In 1979, the RRCA started the Women’s Distance Festival in response to the lack of distance running events in the Olympics Games for women. The first Women’s Distance Festival events were held on July 13, 1980, the date of the men’s marathon at the Moscow Olympics. Today, the Women’s Distance Festival celebrates the history of women’s rights to participate in running events at any distance and at any age. While women’s participation in distance running nearly matches that of men, the Women’s Distance Festival continues to serve as a celebration of the determination and dedication of women runners across the country.
The RRCA encourages clubs and events to post women’s only events or races with women’s only start waves in the Women’s Distance Festival Calendar as a national resource for women runners. The RRCA holds the trademark for the Women’s Distance Festival name and logo, and we encourage our members to use this royalty free name and logo to brand and promote your women’s only events.