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The 37th Annual Women’s Distance Festival 5K

July 14, 2025 @ 7:35 am - July 21, 2025 @ 12:00 pm


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

6:00am Check-In

7:20am National Anthem & Announcement

7:30am Warm-Up

7:40am Walk out to the starting shoot

7:45am Race Start

8:40am 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 $100
  • 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 social media engagement)

Packet Pickup

All shirts and swag bags will be mailed for those who register by June 27.  If you register after June 27 for the in-person event, you will need to pick up your shirt and swag bag in person at bib pick-up. Virtual participants will have bibs and swag mailed.

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.




Start: July 14, 2025 @ 7:35 am
End: July 21, 2025 @ 12:00 pm
Cost: $35
Event Category:


Womens Distance Festival


Congers, NY 10920 United States