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The NYC Central Park Holiday Classic is a timed and scored 5 Mile Race in Central Park. The start and finish are located on the 102nd Street Transverse Drive. Souvenir T-shirt to all registered participants. Due to NY State Corona Virus guidelines we are limited to two waves of 50 … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a pretty low key race held annually in Central Park. I believe usually there are two distance options to choose from either a 10K or 4 mile option … MORE

    This is a pretty low key race held annually in Central Park. I believe usually there are two distance options to choose from either a 10K or 4 mile option but this year it was offered only as a 5 mile race. This year there were 2 time slots capped at 50 runners each. Bib was also mailed. There was some USPS drama but everything worked out. The start of this race was on the 102nd street transverse and was a short walk from my hotel. The pre-race emails clearly said where everything was. The porta potties though were on the East side entrance which was annoying since I came from the west side but I knew this in advance and planned accordingly. Masks were required at start and finish and it was honor system during the race. For the start you lined up in rows of 2 at cones 6 feet apart. This was manually timed and they had this system where they wrote the bibs and had everyone go off every 5 seconds. The race was the entire Central Park loop minus the hilliest part in Harlem. It is crazy to think that 6 days ago I was running here in 60 degree weather and today Central Park was covered in snow. There was a large snowstorm Wednesday evening and Central Park was absolutely gorgeous today. It was chilly but not uncomfortably cold. The cold weather also meant the park wasn’t as jam packed. With all the snow and kids sledding in the background it felt like you were running through a Christmas card. I don’t think Central Park could be prettier than it was today. The actual path we were running on was well plowed and with occasional exceptions free of ice and snow. This race I really got in my zone and enjoyed it. Had a very good time. Only about 30 seconds off from a PR and Central Park is much hillier than my PR race. At the finish line they record your time and there are tables with water, a bag of food and a shirt. The food was a granola bar and some candies. Simple but exactly what I want after I run a short race. T-shirt is non-tech and white but it is cute with a cartoon crossing the finish line wearing a mask. Very 2020! Results were posted later today and even with the complicated manual system seemed correct. Overall solid low key race. This is normally a fairly small event with 100 or so runners. Good event if you want a less stressful NYC race. I wouldn’t make plans around this race in a year when it is not the only race I can find in NY state, but I would run it again if I happened to be in NYC the weekend of the race.

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