On Sunday, June 9, Boston Marathon champion Des Linden along with second and third place finishers Sarah Sellers and Krista DuChene will line up in Central Park to compete in the NYRR New York Mini 10K. Established in 1972 as the world’s first road race exclusively for women, the event now attracts world-class pros each year to the Big Apple.
Having recently become the first female in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon, Linden will be back on the East Coast to race the 10k for the fifth time. “I’m still very much riding high from my Boston Marathon victory. I felt like it would be best to take that energy and momentum to another race that is dear to my heart,” said Linden in a release. “I love the course, the atmosphere, and the significant history of the event and look forward to sharing the roads of Central Park with all the competitors on race day.”
Joining her will be 26-year-old Sarah Sellers who competed in the Boston Marathon as a virtually-unknown and unsponsored runner. The full-time certified registered nurse anesthetist and former track and field athlete made her second 26.2-mile debut in Boston and surprised the masses with a podium finish. “My runner-up finish in the Boston Marathon was like a dream come true, and gave me a completely new idea of what’s possible,” said Sellers in a release. “I have never been to New York City before and I am really looking forward to racing there against an incredible field of women in the NYRR New York Mini 10K.”
Third place finisher, DuChene will again hit the pavement against her two Boston competitors in hopes of another podium finish. DuChene placed 35th at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is known for being one of two Canadian women to run in the Olympic Marathon since 1996. “Placing third was more than I could ever ask or imagine. At any age, stage or size we can be active, feel great, draw on others’ support, and show all women that anything is possible,” shared in statement.
Named for the “miniskirt,” an iconic trend in the ‘70s, the race’s inaugural runners were made up of only 72 women which included the event’s inaugural champion Jacqueline (Marsh) Dixon. This race paved the way for more females to participate in road races alongside men and helped usher in Title IX into law, three weeks later. The law guaranteed women the right to participate in school sports.
The 10K race begins at 8:00 a.m. EST on Central Park West at 61st Street and will conclude at 67th Street on West Drive. The the pro race is scheduled to be broadcast live on USATF.TV with the first place finisher taking home $10,000.