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In 2014, I ran my first two half marathons with the Nike Women’s Race Series. In April, I raced on the East Coast in D.C. And in October, I raced on the West Coast in San Francisco. I absolutely loved my first two race experiences. Aside from running, I hung out at the Expotique, made dozens of new friends, and received a Tiffany’s necklace as a finisher’s medal. There’s an unmistakable energy about running a half marathon with thousands of women, an energy that begins on social media while everyone is still training.
It can be tough to get into the Nike races because of how many people enter into the lottery. I have no idea what percentage of women are selected at random to run, but many are left disappointed. After San Francisco, the Facebook group waited patiently for news about a spring half marathon. It was announced that D.C. would not host the race, so rumors swirled about it being held in New York or Chicago. After three months, Nike finally released a 2015 race calendar yesterday. San Francisco is still an option, but the closest East Coast location is Toronto. And Toronto is hosting a 15K in June, not a half marathon. People are not happy. I will not be putting my name in the lottery for Toronto (opening March 9), as I’m running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May. However, this race calendar does offer the chance to run in foreign cities like Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, and Paris. Running an international race is definitely on my bucket list. What do you think of this year’s race calendar?
Nike will also be hosting the Nike+ Training Club Tour in 2015. I attended the event in New York in October. The tour will visit Southern California sometime this year. “We started over a decade ago with the inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, and now the Nike Women’s Event Series is expanding that vision to bring the inspiration and camaraderie we find at local races and gyms to women all over the world,” says running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s marathon. “The Nike Women’s Race Series motivates women to achieve personal running goals, and N+TC Tour offers challenge, variety and reward for athletes at any level. The choices and access for women who love sport and fitness are better than ever with the announcement of the Nike Women’s Event Series.”