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Popular Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, 5k adds VIP amenities, caps race

The Gazelle Girl began in 2013 as the first women’s­-only half marathon event in Michigan. This year, they've added VIP amenities to raise additional charity funds and capped half marathon event to ensure intimate running experience.

About the Event

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k began in 2013 as the first women’s­only half marathon event in Michigan. The run, organized by Gazelle Sports, connects women through movement, achievement, celebration, friendship and fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), the YWCA, and Women at Risk all organizations dedicated to empowering women of all ages. Learn more about the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon’s charities HERE.

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k, Michigan’s first women-­only half marathon, was born in 2013 to recognize the 40th anniversary of Title IX.  With the third annual race scheduled for April 19, 2015, the organization is as committed as ever to serving the community by encouraging women and families to live healthier lives as well as raising funds for female-focused charity partners.

“Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k is a special, one­-of-­a-­kind event that connects women through movement, charity and fun,” said Tiler Payne, Gazelle Girl Half Marathon race director. “Not only are the women who participate in the race, doing something good for themselves through the sport of running but they’re impacting female- ­focused charities in the same effort.” 

“With over $100,000 raised for charity over the past three years, the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k race is leaving a legacy," Payne.  “We are thrilled to welcome Women at Risk, International to our 2015 charity partner lineup and we look forward to another year of celebrating and empowering women.”

To raise additional revenue this year for its charity partners, race organizers have added a special VIP tent. “With this special VIP option, our runners can feel good about being indulgent,” said Payne. “The pampering both pre- and post-race helps benefit all four of our charity partners.” 

As part of the VIP experience, runners can expect to have exclusive access to a heated tent before the race, local coffee and local food, private restrooms, gear check and Nike swag bags. Each VIP access pass will also allow a “fast-track” packet pick-up line at the Expotique on Saturday, April 18. The VIP tent is open to runners and spectators, men and women, and registration is available online

With the growing popularity of the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k, the race organizers have also added a cap to the half marathon event. Payne believes there are many runners waiting to register last minute to better predict weather or are awaiting a potential discount code to sign-up. Payne suggests that any woman wanting to run should register today — the half marathon event is predicted to sell out. The 5k race event will not have a cap on registration.

“In order to ensure the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k remains the intimate, special event you’ve come to know, we are capping the event at 2,000 participants,” explained Payne.  “Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this premier women’s-only event.” 

Registration for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k is currently open. Visit for more information.

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