Throughout the country, thousands of women hit the roads for regular runs. However, when it comes to actually participating in races, many of them look for a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere, which is hard to find. The good news is we have compiled here a list of women’s only races where running like a girl will win you wine, jewelry, flowers, champagne, chocolate treats, massages, and a bunch of other women’s-only prizes.
With hundreds of other women and on-course support to encourage you along the way, there is no reason why you should not partake in a worthwhile opportunity. Here are the top 5 women's only races that you should be looking forward to this year.
Her Madison Half Marathon & 5K
Date: June 23 – 25, 2017
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
This race is a feel-good race where every runner is celebrated, regardless of ethnicity or current level of fitness, and focuses on the general race experience, not the competition. Whether or not you are interested in the half marathon or the 5K, race organizers encourage potential participants to sign up for the signature “weekend experience”. The runners receive special wristbands when picking up their packets, which offers access to various of exclusive events, including a Friday night party and a welcome party, a Saturday morning “shakeout run”, and a yoga class, making it a great weekend getaway.
Date: April 30, 2018
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
When you register for Unleash the SHE, you are not only contributing to your bodily health but also making a huge positive difference for countless women throughout Minnesota who are affected by ovarian cancer. Proceeds from the race directly go to the MOCA (Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance), an organization that funds critical research and provides resources and support to individuals and families in Minnesota. Participants are given a technical race, along-sleeved t-shirt that is perfect for the stormy winters of Minnesota.
Date: Dates vary depending on the state/area
Location: Numerous places throughout the USA, including San Francisco, NY, and VA
Roses and faux-gem studded medals greet winners at the Divas Half Marathon and 5K Series. Every 10-race weekend across the US and Puerto Rico offers something unique, such as discounted spa deals, pool parties, concerts, and free wine tastings. The Divas Running series is the most glam and fun women’s running series in the nation. The race is all about girl power and having a good time since it takes place in some of the best vacation spots, like Long Island, San Juan, New York, San Francisco Bay, California, DC’s Wine Country, North Myrtle Beach, Chicagoland, VA, and other beautiful destinations.
Gildan Esprit de She
Date: May 13, 2017
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
The evening of the race starts with a warm-up dance and concludes with a night full of fun and adventure, something you have never experienced before. The Espirit de She is an entertaining 5K or 10K that follows a post-race party that you would not want to miss at any cost. Once you have crossed the finish line, you can hit the Espirit de She signature lifestyle market, where you can drink champagne, get your share of treats and tapas, and enjoy massages and mini manicures from the Panasonic Beauty Bar. Every participant is awarded a race tank, a souvenir photo and two drinks from the Bubbly Bar.
Date: February 22 – 25, 2018
Location: Orlando, Florida
This half-marathon is unique in the sense that it takes place entirely inside Disney World. If you are into Disney fairytales, this is the perfect running event that you can participate in. Scheduled for early 2018, the event will also include a full 10K marathon in addition to the half-marathon, so you can sign up accordingly. The great thing is that Disney princesses will cheer you on along the way. The location makes it perfect for moms to take along their little kids, as you can make a day of it.
Women's only races exist to promote a common and important goal: to demonstrate and celebrate achievements of female walkers and runners. The list above highlights some of the many races you can register for in order to make the most of your time. These events are not only empowering and fun but also a great way to for women to discover their abilities and explore themselves further. In addition, there are rewards and souvenirs, which are always great to have lying around in the house.
Women’s only races give you a great opportunity to participate in a run where only other women accompany you. This offers you a safe and secure environment where you can unlock your potential and at the same time, test your level of fitness.