A talented field hit Central Park on Sunday, June 6, in the New York Road Runner’s New York Women’s Mini 10k. Four Marathon Performance athletes competed for the New York Athletic Club amongst some of the top female distance runner’s in the world.
Kelly Jaske made her NYAC team debut and ran her first race since finishing 2nd in the Houston Half-Marathon. She crossed the line in 7th with a time of 33:39.
“This was a great performance for Kelly. She is probably fitter than what she ran, but she also hadn’t raced in a while. This was her first high quality road 10k and we were happy with how she competed. Next up is the Portland T&F festival this Friday as we gear up for USA’s.” - Coach Brad Hudson
Stephanie Rothstein also competed for the NYAC in the Women’s Mini. She finished 10th in 33:48.
“We were hoping Steph would break 34-minutes. Definitely ran close to what we thought she could. Her times are progressing well. The focus now becomes USA Outdoor Champs in the 10k. She is in PR shape.” – Coach Brad Hudson
Abbi Gleeson-Antablin also raced well. She finished in 35:22 running in front of her home crowd.
“Abbi ran well. We were hoping to go under 35 but got caught in no-man’s land in the middle of the race. Despite that there are still lot’s of positives to take away.” -Coach Brad Hudson
Started in 1972 to promote women’s running, the NYRR New York Mini 10K continues to celebrate females’ participation in distance running events—a cause that pioneers such as Kathrine Switzer, the first women to officially run the Boston Marathon, Nina Kuscsik, the first woman to run the New York City Marathon and first winner of the Boston Marathon, and Tegla Loroupe, the first African woman to win the New York City Marathon, boldly fought for.
Kuscsik greeted runners before the start, speaking words of inspiration. Loroupe, who was unaware that the Mini was held this year on Sunday instead of the usual Saturday, happened to be training in Central Park and congratulated the nearly 4,300 finishers at the awards ceremony.