Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run surrounded by thousands of women?
I’m sure most of you guys have, but ladies it’s an amazing experience and an opportunity to bond.
While I’m not down with the man bashing or women are better feeling that some people believe these races are about, I am down with finding ways to make women feel strong, powerful and capable of more.I’m also down with chocolate and girls weekends!
There are some who argue that Women’s Only races are wrong for offering pampering or too many tutus and to them I say…lighten up. Not every race is for everyone. There are plenty of TOUGH, serious races you’ll see below, along with those that are all about having fun.
Yes, running and fun. Isn’t that part of what we’d like to promote to our friends? It’s a sneaky way to pull them in to a sport that we love!
10 Women’s Races Around the US
If you’ve decided that a getaway with some of your closest friends is order, why not make it a weekend that includes a little sweat. There is nothing that will bond you more!! You can certainly do things like an active vacation or adventure retreat (which I’m an uber fan of), but those tend to be a bit more costly than picking a race and throwing in a spa day.
1. Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon
I was lucky enough to run this while they still hosted in San Francisco. It was one of the original women’s only races and they went all out to make it both a race for those who wanted to push and an experience for those out to have a fun day with friends.
This was one of the biggest all women’s races and while the course is tough the amenities are outstanding…chocolate stations, men in tuxedo’s handing out Tiffany’s necklaces at the finish and all in a city that makes for an amazing vacation.You know how long ago this was because that’s me in a COTTON t-shirt…but cool views of the San Fran Bridge.
Update: IN 2016 Nike cancelled all races and is now instead doing their “Women’s Victory Tour” fitness event.
Luckily in Washington D.C. someone else stepped up to fill the void and there is now the National Women’s Half Marathon for 2018.
2. Zooma Women’s Race Series
Zooma has taken it to the next level by creating a race series that affords you the opportunity to run in unique cities across the country in distances from the 5K to half marathon. Their post race party includes wine, massages and a family friendly atmosphere…though it’s really all about a girls weekend!
This is another I’ve had a chance to do and had a great experience with friends. They do pick some smaller locations which make for fabulous racecations, but can also be pricier.
3. Divas Half Marathon Series
If you are looking for an excuse to run with friends in some of the most beautiful places around, this series will meet that need! From Puerto Rico to California these courses are designed to take in the great surroundings and create a party like environment. Running in head to toe pink, tutus or crowns are fully encouraged. 4. Disney Princess Half Marathon
Once you get over the sticker shock of registering for any Disney race, you can settle in to a day of fun. The Disney races are not place to set a PR, but rather to put on your favorite crown (what you don’t have one?) and stop for pictures along the way with a few other princesses like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
5. Go Dirty Girl Mud Run
If a crown isn’t your thing, then take it to the mud pits with a Dirty Girl adventure run! These 5K events are designed to ensure that no matter what your current level of fitness is you can finish with a smile on your face and a little mud too. Build a team of friends to do these races and you’ll have memories for a lifetime, along with a reason to break every mother’s rule about staying out of the mud.
6. See Jane Run
Lori started a running store after finishing her first marathon and realizing how many other women needed help and encouragement to reach their own running dreams. She has since turned this in to many stores and an entire race series of half marathons and 5K’s that include chocolate, champagne and an open atmosphere that encourages everyone from walkers to speedsters to enjoy the day.
7. Iron Girl
If you want to expand your horizons beyond running, then this organization provides you with all the support and training tools you need to cross the finish line of your first triathlon. For those more experienced in the swim, bike, run arena there are plenty of great competitors at these events to help push you to your best race.
8. Island Girl Running
For my Canadian friends there are also some amazing options like Island Girl. While this event may be in Canada expect a fun tropical twist! The scenic Toronto island course is complemented by steel drums, grass skirts and more island festivities to create a great ladies only finish line.
9. MORE and SHAPE Fitness Half Marathon
A great race through New York City with live music and a crowd that proves age doesn’t matter! One of the best things about this race to me is it’s truly about finding your limits. Many of the races are more fun or pampering, this is a standard race with all the standard prizes by place.
Technically this isn’t all women’s race, but it’s simply too fun not to include in this list of races that encourage female bonding. In a Skirtchaser 5K, the ladies start the race and the men must wait 3 minutes before crossing the start! Talk about added motivation to give it everything you’ve got. –– UPDATE looks like they have stopped with this original model and now offer just a women’s only half marathon in Colorado.
BONUS: I took part in the Wanderlust 108 Mindful Triathlon in Denver this year, which included a fun run 5K, yoga and tons of fitness events. It was 90% female and a great place to start for those looking to try new things!
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