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Posted: February 15, 2013  

Athletics: Women's Running Bloomington Half Marathon Returns to Bloomington, Minnesota with New Spring Date

World class event returns to the home of Mall of America on Sunday, June 16; Registration open at

BLOOMINGTON, MINN. (Feb. 14, 2013) --Bloomington, Minn., home of the Mall of America, will once again host the Women's Running Bloomington Half Marathon on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Part of a national series of half marathons uniquely catered toward women, Women's Running Half Marathon will start and finish in Normandale Lake Park.

"We are thrilled to return to Bloomington for our second year," said Dana Allen, General Manager of The Women's Half Marathon Series. "The course is beautiful and having the world famous Mall of America just down the street will ensure our runners have an incredible and memorable race weekend."

The Women's Running Half Marathon features a patent-pending two-in-one finisher's medal and charm, a technical race shirt, cheer stations on course and a post-race party featuring a cookie café with freshly baked cookies. With tax-free shopping at Mall of America, wine and gourmet cuisine in the area, participants will be able to tie the race into a fun girl's weekend.

"We are very excited to welcome back the Women's Running Half Marathon," said Todd Lehrke,

Associate Director of Sports Development at the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Known as the City of Hospitality, Bloomington is the home to the famous Mall of America and 38 wonderful hotels, and is the ideal location for this event."

Ramada Airport Bloomington serves as both the host hotel and the location of a two-day Health and Fitness Expo. The expo is free and open to the public, and features women-specific apparel and merchandise, book signings by running celebrities and packet and t-shirt pickup for runners.

"Our convenient location close to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport makes it easy to arrive, and the Mall of America is a great place for shopping and entertainment. Our commitment will continue to make this event a great success for years to come," Lehrke adds.

Registration for Women's Running Bloomington Half Marathon is open at Standard early registration for the half marathon is $85 through March 15, 2013.

About Women's Running Series

Operated by Competitor Group, the Women's Running Series (WRS) is the largest women's only half marathon series in the nation. Five 2013 events in San Diego, Ca. (Feb. 24), Bloomington, Minn. (June 16), Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 28), Scottsdale/Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 3), and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 24), are expected to host more than 20,000 total runners. The WRS Series awards all half marathon finishers an industry first, patent-pending two-in-one medal and charm. Finishers also receive a tech tee and fun post-race party with live music. All events in the series begin with a two-day, women-specific Health & Fitness Expo and finish with an outdoor party complete with food, music and white linen tablecloths. For more information, please visit or Facebook.

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