This past weekend many of my boot camp participants and friends participated in the first annual Chick-uamegon 5K & 10K. Despite temperatures in the high 30’s and pouring rain and sleet, over 250 women suited up in the obligatory bling required for an all girl race and hit the pavement.
This is a huge number of women for a brand new event in rural northern Wisconsin. I have long understood the appeal of all female races. I have run the Run Like a Diva half marathons in two different locations and have participated in many Iron Girl events across the Midwest. Women athletes empower each other. They’re more supportive of each other in training and throughout the race course. There is a sense of female bonding that takes place and that alone is motivation enough for some women to lace up those athletic shoes each day.
The Northern Grrrls took the race preparations one step further with some additional female bonding over the crafy development of our race fluffies (gigantic furry leg warmers) and tutus. Simple online tutorials on making fluffies and tutus walked us through a night of silly craft making. It was a great way for us to get our creative energy out while ensuring that my house will never ever be glitter free again. At least I cannot say that these events don’t bring *sparkle*to my life…
In short, it would not have mattered how cold and wet it was on Saturday morning… these ladies were NOT going to miss this event. There were so many women and little girls who were excited and dressed up and ready to meet the weather just so they could surround themselves with other strong women and support each other throughout the event. I think that is what it is really about – that ancient instinct to stand together as women and support and nurture each other. Maybe Helen Reddy said it best…♪♪♫♫♪♪
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
With as many challenges as every women has each day I love that racing and fitness can bring us together in a positive way and make each one of us roar just a little bit louder.