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United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

Sunday March 17th, 2019
New York, NY
Distance: Half Marathon

The 2019 United Airlines NYC Half will take runners from around the city and the globe on a 13.1-mile tour of NYC. Led by a talent-packed roster of American and international elites, runners will stop traffic in the Big Apple this March!

This year, runners will begin their journey on Prospect Park’s Center Drive before taking the race onto Brooklyn’s streets.

For the second year in a row, the course will take runners over the Manhattan Bridge and up the FDR Drive before a crosstown dash on 42nd Street and a turn north on 7th Avenue, through Times Square, and into Central Park.

This year’s less hilly Central Park route finishes just north of Tavern on the Green and will feature a shorter post-race walk-off for runners to exit the park and start their celebrations.

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Race Date: 03/18/2018 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 01:02:39 Ben True 32 West Lebanon, NH
2nd Male 01:02:42 Dathan Ritzenhein 35 Belmont, MI
3rd Male 01:02:43 Chris Thompson 36 GBR
4th Male 01:02:44 Teshome Mekonen 22 ETH
Female 01:12:23 Buze Diriba 24 ETH
2nd Female 01:12:24 Emily Sisson 26 Providence, RI
3rd Female 01:12:43 Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal 27 NOR
4th Female 01:12:50 Mamitu Daska 34 ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:04:14 Abdi Abdirahman 41 Tucson, AZ
M 50-59 1:20:54 Uri Geiger 50 ISR
M 60-69 1:23:06 Michael Bruscino 62 Washingtonville, NY
M 70+ 1:49:07 Julio Aguirre 71 Perth Amboy, NJ
F 40-49 1:15:14 Roberta Groner 40 Randolph, NJ
F 50-59 1:23:19 Fiona Bayly 50 New York, NY
F 60-69 1:44:43 Dolores Doman 61 Dix Hills, NY
F 70+ 2:18:59 Frances Breslauer 77 New York, NY
United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon

Two First-Time Winners and Two Repeat Winners Lead United Airlines NYC Half

A newly redesigned course welcomed an event-record 21,965 runners, and a fresh face appeared at the front of the pack at the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half today.

Ben True became the first American male open division winner in the event’s history by negotiating the 13.1-mile course in a time of 1:02:39 in his first attempt at the distance. The American record-holder for 5K on the roads, True put his top-end speed on display when he accelerated past countryman and eventual second-place finisher Dathan Ritzenhein (1:02:42) and eventual third-place finisher Chris Thompson (1:02:43) of Great Britain.

“Knowing that most of the field are marathoners, or at least have done the half many times before, I knew that I probably had a little bit better closing speed than them,” said True, whose longest competitive race before this was 10 miles. “My goal was just to hide for the majority of the race and then get dragged for 20K, and then hopefully that last [kilometer] I was able to use my speed to get around people. That was my strategy. Hang on for dear life.”

It was a chilly morning in New York City with the temperature at the start only reaching 29 degrees Fahrenheit and dropping a degree by the time the leaders crossed the finish line. Headwinds for the majority of the race and the learning curve of running a new course contributed to modest starts across all divisions. The result was a slower pace with a larger lead group.Only as Ritzenhein began pushing the pace around the 15K mark did a large group of contenders begin to dwindle.

True said after the race that he questioned whether he could hang with Ritzenhein after the 35-year-old made his move. It wasn’t until the last mile of the race when True, 32, felt confident that he could prevail.

“When Dathan pulled away, probably around mile 10, I wasn’t quite sure I was going to be able to reel him back in,” True said. “And even when I started reeling him back in, I didn’t know if I was then going to be able to get around him. It really wasn’t until the very end that I was like, ‘All right, I can get this.’”

The women’s division boasted a similarly scintillating finish, as just one-tenth of a second separated champion Buze Diriba of Ethiopia and runner-up American Emily Sisson.

Sisson, like Ritzenhein, spent much of the race dictating the pace, but Diriba was able to shadow her every move. The 24-year-old Ethiopian seized the moment to win with a time of 1:12:23 and forced Sisson, who set an American debut record at last year’s race, to settle for a second-consecutive runner-up finish with a time of 1:12:24.Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal of Norway finished third in a time of 1:12:43.

“When there were two of us left, there were some thoughts in my mind that I could win,” Diriba said through a translator. “But at the same time, I knew also that she’s strong, so I wasn’t really sure.”

“It was such a different course,” Sisson said. “No one really knew what to expect, no one had an advantage of running it before, so I think we went out pretty conservatively. In Central Park I tried to push it a bit, and I knew Buze had a really good kick—I’ve seen her race before, she finishes strong.”

Course Description

Mile 1:Start by heading east on Center Drive in Prospect Park. Turn left onto East Drive and run up the hill.
Mile 2:Turn right and head out of Prospect Park and south on Flatbush Avenue. Make a U-turn and head back up Flatbush Avenue toward Grand Army Plaza.
Miles 3-4:Run around Grand Army Plaza and continue north on Flatbush Avenue toward the Manhattan Bridge.
Miles 5-6:Cross over the Manhattan Bridge and turn right onto Canal Street.
Mile 7:Turn right turn onto Allen Street, heading south. Turn left onto South Street, then veer right onto the FDR Drive entrance ramp by Pier 36.
Miles 8-9:Run north on the FDR Drive through to the East 42nd Street exit ramp on the right.
Mile 10:With the United Nations on your right, exit the FDR Drive onto East 42nd Street.
Mile 11:Run west on 42nd Street past Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Turn right onto 7th Avenue.
Mile 12:Continue north on 7th Avenue, passing the Rising New York Road Runners at the United Airlines NYC Half youth run on your right. Turn right onto Central Park South/West 59th Street.
Mile 13-finish:At Grand Army Plaza (Manhattan) turn left into Central Park. Proceed into the park on East Drive and run north. Turn left onto the 72nd Street Transverse and then make your final left turn onto West Drive to finish just north of Tavern on the Green.

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