The organization, which hosts races across the city, including the New York City Marathon, distributed the shoes one day before its Queens 10K.
“We love being out in the community,” said NYRR president and CEO Michael Capiraso, “giving back and getting kids healthy and fit for running.”
The giveaway was part of the group’s “1 For You, 1 For Youth” program. In 2019, for every pair of shoes sold to a customer at the NYRR’s Run Center, New Balance donates a pair to NYRR’s youth program.
Nearly 12,000 runners participated in the annual Queens 10K over the weekend in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, about 2,500 of them from Queens
The first male finisher was Demelash Abera of Ethiopia, who finished in 29 minutes and 49 seconds. Roberta Groner of Ledgewood, New Jersey, took the top spot among women, finishing at 33 minutes and 33 seconds.
The top finisher from Queens was Patricio Castillo of Flushing, who crossed the line at 30 minutes and six seconds, good for second overall.
Michele Palmer of Woodside finished at 38 minutes and 18 seconds, placing her in the 23rd spot.