The 35th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K

Starts Saturday July 9th, 2022

Congers, NY

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The Women's Distance Festival was created by the Road Runners Club of America as a protest to a lack of competitive races for women both in the Olympics and nationally.  It was though at as late as the 1980 Olympics, that women could not compete at distances of greater than 1500 meters, which is less than 1 mile!!  In America, in July of 1980, the first Women's Distance Festivals were run opposite the mens Marathon at the Moscow Olympics, and they are still run throughout America on the first Saturday after July 4th (unless in falls on the 5th, 6th or 7th) nationally.  The Rockland Road Runners picked up the Women's Distance Festival in 1988, and it has now grown to be the largest Women and Girls 5k in the tristate area!

Please join us for the 35th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K Run/Walk on July 9th!  This year, there will also be a Virtual event for those who cannot or chose to not participate in person.  The virtual event will be from Saturday July 9nth through Sunday July 17th.  Over 1000 participants will come together along with the Rockland Road Runners for the largest Women's 5k in the tristate area, as we come together to raise money to help the Center for Safety & Change in their mission to support, shelter and provide services to ALL victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and all crimes. The WDF is open to all who identify as women/non-binary.

We simplified registration!!! You can still sign up for the 5K as an individual or create a Mother/Daughter, Sister/Sister, or Grandmother/Granddaughter team. We also have a team event for groups of 5 or more and the Team Spirit Award will still be given!   In addition, each team with at least 75 members will receive an award!!  You can select team registration after selecting the 5K!  

Online Registration is $30 for Rockland Road Runner members, and $35 for non-members.  There will be a one time bump in the registration fee to cover the cost of  mailing all race packets to all participants. Team registrations are available for Wife/Wife Mother/Daughter, Sister/Sister, or Grandmother/Granddaughter at $60 provided that at least one team member is a Rockland Road Runner.  If neither is a Rockland Road Runner, then the cost will be $70.  Teams of 5 runners/walkers are available for a discounted cost of $30 a team member provided that the team meets a minimum requirement of 5 members.  ALL IN PERSON PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP BIBS at bib pick and details will be announced closer to the race.

At bib pick up, there will be in person registration.  It will be $50 per registrant with no team discounts.  The only discount given for in person registration will be to RRR members, and RRR members can register in person at $40 per registrant.  Checks and Cash only please.

Online registration for the in person event closes at 11:59pm Monday Tuesday 5th.  All packets will be mailed. Online registration for the Virtual event will remain open thru July 17th..  Bibs can be picked up July 8th at Dick's Sporting Goods in West Nyack from 3-6, and each race day prior to each race. VIRTUAL BIBS WILL BE MAILED.


Race Distances

Price Register
5k Virtual Run/Walk $35.00 until Register »
5K Run or walk $35.00 until Register »
Sunday 5k Run/Walk Click to Find Out Register »
5k Virtual Run/Walk Click to Find Out Register »
Saturday 5K Run or walk Click to Find Out Register »
5K Run Click to Find Out Register »
5K Walk Click to Find Out Register »
Mother/Daughter or Sister/Sister or Grandm... Click to Find Out Register »
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Club/Team 5K Minimum 5 members Click to Find Out Register »
Kids' Fun Run-Sign up for this event is in... Click to Find Out Register »
The WDF 5K Training Program--must register... Click to Find Out Register »

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Start Location

Rockland Lake State Park, Congers, NY

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