The New York Mini 10K
Tomorrow is the 45th running of the New York Mini 10K! The Mini or Mini10K (as it’s universally known) is the world’s original women-only road race. The first Mini, in 1972 was the Crazylegs Mini Marathon, a six-mile race in Central Park with 72 finishers. It was named the Mini, short for the miniskirt!
I have so many memories of this race. I ran my fastest 10K here once upon a time right next to my fast, younger sister, with her to credit (or blame) for much of my running enthusiasm.
Here I am in 2005, just a bit younger, faster and thinner than I am now….
I’ve run the Mini as a proud member of a running team, the New York Flyers. The official name of the Mini changed constantly based on that year’s sponsor – Oakley, Advil, Revlon, Circle of Friends, Legg’s, to name a few. But, to most of us it was always just the Mini, and whenever I was in town and not injured (two big provisos), I would run it. The Mini always attracts world-class runners and television coverage – and the finishers could look forward to a rose, a medal and lots of promotional goodies. The first mile of the race is on Central Park West, and the remaining 5 miles is in Central Park.
The Mini is special! It was and remains an empowering race, one that makes me feel both strong and proud.
Special Honor For Those Who’ve Run the Mini 15X or More: CrazyLegs Runners
This year, with the 45th running of the Mini, the Crazylegs runners, i.e., women who have finished the Mini 15 or more times, are being honored. I am one of them (along with others I know) – having run the Mini 16 years!
A special website page has been created for the Crazylegs runners. These legacy runners, some who’ve run the Mini 30 or more times, will all be given an additional bib to wear on their backs and there will be a special photo tomorrow morning before the start of the race.
I truly am moved to tears by this!
Will you be running the #Mini10K tomorrow?