Inaugural Women’s Half Set For December

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It will be the Gulf South’s first major running event exclusively for women.

From: Running USA

BATON ROUGE, La. — Woman’s Hospital and Gulf Coast Event Group has announced the Gulf South’s first major running event exclusively for women. The Inaugural Woman’s Half Marathon, 10K and Wellness Boutique will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012.

“Woman’s has focused on improving the health of women in our community for more than four decades, so we are excited to host a signature event that not only reinforces our mission, but also promotes a continuing healthy lifestyle,” said Teri Fontenot, Woman’s President and CEO.

“This event is a celebration of women’s health,” said Adam Guess, Managing Partner of Gulf Coast Event Group. “It is not only the first major endurance event in this area designed just for women, but it also provides a great platform for fundraising for several worthy causes.”

The course will take runners from downtown Baton Rouge south towards LSU, with the 10K returning north on Nicholson and the half-marathon taking runners around the lakes and then returning to loop around the capital area before the finish near the USS Kidd.

The Woman’s Half Marathon and 10K offers runners the unique option to choose their running distance, even during the event. If training didn’t quite prepare a runner to tackle the half – or if she’s just ready to start the post-race party – she can simply turn north onto the 10K course.

“This option will provide runners with an unprecedented level of flexibility to choose the distance that is right for them, even once the race has started,” explains Guess.

Participants can also join a fundraising team named “Pink Patrol for Women and Babies”. Pink Patrol runners’ admission fees and any additional funds they raise will support Woman’s programs and services for women and infants in the community. Proceeds will support the following causes:

  • Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Prevention program
  • Pediatric Home Care
  • Human Donor Milk program
  • Lactation program
  • Pediatric Sub-Specialty Care for Critically III Infants
  • Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
  • Care for Victims of Sexual Assault
  • Cancer Care and Support Services
  • Breast Cancer Outreach and Education

All runners will also be treated to a wellness boutique featuring top fitness brands and the latest running gear as well as opportunities to learn information about Woman’s programs and services.

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