2020sun13sep8:00 AMAmerican Home Fitness Women Run the DHalf Marathon • 10K • 5K • Handcycle • Virtual Race Available8:00 AM EST Belle Isle State Park, Sunset Dr, Detroit, MI 48207Event Type :Goddess,RunRegister now!Volunteer now!Race Weekend DetailsResults
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has a virtual race option. If you are not comfortable racing with others,
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has a virtual race option. If you are not comfortable racing with others, we recommend you choose that option. At this time the race will happen on the scheduled date with modifications.
Return to Racing Modifications
If you registered for Women Run the D and are not comfortable participating with these modifications,
you have until August 1 to defer your race to 2021.
Any participant who registers after August 1, needs to understand that this may need to become a virtual event at any time. If you are not OK with this, we ask that you please not register.
Details about virtual racing can be found here.
Racers who do not reside in Michigan must follow CDC travel guidelines if attending the live race.
Women Run the D Half Marathon • 10K • 5K
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, Oh MI Goddess, in June and the second, Women Run the D, in September. Combining these two 13.1 miles race 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 Oh MI Goddess Half Marathon? Click here for more information.
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… aka… What you get:
- Free professional race photos compliments of Epic Races
- A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt
- Post-race yummy breakfast
- Race chip timing with super-speedy race results
- Super cool Women Run the D Finisher’s Medal
- Special Gift for participants of 2 Goddess Races
- Special Gift for participants of all 3 Goddess Races
- Michigan MarathonHER Medal for Oh MI Goddess and Women Run the D Half Marathon Finishers
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 email@example.com. For information on pacing the 5K, please contact Justin Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY START | 7:00 A.M.
We will offer an early start for those who are walking or running a pace that will take more than 4 hours. If you choose an early start, you must start at 7 A.M. sharp, you may not start between 7 – 8:00 A.M.
Please understand that the course will not officially open until the official start time of 8:00 A.M. This means that the police will not be at the street crossings, the volunteers will not be out, and the aid stations will not be open until that time. You will need to have a headlamp or flashlight and hydration for the first hour. You can dispose of anything you are carrying at an aid station when they open, and they will bring it to the gear check station at the finish line.
The course will be marked so you will easily be able to follow the course, but it will be a good idea to be familiar with it and carry a map as well.
If you are interested in this option, please check the apropriate box when registering.
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).
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
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
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
“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
The 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.
6:00 - 7:45 a.m. Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration
7:50 a.m. Race Announcements and Warm Up
7:58 a.m. Start: Handcycle
8:00 a.m. Start: 13.1, 10K, and 5K
8:45 a.m. Post-Race Festivities Begin
8:45 am Awards Available for Pick Up
Early Start for 4+ Hour Half Marathoners- 2020
8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
1st Place Overall
1st Place Masters
Top 5 in each age-group
10K & 5K
1st Place Overall
1st Place Masters
Top 5 in each in each age-group
Mother Daughter, Three Generation
& Team Awards
1st Place Overall
- Day before Race at the Expo
- Race Day at Race Venue 6 – 7:45 A.M.
- See Athlete Guide for details