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Be Happy! Win a Chance to Run in Nike Women’s Marathon

Whole Foods Market® is a proud sponsor of the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco. This race fills up fast and now it’s sold out. However, we have some spots we’re giving away to folks who want to enter the race. Read on to find out how to enter for a chance to win an opportunity to run! UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered! Congrats to our winners: Scharon, Kassandra, Jennifer, Jan, Charlyn, Crystal, Hoam, Yue, Stephanie and Tisza. Good luck at the race!

Jennifer at the finish line of Nike Women's Marathon San FranciscoEvery year, 30,000+ people come to San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s Marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As the race celebrates its 10-year anniversary on October 20th, I am happy to announce Whole Foods Market will be the official grocery sponsor!

This marathon is the world’s largest women’s foot race (though men can participate too!), and it’s truly an experience like no other. It’s a chance for everyone to come together and run for a purpose. Plus, let’s not forget that every runner receives a Tiffany & Co. finisher’s necklace at the finish line… handed out by firefighters…in tuxes. 

We all run for different reasons. I do it to explore, to stay active, and be happy. The Nike Women’s Marathon was the first full marathon I ran, and that was before I began working for Whole Foods Market.

This year my runner’s high has come early because the race I love has partnered with the company I love to work for. I am proud to literally stand and run behind a company that practices and advances environmental stewardship while satisfying, delighting and nourishing our customers, including through events like these! 

A picture of Jennifer and her friend at the 2012 Nike Women's MarathonWhole Foods Market is working closely with Nike to make this a near zero waste race. At past marathons, over 30,000 water bottles and thousands of plastic jugs were tossed in the trash. This year, there will be water trucks along the course handing out water in compostable cups. At the finish line, every runner and volunteer will receive a pre-filled re-useable roll-up water bottle.

This will be my fourth time participating in the race, and I’m bringing my roommate with me to experience her first ever half marathon. If I had to pick one emotion to describe the feeling of standing on the starting line waiting to go, it would be happiness. And once I start moving and hear the breaths and strides around me, it sounds like an orchestra of encouragement. I just keep going.

Do you love to run too? In support of this year’s 10th anniversary Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco, we are giving away 10 opportunities to enter* the race.

Tell us why you run in the comments section below by Wednesday, August 14th, and we’ll randomly select 10 winners by August 16th to join us at the starting line. Come along, run with me, get inspired and be happy!

Why do you run?

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends August 14, 2013, 11:59 PM PST. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

*Prize includes (1) entry to participate in the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco, CA on October 20, 2013. Prize does not include required marathon registration fee ($200 for the full marathon; $175 for the half marathon, details here) or transportation to/from race.


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Krista Potter says …

I run to be an inspiration to my daughters, ages 5 and 18-months, who love to watch me run. There's no better feeling than seeing their sweet faces cheer me alongside the road.

Christie Peters says …

I run to stay healthy and be a strong example for my two pre-teen daughters.

Charen says …

I run because I want to live longer and it help me clear my head whenever i RUN

Anonymous says …

Hi, will you be releasing the winners soon? Thanks!

Thomas Truong says …

Hi Jennifer, I was just wondering if you have already chosen the winners of this contest and if you were going to post them up soon. Thanks and have a great day!

Clara mireles says …

I want to be there next year. :)

Josie Evans says …

I run to show my kids you don't have to be born with talent to be good at something. All it takes is a plan, the determination and the will to succeed. I finish every race I start and they watch me finish so they can see what commitment and hard work is about. I run to be close to my husband - it has become a shared love for both of us. He is faster than me but when we are going together he and I match pace. I speed up a bit and he slows down. Running is something of a constant help for me. I love it.

Elaine Jeffries says …

I enjoy running as a way to celebrate life and health