Posted: Sep 17, 2013 in

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2013) – American Council on Exercise (ACE) has partnered with Competitor Group, Inc. to serve as the official training partner for Competitor’s Women’s Running Series. Comprised of four races across the country, the Women’s Running Series offers 5Ks and half-marathon events that are both walker and runner-friendly. The series kicks-off in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 28, followed by events in Scottsdale-Tempe, Ariz., Saint Petersburg, Fla., and San Diego, Calif.

“The Women’s Running Series is a premiere racing event that encourages individuals at all fitness levels to get on their feet and get moving,” said ACE Chief Science Officer Dr. Cedric Bryant. “Whether being coached by an ACE-certified professional or using ACE’s online training resources, this is a great opportunity to start a journey toward completing a 5K or half-marathon.”

“Competitor Group is excited to join forces with ACE," said Dana Allen, general manager of the Women’s Running Series. "ACE-certified professionals and training programs are among the best in the world and we share the common goal of encouraging women to embrace an active lifestyle and helping women achieve their personal fitness goals no matter their experience or fitness level.”

ACE has created a series of focused training plans and resources available on appropriate for all fitness levels. The training plans, articles, videos and tools can be used by those that are just starting their fitness journey, or athletes who are looking for ways to improve their performance.

The first two focused training plans in the series include a sixteen-week half-marathon training program geared towards those interested in walking their first half-marathon, and an eight-week 5K plan designed for those who can already run a mile and want to improve their distance and endurance. The plans are available at no charge on for a limited time, with more plans scheduled to launch in the coming months. 

In each race city, ACE-certified professionals will lead a group of runners and walkers through in-person training programs coaching them to participate in the local Women’s Running Series events and empowering them to reach their personal goals.

Whether participating in the running series as a walker or runner or simply starting a personal exercise routine, everyone can access the training programs and resources on to support their journey towards living their most fit lives. Individuals seeking a certified health and fitness professional to aid in their race training can use the Find an ACE Pro tool on to locate a certified professional in their area.


About ACE
Since 1985, American Council on Exercise (ACE) has evolved from a small nonprofit dedicated to educating people about proper fitness to a 50,000-strong network of certified Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, Health Coaches, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialists. As the largest NCCA-accredited nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, ACE provides quality continuing education to professionals and conducts independent science-based research to protect all Americans from unsafe and ineffective products. Our goal is to inspire people to live their most fit lives through free fitness resources including workouts, nutrition information and expert advice. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of American Council on Exercise.


About Women’s Running Series

Operated by Competitor Group, the Women’s Running Series (WRS) is the largest women-only half marathon and 5K series in the nation. Four 2013 events in San Diego, Ca. (Feb. 24), Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 28), Scottsdale-Tempe, Ariz. (Nov. 3), and St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 24), are expected to host more than 15,000 total runners. The Women’s Running Series awards all half marathon finishers a glitzy two-in-one medal and commemorative charm, post-race treats in the Cookie Café, refreshing bubbly and a rejuvenating Freshen Up Lounge. All events begin with a women-specific Health & Fitness Expotique and finish with an outdoor party complete with food, music and white linen tablecloths. For more information, please visit


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