Published in the May 3, 2017 edition
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Mackenzie Dolbeare completed her first New York City half-marathon on April 30 with a time of 2:10.44.
The race is organized by the New York Road Runners (NYRR) and is set in Central Park where Dolbeare, 25, competed among a field of nearly 7,000 women. Known as the Shape Women’s Half-Marathon, the 14th annual event sponsored by the women’s fitness magazine consists of two-and one-half laps around Central Park. It is one of the largest women’s half-marathons in the country.
National marathon and half-marathon record holder and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor racked up her fourth win at this race, crossing the finish line in 1:16:17. She had shared race-day tips and strategies at the NYRR Run Center on Friday evening.
Second place went to Marisa Cummings of the New York Athletic Club in 1:21:13, and third went to Mary Bida in 1:23:09.
Dolbeare is a 2010 graduate of Lynnfield High School and currently resides in Somerville. She is presently training to run in the Marine Corps Marathon to be held in Washington, D.C. on October 22.
Although it was her first NYC half-marathon, Dolbeare has completed two other half-marathons to date. In October 2016, she finished the Boston Athletic Association Half-Marathon in a personal best time of 2:00.01. In October 2015, she finished her first half-marathon at the Maine Marathon in Portland in 2:07.56. This event also includes a full marathon as well as a marathon relay and is organized by the Maine Track Club.
She is the daughter of Glenn and Melanie Dolbeare of Wakefield and Bridgton, Maine.