Race: NYRR Queens 10k
Location: Corona, NY
Results – 51:45
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
First I think the race was very popular. There were many people coming to this race with 10874 finishers. Running with so many people is pretty enjoyable. Another thing I like is that the race was well organized by NYRR and amazing volunteers. Even though it was just a 10k race, it has all kinds of service runners need – water, energy drink, medical etc. The race is also very close to Flushing, where I got a lot of delicious Chinese food after the race.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
I wasn’t comfortable with the hot and humid weather right before a thunderstorm on that day, and the feeling made my leg heavier and heavier.
Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race
There are few spectators, but you can see some people playing guitar/ singing along the route.
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
I remembered to do some warmup before the race, which helps a lot at the beginning of the race. I also controlled my pace at the first couple miles into the race. I used to have the problem of running fast at the beginning and out of power at the end.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Get hydrated before the race and be prepared for the hot weather.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
It is pretty similar to the course you would encounter in big city parks.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
It’s a so-so course in the city park, so don’t expect too much 🙂
Difficulty – is it a tough course
It is a flat loop around Flushing Meadows park except one uphill on bridge to cross the highway.
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
It was definitely well organized and well run.
Competition – is there a strong field?
I would say yes. Everyone was seious about the time and speeding up during the last half mile.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
It is in Queens, so you will need take 30-40 mins subway to get there if you live in Manhattan. NYRR usually opens registration around February every year.
Aid stations are placed every mile.
Weather and typical race conditions –
It really depends on your luck. Hot and humid weather most likely, but you can also have rain/ breezy weather.
Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Nothing special. Regular road race.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends
Yes, the course is in the park, so the spectator can have some place to explore while you are racing.
NYRR has several hundred bucks for top finishers. http://www.nyrr.org/prizemoney
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it
I will give it four out of five stars. One star is missing because it’s not that convenient to get to this course. If you happen to be in NYC, definitely check out this race.