Thousands of women from around the world took to New York’s Central Park on Sunday, April 15, to participate in the 15th Annual SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon.

The race, presented by SHAPE magazine in partnership with New York Road Runners (NYRR), is one of the largest women-only half-marathons in the country.

“It’s always inspiring to see so many beautiful and strong women pounding the pavement in Central Park,” says SHAPE Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Goodman Artis. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this empowering event.”

For the third year in a row, the SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon hosted its annual Women Run the World™ Relay & Mentorship Program. The relay honored 13 notable female leaders across multiple industries, while also highlighting the importance of supporting, inspiring and empowering the next generation of women.

Each of the 13 honorees were paired with a young woman from NYRR’s Run for the Future program, which trains New York City high school girls to run their first 5K race, build and strengthen self-confidence, and earn money toward college.

Each pair ran or walked a one-mile leg of the course as part of a relay team.

The honorees included:

Amber Rees – Co-founder, Brave Body Project
Bridget Moynahan – Actress and Activist
Brooke Mullen – Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
CeCe Olisa – Blogger and Entrepreneur
Daniela Soto-Innes – Chef Partner, Cosme & Atla
Francia Raisa – Actress
Katia Beauchamp – Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox
Kira Stokes – Celebrity Trainer & Creator of “The Stoked Method”
Leah Cohen – Chef and Co-owner of New York City’s Pig & Khao and Jersey City’s Piggyback Bar
Lindsey Clayton – Co-founder, Brave Body Project
Megyn Kelly – Host, NBC News’ “Megyn Kelly TODAY
Rebecca Kennedy – Holistic Fitness Trainer, Peloton Tread Master Instructor
Tori Bowie – Olympic Runner and Gold Medalist

In addition to the 13 notable women of the Women Run the World Relay, Cynthia Erivo, Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning actress and singer, sang the national anthem, and Jen Widerstrom, SHAPE Fitness Director and best-selling author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type, presented at the opening and closing ceremonies.

Megyn Kelly, host of NBC’s Megyn Kelly TODAY, acted as the race host, delivering opening and closing remarks at the day’s events.

“It was such an honor to host yesterday’s event,” says Kelly. “What makes this event special is the tremendous enthusiasm of the thousands of women who participate and their incredible support for one another. Seeing all of these women bond together was inspiring and made for an unforgettable experience.”

Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi crossed the finish line in 1:15:18; New York residents Kate Pallardy (1:19:11) and Mary Bida (1:23:40) finished in second and third respectively.

NBC’s Megyn Kelly TODAY served as the Media Partner of the SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon. Race Product Sponsors included Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Foster Grant for SHAPE and Natalie’s Juice, and GreenBlender, PowerBar, Ripple and True Citrus served as Gift Bag Sponsors.

For race details and additional information, please visit www.shape.com.

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