Sunday, November 05, 2006

NYCM

I paid the $4.99 to watch the NYCM online. Pretty cool so far.
The names, instead of the numbers, on the race bibs make it easy to tell who's who. Cool.
Announcer said the US hasn't had a woman win the race since 1977. Deena Kastor, who has won Chicago and London recently, is one of the favorites.
The rabbit for the women really took off, leaving second-place Jelena Prokopcuka about 25 seconds behind through the first couple miles. The rest of the pack was about a minute behind at the same point.
Announcers are ripping her. Saying that she's just trying to get some face time on TV. Also that she could've done this yesterday on her own. They're right I guess. If she was paid to rabbit, should she really go that far out in front? Dang.
Looks like Lance Armstrong was near the front pack of elite men before the race. Geez...where's Dean Karnazes?
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The women passed the 10K mark in 34-something with the rabbit Luminita Talpos leading.
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Lance is getting some help with Alberto Salazar pacing him right now. I think Salazar is supposed to pace him through the first 10 miles.
Announcer said his hands are placed funny, like he's praying. The other announcer said, "Maybe he's already looking for help after just two miles." hmmm....wonder who he's praying to?
Where's his actor buddies Matthew and Jake?
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Lance is getting chatted up by every runner that goes by or near him. The camera is following him. He looks okay so far.
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The crowds are awesome. It brings back some great memories. I ran that day knowing that my mom had been taken to the hospital back home in Lufkin. She was having tests done to find out what was wrong with her. Turns out it was a brain tumor. I was running not knowing what for sure was wrong with her.
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The women are at the halfway point, going over the Pulaski Bridge, entering Queens. Talpos is still out in front, but it doesn't seem to matter to the TV coverage. Weird. I assume she'll get passed soon. Or drop out.
Announcer just said that in five of the last six years the women's leader at the halfway point has won the race. hmmm...
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Lance's race number is 1002 and his team is listed as Nike. just an FYI. I guess that bib number got him near the front of the pack.
Announcers are talking about Lance saying that he looks good now, but they want to see what he looks like at mile 20.
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Ladies are on the Queensboro Bridge. That thing killed me. I was in a lot of pain there. Prokopcuka is in second and Talpos is still in the lead, but they're not showing her. They will come off the bridge into Manhattan, where the crowds are unbelievable. Seriously, unbelievable.
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Talpos finally dropped out. Dang bridge got her I guess. It got to me too.
Jelena and Tatiana Hladyr are a good ways ahead of Deena Kastor.
Off the bridge onto First Avenue is awesome, if you're not dying like I was.
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Wow...they just showed a shot of the bridge. It's cool looking. I need to run this race again.
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The women's rabbit dropped out at 25K. She was waaayy in front. Wonder if she got paid before the race? It didn't seem like she earned her money.
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Weather is great today. Upper 40s still. Announcer said runners aren't taking advantage of the weather time-wise, but they are competition-wise. I get that.
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Hladyr and Jelena are up more than a minute on Kastor and others.
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Alberto Salazar is no longer pacing Armstrong, Joan Benoit is. Dang, that's some impressive pacers. How can I get that?
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You can get race updates here.
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Jelena is opening up some ground on Hladyr in mile 23. The other women are out of camera view.
The men's race is wide open. Still a good number of runners in the lead pack, though Ramaala broke part of it on First Avenue.
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Jelena looks like she's got it in the bag with just two miles to go.
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dos Santos (I've never heard of him) has a 12 second lead in the men's race.
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Jelena wins. Deena Kastor sixth.
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Armstrong's reception on First Avenue was awesome.
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dos Santos is leading in mile 24. Tergat is in second.
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wow...dos Santos held on to win in 2:09:58. Tergat was third.
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Karnazes passed the halfway point in 1:30:38 and was through 35K in 2:31:01.
Armstrong was at the halfway point in 1:28:57 and through 35K in 2:27:36. Will he finish ahead of Dean? hmmm.....
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Karnazes' unofficial finish time:
3:00:30
Armstrong's unofficial finish time:
2:59:36
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Channel 2's Ryan Korsgard finished in
3:29:02.
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Armstrong was the 9th Texan to cross the finish line. Todd Blanchard was first in 2:24:13.
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Saul Mendoza, who won the Houston Marathon wheelchair division this year in 1:43:11, was third in NYC in 1:37:42. That's a 3:43 pace. Winning time was Kurt Fearnley in 1:29:22.
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Sorry, Jon. I'll stop.

10 comments:

JustJunebug said...

hey lance has MY 1/2 mary number!! yay!

i am glad you posted all this...i have the tivo set for the highlight show but this is way better!

atownrunner said...

I watched the whole thing online. It was great.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. Came back from church looking for info and couldn't find it until I hit your blog.

It appears that Lance will make his 3:00 goal, pretty remarkable!

Thanks Man!

Steve
RunSteve.com

Erin said...

Lance's # is the date he was diagnosed with cancer - Oct. 2. If you noticed his shirt, it had a big 10/2 on the front.

He finished in 2:59:36.

Here is a nice little article about his first marathon experience today.

atownrunner said...

Thanks Erin. I shoulda known that. 1002 on the bib 10/2 on the shirt. geez..i'm slow today.

JustJunebug said...

the fact that lance just barely beat dean doesnt even phase me. dean just finished his 50th in 50. i saw lance coming up to the finish and it was obvious he was hurting big time (at least IMHO)..eh, he got the sub 3 but i bet it hurt like hell for him! kudos to a guy that ran his longest at 16 miles 20 years ago and makes a sub 3...that doesnt seem quite fair!! :O)

i was happy the Brazilian dude won though! i love an underdog! but sad that deena was 6th. :(

Anonymous said...

Edwin,

The rabbits are paid to set a pre-agreed to pace. No idea who to believe, but the NBC TV coverage said that Talpos was on pace and the lead runners simply chose not to go with her. It's likely she was paid to set the pace for 25k and simply dropped out at the appointed time. One indication she was on spec was that the finishing times were fairly pedestrian in spite of perfect weather.

Steeeve

Sarah said...

Echoing what Steeeve said -- the NBC announcers on the highlight show were fairly adamant that the lead women just chose not to follow the rabbit. Their choice.

TX Runner Girl said...

Great report! I had no idea about Ryan Korsgard...my, he's speedy!!! I wish I had known you could pay to watch the whole thing!

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