On The Run at the 2014 NYC Half Race Recaps

2014 NYC Half

Runners storm Times Square at the NYC Half. (Credit: Courtesy of NYRR)

Reminder: The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon application closes today, Tuesday, March 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If you want to apply for the random draw, visit tcsnycmarathon.org before then. The drawing will take place Wednesday, March 26.

The 2014 NYC Half on Sunday, March 16 was the race’s biggest year yet with 20,750 finishers, its first professional wheelchair race and a newly enhanced course. I was on the scene with NYRR’s On The Run at the NYC Half.

2014 NYC Half

2014 NYC Half Champions Sally Kipyego and Geoffrey Mutai. (Photo: PhotoRun/NYRR)

Two-time defending New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya took home the title in the men’s race. Half-marathon debutante Sally Kipyego, also of Kenya, set an event record on her way to win the women’s race.

The race was not without drama, starting with a chilly 31-degree temp and 18 mph winds. Then Great Britain’s Mo Farah, a favorite to battle Mutai for the win, fell before the 10K mark. He rallied to finish in second place, but as the top three men gathered to take a photo right after the finish, Farah passed out.

In my finisher's blanket warming up.

In my finisher’s blanket warming up.

I was standing by to interview the top three men, and watched the whole thing unfold. Medics rushed to his side, trying to revive and warm him. I was wearing a long, down coat between stints on camera. So I handed my coat to the folks tending to Farah. A few others did the same. When Farah finally came to, the medic put my coat on him as they took him to the medical tent. So the crew gave me a finisher’s heat sheet to keep me warm for the next few hours until my coat made its way back to me.

But rather than tell you all about the race, I’ll let you watch.

Here is the professional race recap, a follow-up on all the runners we profiled earlier in the week, a profile of winner Sally Kipyego, and the inspiring story of Jessica Mar, who went from 268 lbs. to 128 lbs and a 1:50 half-marathon in just two years. Watch and enjoy!

On The Run at 2014 NYC Half Professional Race Recap

On The Run at 2014 NYC Half Runner Stories

Women’s Winner Sally Kipyego

Jessica Mar’s 13.1 Miles To Health

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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  1. 1

    I love the videos and love that YOUR coat helped Mo Farah! What a great story to tell. Thanks for the race recap, hopefully some day I will get to run the NYC Half!
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  2. 3

    Never wash that coat again!
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  3. 5

    Hope your down coat helped and Farah’s okay!
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  4. 7

    I liked to think I had a positive influence on my mother when she called me Sunday morning to say she was watching the half marathon on channel 7!
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  5. 9

    I watched the race on ESPN3 later in the day and didn’t realize Mo Farrah had collapsed until seeing your picture on FB. I hope he’s OK, both from passing out and from his fall.
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      He was up and about later in the day and said he was OK.

  6. 11

    Loved your reports Karla. Well done to you and the team!
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  7. 13

    Love your recaps!! I did see you at the finish line but you looked busy so I didn’t jump up and down and try to get your attention! :) It was a cold but amazing race. And yeah – I don’t know that you should ever wash that coat! :)
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