Central Park was the place to be this morning as women took to the road at the 10th-anniversary More® Magazine/Fitness® Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon. As the ladies looped around the park, men and children lined the course to provide encouragement when the runners needed it most; hitting the Harlem Hills twice was no easy task, but the crowd support helped the women dig deep.
Three-time U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor was among an early lead pack that included West Side Runners teammates Aziza Aliyu and Hirut Beyene, who finished second and third respectively. Kastor held her ground throughout the race and looked comfortable as she cruised to the finish. Putting the icing on the cake, Kastor set a new course record of 1:13:25.05 by mere tenths of a second!
“From the expo yesterday to the race this morning, it was an amazing event,” Kastor said. “I love that it supports women’s health and fitness.”
New York Athletic Club runner Maggie Tursi, who placed seventh, had to rush home after the race to feed her one-year-old daughter and then drive to a friend’s bridal shower. "I’m trying to get nominated for the NYRR Runner of the Year, so I’m front-loading my races,” she said at the finish. Last year at this time, Tursi was introducing her daughter, Emma, to the world; the local standout walked the Scotland Run 10K the morning of April 7, 2012, and then gave birth to Emma later that day. Her daughter’s first birthday party yesterday and a strong finish this morning made this race extra-special.
“All of you are champions today,” said race director and NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg at the post-race awards ceremony. From the looks on finishers’ faces, they got the message!
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