UPDATE: The 2014 lottery is now closed. To run the race via charity, read Run Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF for charity with TNT.
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Registration for the 2014 Nike Women Half Marathon San Francisco random draw opened Wednesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. PDT. Runners have until 11 a.m. on June 19 PDT to register for a chance at being one of the 25,000 runners expected on October 19.
For the 11th year of the world’s largest women-focused race, Nike has decided to forgo the marathon distance and concentrate on the half.
“Due to runners’ feedback over the past few years, we have decided to only offer a half marathon,” reads numerous responses to runner inquires on the race’s Facebook page. “But we are dedicated to bring you one of the best Nike Women’s Half Marathons yet!”
The Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon San Francisco debuted in 2004 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984, won by American Joan Benoit Samuelson. The Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon went on to become the largest women’s running event in the world. More than 30,000 runners finished races at the event in 2013. More than 26,000 of them ran the half marathon.
Nike has yet to reveal the 2014 course. Previous editions started at Union Square in San Francisco and finished on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach, travelling along the San Francisco Bay with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco is part of the Run Nike Women Series, which also includes a spring half-marathon in Washington, D.C. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training is the series’ major beneficiary. Since the first Nike Women’s Marathon in 2004, Team in Training participants have raised more than $147.9 million in Nike Women Series events.
The Nike Women’s Half Marathon made a name for itself with unique finisher swag and female forward race expo, dubbed the “Expotique.” Instead of the usual medal, runners have historically received a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace. Nike has yet to confirm that runners will again receive finisher’s jewelry from Tiffany. Women will get a Nike Dri-FIT tank and men a Dri-FIT tee.
Runners ages 13 and older can apply for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco random draw either as individuals or as a group. Group entries ensure that friends or family who want to run together enter the lottery as a single unit. And yes, men can run too. Selected participants will be notified on or before June 27 after the random draw has been held.
Entry fees are $180 for general registration, $155 for college students.