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What can girls and women expect when they sign up for the third annual You Go Girl Relay on June 1? Fun, fun and more fun — according to organiser Natalie Dyrli.

For the past two years, participants have said the event felt more like a party than a race.

And Ms Dyrli hopes next month's event will be no exception.

“We will be playing girl power themed music and the course will be lined with enthusiastic male marshals to make sure the ladies stay on course,” she explained.

“This year there will also be a new category. If all three ladies wish to run the full 6K as a team (as opposed to the 6K, 4K, 2K relay train), they are more than welcome to enter the event in that category.”

Two years ago, 180 ladies came out for in the inaugural You Go Girl! event in Dockyard. Last year that number rose slightly to 200 people, but Ms Dyrli is aiming for the biggest ever turn out next month.

She is hoping to see 250 people sign up for the relay and they are especially looking to attract more junior aged girls.

Ms Dyrli said there were a few things that drew ladies to take part in the event.

Not only were the participants all female, the proceeds also benefit a female-focused charity: Women's Resource Centre.

“In addition, the distances aren't as intimidating,” she said, “especially for those ladies who don't run on a regular basis and who are looking to get into the road racing scene.

“It also gives women the chance to spend time with other ladies and work together to achieve a goal. And of course, last but not least, the super cute accessories we give out is also a plus.”

The relay involves running three laps of 2K distances throughout Dockyard.

The first team member runs a 2K loop, before picking up the second team member and they run together for the second loop.

Next they pick up the third team member for the third and final loop. They must cross the finish line as a team.

The format has proved successful and Ms Dyrli said she has received lots of positive feedback from past participants.

“The ladies seem to enjoy the party-like atmosphere and getting to work and dress together as a team,” she said.

“I know some ladies have been planning their outfits since last year's event! The first year a few teams dressed similarly, but last year, the ladies overwhelmed us with their coordinated outfits.

“The teams were easily identifiable and this totally made me smile.

“Of course, coordinated team outfits are not required, but we love when our ladies do. We have some creative teams out there!”

This year participants have a chance to win a two night's stay in one of the gold rooms at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

There will be a host of other draw prizes from local vendors and restaurants in our post-race raffle.

Anyone who participates in the event will have their name in the raffle and will be eligible to win, Ms Dyrli said.

“I would encourage ladies to participate because not only will their participation be physically beneficial to themselves, they will be raising funds for charity. So it's a win-win situation!”

Sponsors who have made the event possible are OIL and U by KOTEX.

Sign up for the relay is available online on www.racedayworld.com.

Jump for Joy: Team Will Run For Wine, Laura Wright, Rose-Anna Hoey and Ashley Estwanick, jump for joy after winning last year's You Go Girl relay in Dockyard. (photo by Glenn Tucker)
Girl power: Participants pose for a photo before running the first You Go Girl Relay held at Dockyard in 2012 (Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published May 08, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 07, 2014 at 6:18 pm)

Girls just want to have fun

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