New York City Dash to the Finish Line 5km is a good race for people who came to support their families and friends and wanted to run here but not a 42km race! It is also good for marathoners who wanted to do a slow easy run before their big race the next day.
What is nice here is that it ends at the exact same place as the New York Marathon and the 5k runners will get a chance to run inside Central Park, which is definitely a To Do List for anyone visiting this city.
Per and Blanche joined this once I mentioned it to them. I wasn't sure yet and by the time I wanted to join, it was sold out already! Haha!
Come Saturday morning, Per and Blanche took a cab to go to the Starting Line (near Grand Central Terminal) as I walked from the hotel to go toward the finish line.
I found a spot 300 meters to the finish line and positioned myself in between the Japan and Brazil National flags. There were a lot of Japanese and Brazilian runners who went there, took a picture with their national flags (or at least touched it), before running off again.
I was straining my eyes just trying to look for Per! I didn't know if she started late or on time but I guessed her finish time. Man, that wasn't easy to do! Hats off to Per for all the times she looked and waited for me to finish my race.
After about 40 minutes, I saw....
Blanche! Haha! Took a picture of her but she was too fast for my camera so it came out blurred.
Apparently, I missed Per and she had already finished the race.
Good thing it was easy to spot the two of them after the race and they were both extremely happy by it. All good comments from them (perfect weather, didn't feel tired, didn't sweat, cold helped a lot). Wow, kinda got me excited for my race the next day!
Due to the cold weather, Per bought a throwaway jacket at a running store for USD 10 (USD 6 as Blanche won a USD 5 voucher and gave it to Per). But instead of throwing it away, she kept it the whole time!
They got some snacks at the finish line such as apple, energy bar and some drinks.
As we headed back to the hotel, we passed by the Upper West Side neighborhood and saw some nice Halloween decorations.
Imagine our surprise when we discovered a Magnolia Bakery here! Of course, we had to stop and eat here! It was Per and Blanche's reward for their run. It was my carbo loading for the race the next day! Haha!!!
Good end for the morning run!
At Columbus Circle, there was a Marathon Lounge area on the second floor which we passed by as well and got a free souvenir photo there.
Their race is over and mine is about to begin...