Few runners at today’s Washington Heights Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks 5K were talking about the impending snowstorm; they were too busy living it up in the Heights! The music was eclectic, the bagels were green, and spirits were high.
New York Athletic Club started the year off right, earning both top spots in this first club points race of 2014. David Nightingale, 28, crossed the line first, in 14:58, and Nicole Schappert, 27, led the ladies in 16:38.
Run for Life was evident wherever you turned—inside the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, where registration was held, and all along the 3.1-mile course. A 10-year-old runner from the Urban Athletics team placed in the women’s 14-and-under age group, while an 85-year-old New Yorker was the oldest finisher of the day; talk about generations staying fit together!
The North Jersey Masters met up before the race in Fort Lee, NJ, and ran their warm-up across the George Washington Bridge. They wouldn’t miss this chance to earn 9+1 credit and meet up to honor their club’s founder, Toshi d’Elia, who passed away on February 19.
Some of the runners from the Van Cortlandt Track Club also logged more than 5K today—team members, including president Bette Clark, gathered after the race and took off for the Bronx to get in some extra miles. The team had 100+ finishers—their biggest turnout ever for this race. David King, a VCTC member since 1988, met his wife, Vera, through the club. He grew up near Van Cortlandt Park and still calls the area home, so he was glad to see so many friendly faces in the Heights.
Runners came from the outer boroughs, out of state, and their Manhattan apartments to do something healthy on the streets of New York. And from the looks of it, they had a blast.