You know how much fun it is to be ‘just us’ when you’re with your best girlfriends? Now imagine that feeling and multiply it by 1000, and you’ve got the ultimate race experience. We’ve got races in 15 cities, and we can’t wait to get to yours! The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is about sisterhood and how our friends make us laugh, motivate us, and keep us going!
Sign up for the 5K or 10K walk/run timed runs, and join the Little Steps 1K for girls and boys under 12. Register with your kids, a group of friends, your running pals, and you’ll have a day of awesome inspiration for your mind, body and spirit.
We run for the sheer joy of it, and it feels even better when we can share it. Shouldn’t all women have a chance to experience a personal best? That’s why we’re supporting Women’s Mental Health programs in race cities.
Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Research indicates that one in four women will experience some form of depression in their lifetime. With millions of women bravely facing mental health issues every day, we need your help to create a positive impact in their lives.
Get a sneak peek into our fabulous swag as the race approaches. We’ll be posting the latest stuff, so keep an eye out! Everyone goes home happy with jewelry, race kits, shirts and more!
Do you know about the link between running and Mental Health1?
Aerobic exercise, like running, is of benefit to anyone suffering from a mental illness for 4 reasons:
1. It’s part of a regular fitness routine that is a critical step in ensuring the well being of women and families.
2. Numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy.
3. Running in groups is a stress reliever because people can share their stories and struggles that they might not tell their friends and families.
4. PET scans indicate that running can increase the level of serotonin in the brain, which is a key treatment for depression.
1 Information taken from an interview done with Dr. Valerie Taylor, Chief of Psychiatry at WCH, for an article in an upcoming ed. of the Running Room newsletter.