With just seven weeks to go before the TCS New York City Marathon—and many other fall marathons coming up even sooner—more than 4,700 runners tested their fitness over 18 miles in Central Park this morning.
For some first-time marathoners, the TCS New York City Marathon Tune-Up was the longest training run they’ve done to-date. For others, it was an opportunity to fine-tune their techniques or gauge progress toward a new PR. Either way, the race gave all runners a chance to practice fueling, hydration, pacing, and mental stamina before the big day.
Members of the NYRR Pace Team led runners around three full six-mile loops of Central Park—that’s three times up and down those challenging Harlem Hills—at paces from 7:03 (3:05 marathon) to 12:35 (5:30 marathon).These same pacers will pace the TCS New York City Marathon; today’s training run gave runners and pacers a chance to get acquainted before November 6.
Though it's a training run for many, the Tune-Up still a race—and this year’s winners are evidence that there will be some strong competition on the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon course. First across the finish was Jonathon Laurie in 1:44:13. Megan Foster, of the Williamsburg Track Club, was winner on the women’s side in 1:56:36.
Looking for another tune-up opportunity before your fall marathon? Register for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team Presents Grete’s Great Gallop (13.1M), another great Central Park race that supports an amazing cause, on October 2 or the NYRR Staten Island Half on October 9. We wish you all the very best as you physically and mentally power through the final weeks of fall marathon training!