Less than three months until Grand Rapids makes history with the inaugural Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k on April 13, 2013. The event marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law that made discrimination between men’s and women’s educational programs illegal. Title IX had its largest impact by expanding female sports at the high school and collegiate level.

Whether you are looking to complete your first 5k or are looking to set a PR, this race is for you! Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or a co-worker and sign up for this event! You won't regret it! We promise! We also have a women's only training program geared toward the Gazelle Girl 5k. Check out the training section below! Strollers are welcome on the 5k course.

Half Marathon

The half marathon is full!!! 
The half marathon will be capped at 2,000 runners.  Half Marathon runners will enjoy Nike tech-t's and when you cross the finish line you will receive a unique sterling silver finisher charm from Imua jewlery by Terryberry! Don't train for this event solo - Gazelle Girl Meetups will start in January - information listed below.

Please note: No refunds or race deferrals allowed. Transfers will be accepted until April 7, 2013. Transfers must be done online by clicking here. There will be a $10 fee for all transfers. Shirts sizes are not guaranteed for transfers. Runners may switch from the half marathon to the 5k with no refund of the price difference. 5k runners may NOT switch to the half marathon. In the event of race cancellation due to inclement weather no refunds or deferrals will be allowed.

Other Gazelle Girl Stories

To say that running saved my life is, well, an understatement.

In July 2009, I weighed 271 pounds and was well on my way to any number of health problems: diabetes, heart disease, you name it. What’s more, this “I-love-kids” woman suffered from very irregular periods and there was a good chance that she might never have kids of her own. I was sad. And felt like so much was out of my control. [Read More]

My first attempt at completing a running event was training for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon in 2011. I had always despised running, but I was excited to complete this training with my four-year-old daughter. The sad part? I could not even run a mile without stopping. I watched my daughter’s energy and excitement during our run practices, and I was so winded and jealous. What happened to the competitive cheerleader and very active woman I used to be? Did I lose it after birthing three children? This occurrence ignited a spark in me to start my own training for a 5k. I registered to complete the 5k race the same weekend as my daughter’s Kids Marathon. [Read More]

I never saw the basketball coming. Hard bonk on the shoulder.  I ducked instead of catching the softball. Took it between the eyes. A missed kickball rolled up my leg. Split my lip.

Balls and me, we don’t get along.

Just after Title IX was enacted, my high school offered a girl’s track team. I tried out for track because it wasn’t a ball sport and, unlike other sports at the school, I’d heard we’d be practicing with the boys’ track team. Bonus. There were six of us at tryouts and we all made the team. I was proud, regardless of the circumstance. [Read More]

I watched men play baseball, football and golf. I watched boys wrestle, dive, swim, run and play soccer. We girls had the Girls’ Athletic Association. It met once a week and some 200 girls tried to participate in a single game of baseball, or take turns on the tumbling mats or the trampoline, or play one game of basketball or volleyball. Seriously? Yep, seriously. We played baseball on the asphalt parking lot because the boys had the grass field.

When the WNBA played their first televised game, I literally cried. I cried real tears of joy – and of regret – for all the opportunities lost on girls gone by. When the women’s World Cup Soccer games came to Chicagoland – I was front and center for every game. [Read More]