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The Nike Women’s Running Series began with the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. Created in 2004 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Joan Benoit Samuelson‘s Olympic victory, this race has raised more than $128 million to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Since its inception, this race has become the largest of its kind in the world, bringing together over 150,000 women throughout the years. 

Last year, DC was added as a second race to this series.  In April 2013, 15,000 women (including singer Ellie Goulding and yours truly) ran along the streets of DC and past various historical monuments. We were motivated along the way by music DJs, bands, performers, and the beautiful scenery. Once we crossed the finish line, we were greeted by hunky ROTC officers and a Tiffany’s box (our finisher’s necklace is below).

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Although there are many perks in the race, one of the best things was to know that a portion of the proceeds was directly helping people with blood cancers. There were many survivors along the race path holding hand-made signs and supporting us in our race as well as many Team In Training participants.

Registration for this year’s 2014 DC race is now closed, but you still have the opportunity to participate in the half-marathon or full marathon in SF for the fall. The best way to keep up with registration dates, lottery results, and race information is through the Run Nike Women’s Facebook Page.  The moderators do a great job in updating the information and it is the best way to connect with other runners in your area. In order to register for any of the Nike races you need to participate in a lottery (you can gain instant entry if you are a college student), fundraise for Team In Training, or be picked in one of the second chance contests (often sponsored by Luna bars).

If you do decide to register for the lottery, you will have to enter your personal and payment information as well as register for Nike +. If you are picked for the race, you will see that a charge will be posted in your credit card statement once you are selected (usually takes about a month and a half) and you will get an email confirmation as well. One thing to note, registration is not refundable and bibs cannot be transferred. In addition, you have to physically be present to pick up your packet so there is no really a way of going around this.

The fee for the DC race is $175 per individual ($150 for college students). You can also choose to participate in a team or as an individual when registering but this will not increase your chances of being selected nor change the cost per person. If you have any more questions about registration, Team In Training, and the lottery system, do not hesitate to contact me or post questions below.

Image via Run Nike Women Series FB page

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