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Girl power: races for women

Walk the Walk’s MoonWalk is just one race geared specifically towards woman.

In 1980, only 11 percent of marathon finishers were female. In fact, before 1980, there were no women’s distance races in the Olympics. That’s probably hard for many of us to believe because in 2012, four in ten marathon finishers were women. And in many individual races, such as the 2013 Disney World Marathon, women competitors actually outnumber men.

It’s clear that more women are becoming runners, and race organizations have noticed and have taken action. Running events that cater to women are popping up all over. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites. So, grab your best girlfriends and register for one of these empowering, women’s races:

  • Women’s Running series, various cities and dates. Hosted by Women’s Running magazine, this half marathon and 5K series is advertised as the “ultimate girls’ weekend getaway.” And with perks like a finisher’s medal/ commemorative charm combo and a post-race cookie café and champagne toast, we’d have to agree.
  • More/ Fitness Women’s half marathon, Central Park, New York City, April 13, 2014. With 7,550 finishers in 2013, this event is one of the largest women’s half marathons in the U.S. In addition to the race, participants can receive beauty touch-ups, get health screenings, and attend celebrity book signings.
  • See Jane Run half marathon, 5K, and triathlon series, various Western and Midwestern cities and dates. The race’s slogan alone is guaranteed to get any woman’s attention: “I run for champagne & chocolate”.
  • Divas half marathon and 5K series, various cities and dates. The Divas series is all about girl power. Race directors say it’s the “fun and glam women’s half marathon series.” Each event location was chosen carefully, too – they’re held in some very popular vacation destinations (Hawaii and Puerto Rico).
  • ZOOMA Women’s Race Series, various cities and dates. ZOOMA partners with Every Mother Counts and puts on several women’s 5Ks and half marathons across the U.S. These events are about more than just the race, though – weekend highlights have been known to also include “mocktail” parties, after parties, and post-race massages and yoga.
  • Walk the Walk’s MoonWalk, London, England, May 10, 2014 and New York City, July 26, 2014. To raise money and awareness for breast cancers, female runners power walk a half or full marathon in decorated bras.
  • Disney Princess half marathon weekend, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla., February 20-23. Where else can you run with thousands of other women donned in tiaras and dressed like their favorite princesses? The event features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K.
  • Pretty Muddy women’s mud run, various cities and dates. If champagne and tutus aren’t your thing, check out Pretty Muddy – a women’s 5K obstacle and mud run series. According to the race’s website, Pretty Muddy is “an exciting women-only event where you can let your hair down and have fun!”
  • Ramblin’ Rose women’s triathlons, various Southern cities and dates. Not only do Ramblin’ Rose events cater to women, but the vast majority of participants are triathlon first-timers, too.

Written by Jen Matz.

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