Marathon Week Is Off and Running

One week before 50,000-plus runners take to the city streets, the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M)—as its name suggests—kicked off Marathon Week with a five-miler in Central Park. The race started and finished near the TCS New York City Marathon finish line, at West 67th Street, and welcomed more than 5,000 runners for a mid-morning race.

The event also featured the opening of the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, which will play host to a number of events throughout race week. Check out our schedule of all that’s happening at the Pavilion, as well as at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and, later in the week, the TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance.

Once Peter Ciaccia, NYRR President, Events and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon, had received “clearance on the roadway” for his final Central Park race, it was Ridge Robinson of Springfield Gardens, Queens, who jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. He would go on to break the finish tape in 24:34, just over one minute ahead of his nearest competitor.

Not to be outdone, Marie-Ange Brumelot of the Queens Distance Runners took the women’s race by a margin of one minute and 28 seconds. Check out the full official results for all finishers on our results page.

Post-race, runners could rehydrate at a hydration truck provided by Poland Spring, step inside the Pavilion for a preview of what’s to come this week, or pose for a rather unique photo op with the mascot for Poland Spring® Brand Sparkling Natural Spring Water:

The racing continues on Saturday, with the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships, before the main event on Sunday. Watch the TCS New York City Marathon as it’s broadcast live locally on WABC-TV, Channel 7 and nationally on ESPN2, and see who will prove to be the fastest through the five boroughs this year.