The Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women has its origins in 1977, when it was known as the Bonne Bell Mini Marathon. It was one of a series of 12 races for women that were held across the country.
Although only 200 women had been expected to participate that first year, 2,231 women ran and walked the course that began and ended at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. The first race included a series of 17 steps, an unusual feature in a foot race.
In 1978, the race moved to the Boston Common and the course was certified on its present route.
via Tufts website
Today, the race attracts tens of thousands of female runners and over 20,000 spectators, and donated $10,000 to a local charity, “The Family Van“, a mobile health clinic that serves local Boston neighborhoods which have the highest rates of preventable premature births, heart disease, and diabetes.
Reebok was awesome enough to not only host weekly training runs for race participants (anyone was welcome!) but was kind enough to send those on the team some killer workout gear. I can’t get enough of this stuff, especially the new workout ready line.
|I wish my camera could have captured the true orange color of these shirts. It’s not “Clemson” orange as it appears (hello South Carolina friends!) but instead a ridiculous (as in ridiculously awesome) BRIGHT orange.|
|Some of the amazing FFA/Reebok team! Photo credit Westford Mommy|
So, needless to say, I’m bummed I missed the race and hanging out with my Reebok / FFA friends, but I’m stoked to see so many women coming out for a fabulous day of running. Run on ladies!
*This was a non compensated post. Just wanted to share my Reebok /FFA love 🙂