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Meyerhoff’s Sister Places Fourth In MORE Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 5, 2011
Samantha Meyerhoff placed fourth overall at the MORE/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon. Photo: N.Y. Daily News

Samantha Meyerhoff placed fourth overall at the MORE/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon. Photo: N.Y. Daily News

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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