For the second year running, Centennial Parklands has hosted the popular Nike She Runs event – a unique and interactive after dark run that aims to encourage women to exercise and build their confidence in running after the sun goes down. So, the question is now posed, did you enter and how did it make you feel?
First, a bit about the event…
Following its inaugural year of painting Centennial Park pink in 2012, Nike She Runs promised to be back even bigger and better this year. 2013 saw participant numbers double to 6,000 runners (and yes, there even was the odd male participant!) and a 10km course that wound mainly through Centennial Park. At the conclusion of the run there was disco lights, smoke machines, DJs, live music and giant plumes of flame plus an exclusive performance by Justice Crew at the after party!
This event is part of a global series that last year attracted 85,000 women around the world to participate, across 37 countries.
While competing was secondary to participating, congratulations must be sent to Victoria Mitchell who finished first with a time of 34:09.
And the experience?
A team of Centennial Parklands staff entered this year’s event. Amy from the Parklands reflected on her experience:
While the Parklands’ hosts some of the best events that Australia has to offer, I would say as a woman, this is definitely one not to miss. There was an intense and vibrant feeling in the crowd as we waited for the start – it was simply a great scene to see so many confident and energetic women wanting to get out and reclaim the night (so to speak). The run itself was inspiring, with so many onlookers, family members and friends supporting all of the runners, and it made me think about the great opportunities that places like Centennial Park can offer in our community.
After the race the complimentary massages, rehydration stations, food vans, chill out zones and live performances were appreciated by all runners, but for me, it was the growing sense that women can come together and enjoy a unique experience such as this after dark, that stood out.
I would highly encourage all women (and yes, men too!) to join us. Exercise, confidence-building and a stunning park – what more could you want?
What about you?
Did you participate in this year’s Nike She Runs event?
How did the event make you feel? Did it reinvigorate? Empower? Build confidence?
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Got the running bug? We have even more running events coming up this year, including The Color Run, Sydney Running Festival, JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, Sri Chinmoy Fun Run. See all the details here.