5K-10K races support women’s fitness

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Debuting in Colorado for the first time, the Athleta Esprit de She Run will not only provide runners a beautiful view of the mountains, but also a post-race glass of champagne.

The Athleta Esprit de She Run is an athletic event series across the nation designed exclusively for women and will be Thursday, June 6, at Life Time Fitness in Westminster.

Athleta is a fitness and lifestyle apparel brand for women and is the sponsor of the event.

Runners can choose a 5K or 10K run that begins and ends at Life Time Fitness. After the exercise is over that’s when the real fun begins with a complete champagne bubbly bar, a variety of tasty tapas and an Athleta fashion show.

There will also be live music and a community night market showcasing fresh produce, local artisans and local creative projects on the pool deck area of the fitness center.

Lauren Kurhajetz, brand director for the Athleta Esprit de She Run, said the series is all about making fitness relevant to women’s lives.

She said too often women get too busy to take time for themselves, so the event is a way for women to get a workout in while spending time with their girlfriends.

“The race is for beginners or advanced athletes who can come unite and celebrate fitness,” she said. “And then after the race, women can enjoy some me-time with our free services like mini manicures and massages. “

The Athleta Esprit de She Run is also an opportunity for women to donate to Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization that supports leadership and development for girls in fifth through eighth grades using interactive lessons and running games. Women can either make a one-time donation or become part of the SoleMate program, which provides women an opportunity to raise money for Girls on the Run while training for the athletic event of their choice.

Day-of registration and packet pick-up is from 4-6 p.m. followed by the start of the race at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Life Time Fitness Westminster, 397 West 148th Ave. Cost to participate is $40/5K and $50/10K. Life Time members get a $5 discount. To register visit www.EspritdeShe.com.