Race founder Dusty Rhodes in Women’s Running

Race History

In 1977, when Dusty Rhodes started this race as the Bonne Bell Mini Marathon, she promoted the race woman by woman, and hoped for the best on race day. She would have been thrilled with 200 runners – on the day, 2,200 ran, and Dusty had become the world’s first female race director. Four decades later, the race continues to serve as a day of speed, strength, and solidarity for women of all ages and abilities.

Read more about the race’s roots in this piece published by Women’s Running Magazine.