Nike Women’s Marathon Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

The World’s Largest Women’s Race Descends on San Francisco October 20
Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic Gold Medalist

(San Francisco, CA, Thursday, October 10, 2013) - October 20 marks the 10th anniversary of the San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon (NWM) – a race inspired by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first women’s marathon Olympic gold medalist. More than a quarter of a million women have registered since 2004, making it the largest women’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 boundaries—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 world’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 year’s race, go to where fans and supporters can watch a runner via a live course map feed. To sign up for next year’s Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco or the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, DC, stay tuned to the We Run Nike Women page on Facebook.  

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