New York Road Runners Healthy Kidney 10K Run, Central Park
When the alarm clock went off at 5:15 a.m., I asked myself this question, “Why so early? On a Saturday?” Why run? I love running almost as much as I run dogs and for those of you who know me, I love dogs. I really love them. I’m the guy that stops dog owners on the street to ask if I can say hello to their pooch. Some take to it better than others, but dogs, like running, create conversation.
I don’t have a running partner here in New York City. Not yet, anyway. When the alarm goes off, I have the option to roll over and go back to sleep and I admit, last winter I did just that a couple of times. Why run? Because runners are kooky and in New York, especially, runners are particularly wonderful; they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, abilities, ages. It’s a treat to see kids as young as 12 running and older competitors in their 70′s and 80′s. The oldest male finisher was 87 years old! I want that to be that runner when I grow up.
Over 7,500 runners finished the race on a cool, overcast morning. Here’s a shot of the last 100 meters of the race. It’s hard to appreciate the incline from a photo. Trust me, it hurts at the end of the run.
If you follow women’s professional running, you’ll recognize the 2011 Los Angeles Marathon winner, Buzenesh Deba. The Ethiopian runner took the women’s race out with a blazing time of 33:38. Deba and the top three male finishers chatted with fans and race officials backstage at the award ceremony.
Overall Female Winners:
1 Buzunesh Deba 23 WSX USA 33:38 2 Betsy Burke 26 NYAC USA 36:13 3 Michaela Laussegger 39 0 USA 37:32
Leonard Patrick Komon , the word record holder in the 10k and 15k distances, broke the NYRR Central Park 10k record yesterday and beat out the other racers by 20 seconds! Leonard stands third from the right in the photo below.
Here’s a list of the overall men’s winners:
1 Leonard Patrick Komon 23 NIKE KEN 27:35 2 Micah Kogo 24 REEB KEN 27:55 3 Joseph Ebuya 23 NIKE KEN 27:56 4 Simon Ndirangu 26 NIKE KEN 28:18 5 Lelisa Desisa 21 NIKE ETH 28:19 6 Tesfaye Girma 28 WSX USA 28:24 7 Ezkyas Sisay 22 WSX ETH 28:47 8 Bado Worku Merdessa 22 WSX ETH 29:06 9 Bobby Curtis 26 REEB USA 29:09 10 Derese Deniboba 28 WTC ETH 29:10
The United Arab Emirates sponsored this run and hosted the awards ceremony. Next year, a $45,000 prize is up for grabs for breaking this year’s record of 27:35. I was barely half way through the run when the elites were getting their post race massage!
For anyone who participates in these runs, plenty of clean porta potties are a welcome sight.
Running in Central Park is a pleasure and I recommend you run the six mile loop when you have the opportunity.
Here is the requisite post race dog photo. Lots of cute dogs were out but these two big boys caught my eye.