12th Annual MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon in New York’s Central Park

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I love this trend—half marathons are getting B.I.G. and female runners are a huge part of the movement. This month I completed my 10th half marathon--the More Fitness Half.

Running is a passion of mine, to be surrounded by 7500 other women who share that passion, that’s pretty amazing.This is one of the largest women’s-only half-marathons in the country. If you're looking for a supportive crowd, this is it!

Race day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was cool, dry and sunny. The race kicked off with the duo of Erica Hill and Natalie Morales of the Today Show getting the crowd pumped (Natalie and Erica completed the race in an impressive 1:38:59 and 2:06:52 respectively).

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“It’s such a powerful group of women,” says Morales. “Everybody here has a story. It’s women supporting women all along the way, so whether you’re a first-timer or a many-timer, this is the perfect race.”

There was tremendous energy at the event: Lots of sparkles, tutus and friends running together. My normal training partners couldn’t do the race with me, but I never felt alone.

Along the undulating course, I had plenty of fan support. There was an especially adorable lady with a walker and a cowbell at the top of Harlem Hill. I’d love to thank her again for her cheering.

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U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor won in a blistering pace. This was her third consecutive win, she finishing in a time of 1:12:51. As for me? I got a PR of 1:51:00. Not the sub-1:50 time that I was looking for, but still respectable and I’ll never balk at a PR!

“My favorite part of coming back to this race year after year is seeing 10,000 women taking over the park and celebrating the empowerment that this sport can bring us,” says Kastor.

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And a huge thanks to Bloomingdales for putting together the yoga event. A hundred women went though poses to warm up for the big run.

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Finally, you can’t run a great race in NYC without the NYRR. This non-profit running group served as a partner and also gave MORE a registration spot (I do hope the expo comes back again next year).

If you’ve ever thought about at half, this is a great one to put on your calendar.

This is not a sponsored post.

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