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About the 2022 Race

Another year and another great race! So much positive energy from fellow runners and great volunteers..couldn't ask for anything more. It's become our family tradition to run this together.

-- Zainab A

As always, this event is such a fun event!!! All the hard work and efforts of the organizers are most apparent! Thanks to all who help make this a most looked forward to and fun day for all! You gals and guys are the BEST!!!!

-- Bonnie K

I really think this is the best 5K in Frederick! It is so well-organized. And the prizes are the best!

-- Cindi D

One of the best local races, hands down! All proceeds go to local charity, superb organization, great pre- and post-race atmosphere, unique awards, you will not be disappointed!

-- Oksana L

This was the first time that I've done this race. It was fabulous! The organization, the setup, the bathrooms, the expo, the t-shirt/tank top, immediate results, and so forth. It won't be my last, and I'm going to recruit friends and my staff to join me in 2023!! Well done!

-- Michele P

This race is unlike any 5k you will run. The race director and volunteers think of everything. Things that longer distance races should have but don't. Such a pleasure to participate in. This year, we had more friends join us and it was a great time. We don't normally travel over an hour for a 5k, but this is worth it.

-- Renee K

About the 2021 Race

The woman’s distance festival is always a well run and fun event . The “girls rock “ attitude of fellow runners and volunteers makes this event so much fun for girls of all ages and their families:)

-- Emily W

This is always a first rate, well run race. It's a supportive environment that's perfect for all levels of runners & walkers. This race is one I'm often inviting others to run with me, and that I look forward to every year!

-- Katie M

I think this is such a well-organized event and I appreciate all the efforts of the planning committee. I know you are thinking of the participants all the time.

-- Cindi D

The Frederick WDF was my first race in a few years, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The well-organized pre-race crew and the volunteers made everything run so smoothly (pun intended). I needed to only concentrate on my running because everything else was covered.

-- Lisa L

I absolutely loved how well organized this was. The race shirt may just be my favorite race shirt. The amount of volunteers was astounding; I have ran longer races with less volunteers. And everyone was so friendly.

-- Renee K

I loved everything about it! Beautifully organized, wonderful details from the gorgeous shirts to the hand-crafted cookie and key chain awards, full range of award categories, nice and well marked and protected course, thoughtful and supportive directors and volunteers and very strong women/girl participants of all ages!!! Such a joyful live event!!!!!

-- Debbie C

About the 2019 Race

This was my first time- I'll definitely be back next year!

-- Molly H

This race has a great reputation and I can see why.  Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors.

-- Joanne S

Love the little woman’s race! My daughter really enjoyed it and I was glad I could be a role model for her as I participated in the 5k. 

-- Amanda R

This race was so worth driving through two counties to reach!


This is my 4th year doing the race and I love it!

-- Karen C

I love the sense of community and getting to see all my friends! This is one of my favorite events on the Frederick race calendar, and it's such a blast every year. I love how big the race has gotten!

-- Gwyn W

This is one of the best organized races anywhere!

-- Kim W

About the 2018 Race

I'm new to Frederick and this was my first race.  I'm not as competitive as I once was, but this was a great experience.  Everyone was so friendly and upbeat!  It was a really nice course.

-- Kim T

I liked the way you made 'visitors' from other counties feel welcome. The food was outstanding! nice surprises: the sherbet after the race,  the cold wet towels given out after crossing the finish line, the cold water given to race finishers,hot wings, fresh fruit, random prizes. the race course, the college's access to the highway. WTG!

- BB

Just a great day. I liked the course, the spirit of participants and organizers, and the great cause.

-- Shari S

This was my second Frederick Women's Distance Festival and I absolutely loved it again! The location is great and the course is primarily flat and well marked with plenty of great volunteers! The festival part has a lot of great vendors and giveaways. Thank you sponsors and organizers!

-- Lori M.

One of the nicest races in Frederick! I'm glad I'm a woman so I can participate! :)

-- Jennifer V

This really is the best race. You go out of your way to ensure that every participant feels good about her accomplishment. The race fairies are fabulous. Thank you all for everything you do.

-- Cindi D

About the 2017 Race

 I have to give a huge shoutout to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make today such a great event. I think this race is definitely the most fun 5K of the year! It's so much fun to see so many great people out on the course either running or volunteering, and I tremendously appreciate all of the encouragement I received while I was running! You guys are THE BEST EVER. Even though 5Ks in August are hard and painful, I think I found myself grinning the entire time! 

--Jenny H


The race was phenomenal! A big thank you to Harriet L and all of the volunteers and supporters for such an awesome day.

--Maxann L

Always love the event ... friendliness ... feeling of women empowerment:)

--Celeste D

I always enjoy this 5K. The organizers and volunteers do a tremendous job in making this a fun event. The post race food was wonderful!

--Loretta F

Love love love this race !! It has become my favorite 5K and the one to do every year -- thanks !

--Karen C.

Thanks so much for organizing this exceptional event to benefit our community!

--Roseann R

This is a race for ALL women...and that is what makes it wonderful.

--Kathy H

The new course was great! The sponsors are much appreciated. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. A fabulous morning!

--Peggy M

The overall race atmosphere - very positive, welcoming and enthusiastic, and does a great job to celebrate everyone's accomplishments in training and racing. I love being able to connect with and cheer on old and new running friends. There is incredible energy at the start, finish, and out on the course thanks to the runners as well as the volunteers! The handmade awards are a very special & unique touch too, and the new course is perfect! Great expos pre and post race also! All around one of my favorite races!

--Stephanie R

I really liked the entire event and everything surrounding it. The race was well organized. The course was really nice, and well marked. The after race refreshments were very nice. Overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to running it next year! Thank you!

--Hamann J

About the 2016 Race

It was pretty cool to line up with 500 other women (on the hottest day of the year) and run a 5k. It was the perfect celebration of all of the tough, inspiring women who love this sport and I am so grateful that I am able to run!

-- Stephanie R


Thank you for an awesome event!! A great day and I love seeing all the moms and daughters ️.

--Beth H

 My first experience with the training, race and Steeps and it was amazing! Many thanks to everyone who put so much time and hard work into this event!

--Pam B

It was definitely well done. And I liked the new course a lot.

--Katie M

I enjoyed seeing the custom made awards, they were the most awesome bling I've ever seen... 

--Erica M

I was not thrilled about the idea of running in the heat when I got up yesterday, but when I arrived at the race, I quickly remembered why I now make it a point to run this one every year. Impeccable organization, beautiful course, great post-race, and, most of all, I LOVED seeing all the awesome volunteers out on the course! Being cheered for by friends was so tremendously appreciated! Thanks to all who made this a great success!

--Jenny H

Great race once again! Thanks to all coordinators and volunteers!! You all did a great job. I loved the new course. Way to go ladies who all rocked it in this heat.

--Beth C

I had so much fun! The whole event was beautifully planned and executed. Can't wait for the next one!

--Caree L

About the 2015 Race


You really knocked it out of the park. What a FANTASTIC event. Lots of positive energy, happy faces, goals achieved and great memories made. It doesn't get better than that.

-- Roseann A

Some of my Annapolis Striders friends told me it was the best WDF race ever! And they go to a lot of WDF races. I can only agree with their assessment.

--Karyn S


Thank you. It was a great morning

--Margaret M


Super race from sign ups, to the course support, vendors, and after. Thank you, everyone!

--Janet B


It was amazing! Thank you so much Harriet Langlois and all of the rest of the volunteers!!!!

--Azhar I


Seriously! I was ridiculously impressed with how great today was! Everyone was so friendly, helpful, and encouraging! Thanks so much to Harriet and every other volunteer and sponsor who helped make this morning awesome!! Although I have to admit, I didn't think I was going to like the course, but I totally changed my mind - it was lovely! What a wonderful event.

--Jenny H


Everything went perfectly! Good food, awards, well-marked course- best WDF I ran this year!

--Ruth T


My daughter and I were just talking about what a great race this is. Soooo organized and fun!! 

--Dawn B


Such a great race! Will definitely do this one again next year

--Melissa H


what a WONDERFUL race you carried off today! This was my first time running it and I truly enjoyed the support, goodies (1st in my age group!!!! LOVE THE COOKIE, LOVE THE GLASS~ with the ever-so-cool glass marker around the stem, LOVE THE BOOK~ I'm a READER!), and all the sights. I was driving from Central PA at 4:30 am to run it and it was DEFINITELY worth it!
I will FOR SURE be back next year!!!!!!!

--Kristen G


About the 2014 Race

Your race was as perfect as a race could be.  You had fabulous weather, professional signage, good refreshments, many fantastic random prizes and unique age-group awards. Also, I love the shirt... My thanks to you and your volunteers for a superb race.

-- Dee N.


Awesome job! We took the t-shirt for test run yesterday and love it!
-- Keary J


Congratulations on your event!  I heard it was a great race and a great day
-- Nancy W


It was a great event! My daughter and I really enjoyed it.
-- Tracy C


I had a great time! Thanks for a fun event!
-- Leah G

Great race-great cause!
-- Cindi D.


Great event!  Nice pictures!
-- Hilary P


Thank you for everything you did to make the event run so smoothly…

-- Margaret W


Thanks for an amazing morning! My daughter loved the Little Women's race!!

-- Mindy M


I actually live in Arlington and love racing in Frederick. This was my second year running in the WDF and have found the Steeplechasers to be the most welcoming group I have encountered."

-- Melissa C.


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