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The MORE | FITNESS Half-Marathon 2009

On April 26, 2009, nearly 8,000 women participated in the first ever MORE | FITNESS magazine half-marathon event, making it the largest all-female marathon event in history. Here we share a few of our favorite photos and moments from the day.

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The Day Begins

Race day dawned brilliantly sunny but HOT. NY Road Runners was forced to make the tough decision to cancel the full marathon portion of the race and conduct the half-marathon as an unscored fun run, encouraging runners to scale back their pace.

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Meet the Press

FITNESS Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong did a quick pre-race interview outside Tavern on the Green with BetterTV before joining nearly 8,000 other women at the start line.

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Group Huddle

Even though the half-marathon wasn't starting until 8 a.m., runners trickled into Central Park even before 7 a.m. Many women ran with friends and family.

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Smile!

Everyone is in good spirits, despite the soaring temperatures. How is it 90 degrees in April?!

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Keeping Cool

Waiting for the race to start, runners did their best to stay cool, stretch out, and get pumped for the 13.1 miles ahead.

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Our Celeb Host

Model Carol Alt was our celebrity host for the day.

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Eyes on the Prize

Shiny medals awaited the finishers, but the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing that finish line is the best reward of all.

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On Your Mark...

Everyone lined up in the race corrals according to their bib numbers. With nearly 8,000 participants on race day, the start line was LONG, stretching nearly the entire length of the 72nd Street transverse inside Central Park.

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Into the Groove

Some runners enjoy listening to the pulse of their fellow runners. Others get motivated by music. What's on your running playlist?

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From Around the Globe

Women of all ages joined the race, coming from 48 states and 9 countries to take part in the marathon/half-marathon festivities.

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Halfway There

The half-marathon takes you through two complete loops of Central Park. After the first one, runners typically feel a mix of triumph as well as dread at having to tackle those north hills all over again.

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The Winner & Runner-Up

Magdalena Lewy Boulet, 35, from Oakland, California, was our first place winner, completing the 13.1 miles in just over 1 hour and 18 minutes. She was followed closely behind for the entire race by Katarina Janosikova, 28, from Astoria, New York, who placed second.

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Three-Way Tie

Three-time MORE Marathon winner Susan Loken (center), 45, from Phoenix, Arizona, took the last-minute change to the event in stride and enthusiastically ran the half-marathon instead. She took a third-place tie with her friends, Susie Meyer-Kennedy (left), 43, from Chandler Arizona, and Christine Glockenmeier (right), 41, from Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

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We Did It!

The third-place trio embrace after their impressive finish.

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Success

Whether they finished fast or slow, runners and walkers crossed the finish line to the cheers of family and friends.

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Crossing the Line

It's great when you still have the energy in you to finish a race strong.

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Moms Running for MORE

The group Arizona Moms Running for MORE included both elite runners Susan Loken and Susie Meyer-Kennedy. The program raises money to provide fitness opportunities for children and families.

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A Beautiful Day

After the half-marathon, many runners and walkers stuck around the park to enjoy the post-race concert, free massages, and beautiful weather.

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Leading Ladies

From left to right: Model and celebrity host Carol Alt; runners Susie Meyer-Kennedy, Christine Glockenmeier, and Susan Loken; race-running FITNESS Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong; and MORE Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, April 2009.

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