Inaugural Thelma & Louise Half Marathon Announced for May 2012
New road race added to Moab Half Marathon roster; new event is expected to draw more than 1,000 women and will benefit local women's shelter and girls' running program
Posted Thursday, 8 March, 2012
From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA
MOAB, Utah - (February 29, 2012) - Moab Half Marathon, Inc., a presenter of premier road races, will launch an all-women's half-marathon on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Mother's Day weekend will be a fitting date for an event that will celebrate how far women have come both on and off the roads. The race was conceived in the spirit of Thelma & Louise, the 1991 award-winning film about two good friends who find themselves on the run-literally and figuratively-and end up in the desert. The downhill point-to-point 13.1 mile course descends from Canyonlands National Park (a few miles from where the final scenes of the movie were shot) on a scenic highway affording views of sandstone buttes and canyons, snowcapped mountains and Arches National Park.
"We wanted a course that evoked the film," says race director Ranna Bieschke.
While Thelma and Louise had a dusty, hot experience in redrock country, runners can expect considerably kinder treatment. Goodie bags stocked with treats and technical apparel will be given to all participants at the pre-race expo on Friday. Runners will be greeted along the course by enthusiastic volunteers at well-provisioned aid stations and by friends, family and other runners at the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon finish line.
Just like the leading ladies in the movie, this race has style and substance. Behind the gorgeous landscape and fun, runners will be supporting two organizations that support women in different ways. Girls On The Run seeks to develop confidence and positive self-image in pre-teen girls through running. Seekhaven Family Crisis Center in Moab provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Additionally, the event aspires to be as low-impact as possible. All waste generated by the event will be sorted into trash, recycle and compost; race bags are sturdy, attractive and reusable; plastic water bottles have been eliminated from the start, course, and finish and replaced with compostable cups.
Adds Bieschke, "Positively affecting the environment and our community is an important part of our mission."
About Moab Half Marathon, Inc.
Moab Half Marathon presents exceptional events in an exceptional landscape. Our staff and volunteers are committed to facilitating races that are logistically flawless and environmentally sound, and to generate and distribute financial assets to not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Visit www.moabhalfmarathon.org for more information.