Former champion has award named after her.
Written by: David Monti
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
The winner of next month’s More Magazine | Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon in New York City will receive the Meyerhoff award to honor the race’s late champion, Sally Meyerhoff, who was struck and killed on March 8 by a pick-up truck, while cycling near her home in Maricopa, Ariz. Meyerhoff won the 2010 edition of the race last April in a course record 1:14:40, despite running in cold temperatures accompanied by heavy rain.
“Our thoughts are with Sally Meyerhoff’s family,” commented New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg through a news release. “She was part of ours at NYRR.”
Meyerhoff was a NYRR member who won four NYC-area events in 2010. In addition to the More | Fitness race, she also won last year’s Bronx Half Marathon, Percy Sutton Harlem 5K, and Henry Isola XC Classic. She finished 27th in the ING New York City Marathon in 2:41:00, placing 10th in the USA Championship division. The NYRR had recruited her for both last Sunday’s NYC Half and the More | Fitness race before she lost her life at 27 years-old.
Leading the elite field for the all-women’s More | Fitness race will be 39 year-old Sheri Piers, a two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. Piers, a mother of five who lives in Falmouth, Me., set a half-marathon personal best last Sunday at the NYC Half, clocking 1:14:27. Organizers expect about 8,000 women to line-up behind Piers, including United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The race is scheduled for Sunday, April 3.