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There’s always something big to see at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Last century, the nearly 900-acre space played host to two World’s Fairs. On display this morning: an exposition of more than 10,000 runners taking on the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K and the inaugural NYRR Queens 5K.
The courses took runners past some of the borough’s most iconic sights, like Citi Field, the USTA National Tennis Center, and, of course, the Instagram-worthy Unisphere.
Ayele Megersa Feisa, 28, of the West Side Runners, was first across the 10K finish line in 30:13. Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo, 19, also of West Side Runners, was the winner on the women's side in 34:47.
Before the 10K, the hot and sunny day kicked off with a fast and flat 3.1-mile race. First across the 5K finish line was Jeff Poindexter, 28, of North Brooklyn Runners, in 16:42. Leigh Gerson, 32, of Black Roses NYC, took the top spot on the women’s side in 18:45.
“I'm just trying to put the miles on the legs,” said Gerson, who will also race a one-miler in Harlem tomorrow in preparation of logging some serious miles next weekend.
Runners easing into racing and/or escaping the heat appreciated this year’s shorter-distance option. “This was so much easier than the 10K!” said Annie Burkus, 20, of New York, who ran the 6.2-miler last year. “It was about to rain, and so humid,” she recalled. This time around, she brought two New York University friends with her to Queens so they could each run their first 5K. “It was great!” agreed Naree, 21, and Allie, 20.
Following the 5K and 10K events were kids’ races for kids ages 2-12. Before the youngest runners took off, 10K finisher Charles Weed of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, waited with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Riley. “This is her first race, so it’s the best Father’s Day gift!” he said.
This was Charles’ first Queens 10K, but sixth race of 2016, as he's completing NYRR’s 9 + 1 program.
A post-race festival rounded out the family-friendly event and included face painting, food trucks, a live band, mini golf, and a variety of kids’ games.
The Queens 10K is the third race in the 2016 NYRR Five-Borough Series, a celebration of what makes each borough unique, inspiring, and an amazing place to run. The series continues with the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile on September 25 and the Staten Island Half on October 9. Spots remain for both races—sign up today!