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Paula Radcliffe, the winner from England, ran at the young age of 34.

According to the New York Times, women are getting older… and better at sports.

Take for instance this past Sunday’s New York City Marathon, where 41 elite female athletes competed at the average age of 33.

These women were distributed a $301,000 purse, up from $165,000 just a decade ago.

Sunday marked the participation the oldest groups of elite women in the history of the race. Nearly half of the rest of the participants are 35 and older.

2/3 of the runners are 30 years or older including Paula Radcliffe, the winner from England, ran at the young age of 34.

Kara Goucher of the United States (30 years old) came in second, and became the first American woman on the podium since 1994.

Gete Wami of Berlin (33 years of age) finished close behind Goucher.

“It’s unusual to see so many really good women of that age, but this is probably a fluke that they are all so good at once,” Mary Wittenberg, the race director, said. “I do expect to see a changing of the guard because we are probably looking at the end of a superstar generation.”

Experts say that in the 30’s, distance runners are often at their “prime” because their bodies are used to the mileage required to train for the 26.2-mile race. (I can’t even imagine having to run that much. And I’m 23 years old.)

Kara Goucher of the United States came in second. She is 30 years old.

It’s important to note, however, that many of these women only started running marathons only after they had built a foundation in shorter races, to prevent burnout and injuries.

Something that is totally cool is that women are starting to earn more money in marathons.

According to the New York Times, the top five women in Sunday’s race have made at least $1 million in prize money in their careers. The top 10 winners will also receive prize money.

First place is worth $130,000 of the $301,000 purse, second place $65,000, third $40,000, fourth $25,000, fifth $15,000 and so on down to $1,000 for 10th place. In addition, bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $70,000 are paid for reaching certain time standards.

Twenty years ago, though, the total women’s purse in the New York City Marathon was $134,500, organizers said, and a decade ago, it was $165,000.

This is all very cool stuff. I’m glad to see women excelling at such a grueling sport as they enter the prime ages of their lives. And the increase in money over the years is very hopeful.

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The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) held the 2008 Annual Salute to Women in Sports last night in New York City.

I would have loved to have gone to this, but unfortunately, I’m not exactly “financially inclined” enough to afford the $1200 seat at the table.

Regardless, this is a great event that supports an incredibly important cause, and I’m so glad it was a success. Thank you, WSF, for all that you do.

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation,

“More than 70 of the planet’s top athletes and a handful of celebrities — including award-winning CNN reporter, Christiane Amanpour and Jill Hennessey, star of the television series “Crossing Jordan” — gathered at the Waldorf=Astoria to celebrate the achievements of girls and women in sports. The event raised more than $1 million that will be turned into grants and educational and advocacy-related programming.”

Click here to see a photo show of the event.

Below are those who went home last night with awards:

– Sportswoman of the Year (Individual): Nastia Liukin

Sportswoman of the Year (Team): Jessica Mendoza

– Wilma Rudolph Courage Award: Patience Knight

– Billie Jean King Contribution Award: Women’s Tennis Association

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The Sports Museum of America forwarded me some pictures of the event they held this past Monday. Check them out (below). Looks like it was a cool event!

The USA Women’s Softball Team at the Sports Museum of America.
From left to right; front row: Tairia Flowers, Natasha Watley, Vicky Galindo, Andrea Duran and Kelly Kretschman. From left to right; back row: Crystl Bustos, Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, Alicia Hollowell, Monica Abbott, Jessica Mendoza, Lauren Lappin and Caitlin Lowe.

Former New York Knicks All-Star John Starks and Liberty standout Kym Hampton hosting a skills and techniques clinic for kids

Mascots from the New York area
From left to right, the New Jersey Ironmen’s IronDog, Maddie from the New York Liberty, the Fordham Ram, New York Shark’s Sharkie and in the center, Mr. Met.

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I am at a Blogher conference in DC today at the Hyatt in Bethesda, MD.

If you’re not already familiar, Blogher is an online community for women who blog.

The conference in DC has some basic sessions on blogging 101, finding social communities and leveraging your voice online. Plus, it’s a great networking event to meet fellow women bloggers in the DC-metro area and to check out what some of the online vendors have to offer.

I have to ask the question – where are all of the women’s sports bloggers in the DC area? Wish they were here.

Details about today’s event can be found here.

Yes, I’m typing on my computer at the event. (I know, NERD!) But I’m not alone. Almost everyone has a laptop and they’re typing away. Those who don’t have their laptops seem awkwardly envious of mine.

So far this morning, I’ve met a few women who are interested in women’s sports. It was particularly encouraging to see women from the National Women’s Law Center who mentioned that they visited my blog because I’ve linked to their site in the past.

I’m so glad to see NWLC is aware of the blogosphere and engaged. Oh, and they have a blog called Wommenstake. Check it out. I’m looking forward to following up with the ladies I’ve met.

If you have any questions about today’s conference, feel free to e-mail me at bciplayedsports@gmail.com.

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Jennie Finch, Jessica Mendoza and the USA softball team will be at the Sports Museum in New York city this Monday.

They will be meeting sports fans and signing autographs from 11am-1pm. This is a unique opportunity, so if you’re in the area and have off on Columbus day (or even if you don’t) you should go check this out!

Also present will be Kym Hampton and John Starks of the New York Knicks; the duo will be meeting fans, signing autographs and holding a basketball clinic from 1pm-3pm.

I’ve never been to the Sports Museum, and unfortunately, I have to work on Monday.

However, I am definitely planning on making a trip up there because they are home to the first and only Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, built in partnership with Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation.

Can’t wait to see it!

If anyone goes to this event, please post how it was. I’m interested in hearing about it.

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