The 36th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K

Sat July 8 - Sun July 16, 2023 Congers, NY 10920 US Directions

5K Run or walk

$35 07/08 7:45AM EDT - 8:40AM EDT Registration Opens April 7, 2023 at 10:00am EDT

5k Virtual Run/Walk

$35 Registration Opens April 7, 2023 at 10:00am EDT

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 though at as late 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, and they are still run throughout America on the first Saturday after July 4th (unless in falls on the 5th, 6th or 7th) nationally.  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!

Please join us for the 36th Annual Women's Distance Festival 5K Run/Walk on July 8th!  This year, there will also be a Virtual event for those who cannot or chose to not participate in person.  The virtual event will be from Saturday July 8th through Sunday July 16th.  Over 1000 participants will Rise Up along with the Rockland Road Runners for the largest Women's 5k in the tristate area, as we come together to raise money to help the Center for Safety & Change in their mission to support, shelter and provide services to ALL victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and all crimes. The WDF is open to all who identify as women/non-binary.

We simplified registration!!! You can still sign up for the 5K as an individual or create a Mother/Daughter, Sister/Sister, or Grandmother/Granddaughter team. We also have a team event for groups of 5 or more and the Team Spirit Award will still be given!   In addition, each team with at least 75 members will receive an award!!  You can select team registration after selecting the 5K!  

Online Registration is $30 for Rockland Road Runner members, and $35 for non-members.  There will be a one time bump in the registration fee to cover the cost of  mailing all race packets to all participants. Team registrations are available for Wife/Wife Mother/Daughter, Sister/Sister, or Grandmother/Granddaughter at $60 provided that at least one team member is a Rockland Road Runner.  If neither is a Rockland Road Runner, then the cost will be $70.  Teams of 5 runners/walkers are available for a discounted cost of $30 a team member provided that the team meets a minimum requirement of 5 members.  

Packets and Bibs will be mailed to all who register in person by June 20th.  For those who register after June 20th, packets must be picked up.  At Packet Pick up, there will be in person registration.  It will be $50 per registrant with no team discounts.  The only discount given for in person registration will be to RRR members, and RRR members can register in person at $40 per registrant.  Checks and Cash only please.

Online registration for the in person event closes at 11:59pm Wednesday the 6th.  All packets will be mailed to those who registered by June 30th for the in person event.  Online registration for the Virtual event will remain open thru July 12th..  Bibs can be picked up July 8th at Dick's Sporting Goods in West Nyack from 2-6, and race day prior to the race. All VIRTUAL BIBS and packets WILL BE MAILED.


Race Day Schedule

- check in begins at 6:15

-Kids fun run 7:15

-announcements and National Anthem start at 7:20

-warm up at 7:30

-walk out to the starting shoot called at 7:35

-race starts at 7:45am

-Awards to be given after the race starting at 8:40am

  • Taking down Donna Combs course record of 16:03 $250
  • 1st Place overall $100
  • Top 3 Runners Overall
  • Master top 3 (Over 40)
  • Top 3 runners ages 1 to 13, 14 to 19, and 5 year increments thru 69 then 10 year increments 70 and above
  • Top team of 5.  This is based on the 3 fastest runners on each team
  • Top Mother Daughter, Sister-Sister, Grandma-Granddaughter, and partner teams will be awarded


Bib Pick up

All shirts and swag bags will be mailed for those who register by June 30th.  If you register in July for the in person event, you will need to pick up your gear.  Bibs must be picked up in person for all participants in the live event. Virtual participants will have bibs mailed. details will be announced closer to race day

Pickup can be done 2-6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Palisades Center or Pre-race July 9

The Center for Safety & Changes mission is to provide necessary services, support and shelter to ALL victims domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and ALL gender based crimes.  Click the link directly above to find out more about the Center.


Every year we have a donation campaign.  This year, however is much different.  Mike, the race director for ten years, suffered a tragic loss in his family in 2021.  Mike's daughter, Jordyn, passed away at the age of 19.  Jordyn was a huge fan of the WDF and was inspired by Mike's commitment to the mission of the Center for Safety & Change.  Jordyn both participated in the WDF and volunteered at the Center for Safety & Change.  This year, through the donation page, we'd like to raise $20,000 in Jordyn's honor.  Jordyn's birthday is 7/29.  We ask that you donate in multiples of $29 so she knows it was for her.

Become a Sponsor

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Become a sponsor of the 2022 WDF! Several exclusive sponsor levels are left.  Gold, SIlver and Bronze are unlimited.  All other sponsorships are either exclusive or limited.

Rockland Lake State Park
Congers, NY US 10920
Kid's Fun Run- is back at 7:15!!!

All kids are welcome to participate! it is free but it would be nice if you donated to the cause!  All kids receive a medal.Sign up for this is in person only, no charge

Virtual Participants can run or walk their 5K ANYWHERE in the country, or the world!

Your Block!  Your local Park!  Your local HS track... Rockland Lake!   


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Course Map

Race Start: Rockland Lake State Park, Parking Field #1


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