Huddle, Kastor, Linden Among Fast NY Mini 10K Runners

Molly Huddle will contend for the New York Mini 10K title this weekend. Photo: www.photorun.net

The race around Central Park will take place June 14.

An all-star field that includes Olympians, world champions and others will toe the line for Saturday’s Oakley New York Mini 10K.

The all-women’s race features last year’s top three runners—Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, Linet Masai of Kenya and Gemma Steel of Great Britain—and other top talent such as 12K world record holder Molly Huddle, marathoners Buzunesh Deba, Desiree Linden, Amy Hastings and Annie Bersagel, American running legend Deena Kastor, 5,000-meter specialist Lauren Fleshman and U.S. cross country champion Amy Van Alstine.

“We are thrilled to welcome back such talented and influential women from the United States and throughout the world to this year’s competition,” New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg said in a press release. “This race gives every participant the chance to celebrate the positive changes associated with the acceptance and advancement of women’s participation in all athletic endeavors. Our elite female athletes have helped tremendously at the forefront of this change, and they continue to inspire women from all different backgrounds all over the globe to lead active and healthy lives.”

Now 30, Daska broke away from Masai in last year’s race in 31:47. This year she returned to Central Park—where the New York Mini 10K is held—and placed second in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K. On Memorial Day, Daska won the Bolder Boulder 10K title in Colorado.

The 29-year-old Huddle, who lives and trains in Providence, R.I., broke the 12K world record at the 2013 U.S. National Road Racing Championships by clocking a 37:50. This year, Huddle ran the NYC Half in 1:09:04 in her 13.1-mile debut, good enough for third. Huddle also holds the 5000m American record of 14:44.76.

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“I have many good memories of racing in New York City in recent years and always jump at opportunities to return to NYRR events, from the Fifth Avenue Mile to the NYC Half and now the Oakley New York Mini 10K,” Huddle said in the release. “As the world’s original all-women’s race, the Mini makes a bit of history every year, and I look forward to being a part of it, along with great American and International fields in 2014!”

The winner will earn $10,000, while the other top five finishers, the top five Americans finishers and the top three NYRR members across three divisions will split the remaining $25,150 in the prize purse.

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