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MILLROSE

A Photo Essay

There are a few races on the running calendar that we eagerly await like children counting down to Christmas. Whether that's Falmouth, New York, Boston or Bay to Breakers, these are events that transcend "racing" to become experiences in and of themselves. The Millrose Games, the world's oldest indoor running competition, is one of those select few "bucket list" races. Though no longer held in Madison Square Garden, the Armory has a grandeur of its own. The music is loud, the track is fast and the energy of the city is palpable. This year, we sent two squads from our Boston team to race the Distance Medley Relay. One of our favorite events, the DMR brings distance and middle distance runners together in shared competition. Or in the case of team member Jeff Seelaus, it means the unenviable opportunity to see how a 2:20 marathon converts to the 400. Challenging racing aside, a morning DMR at Millrose sets you up for a day of spectating and cheering on the world's best runners, after a few beers at Coogan's, of course. Photographer Ben Weingart captured the scene for us.

No team bus needed in New York. Ride the subway to Washington Heights and take a brisk walk down 168th street and up the stairs to the Armory.

Warm-ups, bib pinning and all the usual rituals are done to the tunes of Top 40 pop hits blaring through the sound system. The DMR is the first race of the day, which means the crowds are less wild than they'll be later, but pre-race nerves remain. The Armory is a big stage.

A pair of fourth place finishes lands both our teams just off the podium, but no less proud of their efforts. The DMR is never easy.

Cool downs complete, the team heads to Coogan's – Manhattan's answer to the Eliot Lounge – for nachos and beer before returning to the Armory to take in the Wannamaker miles and world record attempts. In sum: a perfect Saturday in New York.

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