Runner: Kate Newman
Race Date: 07/22/2022
Location: New York City (Rockaway Beach)
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/7512362311
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
I loved having a separate men’s and women’s race. There were a lot of photographers because Trials of Miles had a “shot of the night” competition for them. There was a great afterparty at a bar down the street afterwards and you got a free drink! You could also jump in the ocean after you finished!
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
It was a 2.5 loop course on a beach boardwalk, so there were 5 x 180 degree turns.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
There’s no water on the course, so come in very well-hydrated!
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Really just to be prepared for all of the turns. The course last year was different, but I think it was also created to be spectator friendly, so involved a lot of back and forth for a 5K.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Yes! The boardwalk is right on the ocean and beautiful!
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
It was very flat and fast except for the turns.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
It was very, very well-run!
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Yes! around 3/4 of the female field ran under 25 minutes and it was only about 80 runners. The men’s field was similarly competitive.
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.
There’s not many places to stay near the race, but it’s an easy (and beautiful) ferry ride from Manhattan.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Weather and typical race conditions
Hot and humid!
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Yes! Spectators can stay in the same spot and see you 5 times.
How’s the Swag?
They had a Tracksmith tank for purchase.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
I’d. give it 5 stars! It was a really strong field, which encourages fast running and a very fun environment. The post-race party was really fun and well organized, as well.