A portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit our featured charity, the American Heart Association: Go Red for Women.
The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K event was created by women for women. All women, of all ages, of all abilities. First-time racers and experienced marathoners. The young and the young at heart. Join your sisters on beautiful Belle Isle State Park on Sunday, September 17, 2017 and celebrate your strength, your beauty, your inner grace… everything that makes you the goddess you are!
The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K is walker friendly!
The Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K also features a RIM Foundation Handcycle Division in our 5K, so that Goddesses of all abilities can participate in our event! The Handcycle Division will offer both Para and Quad categories, and participants will start with the half-marathon competitors.
In addition to our three distances, the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K has two special family-awards divisions:
Three Generations of Women
Spend a memorable day on Belle Isle running with your mother, daughter, grandmother, or granddaughter! The family that runs together has fun together, after all, and what better way to show family pride — female pride! — than showing everyone how your family’s women run the D? Participating in these divisions will NOT preclude you from the regular age-group awards. These divisions are in addition to the age-group awards, so be sure to sign up when you register: one mother and one daughter for the Mother/Daughter division, and one grandmother, one mother, and one daughter for the Three Generations of Women award (note: all family-awards participants must be racing the same distance, eg. everyone doing the 5K).
The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.
Our Goddess Racing Series features three women’s races: the Ann Arbor Goddess 5K and Mile Run/Walk (May 14, 2017), the Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac Tri Goddess Triathlon (June 25, 2017), and the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Participate in any two events and receive a special-edition Goddess Racing Series hoo-rag upon completion of your second Goddess Racing Series event. Participate in all three events and receive both the hoo-rag and a special Goddess Racing Series gift upon completing the Detroit Women’s event!
If you have a race-day conflict that keeps you from joining us at Belle Isle, no worries! Moved away from the Mitten? Not a problem. Like to sleep in on Sundays? That’s fine, too. You can now participate in the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K as a virtual racer! You’ll receive the same sweet swag that our race-day participants receive (race swag will be sent out the week following the event), and you can even join your friends who’ll be physically present on a team! Simply pick a date between August 1 and September 17 to run or walk, then enjoy your virtual race anywhere, indoors or outdoors. There’s no need to “prove” your race to us, but it would be awesome if you could upload pictures and share your experience on our 2017 Detroit Women’s Virtual Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K Facebook event page or tag us on your Tweets. We look forward to seeing you… in spirit!
Please note: Epic Races does not ship swag to Canada or internationally. If you are a resident of Canada or another country and wish to participate in an Epic Races virtual event, please provide us with a U.S. shipping address.
Kick off your race weekend with our Renewal by Andersen Women Run the D Expotique on Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM to 4 PM (location TBD). Visit vendors such as Hanson’s Running Shop, Fellow Flowers, Tri-Covery, and more… even our own Women Run the D Boutique! Paint and Pour, which claims to offer the most creative night on the town, will be bringing that creativity to our Expotique to teach you to paint!
Focused on the race to come? Pick up your race packet at the Expotique … or register to run if you haven’t already done so. You can also stop by and get to know our 2017 Pacer Team. If you miss them at the Expotique, don’t worry… they’ll also be in the Women Run the D Village and just in front of the start area, lined up near the pace signs along the grass.
The festivities continue into Saturday evening with our Pre-Race Pasta Dinner at Andiamo’s Riverfront at the Renaissance Center (adults $30, children 10 and under $12; diners must check in between 5 PM and 6 PM). Tickets are on sale now at as an add-on during registration. Wrap up your Saturday Goddess experience with our complimentary Yoga PJ party, then share some late-night herbal tea with fellow Women Run the D participants to help you get some zzzZZZz’s before the big day.
All American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K participants receive:
In addition, all the professional sports photography taken at the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K (and at all of our Goddess Racing Series events) by Greg Sadler Photography is FREE for our participants! That’s right: all of the photos taken of you at these events will be free to download. Just another reason our events are so Epic!
Goddess Racing welcomes a true Detroit Goddess to Belle Isle on September 18: WDIV-Local 4 anchor Karen Drew! Drew, a multiple Emmy and Michigan Association of Broadcasters award-winning journalist, made her mark in Detroit by uncovering government waste, busting a million-dollar lottery winner who remained on welfare, exposing a local school official drinking and driving a school-issued vehicle, revealing a con-artist scheme to scam people out of their money on adoption deals, and uncovering crime trends in local neighborhoods. Drew will serve as the 2016 spokesperson for the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Watch for her as she inspires our Goddesses to perform their best and cheers them on at the finish line!
Goddess Racing is also thrilled to announce the return of fitness expert and TV personality Fitz Koehler, M.S.E.S.S.! Fitz served as our vibrant and engaging 2016 Goddess Racing Series announcer. Along with teaching to millions in person via corporate speaking engagements and seminars in over a dozen countries, Fitz has promoted fitness through every avenue of mass media: books, television, films, radio, magazines, journals, and online and is the founder of Fitzness and of the Morning Mile, a nationwide program aimed at improving children’s fitness. In addition to serving as our race announcer, Fitz will also present two clinics, both on Saturday, September 17: Cross Training for Runners at noon and Oh My Goddess! Pajama Party Pep Talk at 8 PM. To register for these clinics, click here. Welcome back, Fitz!
You’ve decided to run the 5K or 10K… or perhaps take on the half, but your motivation to practice isn’t quite where you’d like it to be. Relax! This is perfectly normal, especially when we can be so easily overwhelmed by our family and work responsibilities. Our sponsor, Hanson’s Running Shop, is ready to help! Join the Hanson’s gang every Wednesday at 6:30 PM for a FREE group run from their Utica store. All levels and abilities are welcome! For more information about training runs, check out the Hanson’s web site.
Epic Races recognizes the compassion, support, and friendship that exists between a runner and their I Run 4 buddy. To help your buddy feel more special, we’ve created a race add-on so that your buddy can receive his or her own American Home Fitness Detroit Goddess finisher’s medal. We applaud those Goddesses who dedicate their miles to buddies with special needs whose conditions span the spectrum from total physical disability to developmental delays to autism spectrum disorders and more. Look for the IR4 add-on when you register, or log into Run Sign Up to manage your registration and add the IR4 add-on. Goddesses who registered with the IR4 add-on can pick up their buddies’ medals at the Awards table. For more information on the I Run 4 program or to be matched with a buddy of your own, visit the I Run 4 web site.
There’s a lot of talk about inequality between men and women, but there is one area in particular where women are leading in record numbers: heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. But there’s a leadership role just waiting for women like you to pounce on: leading the charge to end this deadly foe once and for all.
This is why we have chosen Go Red for Women as our charity partner. A portion of each American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K entry fee will go to Go Red for Women®, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. To learn more, please visit www.GoRedForWomen.org. To further your knowledge about heart health and how to respond in case of an emergency, visit OnlineAHA.org.
Along with the Detroit Medical Center, Go Red for Women® and Fellow Flowers, the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K is searching for a few amazing women: runners or walkers of any level that embody the qualities of a Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Epic Heart Hero.
What is a DMC Epic Heart Hero? A DMC Epic Heart Hero is a woman who has come back from a heart issue, has taken control of her health, and refuses to let this stop her. She approaches life with passion and strength, as she knows too well how short life can be. She embraces a healthy lifestyle and she teaches and helps others in their quest to get healthy. A DMC Epic Heart Hero knows the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and she takes action to minimize the risk. She educates others about these risk factors to help them take control of their heart health. A DMC Epic Heart Hero isn’t perfect, and she might not be fast, but she is definitely determined!
What will a DMC Epic Heart Hero do? She will run or walk the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. She serves as a role model for all our runners and walkers with her amazing story. In exchange for sharing her story, a DMC Epic Heart Hero will receive free entry to the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K (her choice of distance) and receive complimentary gear from our sponsors. In addition, a DMC Epic Heart Hero will appear at the Women Run the D Expotique and share her story with the media upon request.
To learn more about our DMC Epic Heart Heroes or to nominate yourself or someone you know to be a 2017 DMC Epic Heart Hero, click here for our DMC Epic Heart Heroes page or here for the online nomination form. Nomination deadline is May 14, 2017.
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2016 Event Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/139089
2015 Event Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/133774
2014 Event Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/128003
2013 Event Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/119613