2009 Race Day Highlights

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Talk about a hot flash: Unseasonably warm weather prompted officials to cancel the marathon (26.2 miles) and conduct the half-marathon (13.1 miles) as an unscored, noncompetitive event.
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Supermodel, actress, and author Carol Alt (left) hosted the day’s events.
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Runners and walkers represented 48 states and 9 countries — and more than half were women over 40. Participants raised $27,000 for CARE, an organization that empowers women around the world to help end global poverty.
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The first athlete to cross the finish line was 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet, 35, of Oakland, CA, who ran approximately 1:18:05 (exact times were not recorded) on a course consisting of two-plus loops of hilly Central Park. "Given the heat, the goal was to do a good training run in Central Park, and I accomplished that," said Lewy Boulet. "It’s always inspiring to be here in New York, and I got extra inspiration today from this event." Katarina Janosikova, 28, of Astoria, New York, finished in second place, about 75 meters behind Lewy Boulet.
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Third place was declared a tie among three-time MORE Marathon champion Susan Loken, 45; her friend Susie Meyers-Kennedy, 43, of Chandler, Arizona; and Christine Glockenmeier, 41, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The three women crossed the finish line hand-in-hand and embraced in the post-finish area.
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CNN White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux also participated, finishing in over three hours and providing Twitter updates throughout the race.
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New York Road Runners Anne Wells Crandall, MORE Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour, and Carol Alt.
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