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NYRR New York Mini 10k

Saturday, June 8th, 2013 8:00 AM

On June 3, 1972, NYRR staged the world's first road race exclusively for women, the 6-mile Crazylegs Mini Marathon. Two months earlier, women ran the Boston Marathon officially for the first time, and later in the year President Nixon signed into law the landmark Title IX legislation. The women's 1500 meters was run for the first time at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The modern era of women's distance running had begun, and the Mini was at the forefront. The race became a model for women's road races around the world. Over the years it has attracted Olympians, World Champions, and world record holders and has been the site of world-best performances. Winners have come from Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and the United States. Well over 150,000 women have crossed the finish line in Central Park. In 2011, NYRR celebrated the 40th running of the Mini. The race was a special tribute to five-time Mini champion Grete Waitz, who passed away earlier in the year. This year, as always, the Mini will welcome women of all ability levels-including the very best in the world.

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