New York Mini 10K

New York Mini 10K
New York Mini 10K
Sheep Meadow, Central Park during Autumn, NYC.jpg
The race finishes near Sheep Meadow in Central Park
Date Early June
Location New York City, New York, United States
Event type Road
Distance 10 kilometres
Established 1972
Official site New York Mini 10K

The New York Mini 10K is an annual 10-kilometer road running competition for women that takes place in Central Park, New York City, in the United States. The race has been organised by New York Road Runners since 1972. The competition has both an elite-level race and a fun run, both of which accounted for a total of 5189 finishers in 2010.[1]

The idea of a 10K women's race was the joint vision of elite runners Nina Kuscsik and Kathrine Switzer, and New York City Marathon co-director Fred Lebow – in the early 1970s, there was a dearth of women's road racing competitions. The race's inaugural sponsor Johnson Wax (who were promoting a women's shaving gel called Crazylegs) suggested a full marathon event (26 miles and 385 yards), but it was decided that a more manageable "mini marathon" race over 6 miles would be held.[2] The first edition in 1972 was known as the Crazylegs Mini Marathon – with the "mini" being derived from the miniskirt which was popular at the time.[3] A total of 78 runners took part in the race, which was the world's first women-only road racing competition.[4]

The course of the road race begins near 61st Street on Central Park West and heads north, entering Central Park at West 90th Street. The route loops in a clockwise direction, turning southwards at Harlem Meer around the 3-mile (5-kilometre) mark. It continues south past the Central Park Reservoir and the Guggenheim Museum. Runners continue southwards until they come towards the park's limits near Wollman Rink at which point it heads to the west and turns north to the finishing point near the Tavern on the Green and Sheep Meadow.[5]

The course record is held by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco, who finished the race in 30:29 to win the 2002 edition.[6] Grete Waitz and Tegla Loroupe are the race's most successful athletes, with both of them having each won the race on five separate occasions. Following her death in 2011, the 40th edition of the race was dedicated to Waitz.[7]


Past winners

Tegla Loroupe is a five time winner of the race.
Deena Kastor was the last American to win the competition in 2004.
Lornah Kiplagat won three times consecutively between 2005 and 2007.

Key:       Course record       Six-mile course       Short course

Edition Year Winner Time (m:s)
1st 1972  Jacqueline Dixon (USA) 37:01.7
2nd 1973  Katherine Schrader (USA) 36:48.7
3rd 1974  Doreen Ennis (USA) 36:46
4th 1975  Charlotte Lettis (USA) 35:57
5th 1976  Julie Shea (USA) 35:05
6th 1977  Peg Neppel (USA) 34:15
7th 1978  Martha White (USA) 33:29
8th 1979  Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:15.4
9th 1980  Grete Waitz (NOR) 30:59.8
10th 1981  Grete Waitz (NOR) 32:43.1
11th 1982  Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:59.2
12th 1983  Anne Audain (NZL) 32:23
13th 1984  Grete Waitz (NOR) 31:53
14th 1985  Francie Larrieu Smith (USA) 32:23
15th 1986  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:45
16th 1987  Lisa Ondieki (AUS) 32:49
17th 1988  Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 31:31
18th 1989  Lynn Williams (CAN) 32:09
19th 1990  Judi St. Hilaire (USA) 32:36
20th 1991  Delilah Asiago (KEN) 32:24
21st 1992  Liz McColgan (GBR) 31:41
22nd 1993  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 32:31
23rd 1994  Anne Marie Lauck (USA) 31:52
24th 1995  Delilah Asiago (KEN) 31:22
25th 1996  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 32:13
26th 1997  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:45
27th 1998  Kimberly Griffin (USA) 35:26
28th 1999  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:48
29th 2000  Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 31:37
30th 2001  Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 30:47
31st 2002  Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR) 30:28.6
32nd 2003  Lornah Kiplagat (KEN) 31:13
33rd 2004  Deena Kastor (USA) 31:44
34th 2005  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 31:43.7
35th 2006  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 31:26.7
36th 2007  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 32:10
37th 2008  Hilda Kibet (NED) 32:42.6
38th 2009  Rose Kosgei (KEN) 32:43
39th 2010  Linet Masai (KEN) 30:48
40th 2011  Linet Masai (KEN) 31:40


Winners by country

Country Total
 United States 12
 Kenya 10
 Norway 7
 Netherlands 4
 United Kingdom 2
 Australia 1
 Canada 1
 Morocco 1
 New Zealand 1

Multiple winners

Athlete Country Wins Years
Grete Waitz  Norway 5 1979–82, 1984
Tegla Loroupe  Kenya 5 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Lornah Kiplagat  Kenya/ Netherlands 4 2003, 2005–07
Ingrid Kristiansen  Norway 2 1986, 1988
Delilah Asiago  Kenya 2 1991, 1995


  1. ^ Linet Masai wins at NYRR New York Mini 10K. Run Infinity (2010-06-13). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  2. ^ A Short History of the Mini. New York Road Runners. Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  3. ^ Kosgei triumphs over 10km in New York. IAAF (2009-06-07). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  4. ^ Kibet Wins New York Mini 10K. IAAF (2008-06-08). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  5. ^ NY Mini 10K Course. New York Road Runners (2010). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  6. ^ Masai dominates Central Park 10K. IAAF (2010-06-13). Retrieved on 2010-06-15.
  7. ^ Masai Repeats in New York 10Km. IAAF/NYRR (2011-06-11). Retrieved on 2011-06-11.
List of winners

External links

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