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Looking for a girlfriends getaway that mixes a little fitness in with your fun? Try one of these race and sporting events, which cater to women with creative courses in scenic locales, calorie-burning workouts and especially good swag.

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Strengthen muscles and friendships at events like Mudderella

Strengthen muscles and friendships at events like Mudderella | Flickr CC: Richard BH

Diva Half-Marathon and 5K Series

These races are held throughout the country at popular vacation destinations including Myrtle Beach, San Juan, San Francisco, Galveston, and St. Augustine Beach. Choose a 5K or half-marathon, and receive personal training plans, as well as pink tutus and personalized bibs (maybe you want to run under a moniker like Queen Diva?) upon registration. Perks along the course include aboa and tiara station, and finishers receive swag that includes a crown-shaped medal and champagne.

Venus de Miles

This summer road ride (not a race, so noncompetitive types can relax) geared toward women has events in Colorado and Illinois for bikers of all skill levels. Courses range from 25 to 100 miles (there’s also a 5K run/walk in Illinois) along scenic courses with plenty of rest stops along the way offering nutritious snacks. Post-ride festivities include spa services, bike road tests and lunch and drinks from local purveyors. The rides benefit Greenhouse Scholars, a nonprofitgroup that provides college scholarships and other resources to high-achieving students with limited means.


Like to get dirty? These five- to seven-mile muddy obstacle courses—designed by women, for women—are for you. Events take place in New England, Whistler, Toronto and Melbourne, and feature obstaclessuch as “Rise of the Shero” (use a rope to scale a 10-foot wall) and “Ain’t No Mountain High” (traverse muddy mounds and valleys with the help of your friends).  On-site rinsing stations are useful before the post-course parties, where there’s food, music and beauty treatments to help you feel like yourself again.

Wildflower Trailfest and Wildflower Pedalfest

Wildflower Outdoor, a community of outdoor-adventure loving women, hosts these two annual events outside Salt Lake City. Trailfest, in Snowbasin, UT, takes place over two days and includes a mountain-bike race and trail run. Pedalfest, in Morgan, UT, is all about biking, with course options that range from 20 to 70 miles. Participants at both events get access to training clinics, plus massages, live music and finishers’ gifts afterwards.

Esprit de She

Whether you’re interested in a run, duathlon or triathlon, this race series in more than 10 locations across the United States has something for you. Choose urban settings such as San Diego and Atlanta or challenging terrain in places like Red Rock, CO, and take advantage of training perks such as a weekly fitness planner, nutrition tips and playlists. Celebrate your success post-race at bubbly and beauty bars.

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Judy Sutton Taylor

Judy Sutton Taylor

Judy Sutton Taylor is a journalist, travel lover and mom in Chicago, Illinois. Find her on Twitter at @jsuttontaylor.

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