For complete details on the More Magazine|Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon, Health + Wellness Expo and Pre-Race Pasta Party, please visit the New York Road Runners event site at http://www.nyrr.org/races/2010/more/index.asp
Can women of all ages participate in the race, or just women 40+?
The race is open to women of all ages 12+. For many years, the More Marathon + Half-Marathon was open only to women 40+. Anyone under 40 had to run with a partner who was 40+. With the inclusion of sister publication Fitness Magazine last year, we dropped the age limit to include the entire audience of both magazines. To honor the origin of the race, we give out two sets of awards – one to the top three finishers overall, and one to the top three finishers age 40+.
I am traveling to New York for the race weekend. Where should I stay? Are special discounts available to registrants?
Anthony Travel is New York Road Runners’ official travel provider, and they provide the best available hotel rates for the event weekend. A link to Anthony Travel can be found on the event site http://www.nyrr.org/races/2010/more/index.asp.
Why did the event change from a Marathon + Half-Marathon this year, to just a Half-Marathon?
Our half-marathon participation has been growing year after year, while our marathon numbers have been dwindling, mostly due to the difficulty of the full marathon course. We wanted to ensure continued success for this incredible event and felt that if we could focus on one race rather than split the efforts between two, we would be better positioned to bring a fun, safe race to all of the participants.
What happens at the Health + Wellness Expo? What about at Pasta Party and on Race Day itself?
The Health + Wellness Expo is the official start to the More|Fitness Half-Marathon weekend. Held for two days – Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24 – at Roseland Ballroom near Times Square, the Expo is where runners come to pick up their bibs, T-shirts, and gift bags. Once inside the Expo, attendees are free to explore a variety of exhibits, enter exciting sweepstakes, shop, sample products from our event sponsors, meet editors from both More and Fitness magazines, attend engaging and informative seminars and special presentations, and more! The Health + Wellness Expo is free and open to the public.
The Pre-Race Pasta Party, held on Saturday, April 24, at the Hard Rock Café Times Square, is your opportunity to carbo load before your big run and spend time with new and old friends before you see each other on the race course the next morning. There are three seatings for the Pasta Party – 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm – and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pick up your tickets at the Health + Wellness Expo. The Pre-Race Pasta Party traditionally sells out well in advance of the event weekend, so reserve your tickets now!
The energy on Race Day is unexplainable. There is no group of women more enthusiastic, more motivating, and more inspirational than the women who participate in this event. The Sponsor Pavilion, located across from Tavern on the Green in Central Park, opens at 7am. The Pavilion includes sponsor tents, special activities such as mini-massages and stretch-outs, samples, a band, and more. The Sponsor Pavilion is also the location of the awards ceremony at the end of the race. Runners are provided with a secure bag check, a pre-race stretch session at the start line, and post-run snacks.
The race entry fee is higher than in the past. Is there a reason?
We had not raised our entry fee since the inception of the race six years ago and would not have raised the fee unless it was absolutely necessary. With the increased popularity of long-distance running, there are increased security and safety measures that have to be followed and we wanted to be sure that we could meet those at the highest level. The increased entry fees go toward offsetting those costs and any additional race-related costs we incur.