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Washington Heights resident rediscovers healthy living through NYRR Open Run

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June 1, 2022: An Open Run is held in Morningside Park in celebration of Global Running Day. (Photo by Da Ping Luo for NYRR).

While most people spend their Saturday mornings catching up on sleep or unwinding from the work
week, 71-year-old Washington Heights resident Robert Moore can be found at Inwood Hill Park, leading,
and running in weekly New York Road Runners (NYRR) Open Runs.

Since joining the free NYRR community program in 2017, Moore has maintained a near-perfect
attendance record. Like many adults who dabbled in the sport in their youth and lost it over time, he
took an extended break from running in the 2000s and was inspired by a 2016 diagnosis of borderline
diabetes to return.

Almost immediately after the doctor recommended better nutrition and increased exercise, the New
Yorker noticed a flyer on the subway for NYRR Open Run – free, fun weekly community runs and walks
at neighborhood parks across New York City.

At the time, the closest Open Run site to his native Washington Heights was St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx.
With the help of NYRR, Moore helped close the gap for Upper Manhattan residents to launch a new
Open Run location.

On a rainy morning in April 2017, nearly 70 community members braved the conditions to attend the
inaugural Inwood Hill Park Open Run.

Since then, Moore has achieved a rare Open Run double-double, meaning he’s participated in over 100
Open Runs as an athlete and another 100 Open Runs as a volunteer, assisting with check-in, stretches,
and other administrative needs.

“Without Open Run, my weekend feels incomplete. The running community is so special and strong, and
it’s the reason I am where I am today,” said Moore.

He has since dramatically improved his blood sugar, lost over 50 pounds, and continues to set personal
running records for time and pace. He’s run five marathons, including the 2022 TCS New York City
Marathon.

He said his doctor calls him the “poster child” for leading a healthy lifestyle, with Open Run playing a
major role in that journey.

Since NYRR Open Run began in 2015 there have been over 18,000 participants, including new runners,
seasoned athletes, families, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and speeds. Inwood Hill
Park is one of 15 Open Run sites across the five boroughs with an additional park opening in 2023.

“Through NYRR Open Run, we are creating a healthier New York for people of all ages and abilities,” said
Marissa Muñoz, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at NYRR. “We welcome everyone to join us
at their convenience at one of our weekly runs across the five boroughs.”

For more information on the program and to find the closest Open Run to you, visit:
https://www.nyrr.org/openrun.

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