Lisa Stockmon, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 17, 2014) - On April 27, more than 15,000 runners will run the historic streets of Washington, D.C. for the Nike Womenâ€™s Half Marathon, a race to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyâ€™s (LLS) mission to find cures for blood cancers and ensure access to lifesaving treatments. The Nike Womenâ€™s Marathon series has raised over $147 million for LLS since its inception more than 10 years ago.
The 2013 Nike Womenâ€™s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. was the largest inaugural half marathon ever with 14,478 finishers according to the Running USA 2014 Annual Half-Marathon Report. The 13.1-mile Nike Womenâ€™s Half Marathon course in Washington, D.C. will start and finish on historic Pennsylvania Avenue and along the way give runners breathtaking views of some of the nationâ€™s most treasured monuments, including the U.S. Capital, the National Gallery of Art, Freedom Plaza, Washington Monument, and the Jefferson and MLK Memorials.
On a mission to inspire women everywhere, Nike began its marathon series in honor of Joan Benoit Samuelson â€“ the first womenâ€™s marathon Olympic gold medalist. The companyâ€™s unique partnership with LLS provides an outlet for women to come together to run for an important cause. More than a quarter of a million women have registered for the Nike Womenâ€™s Marathon and Half Marathon since it began in 2004, making it the largest womenâ€™s race in the world.
Get involved: To cheer on the thousands of runners participating in this yearâ€™s race, visit Track My Run at gonike.me/trackdc14. Input your runner's race bib number and follow their position on course and time splits as they tackle the historic streets of DC. Text CURES to 80077 to give $10 to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.