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2016 Women’s Only Running Races in U.S. & Canada

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Participating in women-only road and trail running races provide a less stressful experience for beginner walkers and runners, women who are self-conscious about their ability or body, or women who may be nervous about entering a so-called “real” race. These events focus on fun, friendship, and support.

Below is a listing of numerous women-only road running races (and a handful of trail races) in the United States and Canada (states and provinces are listed in alphabetical order).

Please bookmark this page as it will be updated as information is either received by event organizers or discovered. Let me know of any additions, changes or corrections, too!

Updated 5/24/2016

Alaska

  • Her Tern Half Marathon, Anchorage, AK. Sunday, July 17. Web page at SkinnyRaven.com

Alberta

  • Ladiesfest 8K, Lethbridge, AB. Saturday, June 11. Visit this page for more information. < — SOLD OUT!
  • Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Women’s Run & Walk, Canmore, AB. Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29. 5K, 10K & half marathon. RMSWomensRun.com < — SOLD OUT!
  • Woman2Warrior, 5K obstacle adventure race. Woman2Warrior.ca

    • Calgary, Saturday, May 28.
    • Edmonton, Saturday, June 18.

Arizona

  • Esprit de She 5K & 10K, Tempe, AZ. Sunday, May 8. Race info at EspritDeShe.com

British Columbia

  • Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Women’s Run & Walk, Vancouver, BC. Date TBA. 5K & 10K. RMSWomensRun.com
  • Victoria Goddess Run, Victoria, B.C. Sunday, June 5. 5K, 10K & half marathon. VictoriaGoddess.com
    • Special note: I did the 5K with my best friend in 2014; we had a blast!
  • Woman2Warrior, 5K obstacle adventure race. Woman2Warrior.ca

    • Vancouver, Sunday, May 15
    • Victoria, Sunday, Aug. 28

California

  • California Girl Series™, CaliforniaGirlSeries.com
    • Beach Babe Half Marathon & 5K, Long Beach, CA. Sunday, July 17.
    • Princess Challenge Half Marathon, Folsom, CA. Sunday, Sept. 25.
  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, RunLikeADiva.com
    • San Francisco, CA. Sunday, June 5.
    • Temecula, CA. Saturday, Feb. 20.
  • Girls on the Go, race pages at HeadToToeWomensExpo.com
    • Los Angeles, CA. Sunday, Nov. 6.
    • San Diego, CA. Saturday, May 7.
  • Mermaid Series, MermaidSeries.com
    • San Diego, CA. Saturday, Feb. 13. 5K, 10K & half marathon.
    • East Bay, Fremont, CA. Saturday, May 7. 5K, 10K & Sirena 18 mile.
    • San Francisco. Saturday, Nov. 13. 5K, 10K & Sirena 10 mile.
  • NikeWomen’s Victory Tour, Los Angeles, CA. Date and details TBA. Sign up for notifications here.
    • Note: The popular Nike Women’s San Francisco race is not scheduled for 2016.
  • See Jane Run San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda, CA. Sunday, June 5. Kids race, 5K & half marathon. SeeJaneRun.com
  • SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, Temecula, CA. Saturday, June 25. SoCalWineCountryHalf.com

Colorado

  • Skirt Sports 13er, Louisville, CO. Sunday, June 12. 5K & 13.1 miles (“13er”). SkirtSports13er.com

Florida

  • Iron Girl Clearwater, Clearwater, FL. Sunday, Apr. 10. 5K & half marathon. Race info at IronGirl.com
  • Zooma Florida, Amelia Island, FL. Saturday, Oct. 22. 5K, 12K & half marathon. ZoomaRun.com

Georgia

  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, Peachtree, GA. Saturday, Sept. 10. RunLikeADiva.com
  • Esprit de She 5K & 10K, Atlanta, GA. Thursday, Nov. 3. Race info at EspritDeShe.com
  • Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, Savannah, GA. Saturday, Apr. 2. SavannahWomensHalf.com

Illinois

  • Esprit de She 5K & 10K, Chicago, IL. Thursday, July 21. Race info at EspritDeShe.com
  • Run Mag Mile, Chicago, IL. Saturday, Sept. 10. RunMagMile.com

    • Formerly The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women Half Marathon & 5K
  • Women ROCK, Chicago, IL. Saturday, Sept. 17. 5K, 10K & half marathon. ChicagoWomenRock.org

Indiana

Kansas

  • Go Girl Run Half Marathon & 5K, Kansas City, KS. Sunday, Sept. 4. Race info at UltraMaxTri.com

Maine

  • Zooma Cape Cod, Cape Cod, MA. Saturday, Sept. 24. 10K & half marathon. ZoomaRun.com

Maryland

  • Zooma Annapolis, Annapolis, MD. Saturday, June 4. 10K & half marathon. ZoomaRun.com

Michigan

  • Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K, Detroit, MI. Sunday, Sept. 18. www.WomenRunTheD.com
    • Special note: Formerly known as Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
  • Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K, Grand Rapids, MI. Sunday, Apr. 17. GazelleGirlHalfMarathon.com

Minnesota

  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, Branson, MO. Sunday, May 15. RunLikeADiva.com
  • Esprit de She 5K & Fitness Jam, Maple Grove, MN. Thursday, Aug. 4. Race info at EspritDeShe.com
  • Women ROCK, St. Paul, MN. Saturday, Aug. 27. 5K, 10K & half marathon. WomenRockMN.org
  • Women Run the Cities, Minneapolis, MN. Sunday, Sept. 25. 5K, 10K & 10 mile. WomenRunTheCities.com <— New listing!

Missouri

  • Go Girl Run Series, race info at UltraMaxTri.com.
    • Columbia, MO. Saturday, May 21. 5K, half marathon & marathon.
    • Springfield, MO. Saturday, Apr. 9. 5K & half marathon.

Nevada

  •  Goldilocks Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. Saturday, Oct. 8. 5K, 10K, & half marathon. Goldilocks.events/glv

New Jersey

  • Perfect 10 Miler, West Windsor Township, NJ. Sunday, Oct. 23. 10 miles. Go to the Perfect10Miler race page.

New York

  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, Long Island, NY. Sunday, Oct. 2. RunLikeADiva.com

North Carolina

  • Esprit de She 5K & 10K, Cary, NC. Thursday, May 12. Race info at EspritDeShe.com

North Dakota

  • Go Far Woman, Fargo, ND. Saturday, Aug. 20. 5K, 10K, half marathon & relay. GoFarWoman.com

Nova Scotia

  • Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series, Dartmouth, NS. SoleSistersRace.com
    • Lil Sisters 3K, Saturday, June 11
    • Sole Sisters 5K, Saturday, June 11
    • Sole Sisters Quarter & Half Marathon, Oct. 2

Ohio

  • Queen Bee Half Marathon & 4 Mile Run/Walk, Cincinnati, OH. Saturday, Oct. 8. QueenBeeHalf.com

Oklahoma

  • Go Girl Run Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, Oklahoma City, OK. Saturday, Mar. 26. Race info at UltraMaxTri.com.

Ontario

  • Island Girl Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K, Toronto, ON. Sunday, Sept. 18. IslandGirlRunning.com
  • Niagara Falls Half Marathon, Niagara Falls, ON. Sunday, June 5.  NFWHM.com
  • Toronto Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, Toronto, ON. Sunday, May 29. Race info at ToWomensRuns.com

Oregon

  • Country Girl Half Marathon & 10K, Portland, OR. Sunday, Sept. 25. Race info at TerrapinEvents.com.
  • Happy Girls Run Series
    • Bend, OR. Saturday, May 28. 5K, 10K & half marathon. Race info at HappyGirlsRun.com
    • Sisters, OR. Saturday, Nov. 5. 5K road (loop course) and half marathon (trail, point-to-point). HappyGirlsRunSisters.com

Quebec

  • Defi des Dames Coeur Desjardins, Levis, QC. Sunday, July 17. 5K & 10K. Race info at CouriraQuebec.com

South Carolina

  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, North Myrtle Beach, SC. Sunday, May 1. RunLikeADiva.com

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

  • Cocoa Women’s Half Marathon & Wiseman House Wild Woman 5K, San Antonio, TX. Sunday, Jan. 17. CocoaHalf.com
  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, Galveston, TX. Sunday, Apr. 24. RunLikeADiva.com
  • Espirit de She 5K & 10K, Woodlands, TX. Nov. 10. EspiritDeShe.com
  • RunGirl 13.1, Houston, TX. Sunday, Dec. 4. Half marathon & 2-person relay. Visit the race page here.
  • Women ROCK, location & date TBA. 2.5K, 5K, & 10K. DFWWomenRock.org <— Sent inquiry to race organizer 5/24/2016

Utah

  • Goldilocks Provo (formerly Goldilocks Salt Lake City), UT. Saturday, Sept. 24. 5K, 10K & half marathon. Goldilocks.events/gsl
  • Thelma & Louise Half Marathon, Moab, UT. Saturday, June 4. Half marathon (solo & 2-woman relay team). Race info at MoabHalfMarathon.com.

Virginia

  • Divas® Half Marathon & 5K Series, DC’s Wine Country, VA. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 23 & 24. RunLikeADiva.com

Washington

  • Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon, Vancouver, WA. Date TBA. Visit the race page here. <— Sent inquiry to race organizer 5/11/2016; no response yet
  • Guerilla Running Women’s Moon Run/Walk, Olympia, WA. Saturday, July 9. 4K. Race info at GuerillaRunning.com <— Date appears under Races, but event page not yet updated

    • Special note: 6 p.m. start time with plenty of daylight left
  • Happy Girls Run Spokane, Spokane, WA. Saturday, Sept. 26. 5K, 10K & half marathon. HappyGirlsRunSpokane.com
  • See Jane Run Seattle, Seattle, WA. Sunday, July 10. Kids race, 5K & half marathon. Race info at SeeJaneRun.com
  • Snohomish Women’s Run, Snohomish, WA. Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day). 10K & half marathon. SnohomishWomensRun.com
  • Wild Woman Trail Marathon & Relay, Trout Lake, WA. Saturday, July 16. Marathon, Relay & 50K. WildWomanMarathon.com

Wisconsin

  • Bellin Women’s Half Marathon, Green Bay, WI. Date TBA. BellinWomensHalf.com
  • Her Half Marathon & 5K, Madison, WI. Sunday, June 26. HerMadisonHalf.com
  • Iron Girl® Women’s Sprint Triathlon & 5K Run/Walk, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Saturday, Aug. 14. IronGirl.com
About Bonnie Parrish-Kell

The Diva-in-Chief and Publisher of Slowpoke Divas who always feels better after a good workout or race...no matter how sore she may be.

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