The Health + Wellness Expo is the official start to the More|Fitness Half-Marathon weekend. Held for two days – Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2 – at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues), 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 Runners’ Dinner, held on Saturday, April 2, 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. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pick up your tickets at the Health + Wellness Expo. The Runners’ Dinner traditionally sells out well in advance of the event weekend, so reserve tickets for yourself, friends and family now at nyrr.org.
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 near the race course 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.
I already registered for the race, but forgot to buy a training shirt and a ticket for the Runners’ Dinner during the registration process. Is it too late?
Not at all! Tickets for the Runners’ Dinner will remain on sale until we have reached capacity at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill and training shirts will be sold through much of the winter. Links to purchase Runners’ Dinner tickets and training shirts can be found on the event site at nyrr.org.
If I don’t finish in less than 4 hours, will I be kicked off the race course or will I be allowed to finish?
No one will ever be kicked off the course and the finish line is the last part of the event to be disassembled. In years past, the majority of participants finished within 4 hours – walkers and runners alike. After 3 ½ hours, course aid stations and medical assistance will no longer be available.
Which training programs are available for the half-marathon? I’ve never run a long-distance race before and I need some guidance.
In the February 2011 issue of Fitness magazine, there will be a special section dedicated to training for a half, including the More|Fitness Half-Marathon. This training program will be designed to get you race-ready within 10 weeks from start to finish. A version of the training guide is also available online at FitnessMagazine.com.
There is also a 12-week training program available on More.com geared towards beginners who hope to walk/run the race.