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Posted: April 20, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: Loken, Lewy Boulet Are Top Contenders in the More Magazine | Fitness Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon

Three-time marathon champion Loken to chase marathon event record; 2008 Olympian Lewy Boulet to run half-marathon

NEW YORK - (April 15, 2009) - Three-time champion Susan Loken and 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet headline an international field of nearly 9,600 runners expected to compete in the More® Magazine | Fitness® Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon on Sunday, April 26, in New York's Central Park, it was announced by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. The sixth edition features the world's first marathon exclusively for women over 40 and the world's largest women-only half-marathon race.

Last year's runner-up Marathon finisher Susie Meyers-Kennedy of Phoenix, AZ, and top local runner Christine Glockenmeier of Basking Ridge, NJ, will challenge Loken on the hills of Central Park at the classic 26.2-mile distance. The first-place marathon finisher will earn a $2000 prize, and the top half-marathon finisher will win $1000.

"The growth of this race demonstrates that women are running stronger and longer than ever," Wittenberg said. "More and Fitness have tapped into the fact that women love the challenge of a 'big' race like a half-marathon or marathon, and that it's more fun to run and train together. There's nothing like pushing through the hills of Central Park to bond women together."

Loken, 45, is a three-time USA Masters marathon champion and three-time More Magazine Marathon champion. The Phoenix, AZ resident, who is competing in her final competitive More | Fitness Marathon, will be chasing her own event record of 2 hours, 45 minutes, 35 seconds, which she set in her first appearance, in 2005. The time remains the fastest ever for a marathon run by a woman entirely in Central Park.

A mother of three, Loken is the program director for Chances for Children, which aims to provide at-risk kids with an opportunity for a positive change through health and fitness. Loken has gathered a team of 38 women from Arizona and Oregon to run as part of the second-annual Moms Running for MORE charity-driven training group to support Chances for Children. Fund-raising efforts for Moms Running for MORE will help support Chances for Children's latest program, the "Fit Family," at St. Peter's Indian Mission School in Casa Blanca, AZ.

"I've run more than 25 marathons, not to mention countless half-marathons, and this is my favorite race," Loken said. "Nothing compares to the energy, excitement, and celebration of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, and friends supporting each other as they train together, fund-raise together and cross the finish line together."

Lewy Boulet, 35, of Oakland, CA, will be making her More Magazine | Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon debut. She was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon, stunning the field of America's top female marathoners with a personal best of 2:30:19. In the Beijing Olympic Marathon, she was forced to drop out at the 15-kilometer mark with a badly bruised knee. A native of Poland, Lewy Boulet became a United States citizen in San Francisco on September 11, 2001, just hours after the terrorist attacks. In addition to juggling training with raising her 4-year-old son, Owen, Lewy Boulet is a full-time assistant coach at the University of California at Berkeley.

Supermodel Carol Alt, an author, actress and entrepreneur who is also the author of three books on eating raw foods, will serve as the host for the 2009 More Magazine | Fitness Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon, which will be presented by Aquaphor® Healing Ointment.

The marathon will begin at 7:40am on Sunday on Central Park's East Drive near 92nd Street. The half-marathon will begin at 8:00am on East Drive near 71st Street.

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