June 5, 2009 On Sunday the Women's Coalition will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women Race in Christiansted.
It's hard to believe it is the 25th anniversary, said Wallace Williams, founder and organizer of the race. I'm glad we are celebrating so many years of this race.
Williams said for the past 25 years of his life it has been easy to predict where he will be the first Sunday in June.
Participants promote awareness of the issues facing women today, but more importantly, the race reflects the community's support of their commitment to end violence against women.
Williams says with the average of 500 runners each year for 25 years they have run 25,000 miles in support of the Women's Coalition.
Women and girls of all ages can run, walk, jog, skip, push strollers or dance on the two-mile course from the Scale House on Hospital Street to D.C. Canegata Park and back to the Scale House. The race is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m.
Participants can preregister at the Women's Coalition office at 7 East Street in Christiansted or at Women's Coalition Closet to Closet thrift store at 15 Peter's Rest in Christiansted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Runners can also pre-register from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted, the Frederiksted Post Office, K-Mart Sunshine Mall or K-Mart Sunny Isle, Stamina Sports or Powerhouse Gym.
Preregistration costs $15 and includes a T-shirt. Registration on race day is $20. Girls ages 14 and younger can register for $1, which does not include a T-shirt.
Men and boys are not eligible to race but are welcome as supporters to cheer on all the mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends and cousins as they cross the finish line.
The awards are special this year, with the first 100 runners in getting a special commemorative pin, Williams said.
The runners will also get to keep the finish line race time chip which will also be special this year Williams said.
The Women Race is designed to be a fun afternoon for the whole family with food and music as part of the after race activities.
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