Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for half-marathon registration for one ($105 value)
- $99 for half-marathon registration for two ($210 value)
The Zooma half-marathon takes place on Saturday, August 2, at 7 a.m. It begins and ends in Burnham Park, and the course often follows the Lakefront Trail. Runners receive a race shirt, bib number with safety pins, a reusable bag filled with goodies, and a finisher medal. Perks also include access to a weekend schedule of a fitness expo, a mocktail party, and a post-race party complete with live music, wine, and recovery massages and yoga.
Zooma Women's Race Series
Zooma Women's Race Series hosts races all over the country. In Napa Valley, for example, the half-marathon and 10K wind through lush wine country. The Cape Cod races take place within sight of the ocean and seaside resorts. Chicago runners enjoy views of Lake Michigan and its fish that famously taste like Chicago-style hot dogs. Besides their distances, the events have two other things in common: they're just for women, and they're not just races. Instead, the race series tends to resemble weekend fitness getaways, where mocktail parties, recovery yoga, and other entertainment complement the long runs.
When founder and executive director Brae Blackley was starting out, however, her mission didn't involve fancy drinks or shopping outings. Working at a makeshift coffee-shop desk, her goals were simple: to empower women to lead healthy, active lifestyles and to create a community of female runners. But when Blackley paired her first race in Annapolis with social activities, it drew more than 1,500 participants—and she knew that she was onto something. Her enterprise has grown from there into today's national women's race series.