Making History at the Mini
More than 8,300 women took on 6.2 miles in Central Park this morning at the 47th running of the NYRR New York Mini 10K, bringing the event’s total finishers to more than 200,000 since its inception in 1972.
Each year, the Mini celebrates women of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds coming together to advance their sport while having a great time running alongside their friends, teammates, mothers, daughters, sisters, and role models.
Women who’ve completed the race 15 times or more have earned the title “Crazylegs” runners and were honored before the start.
The day’s events kicked off with the third-annual Rising New York Road Runners at the NYRR New York Mini 10K, a 1.2-mile event for girls ages 12 to 18, which included a wheelchair division for the first time this year. The girls’ race saw a record 468 finishers. Each participant went home with a finisher medal and a pair of New Balance running shoes donated by Citi.
Next came another historic moment at the Mini: The event included a professional wheelchair division for the first year ever, making the Mini 10K the only all-women professional wheelchair race in the world. Two-time Paralympian and 2017 United Airlines NYC Half champion Susannah Scaroni was first across the finish line in 22:48.
She was followed by five-time New York City Marathon champion and 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden in 23:34 and two-time New York City Marathon champion and seven-time Paralympic medalist Amanda McGrory in 24:28. (Related: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Tatyana McFadden's Day in Manhattan)
Kenya's Mary Keitany, a three-time TCS New York City Marathon winner, took the top spot in the open division in 30:59, the fifth-fastest time in event history. Americans Aliphine Tuliamuk and Molly Huddle were second and third, in 32:08 and 32:25, respectively.
Star-studded professional athlete fields were followed by thousands of women, each with their own reason for running. In the weeks leading up to the race, we highlighted several of these stories in our “Together We Run" series: Maybelle Francisco ran her first Mini at 11 weeks pregnant; 70-year-old Dyan Newberry raced with her 15-year-old granddaughter; Rachel Nobel Fields became a “Crazylegs” runner and celebrated her 35th birthday at the Mini; single mom Michelle Wheeler aspires to take part in the Paralympics one day; and Kim Clark returned to the Mini to celebrate her 20th anniversary of winning the race in 1998.
The morning closed out with a post-race festival, where runners enjoyed live music, raffle prizes, and a meet-and-greet with pro athletes.