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The Only Women’s Fitness Fun Run

February 23rd, 2014

By Barb McKee

The perfect Mother’s Day gift is coming back for its third season in Red Deer. Likely your mom doesn’t need or want one more chachki to collect dust, but what would she think of spending a day surrounded by those she holds most dear in one of Red Deer’s most picturesque settings? The Only Women's Fitness Fun Run is returning to River Bend Golf and Recreation Area on Saturday May 10 – Red Deer’s only "just for girls" FUN RUN!

And whether mom strolls along leisurely or zips by in a shot, she is bound to find the right distance for her fitness level with 1km, 3km, 5km or 10km routes options. There’s even a Diaper Dash (100m) for the babies and a Little Ladies Race (500m) for the up and coming speedsters.

Last year’s event saw more than 600 ladies of all ages participate with multiple generation entries that ranged from four month olds to 74-year-olds. The positive energy and empowerment of women is strong at this event. To watch daughters, sisters, mothers, besties, granddaughters, neighbours and active life lovers take on the trails of the Waskasoo Park was amazing.

The atmosphere at the Only Women’s Fitness Fun Run is carnival-like with a hefty focus on interactive and fun extras. There is a bouncy obstacle course, a photo booth, putting greens, music pumping and more than $10,000 in draw prizes . Every registrant receives a swag bag jammed full of product samples, treats, a participant tee and a special gift when they cross the line. The finish line is packed with dads, sons, brothers, uncles and Grandpas adding to the excitement as they cheer on their favorite gals. Also waiting at the race’s end is the opportunity to relax and enjoy a scrumptious brunch inside the clubhouse with the entire family – a great reward after a morning of healthy exercise.

New this year, the School Challenge promises to add an extra element of rivalry. All school age participants will register by school – the campus with the most entries will enjoy a celebration lunch at school with all their fellow student racers. Or perhaps your softball team, curling league or hockey team wants to spend the day together? It’s not only a great team building activity, but the grand team prize could help outfit your teammates next season.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting into the fitness game, looking for a fun friendly race, or are a seasoned runner who wants to push herself on the scenic trails in Red Deer, the Women’s Only Fun Run guarantees something for everyone. Proceeds from registrations and pledges support Family Services of Central Alberta. So forget the chachkis this year - treat mom to a day that will be a memory maker. Visit or to learn more about getting in on the fun. Early bird registrations end March 31, so do it TODAY. Contact Val 403-342-6494 for more information.

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