It was hard not to be nostalgic while running this weekend’s T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon. The course provided tons of unforgettable views of the New York City skyline on a perfect day for a late-summer half.
Much of the race course meandered it’s way through Liberty State Park, which is an easy place to fall in love with. Runners were treated to a perfect view of Lady Liberty as she stood proudly in the water, sun glistening off her back. They also trotted past Ellis Island, providing many runners with a reminder of what millions went through to come to America.
But this race was about much more than just nice views and rich history. It was about great runners putting forth incredible efforts. The race was the USATF NJ Half Marathon Championships for Men’s, Women’s and Masters which brought out some of the best and brightest talent in the Garden State.
Leading the way, in front of more than 3000 + runners was Mark Hess of Morristown who took the tape in an impressive time of 1:09:39. Closely behind was the women’s champ, Roberta Groner who completed the 13.1 trek in a speedy 1:19:29.
As impressive as the elite performances were, there were many other side stories as well. Many runners had this race circled on their calendars all year and it required an entire summer of hard work to get across the finish line. Others found this race to be the perfect tune-up for the fall marathons.
Regardless of your motivation and whether you finished 3rd or 3003rd, the T-Mobile Newport Half Marathon was one for the ages. Whether it was the spirited crowd downtown, the picturesque views of Manhattan or the giant lady in green, it was easy to find something that helped you find the extra gear. Congrats to all the runners for completing this iconic event and a superb job by the Barwick group and all the volunteers for their superb organization.
Be sure to join the race organizers for their next event…the easier and more delicious Grape Gallop, a 3.5-miler through Jersey’s best winery! Click here for more info & check back with us for more pics later this week.