A field just shy of 5,000 runners lined up for three loops of Central Park at this morning’s TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 18M. As the third and final event of the brand-new TCS New York City Marathon Training Series, the event followed the 12-miler in July and the 15-miler in August.
Today’s first finisher—Harbert Okuti from the Westchester Track Club—also broke the tape at the 15-miler last month. Despite the longer distance today, he picked up the pace from 5:34 per mile in August to 5:23 today, completing the 18 miles in 1:36:50. Marie-Ange Brumelot, representing Queens Distance Runners, took first in the women’s race in 1:53:34, good for seventh overall.
As with the previous two Training Series events, the NYRR Pace Team was at the ready to lead runners to an even effort over the park’s rolling hills—and for prospective TCS New York City Marathon runners, it was another opportunity to get to know the pacer they might be running with on November 4.
Who crushed their 18 miler this morning??! Those Central Park hills are no joke but it’s done & done. Goal time 3.22.30,finish time 3.22.11. #nailedit On to ADK marathon next weekend!! But first, pancakes...😊🏃♀️🥞#tcsnycmarathontraining #18miler #nyrr #paceteam #nyrrpaceteam
And just like the past two Training Series events have offered, runners had selfie frames waiting for them in the post-finish area, ready for finishers to snap a quick pic and tell their friends that they’re “18 Miles Closer to the TCS New York City Marathon.”
before my first marathon, someone advised me to sign up for this training run. they said, if you can get through three loops of the park; three Harlem hills, three Cat Hills, three rounds of sister hills, then you can MOST DEFINITELY finish the marathon. That person was right. See you in 49 days, TCS NYC Marathon. #thismomruns #thismomwillalsobesittinginatubofsaltforaslongasshecangetawaywithit #thatwasnotpretty #tcsnycmarathontraining
Completed the series with today’s #TCSNYCMarathonTraining 18 miler. Despite the heat/humidity getting to me and dealing with an injury, today went better than expected - bring on the @nycmarathon - 49 days to go #NYRR #RunForLife #ResolveToRun #GetOutToRun #MovedMe #marathontraining #longrun
Check our results page for a full list of finishers, including 6- and 12-mile split times from each loop of today’s run.
Looking for another tune-up before 26.2? Sign up for the NYRR Staten Island Half on October 14. The race is near capacity, but spots are still available for the final event in the 2018 NYRR Five-Borough Series—don’t miss out!