Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Running

Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Running

More than 8,400 women gathered in Columbus Circle on Saturday to take on Central Park’s rolling hills at the NYRR New York Mini 10K, a race with a special history that shines through every second of the event.

The 46th running of the original women-only road race kicked off with a celebration of the Mini’s “Crazylegs” runners, women who have finished the race 15 times or more. The name is a nod to the first-ever Mini: The race began in 1972 as the Crazylegs Mini Marathon, a six-mile race in Central Park with just 76 entrants.

Julianne Grace holds the “Crazylegs” record, today finishing the Mini for the 42nd time. She was joined by her daughter, Deirdre Beck, another "Crazylegs" runner who today finished her 38th Mini, and three granddaughters.

Another group that stands out each year at the Mini is the race’s Swedish contingent, always decked out in blue and yellow. Each June, several dozen passionate ladies make the trip to NYC to be part of the event.

Also no stranger to the NYRR New York Mini 10K course—or traveling to get to it: Kenya’s Mary Keitany, who took the tape in a blistering 31:20. Keitany is the three-time defending TCS New York City Marathon champion and this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon winner. She was followed by Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska in 32:09 and top American Aliphine Tuliamuk in 32:14.

Before the women’s race, more than 300 girls ages 7-18 led the way at the second-ever Girls’ Run at the NYRR New York Mini 10K, a 1.4-mile race in Central Park.

The Girls' Run was paced by NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Tatyana McFadden, a five-time New York City Marathon champion and 17-time Paralympic medalist.

Among the participants in the Girls’ Run was a group from the New York City Department of Probation’s VENUS (Victorious, Empowering, Nurturing, United Sisterhood) program, which aims to assist middle-school and high-school girls with completing their court-mandated service hours.

Following the Girls' Run and Mini, finishers and their families enjoyed a post-race festival, complete with pink bagels, live music, and photo ops with the pros.

You’ll see plenty more of Tatyana McFadden and Mary Keitany in Central Park this year—both women announced this week that they'll return to NYC in November to race the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon!

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