Archive for March, 2007

Registration Alert: Brooklyn Half-Marathon

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Today is the last day of discounted registration for the NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix: Brooklyn.

In the News: Urban Human Hounds Tracking Down the Beers

Friday, March 30th, 2007

In the New York Times Travel section, there’s an article about hashing. You may have seen the chalk mark arrows on the sidewalks of New York City before. They’re what’s left over from this activity whereby a group of runners attempt to catch the person leaving a trail (the “hare”) before he or she reaches the finish line. While they take place all over the world, New York City hashing tends to be more about the athletic side of the activity:

For Tim Reed, who hashes two to three times a week in New York, hashing in a city like Washington can require more tolerance for alcohol.

“When I hashed there, they had beer checks every 20 minutes,” he said, referring to a point along the trail where the runners gather to drink and figure out where the hare’s trail continues. “I find New York more fun because it’s more of a runners’ hash and more of a challenge. D.C. has a beer truck and does ‘shot checks’ in alleys.”

During the New York City Marathon, the hashers set up a beer check at mile 23:

“If my time is off my mark when I get there, I’ll do the check,” said Dave Stewart, a lawyer who has been hashing for five years. “It’s a dumb idea,” he admitted, but it gives everyone a thrill to see a marathoner chug a brew just a few miles before the finish.

The article reports that there are eight different hashing groups in New York City alone, but they have joined together to form HashNYC.com, where you can find more information.

Sunday: Scotland Run 10K

Friday, March 30th, 2007

The Macallan 18 Year OldThis Sunday at 10:00am in Central Park is the Scotland Run 10K. NYRR has uploaded a PDF map of the course, which starts on the West Drive near 62nd Street and ends on the West Drive near Tavern on the Green, making a clockwise loop of the park. Currently, The National Weather Service is predicting clouds and a high for the day in the low 50’s, with the rain holding off until the afternoon. Following the race, bagpipers and drummers will be on hand to entertain the crowd during the awards ceremony. There will also be a raffle for, among other Scotland-themed prizes, two entries to the Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. Be sure to check out the other events that are going on during Tartan Week, which lasts from March 31st to April 8th. Also be aware that also in Central Park on Sunday morning is New York Triathlon Club’s 21st Annual March Madness Biathlon, which starts and finishes on the East Drive near the Central Park Boathouse. The Biathlon starts at 7:30 am and ends at 9:30 am.

Registration Alert: Scotland Run 10K

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Flag of Scotland

Online registration for the Scotland Run 10K closes today at 5:00 pm.

NYC Half-Marathon Details Available Online

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

NYRR has has posted details regarding the 2007 NYC Half-Marathon to their website. The application processing fee is $5, and is non-refundable, even if you are not accepted into the race. If you are accepted, the registration fee is $65 for NYRR members and $75 for nonmembers. In addition to the guaranteed entry through running four out of five half-marathons in the 2006 Half-Marathon Grand Prix series, there will also be guaranteed entry through raising charity funds for Team For Kids and through certain qualifying times listed on the site. The application appears to be available now.

Spring is Really Here

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

NYC Skyline

According to the National Weather Service Forecast, the weather for the rest of the week should be perfect for running in New York City.

Photo by FreaksAnon.

NYC Half-Marathon Guaranteed Entry Confirmed

Monday, March 26th, 2007

NYC Running Blog readers who have run at least four out of five half-marathons in the 2006 Half-Marathon Grand Prix Series are reporting that they have received e-mails informing them that they have guaranteed entry for the 2007 NYC Half-Marathon. This confirms the previously posted rumor.

Susan Loken Wins 2007 More Marathon

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Susan Loken Winning 2007 More MarathonSusan Loken has won the 2007 More Marathon, making it her third win in a row for this race. Her official time was 2:47:52, a little over two minutes slower than her course record-breaking 2005 run of the More Marathon. Trina Painter and Lyubov Denisova won the Half-Marathon. The NYC Running Blog Photo Gallery has over 200 photos from today’s race. NY1 has video coverage of the race on their site.

3/27 UPDATE: Personal race reports from around the internet:

Sunday: More Marathon and Half-Marathon

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

This Sunday, March 25th is the More Marathon and Half-Marathon. The Marathon is open only to women 40 years of age or older. Women between the ages of 12 and 39 can run in the half-marathon if they run with a woman who is at least 40 years of age. Online registration has closed for both races, but women can still register at the Health and Wellness Expo, which is being held today and tomorrow at The Metropolitan Pavilion on West 19th Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. USA Masters women’s marathon champion, Susan Loken will be running the race in attempt to win it for the third time in a row. She currently holds the women’s record for fastest marathon time run entirely in Central Park, which she set at the 2005 More Marathon. In order to break her record, she would have to run faster than 2:45:35. For race day, The National Weather Service is currently predicting partly cloudy conditions with the high for the day to reach 49°F.

Rumor: NYC Half-Marathon Guaranteed Entry

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Another rumor regarding the NYC Half-Marathon: Runners who have completed a four out of five half-marathons in the 2006 Grand Prix Series will have guaranteed entry as well as those with certain qualifying times. NYC Running Blog is unsure of the accuracy of these claims.