Boston’s Top 3 Bound For NYC
Less than eight weeks after racing to podium finishes in Boston, the top three 2018 Boston Marathon finishers will meet again at a new starting line, this time in New York City’s Central Park.
On June 9, Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden, second-place finisher Sarah Sellers and third-place finisher Krista DuChene will race the 47th annual New York Road Runners New York Mini 10K, a race that launched in 1972 as the first women-only road race in the world. The race, which starts at 61st Street on Central Park West and finishes at 67th Street, will mark Linden’s fifth time racing the course but will serve as a new experience for Sellers and DuChene.
“Running my first NYRR New York Mini 10K will be a fun and exciting opportunity to keep empowering and celebrating women in sport,” DuChene said in an official press release. “Doing so with the two incredible women whom I shared a podium at the 2018 Boston Marathon makes it that much more special.”
This year’s Boston Marathon has remained in the headlines in the weeks after the race, initially for the near-freezing weather conditions that all runners endured and Linden’s triumph as the first American woman to win the Boston title in 33 years. More recently, the running world has been buzzing about the prize money dispute that was resolved last week, when the Boston Athletic Association distributed monetary awards to all women who finished in the top 15 slots (initially, the only women who were awarded prize money for finishing in the top 15 were those who started the race as part of the elite field). Looking back on that finisher’s list tells yet another remarkable story, as seven of the women within the top 10 are American.
Sellers’ and DuChene’s podium finishes surprised many, as defending Boston Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and well-known American pros like 2017 New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan and American half-marathon record holder Molly Huddle were part of this year’s elite field. Sellers’ and DuChene’s unexpected triumphs in Boston are a good match for the NYRR race on June 9—a race that initially launched with just 72 participants and has grown to welcome 199,733 finishers in the decades since. “The NYRR New York Mini 10K started as the world’s original all-women’s road race and has developed into an annual star-studded event that attracts a world-class pro field,” NYRR President and TCS New York City Race Director Peter Ciaccia said in an official press release. “New York City is in for a real treat this year with Des, Sarah and Krista all lining up together at the start line for the first time since racing to the podium in Boston.”