Sara Hall and Chris Thompson Win Inaugural NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k
November 5, 2011
Brit Chris Thompson and American Sara Hall won the inaugural NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k which was held one day before the New York City Marathon and had the same fabled finish as the marathon.
On the men's side, while the Oregon Track Club member Thompson outkicked Aaron Braun and Dathan Ritzenhein for the win, the big news was that Dathan Ritzenhein ran his first race since last year's New York City Marathon his double foot surgery in March. Ritz came through injury free but most importantly showed his fitness to be at a high level in advance of the Olympic Marathon Trials in ten weeks. With his showing today, Ritz put aside any questions about his fitness and showed he will be a factor in Houston if he can stay healthy the next ten weeks. Ritz had some interesting comments on his marathon training and his desire to run fast on the track that warrant its own story here. For a more detailed, blow by blow of the race click here.
On the women's side, recent Pan Am Games steeplechase gold medallist Sara Hall continued her excellent fall campaign and got the win over Julie Culley and Sally Kipyego. Culley was the winner of the USATF 5k Road Championships in September and Kipyego arguably was the second best female distance runner on the track in the world this year so it was a nice win for Sara. Afterwards Sara said (interview embedded below), "Maybe I was a little sharper (than some of the others, but)... this was an incredible field and this was fund to just run hard and compete." She is looking forward to next year, and leaving open her options. She said, "It's exciting to finish the season well and to go into next year on a good note. I can't wait for next year....I love the steeple. It feels like I'm owning it, but I also love the 1500 and the 5."
Although a competitive race, in some ways the race is more of a recruiting tool for the NYRR than anything else (athletes got appearance fees but there was no prize money, and it reminded us road races in the early 1980s with a lot of Westerners battling for the crown, as all the athletes were US based). And from listening to the athletes it appeared to be an excellent recruiting tool. Braun and Thompson were almost giddy about running the NYC Marathon finish. Ryan Hall may be the marathoner in Hall family right now, but Sara Hall said that might change in the future: "I've been watching this race the last six years and seeing this finish line and how exciting it is. I want to run the marathon one day and finish here one day."
Results and video interviews below. *Race Results Weekly Recap of race here
Sara Hall After Winning
Dathan Ritzenhein (Full Story on him here)
Top Women's Results
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More on Ritz's Marathon Preparations and Track Ambitions: "The talent's still there. I'm still young... I think I can run what Galen and Mo did this year in the 10k."
Disclosure: The NYRR advertised on LRC this week.