Catch the buzz about this weekend that celebrates women through a variety of events, including races, a health and wellness expo, and fashion show fit for a Queen.
From the high-end swag bags filled with fabulous goodies to the pampering, bling and fabulous fashion show at their boutique-like packet pick-up expo, the Queen Bee Half Marathon is all about making its participants feel like royalty.
“This is the fifth year for the Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-miler, but we started working on it about a year before our first running,” Iris Simpson Bush, Executive Director of the Flying Pig Marathon, which operates the Queen Bee, says. Bush is looking forward to celebrating with the women. “We are looking forward to celebrating our Queen’s Court, those runners and walkers who have participated in all five Queen Bee Half Marathons,” she says.
With this year’s Queen Bee, participants are going to see more activities at the victory party, like people asked for in the past. “We’ve added many more activities for runners, walkers and their families, a long with our band,” she explains.
The Queen Bee is unique from other races out there. “We make no secret that we are celebrating women and we encourage participants to do the event with their moms, daughters, girlfriends, and sisters,” she says. “We want it to be part of a great girls’ weekend!”
The Queen Bee loves the opportunity to celebrate women and all that they have accomplished. “We do that by adding a little more pampering, a little more bling to the event,” Bush says. The success of the event is defined by the participants. “Having the Queen Bee Half Marathon sold out again this year is an honor and we are humbled by the support,” she adds.
If you want to find out more about the race, get race items and get your race packets, check out the “Bee-You-Tique.” The day before the race, there is going to be an expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center on October 12. At the event, you can get items and services that are geared towards women.
“We want our participants to celebrate being themselves, “Bee-U” in other words, and the name came from there,” she says. “Literally hundreds of vendors will be there, participants come to pick up their bibs, their premium items and check out information on the course. The Queen Bee is empowered by Kroger and P&G, and both are at the convention center with lots of samples and great information.”
There is also going to be a fashion show that showcases the latest performance gear. “What a runner or walker wears is so important to their comfort and their results,” Bush says. “It’s primarily about what will help our participants look and feel their best on the course or training,” she says. “We’re fortunate to have vendors who can showcase the latest.”