september, 2021

2021sun12sep8:00 AMAmerican Home Fitness Women Run the DHalf Marathon • 10K • 5K • Handcycle • Virtual Race8:00 AM EST Belle Isle State Park, Sunset Dr, Detroit, MI 48207Event Type :Goddess,RunRegister now!Race Weekend DetailsResultsWomen Run the D Store

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Event Details

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is now a virtual race.
All participants have been sent details regarding options.

Women Run the D Half Marathon • 10K • 5K

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The American Home Fitness Women Run the D event is Detroit’s premier women’s running event, supporting various women’s charities. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a casual runner, or training for your first ever race, we have the distance for you. The 5K, 10K, and half-marathon all take place together at the beautiful Belle Isle State Park.

This year Women Run the D is also part of Michigan MarathonHER!

How do I become a Michigan MarathonHER? A Michigan MarathonHER is an exclusive title for women who complete two Epic Half Marathon events. The first, 3 RUN 3 Half Marathon, sometime between mid-January and mid-March, and the second, Women Run the D, in September. Combining these two 13.1 miles races you’ll make yourself one 26.2 mile running marathonHER. Complete both races and get extra swag! One State. Two Races. Three Medals.

By signing up for both events you are automatically registered for Michigan MarathonHER. Haven’t heard about the 3 Run 3 Half Marathon? Click here for more information.


Here is how the virtual race will work:

  • Run or walk your own course on the official course at a time that is convenient for you between the dates of September 13 – September 20
  • Use RaceJoy, this super cool app we provide, to have your own special announcer at the start of the race, cheers throughout from your friends at Epic and you can also have your friends and family track you and send cheers (more details will be sent prior to the race)
  • Upload your results
  • Get your upgraded swag in the mail (estimated mail date September 14)
  • Join our virtual award ceremony on September 30 to see what you’ve won


Women Run the D is about celebrating strong women and we are proud to announce our women-focused charities for 2020! When registering for the race you will have the opportunity to select which of these three charities you would like a portion of your registration to be donated to as well as raise money for the charities yourself.



Swag >> The Swag
epic races heart hero icon >> Heart Heroes

An Epic Heart Hero is a woman who has come back from a heart issue, has taken control of her health, and refuses to let her heart condition stop her. She approaches life with passion and strength, as she knows too well how short life can be. She embraces a healthful lifestyle, knows the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and takes action to minimize that risk. She helps educate others about these risk factors so that they too can take control of their heart health.

Our Heart Heroes will serve as a spokespeople for the American Heart Association and the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, represent the Epic Heart Heroes at the Women Run the D Expotique on race weekend and participate in the races on race day.

Meet the 2020 Epic Heart Heroes

Tracey Koblarz

While driving home from work on August 14th, 2018, my heart stopped beating and I crashed into 2 telephone polls. By all accounts I had no vitals at all for almost 30 minutes. I experienced a severe V-Fib attack and was not expected to live through the night. — Read her whole story

Lisa Cardillo

My husband Dominic and I planned a fun getaway in Grand Rapids, MI, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Dominic had recently completed treatment for brain cancer, so we booked a stay at a bed & breakfast, bought tickets to see one of our favorite bands, and planned to visit breweries along the Lake Michigan coastline. Shortly after we arrived, I felt a burning sensation in my chest and a hot pain sear through to my back. I immediately knew something was wrong and that I needed help. — Read her whole story

Kaylee Smith

I was 14 years old when my primary care physician first detected a weak heart murmur and ordered a heart echo. I was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD).  It was small and my heart murmur was barely noticeable. The doctors decided to monitor the situation rather than perform surgery.  At 18, it was recommended I have the defect repaired, partially, because I had developed breathing issues especially while running. — Read her whole story

Diane Nylander

“I work out regularly to stay in shape for snowboarding and adventure trips with my brother and sister.  We take a trip together every year – usually climbing mountains. A few months after we completed a backpacking trip on Isle Royale National Park in 2006, I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer.” — Read her whole story

Results >> Pacers

PACERS (not available for virtual race)

We are thrilled that GoalMakers and Run Detroit will be providing pace teams for this year’s race. Looking to run a certain pace or achieve a goal?  Choose the right pace group for you and look for them holding up signs in the start area.  You can also stop by their booth at the expo the day before for a meet and greet.

5K – pacers for :21, :24, :27, :30, :33, and :36 total finish time

10K – pacers for :42, :48, :54, 1:00, 1:06, and 1:12 total finish time

Half Marathon – 1:35, 1:45, 2 hours, 2:15, 2:30 total finish time

Not sure what pace to run? Check out the pace predictor here to help choose your group.

Interested in being a pacer?
In order to be a pacer, you must have extensive running and racing experience and plan to run a pace at least 2 minutes per mile slower than your typical race pace. For more information on pacing the 13.1 or 10K, please contact Bruce Seguin from Goal Makers at For information on pacing the 5K, please contact Justin Craig at

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>> Shop Gear

Shop for exclusive gear and rep the race before or after you toe the line! We’ve got super-cute hoodies and more in the American Home Fitness Women Run the D store.

>> Hotel

Room Blocks available at the Marriot Detroit Renaissance Center

Dates:  Sep 11 – 13, 2020

Click here to reserve your room for one or two nights!

>> Special Categories

In addition to our three distances, Women Run the D features 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).

Zero Waste >> Zero Waste

epic races happy planet runningThe event is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click HERE to see our 2018 solid waste report. 

>> RaceJoy
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5K Map

10K Map

13.1 Map


Age Groups:

8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+


1st Place Overall
1st Place Masters
1st place in each age group

10K & 5K

1st Place Overall
1st Place Masters
1st place in each age group

Mother Daughter, 3 Generation

& Largest Team Awards

Mother/Daughter and 3-Gen: 1st Place Overall



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