Nike Women series cuts D.C. half marathon, adds Toronto 15K

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10830615_849265635111894_6103553284511688528_oThe long-awaited announcement from Nike Women has finally come – and some U.S. runners aren’t thrilled. Toronto will be the race replacement for the D.C. race, leaving San Francisco as the only U.S. race in the 2015 Nike Women’s series.

Nike, which announced the highly popular Run Nike Women Series will not be “running the streets of DC” again in 2015 in the fall, has released it’s list of upcoming races. 20 races on 5 continents – two in North America, only one in the U.S.

The races distances range from 10K to 15K to Half Marathon, according to the Nike website.

“The Nike Women’s Race Series will have two stops in North America in 2015. The first event will be in Toronto, followed by San Francisco. Other Nike races can be found at: nike.com/women/events. Thanks!” Nike posted on it’s Run Nike Women’s Facebook page in response to questions of whether or not a U.S. replacement was yet to be announced.

Random draw for Toronto opens on March 9.

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Runners have been waiting for the announcement about where the D.C. race would be moving since September. Daily, hopeful runners took to the Nike Women’s facebook page to ask for details. For months, Nike steadily responded to the inquiries with a “The Nike Women’s Half Marathon will not take place in Washington, DC in April 2015 … We will be moving to a new destination in order to bring the race experience to even more runners. Details to come, so stay tuned right here to our Facebook page. Thanks!”

Now the announcement has come. While U.S. runners may be disappointed about the nation’s sole race, runners across the world will have a chance to hit the streets with the Nike Women’s Series.

“The Nike Women’s Race Series will be the world’s largest race series designed for women. The races motivate runners of all levels to push their limits by offering a variety of distances,” Nike said in a release. “In addition to uniting a global community of female runners, every race offers something different, including exciting new courses; runner services; and access to elite athletes, music and local cultural connections. Amongst the details designed specifically for women, runners completing each race will earn a custom finisher necklace distinctive to their city.”

The race is well known for giving out signature Tiffany & Co. necklaces rather than typical race medals. Nike has not confirmed the brand of the finisher’s necklace.

Here is the complete list of the Nike race series – details (including date, distance and lottery opening) for many of which have yet to be released. Asterisks indicate that the city is holding a Nike Women’s race for the first time.

2015 NIKE WOMEN’S RACE SERIES CITIES:

Amsterdam
Berlin
Guangzhou*
Hong Kong*
Istanbul*
Lima*
London
Medellín*
Manila*
Mexico City*
Milan
Moscow*
Nagoya
Paris
Quito
San Francisco
Seoul
Stockholm*
Taipei
Toronto*

The race series has put on races since 2004. For the past 10 years Nike has offered a marathon in San Francisco and switched to a half marathon in the city in 2014. For the past two springs, Nike Women’s has hosted a half marathon in Washington, D.C.

Last year, more than 15,000 women – including Joan Benoit Samuelson and Shalane Flanagan – ran the second Nike Women’s Half Marathon.

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