For Jen Rhines, the road to a fourth U.S. Olympic team will go up and down the hills of Central Park.
Rhines and two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier Michelle Frey—the two fastest runners in the history of the race—will headline a field of more than 9,000 runners at the ninth annual More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon at 8:00 a.m. on April 15, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
They will be vying for "The Meyeroff," the winner's award named in honor of 2010 champion and NYRR member Sally Meyeroff, who died in a cycling accident a year ago today at the age of 27.
The 13.1-mile race through scenic Central Park is open to women runners and walkers of all ages, and is the largest women-only half-marathon in the country. It is sold out.
"The More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women's Half-Marathon is a powerful race that celebrates strong, active, and spirited women," said Wittenberg. "Jen and Michelle bring world-class talent and grace to the race, and they are extraordinary role models for women runners everywhere."
Rhines, 37, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, has made three U.S. Olympic teams at three different distances. She competed in the 10,000 meters in Sydney in 2000, the marathon in Athens in 2004, and the 5000 meters in Beijing in 2008. She will seek a spot on her fourth at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in June. Rhines has also competed in five IAAF World Championships (2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011) and set her half-marathon personal best of 1:11:14 in winning the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships in 2011.
Frey, of Minneapolis, MN, will turn 30 on race day. In January, she finished 22nd in a field of 152 finishers at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. Frey, running under her maiden name of Lilienthal, finished third at the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships in 2007, clocking her personal-best time of 1:12:46.
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