Last summer, over coffee, two friends put their heads together and dreamed about creating the ultimate women’s race in Madison, WI. Jen Andersen, the director of operations for Capitol View Events, and Mel Charbonneau, co-founder of Fellow Flowers, knew each other from the racing and endurance communities and had become fast friends. Over this particular coffee date they wondered why there wasn’t a women’s only race in their area. Sure there were races and events nearly every weekend in Madison but none like the race they had in mind: A race just for women, a race where no one felt judged, one that was accessible and welcoming. Looking at the women attendance of the local races it was clear there was enough of a women’s presence – so Jen took the matter into her own hands and created the HER Madison Half & 5K, taking place for the first time this June 25-28!
The HER Madison Half & 5K celebrates the courageous journey every woman experiences when running a race. This race is different because it focuses and acknowledges the last runner across the finish line just as much as the first. Every woman feels welcomed, encouraged and empowered. Running this race is an accomplishment and more importantly about the experience and transformation each and every woman goes through.