Camera Athletica: NYRR Distance Carnival, 4.24.09


One of the most popular sections in American Track & Field magazine has been our Camera Athletica section, where we would focus on the athletes, the events, and the sites that make our sport unique. Today's focus is the New York Road Runners' Distance Carnvial, held last Friday night, as part of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, at Cal Berkeley. The photos, from, were shot by Lisa Congilio:


Start of the Women's 10,000 meters.


Bobby Curtis, shown here, winning the 5,000 meters with six runners within .6 of a second!


Philes Ongori and Katie McGregor duked it out over 10,000 meters-Ongori got the win and the world leader, McGregor got second and the American leader.


The start of the Men's 10,000 meter run.


The 10,000 meters en route...


Sam Chelanga went on to break Galen Rupp's 10,000 meter collegiate record! Chelanga finished first.


Colin Birmingham, who finished less than one second behind Chelanga, broke the Australian record for 10,000 meters! Five runners were under 27:40.10 in this race!


One more shot of Shannon Rowbury, running one of her few 5,000 meter track races. Note that Shannon was on her own for most of the last 3k, the rabbit was gone but the wind was there. At 15:12.95, do not be too surprised when she puts a 14:45 on the results page! Rowbury is the future....

A tip of the hat to the NYRR for sponsoring this event!

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