Healthy Kidney 10K Recap
Between cold, wind and rain at the Boston Marathon and a heat wave at the London Marathon, the Harriers who ran the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K received favorable weather and race conditions.The women's team took 6th place with Caroline Willian, Morgan Lingar, Meredith FitzPatrick, Dana Scott and Jen Muse scoring. While the men's team took 10th place with Mitch Boucher, Scott Bartucca, Patrick Jagielski, Zach Pollock and David Prasse scoring. The men's masters took 6th place and the men's 50+ team placed 9th.
In talking with several Harriers about the race, including, second year Harrier and morning workout regular Jason Gray, said “I’ve got to admit that 10k is not my favorite distance. Even though I’ve run more loops of the park than I can count, I wondered if I would find myself toiling up Harlem Hill wondering where it all went wrong. This year’s conditions were good for running and I managed to get out to halfway at a steady pace. The 3 sisters were challenging and my pace definitely started to tail off, but the Harrier cheer squad was in just the right place to give me a boost through the final mile! It was great to see so many Hs on the course and nice to knock just under a minute off my PR. Good prep for Brooklyn in a few weeks!”
We also talked with first year Harrier Erin Keenan who ran a 3:30 minute PR and ran most of the race with Gavin Goldstein. “Throughout the whole race, Gavin helped me to focus on the runners ahead and would push me to pass them. He kept reminding me to remember my training and that I could stay strong. When we would see another Harrier, we would encourage them to come with us…. When we came up to the last turn, I felt like I had nothing left, but Gavin pushed me to kick it in. I ended up running a 3:30 minute PR. Big thanks to Gavin for pacing and encouraging me the whole race. I'm so grateful to be on a team filled with awesome supportive runners!”
The Harriers weren’t the only ones who crushed the course and setting PR’s. The overall winner, Rhonex Kipruto from Kenya, broke the tape at 27:08, marking the fastest ever 10K in the US on a record-eligible course. The 18-year-old’s time beat out the former record-holder Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya who ran the event in 27:35 in 2011.
Lastly, special thanks to the Harriers cheer squad who came out in full force to cheer everyone on! Congratulations and great job to all of the Harriers that raced and let’s keep the momentum going into the Brooklyn Half Marathon in a couple of weeks.