New Women’s Half Marathon Races to Tempe and Scottsdale, November 7, 2010

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Tempe, Ariz. is the finish line for the inaugural Women's Half Marathon on November 7, 2010. Runners and walkers are encouraged to register for this exciting new event, which is the perfect excuse for a girl's getaway to Arizona this fall.

Lace up your running shoes, grab your girlfriends, go for a run and get ready for one of the newest running events – the Women’s Half Marathon in Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona. Runners and walkers alike are welcome to participate in this inaugural event on November 7, 2010.

The scenic, walker-friendly half marathon course begins in Old Town Scottsdale and winds along the Arizona Canal adjacent to Papago Park, a picturesque Sonoran Desert oasis. The race will finish in beautiful Tempe Beach Park and be followed with an unforgettable lakefront party. There is also a 5k component of this event, encouraging even more participation from a variety of fitness levels. Men are allowed to join in the fun, but Women’s Half Marathon awards are only given to women.

This new event is part of the Women’s Half Marathon Series created by Women’s Running, the only women-specific national running magazine. Registration is available at http://www.womenshalfmarathon.com. The cost is $95 until October 15, then $100 until race day. The cost for the 5k is $40.

The Women’s Half Marathon features a patent-pending two-in-one finisher’s medal and charm, a designer goodie bag, technical race shirt, makeovers and a post-race cookie café. The national beneficiary of Women’s Half Marathon events is Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The race weekend begins with a Health and Fitness Expo, November 5 and 6, at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale. The event’s host hotel, the Tempe Mission Palms, is within walking distance to the finish line.

Runners will want to spend a few extra days in Tempe to make their half marathon trip a real vacation. With warm weather, a variety of shopping and dining destinations, rejuvenating desert beauty and a sense of accomplishment, a trip to the Women’s Half Marathon is the perfect girl’s getaway. Tempe’s historic Mill Avenue District is an ideal spot for nightlife, dining and shopping with a college-town feel. Tempe Marketplace is the newest entertainment destination with a variety of national and locally owned retailers, nightlife, dining and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Arizona Mills is perfect for fashion conscious bargain shoppers, with more than 175 brand name retailers.

For more information about all that there is to see and do in Tempe, please visit the Tempe Tourism Office at http://www.tempetourism.com or call 800-283-6734.

About Tempe Tourism Office
The Tempe Tourism Office is a non-profit organization devoted to marketing Tempe, Arizona as a desirable visitor and group destination site. The Tempe Tourism Office’s mission is to provide visitors, media professionals and meeting planners with information on Tempe hotels, Tempe restaurants, Tempe entertainment and local points of interest. To learn more about Tempe, Arizona please call 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 or visit our Web site.

About The Women’s Running Magazine Women’s Half Marathon Series
The Women’s Running Magazine Women’s Half Marathon Series in the nation’s largest women’s half marathon series. Three 2010 events in Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 25), Scottsdale/Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 7), and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 21) are expected to host over 20,000 total runners. The WHM Series awards all half marathon finishers an industry first, patent-pending two-in-one medal and charm. Finishers also receive the “Ultimate Goodie Bag” and tech tee. All events in the series begin with a two-day women specific health and fitness expo and finish with an outdoor party complete with food, music and white linen tablecloths. Each event also includes a 5k run.

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