On the first weekend of the new year, more than 3,000 runners lined up to start 2013 on a healthy note at the Joe Kleinerman 10K Classic in Central Park. With temperatures in the low 30s, many runners bundled up to tackle the hills. The 10K course started on East Drive near 69th Street, and took runners on a counter-clockwise loop of Central Park before finishing on the 72nd Street Transverse.
Prior to the start of the race, NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg honored the race’s namesake, “Coach” Joe Kleinerman. Wittenberg praised Kleinerman’s decades of dedication to the sport of running as a founding member of NYRR and the longtime coach of the Millrose Athletic Association. To carry on his legacy, a portion of each entry fee for the race will be donated to the Joe Kleinerman Scholarship Fund.
As the race takes place at the start of the new year, with resolutions still fresh in runners’ minds, many entrants saw the event as the first milestone on the path to achieving their fitness goals for 2013. Chelsea resident Mariko Iizuka said after the run, “It was a fun time today,” adding, “I came here looking to get my first race for 9+1, and I’m hoping that there’s a marathon in my future.”
A number of runners used the race to add something special to a New York City holiday vacation. Dot Lucas, in town for her sister’s birthday, donned her Strathaven Striders singlet to get in a quick 10K. Afterward, she spoke highly of her trip around Central Park: “It was a fantastic race—a bit hilly, but I’m from Scotland, so I’m used to hills.”
Whether aiming for new personal bests or simply keeping faithful to New Year’s resolutions, the runners in today’s Joe Kleinerman Classic 10K set themselves up for a healthier, fitter 2013, with many more sunny miles ahead.