Nation’s Premiere Event Series for Women Expands to Columbus for First-Ever Fitness-Inspired “Happy Hour” 5K/10K

March 29th, 2016

Nation’s Premiere Event Series for Women Expands to Columbus for First-Ever Fitness-Inspired “Happy Hour” 5K/10K

Gildan Esprit de She – The Sprit of Her Race Series Comes to Genoa Park on Thursday, September 22 Supporting Girls on the Run

Columbus – March 29, 2016 – Columbus-area women are invited to the community’s inaugural fitness-inspired happy hour 5K/10K, hosted by the nation’s premiere event series for women, Gildan Esprit de She, in Genoa Park on Thursday, September 22. Registration is now open at

Produced by Life TimeSM – The Healthy Way of Life Company, Gildan Esprit de She will host runners, joggers and walkers alike in Columbus’ first-ever designer event encouraging women to “Be Your Potential” and inspiring a lifestyle that unites women, families and communities through a foundation of fitness and empowerment.

Happy hour or workout? Now, women don’t have to choose. Following the timed 5K or 10K, women of all paces and passions will enjoy Gildan Esprit de She’s Lifestyle Market featuring a Bubbly Bar with complimentary champagne and wine, healthy eats and live acoustic music. The fun and festivity continues at the Panasonic Beauty Bar powered by Life Spa where women will enjoy manicures, massages, or hair braiding and the souvenir photo booth brought to life by The Vision Council.

“We are proud to host athletic events that positively change women’s lives,” says Lindsey Sachs, Gildan Esprit de She Founder. “From the moment women commit to register, through training, to their step across the finish-line, our athletes join a supportive community that empowers their fitness and personal goals and creates lifelong memories. We cultivate stronger communities enabling women to connect and realize their true potential through living a healthy way of life.”  

Why Columbus?

Columbus is home to a vibrant community of  empowered women—the perfect setting to expand Gildan Esprit de She’s reach and activation with national partners including Gildan, Panasonic Beauty, Poise, Pure Silk, Specialized Women, The Vision Council, and national charity partner Girls on the Run—a physical activity based, positive youth development program for girls in the third through eighth grade.

The race venue at Genoa Park showcases the recent expansion of green space supported by the Scioto Greenway Project. The area is also home to several Life Time Fitness destinations, including Dublin, Easton and Upper Arlington. 

Local Charity

As a leading charity partner of Gildan Esprit de She since its inception four years ago, Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The mission of Girls on the Run aligns in strong parallel with Gildan Esprit de She; helping women of all ages lead confident and joyful lives.

During registration, athletes will have the opportunity to donate to Girls on the Run and are invited to become a coach or volunteer. To learn more about the local Girls on the Run Franklin County council, visit

Registration Details

Runners registered by April 15 will receive a bonus gift of yellow Panasonic headphones in addition to many fashionable freebies including a Mondetta performance running tank ($40 value) and reusable gift bag, both branded with the 2016 annual series theme Be Your Potential, plus a customized race bib (if registered by July 31), free post-race photos courtesy of The Vision Council and more. 

2016 Gildan Esprit de She Event Schedule

  • The Woodlands, TX 5K/10K – Thursday, April 21
  • Tempe, AZ Duathlon & NEW 5K – Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day
  • Cary, NC 5K/10K – Thursday, May 12
  • Lakeville, MN Duathlon & Triathlon – Sunday, May 22
  • Naperville, IL Triathlon – Sunday, June 14
  • Chicago, IL 5K/10K  – Thursday, July 21
  • Maple Grove, MN 5K and Fitness Jam – Thursday, August 4
  • Columbus, OH 5K/10K – Thursday, September 22
  • San Diego, CA Triathlon and Duathlon – Sunday, October 16
  • Atlanta, GA 5K/10K  – Thursday, November 3

To RSVP for any of the Gildan Esprit de She events, visit the series official website at Follow Gildan Esprit de She on Twitter @EspritdeShe and on the Esprit de She Facebook page.

About Life TimeSM – The Healthy Way of Life Company

Life Time is a privately held, comprehensive health and lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of March 29, 2016 the company operates 119 centers in 26 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe® and Anvil® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. and Canada.  The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America and the Caribbean Basin to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 43,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices in all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites and, respectively.

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Nation’s Premiere Event Series for Women Expands to Columbus for First-Ever Fitness-Inspired “Happy Hour” 5K/10K

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