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Gildan Esprit de She Event Empowers Women in Maple Grove

Jul 25, 2016 04:35PM ● By Doug Erlien

The Gildan 2015 Esprit de She in Maple Grove

The Gildan Esprit de She 5k race returns to Maple Grove Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Central Park of Maple Grove.

Esprit de She is a women’s running, duathlon and triathlon series with 15 events across the nation. The series, founded by Lindsey Sachs, is focused on helping women of all ages realize their potential.

"Gildan Esprit de She is so proud to unite strong, empowered women in the heart of Maple Grove, especially in the new 
Central Park of Maple Grove,” Sachs said. “As a Maple Grove native myself, I have spent many years helping to bring the community together for healthy reasons, including founding the Maple Grove Triathlon held each August at Weaver Lake. By helping women specifically achieve their athletic goals, we know that families, and our community grows stronger as a result.”

In addition to the 5k race is the 
Gilden Esprit de She Maple Grove Outdoor Fitness Jam which includes a zumba class and a yoga session.

Heidi Segedy, along with friends Michelle and Alexa, celebrate finishing the 2015 Gildan Esprit de She (photo provided by Heidi Segedy)

 Maple Grove resident Heidi Segedy participated in the race last year with a group of neighbors since they lived only three blocks from the starting line.

“All of our other neighbors are somewhat avid runners so I knew I would never be able to keep up with them,” Segedy said.

So Heidi, along with friends Michelle and Alexa (pictured left), ran the race together. In the process, they realized the purpose of the night was not the time of their race.

“I’m sure I could have finished the race with a better time than I did,” Segedy said. “For us, this race wasn’t about anything other than having fun with friends, stepping outside of our comfort zones and proving we could do it!"

The Gildan Esprit de She
Thursday August 4, 2016
4:00-6:15 p.m. Registration and packet pickup - Central Park
4:30-8:00 p.m. Complimentary bag drop - Central Park
6:30 p.m. 5k Start (Main Street in front of Town Green)
6:30 p.m. Fitness Jam start
6:30-9:30 p.m. Post-race rendezvous and lifestyle market - Central Park
8 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Register for the Event
The 5k adult registration is $50, Youth 5k (17 and under) is $30 and the Zumba Fitness Jam is $50 per person. Lifetime members receive a $5 discount by entering your member number during registration.

Click here for race and registration Information

Editor's note: Check out pictures from the 2015 Gildan Esprit de She here:

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