Note: Venue Change for 2020. Because of irrigation replacement in North Monument Valley Park starting in the spring of 2020, the 2020 Women's Distance Festival will be held at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. The date has also changed from May 9th to May 17th due to availability of Memorial Park.
Girls on the Run will be invading Memorial Park for this 5K race. Come out and join all of the girls. Men, women, young and not so young are all welcome to participate. North Monument Valley Park will be green with envy as it witnesses everybody pounding the trails and grass on this flat and fast course.
The Womens’ Distance Festival is no longer an event for “women only”. This event is now a “community” event, supporting the Girls on the Run® of the Rockies.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to change the way girls ages 8-13 see themselves and their opportunities. Girls learn to stretch themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and socially through a unique 10 week curriculum that combines self-esteem, character-building lessons with training for a 5K. For many of the girls this will be their first 5K event.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Girls on the Run® of the Rockies™. Join the Pikes Peak Road Runners and be part of the recognition of this organization. All monies will stay in our community and be designated for overall program support.
And guys... we need you too. You can race, or to volunteer, please come volunteer.
Age Groups: 0-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Overall award winners are not eligible for age group awards. The race is chip timed. All scoring is based on chip time.
All finishers will receive a handsome water bottle
The Women's Distance Festival 5K is a Bolder Boulder qualifying race. The mostly flat course for the Women's Distance Festival will allow you to fly around the course and seed yourself for your desired Bolder Boulder wave.
Strollers, pets, wagons and other related items are not allowed in the race. The trails are too crowded with runners to support these items.
This event originated as a RRCA sponsored event with the RRCA providing many of the race supplies and goodies to member running clubs that organized the event at each local level. The RRCA first supported the event in 1979. Saucony and Moving Comfort were national sponsors of the event, as arranged through the RRCA.
The PPRR organized its first Women's Distance Festival in 1979. This continued until 1984. The 1984 race was run on the same day as when Joan Benoit Samuelson won the Women's Olympic Gold medal.
There were no races from 1985 - 1992.
In 1993, Melody Lundin resurrected the race and continued as race director until 2002. Melody would go out of her way to make sure all of the volunteers were male, and she would make volunteer shirts with the slogan, "I Love Fast Women." Melody also arranged for unique hand-crafted awards, and had women's-specific shirts, or other female-type apparel/bags/etc.
When the RRCA had a few difficult financial years in the early 2000s, they dropped support for the Women's Distance Festival and left it up to each running club to continue or not continue the event. The PPRR decided to continue the event on its own. The only other running club in Colorado that also continued the Women's Distance Festival event is the Southern Colorado Runners in Pueblo.
John O'Neill took over the race director duties in 2003 and added cash prizes to the mix. This attracted some fast runners from Alamosa, Boulder and other areas. Many of the course records have been set when cash prizes were offered.
In 2011, PPRR and ZOOMA Colorado formed a strategic partnership, given the fact that both organizations share the same goal of promoting women's running. ZOOMA has been at the forefront of producing races for women around the country. Given their marketing and production expertise, and PPRR's local knowledge and volunteer base, it made sense to combine efforts and create one big Women's Distance Festival. In 2011, the 5K course was exchanged for greater distances: a half marathon and a 10K.
In 2012, a new format and partnership was formed. This time the PPRR partnered with the Girls on the Run, and went back to the 5K course in North Monument Valley Park. The race was opened up to male competitors, but it's mostly the girls that participate. The race has grown strong with this partnership, as Girls on the Run brings the participants, and the PPRR takes care of the race management and scoring.
Flat course on pavement and cement sidewalks. Elevation is about 6100 feet. It's somewhat of a figure 8 course, with one of the loops around the criterium bike course, and the other loop around Prospect Lake. 5K runners will loop twice around Prospect Lake.
5K runners do 2 loops around the lake
280 S Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
From I-25, take the Bijou Exit (Exit 142), or the Cimarron Exit (Exit 141)
more information from RRCA on the policy Following guidelines from the Road Runners of Clubs of America (RRCA), Pikes Peak Road Runners discourages and in most cases, does not allow use of headphones in its races. The rationale for this is simple: the majority of our races are held on trails, which are crowded with many other runners (and sometimes other trail users). Maintaining one’s sensory capacity during such situations is paramount for the safety of all participants.