In spite of temperatures in the 30s on Saturday, 300 determined runners covered more than 37 miles in Central Park to conquer the annual NYRR NYC 60K. The only ultra on the yearly calendar, it included a 1.2-mile out-and-back loop, followed by nine 4-mile “inner” loops of the park.
Carlo Agostinetto of Norwalk, CT, broke the tape in 4:10:38. More than 10 minutes later, Stephen England was second, followed by NYRR’s own Nick Synan in third.
Kate Snider of Roslyn, NY, led the women in 4:54:58, overcoming the five-hour barrier and taking eighth overall. Keila Merino also broke 5 hours to get second, and Nancy Levene came in third.
Snider, who’s currently an intern at NYRR, entered the race when a coworker offered up the challenge; she hadn’t run more than 18 miles before Saturday. “I had negative splits each lap, but those last three were tough,” said the 19-year-old. “Every mile was like setting a new record.” She greatly appreciated her Dashing Whippets teammates and several volunteers cheering on the sidelines.
Some committed runners did the 60K after finishing the TCS New York City Marathon just two weeks ago. Yuko Kosugi completed 26.2 in 3:10:34 and her first road ultra in 5:12:46; she was the fifth woman to finish Saturday’s race. Kakushin Hirano ran a 2:56:17 season-best marathon, followed by a 60K PR of 4:52:14; he was seventh overall and thrilled about his first finish under 5 hours in five attempts.
60K veteran Richard White of Front Runners New York PR’d as well, earning his eighth finisher’s medal at this event. His familiarity with Central Park’s hills worked to his benefit. “One thing I like about this race is that wherever you are, you’re not far away from your bag or from help.”
Participants enjoyed the satisfaction of completing something rare, especially while plenty of New Yorkers slept in, and many celebrated with a huge recovery meal!