I have to hand it to Caroline Wozniacki. When I heard she was planning to run the 2014 New York City Marathon, I had a flashback to her cramping up during a tennis match early in her career. Also, I wondered why she would possibly upset her tennis training to prepare for a marathon and might the stress of running a marathon when she is not a seasoned distance runner negatively affect her. Sure, a trio of retired tennis players, Amelie Mauresmo, Yannick Noah and Justin Gimelstob, ran the NYC Marathon in 2010. But the key word is retired. They were not jeopardizing their tennis results by training for and running 26.2 miles. Color me extremely pleased to not only see Sunshine have her best season on the tennis court in a few years, reaching the US Open final, but also besting the times of three tennis players from 2010. Wozniacki completed the New York City marathon in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 33 seconds. Her time would qualify her to run the Boston Marathon. But let’s not get ahead of things. She says she might run another marathon but not anytime soon. Sunshine ran this time to benefit New York Road Runners Team for Kids, a group of runners worldwide who raise funds to provide free or low-cost health and fitness programs for disadvantaged children. Caroline raised over $81,000 for the charity.
Sunshine average 7 minutes 53 seconds per mile, including sub-8 minutes for each of her first 20 miles. Although she slowed up a bit coming home over the last 6.2 miles, her 3:26:33 still beat the 2010 times of fellow tennis players Amelie Mauresmo (3:40:20), Yannick Noah (4:01:38) and Justin Gimelstob (4:09:58). There was another tennis player waiting for Wozniacki at the finish line, world #1 and BFF, Serena Williams. The two great friends were hanging out the previous night, including catching a New York Rangers hockey game. Serena was in tears as Caroline approached the finish line. At the end of the day, I am so happy that Sunshine set this goal…one that had many people scratching their heads, including her father/coach…and finished what she started. The early part of 2014 saw Caroline’s name splashed across headlines for her personal life. It’s great to see her turn the attention towards her accomplishments on the court and her charitable run.
Praise from fellow tennis stars! 🙂
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