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Women's Running, formerly Her Sports + Fitness is a magazine geared towards female running enthusiasts. Published 6 times yearly by Outside, it is the only women's-specific running magazine available in the North American market. [1] According to the publisher it was created "to serve a rapidly growing community of female runners." [2]


The magazine's editor-in-chief is Jen Ator. Jen was previously the fitness director of Women's Health for ten years. [3]



Before becoming Women's Running the magazine was first published in 2004 under the name Her Sports + Fitness, founded by former marketing executive and Martha Stewart apprentice Dawna Stone. Stone, also a triathlete, has said she got the idea to start an athletic magazine specifically designed for women after finding out Sports Illustrated for Women, her favorite magazine, was being discontinued. [4]

In 2004, Her Sports won the Florida Magazine Association's Charlie Award for "Best New Magazine." [5]


In 2008, Her Sports was renamed Women's Running, a change aimed at serving the growing community of female runners—a demographic also noticed by other industry magazines such as Runner's World. [6] [7] According to RunningUSA, the rebranding tripled newsstand sales and dramatically increased subscriptions. [8]


The magazine was redesigned in early 2012, unveiled for the first time in the March/April 2012 issue. The redesign included a new cover featuring celebrities and elite athletes, a "reader's corner" that featured issues popular on the magazine's social media websites, and the "parting shot" – dubbed "a sneak peak into the running life of a professional athlete." [9]

Competitor Group Ownership

On June 1, 2012 Competitor Group announced their acquisition of Women's Running Magazine, WomensRunning.com, and the Women's Half Marathon Series for an undisclosed amount. [10] "This is a watershed moment for our organization as we greatly expand our media and event portfolio with a collection of powerful assets from which we will create the largest participatory platform in the world dedicated to female athletes,” said Scott Dickey, CEO of CGI in a press release. [11]

Current Owner

On October 12, 2017, Women's Running, along with other titles including VeloNews and Triathlete as well as book publisher VeloPress, were sold to Pocket Outdoor media. [12] Women's Running was purchased by Outside in 2021. [13]


In 2016 Amelia Gapin became the first openly transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Women's Running. [14]


The magazine has a nationwide circulation of 105,000 (unaudited). [15] The publisher estimates the readership to be 192,000. [2]

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