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Posted: May 24, 2021::  

Athletics:: Mastercard New York Mini 10K to Host the Return of Professional Athletes on Saturday, June 12

Open division to feature U.S. Olympians and past Mini 10K champions in Molly Seidel, Molly Huddle, Des Linden, Edna Kiplagat and Sara Hall

Two-time defending champion Susannah Scaroni and five-time TCS New York City Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden to headline wheelchair division

New York, May 24, 2021 - The 2021 Mastercard New York Mini 10K, the world’s original women-only road race, will feature the return of professional athletes to NYRR races for the first time since 2019. The all-star lineup on Saturday, June 12 will include U.S. Olympians Molly Seidel, Molly Huddle and Des Linden and past Mini 10K champions Sara Hall, Edna Kiplagat (and Huddle) in the open division, and two-time defending champion Susannah Scaroni and five-time TCS New York City Marathon champion Tatyana McFadden in the wheelchair division.

Seidel was the runner-up at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, running 2:27:31 in her first-ever marathon to secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She finished in sixth place at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon and is also a four-time NCAA champion. This will mark her third race appearance in New York; she won the 2017 NYRR Midnight Run and finished as runner-up at the 2017 USATF 5 km Championships.

"Although it’s my first time running the Mini, I’m well-aware of the race’s significance as the first-ever road race just for women," Seidel said. "I’m excited that this is another step forward in returning to mass-participation and elite running, especially in a place as important to road racing as New York City. Personally, this race is a great opportunity to come down from the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona, and test my legs as I prepare for the Olympic Games marathon in August."

Linden won the Boston Marathon in 2018 and is a two-time U.S. Olympian in the distance, and she just missed out on a third Olympic Games appearance after placing fourth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last year. To kick off 2021, she ran a 2:59:54 in the 50K, a new world best for the distance.

Huddle is a two-time Olympian, having run the 5,000 meters at the London 2012 Games and setting the 10,000-meter American record at the Rio 2016 Games. In New York, she won the 2014 Mini 10K and is a three-time champion of the United Airlines NYC Half. She made her marathon debut at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, taking third place as the top American.

Hall, whose participation was announced last month, won the event in 2019 in 32:27 in a race that doubled as the USATF 10 km Championships. She has eight national titles to her name and was runner-up (2:22:01) at the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon last October and then in December clocked the second-fastest marathon ever by an American woman (2:20:32) at The Marathon Project in Chandler, Ariz.

Kiplagat has a storied history in New York, having won her New York City Marathon debut in 2010 and followed that with a second-place finish in the 2011 NYC Half and a victory in the 2012 Mini 10K. Outside of New York, she has won the World Championships Marathon in 2011 and 2013, the London Marathon in 2012, and the Boston Marathon in 2017.

"I am excited to return to the Mini 10K for the fifth time," Kiplagat said. "It is a special feeling to stand on that starting line and feel the support of not only the women running with you, but all of the women who came before you. It is a very special race and I’m happy to be going back to New York City."

In Central Park, they will be challenged by a number of athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials later in June, including Laura Thweatt, Emma Bates, Lindsay Flanagan, Maggie Montoya and Emily Durgin.

The event will also feature a professional wheelchair division for the third time, making it the only all-women professional wheelchair race in the world. U.S. Paralympian Scaroni is the two-time defending champion in the wheelchair division, having raced world-best 10K times in both of her victories, including a 22:22 in 2019. She followed that performance by setting an American best in the marathon of 1:30:42 to win the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon, and then took third place at the TCS New York City Marathon that fall. Scaroni will once again line up against five-time New York City Marathon champion and 17-time Paralympic medalist McFadden, who is in search of her first Mini 10K title.

"The Mini 10K always means so much to me because the feeling of being on that line surrounded by so many women reminds me of how big of a celebration road racing is for the human spirit," Scaroni said. "This year raises even more emotions – the opportunity to again unite with one another highlights the beauty of road racing and its ability to continuously bring us together through adversity."

The Mastercard New York Mini 10K will offer $23,500 in total prize money to the invited professional athlete field, including $7,500 to the winner of the open race and $2,500 to the winner of the wheelchair race.

To mitigate the risk of spread of COVID-19, the professional athletes taking part will be in a controlled environment. The field will be required to provide proof of a full vaccination series or negative COVID-19 test before traveling to New York and will undergo daily COVID-19 testing and tracing while in New York for the race. There will be a separation of the pro field and general field at the start, no guests will be allowed to accompany the athletes, and they will be required to wear masks at the start and finish areas. Additionally, there will be an elimination of touchpoints, including no large gatherings or in-person meetings until race morning.

Mastercard will serve as title sponsor of the event for the first time after becoming NYRR’s newest foundation partner in 2020, and as part of its long-term partnership will also serve as the presenting sponsor of professional women’s athlete fields.

The Mini 10K began in 1972 as the first women’s only road race, then called the Crazylegs Mini Marathon. Former NYRR President Fred Lebow named the race after the miniskirt, which back then was in vogue. A total of 72 women finished the first race, and three weeks later, Title IX was signed into law, guaranteeing women the right to participate in school sports and creating new opportunities for generations of female athletes. Since then, the race has grown leaps and bounds, garnering more than 200,000 total finishers to date.

2021 Mastercard New York Mini 10K Professional Open Division

Name Country Age Track PR Road PR
Aileen Barry USA 39 33:56.49 35:04
Emma Bates USA 28 32:04.59 32:36
Cat Beck USA 35 N/A 36:10
Mekides Bekele ETH 34 N/A 34:26
Nuhamin Bogale ETH 27 N/A 33:41
Andrea Bradshaw USA 33 N/A 36:09
Viola Cheptoo KEN32 N/A 30:55
Emily Durgin USA 25 32:22.56 33:38
Lindsay Flanagan USA 28 32:04.39 33:25
Kira Garry USA 28 N/A 36:10
Bose Gemeda ETH 26 N/A 35:05
Sara Hall USA 36 31:21.90 32:14
Molly Huddle USA 36 30:13.17 31:21
Ana Johnson USA 38 35:49.92 35:59
Grace Kahura KEN 28 N/A 34:02
Weini Kelati ERI 24 31:10.08 N/A
Allie Kieffer USA 33 32:09.89 32:52
Edna Kiplagat KEN 41 33:27.0 31:06
Des Linden USA 37 31:37.14 32:57
Lanni Marchant CAN 37 31:46.94 31:49
Maggie Montoya USA 26 32:06.87 33:19
Monicah Ngige KEN 27 N/A 31:37
Diane Nukuri USA 36 31:28.69 31:49
Beverly Ramos PUR 33 32:36.03 33:17
Bethany Sachtleben USA 29 32:50.70 32:39
Molly Seidel USA26 32:24.78 32:52
Joanna Thompson USA 28 33:07.27 34:20
Laura Thweatt USA 30 31:52.94 32:20
Maor Tiyouri ISR 30 33:43.16 33:45
Bria Wetsch USA 33 33:26.12 36:00

2021 Mastercard New York Mini 10K Professional Wheelchair Division

NameCountry Age Road PR
Jenna Fesemyer USA 24 25:52
Yen Hoang USA 24 27:53
Tatyana McFadden USA 32 22:53
Susannah Scaroni USA 29 22:22
Michelle Wheeler USA 3426:12

About New York Road Runners (NYRR)

NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire people through running. Since 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s commitment to New York City’s five boroughs features races, virtual races, community events, free youth running initiatives and school programs, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to Run for Life. NYRR’s premier event, and the largest marathon in the world, is the TCS New York City Marathon. Held annually on the first Sunday in November, the race features a wide population of runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit

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