The Fifth Avenue Mile is my favorite race of the year. More than 5,000 runners barrel down Fifth Avenue along Central Park in 18 different heats from kids to pros and everyone in between.
This was the first time in four years that I haven’t run the race. My 6:46 personal best from 2011 will have to stand for now. But I was doing something just as exciting as shattering a PR—covering the Fifth Avenue Mile for New York Road Runners as host of their new web show “On The Run.”
Rather than recap the race here, I’ll let the video do the talking. But it was an amazing day. I rode in the lead car for the heat I would have been running, a surreal and unique experience to be sure. The professional fields were phenomenal, particularly the men with the top six finishers going sub-3:54. I interviewed the professional men’s winners including Matthew Centrowitz, Bernard Lagat and Leo Manzano, who were the top three men in that order, as well as Brenda Martinez, Anna Pierce and Hannah England, who were the top three women. And perhaps most fun of all, I got to hang out with Olympic marathoner Kara Goucher, who was on hand to sign autographs.
We also chatted with age-group runners, local elites and other folks. You’ll get to see more of that coverage in the first official episode of “On The Run.” Stay tuned for more info on that.
But for now, check out the Fifth Avenue Mile video along with some pics that capture the spirit of the day. Congrats to everyone who ran!
Fifth Avenue Mile Photo Gallery
All photos by Phil Hospod.
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