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Central Park turned a bit more beautiful this morning. With temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, the sun poked through the clouds at the start of the 12th annual MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon, and conditions proved to be perfect for the 7,403 women who took Central Park by storm.
The race was all but decided from the gun, as Deena Kastor made it three in a row, winning by a massive margin in 1:12:51. The mark fell shy of her own event record (1:11:38, set in 2014), but the victory continues a monumental year in which the 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist broke the world masters half-marathon record. Following Kastor was Jeanna Composti of the New York Athletic Club and Fiona Bayly of Urban Athletics.
Over its 10-plus years, this race has become a tradition for both New Yorkers and for women from out of town.
Betsy Curran, a seven-year member of NYRR, has run this race nearly every year since 2010 and has seen it grow and improve each year. After traveling from Westchester with a few of her girlfriends this morning, she noted that the smiles and the awesome volunteers got her excited and ready to go before the race.
Despite coming in with modest expectations, Curran said that her race went well, thanks to “A beautiful day, fantastic volunteers, great music along the course, and an all-around great event.”
The race brought an unmatched energy to the park, as women donning tutus and bright colors filled the roadways, and dads toting kids cheered from the sidelines. The event offered excitement for the whole family, as kids cheered on their moms with signs and love—and girls looked on, anxious for the day that they will be able to join their moms on the course.
Paul Bugg came out this morning to support his girlfriend, who trained hard for months in preparation for the 13.1 miles. While not a runner himself, he said that he knew how excited she was, remarking, “It is amazing to be here and see not only her, but all of these women getting after it.” Bugg even commented that maybe he should get out there and join his girlfriend in the next race!
Women truly rocked Central Park this morning, and they celebrated their achievements at the post-race festival at the Naumburg Bandshell, with live music, food, and great activities provided by all the event’s partners.
Be sure to register for the Oakley New York Mini 10K on June 13th, and once again show that women run the world!