NYC Half 2014 Stories

Takashi Ichida and Ikuto Yufu: Making the Leap

March 14, 2014 by By NYRR Staff

The Ageo City Half-Marathon is arguably the world’s most competitive race at the distance. In last November’s event, 18 men broke 63 minutes and 192 men broke 66 minutes. The winner was Takashi Ichida and Ikuto Yufu finished fifth. As part of a partnership between the race in Ageo and New York Road Runners, Ichida and Yufu have been invited to compete in this year’s NYC Half.

The opportunity to run in New York City gives Read More

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Cliff Gibbons: So Much to Live For

March 13, 2014 by NYRR Staff

Cliff Gibbons believes in miracles. In 2010, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer just three weeks after his wife announced she was pregnant with their first child. “Those nine months were the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows for me,” says Gibbons, 38, of Great River, NY. He was thrilled about the baby news but had to undergo six months of chemotherapy, a routine of six to eight hours of infusions, Read More

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Lulette Infante: Running Friends for Life

March 12, 2014 by NYRR Staff

Every runner has a story, but not every runner has a group of friends willing to pitch in so she can maintain a regular running routine. Lulette Infante is one of the lucky few.

Her training group of 25 women, the Salisbury Divas, shares babysitting and carpooling duties to fit running into their busy lives as moms and professionals; Infante has two kids and will finish her masters degree in Nursing Informatics next year. The team Read More

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Carlos Sanchez: the Ultimate Volunteer

March 11, 2014 by NYRR Staff

Carlos Sanchez has never run a race, but he’s one of NYRR’s brightest stars, thanks to running’s power to inspire people.

Sanchez first volunteered at the New York City Marathon as a high school freshman in the Bronx. He was part of Hostos Community College’s Liberty Partnership Program, which was aimed at helping at-risk students graduate, and the program’s director, Jose Encarnación, encouraged him to join them. Sanchez was a water station volunteer, and he loved Read More

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Priscilla Saavedra: Running Life Lessons

March 10, 2014 by NYRR Staff

Priscilla Saavedra thinks the cool, early-spring climate is one of the best things about the NYC Half. “I love to run in cold weather since I live in a tropical country,” explains Saavedra, 38, who resides in Escazú, Costa Rica. She frequently visits her family in Jersey City, NJ, and says, “New York is my favorite city, and the half-marathon is my favorite distance, so this is a perfect combination.” 

During family visits, Saavedra often trains Read More

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John Wiltshire: Giving the Gift of Running

March 09, 2014 by NYRR Staff

A lifelong runner, John Wiltshire grew up in Trinidad and went to college on a track scholarship. He immigrated to the United States in 1973 and is now a senior vice president of compliance at HSBC Bank. He understands first-hand that running can teach valuable life lessons to people of all ages and abilities.

His three daughters, ages 13, 10, and 8, are all runners who got their start with the NYRR Young Runners program at Read More

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