Get ready for the High Heel-A-Thon

July 8, 2008 8:13:36 PM PDT
It's a one-of-a-kind race happening in New York's Central Park on Wednesday. "Live with Regis and Kelly" is presenting its first-ever athletic competition: Regis and Kelly's High Heel-A-Thon.

It's a 150-yard dash in New York City on Wednesday. Unlike more run-of the-mill sprints, all participants in the "High Heel-A-Thon" must wear high-heeled shoes during the competition, with a minimum of a 3-inch heel.

"Live" partnered with Dr. Scholl's For Her to present the event.

Runners will be sprinting for more than $30,000 in prize money and a variety of fun prizes. It is open to women only, though men can enter a special honorary race category.

Proceeds will benefit The March of Dimes children's charity. "Live" also has arranged for a special $50,000 donation in commemoration of the event.

Entrants will not only compete against hundreds of other participants, they'll also go up against shoe-loving co-host Kelly Ripa herself, who provided inspiration for the event.

"Marathon, schmarathon! Completing 26.2 miles in running shoes is nothing - try spending a full day running errands, taking the kids to school and shopping, all in 4-inch heels," Ripa declared. "That's what I call a real marathon! So our 'High Heel-A-Thon' is a way of showcasing a unique unsung talent for which most women are never recognized."

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Watch the High Heel-A-Thon at 9:00 Wednesday morning on ABC 7.