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More than 8,400 runners finish 46th edition of world’s first women’s-only road race

The original women's-only road race first began in 1972 and over the years has grown to 8,400 finishers from 78 original entrants

NYRR New York Mini 10K
NYRR New York Mini 10K
Photo courtesy of NYRR.

The New York Road Runners, the organizers of the world’s largest marathon, hosted the NYRR New York Mini 10K on Saturday morning. The event, which began in 1972, is the world’s first women’s-only road race, according to race organizers, and this year celebrated its 46th running.

Three-time defending TCS New York City Marathon champion, Mary Keitany of Kenya, took her second victory in as many appearances. She ran 31:20. The 35-year-old, who crossed the line more than 48 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, has now won her last five consecutive New York Road Runners (NYRR) races and will return on Nov. 5 to go for her fourth consecutive TCS New York City Marathon title.

In total, 8,419 runners crossed the finish line at this year’s NYRR New York Mini 10K. The NYRR New York Mini 10K got its name when race founder Fred Lebow convinced the sponsor to support a six-mile “mini” marathon—named for the miniskirt—rather than a full marathon. It was the world’s first road race exclusively for women, with the inaugural race having 78 entrants. The race’s first-ever winner, Jacki Marsh-Dixon, held the finish-line tape at the race’s 46th running on Saturday.

Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska finished second in 32:09 – her third time making the podium in the event – just two months after taking the title at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K. Aliphine Tuliamuk of the U.S. rounded out the top three with her second consecutive podium finish in the event, clocking in at 32:14.

Here in Canada, the country’s largest women’s-only 5K will go off on Saturday evening in the Maritimes. The Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series June 5K begins at 6 p.m. local time in Dartmouth, N.S.


Edited from a press release.