Women 4 Women Rolls Out Women-Only Race

Women 4 Women’s Executive Director, Misty Cruse.

Compiled by Angie Fenton

Women will run the world – at least our beautiful corner of it – June 10 during The Filly Women’s Half Marathon & 4 Miler at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, which benefits Women 4 Women.

“After 25 years, we wrapped up our women’s-only golf scramble in 2017, and we were looking for a new fundraiser to engage women and raise awareness about the mission and impact of Women 4 Women,” explained Misty Cruse, the organization’s executive director. “As a runner myself, my first thought was, of course, running. Indianapolis has a women’s-only half marathon, and Louisville has a very vibrant running community. We thought this was a great opportunity to try something new and reach a new group of women that may not know about the advocacy efforts of Women 4 Women.”

The nonprofit was started in 1993 when Elaine “Cissy” Musselman gathered a group of women for lunch to celebrate her 50th birthday. During the meal, she shared her dream of raising awareness and money for the issues and needs affecting women and girls in the community. The group of women professionals, community activists and philanthropists committed themselves and their corporations to an all-women’s golf tournament in Louisville in order to raise money for women’s causes. Before lunch was over, $17,000 was raised and Women 4 Women was born.

Today, the organization is dedicated to improving the economic self-sufficiency of women and girls through advocacy efforts and focused grantmaking in one of four key areas that enable self-sufficiency: education and leadership; health and safety; jobs and earnings; and social-change and the single-parent economy. Cruse said, “Women 4 Women believes that by supporting programs and services that empower women and girls, we spark change that ignites passion throughout the community.”

The half marathon and four-miler, are only for the ladies – but support from fellas is needed. “This won’t be nearly as successful without our men,” said Cruse. “While the women will take center stage on June 10, we need the men to serve as our support. We will need at least 60 volunteers for packet pick-up, registration, water stops, orange hand-out, support signs and sideline cheerleading. Now is the time to cheer for your wife, daughter, mother or friend.” VT

The Filly Women’s Half Marathon & 4 Miler

The Parklands of Floyds Fork

June 10, Half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m.; 4-miler starts at 7:45 a.m.

$50 and $30 (price increases Feb. 28)

runsignup.com/Race/KY/Louisville/TheFillyWomensHalfMarathon4Miler

What You Need To Know

1. Not up to running 13.1 miles? Take part in the Filly 4-miler instead. This is the perfect distance for a mother-daughter activity or to walk with your girlfriends. The 4-miler portion of the race will start about 15 minutes after the half-marathon begins so the course of runners will clear beforehand.

2. Worried about the terrain at The Parklands of Floyds Fork? Don’t be. Participants will enjoy a scenic, rolling route on paved roads.

3. What else is included with the race fee? Dry-fit race shirts, mini-massages, a post race celebration and more.

4. Does your company want to sponsor the race? Community support is needed. Send an email to misty@w4w.org for more information.