Summer is indeed winding down, and though this is always a bittersweet time of year for those of us who can’t ever get enough of Michigan’s glorious sunshine and warmth, the promise of cooler mornings for running and the anticipation of upcoming fall races definitely lessen the blow of saying goodbye to this season.

In just one month, I’ll be taking on my first Detroit race in a long while, and I’m equally as excited to be among hundreds of women participating in this autumn event, too. The Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, now in its second year, is set for Sunday, Sept. 21 on Belle Isle, with an Expotique taking place in Cobo Hall. Earlier this summer I announced MRG’s partnership with this race — I’ll be running the half marathon as well as have a booth at the Expotique — and today I’m excited to announce I’ve got two race entries to give away to two readers. These race entries are good for the half marathon, 5K or the virtual race (All virtual participants will receive the same swag as “race day” participants, including a super soft race t-shirt, bib number, and “the coolest medal in town.” More details on the virtual race here » )

Love this picture shared by MRG reader Kristi V. Her message with it: "Love it!"

Adore this picture shared by MRG reader Kristi V. Her message with it: “Love it!”

More details on the race entry giveaway later in this post, but first I want to share this news, too: runners coming to the Detroit Women’s races in September can pre-order Michigan Runner Girl hoodies now through Tuesday, Sept. 2. Ordering within this timeframe will ensure you’ll have an MRG hoodie ready for easy-peasy pick-up at the MRG booth at the Expotique! And in case you haven’t yet heard about these super soft and cozy sweatshirts, head over to the MRG Shop page for details. And check out the picture of MRG reader Kristi V. wearing hers. (Thanks, Kristi, for sharing your photo on the MRG Facebook page!) I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect hoodie — something I knew I’d wear myself over and over again, all year long. I wanted to find a wardrobe essential, and I believe I did just that with this hoodie. (I’m also working on a couple of other, new clothing pieces for the Expotique — more details soon!)

To pre-order an MRG hoodie for pick-up at the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Expotique on Sept. 21 & 21, please do the following:

  • Order your hoodie on the MRG Shop page here »
  • Please tell me in the notes section on your Paypal order that you will be in Detroit for the races. This way I will know you’re going to pick up it up there. (You can also always contact me at michiganrunnergirl [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or concerns.)

OK, race entry giveaway details…

To enter to win one of the 2 entries, please share in the comment section below why you’d like to run this race — would you like to run with friends? Take on your first half marathon? Try to snag a 5K PR? Whatever your reason, I’d love to hear! Two winners will be chosen at random. Winners may use their free entry for the half marathon, the 5K or the virtual race option. The giveaway starts now and ends at NOON EST Aug. 26. I will announce winners here on the blog Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Good luck!

[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 years and older. It begins on 8/21/14 and ends at NOON EST on 8/26/14; the winners will be announced by 8/27/14. One entry per person. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. 


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