- New York Mini 10K
New York Mini 10K
The race finishes near Sheep Meadow in Central Park
Date Early June Location New York City, New York, United States Event type Road Distance 10 kilometres Established 1972 Official site New York Mini 10K
The New York Mini 10K is an annual 10-kilometer road running competition for women that takes place in Central Park, New York City, in the United States. The race has been organised by New York Road Runners since 1972. The competition has both an elite-level race and a fun run, both of which accounted for a total of 5189 finishers in 2010.
The idea of a 10K women's race was the joint vision of elite runners Nina Kuscsik and Kathrine Switzer, and New York City Marathon co-director Fred Lebow – in the early 1970s, there was a dearth of women's road racing competitions. The race's inaugural sponsor Johnson Wax (who were promoting a women's shaving gel called Crazylegs) suggested a full marathon event (26 miles and 385 yards), but it was decided that a more manageable "mini marathon" race over 6 miles would be held. The first edition in 1972 was known as the Crazylegs Mini Marathon – with the "mini" being derived from the miniskirt which was popular at the time. A total of 78 runners took part in the race, which was the world's first women-only road racing competition.
The course of the road race begins near 61st Street on Central Park West and heads north, entering Central Park at West 90th Street. The route loops in a clockwise direction, turning southwards at Harlem Meer around the 3-mile (5-kilometre) mark. It continues south past the Central Park Reservoir and the Guggenheim Museum. Runners continue southwards until they come towards the park's limits near Wollman Rink at which point it heads to the west and turns north to the finishing point near the Tavern on the Green and Sheep Meadow.
The course record is held by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco, who finished the race in 30:29 to win the 2002 edition. Grete Waitz and Tegla Loroupe are the race's most successful athletes, with both of them having each won the race on five separate occasions. Following her death in 2011, the 40th edition of the race was dedicated to Waitz.
Key: Course record Six-mile course Short course
Edition Year Winner Time (m:s) 1st 1972 Jacqueline Dixon (USA) 37:01.7 2nd 1973 Katherine Schrader (USA) 36:48.7 3rd 1974 Doreen Ennis (USA) 36:46 4th 1975 Charlotte Lettis (USA) 35:57 5th 1976 Julie Shea (USA) 35:05 6th 1977 Peg Neppel (USA) 34:15 7th 1978 Martha White (USA) 33:29 8th 1979 Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:15.4 9th 1980 Grete Waitz (NOR) 30:59.8 10th 1981 Grete Waitz (NOR) 32:43.1 11th 1982 Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:59.2 12th 1983 Anne Audain (NZL) 32:23 13th 1984 Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:53 14th 1985 Francie Larrieu Smith (USA) 32:23 15th 1986 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:45 16th 1987 Lisa Ondieki (AUS) 32:49 17th 1988 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:31 18th 1989 Lynn Williams (CAN) 32:09 19th 1990 Judi St. Hilaire (USA) 32:36 20th 1991 Delilah Asiago (KEN) 32:24 21st 1992 Liz McColgan (GBR) 31:41 22nd 1993 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 32:31 23rd 1994 Anne Marie Lauck (USA) 31:52 24th 1995 Delilah Asiago (KEN) 31:22 25th 1996 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 32:13 26th 1997 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:45 27th 1998 Kimberly Griffin (USA) 35:26 28th 1999 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:48 29th 2000 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:37 30th 2001 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 30:47 31st 2002 Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR) 30:28.6 32nd 2003 Lornah Kiplagat (KEN) 31:13 33rd 2004 Deena Kastor (USA) 31:44 34th 2005 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 31:43.7 35th 2006 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 31:26.7 36th 2007 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 32:10 37th 2008 Hilda Kibet (NED) 32:42.6 38th 2009 Rose Kosgei (KEN) 32:43 39th 2010 Linet Masai (KEN) 30:48 40th 2011 Linet Masai (KEN) 31:40
Winners by country
Country Total United States 12 Kenya 10 Norway 7 Netherlands 4 United Kingdom 2 Australia 1 Canada 1 Morocco 1 New Zealand 1
Athlete Country Wins Years Grete Waitz Norway 5 1979–82, 1984 Tegla Loroupe Kenya 5 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 Lornah Kiplagat Kenya/ Netherlands 4 2003, 2005–07 Ingrid Kristiansen Norway 2 1986, 1988 Delilah Asiago Kenya 2 1991, 1995
- ^ Linet Masai wins at NYRR New York Mini 10K. Run Infinity (2010-06-13). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ A Short History of the Mini. New York Road Runners. Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ Kosgei triumphs over 10km in New York. IAAF (2009-06-07). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ Kibet Wins New York Mini 10K. IAAF (2008-06-08). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ NY Mini 10K Course. New York Road Runners (2010). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ Masai dominates Central Park 10K. IAAF (2010-06-13). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
- ^ Masai Repeats in New York 10Km. IAAF/NYRR (2011-06-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
- List of winners
- Post, Marty & Leydig, Jack (2010-06-14). New York Mini-Marathon 10 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
Annual 10 km road races Europe North America WorldSee also: 15 km races Features of Central Park FeaturesThe Arsenal • Belvedere Castle • Bethesda Terrace • The Blockhouse • Bridges • Central Park Mall • Cleopatra's Needle • Conservatory Garden • Conservatory Water • Delacorte Theater • Diana Ross Playground • Dipway Arch • Gapstow Bridge • Great Lawn • Harlem Meer • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir • King Jagiello Monument • The Lake • Lasker Rink • Marionette Theatre • Medical Unit • The Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary • The Ramble • Rat Rock • Sculptures • Seneca Village • Strawberry Fields • SummerStage • Tavern on the Green • Wollman Rink • Zoo • Zoo York Wall Events Streets People and animals
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