Fifth Avenue Mile Recap

On a rainy, slick and cool Sunday morning the Harries took on the shortest race of the year at the Fifth Avenue Mile on September 9, 2018. The race featured 7,704 finishers with 22 heats and age groups ranging from 8 to 90+ years old. The course is anything but flat and runs from 80th Street down to 60th Street. Even though it is the shortest race, all runners know that they need to have a good strategy on how to run and pace the race.

The women's team took 10th place with Caroline Willian, Morgan Lingar, Michelle Hillenbrand, Tara Jarvis and Mirjam Lablans scoring. While the men's team took 12th place with Edward Atkins, David Kennedy, Michael Rogers, James Innes and Michael Giovaccgini scoring.

The Fifth Avenue Mile is also a significant race for the professional runners. Jenny Simpson and Jake Wightman were the winners in the professional field. This was the 7th time Jenny Simpson won the race and Jack Wightman’s first win at the mile.

In talking with several Harriers about the race, including, Tara Jarvis, who scored for the women’s team. Tara ran the mile in 5 min. 40 sec., which is a 19 second faster than last time and a personal best for her. The mile is one of Tara’s favorite distances and was looking forward to seeing how she would do given that she has been training for the NYC Marathon.  “The gun went off and I shot forward, admittedly a little too fast but I think it helped because I got out of the crowd just in time. By the end of the first 1/4 mile I could barely see, my eyes were tearing up so bad. But I kept my head up and tore my way down 5th Ave, knowing I had to keep it together for the team”, said Tara after the race.

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The Fifth Avenue Mile is one of Mirjam Lablans’ favorite races. Mirjam said “the energy is always so great -- and because of the different heats, you get to watch and cheer on your teammates throughout the morning…. It was a real boost seeing all the Harriers at the halfway point when my lungs and legs were on fire -- the Harriers are definitely the best team in NYC! ”

The Harriers had 45 runners in the race and even more came out to cheer on their fellow teammates. Kudos to everyone who came out to cheer!

There are only a couple of team points races remaining for the year ending with the NYC Marathon on November 4th. The Harriers are excited for fall and look to continue their momentum and hard work through the rest of the year.