The New York City (NYC) Half Marathon will start in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Washington Avenue and will bring participants through Prospect Park and across the East River through the Manhattan Bridge.
The United Airlines New York City (NYC) Half Marathon comes to the streets of New York City on Sunday, March 19, 2023. The 13.1-mile trip starts in Brooklyn, crosses the Manhattan Bridge, travels up the FDR Highway, flies through Times Square, and ends in Central Park. With a timed and competitive race for Stage 3 kids 12 to 18, the Times Square Kids Run at the United Airlines NYC Half encourages children to join in on the race day enjoyment. The New York City (NYC) Half Marathon will start in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Washington Avenue and will bring participants through Prospect Park and across the East River through the Manhattan Bridge. While in Manhattan, competitors will run through Times Square, through Midtown, and along the Lower East Side before concluding in Central Park.
In the men’s race, world gold medalists Jacob Kiplimo and Joshua Cheptegei will resume their rivalry. On the track, Cheptegei is an Olympic and world champion and holds the world records for the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter distances. Meanwhile, Kiplimo, a compatriot from Uganda, won the world half marathon and the cross-country gold medal in 2021 and set the world record for the half marathon with a time of 57:31 in Lisbon. The two will face off once more four weeks after their encounter at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 23, where Cheptegei won bronze and Kiplimo took home the gold. Cheptegei has an 8-2 advantage in their meetings overall, however seven of those victories have come on the track.
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Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi comes to retain her title in the women’s event against three-time champion Molly Huddle of the USA and two-time global 5000-meter champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya. Teferi took the victory in 1:07:35 last year, shattering Huddle’s previous record. Three months later, the 27-year-old returned to Central Park to win the New York Mini 10K. In 2021, the 2015 global 5000m silver medalist Teferi established a women-only world record of 14:29 for 5km in Herzogenaurach, and her half marathon best is 1:05:32 in Valencia.
Obiri was competing on February 18 alongside Cheptegei and Kiplimo. However, she was competing in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, where she set her personal best time of 1:04:22, rather than retaining her title at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst. She came out on top this year in a timing of 1:05:05 and has since returned to the roads. Huddle competes in the NYC Half for the first time since winning the race three times in a row in 2017. Nine months after giving birth to a daughter, the former US record-holder Huddle came in fifth at the Houston Half Marathon in January.
The United Airlines NYC Half will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 19, and will feature some of the best half marathon runners in the world. In addition to features, interviews, and live professional race look-ins, Channel 7 Eyewitness News will provide coverage of the event from 6:00 am to 10:00 am ET. In the Tri-State region, it will be telecast on ABC New York, Channel 7. The professional races will be covered via the Pro Race Livestream, which will start at 7:00 a.m. ET. It will be available on ESPN, abc7ny.com, and the NYRR’s social and digital media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
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