The popular Nike women’s race series hosted a 15K for the first time in the city of Toronto this past weekend with 10,000 race participants. The 9.3-mile course took runners through the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario with a backdrop of the downtown skyline and along the runways of Billy Bishop airport.
With several new Nike women’s events—ranging from 5Ks to half marathons and the N+TC Tour—in 2015, the series has expanded from its annual San Francisco half marathon and its Washington D.C. race (which has been cancelled) to several cities globally, including Toronto.
“There’s so much power in the women’s running community,” says Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first women’s Olympic marathon champion and a frequent participant in the Nike women’s race series. “I see more women than ever before embracing the sport—whether it’s the new runner finishing their first race or the more experienced runner improving her time so she can set a new goal. It was fantastic to bring a Nike Women’s run to Canada for the first time and reflect the passion of Toronto’s women’s running community.”
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