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Deena Kastor - NYRR Mini 10K

American marathon record-holder Deena Kastor, 38, made her return to racing after the birth of her daughter, Piper Bloom, three months ago. She finished 25th in 35:00.  See what Deena had to say about her “re-debut” in the NYRR Mini 10K.


Linat Misai

Linat Misai 31:40 (courtesy

New York – June 11, 2011 – Greta Waitz was one of the greatest marathon runners New York City had ever seen. The Norwegian marathoner, who died of cancer this past April, won a record nine New York City Marathons and was tied with Tegla Loroupe of Kenya for most Mini victories with five.  In Waitz’s memory, the 40th New York Mini 10k was dedicated to her  superb accomplishments.

Linat Masai crosses finishing line ahead of the field to win her second consectutive Mini 10K (courtesy

Linat Masai ran away from a field that featured 12 Olympians to win in 31:40, 29 seconds ahead of Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia, to win her second straight NYRR’s Mini 10k.

Jack Waitz, Grete’s husband, lead a group of men running in the women only mini marathon in honor of his late wife.  He finished with a time of 46 minutes 56 seconds and was the first man to cross the finish line.

The race also marked the return to competition of American marathon record holder Deena Kastor, who finished 25th in 35:00 just 3½ months after giving birth to her first child.

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Kim Smith (right) alongside Christelle Daunay at the 2010 New York City Marathon (via wikipedia)

New York, June 1, 2011—Coming off a heartbreaking race at April’s Boston Marathon, where she led for 17 miles before a leg injury forced her to withdraw, New Zealander Kim Smith will make her marathon return at the ING New York City Marathon 2011 on November 6, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.

The marathon will be the second of two planned appearances in New York this year for Smith, as it was also announced that she will run the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday, June 11, as her first race since Boston. The race will pay tribute to New York City Marathon great Grete Waitz, who passed away in April.

Additionally, Smith’s training partner Molly Huddle, the USA 5000-meter record-holder, was the first professional athlete announced for the NYRR 5 that will take place on Saturday, November 5, during ING New York City Marathon weekend. The race will feature a professional athlete field; still-to-be-announced prize money, start time, and course details; and a finish under the marathon finish-line banner.

The announcements were made at Icahn Stadium, where the runners joined 2,000 schoolchildren for the New York Road Runners Mighty Milers Fun Run as part of the third annual National Running Day celebration.

Smith will join three-time Olympian Jen Rhines of the United States and defending champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya on the marathon starting line. Rhines and Kiplagat were previously announced on Marathon Opening Day on April 27, along with defending champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and ING New York City Marathon 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi of the United States.
“It’s great to have two of the best women athletes in the world here today to celebrate National Running Day,” said Wittenberg. “Both Kim and Molly are young at heart and full of athletic potential. Their best remains in front of them, and that’s so exciting for all these kids here with us today. They are meeting two of our young superstars on their way up. We are thrilled they will be both be headlining major NYRR events this year.”

Smith, 29, a native of Auckland who now lives in Providence, RI, won four NCAA titles in two seasons at Providence College. She holds 12 New Zealand records at distances from the mile to the marathon (2:25:21, London, 2010).

“I can’t wait to step on the line in November for the ING New York City Marathon,” said Smith. “I want to put my Boston Marathon experience behind me and I hope to do that in New York. Marathon weekend in New York is so exciting and it is a lot of fun to be part of the buzz.”

Huddle, 26, also of Providence, had a breakout year in 2010, setting the American 5000-meter record of 14:44.76 at the Brussels Diamond League meet and winning her second USA 10K championship. Huddle also finished second at the 5000 meters in the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships. She has won five additional USA championships over distances from 5K to 10 miles.

“It will be my third time attending the marathon, and it is always a very dramatic and exciting weekend, so I can’t wait to see what happens in 2011,” said Huddle. “I look forward to June 1 and lacing up in NYC on National Running Day, and I can’t wait to come back to New York to be, in a small way, part of the marathon festivities. Hopefully someday I will be adding to that distance on the streets of NYC!”

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Olympic Medalist Deena Kastor to Begin Comeback at NYRR New York Mini 10K

Fabulous field featuring 12 Olympians is led by defending champion Linet Masai, World Marathon Majors champion Liliya Shobukhova, and defending ING New York City Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat

The 40th running of the iconic women-only road race will honor the late Grete Waitz

New York, June 2, 2011—Four months after the birth of her first child, American marathon record-holder and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor will make her return to racing at the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday, June 11, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. The 40th running of the original women-only road race will be dedicated to five-time Mini champion Grete Waitz, who died April 19 following a long battle with cancer.

Kastor is part of a fabulous field featuring 12 Olympians as she opens her 2011 season following the birth of daughter, Piper Bloom, in February. She will toe the line with defending champion and reigning world 10,000-meter champion Linet Masai of Kenya, reigning World Marathon Majors champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, top British track athlete Jo Pavey, and New Zealand multiple record-holder Kim Smith. The ING New York City Marathon 2010 champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya and Japan’s Yoshimi Ozaki, the silver medalist at the 2009 World Championships marathon, add to the staggering depth of the field.

Lornah Kiplagat

Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands, a four-time champion of the NYRR New York Mini 10K, will also be back to take part in the day. Kiplagat is third on the all-time victories list for this event, behind Waitz and Tegla Loroupe, who each won five times.

“This will be one of the strongest women’s fields at any race this year, and fittingly so, as a tribute to Grete and her legacy at the Mini’s 40th running,” said Wittenberg. “With Deena making her racing comeback and defending champion Linet and so many others in the mix, we know this race will truly be one of the best we’ve ever seen.”

Kastor, 38, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, is the American marathon record-holder (2:19:36, London, 2006). She earned the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Kastor is the most recent American Mini champion, having won in 2004 in 31:44.

Eager to return to competition, Kastor is nonetheless realistic about her chances this year on the rolling 6.2-mile Central Park course.

“I am so excited to make my post-pregnancy racing debut at this year’s New York Mini. This race is a perfect fit to celebrate women and running, so it’s a great pleasure to return to the racing scene in New York City,” said Kastor, whose last race was the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. “After months of not being able to run while pregnant, it has been an exhilarating two and a half months of running again. Although I’m far from the fitness that I had when I won the race in 2004, I deeply look forward to being part of this year’s line-up.”

Masai, 21, raced to the title last year in 30:48, the fourth-fastest time in race history. She won the 10,000 meters at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Shobukhova, 33, is the reigning World Marathon Majors champion, having won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2009 and 2010 and the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. She finished second in London this past April in a Russian national-record time of 2:20:15. Shobukhova has a 10,000-meter personal best time of 30:29.36, set in 2009.

Edna Kiplagat, 31, of Kenya (who is unrelated to Lornah Kiplagat), had third-place finishes at both the AJC Peachtree 10K and the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in 2010, in her buildup to her win in November’s ING New York City Marathon. In her most recent visit to New York, she was the runner-up at the NYC Half in March.

Pavey, 37, a three-time Olympian and one of the top British track athletes of all time, has transitioned to road racing in recent years. She is the national indoor record-holder at 3000 meters (8:31.50) and two miles (9:32.00) and set her 10,000-meter personal best at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she ran 31:12.30 to finish 12th.

Smith, 29, recently announced her intention to run the ING New York City Marathon this year; she finished fifth in 2010 in 2:29:28. In April, a calf injury forced her to drop out of the Boston Marathon after leading for more than 17 miles. Smith holds 12 New Zealand records at distances from the mile to the marathon.

Ozaki, 29, was the 2009 World Marathon Championships silver medalist. She set her 10,000-meter personal best, 31:47.23, in 2005.

Lornah Kiplagat, 37, won the last of her four Mini titles in 2007 when she finished the race in 32:10, eight seconds ahead of Smith. A two-time Olympian, Kiplagat is a four-time World Champion and the former holder of world road records in the 5K, 20K, and half-marathon.

Other top contenders in the field:
·         Magdalena Lewy Boulet, 37, of Oakland, CA, will be competing in her seventh NYRR New York Mini 10K; she finished 11th in 33:25 last year. Lewy Boulet’s best Mini finish to date is fourth (2008). A native of Poland, she finished second in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
·         Dayna Pidhoresky, 23, of Canada, will take part in her first NYRR New York Mini 10K. Her 10K personal best, set this year, is 33:02.
·         Molly Pritz, 23, of Williamsport, PA, is a graduate of Bucknell University, where she was on the cycling team. Pritz is the reigning USA 25K champion and finished 16th in the Mini in 2010.
·         Eloise Wellings, 28, of Australia, earned the Olympic 10,000-meter “A” standard earlier this year when she ran 31:41.31 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, CA.
·        Lidia Simon, 37, of Romania, is a four-time Olympian in the marathon and took the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. She was also the 2001 world marathon champion.

Founded by NYRR in 1972, the Mini got its name when race founder Fred Lebow convinced the first sponsor to support a six-mile “mini” marathon—named for the miniskirt, which was then in fashion—rather than a full marathon. The first race featured 78 participants; the Mini has been on the NYRR calendar ever since.

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New York Mini 10K (Women Only) Set For June 11th

The Mini has been on the NYRR annual calendar since 1972. This year marks the 40th running. The event has been a model for women’s road races around the world. It has attracted Olympians, World Champions, and world record holders and has been the site of several world-best performances. Winners have come from Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and the United States.

2011 Mini Is Dedicated to Grete Waitz

photoJune 11: A Great Day for Running in NYC

Saturday, June 11, the world’s best will compete at the NYRR New York Mini 10K in Central Park and at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League track meet at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Plan now to make a day of watching the world-class action! The Mini is the original women-only road race, celebrating its 40th running and dedicated this year to five-time Mini winner Grete Waitz. The adidas Grand Prix is one of the world’s premier track meets and will feature a galaxy of superstars. Use promo code NYRR2011 to get an exclusive NYRR member discount. Info and

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