Hundreds of women from across the country strapped on their stilettos for a run through New York’s Central Park on Tuesday morning.
Hosted by “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” the High Heel-a-thon raised awareness — and cash — for women’s heart health.
Kelly Ripa was joined by Broadway diva Kristen Chenoweth and “90210” star Annalynne McCord for the 150-yard sprint, while Olympic ice dancer Johnny Weir (decked out in metallic teal Christian Louboutin booties) took part in the men’s dash.
“I’m going to treat this like any sale at Barneys,” Ripa, who wore 3-inch, T-strap LaDuca dance shoes, joked before the race. “I’ve never worn a heel less than 6 inches [high, so] essentially, I’m running in a sneaker.”
More than 500 women and 21 men took part in the race, with 26-year-old Ida Bernstein of Cockeysville, Md., taking home the prize — a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta and $10,000. Bernstein, a PhD student at Delaware State who was the runner-up in the inaugural High Heel-a-thon two years ago, clocked in at 19.12 seconds.
Ripa, for her part, finished 41st, up from her 60th place ranking the first time around, while Chenoweth lamented coming in “dead last” in her 5-inch Christian Louboutin platform sandals.
But it was the men’s race that brought the most surprises, said “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn, who was on hand as a special correspondent during the live show. “These men were all wearing stilettos, and I thought we were going to see a little trot,” he said, “but it was a stampede. A wild stampede.”
Proceeds from the event, which was co-sponsored by Zappos.com, benefited the National Institute of Health’s The Heart Truth campaign.