2010: Celebrating women is what this big Boise event is all about

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2010: Celebrating women is what this big Boise event is all about

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on September 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 21 at 3:49 PM

BOISE -- We're in the middle of the weeklong Women's Fitness Celebration, and just two days away from the race, the largest women's only 5K in the country.

But is there more to the event than just running, walking, strolling and celebrating?

This week, and especially Saturday, is all about celebrating women.

Whatever money St. Luke's doesn't use to celebrate goes to a good cause.

"Oh, it's to celebrate. Women give all 365 days of the year, and this really is a chance to celebrate wellness, their health, their family, their friends," said Sherry Iverson.

The St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration is in its 18th year celebrating women.

Linda Snow is celebrating for her sixth year.

"It's such an awesome event. I mean, it's the big celebration of women. It's just fun," said Snow.

Sherri Felton has been celebrating off and on for 15 years.

"It's a lot of fun. There's a lot of energy down there. There's a lot of excitement. You just come down here with all the women. It's just makes you glad to be a woman. To be in Boise, and to be part of something like this," said Felton.

To run, walk, wheel, or push participants pay a fee ranging from $10 to $30.

That money goes toward putting on an incredible party complete with race numbers, t-shirts, and breakfast, just to name a few.

"We put on a major party, and pay for a great safe event, and then we use any extra funds for women's health funds," said Iverson.

So whatever money is left over, and it is different every year, goes straight toward helping educate women.

"We know that education to parents about how to handle crying babies, how to seek help, when to walk away is vitally important, and reduces child abuse," said Iverson.

From when the women begin to gather at six Saturday morning to when the final party ends around noon, women - old, young and everywhere in between will be out having a great time with family and friends.

"So those are all of those little components, that when you put it all together, I just don't think you're going to find a race like this anywhere else," said Iverson.

This race isn't like others where it promotes a certain cause.  Iverson says the race is put on by women, for women to celebrate women.

St. Luke’s expects over 10,000 people will participate in Saturday’s event.

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