NYC Half records updates

Words and pictures by Noah Devereaux

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Our new records updates for NYC Half are a triumph of the elliptical. The dreaded machine is going to be important for me now that I’ve lost my place on the half marathon records to a last minute injury. Training was going great and I was ready for a breakout race until Thursday when I wore half a size too small shoes and inflamed the tendons on the top of my foot. Ted Brakob has had shin splints for the better part of the year but still ran 1:15:43 on 20 minutes of elliptical a day and a couple fast long runs. It was only a matter of time before Ted got onto the records for every distance from the mile to the marathon. Hopefully if I put in more than 20 minutes a day on the elliptical I can hold onto some aerobic fitness and get back onto the records at Brooklyn Half in May. 

Watching the live tracker I had a glimmer of hope that I could hang on to 15th place because it had Sean Quealy on pace for 1:17:17, one second slower than my PR, through 15k. He hasn’t been injured recently and is really good at closing strong so it wasn’t much of a shock when he finished in 1:16:53 for 14th on the records.

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Joelle Reeves did her own time on the elliptical with some minor tendinitis this year but didn’t let that slow her down on the way to 1:24:07 and 7th place on the records. At least I didn’t have to worry about Johnny Nuzzela bumping me even farther off the list since he decided to help Mary Johnston run her best race. I don’t know if Mary suffered through the elliptical while she had a stress fracture last fall but whatever she did she’s faster than ever now and dropped a 1:24:46 for 9th place. 


As usual, you can see all the records at pptc.org/club-records/ and if you have anything to add please email records@pptc.org

Noah Devereaux