Frederick Women's Distance Festival

Sat August 1 - Sun August 9, 2020 RaceJoy Ready
Run/Walk Anywhere!

VIRTUAL 5k Run/Walk

$25 Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Run/Walk Anywhere!

VIRTUAL Little Women 1k Fun Run

$15 Registration ends August 9, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

5k Run/Walk

08/01 8:00AM EDT

Little Women 1k Fun Run

08/01 7:30AM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Anywhere you want!

We've gone VIRTUAL for the 31st annual Frederick Women's Distance Festival!

We have been evaluating the COVID-19 situation on an ongoing basis with the health and safety of our runners and volunteers as our prime consideration. While we don't see a way to safely go forward with our normal in-person event, we have transitioned to the next best thing by going virtual for 2020.

We won't be together in person, but we can be together in spirit, showing the strength of our community.

Our Frederick Women's Distance Festival runners and volunteers are some of the most positive people we've encountered and we hope you'll stick with us as we continue to support the Women's Giving Circle grants program with the net proceeds of the race. The work provided by the nonprofits supported by these grants is more important than ever as our residents struggle through these unprecedented challenges.​


Here's How it Works:

  • Register for the Virtual 5k (or the Little Women Fun Run)*
  • Your awesome swag will be mailed to you starting July 29
  • You'll receive more information about reporting your results for the 5K (if you opt in)
  • Run anytime between August 1 and August 9
  • Report your result, if you'd like
  • Celebrate your accomplishment

*Race shirt availability not guaranteed for registrations after July 12

For more information, see our website at and especially the Virtual FAQ



 Virtual 5k Run/Walk:  the main event - run it anywhere.  Short-Sleeved Tech shirt and race bib included in the registration fee. 

 Little Women Virtual 1k Fun Run: a short, non-competitive event for our younger runners.  Very cute cotton t-shirt, race bib, and finishers' medal included in the registration fee.



 Participants in the Virtual 5k may optionally register as part of a team. Runners registering as part of a team are also eligible for awards in the individual competition. 

Team TypeDescriptionMinimum Team Size
FamilyAny combination of mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, granddaughter              2
Corporate/GroupAny company, civic organization, club, friends              4

Registrants who wish to participate in the team competition must provide the team name and team category during registration.

If you are registering a large team and would like to pay in a single payment, contact the race director at



Please consider supporting the event through one of our sponsorship opportunities.  See



The Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club offers a nine-week summer training program for women in preparation for the Frederick Women's Distance Festival 5k. This year the training will be virtual, but the encouragement and collaboration is very real.  You can train with us at any location and do your training runs at times that are convenient to you. The coaches are excited to be able to bring our beloved women's 5k training program to you - wherever you are!

Registration for the training program is separate from registration for the race. Signup at:  The training program is free for members of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club. If you're not already a member, you will need to signup before registering for the training program.

Special: Register for the Women's Distance Festival 5k by June 1, and get a $5-off promotion code for your already-inexpensive Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club membership. Look for the code in your confirmation email.  You don't need to be local to Frederick, Maryland to join our club! As we take our training programs and races virtual, you can enjoy your membership from anywhere!

​For more information about our training program see:

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at Frederick Women's Distance Festival.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

Frederick Women's Distance Festival is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy

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