Neither rain nor wind could keep runners from starting 2019 on the move, as a crowd of more than 3,700 gathered in Central Park for the NYRR Midnight Run. The four-miler began at the stroke of midnight, sending runners into the new year with a 15-minute fireworks display at the start and a sparkling cider toast at the halfway mark.
Before midnight struck, runners could get into the spirit with a pre-race party on Rumsey Playfield. With a live DJ, stilt walkers, on-stage performances, and more, runners could get into the groove for their warm-up before heading into their corrals.
First to finish four miles in the new year was Luis Porto of Central Park Track Club – New Balance, completing the loop in 21:07. Breaking the tape on the women's side was Lindsay Crevoiserat of Glastonbury, CT in 23:27.
Luis Porto and Lindsay Crevoiserthe are our first finishers of the very first race of the year, the #MidnightRun. This year we hope you get inspired by these amazing runners and #ResolveToRun. pic.twitter.com/rXby4nMRHT— New York Road Runners (@nyrr) January 1, 2019
Find results for all NYRR Midnight Run finishers on our results page.
The 2019 season of racing continues this Saturday, back in Central Park—albeit at 8:00 a.m. this time around—with the NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K.
Looking for more ways to stay active in the new year? Visit our Resolve to Run page to check out the latest opportunities for you to get up and get running this winter.