She won her age group as well.
For Samantha Meyerhoff, last weekend’s MORE/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill 13.1-mile jaunt.
Last year’s race was won by Meyerhoff’s sister, Sally, who died in a tragic cycling accident last month. Samantha, a junior at St.John’s University ended up placing fourth overall in Saturday’s race, clocking a 1:26.39.
“Running and wearing pink was a symbol for how much I love Sally,” recalled an emotional Samantha. “She was the reason that I started running. I wanted to run it for her and not actually race it, but the fact that I did so well shows how much all of her advice and encouragement always affected me. It was an incredible outpouring of support by all of the runners and spectators.”
Many runners at the race wore pink in order to honor and remember Sally.
Besides taking fourth overall, Samantha won her age group. Nearly 7,500 women runners took park in the race which wound through Manhattan’s Central Park.
Sally Meyerhoff had won the 2009 U.S. 25K Championships and was a 2:35 marathoner.
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