NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 — The random draw lottery for the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in San Francisco is now open. Runners have until June 14 at 12 p.m. PDT to apply for one of the 30,000 spots in the races on Sunday, October 20. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
As the largest women’s running event in the world, the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half has made a name for itself with its unique finishers swag. Instead of the usual medal, runners receive a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace along with a Nike Dri-FIT tee. This year’s necklace will be a special 10th anniversary edition.
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 Nike Women’s Marathon has gone on to become the largest women’s running event in the world. More than 22,000 runners finished the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half-Marathon in 2011, and another 25,000 ran in 2012. This year, 30,000 runners are expected to take part. And yes, men are welcome.
The races start at Union Square in San Francisco and finish on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach, travelling along the San Francisco Bay with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Live entertainment, college cheer stations and Nike+ PowerSong stations line the route. The weekend also includes a race expo geared toward women, dubbed the Nike Women’s Marathon Expotique.
The Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco is part of the Run Nike Women Series, which also includes a spring half-marathon in Washington, D.C. In the last 9 years, the series’ Team in Training participants have raised over $134 million to benefit race partner The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Runners can register for the Nike Women’s Marathon and Half random draw either as individuals or in groups. Group entries ensure that friends or family who want to complete the race together enter the lottery as a single unit. Lottery winners will be notified via email between Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 20.
Entry fees are $200 for the marathon, $175 for the half-marathon and $150 for college students.
For more information or to register, visit the Run Nike Women Series on Facebook.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ web show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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