We are thrilled you will be joining us for our 2022 Race Forward 2-Day on Saturday – Sunday, August 13-14. Through these events, you can race forward to advance the mission of YWCA Minneapolis: to eliminate racism and empower women. You can choose our 5K Run/Walk for people of all ages, genders and abilities, or our Women’s Triathlon, celebrating the strength in all women — or both! Together we can race forward to advance gender and racial equity.
The 5K run/walk is an untimed community fun run around Lake Nokomis. Children under 10 can register for free, and virtual options are available for people to bring their friends and families together for a casual (or competitive) walk/run in solidarity for racial justice. We make every effort to accommodate adaptive participants in this event.
The Women’s Triathlon celebrates the strength in all women. This welcomes women and non-binary-identifying athletes of all age ranges, backgrounds, and abilities to challenge themselves to a swim, bike and run around Lake Nokomis. The event course is also para-friendly for adaptive athletes, and some scholarships are available for first-time athletes.
Gender and racial disparities in sports participation, health outcomes, and physical well-being are endemic in our culture. Women and girls, especially those who identify as BIPOC are less likely to participate in sports due to social stigma, lack of access, and limited representation. Racism, both structural and interpersonal, has a direct, negative effect on the mental and physical health of millions of people in America.
Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming space for individuals of all abilities to participate in physical challenges that also challenge the status quo. We bring individuals and families together to call attention to these important cultural and public health issues in our Race Forward 2-Day weekend of events.
Join 2022 Team Forward and raise money for YWCA Minneapolis as part of the Race Forward 2-Day Fundraiser!