For many of the 4,796 finishers in today’s Japan Run 4M, the race marked the beginning of their Mother’s Day celebration. The annual race, now in its seventh year, is part of the family-friendly tradition of Japan Day @ Central Park.
For some moms, that meant cheering on their little ones in the Kids’ Races that followed the four-miler. For others, it meant their little ones finally cheering them on.
As the morning rain gave way to clear, sunny skies just before the 8:00 a.m. start of the Japan Run, the announcer declared that Mother Nature must be celebrating today along with the many moms among the nearly 5,000 runners on hand.
The top competitors gave fans a few more reasons to celebrate: The women’s course record was smashed by the top two finishers, and West Side Runners (WSX) orchestrated a near clean sweep of the podium in the seventh annual running of this four-mile race.