CANCELLED! Run The NYC Half Course W/ Us This Saturday!

UPDATE – SATURDAY 3/2/19 @ 5am!

Due to accumulations of already 2-3 inches of snow on the ground in Brooklyn and more still falling, we have decided it is in the runners best interests to cancel this run! .

We have come too far training wise to risk insury! Originally I had hoped this would be mostly rain but it wasn’t the case!

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Apologies this didn’t work out!

As we come up close to two weeks left to the United NYC Half, its time for runners to get their final long runs in!  Similar to what we did a few weeks back, we will be running a large portion of the United NYC half course!  This week we will come close to running the whole course! We are looking to run approximately 12 miles this Saturday!

Where: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch @ Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park!

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time: Gathering between 7:00am – 7:15am

Why: 12 miles of the United NYC Half Marathon Course

 We will be doing this run rain or shine! One of the positives that we have going our way that day is that we will have a bag check available! You can check your bag with one of our members at Grand Army Plaza who will then transport your belongings for retrieval by the NYRR Run Center.

We will also have FREE samples of Nuun Hydration & Vitamins to give out before and after the run.

For this run we will have three different pace groups and have them departing at staggered times.

-Pace group 1 – 7:30am – Runners pacing over 11:00

 -Pace group 2 – 7:45am -Runners pacing b/w 9:00 and. 11:00 per mile,

 –Pace group 3 – 8:00 am -Runners pacing under 9:00/ mile

Below is the route that we will be taking for the course run. Please keep in mind that some parts of the actual course cannot be run as we do not have access to them such as the main road of the Manahattan Bridge and the actual FDR Drive. We have improvised the route to come as close to the actual race day course as possible.

COURSE ROUTE! 

I know the race starts within Prospect Park but we won’t have the luxury of signage telling us where to go this Saturday and I would like to avoid any confusion. Also, starting in Grand Army Plaza allows, our vehicular bag check to drive up right to us and not having to go inside the park. So with this route, we will end up somewhere between 12 and 12 1/2 miles approximately while cutting out one mile from within Prospect Park.

  •  We will start at Grand Army Plaza and head South on Flatbush Avenue, taking Flatbush Avenue until you get to Empire Blvd. (0.75 miles)
  • Once you hit Empire Blvd,  turn around and come back up Flatbush Avenue retracing the route you just ran. Go back thru Grand Army Plaza and run past it but make sure to pick up Flatbush Avenue on the other side of Grand Army Plaza AND NOT Vanderbilt Avenue. (approx 1.0 mile)
  • Once you pass thru Grand Army Plaza, stay on Flatbush Ave for 1.5 miles and make a left on Willoughby St. (1.5 miles) 
  • On Willoughby, go 5 blocks, approx. ΒΌ mile and make a right onto Jay St. (0.25 MILES
  • Stay on Jay St for a little over a ΒΌ mile until you come to Sands St. Here, there is an entrance to the Manhattan Bridge pedestrian walkway. (0.25 MILES)
  • Enjoy the stretch over Manhattan Bridge and take your pictures now instead of race day lol (1.3 MILES)
  • When you come off the bridge make a right on Canal Street Stay on Canal Street for about 3 blocks until you get to Allen Street and make a right. Stay on Allen St until it turns to Pike Street and take Pike Street all the way until you hit the FDR Drive. (0.25 MILES)
  • Cross under the FDR drive and run along the water either along the water or on the bike path under the FDR drive. Stay along this path until you come to the Water Club which is approximately at 34th street (3.0 MILES)
  • Continue one block on 34th street to 1st ave and make a right. (0.1 MILES)
  • Continue north on 1st Ave to 42nd street and make a left (0.4 MILES)
  • Continue on 42nd street to 7th avenue and make a right. (1.2 MILES)
  • Continue north on 7th avenue for a mile until you reach 59th street and Central Park South. Make a right on Central Park South. (1.0 MILES)
  • Take Central Park South to Grand Army Plaza and enter the park on East Drive. Continue on East drive and make a left at the 72nd street tranverse. Take the transverse around to the west drive and end run at tavern on the green. (1.5 MILES)

See you on Saturday rain or shine! Any questions regarding the run, please email us at wearenycrc@gmail.com !

 

Long Runs, Grete 10K, All on Saturday!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and is ready to crank up the miles this weekend!

We have three opportunities for you to get your runs in on Saturday and we are pretty sure that no matter where you are in the 5 boroughs, you will be able to get to us somewhere along the way! Read ahead to find out about the three opportunities!

*STATEN ISLAND HALF MARATHON TRIAL RUN – LED BY LISSETTE*STATEN ISALND HALF PIC

One of our members Lissette is a resident of Staten Island and has been looking forward to leading this trial run. She knows the course and is ready to lead our members thru the course so that they can run the race with confidence next week!

She has also arranged for lockers at a new gym called “Goal Mine”. For $20 you can store your items in a locker there, shower and use the sauna after the trial run. The gym also has a cafe inside if you want to get a bite to eat after.

Goal Mine is close to the start of the SI Half marathon course. Meet up is at 8am in front of Goal Mine. If you don’t want to use Goal Mine then just come over and meet up with the runners to run the SI half course!

β€’ WHAT- Staten Island Half Marathon Course Trial Run (approx. – 13 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Goal Mind Gym, 4 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 8:00am, arrive earlier if you would like to store your items inside the gym.

*NYC MARATHON COURSE LONG RUN – LED BY MYRNA*

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These folks did 15 a couple of weeks back – now they are ready for 18 miles!

She led a 15 miler a couple of weeks ago and she is at again on Saturday. This time she is going for 18 miles and wants you to join her! Starting in Bayridge Brooklyn, this run will go up 4th avenue and mirror as much of the NYC Marathon course as possible into Greenpoint, over the Pulaski Bridge and over the 59th street bridge into Manhattan. Once in Manhattan they will head up 1st avenue just like the marathon does and end around 96th street. The end goal is 18 miles but you can do as many as you need to! Bring some cash and a metro card with you in case you want to jump into a store along the way of feel like breaking away at any time!

β€’ WHAT- NYC Marathon Course Long Run (approx. – 18 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Bayridge Brooklyn, 92nd Street & Dahlgren Place

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 7:15am

*NYRR GRETE GALLOP 10K*

BRONX 10 MILE GROUP PIC

After crushing the Bronx 10 miler last week, the crew is ready to head back to Central Park for a nice 10k stroll in the park in honor of women’s marathon legend Grete Waitz! Its the annual NYRR Grete Gallop, a 10k race in Central Park. The team will be meeting up at 7:30am across from the bandshell where Race Day Central will be setup! Don’t miss the group picture prior to the start!

β€’ WHAT- Grete’s Gallop 10k Race

β€’ WHERE- Central Park NYC, Bandshell Area

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 7:15- 7:30am

Hope to see you out at one of the above!

Thursday Run & The Weekend Rundown!

We will be back at Central Park Thursday Night!

Good morning to all of you wonderful and motivated runners out there! We have made it to Wednesday and now it’s time to get over the hump! Sometimes you need a little push to do that and we have that for you! Let’s put some running on your calendar for the rest of the week!

Thursday – Central Park Run!

It’s become a staple every week with We Are NYC Running Club since the beginning of 2018. This Thursday we get together once again. We’ve dubbed this run “Positive Vibes, Smiles and Miles” because that is what you can come to expect when you come to one of these! We will be doing anywhere from 5-7 miles in the park on Thursday. As always all paces are welcomed and we will be running rain or shine!

β€’ WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-7 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)

β€’ WHEN – Thursday, August 16, 2018

β€’ TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm

β€’ OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm

Saturday – Running Tour of NYC

Start from the top of Manhattanan and run to the bottom (Photo Credit – Tobias)

One of our members had a vision for years of running from the top of Manhattan Island to the very bottom of it. His dilemma was he wasn’t quite ready to do that and he didn’t want to do it alone. Since joining We Are NYC Running Club, our member Tobias has gotten faster and has built his endurance to be able to tackle the miles needed to carry out this run. Now he wants to share it with you all!

The run stats at 7:00am on Saturday at 9th avenue and Broadway starting at the Broadway Bridge. The closest MTA subway station is the 1 Train vΓ­a the 225th street station. The run will snake thru Manhattan while hitting several landmarks and nice photo opportunities. The run will culminate at Bowling Green. Total mileage is expected to be around 17 miles. You can join us for the whole thing or for just a portion of it. As always, all paces are welcomed!

β€’ WHAT- Running Tour of NYC (approx 17 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Meeting at Broadway Bridge (Broadway & 9th avenue)

β€’ WHEN – Saturday August 18, 2018

β€’ TIME- Meeting at 6:45am and starting run at 7:00am

β€’ OTHER INFO- With as much as 17 miles expected to be run, bring your own nutrition and hydration. Since we are running thru Manhattan you can always stop in at a store to buy water/gatorade.

More info on the route that thisΒ run will take will be postedΒ on this siteΒ by Friday. One thing you can be sure ofΒ is that you will get your miles in and you will see some NYC sites while doing it!

Tobias along with some of the members during the First Running Tour of Manhattan Run!

 

Sunday – France Run Central Park

On Sunday, New York Road Runners will be sponsoring an 8k race called the France Run in Central Park. The race is sold out but you can still come out and cheer on those runners that will be tackling the 8k! Race time is 8:00am!

Finally, if you want to sport a team shirt or tank top, those are always available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on our team store!

These nice race day tank tops are on sale now in our team store – see link above!

This Weekend – Run With Us!

It’s Friday and the weekend is here! The general population is looking to see what parties and other weekend plans they can get involved with, but at We Are NYC RC, we are looking to see what runs we can get into! And this is the life of a runner!! (haha)!

View of Park Avenue from a previous “Summer Streets”

Don’t worry, we have ya covered! But be warned, both of our offerings will require you to wake up early so if you were looking to catch up on zzzz’s this weekend, do it after you run!

Saturday 8/11 – Summer Streets Run (led by Marjorie!)

Each year in the first three weeks of August, New York City shirts down certain portions of the city for recreation and fun. This Saturday, Park Avenue from 72nd street down to Centre street by City Hall will be closed to traffic. We are having a run that will run thru the closed streets. The entire stretch is 7 miles but if you need to do more you can always run back or a portion back. Bring some cash and a metro card to buy water along the route. Meeting details below! Run will happen rain or shine!

  • When- Saturday 8/11/18
  • Time- 7:15am (Run happens rain or shine!)
  • Meeting Location- Chase bank (corner of 72nd street & Lexington Avenue)
  • Route- Start at 72nd st & Lex, go over to Park Avenue, go left on Park Avenue and run straight downtown (approx 7 miles!)

 

Ready for 15 miles on Sunday!

Sunday 8/12 – TCS Marathon Training Series – 15 mile run sponsored by New York Road Runners

If the weather holds up, join us and thousands of other runners as we do three loops of the 5 mile loop in Central Park as the preparation continues for the TCS NYC Marathon. As of the writing of this post, there are still spots open for this training run. Sign up here if you are interested!

Over 30 of our members have signed up for this training run and we will be meeting before the race in “Race Day Central”. More info below!

  • When- Sunday 8/12/18
  • Meetup 6:15-6:45am / Race starts @ 7:00am
  • Location- Central Park 102st Tranverse and East drive
  • Route- 5 mile loop in Central Park 3 times!
  • Meetup Location- look for softball field 8- we will be on the concrete path on the 3rd bass/left field side of field 8
  • Hope to see many of you this weekend and if not, have a great RUNNING weekend!

NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile Run!

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Tomorrow NYRR will host its first ever 7 mile race, the Manhattan 7 Mile Run. Our club runners will be out there in full force tomorrow as they will look to set personal records as this will obviously be the first time they have run this distance!

If you are looking to meet up with the team we will be in “Race Day Central” across from the Bandshell in our usual location starting at 7am!. Stop by and share a laugh and unwind before the race!

Not running the race tomorrow but still want to get in on the action? No problem! Come and be part of our cheer squad! We assemble on 76th street and the West Drive right alongside the Lake! Our club takes pride in cheering not only for our club runners but for all runners in the race!

Good luck to all of the runners running the Manattan 7 miler on Sunday!

Weekly Group Run This Thursday!

Hang in there runners the weekend will be here soon enough! Here is a way to give you something to look forward to before the weekend and to also help you notch some miles under your belt!

Join We Are NYC Running Club this Thursday for another of our weekly group runs in Central Park! Each week our running club meets once during the week to log some miles! Those miles become even more important now as marathon training is in full swing for many!

All skill levels are welcomed for these group runs as we will split up into pace groups! Here are the specifics for Thursday’s group run!

  • WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-6 miles)
  • WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
  • TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
  • OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm

Any questions regarding the group run can be directed to Cesar at wearenycrc@gmail.com!

See you all there!

Race Review Of The New United NYC Half Marathon

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is having a fantastic start to the spring! Even though the calendar says its spring, it hasn’t felt too warm in New York City. At the time of the writing of this post, New York City is in the midst of yet another Nor’easter!

Thankfully, sub 30 degree temperatures did not stop the almost 22,000 participants that ran the United NYC Half Marathon this past Sunday! For those who have followed my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of this race and I was very skeptical of the new course lay out. I did a trial run of the course about a month ago (read about that here) and thought that the course was a lot more challenging than the previous one. However now that I have actually run the race here’s what I actually thought of the course, along with my personal feelings during that day!

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Runners near the start of the race by Grand Army Plaza (photo credit New York Road Runners Club)

The course aimed to be more inclusive of other parts of New York City, so they decided to start the race in Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza in Central Park to be exact. Let’s stop right there.

In the past, the start of the race was in Central Park with the finish being near downtown, Wall Street. This year’s course required more planning ahead. For those coming in from out of town, the big question became ‘Do I stay close to the start or close to the finish’? To make life easier for some of the followers of this blog as well as my United NYC Half Marathon Facebook group, we actually hired two coach buses to meet us in midtown Manhattan and take us to the start line. While that was a quick fix for about 110 people, there were several others who had to navigate the subway system enroute to the start line, very early on a Sunday morning. For the most part it seems that folks that left early, got to the start line on time. There seemed to be a crowding problem on the train for those that boarded trains close to the start line in Brooklyn. You would think the MTA would put more trains on the lines given 22,000 extra people heading to Brooklyn at this time!

Crowded Subways Photo Credit Peter Eher

The crowds on the subways enroute to the United NYC Half – Photo Credit Peter Ehler

Once you arrived at the course, the race organizer, New York Road Runners, was on the ball in terms of getting everyone lined up for the race. Prior to the race, they instructed everyone to specifically go to the start of the corrals which was on the opposite side of the park from the actual start line. I think the entry point was perfect. It was convenient from subway stations and close to a major intersection which made it easy for taxi and Uber/Lyft dropoffs to allow passengers to get off quickly and be close to the corral entries. Once there, an abundance of security awaited runners as they would pass a full set of security measures such as metal detectors, clear bags only and the restriction of liquids greater than 1 liter. This year, NYRR put portable bathrooms right in the corrals to make it easy for someone “to go” right before the start of the race. As a matter of fact, with the staggered starts, there were people going to the bathroom even though the race had started because they knew they had time before the stagger reached them! Good move on the part of NYRR to do this!

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Portable bathrooms right in the corrals! – Photo Credit: Ericka Gee

One the race stated, racing down Flatbush Avenue was chilly but exhilarating, mostly due to the fact that the first two miles were down hill. The crowds weren’t what I expected but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that it was 7:30am when we were flying down Flatbush Avenue and it was under 30 degrees. Downtown Brooklyn gets a pass for the thin crowds on this one. For the most part, all you could see were the thousands of runners that were taking off with you! I told myself going into this race to take these first two miles easily. Clearly I didn’t listen as I clocked a 7:23 and a 7:27 respectively for the first two miles – so much for that game plan!

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The approach to the Manhattan Bridge – Photo Credit: Gail Miranda

As expected, once on the Manhattan Bridge there were no spectators in sight due to security reasons. Going over the bridge was actually very peaceful. After getting over the adrenalin of the start and the first two miles being mostly downhill, this is where the race really started for me. With the rising sun hitting runners from the east, it was a chance to take in the views of the east river and settle in for another 10 miles. For me it was a time to make a decision on how I would run the remainder of race. I wanted to PR, which meant go under 1:50. 1:45 would have been a great day. As I crossed the Manhattan Bridge, the pace group for the 1:40 goal time passed me. I saw them and thought to myself, ‘maybe I could keep up with them?’. To do so would require a pace much faster than than what I was shooting for. As we approached the end of the Manhattan Bridge, they settled in 10 yards in front of me. Keeping them in sight, I was distracted for some time by what I saw as I was coming off the Manhattan Bridge. The bridge left us in the heart of Chinatown. The crowds coming off of the bridge were terrific. I have to be honest, before the race, I didn’t think there would be many spectators in Chinatown but boy was I wrong. The crowds there along with the first Huma gel of the day that I popped provided a nice boost for the next mile as we headed towards the FDR Drive!

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Views Of The Manhattan Bridge Portion – Photo By Rose Ormilo

One of the stretches of the race that I was looking forward to was the stretch along the FDR Drive. When I ran a trial run of the course a few weeks back, I was obviously not allowed to go on the FDR drive as there was no way onto it with moving traffic. During my trial run, I noticed that there was some significant elevations on the FDR drive and I wondered how that would feel on race day considering we would be 5 miles into the race by the time we reached the elevations of the FDR Drive. In looking back at the race, the FDR drive was just the beginning of several climbs that we would have to endure from that point on until the end of the race. Also looking back on the race, I enjoyed the scenery of running on the FDR Drive and actually being in the middle of it. It felt almost surreal as you knew that no one actually ever walks or runs on the FDR drive itself.

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Running on the FDR Drive – Photo Credit: Lourdes Lawrence

Depending on your pace, most runners would exit the FDR Drive at 42nd street exit ramp just as a car would that was exiting the FDR. The FDR drive however was a topic of debate for runners who started at the back of wave 2. According to some runner’s accounts, some of the late starters were not even allowed on the FDR Drive because they had to re-open it to vehicular traffic. Instead they were asked to run along the promenade that runs parallel to the FDR Drive. For the most part this works as a good alternative however there weren’t race officials to tell runners were to get off of the promenade. The promenade comes to a dead end at some point north of 34th street and never makes it all the way to 42nd street. Runners were under the impression that they could go all the way up to 42nd street on the promenade and then continue east along the remainder of the race course. Unfortunately, this was not the case and frustrated runners encountered the dead end and had to reverse back to 34th street to exit the promenade and make their way to 42nd street to pick up the official race course. This was a major miscue on the part of NYRR! Hopefully something they will learn for future races that run this course!

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Running Thru Times Square – Photo Credit: Rose Ormillo

Regardless of how you made it to 42nd street, the race continued west along the wide stretch which included an uphill until you ran past Fifth Avenue. Much to my dismay, there weren’t as many spectators on 42nd street. Most of them seemed to be tourists who were uninterested in the runners passing by them. One thing that I noticed on 42nd. street was the way that NYRR handled the power gel distribution. Just after mile 7, NYRR decided to distribute Power Bar gels to all of the runners. In my opinion the way they were distributed was horrible. They simply placed the gel packets on the table for runners to grab. Runners however seemed to have been grabbing one and knocking one off of the table as well because by the time I got to the table, there were several gel packets already on the floor, most of them which had been stepped on and exploded making the path to the gel table a dicey and treacherous one. If NYRR wants to give out gel packets, bravo! But how about you drop one in the bag along with the race shirt when you distribute them at the expo? The way it was done on Sunday was a mess and I am sure that several runners in the back of the pack may not have been able to get one. Β While I did grab one, I tossed it just after I got to Central Park. The packet weighed a ton compared to the Huma ones I had. I regret even grabbing it off of the table on 42nd street.

Speaking of 42nd street, the race turned north once we approached 7th avenue. The crowds were vibrant and loud when we got to this part of the race. As I was running along 42nd street, I could see the 1:40 pace group turning north on 7th avenue. Trying to keep them in sight, I was motivated and sped up when I myself reached 7th avenue despite the fact that the stretch on 7th avenue was another uphill until we reached Central Park. My mile split for this mile was the fastest of the race – 7:00 and that 1:40 pace group was still in sight! As we approached Central Park I spotted Tana, one of our We Run NYC Running Club members who didn’t get to run the race. Β She was holding up a cheer sign for us! God Bless her because 7th avenue was a wind tunnel and yet she remained out there supporting us! The motivation worked because I entered Central Park feeling strong and ready to conquer the hills that awaited.

Tana Supporting We Run NYC Running Club! Photo Credit: Maritza Santos

Even though I have trained in Central Park, it still had its way with me. With 4 miles left to go as we entered Central Park, I went in strong and positive but that quickly wore off as we approached Cat Hill. This tells me that I was purely running off of adrenalin on 7th avenue. I’ve run Cat Hill hill before and never had issues with it but on this day, I think I might have expended too much energy in the parts leading up to here as I was chasing the 1:40 pace group. Approaching the end of mile 11 just before the 102nd street traverse, I finally lost the 1:40 pace group and never saw them the rest of the race. I was tired and I knew I still had 2 more miles to go. At this point I was just thinking to myself, ‘You ran 8 miles over your head with the 1:40 pace group at roughly 7:37 per mile, just hold it together and get thru these last two miles!’.

Making the turn onto the 102nd street traverse we came upon a water stop. I took one last shot of Gatorade at this water station in hopes that it would get me to the finish strong. Next came the turn off of the 102nd street traverse and onto Central Park west. We were met with a long uphill right away. I was familiar with this uphill and knew that it was a long one. Mentally I was shot. I felt my legs buckle as I tried to push forward. Other than early on in the 3rd mile where we climbed the Manhattan Bridge, mile 12 would be my slowest mile at 8:13. I thought to myself, you ran too fast this whole race to give it all back now. Knowing the worst was behind me hill wise, except for maybe one more small hill, the 13th mile was all guts and glory. If I could personally thank all of the spectators that lined that last mile I would because they got me thru that last mile. From running an 8:13 mile in mile 12 to finishing with a 7:21 mile in mile 13, it’s been a while since I was so happy to see a finish line! I saw the 800m marker and forgot about the fatigue and just went for it. Final time 1:41:41. That’s a full 10 minutes knocked off of my previous personal record. Finishing in Central Park was tough, but I liked it. Actually in looking back, the whole race from the FDR drive til the end was tough , but it was a good scenic and challenging course and I can’t wait to do it again.

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My official results from NYRR!

Overall, I enjoyed this course more than the previous version. I came across a lot of people that ran personal records on this course and all of them thought it would be a harder course. Is it actually an easier course? I can tell you there are a lot of hills. Did the scenery make tit all go by faster? Was it the cold?

If you ran the race, what do you think? How was your United NYC Half experience – share in the comments below!

United NYC Half Complete – New course gets a thumbs up!