More/Fitness Runs for Empowerment

By Greer Jonas

The heat was on Sunday, April 26, but that didn’t stop the more than 8,000 female runners and walkers who took part in the sixth annual More/Fitness Marathon in

Supermodel Carol Alt, first-place finisher Magdalena Lewy Boulet, More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour and Fitness EIC Betty Wong at the sixth annual More/Fitness Magazine Marathon and Half-Marathon.

New York City’s Central Park. It was so hot that the New York Road Runner’s club cancelled the targeted 26.2 mile marathon and encouraged everyone to run a half marathon (13.1 miles) instead.

Hosted by supermodel, actress and author Carol Alt, the event was about bringing together women (more than 50% being women 40+), representing 48 states and nine countries, to celebrate health and fitness. The invigorating run raised $27,000 for Care, an organization that empowers women around the world to help end global poverty.

Betty Wong, Fitness’ EIC, who completed the half marathon, checked in with minonline after catching her breath: “Despite the soaring temperatures, everyone’s energy and spirits were high, and it was incredibly inspiring to see so many runners and walkers conquering the hills of Central Park with big smiles on their faces. And no matter how fast or slow you finished, the day was all about celebrating the strength and power that women have to reach for [to] accomplish their health and fitness goals.”

Left to Right: Brenda Saget Darling, VP/publisher of More; Carol Alt Lesley; Jane Seymour, EIC of More; Lisa Carnevale, marketing manager, Beiersdorf; Iain Holding, president, Beiersdorf
More Marathon three-time champion Susan Loken celebrates crossing the finish line hand-in-hand with her friends Susie Meyers-Kennedy and Christine Glockenmeier. They tied for third place out of nearly 8,000 runners at the More/Fitness Marathon & Half Marathon.