(San Francisco, CA, Thursday, October 10, 2013) - October 20 marks the 10th anniversary of the San Francisco Nike Womenâ€™s Marathon and Half Marathon (NWM) â€“ a race inspired by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first womenâ€™s marathon Olympic gold medalist. More than a quarter of a million women have registered since 2004, making it the largest womenâ€™s race in the world. Nike has created an inspirational and innovative race experience for women who are driven to play by their own rules and push boundariesâ€”both in sport and life. Since its inception, this marathon has attracted women from 54 countries and all 50 states, allowing runners to create a global community and encouraging female athletes to train harder, run farther and push their limits.
On Sunday, October 20, more than 30,000 women (and a few good men) will descend upon the streets of San Francisco to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the worldâ€™s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers. To date, NWM has raised more than $143 million.
To cheer on the thousands of athletes participating in this yearâ€™s race, go to http://racemyrace.com/werunsf2013 where fans and supporters can watch a runner via a live course map feed. To sign up for next yearâ€™s Nike Womenâ€™s Marathon in San Francisco or the Nike Womenâ€™s Half Marathon in Washington, DC, stay tuned to the We Run Nike Women page on Facebook.