New Run Nike Women’s Series 15K Comes To Toronto

New Run Nike Women's Series 15K Comes To Toronto

Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco (Photo: Nike)

UPDATE 3/9/15: Registration for the Nike Women’s 15K in Toronto is now open at

Big news in women’s running: Nike announced Tuesday that they’re expanding their Run Nike Women’s Series, which previously included half-marathons in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to a 20 city tour around the world.

The new Nike Women’s Event Series will include the Nike Women’s Race Series and N+TC Tour with more than 200,000 participants. The series starts March 8, 2015 with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon and N+TC Tour Shanghai and culminates with the series signature event, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco. New to North America will be the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto on June 14, 2015, in place of the Washington, D.C. half-marathon.

New Run Nike Women's Series Comes To Toronto

Shalane Flanagan, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Jordan Hasay at Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco (Photo: Nike)

“We started over a decade ago with the inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, and now the Nike Women’s Event Series is expanding that vision to bring the inspiration and camaraderie we find at local races and gyms to women all over the world,” said running legend and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson in a statement.

“The Nike Women’s Race Series motivates women to achieve personal running goals, and N+TC Tour offers challenge, variety and reward for athletes at any level. The choices and access for women who love sport and fitness are better than ever with the announcement of the Nike Women’s Event Series.”

Nike Women’s Race Series

The expansion of the series will make it the world’s largest for women and will include distances ranging from 10K to half-marathon. Each event will be tailor made for its host city right down to a custom finisher necklace designed for each town. Cities in the tour will include:

New Run Nike Women's Series Comes To Toronto

The 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon necklace (Photo:

  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Guangzhou
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul
  • Lima
  • London
  • Medellín
  • Manila
  • Mexico City
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Nagoya
  • Paris
  • Quito
  • San Francisco
  • Seoul
  • Stockholm
  • Taipei
  • Toronto

Participants will also be able to access training programs for events in the series via Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club Apps, available for iPhone and Android.

Nike Women’s 15K Toronto

Registration for the 15,000 bibs in the Nike Women’s 15K Toronto will be via a lottery like its sister race in San Francisco. Registration for the random draw will begin March 9, 2015 and will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 29, 2015. Runners can register as individuals or as part of a group. The race fee is $120CAD for general entries and $100CAD for students (for a limited time while entries last).

New Run Nike Women's Series 15K Comes To Toronto

City views from the Toronto Islands (

Nike hasn’t released any additional information about the race except to say that the course will run through the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario. The car-free islands, just off shore from downtown, are a popular race destination with scenic views of the lake and city skyline. Other marquee events in Canada’s largest city like the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon (which I ran in 2013) and GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon are known for their flat and fast courses on the mainland.

Though marketed to women, men are welcome too at Nike Women’s Race Series events. Some 1,277 men finished the 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco (which I ran as a guest of Nike).

The event will also include a three day “Expotique” expo from Thursday, June 11 to Saturday, June 13 and a kick-off event on Friday, June 12.

N+TC Tour

A companion to the Nike Women’s Race Series, the Nike+ Training Club Tour will include five-hour training challenges led by Nike Master Trainers and other top trainers in 12 cities, including a stop in Southern California in the U.S.:

New Run Nike Women's Series Comes To Toronto

N+TC events (Photo: Nike)

  • Beijing
  • Guangzhou
  • Hong Kong
  • Istanbul
  • Jakarta
  • Mexico City
  • Moscow
  • Shanghai
  • Southern California
  • Stockholm
  • Sydney
  • Taipei

Each N+TC Tour stop will combine workouts from a variety of disciplines including, Tabata intervals, yoga, spinning, and boot camp-type drills. The format for each city will be different, but might inlcude an opening performance and 45-minute Nike+ Training Club workout, followed by small group rotations.

Exclusive Nike Workouts

Want to get a jump-start on your training? Check out the Nike+ NYC Exclusive Training Plan to Become a Better Athlete at

Need even more workouts? The Nike+ Running App will help you hit the road and the Nike+ Training Club App includes more than 100 full body workouts for strength training.

For more information or to register for any of the events in the Run Nike Women’s Series, visit

As mentioned above, I attended the 2014 Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco courtesy of Nike as part of a media group. As always, all posts and opinions are purely my own. I’m always honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more information, read my Disclosure policy.
[jetpack_subscription_form title=”Join Karla’s Running Adventures” subscribe_text=”Get registration reminders, race reports, reviews and more straight to your inbox!” subscribe_button=”Sign Me Up”]


Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


01 2015

11 Comments Add Yours ↓

The upper is the most recent comment

  1. 1

    If only they had picked Ottawa for their Canadian location…we’re more scenic and pretty flat too :) Still might consider the trip to Toronto though.
    Kristi@Blog for an Average Runner recently posted..Training for the Prague Half MarathonMy Profile

  2. 5

    Hey, I like that DC/Ottawa idea!
    Kristi@Blog for an Average Runner recently posted..Training for the Prague Half MarathonMy Profile

  3. 6

    So I was really bummed to find out the new race in Toronto was in June as I’ll be on vacation – but then I continued to read….and I’ll be on vacation in Sweden. I may just need to slightly rearrange my plans so I can do the Stockholm one!!!
    Emily recently posted..Life and Racing in 2014My Profile

  4. 8

    This is awesome! I’ve been dying to do one of their races. And what better excuse for a vacation…? :)

  5. Susie #

    Any idea on the date for SF?

    • Karla Bruning

      No official word yet. It’s usually in mid-October. Nike has said it will wrap-up the new series, so fall is a safe bet!