The Feminist 5k is a fun run/walk/roll/renunciation of the patriarchy. The race celebrates social change with a spirit of resisterhood, and the distribution of free bananas. Proceeds benefit the Women's Center of Wake County.
At its best, feminism is about equal dignity and respect - the simple idea that women are people and no person is less than any other. The current wave of progressive activism is a continuation of the fight for equal dignity for all, and an affirmation that if you show up to participate in something larger than yourself, you belong - and that our visibility matters.
If you've ever been to a 5k or any road race, you have seen support and inclusion in action. Even when you are at the back of the pack (speaking from experience here), everyone wants you to succeed, and they cheer you on. If you show up to participate, you belong.
Come run/walk/roll with us.
In its second year, over 330 runners and walkers turned out for this event. Omer Abdulraham led all finishers with a 16:53 clocking – breaking the old course record. Natalie Taylor led the women in 22:51. Colleen McCarthy holds the women’s course record of 19:42 set in 2017.
The race begins on Chavis Way at Chavis Park (522 Chavis Way for your GPS) and follows the Little Rock Trail Greenway to the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, and continues in the Walnut Creek Trail to the turnaround. The route is out and back. There is a water stop near the Wetlands Center.
The course is USATF-certified. Click here to download a course map. The event is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field.
Registrants can register either as a competitive or recreational entry. Competitive entrants will be issued a chip, will receive an official time, and be eligible for awards. Recreational entrants will not receive an official time, but they will be able to see their finishing times on a digital clock at the finish line.
The entry fees are the same for each category – $20 up to and including March 1, $25 up to and including May 9th, and $30 thereafter, up to and including race day. The entry fee includes a t-shirt guaranteed to all entered by May 27th. After that date, it will be “as available.” Extra shirts can be ordered for $5 if ordered by May 27th.
Those ages 12 and under can enter as a recreational entry for no cost or as a competitive entry for $5. Those fees do not include a t-shirt, but one can order a shirt for $5 before May 27th.
Awards will be given for the overall top three timed finishers (female and male), and the first female and male finishers in the following age groups: 0-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.
The Women’s Center of Wake County will host its annual fundraiser, THRIVE, an Evening Benefit for the Fight Against Homelessness, Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at Market Hall at City Market, located at 215 Wolfe Street, Raleigh.
The evening starts at 5:30pm and will include food and wine provided by Caffe Luna, beer provided by Trophy Brewing, a silent auction and live music. Proceeds will benefit The Women's Center, providing safe shelter, trauma informed care, and critical, life-saving services, such as medical and behavioral healthcare, food, clothing, hygiene items, and pre-housing services for homeless women in The Triangle.
Join us for a chance to bid on a limited edition hockey stick signed by the Carolina Hurricanes and 2 tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes game, jewelry by Kendra Scott, 2 tickets to "The Planets" ballet performed by Carolina Ballet, custom nesting boxes by Palm Avenue, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, a $100 gift card from The Cheesecake Factory, a custom tote bag filled with books and a $20 gift certificate to Quail Ridge Books, a certificate worth $1000 for a foursome to play golf at the exclusive Old Chatham Golf Club, a signature facial at Azura Skin Care, a $75 gift card for 18 Seaboard, $200 dinner and wine pairings from Hummingbird Restaurant, necklace and earrings from Fleur North Hills, Verismo V Brewer, coffee and decorative cups from Starbucks Parkside, 6 week kids yoga series from Little Guru Yoga, a $50 gift certificate from Little Art Gallery in Cameron Village, 5 class pass from Evolve Movement, One Digital Portrait Session from Elizabeth Galecke Photography, and so much more!
Come early and bid often!
If you would like to donate an item for our silent auction, please go to: https://tinyurl.com/ya2adesu
We would like to thank our THRIVE 2018 event sponsors for making this year's event possible.
Please join us from 5pm-7pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018 for a special event hosted by Skin Sense - A Day Spay:
Bringing Balance To Life: Provide To Thrive
Thursday, October 25th, 5pm-7pm
Skin Sense North Raleigh
6801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh
Skin Sense will be serving wine and hors d'oeuvres and will be providing discounted services, offering skin evaluations on the Skin Scanner and more. A silent auction will be held during this event, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on high end beauty and skin care items as well as items provided by local merchants.
Please bring your gently used beauty or make-up items that you are no longer using and would like to donate to a woman in need and be ready to replenish your stock with new and exciting products! A donation box will be available to drop off your gently used or new beauty, skin care or make up and all items will be donated to The Women's Center, serving homeless women in The Triangle who are working hard to rebuild their lives and achieve their goal of permanent housing. 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will also be donated to The Women's Center! So, mark your calendars and join us on October 11th for wine, food and an evening of beauty and wellness while benefiting homeless and struggling women in The Triangle.
We hope to see you there!
Register before March 1 for the low early bird rate of $20! (Kids 12 and under are free.)
Proceeds benefit the Women's Center of Wake County, Inc.
Friday, February 9, 2018 from noon to 1 pm
Double Tree by Hilton (1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh)
Come enjoy and bid on luscious chocolate desserts, presented by the finest bakeries and chocolatiers in the area. Dessert makers will compete for your bid to take home a sweet confection! Tickets are available below for individuals to attend this event at $40.
Registration for Share the Love is now FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this event, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
After lunch we will highlight the services provided by the Women’s Center to women and families in Wake County, and hear real accounts from clients for whom the Women’s Center has transformed their lives and helped them survive and thrive. Your sponsorship will ensure that the critical services and supports will be here for these women and children in their time of need. Click here to download the sponsorship form. Please email the form to Eleanor Helms at email@example.com to become a sponsor.
EVENT SPONSOR - $5,000 (MAY BE CO-SPONSORED)
Sponsor invited to speak for 2-3 minutes at podium during event; recognition as Event Sponsor; name and logo on Women’s Center website for ALL of 2018; Two full tables of 8 seats (total 16) reserved at event, announcement of sponsorship on Women’s Center Facebook page.
PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR - $2,500
Recognition as Sponsor, table of 8 seats reserved at event; Name and logo on Women’s Center Website for six months; announcement of sponsorship on Women’s Center Facebook page.
GOLD HEART SPONSOR - $1,000
Recognition as Sponsor, 6 seats reserved at event; Name and logo on Women’s Center Website for six weeks; announcement of sponsorship on Women’s Center Facebook page.
SILVER SPONSOR - $500
Reserved seating of 4 seats (half table) at event and sponsors listed on event signage, and announcement of sponsorship on Women’s Center Facebook page.
Images from the 2016 Share the Love event:
Photos taken by MaryBeth Carpenter.
Please Open Your Heart So We Can Open Our Doors
Each day hundreds of women in Wake County experience the trauma of homelessness. For decades The Women’s Center of Wake County has provided critical supports such as day sheltering, emergency food provision, access to medical care and connection to affordable housing, yet every night homeless women find themselves sleeping just outside the Women’s Center’s doors. The little protection provided by our covered area is not enough to keep them safe, especially as nighttime temperatures continue to drop dangerously low in the winter. Our plans for the future of the Women’s Center include overnight emergency shelter for women experiencing homelessness, but we need your help to get there! This holiday season please consider directing some of your holiday giving to alleviating the growing problem of homelessness. Thank you for your support & happy holidays!