Women’s Distance Festival

Over 400 women are expected to participate in the  30th Annual Women’s Distance Festival 2-mile run, Health Fair and Children’s Fun Runs at Washington Park, Saturday, July 11. 


This year’s race covers a 2-mile course starting at the picnic shelter and winding along Washington Park’s duck ponds, beautiful woods and historic homes.  The race was started 29 years ago in response to the lack of distance races for women in the Olympic Games.  Parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods around Washington Park and in the park until 7 a.m. 

“This SRRC points race has something for everyone, including the elite as well as the novice runner or walker, “ said race director Susan Helm.  “This year we have added tag timing for this first time which means accurate times.  We have awards for all walker participants.  And, for the second year, we are offering jewelry versus traditional racing awards.”   Awards will be given to the overall winner in the runner category as well and top three finishers in all age categories.  The women’s race will start at 8 a.m. followed by the children’s fun run and health fair at 8:40 a.m.

Major sponsors include SIU Plastic Surgery Institute, The Vein Clinic at SIU, SIU Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fit Club, St. John’s AthletiCare and St. John’s Children’s Hospital. 

Profits from the race will go to “Girls on the Run”, a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.  During the last four years, Girls on the Run of Springfield has impacted the lives of over 300 girls. 


For registration information, visit www.womensdistance.com or wwww.getmeregistered.com through July 9th or register race day until 7:30 a.m.   The cost is $20 which includes a dri-release sleeveless shirt.  There is a $5 fee per child for the children’s fun run and the first 100 children who register will receive a cotton T-shirt.  The first 100 children’s finishers will receive a Lincoln bicentennial medallion.   Race results will be posted on the SRRC website.  For more information, contact Susan Helm at susan.helm@comcast.net or 217-502-3992.