It’s a big year for Deena Kastor and 10th anniversaries: The U.S. record-holder in the half-marathon, who just last weekend competed in her 10th World Cross Country Championships, will headline the 10th-anniversary running of the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 14, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Kastor, 40, was captain of the U.S. cross-country team that finished fourth, just out of the medals, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday. A week earlier, on March 17, she finished third in the ASICS LA Marathon, in 2:32:39 after fighting an upset stomach for the first six miles. It was only the second marathon for Kastor since the birth of her daughter, Piper, two years ago.
“I am thrilled to participate in the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon,” said Kastor. “It is an honor to celebrate our sport with so many women who have inspired me to continue competing as a 40-year-old mom.”
The country’s largest women-only half-marathon, held entirely in Central Park, last year had 7,127 finishers, from walkers to first-time runners to elite athletes. Each year, the sold-out event provides thousands of women from across the country the opportunity to gather for competition, celebration, and camaraderie. The race champion receives $1,000 and “The Meyerhoff,” an award named in honor of 2010 champion and NYRR member Sally Meyerhoff, who died in a cycling accident in March 2011.
“It is very special for us to have Deena Kastor here at the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon with the anniversary theme of ‘Women Run the World,’ celebrating women leaders who have changed the face of business, sports, education, and health,” said Wittenberg. “Deena is one of our country’s great athletes, and she continues to impress us all with her incredible talent, dedication, and passion for what she loves, which we appreciate and honor.”
Kastor, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, is one of the most-decorated distance runners in U.S. history. She holds nine U.S. road running records, ranging from five kilometers to the marathon, including the half-marathon mark of 1:07:34. Kastor was the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon and is the only American woman ever to break 2:20:00 at that distance. She also holds two IAAF World Cross Country Championships silver medals.
Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe will co-host the race, as well as run it for the first time. Joining them will be More magazine editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour and Fitness magazine editor-in-chief Betty Wong, who will help honor the 10th anniversary of the event with a special “Women Who Run the World” tribute, saluting 10 fearless game-changers who have paved the way for women over the last decade.
A two-day Health and Wellness Expo, free and open to the public, will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, at 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The expo is also the location for race-number pickup for registered runners.
The half-marathon will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 14, on Central Park’s West Drive near 63rd Street. For more race details, please visit http://www.morefitnesshalf.com.