NYRR Central Park Spring Classic 10K (3.26.16)

Course: one full loop of the park starting at 102nd street and going counterclockwise
Weather: 38F degrees, 60% humidity, wind 10 mph
Pace: 9:30 per mile
  • Cheap ($10), no-frills race equals a great forced workout
  • 2500+ runners makes it a smaller race than most NYRR races but still felt crowded in some parts
  • They strategically put the big hill at the beginning of the race, which is nice of them but wimpy
  • No t-shirt (thank goodness) but I was surprised by the bagel and apple at the end — I was just expecting water
  • The new bib assignment system resulted in a quick check in — once scanning your QR code, they put a sticker of a letter on a bib with a random number on it. They then scan the bib back into the system before handing it to you. The letter they stick onto the bib corresponds to the corral you are in, based on past finish times (AA = fastest, followed by A, B, C, and so on). This eliminates standing in line by the letter of your last name to get your bibs, as well as making bib numbers and bib colors irrelevant (in the past, the low numbers = elite/fast runners, pink/purple or other girly bib colors = higher numbers and slowest runners)