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Obstacle Course Races For Women: A Run Down

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Mudderella is the newest women’s obstacle race series in town. (Photo: Mudderella)

Obstacle course races are more popular than ever, and ladies are getting in on the action. New obstacle course series like debutante Mudderella are popping up, and existing series like the SHAPE Diva Dash are expanding. Why? Women’s obstacle course races are proliferating thanks to the obstacle racing and women’s running booms. It’s a happy meeting of women who want to run—and jump, and climb, and crawl, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Here’s a run down of the biggest series in the genre, the newest series, what makes each one different, and why they’re so darn popular. Read the rest of this entry →


07 2013

Rachel Booth Wins 2nd Disney Princess Half Marathon

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Rachel Booth wins the 2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon. (Photo: Preston Mack/runDisney)

When it comes to winning Disney half marathons, no one does it better than elite runner Rachel Booth. The 32-year-old mother of two won her fourth Disney race this morning at Disney’s Princess Half Marathon in course record time. It was her second consecutive Princess Half victory. She also won the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2010 and 2011. At four wins, she owns the most runDisney victories of any woman.

“It never gets old, for sure,’’ Booth said after the race. “As I got to Mile 7 and 8 and through Mile 10, I got to see some people [cheering] and that definitely gave me extra incentive.’’ Read the rest of this entry →


02 2013

SHAPE Diva Dash Brings Obstacle Runs To 10 Cities

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SHAPE Diva Dash obstacles include rope ladders and monkey bars, not barbed wire and mud pits. (Photo: Adventure Fit)

The SHAPE Diva Dash is expanding to 10 cities in 2013 to meet the increasing demand for women’s-only obstacle runs. The series began as a single obstacle run in 2011, before expanding to four cities in 2012. Now they’re looking at their biggest year yet as they expand to 10 cities in eight states and Washington, D.C. The series’ first race takes off today weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

One of the drivers in the current running boom has been the proliferation of women. A record 7.6 million ladies finished a road race in 2011 and women now account for 55 percent of all road race finishers in the U.S., according to Running USA. While men’s participation in road races has not quite doubled since 1990, female participation has increased more than 600 percent in the same time frame. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2013

Race Report: Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland

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Runners cross the starting line of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. Photo courtesy of runDisney.

With a little bit of faith, trust and pixie dust, the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon got off to a flying start on Sunday, Jan. 29 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. More than 10,200 runners finished the debut event aimed at celebrating women and fitness.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon

The race marked my first trip to Disneyland, unless you count the time my mother says I went as a 4-month-old. So I decided to do it right. I willed my 5-foot-8-inch frame into a child’s XL Tinker Bell costume, wings and all, and lined up in the all-women’s corral A for the 5:45 a.m. start.

As I shivered in the 50-degree air waiting for the race to begin, I noticed I wasn’t the only one doing as the Romans do. A sea of fairies, princesses and tutus surrounded me. I saw runners dressed as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine, Alice, Tiger Lily, Peter Pan, and, of course, Tinker Bell. It’s safe to say that half the runners wore something other than regular running gear, be it fairy wings, a sparkle skirt, or a full-fledged costume. Read the rest of this entry →


02 2012

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