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Runners Layer on the Sweats

NEW YORK -- Softly layered activewear in cotton fleece, sweatshirts with varsity logos and bra tops with bike shorts and leggings were the hot items on runners as well as spectators at the New York Race for the Cure at Central Park.<BR><BR>The fourth...

NEW YORK — Softly layered activewear in cotton fleece, sweatshirts with varsity logos and bra tops with bike shorts and leggings were the hot items on runners as well as spectators at the New York Race for the Cure at Central Park.

The fourth annual run/walk for breast cancer, held Sunday, was the largest all-women race in New York, with over 9,000 participants, according to a spokeswoman for the New York Road Runners Club, which organized the run. The event is staged by the New York affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Dallas.

Some 500 breast cancer survivors participating in the event wore hot pink socks donated by the Acrylic Council. Among the corporate sponsors were Chemical Bank, Carolee, Nicole Miller, Ellen Tracy, Modell’s and Newman’s Own.

Rosa Leal of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the winner of the race, covering the 5-kilometer distance (3.1 miles) in 17.06 minutes. Leal won a silver bowl from Tiffany & Co.

Part of the crowd sported layered looks that ranged from a couple of sleeveless tanks worn over pull-on sweatpants and slouchy socks, to long and short tops layered over nylon running shorts — which in turn were layered over stretch bike shorts. The key item rounding off the layered statement was a slouchy sweater or oversized sweatshirt, wrapped around the hips.

Solid gray was the top color in activewear, while black was the main color in stretch bodywear. Backpacks were the hot accessory in black or neon colors, in shiny or matte variations of vinyl or nylon.

Brand names seen everywhere included Nike on leggings, the Everlast logo on unitards, the Champion Jogbra signature across the backs of sports bras and Boss and Umbro sweatshirts.

The fashion companies that created products for this year’s run included Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy, who designed a T-shirt, and Nicole Miller, who created a baseball cap in the event’s trademark hot pink.

A spokeswoman for Race for the Cure said about 800 of the Ellen Tracy T-shirts were sold at $12 each, as well as 800 of Miller’s baseball caps for $10 each.

Five hundred pairs of hot pink socks donated by the Acrylic Council and 500 of Miller’s baseball caps were given to 500 breast cancer survivors who participated in the event.

The spokeswoman noted that approximately 75 percent of revenues — some $9,000 — from the sales of the designer T-shirts, baseball caps and other items, such as a bath gel by Crabtree & Evelyn and breast cancer awareness pins by Carolee, will go to breast cancer awareness programs here. The remainder will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for research, she said.