Monday, April 21, 2014

Dash to the Finish Line 5K

I had heard all about the buzz surrounding the New York City Marathon and wanted to get in on the action...without running 26.2 miles throughout the five boroughs. So, a few friends and I ran the Dash to the Finish Line, a 5K through midtown on the morning before the big race. It's supposed to be a quick jaunt for marathoners to get their legs ready and an opportunity for organizers to test the big finish line before thousands cross it the next day. 

We joked that we all got a runner's high just by grabbing our race bibs at the marathon expo. We felt big time. 

The course went right through our new neighborhood with a start at the United Nations. It's one of only two races that take you through the heart of Midtown Manhattan (the other being the NYC Half-Marathon).

We ran west on 42nd Street past the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Terminal. We then turned right onto Sixth Avenue and ran past 30 Rock, Radio City Music Hall, and the Plaza Hotel.

There were people from all over the world in town for this monumental marathon and many proudly sported their country's flag as they ran. I loved this group of yodelers, as they were extra enthusiastic.

We entered Central Park and the leaves were at peak bloom. I'd be lying if I said I didn't get goosebumps while running with hundreds in such a beautiful place. As I crossed the finish line, I couldn't help but feel a tiny bit of the excitement that the marathoners would feel the next day after completing such a challenging task. Maybe someday I'll buck up and run it. But for now, my 5K will suffice as my New York Marathon moment.

Brittany Duran and I at the finish! She was sweet enough to cheer us on and then introduce me to one of her favorite brunch spots on the Upper West Side, Isabella's. I adore her!

Shanna Farnsworth, Emily Doxford, Estee Wilson, Lindsey Reese

I was so happy to experience this with such a fun group! Sure do love these little runners!

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