Event: Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Downtown Grand Rapids
April 19, 2015 is JUST around the corner and I can feel it approaching quickly! On this day, I will be running the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon! This will be my first Half Marathon for the year and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. I have been preparing for this event since January with strict training and dieting, and I am ready to give it all I got!
The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K race is in my hometown of Grand Rapids. The course runs through downtown, showcasing all the beauty the city has to offer. Since the inaugural race in 2013, I have only run the 5K race (read about it here), placing top 3 in my age group. This year will be a lot different as I embark on the Half Marathon. I expect this race to be full of energy and hope to be smiling the whole way though. I know it will be tough, but with other women cheering me on, it will help me to not give up and keep on running.
So why am I running the Half Marathon? Why not! I receive a sterling silver finishers charm from imua jewelry by Terryberry and have the honor of running alongside all women. This is an all-girls race and nothing can beat the experience of women coming together for a wonderful cause!
Take a look at all the other benefits the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K race have to offer:
- Actively encourage new runners to participate in the sport
- Build relationships
- Improve womens’ health and family health
- Enhance partnerships within the community
- Raise funds for community partners that further impact and support women
The race was centered around Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids for its first two years, but will be transitioning to the larger Calder Plaza area for the 2015 race reason.
New to 2015, the race is offering a VIP package, complete with a heated tent! This is perfect for the unexpected weather we have!
A VIP ticket may be purchased for $35 and will have access to the following amenities:
- Heated VIP tent at Calder Plaza
- Local eats
- Fresh hand-poured coffee
- Private VIP restrooms
- Private VIP gear check
- Post-race massages
- Nike Swag bag that includes a water bottle and Nike hat
- This package will also allow you access to a fast track packet pickup line at the Expotique on Saturday, April 18.
I am extremely excited to be running this race and you should too as there is still time to register for the 5K and Half Marathon!
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