The NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K, the first NYRR weekend race of the decade, took place this morning in Central Park. Rainy, chilly conditions tested the fortitude of 5,160 participants’ #ResolveToRun.
But whether it was a first 10K or a hundredth, an inaugural attempt at running outdoors or a veteran’s quest to set a new PR, a brave early start to the 9+1 or a hardy volunteer’s knowing effort to check off the +1—a full loop of Central Park, including the formidable Harlem Hill, is still pretty thrilling, even when it's 48 degrees and raining.
Teshome Mekonen won the men’s open division in 29:23, and Mia Behm took the women’s open-division top prize in 34:19.
Joe Kleinerman himself, the race’s namesake, would have been proud to see 2,415 women surging up Harlem Hill on their way to completing 6.2 miles. In 1967, Kleinerman, who helped found NYRR, and other local distance runners led a national movement to allow women to run officially distances longer than one mile. He was an active NYRR employee until his death at 91 in 2003.
If you are looking for your next race, #ResolveToRun with NYRR in 2020. Use our race calendar to find an event, or check out NYRR Volvo Virtual Racing Powered by Strava. Didn't make it out in the rain today? You can complete the NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K through January 12. It’s free, or you can pay and get your first Virtual 6 credit towards a guaranteed, non-complimentary entry to the 2021 Brooklyn Half. And remember to put the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon application window on your calendar. The application opens January 30 and runs through February 13. The drawing will take place on February 26.