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2015 Midnight Half: Post Race Interview with 2nd Place Female Cara Notarianni

The Midnight Half is really starting to get interesting. This race used to be made up of a small community of local runners, but in the last couple of years its reach has attracted many new people. When I caught up with the lead female at checkpoint #2 in Red Hook, I wasn’t surprised that I had never met her before. Featured photo of second place female Cara Notorianni (1:26:41) crossing the Manhattan Bridge by Izzy Cohan.

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2015 Midnight Half: Post Race Interview with 3rd Place Overall Mac Schneider

In 2014 Mac Schneider won the Midnight Half in 1:16:00. Mac practiced the route ahead of time, he had the most efficient path, he took risks, he jumped fences and ran through projects..and he was fast as hell. He was the first competitor to take the open-course check-point format and use it to his advantage..and in doing so beat out guys like Matt Dinusson (2nd place 1:18:11), Asher Fusco (3rd 1:18:12) and the fastest guy to ever lose the Midnight Half, Jerry Faulkner (16th 1:26:27). After 2014 people changed their approach to this race, people realized that walking on this course without a strategy, without a plan, is a guaranteed way to not win. Cover image by Parker Feierbach.

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2015 Midnight Half: Post Race Interview with 2nd Place Overall Jerry Faulkner

Everyone knows one thing about Jerry Faulkner, he is fast. One of the fastest around, especially in the context of NYC urban running. His personal best in the marathon is a 2:24:12, in the half-marathon he has hammered out a 1:07:16. He is the kind of runner that doesn’t register for major marathons – he gets invited by the organizers to run. And when he does, he starts with the elites and he finishes with the elites. He is on a different level. Featured image of Jerry on the Manhattan Bridge in the 2015 Midnight Half by Allen Carr.

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2015 Midnight Half: Post Race Interview with Women’s Winner Jennie Cohen

Jennie Cohen, the 2015 Female Champ, answers a few questions regarding this year’s race and shares some insight as to what the 2015 Midnight Half was like from the leading female’s POV. Featured photo by David Trimble.

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2015 Midnight Half: Post Race Interview with Overall Winner Pat Casterline

This year I reached out to several of the competitors from the 2015 Midnight Half requesting interviews so I could get to know this race a bit more intimately. I only see one point of view each year we do this thing. This is the first of a series of interviews with some of this year’s top finishers. The featured image was shot by Izzy Cohan.

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UPDATE: The Midnight Half – Race Report

The following is a short review on some of the known athletes currently registered for Saturday Night’s race. These athletes are listed because they have had strong performances at previous Midnight Halves and/or impressed us with their overall strength and ability through out the last year. It is very possible (if not likely) that this year’s top finishers may not be listed.

Here are some of our registered favorites:
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Who’s Afraid of the Red Hook Crit 5K..?

The Red Hook Crit 5K is one of the fastest foot races organized in New York City and registration is currently live, and open to anyone. It is a small-scale grassroots running event that draws in elite-level talent from around the world..and as a result, it is one of the most intimidating races in the urban running scene. At some point in time almost everyone I know has been “too scared” to register for this one. Photo of the 2013 Red Hook Crit 5K start line by Takuya Sakamoto.

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The 2015 OSR Silent Auction: Recap

This years auction was almost not going to happen..I kept thinking maybe three is enough. That I should kill the event while it is still well received and not wait for it to become old news.

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The Final OSR Silent Auction for the LES Girl’s Club

The OSR Silent Auction for the LES Girl’s Club is my favorite event of the year. It is an opportunity for everyone that comes to our weekly runs to give back to the neighborhood that has made the last 4 years of OSR possible. For those that want to help out with this years event, there are many ways that you can do so.

I ask that anyone reading this, that comes and runs on Tuesday nights, contributes to this year’s auction in some way, either by donating, volunteering, reposting information etc. Together we can make it the best auction yet…time to give back.

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You Should Be Running Right Now..

Stop complaining the run was cancelled..I don’t owe you anything. I do this “thing” for selfish reasons exclusively, you just happen to join me. There is nothing stopping you from lacing up and going out on your own. In fact, you should be outside right now running. You set aside Tuesday Nights for Orchard Street Runners, you come every week, you run..then you spend several hours at An Choi interacting afterwards..tonight nothing has changed. Go run, go by yourself..explore a different route..one you wish I’d post. Tell me about it afterwards, I look forward to hearing about it. Run free, without being told what route to take, or how fast to run it, or with whom. The most gratifying runs, by far, are ran alone.

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