In two and a half weeks women will be poised at the starting line of the Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run.
The May 13 event includes one, three, five and 10-km walks/runs, as well as short distances for boys and girls.
Last year 1,100 women crossed the finish line in seven different events.
Event co-ordinator Val Jensen said it’s the only fun run strictly for women, although this year for the first time there is a short Mom and Son Run for young boys.
“It’s more than just a run. It’s an event celebrating women outdoors,” Jensen said.
“There’s a lot of families that are coming out that say what a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Instead of going out for to the spa or a pedicure or lunch, spend the day outside on the trails with your mom, your teenager. Show them happiness is activity.”
She said some women say the event was responsible for them becoming regular runners because it made them feel comfortable getting out on the trails.
It’s the sixth year for the Women’s Fun Run held at the Legion Track at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and the trails towards McKenzie Ponds.
She said 75 community organizations will have booths set up on site so participants and their families can find out about different groups, activities and sports available locally.
“It’s a real fitness, outdoor event.”
Money raised by the 2017 run will go towards The Mustard Seed’s school lunch program.
For more information visit www.womensfunrun.com.