Women’s races are more popular than ever with new women-only and women-focused events popping up all over the country. Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon debuted in California 2012 and Nike Women’s Marathon is bringing a half-marathon to Washington, DC for the first time in 2013, both of which sold out months in advance.
Registration recently opened for another women’s race that’s sure to sell out: The 10th anniversary More Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half Marathon in New York City’s Central Park on April 14.
“Every year, women from all over the U.S. and the world flock to this race for a fun, empowering run,” said Fitness Editor-in Chief Betty Wong in a press release. “I look forward to sharing the course with these fit and fierce females and having a blast celebrating our tenth anniversary.”
The race began in 2004 with just over 1,600 runners and grew to over 7,000 in 2012. Last year’s race sold out in three weeks and the 2013 race will be capped, so organizers are encouraging runners to register early. All runners will receive a short-sleeve tech shirt from Athleta, and finishers earn a medal.
The weekend kicks off on April 12 with a two-day Health & Wellness Expo. The Expo is also free and open to the public, featuring magazine editors, running experts, health screenings, fitness seminars, product sampling, sweepstakes and more.
Co-hosted by More and FITNESS magazines and New York Road Runners, the race has also teamed up with charity partner Hole in the Wall Gang, a non-profit summer camp and year-round outreach program for children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. Hole in the Wall’s services are free to the kids and families they assist.
Runners can donate to Hole in the Wall Gang when registering for the event or run on behalf of Team Hole in The Wall to raise money for the charity. Runners can also donate to CARE, a humanitarian organization that empowers women around the world to help end global poverty.
The entry fee for the More Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon is $80 for New York Road Runner members and $90 for non-members.
Disclosure: I am under contract with NYRR to host a web show called On The Run. However, they don’t pay me to write about their races. Simply, I write about the events that I think my readers will want to know about, and that includes some NYRR events. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s weekly lifestyle web show about running. She has completed six 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.