- All Women's Triathlon Series (title sponsor was Subaru last year) benefits ovarian cancer research. I attended the event at Federal Way, WA last year and was impressed by swag and race organization. The swim is in a small lake near Seattle and the bike course is closed. http://www.uswts.com/
- Two events near Spokane, WA: Valley Girl triathlon and the Wunderwoman triathlon, both sprint events held at lakes. These events sell out quickly and for good reason, they give out really cute t-shirts and put on a great event. http://www.valleygirltri.com/
- Hippie Chick 1/2 marathon (south of Portland) is held on mother's day on a nice course and has an excellent vibe with racers wearing tie dye and having fun. Also some good competition at this event. Sells out fast: http://runwithpaula.com/content/view/12/30/
- Other favorite races: Wildflower, Beaver Freezer sprint triathlon, and IM CDA
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I couldn't believe the amount of support that the other racers gave me on race day. I couldn't go 20 feet in the run without someone cheering me on (other racers). There were several out and back sections, so I was always passing someone who was cheering me on. I really think this is a great way to encourage women to get into racing. I'm not really interested in racing women's only events anymore, but I would in order to encourage newbies.
I think you could do very well at the expo!
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The only All-Women's race I've done is the Nike Women's Marathon, which was my first marathon in 2005. Actually, men can participate but there were very few, and no one fast to spoil the fun. :) It was a very Team In Training-oriented race, so there was some support from that crowd, but otherwise there wasn't a lot of crowd support on the course. A tough run but very beautiful and the Tiffany necklace they give out as a finisher's medal is very nice.
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I have a special place in my heart for the Danskin series. I've done the New York & Seattle versions and am frequently trying to get some of my non-tri friends to do one.
I wish there were more women's half/oly distance races! Barb's race in on my to do list, though!
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I wouldn't hesitate to do this race again (or any in the Iron Girl series), but I'm wondering what the age group awards will be now that AFLAC is the primary sponsor. :-)
Our races benefit the Rocketkidz Foundation (as does our kids tri the day after the second Chix tri in the summer).
Women only. The year I did it there were roughly 35,000 women (YES, that is right) and they do what is called the "2 Miles of Men" and the men, hubbies, sons, dads, etc, line the street and cheer you on.
The Survivor Parade is larger than most cities race, male and female.
Possibly THE most amazing experience to date for me. I can look back at the race (now 6+ years ago) and I still tear up at the sight of 35,000 women running for breast cancer.
I really want to go back and do it again.
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There used to be one in Vancouver, WA called the Tyr Women's Triathlon at the end of June. I haven't heard about it recently but it was terrific. Competitive but really laid back and everyone was really supportive of one another. It's a sprint on a nice flat course and they even had a bottle exchange on the bike.