NEW YORK, N.Y - November 5, 2018 - Pratt Institute's Eliza Ross, a sophomore in the 3D Animation program, raced among nearly 53,000 athletes at the 2018 New York City Marathon, on Sunday, November 4. Taking place on the first Sunday in November every year, the New York City Marathon is the world's largest 26.2 mile footrace, and its course is known for its many hills and sharp turns.
Ross, who ran the marathon as a charity partner for a nonprofit called Free Arts New York, is coming off a successful cross country season, where the women's team finished third overall at the American College Athletic Association (ACAA) Championships, hosted at SUNY Delhi on October 27, and, Ross finished 23rd overall in the 6k race, with a time of 30:26.1.
The sophomore crossed the famed Central Park finish line on Sunday with a time of 4:41:09, with an average mile pace of 10:44.
Part of the race's course took Ross through Pratt's Clinton Hill neighborhood, as the start of Mile 9 is one block south of the Brooklyn campus on Lafayette Avenue between Grand and Classon Avenues.
Head coach of the cross country teams at Pratt, Jessica Donohue said she was impressed with Ross's toughness, and is happy for her to have had the experience of running the New York City race.
"Eliza is someone in our program who always goes above and beyond what is expected of her," Donohue said. "She's done a great job of balancing academics, athletics, and the extra training required to be prepared for the marathon. I'm really proud of what's she has accomplished."
New York Road Runners offers guaranteed entries to selected nonprofits through the Official Charity Partner Program of the New York City Marathon. Ross secured a spot in this year's race by joining the Free Arts NYC team, an organization that empowers underserved youth through arts and mentoring programs to develop their creativity, confidence, and skills to succeed. To learn more about the nonprofit, visit their website at https://www.freeartsnyc.org.