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Posted: April 15, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Lewy & Loken To Headline More | Fitness Races In New York

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

NEW YORK (15-Apr) -- National champions Magdalena Lewy Boulet and Susan Loken will headline the sixth annual More(R) Magazine | Fitness(R) Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon here on Sunday, April 26, the New York Road Runners announced yesterday. The half-marathon event is the largest all-women's half-marathon in the world.

Lewy Boulet, 35, of Oakland, Calif., who finished second at last year's USA Olympic Trials Marathon, is the reigning USA half-marathon champion, a title she earned in Houston last January. Born in Poland, Lewy Boulet received her U.S. citizenship on 9/11/2001 in San Francisco just hours after the attacks on the World Trade Center. She will line up ahead of about 9,000 women who will run the hilly half-marathon which circumnavigates Central Park, twice. Her half-marathon personal best time is 1:11:47.

Loken, 45, of Phoenix, Ariz., is the More(R) Magazine | Fitness(R) Magazine Marathon event record holder (2:45:35), a mark she set in her first attempt at the race in 2005. That is the fastest-ever marathon ever run by a woman entirely in Central Park. She is a three-time winner of both the More(R) race here, and USA masters marathon title. Loken, a mother of three, has competed twice in the USA Olympic Trials Marathon. Her career best marathon time is 2:41:31.

The marathon is open only to women 40 and over --the only marathon of its kind in the world-- but the half-marathon is open to women of all ages. The event has become so popular that the New York Road Runners had to shut down entries when they reached an unprecedented 9600 for both events. Last year's races had a total of 6093 finishers.

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