NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SHAPE today announced that registration is now open for the 15th Annual SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon, one of the largest women's-only half-marathons in the country. The 2018 race will be held on Sunday, April 15th, in New York's Central Park.
Hosted in partnership with the renowned New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world's premier community running organization, the 13.1-mile race is open to female runners and walkers of all ages. Participants can register online at http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/shape-womens-half-marathon.
"The SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon is such a unique and inspiring event," said Elizabeth Goodman Artis, editor-in-chief of SHAPE. "It's amazing to feel the energy of thousands of women gathered in Central Park to achieve their fitness goals and support each other as they cross that finish line."
For the third year, the race will pay tribute to its Women Run the World™ theme by hosting the Women Run the World™ Relay, which honors females across multiple industries, and highlights the importance of supporting, inspiring and empowering the next generation of women. Honorees will once again be paired up with a participant from the NYRR Run for the Future program, which prepares New York City high school girls to run their first 5K race, build and strengthen self-confidence, and earn a scholarship toward college. Each of the 13 pairs will run a one-mile leg of the course as part of the relay team.
"We are proud to again partner with SHAPE on the Women Run the World™ Relay to inspire the next generation of women," said Rachel Pratt, senior vice president of youth and community services for New York Road Runners. "This initiative connects young participants of our Run for the Future program with inspiring female leaders from a variety of industries to encourage the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle and celebrate the female spirit through the sport of running."
Megyn Kelly, host of NBC News' Megyn Kelly TODAY, will participate in the Women Run the World™ Relay and will host the 2018 SHAPE Women's Half Marathon.
Kelly added, "It is an honor to be a part of such an empowering event that celebrates, brings together and inspires women from around the world."
Megyn Kelly TODAY will serve as the official media partner for the event.
On race day, supporters and spectators are invited to cheer on runners along the course in Central Park, and visit the Race Day Festival at Naumburg Bandshell to enjoy live music, free samples, prize drawings, fun activities and more. There will also be an awards ceremony following the race to celebrate the runners and Women Run the World™ honorees.
For event updates, inspiration, expert training tips and more, please visit http://shapehalf.com/ or join the conversation on social media through the hashtag #WomenRunTheWorld, and by following:
To register for the 2018 SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon, visit http://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/shape-womens-half-marathon. For race details and additional information, please visit http://shapehalf.com/.
Launched in 1981, SHAPE helps women achieve the best versions of themselves while understanding that healthy living is more than an endgame—it's a source of personal joy and lasting reward. SHAPE magazine is published 10 times a year with a rate base of 2.5 million and an audience of more than 14 million, reaching women across all platforms, including the 10.4 million users on Shape.com and Fitnessmagazine.com, and through award-winning consumer events and innovative brand extensions.
ABOUT NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS (NYRR)
Founded in 1958, New York Road Runners has grown from a local running club to the world's premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR's commitment to New York City's five boroughs features races, community events, youth running initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, 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 50,000 runners, from the world's top professional athletes to a vast range of competitive, recreational, and charity runners. To learn more, visit nyrr.org.