Divas Running Series Returned to DC’s Wine Country

09/21/2017 - 11:51

Divas-Half-Marathon-5k-DCWINE-Logo-275x275.jpgLansdowne Resort and Tarara Winery served as backdrop for the fifth annual races.

MIAMI, FL – The Divas® Running Series celebrated its fifth annual races in Leesburg, Virginia Sept. 15-16. The 5K took place at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa on Friday evening, with a team of Ainsley’s Angels from the National Capital Region leading the way. Tarara Winery played host to the half marathon on Saturday morning as participants weaved their way through the picturesque countryside.

The 5K took place Friday around the Robert Trent Jones, II-designed Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort and Spa. Stacey Grady, from Essex, MD, took first place in 24:08. Wendy Hart, from Ashburn, VA, came in second in 24:24, while Lisa McGinnis-Buckler, of Chaptico, MD. was third with a time of 24:44.

On Saturday, runners were treated to warm weather and clear skies as they meandered past vineyards and along vast fields of green. Megan Devlin, from Washington, DC placed first in the half marathon 1:34:57. Kate Booth, of Stoneham, MA, crossed the finish in second place 1:37:41. Rounding out the top three was, Else Braner of Arlington, VA, 1:39:45.

Participants of both distances finished the race in style with boas, tiaras and tutus creating a sea of pink. Finishers were rewarded with the new Divas® medal, complete with a Pandora®-compatible charm. After the half marathon, finishers were treated with a complimentary wine-tasting provided by Tarara Winery. Minute Rice, was onsite as a sponsor of both the 5K and half, giving away samples of Minute Ready to Serve Rice.

Robert Pozo, President and CEO of Continental Event & Sports Management, had high praise for this year’s race. “This past weekend was the best Divas® Running Series event in the last five years in DC’s Wine Country. Great weather and flawless execution by the city departments, Tarara Winery and sponsors had thousands of, mostly female, runners enjoying the Friday night 5K through, and around, the Lansdowne Resort golf course and the Saturday morning half marathon at the wonderful Tarara Winery location. We are already working on and looking forward to next year’s events!”

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About The Divas® Running Series:

The Divas® Running Series is a group of female-inspired running events throughout the United States consisting of a Health & Fitness Boutique, a 5K road race and a half marathon race and finish line experience. Each of the Divas® events consists of additional activities geared toward women including a boa & tiara station, “bubbly” toast at the finish and fun entertainment along the course. Now in its eighth year, the race series received the highly coveted SportsTravel Award for Best Amateur Series or Circuit in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Event locations include Galveston, TX, North Myrtle Beach, SC, San Francisco Bay, CA, Toronto Island, Canada, Calgary, Canada, Peachtree City, GA, DC’s Wine Country, VA, Long Island, NY, San Juan, PR, and Temecula, CA. For more information, please visit:

About Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC:
With world-class running events such as the Divas® Running Series and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, Continental Event and Sports Management Group, LLC is one of the premiere sports management companies in the United States. Robert and Gaby Pozo, founders and managers of Continental, have over 17 years of experience in the race production industry providing unparalleled events to participants and their host communities.

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