The Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon has grown from a small race into a large, internationally known yearly event, taking place in June of every year. Although it doesn't bar men from participating, it’s an event focused on empowering its female participants.
As a public event, the half marathon course is ideal: taking place along Niagara Falls, and into more areas that most tourist don’t see before heading back down to the Falls for a photogenic finish.
More female centric amenities and race inclusions have been considered, from the swag bag (that includes wine, more on that later) to thoughtful ideas such as one toilet for every forty participants, and are even kept fresh-smelling with lavender bouquets. Five water stations service the route at even intervals.
Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon Course Route
And above all else, the route takes advantage of a great view of the falls. The marathon starts on Upper Rapids Boulevard, just north-east of Marineland, and the majority of the track is along Niagara Parkway. This means the participants hug the vast river the entire way, and pass Niagara Falls twice.
Charitable Causes Included
The half marathon features a charity component, and every year it has shone a spotlight on at least one charity. In 2016 it’s attached itself to raise money for two causes. One is Heartland Forest, a volunteer-based facility and forest enclosure that operates as a learning centre and public venue. The other is the Canadian Diabetes Association, working to encourage a healthy lifestyle and research a cure and more effective healthcare plan for diabetes sufferers.
Registration is easy to do online. Each registered participant gets a ‘swag bag’ to pick-up, which includes the marathon bib and t-shirt along with cosmetic samples and a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. Pickup is from the Niagara Square Shopping Centre any time before the morning of the event.
At 21.1 kilometres it’s challenging for runners and a good workout for walkers. Women of all ages are encouraged to enter and be part of a fun and fit day out.
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