ADVISORY: U.S. Olympian Shalane Flanagan to Run with New York City High School Girls at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K on Saturday

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Flanagan, who will compete in this year’s TCS New York City Marathon as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, will serve as a “race buddy” for NYRR’s Run for the Future summer running program



WHAT:                
Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan will join 85 high school girls from NYC’s five boroughs for a 5K in Harlem this Saturday. Flanagan will be a “race buddy” for NYRR’s Run for the Future summer running program, helping a new, young runner complete her first race.

 
NYRR Run for the Future provides a fun, free way for young women entering their senior year of high school to learn about running while building self-esteem, training to complete a 5K run, and earning a $2000 college scholarship.

 

Flanagan, the second-fastest U.S. female marathoner of all-time, finished as the runner-up at the 2010 New York City Marathon, the best finish by an American woman in 27 years.

 

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run and Walk honors the late Percy Sutton, who as Manhattan borough president in the 1970s championed the New York City Marathon as a five-borough race. The run celebrates historic Harlem and is part of HARLEM WEEK, one of the northeast area's largest cultural celebrations.

 
WHEN:                
Saturday, August 26, 8:30 a.m.

 
WHERE:              
Start: 136th Street and Edgecombe Avenue
Finish: St. Nicholas Avenue at approximately 138th Street, near the Percy E. Sutton Education Complex

 
About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, community events, youth running initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit 

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