In the second episode of “On The Run” at the NYC Half we chat with New Zealand record holder Kim Smith, who entered the NYC Half on Sunday, March 17 with the fastest time in the field. She finished second at the 21012 NYC Half after leading the whole race until the final 100-meter stretch.
We also hear from Brooklyn runner Bryan Steinhauer, who is tackling his first race ever after a stunning story of triumph. Steinhauer languished in a coma for 3 months after being attacked in a bar by three men, who left him with a fractured skull and serious brain damage. Doctors were afraid Steinhauer might not live, let along walk again. But Steinhauer prevailed, relearned to walk and talk, and eventually, run. He’s running the NYC Half to raise money for Minds Over Matter, a foundation he started to support other young adults with traumatic brain injuries. If his story doesn’t move you, I don’t know what will.
We also get to know American elite runner Janet Bawcom and dual American-Thai national Jane Vongvorachoti, who has made an amazing transition from soccer player to elite runner and national record-holder.
These stories and more in the second episode of “On The Run” at the NYC Half.
And be sure to join me and Olympians Carrie Tollefson and Todd Williams tonight after 8 pm EST at ontherun.nyrr.org for a full race recap. We’ll also check-in on all the runners we’ve profiled throughout the weekend. Check it out!
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s lifestyle web show about running. She has completed six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.