Thousands of runners hit the streets for a 10k in Queens as part of the New York Road Runners clubs' Five-Borough "You Run the City" event. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
Two-time winner Jayne Grebinski of the East village has a few reasons to love the Queens 10k.
"It's flat. It's fast. There's a really awesome caliber of running out here so, and it's nice to be out in Queens," Grebinski said.
Especially in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on a cool, cloudy morning.
Some 8,000 runners from around the world hit the 6.2 mile course Sunday.
For some, it was an introduction to the borough's landmarks.
"I saw a ton of areas I've never seen before—and that spherical thing over there. It seemed pretty epic when you are coming around to finish,"
For others it was a day to reflect on what they love about their home turf.
I love the park. I love the people around here. And I love the cheering and the music everywhere and I love the unisphere," said runner Khadija Kasmi McCole.
Brent Frissora of Manhattan surely loved the ending. He's run this race three times but this was the first time he came in first.
"These are always super competitive so winning one if the New York Road Runners races is a big deal," Frissora said.
Some members of the NY1 family also participated.
I had a personal best today. I think it was the weather and the fun easy flat course," said Jill Goldstein. "It was wonderful to see the borough that I've lived in for many years in a new light."
The race is part of the New York Road Runners Five-Borough series.
A high energy, high spirits kind of event was made all the merrier by the presence of live bands around the route.
"You can't believe how much music helps along the way and our theory at New York Road Runners is you don't need to wear headphones in any New York City race because the sights and sounds here are so fabulous," said NYRR President Mary Wittenberg.
If you're going to celebrate your big finish, you might as well do it with 8,000 friends at the post-race festival, a perfect place to compare personal records.
It's also a great place to mingle with the community of runners.
It always gives you someone to run with and they have fun activities to do together, so it just gives you a reason to come out and have a good time— and occasionally, take home a medal in the process.