Mary Keitany Victorious at 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K

17 Jun 2015 14:35
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release Results
Mary Keitany celebrates her win (31:15) with Edna Kiplagat (3rd) and Betsy Saina (2nd), all from Kenya, at the Oakley New York Mini 10K in Central Park on June 13, 2015.
Credit : NYRR

2014 TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya won the 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K in Central Park with a time of 31:15, winning by a margin of 1:15

NEW YORK (June 13, 2015) — 2014 TCS New York City Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya won the 2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K in Central Park with a time of 31 minutes, 15 seconds, winning by a margin of 1:15. The event saw a record-number 7,874 finishers this morning, Saturday, June 13, beating the previous event-record of 6,582 finishers in 1997.

Keitany, 33, was followed by second place-finisher Betsy Saina, 26, of Kenya in 32:30. 2012 NYRR New York Mini champion Edna Kiplagat, 35, of Kenya finished third in 32:39.

“Today was good to me,” said Keitany, the seventh-fastest performer in event history. “It was not easy to win a race like this because many of my competitors were champions.”

The top American finisher was Brianne Nelson, 34, of Golden, CO, finishing sixth-place overall in 33:07.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Nelson. “You don’t get to be top-American very often. For me, this is a big deal.”

The course headed north on Central Park West beginning on Central Park West and West 61st Street, entered Central Park at West 90th Street, and completed a clockwise loop of the Park, finishing on Central Park’s West Drive at 67th Street. Runners competed for a prize purse of $35,150 with a first place prize of $10,000. Oakley was the title sponsor of the event for the third consecutive year.

Founded by NYRR in 1972, the Mini got its name when race founder Fred Lebow convinced the sponsor to support a six-mile “mini” marathon—named for the miniskirt—rather than a full marathon. It was the world’s first road race exclusively for women featuring 72 finishers in its inaugural running. It has had 182,396 finishers in its 44-year history and has served as a model for women’s road races around the world.

Honored guests included women’s running pioneer and Mini 10K co-founder Nina Kuscsik, who participated in the race.

2015 Oakley New York Mini 10K
New York, NY, Saturday, June 13, 2015

1 Mary Keitany 33 KEN 31:15
2 Betsy Saina 26 KEN 32:30
3 Edna Kiplagat 35 KEN 32:39
4 Diane Nukuri 30 BDI 32:47
5 Etaferahu Temesgen 25 ETH 32:50
6 Brianne Nelson 34 USA 33:07

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