5th Ave Finishing Kicks & WR marathon paced by Westchester Track Club member -Stephen Chemlany
(Chemlany pacer 82)
- Kenyan Patrick Makau ran a 4:43 per mile pace to smash the World Record at the Berlin marathon in 2:03:38. One of the pacesetters was fellow Kenyan and current member of the Westchester Track Club, Stephen Chemlany. He finished in second place with a 2:07:55. 3 years ago, he won the 5k at the Yale Invite in the race that I set my current PR. Congratulating him on his win afterwards, Stephen was friendly and humble. It's great to see someone who was a fairly regular competitior in local New York City races succeed at the international level. Congrats to him and his coach, Mike Barnow.
- Bernard Lagat and Jenny Simpson used their nasty finishing kicks to dismantle the professional fields in this year's 5th Ave Mile. Most impressive non-winner to me was David Torrennce, sporting the warrior mohawk, pushing the pace hard the last 400 meters drilling it for the win and just coming up short for third place overall. You must check out the pro videos here www.nyrr.org (photos above NYRR and Yahoo sports)