Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Race Report: NYRR Team Championships

The NYRR Team Championships is a nice tradition, almost a throwback to the golden days of the NYRR. Teams earn double points for the yearlong competition, and with the postrace picnics that take place it's a good chance for runners to reconnect with each other, on their own teams and with other teams as well.

The race is a 5-mile race, separate events for men and women, and open only the NYRR members and those who are members of one of the many teams in the city (and beyond). I've been running for West Side Runners (WSX) for several years now, and we again had a very strong men's team at this event. The race was won by our own Mikael Tesfaye Kahsay in 24:30, WSX took 8 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 15! Our masters took 3rd place, but I was not among our team's scorers. Still recovering from Badwater and the BUS Pajama Romp the week before, I finished in 31:15, 209th place overall (but who's counting?).

But again, it was nice to catch up with other runners afterward. And I think this is the longest current streak I have of any race, having run it every year since 2007. I'll have to double-check that.

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