Author: Stefan Slutsky

NEW YORK – Members of the Ukrainian Running Club New York with their numerous supporters – more than 150 people in total – gathered at the Ukrainian Institute of America on August 21 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence with a Vyshyvanka Run. It was the seventh time that organizers held the race in person. It was also held virtually in 2020 as a result of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Run organizers offered participants a variety of distances so that participants of different skill levels, from the fastest who could run a mile in 5…

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On Sunday, July 31, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), an umbrella club for New York Metro area runners held its Team Championships. At seven o’clock in the morning, both men and women started at the same time. 3,499 participants, representing 209 running clubs in and around the city, galloped down the hilly paths of Central Park for a 5-mile race to find out which local running club had the fastest athletes. Along the entire distance, there were hundreds of fans who  cheered for their teammates with club or country flags and joyful shouts. Of course, among the numerous flags…

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NEW YORK – Every year since 2015, Ukrainian Running Club New York has celebrated Ukrainian Independence Day with a Vyshyvanka Run. As the name implies, participants must run or walk a certain distance while wearing a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts (vyshyvanka) or a T-shirt made to look like an embroidered shirt.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s Vyshyvanka Run took place virtually. Instead of holding a run in one location, this year Ukrainian Running Club New York took the added pandemic precaution of holding the event in three different locations: Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., and for the first time Liberty Park in Jersey City, N.J.

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