Today’s City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks saw thousands of adult runners log four miles in Central Park and hundreds of kids dash shorter distances in their own accompanying races.
A dip back into wintry temperatures did nothing to dim the springtime beauty of Central Park, which was a in full flower—daffodils everywhere along the “inner loop” course—with budding bushes and trees heralding the arrival of many runners’ favorite racing season. The winners were Jerry Faulkner of New York Athletic Club in 20:13 and Kate Pallardy of Central Park Track Club New Balance in 23:36.
Children and other family members cheered for their parents and older friends in the four-mile; roles were then swapped as adults shouted and clapped for the younger runners, ages 2-12, who ran varying shorter distances. It was hard to say who was more inspired by whom.
The City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks is a platform for City Parks Foundation and its efforts to provide free sports and fitness programs for kids. Support of City Parks Foundation helps provide vital cultural, educational, and athletic opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages, and strengthen community connections to local parks and green spaces. They work in over 350 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of programs in an effort to promote healthy communities. Their philosophy is simple: thriving parks reflect vibrant communities.