Will Guzick of New York won the full marathon in 2:39:17, a 17-second PR, and Jonathan Weiss, also of New York, took first place in the half in 1:16:57 — a PR by more than four minutes. Both Guzick and Weiss run for the Dashing Whippets, a relatively new club on the scene that’s quickly become a competitive force. Suffice it to say that Guzick’s pace of just a hair over 6 minutes per mile and Weiss’s of 5:52 prove that the Whippets are doing something right.
The women’s fields saw equally impressive performances from Kate Reilly in the full (3:20:39) and Kathleen Palardy in the half (1:21:02). Reilly held off her competition, Corrina Cortes and Emily Rosen, but just barely. Cortes finished 22 seconds after Reilly, in 3:21:01, and Rosen took third just one second later. At 51, Cortes’s time placed her in the 77.888th age-graded percentile, making her performance among the best at yesterday’s race.
In the men’s marathon, second place went to Geoffrey Williams of Stamford, CT, who ran a solid 2:47:25. Just five seconds later, Blaise Brochard, a 47-year-old New Yorker by way of France, crossed the line, taking third place with an age-graded percentile of 81. For those of you unfamiliar with age-graded percentiles, that places Brochard in the national class — running on a par with the best runners in his age group across the country. And Cortes isn’t far off.
Second place in the men’s half marathon went to Matt Collins, of New York, who trailed Weiss by just 34 seconds, finishing in 1:17:28 – a 5:55 pace. Timothy Clark, of Brooklyn, placed third about one minute later, in 1:18:21.
In the women’s half, Kaitlin O’Sullivan took second in 1:23:30, and Krystine Beneke took third in 1:28:15. All of the top women in both the full and half marathons are from New York.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the inaugural Central Park Marathon and Half Marathon the enormous successes they were. We like to say that our races are for the New York area running community, and you prove it with each and every race you run with NYCRUNS. We couldn’t do it without you. See you at the next one!