A trio of New York Road Runners events will celebrate a joint milestone this month: The Scotland Run, New York Colon Cancer Challenge, and More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon will each mark the 10th year of its major partnership.
Registration is still open for all three races. The Scotland Run 10K is Saturday; the Colon Cancer Challenge15K, 4M, and Walk are Sunday; and the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon is April 14.
Although the races coincidentally all mark a decade of partnership, each has its own purpose, flavor, and objectives.
This year, the Scotland Run 10K, in partnership with the Scottish government, is celebrating 10 years of getting New York hearts racing. Part of Tartan Week in NYC, the race ends in time for participants to watch the annual Tartan Parade—fittingly, given that runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in kilts or other Scottish attire and will have been “warmed up” for the parade by bagpipers at each mile marker. A post-race festival will feature Scottish-themed activities such as face-painting and bagpipe band performances, marking Natural Scotland 2013.
Since it was first held in 2004, participation in the popular race has soared. The first year, 2,371 runners finished the 10K; in 2012, the number was 7,927.
The day after the Scotland Run will be devoted to the series of Colon Cancer Challenge events. In partnership with the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation, the 15K, 4-miler, and Remembrance Walk will promote awareness and raise funds. In the 10 years of the events’ history, more than $2.7 million has been raised for the foundation’s work.
In 2004, a total of 3,551 runners completed a half-marathon and 4-mile run in the Colon Cancer Challenge; last year, 5,711 finished the 4-miler and a 15K, in addition to the many who participated in the untimed 1.7-mile Remembrance Walk.
Interactive activities centered on colon-cancer prevention will include Rollin' Colon, a walk-through educational Super Colon.
The More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon will kick off with a Health and Wellness Expo on April 12 and 13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, leading up to the largest all-women’s half-marathon in the country on April 14. Last year, 7,127 women finished the race, which celebrates active and healthy lifestyles and camaraderie among women of all ages and abilities.
In 2004, the combined total of finishers for the More Marathon and More Half-Marathon was 1,988. The event began with More Magazine as the sole partner and was aimed at attracting women over 40. The race is now open to women of all ages but, appropriately enough for this milestone, American record-holder Deena Kastor—who recently turned 40—will headline the race this year.
Over the years, the event has attracted such celebrity hosts as Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View and Kirsten Davis of Sex and the City. This year’s hosts are Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives. Both will also run the race.
Hasselbeck will be among 10 women honored at the post-race awards ceremony this year for making a significant contribution to society through their work. Other honorees include Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg