Race Recap: 2012 More/Fitness Half-Marathon Photos

Unforgettable images from the 9th-annual More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon

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Packet Pick-Up

This year's race sold out in three weeks. Women who were lucky enough to snag a spot flooded the Florida Grapefruit-sponsored Health & Wellness Expo on Friday and Saturday to pick up their numbers and do some last-minute shopping.

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Two Floors of Fun

Sponsors such as Oakley, Athleta, Birkenstock and Jenny Craig were selling products and giving away samples. In addition to doing skin care analyses on site, Aveeno also provided free skin cancer screenings in Central Park on race day.

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Inspiration Station

Many women stopped by the Athleta booth to share what inspires them.

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New Kicks

Some even gave Sketchers new GOrun sneakers a try.

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The Last Supper

EatingWell magazine hosted the Runners' Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Women and their families fueled up on healthy fare while listening to live music and motivational speakers.

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Celebrity Host

The morning of the race, The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells her fellow competitors that she’s excited to “run with such strong women and kick some asphalt!”

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Business Casual

Betty Wong (left), the editor in chief of Fitness, and Lisa Gosselin (center), the editor in chief of Eating Well, joined Hasselbeck at the start.

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And They're Off!

More than 10,000 women registered to pound the pavement on race day.

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Tough Course

As the runners will tell you, the 13.1-mile course is deceptively hilly due to the two laps it takes around New York City's scenic Central Park.

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Spectator Support

Warm temperatures and sunny skies made for an extra-large crowd this year.

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Step Aside, Boys

As the largest women’s-only half-marathon in the country, the More/Fitness Half-Marathon draws tons of male fans. Even Steve Schirripa of Sopranos fame was spotted in the crowd.

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The Next Generation

Many future runners were also on hand to cheer on their mommas.

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Competing for a Cause

Race participants raised more than $100,000 for charitable partner Hole in the Wall Gang, a nonprofit, summer camp and year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer.

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Color Coordinated

Many women ran with friends and families—often in matching garb, like this group.

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Walk This Way

Walkers were also welcomed, with some striding so fast they finished ahead of the more casual joggers.

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A New Record

Local running sensation Alemtsehay Misganaw, 31, outran the course record of 1:14:40 to finish in 1:13:25, taking first place. Three-time U.S. Olympian Jen Rhines, 37, who led until mile 11, was not far behind at 1:14:05 (also beating the previous course record).

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Star Athlete

This was Hasselbeck's second straight year participating in the More/Fitness Half-Marathon. She bested her 2011 time by more than four minutes, finishing in 1:40:05. She ran in support of Team NoGii to raise money for Celiac Disease research, as well as Team Red, White and Blue to support America’s war veterans.

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Editor on the Run

Wong ran the race for the sixth year in a row and finished in 2:01:44. “This year’s race was fantastic! Running 13.1 miles with such strong and supportive women is an inspiration. Their cheers and smiles keep me motivated all the way to the finish line, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

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Colorful Costumes

No women's-only race would be complete without a frilly running skirt.

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Mission Accomplished

It's hard to not be moved by the joy and sense of accomplishment radiating from each woman as she crosses the finish line.

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Post-Race Smiles

More's editor in chief Lesley Jane Seymour (left) was on hand to congratulate finishers, including Hasselbeck and Wong.

Race Bling

Runners, claim the digital equivalent of your finisher's medal here to let family and friends across cyberspace share in your accomplishment.

 

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