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The 37th Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women – A Celebration of Women’s Running and Staying Strong
Register now and help celebrate the 37th year of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women! It is truly a testament to the power and history of female runners and a celebration of women’s health and fitness. Join the excitement on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013, and experience first-hand the power, strength and camaraderie of this venerable event.

The 37th Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women – A Celebration of Women’s Running and Staying Strong

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By Traci Joy
Posted Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

Welcome to the 37th running of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, a Columbus Day tradition, where Olympic athletes, aspiring elites, seasoned veterans, and novice runners run together amid a scenic Boston-Cambridge backdrop. Start your training programs and lace up your running shoes for this signature Boston running experience! See why it continues to be a memorable racing magnet year after year for female runners of all ages and abilities.

The Boston Common is the place to be at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 14th! Join thousands of women and be part of this historic athletic event that honors and celebrates WOMEN and their dedication and commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to Tufts Health Plan, which took over sponsorship in 1985, this event is a true celebration of Health and Fitness with a notable expo, many activities for families, and a 1K walk/run for kids presented by MEFA’s U.Fund.

Tufts Health Plan Members: Register Now and Receive 10% off of your registration:

Like the Tufts Health Plan 10K on for Women Facebook!

We encourage you to visit the Race Website at for all the required information including the schedule, Boston and public transportation, course details, registration, Health and Fitness Expo, awards and prizes, Kids’ 1K, USATF Team information, stories, results, top finishers, destination Boston, number pickup, training, history and milestones, sponsors, and so much more.

A Strong Start
The Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women started in 1977 as the Bonnie Belle Mini Marathon and expectations were that 200 women would show up to race. Shockingly, over 2,231 women showed up at the start line rearing to go. This proved at that time that there was a place in the running world for women. Until very recently in our history, women weren’t allowed to participate in most road races of any kind. Things have changed, of course, and this race is both an indicator of change and a cause. Over the years the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women has helped thousands of women develop a passion for running, helped spark the concept of health and fitness for all. It has helped break barriers of traditional roles for women through athletics.

The Course
Overview: The Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women runs through the lovely streets of Boston's Back Bay and byways of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The course will be completely closed to traffic. There will be six water stations as well as medical aid stations and course clocks at every mile.

This course is picturesque through Boston’s Back Bay and across and along the Charles River. It is fast, mostly flat and exciting with excellent views of the Back Bay, the river, and the skylines of both Boston and Cambridge.

The ChronoTrack B-tag (chip embedded in the race bib) timing system assures everyone her time will be precise as she crosses the finish line. For a map and course details, visit:

Boston Strong
The Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women attracts a formidable group of elite and Olympic runners as well as international running stars each year. Where else but at the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women can you rub elbows with such a dazzling cast of runners—national and international—and run with them?

One famous athlete in particular will be running, three-time winner of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and an Olympic Gold Medalist, Joan Benoit Samuelson. Her name is synonymous with women’s running and she is an inspiration to many across the country and around the world. She is also the spokesperson for the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women.

Joan broke the course record with a performance of 31:39 in 1983, a mark that stands as the second fastest time, just one second off the current record, 31:38 by New Zealand Olympian Ann Hannam in 1988. Joan still runs the race, and very well, as she competes in the 50-59 age group (she turned 56 in May). “All the women in this race inspire me!” she said.

Joan’s combination of outstanding performances with staying power over the years continues to make her an uplifting inspiration for runners of all abilities. "Now that I'm further back in the pack I gain inspiration by both the faster elite runners and the slower runners who have turned to running and set finishing goals for themselves," she concluded.

Awards and Prizes
Awards will be given for Teams and Individuals, including age divisions and Wheelchair Winners. Teams must be declared on race morning at Registration. A team consists of three to five members, with the score determined by the total time of the top three finishers. USATF Teams must be USATF member clubs and scoring teammates must be members of USATF. Age group awards will also be handed out for the top three finishers in each division.

1K for Kids Presented by MEFA’s U.Fund
Kids join the fun and meet new friends! At 10:30 a.m. kids will have the opportunity to participate in a Fitness Walk around historic Boston Common led by Olympic Gold Medalist and Race Spokesperson, Joan Benoit Samuelson. There is no better way for children to be introduced to the many benefits of fitness than this! Kids will enjoy entertainment, face painting, and a healthy snack following the walk. This is a great opportunity to be active and enjoy family fun time.

Event Activities’ Schedule
There are many events and activities planned on race day so get there early! Don’t miss out on a terrific fun-filled morning. Here is the Race Day Schedule:

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Health and Fitness Expo:
It is all happening here starting at 9:00 a.m.! Check out a variety of goods and services from leading brands in the health and fitness industry. The whole family will want to get in on the fun of sampling food and beverages, exploring activities at sponsor tents, and enjoying fitness related fun. Clothing and accessories can also be purchased there. Come join us before the race or after crossing the finish line.

10:30 a.m. – 1K for Kids Presented by MEFA’s U.Fund
Kick off the day with this wonderful event for children of all ages. It not only promotes the importance of exercise, it’s a fun experience for your kids to enjoy.

10:45 a.m. – Cash Grant Presentation
Tufts Health Plan presents $10,000 cash grant to a worthy charitable organization.

10:50 a.m. – Pre-Race Warm-Up
Join in the Pre-Race Stretch, Post Race Stretch: Listen to the music and get race-ready with a professionally led warm-up session at 10:50 a.m. There will also be post-race stretches at 1:00 p.m. Take advantage of the complimentary Bag Check. Check your bag beginning at 10:00 a.m. and claim it by 2:00 p.m.

Noon – Race Start!

1:30 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies and Awards
Individual and team awards will be presented on the Boston Common Parade Grounds.

Race Organizers
This terrific event is directed and managed by Conventures, Inc., New England’s largest special events agency focused on integrated event planning, public relations and marketing. For over three decades, Conventures, Inc. has had experience in worldwide event management including athletic, maritime, social and educational events. Strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, promotion as well as site planning and preparation are all a part of their expertise.

Conventures manages several other popular races including the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, The Boston AIDS Walk, and the Annual Marine Corps Honor Run, as well as events around the country. Please visit their website at for more information.

About Tufts Health Plan
Since 1979, the Tufts Health Plan has been committed to providing a higher standard of health care coverage and improving the quality of care for every member. Tufts Health Plan, through their philosophy, their people, and their innovation, offers a local health plan with a national reputation for excellence. No one does more to keep you healthy. Learn how they have earned that distinction. They have sponsored the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women continuously since 1985. Visit for more information.

Start Strong, Finish Stronger: Training Program and Running Resources
Get ready to have the time of your life this Columbus Day in this unique celebration of women’s health and fitness. It’s never too early to start your training regimen – and Tufts can help you prepare for the big day by offering a training program. Note: Training Program Coming Soon!

Race with the Best and Get Strong, Stay Strong!
Join the fabulous festivities and family fun at this celebration of empowerment, passion and accomplishment – all starting at the Boston Common. The thrill of this lineup is like no other and there is certainly a sense of power among the field of female-only athletes. Feel the excitement that only this race and this finish line can deliver, for this is the place where a commitment to healthy living deepens, where courage and confidence grow, camaraderie soars, where small steps lead to big things for thousands of women. History, prize structure, depth of field, and a commitment to excellence are some of the contributing factors to the race’s success over three decades. But mostly it is all about the participants, the thousands of women who come out to run the second Monday in October. Help make history and join in the fun for this classic event!

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