King of Prussia has been the region’s hub for all things shopping and dining for the last few years thanks to its continuing expansion. Ever on-trend, the town will host its first women’s only 10K race on June 2.
The Queen of Prussia 10K is the brainchild of race directors Nanci Fitzgerald of Chestnut Hill and Barb McKeever of Plymouth Meeting. They’d both dreamed about making such a race when they met a few years back at a runner’s conference.
Having participated in other women’s only races, they wanted to bring one to the Philadelphia area. “We went to [the King of Prussia] Town Center and fell in love with the community there,” says McKeever. “It had everything we needed to support the event.”
Since the beginning, Fitzgerald and McKeever have been working to create a community of women supporting one another, which they hope will continue on the racecourse. To build relationships, they’re hosting pre-race events at Road Runner Sports, plus a mentorship program and even smaller meet ups to discuss training tips. “By the time we get to race weekend, everyone knows everyone and it’s the celebration at the end,” says McKeever.
On race day, runners will be spilt into 14 age brackets. The race will begin and end at the King of Prussia Town Center and head down a closed course along the Chester Valley Trail. The post-race party will feature a red carpet, medals and tiaras, plus the crowning of the first even Queen of Prussia.
Registration is $60 until May 1. The race starts at 8 a.m.