New York, November 4, 2023—2023 B.A.A. 5K champion Morgan Beadlescomb and three-time NCAA Division III champion Annie Rodenfels both captured their first national titles at the 2023 USA Track & Field (USATF) 5K Championships at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday in Central Park.
Beadlescomb, 25, pulled away from the field in the final meters to finish in 13:44, his debut in the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K. Ahmed Muhumed, last year’s fourth-place finisher, was second in the men’s race in 13:47, followed by Tai Dinger in third in 13:47.
Rodenfels, 27, captured the women’s title in 15:22, after finishing fourth in the 2022 edition of the event. She was joined on the women’s podium by U.S. Olympian Rachel Smith, who was second in 15:26, and Bethany Hasz, who was third in 15:27.
Top youth athletes from across the country also competed in the USATF National Youth 5K Championships. Patrick Noonan of Massachusetts and Zariel Macchia of New York finished as the top boy and girl, winning the youth national titles.
Following in the footsteps of the professional athletes and elite youth runners, over 10,000 runners participated in the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, including top local athletes and many runners who are also running Sunday’s TCS New York City Marathon.
Abbott, the title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, is the sponsor of the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K for the seventh time. Abbott, a global healthcare leader, helps people live more fully with life-changing technology and celebrate what’s possible with good health.
The Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K annually provides TCS New York City Marathon supporters, friends, and families the opportunity to join in on the thrill of marathon race week. The course begins on Manhattan’s east side by the United Nations, then takes runners along 42nd Street past historic Grand Central Terminal and up the world-famous Avenue of the Americas past Radio City Music Hall. It then passes through the rolling hills of Central Park before finishing at the iconic TCS New York City Marathon finish line.
About New York Road Runners (NYRR)
NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, virtual races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year 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 a wide population of runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit www.nyrr.org.