Go Girl Run focused on celebrating women, health and fitness in Columbia

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 1:20 p.m. CDT; updated 2:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital and Ultramax Sports will host an all-women's half-marathon and 5K on Saturday.

Stacey Kulik, volunteer director of Ultramax Sports, said the Go Girl Run will be the first all women's run of its size in Columbia. So far, almost 1,200 people have registered, and event organizers said they hope to have between 1,300 and 1,500 runners and walkers by Saturday.


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The race is a philanthropic event supporting six area women's and children's charities. These include the Children's Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House, Rainbow House, Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri, March of Dimes and Girls on the Run. A portion of each entry fee will go directly to the charity of the participant's choice.

"We really put a lot of effort into making this an event centered around women," Kulik said. "It's a celebration of women's health, and we are proud to be helping our charity partners and gaining exposure for them and the community."

The races will begin at MU's Reactor Field Park. The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K is scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m.

Women interested in entering the race can register online. Late registration is available until 7:15 a.m. Saturday. 

For more information about the event, including fees, registration information, the tentative schedule and event rules and policies, visit the Go Girl Run website.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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