Supermodel Kim Alexis hosted the event and cheered for racers from the sidelines. A marathoner herself, she explained the allure those grueling 26.2 miles possess: "Once you’re done, the accomplishment is self-satisfying. Most women are nurturers, and they give so much to others. When you do this you feel that you’ve done something really important for you — not for anyone else."
A euphoric Stephanie Hodge, 42, crossed the finish line to win the 2008 MORE Marathon with a time of 3:01:50. For her, the race was about celebrating a "community of peers — balanced women, smart women, women that like to challenge themselves. This is really a forum for us," she said. "And it feels good to be over 40 and on top of your game."
For Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour (center), the event epitomized the MORE woman’s spirit. "These women are so upbeat, positive, pushing themselves beyond what they think they can do," Seymour said. "I think it’s all about bonding and also about pushing yourself to new levels and new things you didn’t know you could do." From left: Winner Hodge, Seymour, and New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
NYRR’s Wittenberg took the stage to present the day’s honors. "This race is different from any other race in the world!" she said earlier. "It’s one big celebration from start to finish — a celebration that we can work hard to push our bodies and ourselves at age 40 and over."
The half-marathon winners accepted their hard-earned awards. Teammates Jody Hawkins, 41 (far left), and Susan Loken, 44 (second from left), finished with the fastest combined times: 1:20:16 and 1:20:14, respectively. Caitlin Tormey, 24 (third from left), beat three-time MORE Marathon winner and course record holder Loken by just one second to win this year’s half with a time of 1:20:13. Also pictured: Alexis, Seymour, and NYRR’s Ann Hinegardner.
The top three marathon finishers celebrated their victories. Bottom row, from left: Winner Hodge (3:01:50); second-place finisher Susie Meyers-Kennedy, 42 (3:04:33); and third-place finisher Kelly Keeler Ramacier, 46 (3:04:50). Top row, from left: MORE Publisher Brenda Saget Darling, running legends Grete Waitz and Lynn Jennings, Meredith Publishing Director Jeannine Shao Collins, Alexis, Seymour, and trailblazing runner Kathrine Switzer.