The NYRR NYC 60K, the only ultra on our calendar, brought the heartiest of runners to Central Park today. Many of these athletes compete in races around the country that test their mental and physical endurance, but today they finished more than nine loops on a course that for most of them was close to home. Stay tuned for our recap and photos later today; we’ll post results on Monday.
Nearly 500 runners assembled at Engineer’s Gate in Central Park to run the NYRR NYC 60K, NYRR’s longest race and only ultramarathon. This annual event began in 1978 and today took committed runners on a 1.46-mile out-and-back, followed by nine clockwise 3.98-mile loops.
Sebastien Baret of New York, NY, took the lead early and increased it with every circuit. His first place time of 3:55:42 meant he’d met both of his goals: “The last two times I ran this race,” he said, “I got second. This time, my goal was to win and to go under four hours.”