Donn Cabral and Alexi Pappas Celebrate Halloween With NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5-k Wins

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NEW YORK (31-Oct) — Donn Cabral and Alexi Pappas celebrated Halloween in style here this morning by winning the fourth annual NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K in 14:19 and 15:59, respectively. Cabral successfully retained his title in a three-way sprint to the line, while Pappas held off a tough women’s pack for the win. The pair donned blue TCS New York City Marathon capes at the finish and, in fun, proclaimed themselves King and Queen of New York for the day.

On a picture perfect but chilly morning for racing, Cabral tucked himself inside the lead pack of 15 through the opening mile. Passing iconic Radio City Music Hall on Avenue of the Americas, the 2012 Olympian was behind Eritrea’s Yonas Mebrahtu, and side-by-side with New Jersey-New York Track Club teammates Travis Mahoney, Jake Hurysz, and Michael Jordan, among others.

Entering Central Park where the race would finish, the group remained compact. According to Cabral, Jordan took a turn leading, as did Hurysz. But it was Cabral –the seasoned and most accomplished veteran– with the best closing speed.

Coming up Central Park’s West Drive to the TCS New York City Marathon finish, Cabral out-sprinted Ethiopian Diriba Degefa Yigezu and training partner Mahoney. Throwing his hands up in jubilation and relief, Cabral took the win by a step over Yigezu, 14:19 to 14:20. Mahoney was third, also timing 14:20.

“This was an awesome race, awesome competition,” Cabral told Race Results Weekly, gripping the blue heat retention cape for warmth. “This year I felt the presence of the pack all the way to the finish line. My teammates with the New Jersey-New York Track Club did a great job pushing the whole way.”

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Similar to last year, Cabral plans to use the victory here as a launching point for upcoming races. He’ll compete at the .US 12-K Championships in Virginia on November 15 and at the Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26).

“This is the fastest thing I’ve done in a while so it’s good race prep,” said Cabral, a native of Glastonbury, Conn. “Both of these races are kind of springboards to the Manchester Road Race, because I always want to give it a good go at Manchester. Hopefully I’ll have my strength down and all the niggles are out and I’ll be ready for Thanksgiving morning in Connecticut.”

Like the men, Pappas found herself in a tight women’s pack through the mile and two mile. Among those in contention for the win were steeplechaser Ashley Higginson, and all-purpose road racers Weynshet Weldetsadik and Salome Kosgei.

Donn Cabral and Alexi Pappas celebrate their victories at the 2015 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K by modeling their TCS New York City Marathon capes (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Donn Cabral and Alexi Pappas celebrate their victories at the 2015 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K by modeling their TCS New York City Marathon capes (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)

Grinding it out kilometer after kilometer, the 25-year-old Nike Oregon Track Club member saved a bit of energy for the hills in Central Park, where she broke from the field. Up the final incline to the finish, she hit another gear that gave her a comfortable cushion.

Pappas raised her black mittens high at the finish with 15:59 reading on the clock. Weldetsadik followed in 16:07, with Higginson third in 16:16.

“The 5-K, I can’t believe I’m saying this, feels short now. My college self would laugh at me if she saw me say that!” Pappas told RRW. “I felt like it was honest from the gun. You have to respect the hills of New York City, and I used the amazing crowds and scenery to carry through.”

She continued: “It’s worth it to take a risk and I think this is just another page in my book as I believe in myself. Who is capable of maybe doing the whole [marathon] one day. But I’m also believing in my speed, and that’s what it takes to win a race: strength and speed, belief, and a smile at the hardest part.”

Pappas has had a busy TCS New York City Marathon week: yesterday she hosted a very well-attended behind the scenes screening of “Tracktown: The Movie,” which she co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced with Jeremy Teicher. At tomorrow’s marathon she will ride in the lead car ahead of the elite women’s field.

“It’s been a huge honor to be a part of this. It’s a race that I’ve admired for a long time from afar. To be asked to be in the lead car at such a historic event is a privilege and an honor and I’m so proud to be here,” she said, before turning her attention to the film. “Everybody feels like it’s the joining of the [running and film] worlds in the best way. Isn’t that what the New York Marathon’s all about, bringing people together. I’m very grateful.”

The always energetic Pappas was excited to win here today, but even more thrilled to receive the heat retention blanket upon finishing. A creative person who enjoys tinkering with fashion, she thought it’d make a perfect Queen’s costume for Halloween.

“This has to be the coolest part, I now have a cape! Perhaps it has to be my Halloween costume,” Pappas exclaimed. “I will be Queen of the Apple!”

Tomorrow, more than 50,000 runners are expected to finish the TCS New York City Marathon, led by reigning champions Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany. Race Results Weekly will provide exclusive coverage from the event.

“This is awesome,” Cabral said of the energetic marathon atmosphere. “One day I hope to not be running the baby race here but running the big boy race and mixing it up with some of the best in the world.”

Full results can be found here. Here are the leading results

Top Men’s Results

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG % Race-Day
Photos
Cabral Donn M25 1 NIKE Annandale NJ USA 1 1 1 0:14:19 04:37 0:14:19 3 90.14 % Photo
Degefa Yigezu Diriba M27 316 WSX Bronx NY ETH 2 2 2 0:14:20 04:37 0:14:20 4 90.10 % Photo
Mahoney Travis M25 7 NJNY Old Bridge NJ USA 3 3 3 0:14:20 04:37 0:14:20 5 90.01 % Photo
Megersa Feisa Ayele M27 560 WSX Bronx NY ETH 4 4 4 0:14:26 04:39 0:14:26 6 89.43 % Photo
Mebrahtu Yonas M27 2 WSX Flagstaff AZ ERI 5 5 5 0:14:27 04:40 0:14:27 7 89.29 % Photo
Hurysz Jake M23 10 NJNY Lebanon NJ USA 6 6 1 0:14:29 04:40 0:14:29 8 89.17 % Photo
Bekele Gebre Girma M22 197 WSX Washington DC ETH 7 7 2 0:14:30 04:40 0:14:30 9 89.02 % Photo
Saad Julian M24 5 BAA Providence RI USA 8 8 3 0:14:35 04:42 0:14:35 10 88.55 % Photo
Nebsi Mengistu M37 4 AODF New York NY ETH 9 9 1 0:14:37 04:43 0:14:08 2 91.37 % Photo
Martin Brendan M26 19 NYAC Smithtown NY USA 10 10 6 0:14:42 04:44 0:14:42 13 87.85 % Photo
Jordan Michael M24 23 NJNY Indianapolis IN USA 11 11 4 0:14:44 04:45 0:14:44 14 87.58 % Photo
Atchoo Mike M24 9 NJNY Lebanon NJ USA 12 12 5 0:14:49 04:46 0:14:49 16 87.12 % Photo
Young Thomas M36 21 NYAC Fort Lee NJ USA 13 13 2 0:15:01 04:50 0:14:36 11 88.36 % Photo
Gill Timothy M23 13222 DUTC Albuquerque NM USA 14 14 6 0:15:02 04:51 0:15:02 18 85.85 % Photo
Hillery Liam M23 6 Greenville RI USA 15 15 7 0:15:11 04:54 0:15:11 20 84.99 % Photo
Davies John M24 17 NYAC New York NY USA 16 16 8 0:15:27 04:59 0:15:27 24 83.58 % Photo
Edmonds Caleb M23 717 Cooperstown NY USA 17 17 9 0:15:32 05:00 0:15:32 26 83.06 % Photo
Daly Daniel M30 24 NYAC Westport CT CRO 18 18 1 0:15:32 05:00 0:15:30 25 83.26 % Photo
Rowe Aaron M34 754 CRC Powell OH USA 19 19 2 0:15:35 05:01 0:15:20 22 84.22 % Photo
Donnelly Jordan M28 346 PUMA Cambridge MA GBR 20 20 7 0:15:37 05:02 0:15:36 28 82.69 % Photo
Brisbois James M23 239 UATH New York NY USA 21 21 10 0:15:37 05:02 0:15:37 29 82.61 % Photo
Boylan-Pett Liam M30 15 NJNY New York NY USA 22 22 3 0:15:42 05:03 0:15:39 30 82.43 % Photo
Lakritz Jason M28 511 UATH New York NY USA 23 23 8 0:15:47 05:05 0:15:46 32 81.82 % Photo
Vega Kerwin M26 682 CPTC New York NY USA 24 24 9 0:15:47 05:05 0:15:47 33 81.76 % Photo
Leight Alex M22 8 NJNY Old Bridge NJ USA 25 25 11 0:15:48 05:05 0:15:48 34 81.72 % Photo
Smilde Jordy M29 655 CPTC New York NY USA 26 26 10 0:15:56 05:08 0:15:55 36 81.12 % Photo
McManus Mike M50 741 UATH Herzogenaurach GER 28 27 1 0:16:00 05:09 0:14:00 1 92.23 % Photo
Bartholomew Wayne M24 12 NJNY Annandale NJ USA 29 28 12 0:16:00 05:09 0:16:00 38 80.66 % Photo

Top Women’s Results

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG % Race-Day
Photos
Pappas Alexi F25 31 OTC Eugene OR USA 27 1 1 0:15:59 05:09 0:15:59 2 92.62 % Photo
Weldetsadik Weynshet F19 807 WSX Washington DC USA 34 2 1 0:16:07 05:12 0:16:04 3 92.19 % Photo
Higginson Ashley F26 32 NJNY Marlboro NJ USA 41 3 2 0:16:16 05:14 0:16:16 5 91.03 % Photo
Kosgei Salome F35 37 WTC High Falls NY KEN 44 4 1 0:16:22 05:16 0:16:13 4 91.33 % Photo
Curham Megan F20 303 Warren NJ USA 46 5 1 0:16:25 05:17 0:16:25 6 90.22 % Photo
Browning Charlotte F28 38 TRE Eugene OR GBR 54 6 3 0:16:53 05:27 0:16:53 8 87.67 % Photo
Stowe Rebeka F25 30 NJNY Clinton NJ USA 56 7 4 0:16:57 05:28 0:16:57 9 87.34 % Photo
Schappert Stephanie F22 35 NJNY Clinton NJ USA 68 8 2 0:17:13 05:33 0:17:13 12 85.99 % Photo
Charnigo Stephanie F27 34 NJNY Annandale NJ USA 77 9 5 0:17:27 05:37 0:17:27 15 84.84 % Photo
Seykora Maria F21 13570 Broomall PA USA 80 10 3 0:17:37 05:40 0:17:37 17 84.08 % Photo
Beck Catherine F30 33 CPTC Newark NJ USA 81 11 1 0:17:37 05:41 0:17:37 18 84.07 % Photo
Ramirez Ivette F25 41 CPTC New York NY USA 88 12 6 0:17:46 05:43 0:17:46 20 83.34 % Photo
Bayly Fiona F48 190 UATH New York NY USA 102 13 1 0:18:15 05:53 0:16:30 7 89.73 % Photo
McManus Kathryn F40 1349 NYAC Mamaroneck NY USA 103 14 1 0:18:16 05:53 0:17:40 19 83.78 % Photo
Bradshaw Andrea F27 710 CPTC New York NY USA 111 15 7 0:18:29 05:57 0:18:29 27 80.11 % Photo
Busse Jennifer F31 781 CPTC New York NY USA 113 16 2 0:18:32 05:58 0:18:31 29 79.97 % Photo
Uible Elisabeth F30 1797 NYAC New York NY USA 117 17 3 0:18:34 05:59 0:18:34 30 79.75 % Photo
Goldstein Allison F29 1724 GCTR Jersey City NJ USA 129 18 8 0:18:46 06:03 0:18:46 35 78.90 % Photo
Wolden Cathrine F43 1694 UATH Pound Ridge NY NOR 140 19 2 0:18:56 06:06 0:17:57 21 82.53 % Photo
Harvey Jennifer F47 1200 UATH New York NY USA 142 20 2 0:18:57 06:06 0:17:19 14 85.49 % Photo
Donnelly Jennifer F24 1088 GCTR Wellesley Hills MA USA 146 21 4 0:18:59 06:07 0:18:59 39 77.99 % Photo
Pena Carolina F41 1446 DWRT New York NY CHI 149 22 3 0:19:01 06:08 0:18:18 23 80.93 % Photo

 


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