 10K in Corona Park and the Bronx 10 miles in September to wrap up both my 9+1 and my 5 boroughs for next year automatic entry to the NYC half 😉
I’ll volunteer during the summer for the fun ! And I’ll train a bit my speed for Omaha marathon mid September. Then prepare NYC marathon with Evelyne, and run it with her. Big question mark: do I run the 60K this year ? Tempting.
Gotta run !