Grab, bite, chomp, chew, drink, swish, swallow, run.
That was Miriam Weiskind’s strategy today at the second annual New York City Pizza Run in Tompkins Square Park.
“I took really quick bites and washed it down with a little water,” she said, raising an imaginary slice to her mouth, showing just how she did it. “People who shoved the entire thing in just choke.”
Nearly 100 runners registered for the 2.25-mile run that required three pit stops for one slice of Margherita pizza, said race founder Jason Feirman, 26, of the East Village.
Ms. Weiskind, 31, of Park Slope, came in first for the women, clocking in at 18 minutes and 6 seconds. Peter O’Rourke took men’s title with a time of 15 minutes and 24 seconds.
While a dim weather forecast kept some participants from showing, those who live for saucy pieces of dough had no problem wolfing down 40 pizza pies from Pizza by Certe in Midtown.
To prepare for inhaling mouthfuls of basil leaves and mozzarella, triathlete Jonathan Blyer, 29, of Park Slope, spent three weeks chewing saltine crackers without water. He said what ruined him last year was a dry pallet.
“My main problem was getting my salivary glands going,” he said.
Most runners gave the choice of pizza a standing ovation — except perhaps Erin McInrue, 27, of the West Village.
“It was good but a bit crusty,” Ms. McInrue said. “That’s no good when I’m trying to eat for speed.”