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While some people were frantically preparing for a party to celebrate the big game, more than 5,200 runners were enjoying fresh air and fine company in Central Park this morning. They came out to loosen their legs and put their arms to the test at the NYRR Gridiron 4M. The fun started at 8:00 a.m. when family members challenged one another in the Longest Football Throw. Age wasn’t a factor in the throwing contest or the race—some kids showed their parents who was boss.
Once the race began, runners were motivated by their shot at glory on the course and their plans to celebrate the game later. Participants got to cast their vote for the Panthers or the Broncos near the two-mile mark—with the majority of runners pulling for Denver—and that battle will play out on the field tonight. But in the park, Harbert Okuti had the fastest feet in the field, and Allie Kieffer led the women to the finish line near the 102nd Street Transverse.
Whether or not your team plays (or wins) today, you can keep your pace with us on the roads. Register now for our next four-mile race, the NYRR Al Gordon 4M on February 20. Stick to your training through the heart of the winter, and we’ll be there to run alongside you.