What’s a great way to keep warm on a chilly March morning? Run 13.1 miles through the greatest city in the world at the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half.
It may not have felt like the first day of spring in NYC—not with temps hovering in the mid-30s—but the weather didn’t seem to bother the approximately 20,000 finishers. In fact, many runners reported PRs after crossing the finish line.
It was a particularly triumphant morning for open winners Stephen Sambu of Kenya and Molly Huddle of the United States. Sambu finished in 1:01:16, avenging his runner-up status at last year’s race and defeating fellow Kenyan Wilson Chebet. Huddle set an event record and an American mark in a women-only race with her time of 1:07:41, defeating Joyce Chepkirui in a thrilling photo finish to capture her second straight victory in NYC.
Leading the way in the professional wheelchair races were Ernst Van Dyk and Tatyana McFadden, who finished in 47:37 and 52:25, respectively, both course records. The pro field included 12 Olympians and 12 Paralympians.
These world-class athletes may have inspired others in the field, such as Kohei Omori, who made it from Central Park to Wall Street in 1:36:37, a personal best. A Japanese native who now lives in the city, Omori drew from past experiences to formulate this morning’s strategy. READ MORE HERE….