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The 37th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K

Live Race - Sun July 14 | Virtual - July 14 to July 21, 2024 Congers, NY 10920 US Directions
She Runs, She Inspires.



Each year, we look out onto a crowd of hundreds of women taking charge and showcasing their incredible power. They are FAST, STRONG, DETERMINED, RESILIENT, AWE-INSPIRING. The energy is empowering. The WDF is a testament to the limitless potential of women. SHE RUNS, SHE INSPIRES.

The Women's Distance Festival was created by the Road Runners Club of America as a protest to a lack of competitive races for women both in the Olympics and nationally. It was believed as recently as the 1980 Olympics, that women could not compete at distances of greater than 1500 meters, which is less than 1 mile!  In America, in July of 1980, the first Women's Distance Festivals were run opposite the Mens' Marathon at the Moscow Olympics. The Rockland Road Runners picked up the Women's Distance Festival in 1988, and it has now grown to be the largest Women and Girls 5K in the tristate area!

Join us to experience the ENERGY, POWER, and DETERMINATION of this incredible event as we come together for the 37th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K Run/Walk on July 14th at 7:45am.  There will also be a virtual event for those who cannot participate in person.  The virtual event will run from Sunday, July 14 through Sunday, July 21. Join us as we come together to raise money to help the Center for Safety & Change in their mission to support, shelter and provide services to victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes.

Together we will break barriers and set new benchmarks of greatness!

Race Day Schedule

6:30am Check-In

7:20am National Anthem & Announcement

7:30am Warm-Up

7:40am Walk out to the starting shoot

7:45am Race Start 

8:15am Yoga Cool-Down

8:55am Kids Fun Run

9:00am Awards Ceremony 


  • Taking down Donna Combs course record of 16:03 $250
  • 1st Place Overall 14K white gold 5K bracelet by TwentySixDiamond
  • Top 3 Runners Overall
  • Top 3 Walkers Overall
  • Master Top 3 (Over 40)
  • Top 3 Runners in 5 year increments, starting at ages 14-19
  • Top Team of 5+ (Based on the 3 fastest runners on each team)
  • Top Mother-Daughter
  • Top Sister-Sister
  • Top Grandmother-Granddaughter
  • Top Partner-Partner
  • Top Family
  • Team Spirit Award (Based on team size + social media engagement)

Race Shirt

Be sure to register by Friday, July 5 to guarantee you get one of the amazing 2024 race tanks!

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will take place at the Palisades Center in the Macy's Courtyard on Friday, July 12 3-7pm and Saturday, July 13 9am-12pm. Packet pick-up will also be available race day on-site at Rockland Lake 6:30-7:30am. Bibs, shirts, and swag will be given out at this time. Virtual participants will have bibs and swag mailed.


The WDF is proud to partner with Suffern Rotary to provide period products to women in need in our community. With your help, we can make these products available to females served at the Sloatsburg Food Pantry in Suffern, NY. Shop this wishlist and have items mailed directly to the Food Pantry OR bring items to packet pick-up on July 12 and 13. 

Center for Safety & Change

The Center for Safety & Change's mission is to provide necessary services, support and shelter to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. Click the link directly above to find out more about the Center.

Donate to Help the Center for Safety & Change

Donate to support the Center for Safety & Change's vision of world in which all people are free from oppression and violence and experience respect, dignity, equity, and safety in every aspect of their lives.

Become a Sponsor

Become a sponsor of the 2024 WDF! View our Sponsorship Form here. We are so grateful for your support!


Rockland Lake State Park
Congers, NY US 10920

Kids Fun Run

All children ages 3-11 are welcome to participate in our Kids Fun Run! All kids will receive a participation medal. Please be sure to register your child(ren).

Virtual Race Option

For those unable to attend the in-person event, a virtual race option is available. Run anytime, anywhere between July 14 and July 21 to support this incredible cause.



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