The second annual New York Giants Run of Champions 5K was a fabulous event for the whole family at MetLife Stadium this morning. A family-friendly atmosphere and one-of-a-kind finish line in the end zone of MetLife stadium made the race a destination for many first-timers. Add to the mix a beautiful, flat course and perfect summer weather, and you’ve got a winning event for all of the nearly 3,000 finishers—though warm temperatures made the endeavor deceptively tough for both newbies and seasoned runners alike.
One such veteran led the way in the Meadowlands this morning, aided by familiarity with his surroundings and some extra motivation. Brent Frissora of the New York Harriers took second place in last year's inaugural New York Giants Run of Champions 5K, and the Giants season ticket holder got his redemption this year. Frissora won the race and in the process set a new event record with his time of 15:47.
"You can't beat this," Frissora said. "There are tons of fans here and it's awesome to run that last 100 meters. I'm here a lot during the season, sitting way up there, so running over that grass is great motivation. It makes you move faster."
The first female finisher was Kathleen Heller of New York Athletic Club in a time of 18:45. Heller is also a Giants fan and works for the Hospital for Special Surgery, a partner of the Giants, but her 100-yard dash to the end zone was her first time ever inside MetLife Stadium. In fact, it was her first race since a stress fracture forced her off the roads last July.
"It's a big culmination of everything," Heller said. "I haven't tried to run fast in a really long time, so I had no idea what to expect, but I think it was just the right place and the right time and it went well."
After the 5K, runners and their friends and families enjoyed a variety of activities—from rock wall climbing to golf practice—as part of the weekend-long New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo. Play 60 Kids’ Races followed for youngsters ages 2-12. Whether a first race, first win, or first time back after injury, clearly the New York Giants Run of Champions 5K gives everyone a reason to hit the road and get moving.