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As we approach the end of a hard year, let’s make this a Season of Light for our families and our community. While the holidays may look different this year, our shared joy of running can make this a bright time and bring us together. Let’s celebrate the ways that … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I was very curious to see what the NYRR return to racing events were like. This was race #7 in a series of NYRR races produced this Fall with social … MORE

    I was very curious to see what the NYRR return to racing events were like. This was race #7 in a series of NYRR races produced this Fall with social distancing protocols. These sell out very fast as spots are limited and the races aren’t very well advertised so you have to kind of stalk the website and sign up within one of the first days a new race is announced. I do think the race was kind of pricey at $50 for a short distance but I had credit with NYRR for a race that was canceled and a lot went into production of the race and NYC isn’t cheap so its understandable. Also if you are wondering these are NOT part of 9+1 entry to NYC marathon. NYRR has a super detailed covid plan. Bibs are supposed to be mailed to you but they clearly stated on the race page that if your bib didn’t come there would be a representative on site to assign you a bib. I appreciated this as my bib never arrived in the mail. Only production issue was not getting my bib but can’t really blame NYRR for issues with USPS this year. Anyways getting bib assigned on site was very easy. Each runner is placed in a wave of 50 every half hour. I believe start time is based on pace. You have to fill out a covid questionnaire before hand and also have medical and temperature screening before you enter corrals. In the corrals there are two lines with markers spaced every 6 feet. 2 runners are sent off every 10 seconds to help with social distancing. Very organized and safe start. Not the most exciting but also not the least exciting start I did during the pandemic. This race was the main 3.3 mile loop around Prospect Park. It is a nice, pretty, moderately challenging 3.3 mile loop. There is about 250 feet of elevation gain but it is quite gradual and most in the first half. There is also a good amount of downhill. Not an easy course but not a hard course. Prospect Park is quite pretty especially running by the lake. The hardest part of the race though is you have to run with your mask on. Personally I think this is a little overly cautious but better overly cautious than not cautious enough. I haven’t run in a mask since I moved out of LA and I wish I practiced a little. It was a little hard to catch my breath but I got through it and a race with a mask is better than no race. If you absolutely refuse to run in a mask this is not the race for you. I had a solid pace but the mask did slow me down a bit. At the finish line you get a bag of goodies. The only non-food swag is a NYRR mask. It is a good quality mask but not really exciting swag for the cost and not specific to the race. The food in the bag is quite good with a water bottle, gatorade bottle, honey stinger waffle, mini pretzels and a bag of Christmas treats along with a sample of pain relief gel. This was definitely the absolutely safest race in terms of covid protocols. Also the cleanest, even the porta potties were super clean. If you are in the NYC area and a little nervous to race one of these races would be a good race to start with. Overall it was a nice race, very, very safe but a little on the pricier side.

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