Good morning, Central Park, on a beautiful Sunday morning, as almost 7,000 women lined up at the 14th annual SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon. #WomenRunTheWorld! With a 14-year tradition of empowering women of all ages and abilities, this race—one of the largest women’s half-marathons in the country—is all about sisterhood. Women came from all five boroughs of NYC and around the world to celebrate fitness and camaraderie.
National marathon and half-marathon record holder and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor racked up her fourth win at this race, crossing the finish line in 1:16:17. Looks like she followed the race-day tips and strategies she’d shared at the NYRR RUNCENTER on Friday evening. Second place went to Marisa Cummings of the New York Athletic Club in 1:21:13 and third went to Mary Bida in 1:23:09.
The race included the second annual Women Run the WorldTM Relay & Mentorship Program, which honored 13 notable women and showcased the significant role that women play as leaders and influencers, while also highlighting the importance of supporting, inspiring, and empowering the next generation of women. Each of the 13 honorees was paired with a mentee from NYRR’s Run for the Future program, which trains New York City high school girls to run their first 5K race, build and strengthen self-confidence, and earn money toward college. Each pair ran or walked a one-mile leg of the course as part of a relay team.
Want to run another empowering women's race? Sign up for the NYRR New York Mini 10K on June 10, the original women-only road race. Check out our full race calendar and #GetOutToRun with New York Road Runners this spring and summer.