On Saturday, June 13, I joined 7,784 other women in running the 43rd annual Oakley Mini 10K, the world’s oldest women-only road race. It was??started in 1972 by Nina Kuscsik and Katherine Switzer along with Fred Lebow. 78 women ran it. It was a common misconception at the time that women weren???t able to run very??far so a more manageable distance was decided upon. It was originally called the Crazylegs Mini Marathon, sponsored by Crazylegs shaving gel.
It was a hot and humid day to run around Central Park in NYC. Although I did meet up with some fellow Mickey Milers prior to the race, I ran this one alone. I was hoping to beat my time from last year’s Oakley Mini 10K. As much as I love Shenanigans, a large race in NYC can be a tough place to be to have Shenanigans, especially alone. There were plain clothed officers walking around with bomb sniffing dogs prior to the race. They did their best to blend, but it was a reminder of what has happened in the past with a large, city race.
It???s a great course??–??a single loop around Central Park with lots of water stops because of??the weather. If you haven???t run in Central Park yet, you really should. It???s beautiful and you all but forget that you are in one of the greatest, busiest cities in the world (my fellow Shenanigan members would add ???that smells like urine??? here, but I disagree with them).
People were pretty friendly in the middle of the back of the pack where I run. I was wearing my Princess tank with ???Someday my PR will come??? on the back. One woman came up to me at the end and told me that she was chasing me the whole way and my tank was inspiring her! Lol! I felt bad that she had all that as her view for 6.2 miles!
The Winner of the Oakley Mini 10K received $10,000, which obviously brought a lot of the big girls out. I got a nice medal and pink carnation for finishing. No cash prize for me. But the ribbon on the medal is two-sided which I really liked!
The Oakley Mini 10K brings??out women of all ages, sizes, cultures and ability levels. It???s a pretty special thing to be running with just women. It adds a level of camaraderie to the atmosphere. I ran into one of my students prior to the race which was pretty cool. She was running it with her mom, two sisters and grandmother. Her grandmother has been running it since it started, missing only one year, and that was for her 50th wedding anniversary. Pretty cool to have that kind of history in a race.
And apparently they didn’t recognize me as a Professional Runner.
NYRR will be receiving a heated email about that for sure…