The Go Girl Run races back to Columbia

Friday, May 24, 2013 | 3:38 p.m. CDT; updated 6:10 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 25, 2013

COLUMBIA­­ — Turnout is expected to be higher for the second annual Go Girl Run than it was for the first one.

It is an all-women half-marathon and 5K run/walk, to be hosted by the MU Women's and Children’s Hospital and Ultramax Sports on Saturday.

This year’s charity race, which will benefit three organizations that help women, boasts more than 1,200 registered runners as of Friday. An additional 100 more runners are expected to register the morning of the event, up from last year's turnout of 1,204, said Liz Roehrig, an Ultramax Sports employee.

The half-marathon race will start at 7 a.m. at MU Reactor Field on Research Park Drive. The 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m. .

According to its website, online registration for the Go Girl Run has closed, but runners can still participate by signing up at the MU Women and Children’s Hospital or at the race site by 6:50 a.m. Saturday. 

The Go Girl Run is a philanthropic event centered on the benefit of women. When runners register, they can choose one of three charities to which a significant portion of their entrance fee will be donated.

“This year, women can choose to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Missouri, the Children’s Miracle Network or the Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri affiliate when they register to race,” Roehrig said.

Race day is intended to be a relaxed and fun occasion with concessions for both the racers and those who come to support them, Roehrig said. Each runner who registers will receive a T-shirt, and those who compete in the half-marathon will be awarded a medal when they cross the finish line, she said.

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

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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