Mike Cassidy Wins Staten Island Half-Marathon for Third Time
Mike Cassidy (R), third-time winner of the Staten Island Half-Marathon, is congratulated by his Staten Island friend Jim, who also ran in the Marathon in New York City, Oct. 13, 2013. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
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NEW YORK—Mike Cassidy, a native of Staten Island, New York City, won his third consecutive Staten Island Half-Marathon Sunday morning with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, and 15 seconds. That was 31 seconds better than last year’s time and over a minute off his first win in 2011 coming in at 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 38 seconds.
Cassidy has been running since he was a freshman in high school in 1999. He has also run the New York City Marathon three years and he has run Olympic trials.
The annual half-marathon is part of the New York Road Runner’s 5-Borough Series.
Jennifer Lee, another participant running in her first half-marathon, also crossed the finish line.
How did she feel? “I feel like I want to die. Like I want to cut off my legs, like my eyeballs hurt, like I need someone to get me a pizza right away.”
Lee said she posted a better time today than her 17-mile training run last weekend. The half-marathon is 13.1 miles (21.1 km).
Bill Young, another participant, tweeted: “Just finished the Staten Island Half-Marathon. Man I could go for a donut or two right now.”
View the gallery at: Staten Island Half-Marathon, Oct 13, 2013.
With additional reporting by Benjamin Chasteen