Women's Distance Festival

Community Race Supporting Girls on the Run

General Information

2021 Women's Distance Festival CANCELLED

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Women's Distance Festival due to low registration numbers. We look forward to seeing you next year!


Register Here

Submit Virtual Results Here

The 2021 Women’s Distance Festival will be a “hybrid” event with in-person and virtual options. El Paso County is currently in Level: Yellow designation. This limits the numbers of “in person” participants we are allowed. Our cap of “in person” participants will be 160. “Virtual” participation will allow anyone to be part of this event by choosing any 5K course, any park, any time. Virtual Runners submit their time at the link above. Virtual times should be submitted by 6:00pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • All federal, state and local mask and social distancing rules will be in place. Masks are required before and after your run, and optional while you are running.

  • Participants must pre-register. There is no race day registration.

  • Please wear a mask before you start and after you finish. Use your own discretion for wearing a mask during the run itself.

  • When you arrive, you can pick up your bib, self-service style, from the bib baskets. The bibs will be in alphabetical order. There will be one bib basket on each table, and the tables will be appropriately spaced apart. Hand sanitizer will also be on each table, and we'll clean the tables and wipe down the bib baskets periodically.

  • Also when you arrive, we'll take your temperature with a contactless thermometer, and ask if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been around anybody with COVID-19 symptoms. We are trying to put as few volunteers in harms way as possible, and also limit your less-than-six-foot exposure to others, so the temperature check is the only time you'll need to come within six feet of a volunteer.
Race Partnership

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.

Due to the Coronavirus, almost all schools went to remote learning. Consequently, there was no training for the 5K and because of this; there will be no Girls on the Run participants for the 2021 Women’s Distance Festival.

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.

There will be no awards or SWAG this year. Results will be found on our website. All proceeds from this event are donated to Girls on the Run® of the Rockies. Join the Pikes Peak Road Runners and be part of the recognition of this organization. The net proceeds (after expenses) will stay in our community and are for overall program support.


Bolder Boulder Qualifier

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, Etc

Strollers, pets, wagons and other related items are not allowed in the race. The trails are too crowded with runners to support these items.

Course Information

Flat course on grass and hard packed dirt trails. It's a multi-loop configuration on the trail system in North Monument Valley Park.

Course Map

WDF Course Map

North Monument Valley Park Directions
W Fontanero Street & Culebra Place, Colorado Springs, CO

From I-25, take the Uintah Street Exit (Exit 143)

  • At end of exit ramp, turn east (away from the mountains).
  • Turn left at Cascade Ave.
  • Turn left at Fontanero St
  • Turn left at Culebra Place.
  • Staging area is the large grassy area south of the restroom and ball field.

North Monument Valley Park Directions

Event History

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.

As of 2012 The Women’s Distance Festival was no longer an event for “women only”. This event is now a “community” event, supporting the Girls on the Run® of the Rockies™. Of the 365 finishers, about half were members of school teams. As of 2019, of the 891 finishers about half were members of school teams.

The 2020 event was canceled due to the Coronavirus.



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.