Next weekend’s 50th NY Mini 10-k Mastercard is ABSOLUTELY LOADED

By David Monti, @d9monti
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NEW YORK (02-Jun) – The New York Road Runners will celebrate the 50th annual Mastercard New York Mini 10-K in style on Saturday, June 11, when a dozen Olympians lead the field in the first-ever road race at the World for Women, founded in 1972. Using a new course with a start on Central Park West at 90th Street, the elite field of 36 women will take on the hills of Central Park and compete for a $45,000 purse, with $10,000 in total winning and $5,000 to the top American. The winner of the race will join one of the most prestigious winner lists in all of road racing, which includes all-time greats like Tegla Loroupe and Marie Keitany from Kenya, Liz McColgan and Paula Radcliffe from Great Britain, Lornah Kiplagat From the Netherlands, Grete Waitz from Norway, and Deena Kastor the United States.

“I’ve heard about the Mini and how it’s a wonderful celebration of women and running,” said the defending Boston, Olympic and New York Marathon champion. Peres Jepcherchir who will drive the Mini for the first time. “It is very important to me that I use my success to inspire the young women and girls who will follow me. It is very special to be able to return to New York after my victories in the New York and Boston marathons to do part of the 50th anniversary of this race.

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Five other Kenyan women –-Sheila Chepkirui, Viola Cheptoo, Edna Kiplagat, Sharon Lokedi and caroline rotich– will also be on the pitch. Kiplagat, 42, who won the Mini 10 years ago and raced the race six times, said the event was one of his favorite races and one of the most meaningful.

“Winning the New York City Marathon 12 years ago changed my life, and now, ten years after also winning the Mini 10-K, I’m still enjoying my race and happy to continue competing at a high level. said Kiplagat, who finished fourth in the Boston Marathon in April in 2:21:40, breaking that event’s masters course record. “NYRR always invites the highest quality courses, so I always like to line up in New York with the best in the world. There are so many inspiring women who have participated in this race over the years who have given a positive example to everyone – both runners and non-runners – and I am lucky to be part of such a prestigious group.

Ethiopia Senbéré Teferi, the recent United Airlines NYC Half winner, would also like to add the Mini title to her resume. The 27-year-old, who holds the pending world record for the 5k in a women-only road race (14:29), finished sixth in the Tokyo Olympic 5,000m last August and would like to win his second 10 -K in New York; she also won the Healthy Kidney 10-K dropped in April 2019.

Twenty-three Americans were recruited for the elite, including five Olympians: Emily Sisson, Diane Nukuri, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Molly Seideland Rachel (Schneider) Smith. Sisson and Tuliamuk are the defending Olympic Trials champions (Sisson in the 10,000m and Tuliamuk in the marathon), and Seidel was a bronze medalist in the Tokyo Olympic marathon. In addition, two of the three fastest American marathon runners of all time, Keira D’Amato (2:19:12) and Sara Room (2:20:32), entered. Hall won the race in 2019 (when the event hosted the USATF Championships) and 2021.

Sisson, 30, who holds the national record for the half marathon, is particularly excited to compete. Her training partner Molly Huddle won the race in 2014, and Sisson has always wanted to race her.

“After breaking the U.S. record for the half marathon, I’m thrilled to step back in distance and compete in the Mastercard New York Mini 10-K for the first time,” Sisson said. “It will be a privilege to be part of such a powerful event that has paved the way for so many women over the past 50 years.”

The race will also have a separate professional wheelchair division led by two-time Paralympic medalist and three-time reigning Mini champion Susannah Scaroni. Scaroni is now fully recovered after being hospitalized last September after being hit by a car while training in her racing chair near her home in Champaign, Illinois. She suffered a burst fracture of her T8 vertebrae and had to endure full upper body restriction for a month.

“The Mastercard New York Mini 10-K is special to me for so many reasons, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to race on what will be a landmark day for women’s racing in Central Park,” Scaroni said. “Not only is the Mini 10-K the first women-only road race in the world, it is also one of the only women-only wheelchair races at present, which hopefully will pave the way for future generations of female wheelchair racers over the next 50 years.

More than 200,000 women have completed the Mini since Jacki Dixon became the first winner in 1972. Only 72 women have finished the first year, and the race reached its peak of 8,885 finishes in 2019, the last pre-pandemic edition of the event.

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