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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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Blaine Boxwell: Energized by NYC

March 08, 2014 by NYRR Staff

For Blaine Boxwell, the best thing about running in the NYC Half on March 16 will be the city itself. 

“There is absolutely an energy about New York City that makes it a special place to run,” says Boxwell, 52, a military veteran from Milford, CT, who will run the NYC Half for Team Hope for the Warriors. “I always get a lot of energy from the other runners in the city, whether I’m running Read More

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Jane Vongvorachoti: Speeding Through Five Boroughs

March 07, 2014 by NYRR Staff

Jane Vongvorachoti, a busy New Yorker, balances her running life with her two jobs as a teacher and a coach. But no matter how packed her schedule gets, she always makes time to find the joy in running throughout New York’s five boroughs. 

“I love running in Central Park because it has varying terrain and you can always find someone to run with,” she says. “I also like Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Van Cortlandt Park Read More

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Jessica Marr: 13.1 Miles to Health

March 06, 2014 by NYRR Staff

The 2014 NYC Half will be Jessica Marr’s first-ever half-marathon and the longest race of her life. The run comes after a two-and-a-half-year effort to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, during which time she has lost more than 140 pounds.
Marr, now 26, was a two-sport athlete in high school, but she fell out of her exercise habit during college. In October 2011, when she had reached 268 pounds, she resolved to start Read More

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Josh George: Wheeling to Victory

March 05, 2014 by NYRR Staff

The NYC Half has traditionally featured top professional runners, but the 2014 race will be the first edition to include a professional wheelchair competition. American Josh George is one of the favorites in that field, with top-10 finishes in three of his five New York City Marathons as well as three Chicago Marathon victories. 

George suffered permanent paralysis when he fell from a 12th-floor window at age four. Since beginning his professional racing career more than Read More

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Regina Romain: Honoring a Beloved Coach

March 04, 2014 by NYRR Staff

When New York University head swimming coach Lauren Beam recruited Regina Romain in 2008, she couldn’t have guessed that she’d inspire Romain to become a runner and enter the 2014 NYC Half.
Beam was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at the end of Romain’s freshman year in 2009. Romain’s coach valiantly battled the disease for more than two years. “She was on [the swim] deck while she was getting chemo,” Romain recalls. “Up until Read More

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