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Expert: Sharon Roach
In the four short years since Roach first started running, she’s crossed 44 half marathon finish lines in 23 states. Hoping to reach her goal of completing 100 halfs by the age of 50, the 46-year-old credits running as her preferred method of relaxation. Well-versed in women’s-specific races, the resident of McKees Rocks, Penn., shares her favorite women’s-event picks.
Delivering top-notch course support through Central Park and Times Square, New York’s More Shape Women’s Half Marathon is the perfect event for girls looking to enjoy a big-city adventure. Runners indulge in pre-race pampering with a yoga session and ladies’ night at Bloomingdale’s, complete with an activewear presentation, beauty touch-ups and refreshments.
Date: April 2017
Location: New York City
More information: moreshapehalf.com
You Got This
Celebrating sisterhood and friendship, the Go Girl Run Series has all the makings for a perfect friends’ getaway: great destinations, a boutique-style expo and cool freebies, including custom wine glasses. I haven’t run it yet, but it’s one race currently occupying a top spot on my to-do list.
Locations: Multiple Locations
More information: ultramaxsports.com
Both of Disney’s female-focused races aim to wow runners from the pre-race expo all the way through the finish line. The Princess and Tinkerbell Half Marathons, known for their sunny locations, begin with dance-party warm-ups and start-line fireworks. Runners are treated to an exclusive look at the parks, since both courses wind past the famous castles. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone or camera, as you’ll want to snap a pic at many of the photo opps along the way!
Locations: Orlando, FL, and Anaheim, CA
More information: rundisney.com
The Run Like a Diva Half Marathon event organizers know how to treat a lady. The silly fun includes a swag bag filled with a tutu, boa and tiara. And to top it all off, hunky firemen are waiting at the finish line to award your medal and celebratory glass of bubbly.
Dates: Multiple dates
Locations: Multiple locations
More information: runlikeadiva.com
Ultimate Girl Party
The Her Madison Half Marathon & 5K is a weekend-long event that aims to celebrate women. Starting with a cocktail party on Friday evening, runners are encouraged to mingle. Head into Saturday when you can join your newfound besties for a shakeout run and yoga. Then close out the weekend by running the 5K or half-marathon race, where a runner-made tunnel and dance party await you at the finish.
Date: June 26
Location: Madison, WI
More information: hermadisonhalf.com