Fifth Avenue Mile Adds New Finish Line Festivities

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Event includes free kids activities to celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play

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The upcoming Fifth Avenue Mile on Saturday, Sept. 24, boasts extra perks this year for all New York fans, families, and foodies: “courtside” spots for spectators to watch the races, free games for kids to celebrate Worldwide Day of Play, and food trucks such as Wafels & Dinges and Mexicue at the finish line.

New York Road Runners’ Fifth Avenue Mile marks the only time of year when this historic stretch transforms into a road race. The starter’s horn will go off 16 times on Saturday morning for runners culminating in the star-studded professional women’s and men’s races at 12:50 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., respectively.

The Fifth Avenue Mile is a rare opportunity for running fans to enjoy front-row spots at professional races. Spectators can catch all the action for free along the course, which spans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the southeastern entrance of Central Park.

Two-time Olympic medalist and multiple World Championships medal winner Bernard Lagat, who has vowed to return each year until he wins this iconic race, will go up against defending champion Amine Laalou for the men’s title. Jenny Simpson, who recently won the 1500 meters at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, will race down the avenue against Sally Kipyego and Hannah England, who both won silver medals at the World Championships, and two-time defending Fifth Avenue Mile champion Shannon Rowbury.

During the race, kids can cheer on photo finishes and join New York Road Runners staff in the post-finish area to celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. There will be free games and giveaways in an activity area from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Activities include relay races, hula hoop contests, parachute games, an obstacle course, and tug of war.

Food trucks will also be on hand in the post-finish area, a first at the Fifth Avenue Mile. Vendors like Wafels & Dinges, a cult favorite in New York City for its Belgian-style waffles, Mexicue, and Good To Go Organics will be located at Grand Army Plaza.

New York Road Runners
Headquartered in New York City, New York Road Runners is dedicated to advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and meeting our community’s needs. Our goal is to use the expertise acquired in our 53-year history to empower all people to live fitter, healthier lives through participation in our races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs. Our races and other events draw more than 300,000 people each year. The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR’s premier event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world’s top professional runners every year and raising $30.8 million for charity in 2010. NYRR’s running-based youth programs, which currently serve more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers, promote children’s health and fitness, character development, and personal achievement in underserved communities. For more information, visit http://www.nyrr.org.

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