The Nike Women’s Marathon now has a little sister. Nike is bringing its signature San Francisco running event to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 28, 2013 for a 13.1-mile tour of the capitol’s historic streets. The inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half DC will host 15,000 runners, to be chosen through a random draw lottery. Registration for the lottery is open through Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. ET. Runners may register as individuals or as part of a group. The lottery winners will be notified via email December 10-14.
The NWM Half DC course is flat and fast, starting and finishing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House. The course takes runners past the steps of the U.S. Capitol, along the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial, beside the Potomac River and back into the heart of the city.
The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco is famous for its swag. Its little sister in D.C. won’t disappoint either. Forget finisher medals. All finishers will snag a specially designed necklace from Tiffany & Co., along with a ladies cut Nike DRI-Fit T-shirt.
The race weekend includes a three-day expo, dubbed “Expotique,” and a post-race party. Not to worry, gents. It’s only called the Nike Women’s Marathon. Men are welcome too.
The Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco began in 2004 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a major milestone in women’s running: the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984, won by American Joan Benoit Samuelson. The event has gone on to become the largest women’s running event in the U.S. More than 22,000 runners finished the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half-Marathon in 2011, and another 25,000 ran in 2012. The 10th Nike Women’s Marathon will take place in October 2013.
Over the last nine years, the race has raised $128 million for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the race’s charity partner. The NWM Half DC will also benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Participants can run with Team in Training, the charity’s athletic arm, to raise money to fight blood cancers.
Entry for the Nike Women’s Marathon Half DC is $160. For more information or to register, visit the race’s Facebook page.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s weekly lifestyle web show about running. She has completed five marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.