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Stories of the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half

From first-timers to pros, each of the 20,000 athletes who took on the 12th running of the NYC Half on March 19, 2017 had a unique journey to the starting line. Meet a selection of this year's field and learn about all this event has to offer. 

RACE DAY

Spirits Soar from Central Park to Wall Street
Nearly 20,000 runners made a 13.1-mile journey through Manhattan at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half. 

Kids Stop Traffic in Times Square
The NYRR Times Square Youth Run brought hundreds of kids out to dash 1500 meters through one of New York’s most iconic landmarks.

Charity Runners Add to Their 13.1
More than 2,000 runners in the United Airlines NYC Half used the race to raise funds for charities and non-profit organizations. 

Huddle and Van Dyk Clinch Third Consecutive Titles
Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa and American Susannah Scaroni took their first victories.

HUMAN INTEREST

Kevin Shea: "This Is My Big Comeback Race"
“I know the exact day that something felt wrong,” recalls the 58-year-old from Hamilton, VA. “I was running a very easy pace and couldn't catch my breath.” 

Javier Escobar: From the Baseball Fields of Mexico to the Streets of NYC
Once a pro baseball player in Mexico, Javier Escobar will run the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half to make good on a promise he made to his young daughter.

Kurt Dow: "I Am a Finisher!"
Last year, at the age of 49, Kurt Dow was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that, while treatable, currently has no cure. 

Mallory Hagan: Transformed into a Runner
“My training has forced me out of my comfort zone,” says the former Miss America, who runs for a cause that's close to her heart.

COMMUNITY

These Volunteers Are Giving Back to Those Who’ve Helped Them
Braving the wind and cold on the West Side Highway is a way to give back to those who have helped them find homes, jobs, and new lives.

Staff Q&A: 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Half
What does it take to transform the streets of Manhattan into a half-marathon course? We asked event lead Tom Therkildsen for the inside scoop. 

Why Lower-Manhattan Businesses Love the United Airlines NYC Half
As owner of Fresh Salt bar and café, Sara Williams looks forward to the race as a chance to welcome thousands of runners and fans to South Street Seaport.

PRO ATHLETES

United Airlines NYC Half: Pro Preview
New York Road Runners talked to pros racing Sunday's event to see how they're feeling about the competition they'll face on the streets of NYC.

Media Pro Picks
Journalists who will cover the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half made their predictions for the top three finishers in each race. Here's who they think will make the podium on Sunday.

Huddle Goes for Three-Peat, Shows Support for NYRR Run Clean
"It eliminates the excuse of ‘I didn't know better’ and removes the taboo of discussing doping," says the United Airlines NYC Half event record holder. 

Jared Ward and Desiree Linden Share Their Advice for Tackling the Half
The Olympians will lead 20,000 runners from Central Park to Lower Manhattan in their final major race before April’s Boston Marathon.

Alexandre Dupont: Inspiring the Next Generation of Wheelchair Athletes
The Canadian Paralympian, who will race the United Airlines NYC Half, has a special connection to NYRR's Youth Wheelchair Training Program. 

13 Pro Athlete Storylines to Follow at the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half
Professional athletes from 19 countries, including 21 Olympians and 12 Paralympians, will lead 20,000 runners from Central Park to lower Manhattan.

2017 United Airlines NYC Half

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