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NYC Prepares For 2013 Midnight Run

The annual race boasts a $2000 prize purse.

The annual race boasts a $2000 prize purse.

From: Running USA

NEW YORK CITY – As 2013 draws near, thousands of New Yorkers and runners from around the country will start off the new year on the right foot at the 34th edition of the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park on Monday, December 31. Among the top competitors this year are many elite athletes from the NJ-NY Track Club, coached by the legendary Frank Gagliano, it was announced  by NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

A Central Park tradition since 1979, the Midnight Run offers runners, families, and spectators a way to ring in the new year in a healthy and high-energy way. Featuring the only fireworks display in Manhattan that evening, the Emerald Nuts Midnight Run makes a bold statement in a city filled with countless New Year’s Eve celebrations and festivities.

“The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run is the most invigorating way anyone can spend New Year’s Eve,” said Wittenberg. “The music and dancing, outrageous costumes, and amazing fireworks display over Central Park in conjunction with the start of the race are so unique and fun–not to mention that you wake up feeling great! It is a wonderful event.”

“We look forward to partnering with NYRR for a ninth straight year, especially in such an iconic New York event,” said Craig Tokusato, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Diamond Foods, Inc. “The Emerald Nuts Midnight Run will be a great way to start the new year in a fun, healthy, and safe environment.”

The party begins at 10:00 p.m. with music and a massive dance party, followed by a creative costume parade and contest at 11:00 p.m. When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks will light up the night above “nutty” runners who will complete a brisk four-mile loop through Central Park. Halfway through the race, they will have the option of toasting the New Year with a glass of non-alcoholic champagne at the two-mile mark.

A field of professional athletes will race for a prize purse of $2,000, including $500 apiece to the male and female winners. Two standouts from the NJ-NY Track Club, Christian Thompson and Liam Boylan-Pett, will be top contenders in the men’s field. Thompson, 24, of Elkins Park, PA, finished third in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-12 Championships earlier this year. Boylan-Pett, 27, of New York, NY, placed second at the 2012 Cork City Mile in 3:58.38.