Who doesn’t love saving money on their races and running gear?!

Thanks to the following races and companies for generously offering discount codes to Michigan Runner Girl readers and listeners. Please be sure to take advantage of these special savings!**

Race directors and product makers: If you are interested in offering a discount code — and want to increase your race registration numbers or product sales! — please contact MRG at heather [at] michiganrunnergirl [dot] com to learn more about how we can partner and encourage our fellow Michigan runners to enjoy our state’s thriving race scene and try great products that enhance our healthy lifestyle.

**Please note the dates during which race discounts are offered; in some cases these codes are good leading up to race day, while others are for a specific time period.

2018-19 Races

The Race: Vineyard to Bay 15K & 5K run/walk, Sunday, Sept. 2 in Suttons Bay, Mich. Known for its picturesque course and unique finisher medals, the Vineyard to Bay has moved to a new date in 2018 — the race now is held over Labor Day weekend instead of the weekend prior to the holiday weekend. The event also is offering the 15K and 5K distances (the 25K previously was another distance option). Proceeds benefit Suttons Bay Public Schools and Traverse Area Recreation Trails (TART). The event features cash prizes, age group awards and finishers awards. For more information, including volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, go to the race web site here »
The Discount: Use the code MRG2018 to save 20% off your total cart purchase. Sign up here » Visit the event’s Facebook page here »
Stay tuned for more details on this event leading up to race day. Read this MRG article about the race here »
The Race: BIG Little Hero Race, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Northwestern Michigan College. For the fourth year, business students at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City are planning this event, which features a 10K, 5K & kids fun run. This superhero-themed race raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.
The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNER to receive #$5 off your race entry. Register here »
gghmwebThe Race: Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Grand Rapids. Whether you are looking to complete your first 5K or half marathon or are looking to set a PR, this event is for you! Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or co-workers and get registered for this all-women event! Take the first step toward better fitness and be part of something incredible – the Gazelle Girl community! All proceeds benefit charities that serve and empower women.
The Discount: Use the code MRG18 to save $5 on your race entry. Get signed up here »

The Race: Backward Mile, Tuesday, April 24 in Holland, Mich. From the organizers of the popular Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K comes this fun spring event. Run one mile in reverse. The Backward Mile is a fun family run for a great cause. Runners will start at the finish line and end at the start line. Runners will dress backward & run backward. Instead of receiving a finisher medal, runners turn in an old race medal. The Backward Mile will collect an old race medal from each participant, then donate those medals to Medals 4 Mettle. These medals are awarded to residents at Benjamin’s Hope in Holland to pay it forward to those who must run a much more difficult race than the medal donor’s race; a race they did not choose to run. (Not required to turn in a medal to participate, everyone is welcome)

The Discount: Use the code RUN12MRG to save 12% off your race entry. Register here »
The Race: North Mitten Half Marathon, 10K and 5K at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich. on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Kick off summer with a running start at Crystal Mountain’s half marathon, 10K and 5K race. The North Mitten Half Marathon and 10K and 5K is a combination of paved roads, dirt roads and trails. The North Mitten route consists of primarily flat, open trails on Crystal Mountain property and will not climb the mountain. More race news and stories to come on MRG — stay tuned!
The Discount: Save $10 when using the code MRG18
Learn more and register here »
The Race: Mercy Health Seaway Run  on Saturday, June 23 in Muskegon. This race, over 30 years old, starts and finishes in downtown Muskegon and features a post-race street party. This event includes a half marathon, 10K and 5K run/community walk. Stay tuned for more details on this race, here on the web site and also on the MRG podcast, in coming weeks.
The Discount: Use the code MRG2018 to receive $5 off your race entry. Learn more and register here »
The Race: Tri Goddess Tri, Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2018 at Waterloo Recreation Area near Ann Arbor, Mich. Tri Goddess Tri , an Epic Races event, made its debut 10 years ago to celebrate women of all abilities and inspire them to reach new heights of health and set new fitness goals by training for and completing a triathlon. The first-ever all-women’s triathlon/duathlon in Michigan, Tri Goddess Tri is organized by women who know how to make your first (or hundredth!) triathlon tons of fun! The event is held just 12 miles west of Chelsea at the Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area, surrounding participants in scenery as beautiful and inspiring as themselves. In celebration of the event’s 10th year, organizers have three days of activities planned for you. Epic Races also will be honoring the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie — a world-class triathlete and sports pioneer, a community leader, a force of nature to all of us who knew her, and the co-founder of Tri Goddess Tri.  Epic Races will be raising money for Karen’s Trail, which commemorates what Karen loved most by expanding recreational opportunities for everyone in the region. Organizers encourage you to camp with at Portage Lake and participate in all three days of activities. Register for both a Saturday race and a Sunday race and you will save 10% off your second event! Participate in all three days — the epitome of a Tri Goddess — and you will receive a beautiful Tri Goddess Tri buff in addition to your 10% discount!
The Discount: Use the code MRGEPIC2018 to receive 10% off your race entry.  Register here »
The Race: Millennium Meadows Marathon, August 26, 2018 in Grand Rapids. This event features a marathon, 13.3 half marathon (with a 13.1 split mat!) and a 6 Mile option as well. At The Meadows in Millennium Park, one of the great facilities of the Kent County Park system. A good warmup for your fall marathon or just a chance to run in our beautiful Millennium Park!
The DiscountUse the code rcRunnerGirl to receive 10% off your race entry. Register here »
The Race: Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Now entering its fifth year, the Holland Haven Marathon and Half Marathon (and 8K, added last year) takes place each September – the weekend prior to Boston Marathon registration opening – and features point-to-point race courses. The marathon starts in Grand Haven and ends in Holland while the half marathon starts at the event’s charity partner, Camp Geneva, midway through the marathon course.
The Discount: Use the code RUN12MRG to save $12 off your race entry. Register here »
The Race: Boyne City Triathlon, Sunday, Sept. 2 at Peninsula Beach Park in Boyne City, Mich. The 6th annual Team Lucky 7 Boyne City Triathlon takes place in a beautiful venue and benefits an incredible cause. Funds raised from this event support Team Lucky Seven, Inc. and its mission of ‘Racing to Fight Brain Disease.’ In the first four years, $18,000 was granted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for the express purpose of neurological research only.  Funds have supported research in Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).Last year this race brought athletes THE largest cash prize purse in Michigan and plans are in the works to match that this year. Watch the event website and Facebook for updates as details are confirmed.
The Discount: Use the code MRGTL718 to save 10% off your registration.

The Race: American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K event was created by women for women. All women, of all ages, of all abilities. First-time racers and experienced marathoners. The young and the young at heart. Join your sisters on beautiful Belle Isle State Park on Sunday, September 16, 2018 and celebrate your strength, your beauty, your inner grace… everything that makes you the goddess you are! More race news and stories to come on MRG — stay tuned!
The Discount: Use the code MRGEPIC2018 to receive 10% off your race entry.  Register here »

The Race: Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan, Sept. 28-Sept. 29, 2018. Teams of 12 or 6 will start the 200-ish mile relay in charming Muskegon, where runners speed past historic ships and lighthouses with a van of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. The race finishes in Traverse City – home to some of Michigan’s finest wineries and the sapphire blue Grand Traverse Bay. A Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, hunky finisher medal and stories to tell for years to come. Find out what it means to find your #innerWILD and mark your running calendar for Sept. 28-29. Reebok is giving every team captain a free pair of shoes.
The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to receive $80 off your team entry.  Register here »

 

 

 

 

 

The Race15th Annual Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, Oct. 21, 2018. Designed by runners. For runners. Founded in 2004, the Grand Rapids Marathon delivers a fun, highly personal, authentic race experience, particularly for runners who value a well-organized, personal experience over the chaotic, crowded fields of “big city” races through ”concrete canyons.” We are a race that supports every runner – no one is a stranger on our course – celebrates every individual accomplishment and embodies the spirit of friendship and community that is so unique to running.
The Discount: Use the code rcRunnerGirl to receive 10% off your race 
entry. Register here »

 

 

 

The Race7th Annual Groundhog Day Marathon, Feb. 1-2, 2019 in Grand Rapids. We’ve all heard of Punxsutawney Phil, the little furry guy in Pennsylvania who comes out, sees his shadow, and declares six more weeks of winter. Then there’s Augustus T. Groundhog, better known as Grand Rapids Gus. He’s Phil’s much more interesting cousin. Unlike Phil, who it seems can only see shadows, Gus has much better eyesight and can look at a calendar on February 2 and know that spring doesn’t start for six weeks. Gus suggested that instead of lamenting over six more weeks of winter, we should EMBRACE the cold and snow and do something fun.
And so, the Groundhog Day Marathon was born.
The DiscountUse the code rcRunnerGirl to receive 10% off your race entry. Register here »

MRG-recommended Products

The Product: Knuckle Lights. These brighten your early morning runs with ultra wide-flood beams that provide a smooth, super-bright light. Designed to be worn across the front of your knuckles, you still have full use of your hands without the bothersome bobbling of a headlamp.
The Discount: Use the code MICHIGANRUNNERGIRL2017 to save 10% off your order. Learn more and shop here »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Product: Zelus Insoles. The Zelus line is truly unique because of the SmartCells technology, explains Scott Jarold, director of Troy, Mich.-based Fastech Labs, which is behind these insoles. “SmartCells provide extra cushion to reduce impact, plus provide a response with every step you take. They are the reason I wanted to be part of this team when we brought them to market, mainly because there is nothing like it in the industry. I think runners will feel an immediate difference the minute you put them in your shoes. The action of the cells compressing and responding will help with fatigue and hopefully keep your legs feeling fresh, especially after long runs.” Read MRG’s post on these insoles here » 
The Discount: Use the code MRGZEAL17 at checkout. Learn more and shop here »

 

 

 

 

 

The below races have already taken place; check back in coming weeks for updated race discount codes for 2018-19 dates.

 

Summer Races

10735868_10205124565143701_396628557_nThe Race: MUTT (Mid-Michigan Ultra Team Trail Race) at Mid-Michigan Community College, Harrison, Mich. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Why relay race when you can team race….MUTT-style. Get your team of 4 runners together and experience this one of a kind team trail race! The MUTT is not a relay race, but rather a team trail race that requires 4 team members to start and stay together at the beginning of the race, and one by one turn around at the halfway point of each individual distance. The format allows for different distance runners to race together, and also assures each runner contributes to the success of the team. 
The Discount: First 10 teams to register using this code — MRG10OFF — receive a discount of 10% (or $20). Learn more and register here »

 

 

The Race: Two Hearted Trail Run – 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon on June 24 in Paradise, Mich. Runners in the 50K and marathon will experience this rugged coastline first hand via single track on high bluffs and more intimate shoreline forests. In addition, the race course winds inland along the shores of Culhane Lake and the Little Two Hearted River. The course is 80% single track and 20% dirt forest road or two track. This course has the capacity to transform the way you see nature and the world. The half marathon is a challenging loop that takes runners through old growth white pine forest and along the much-loved ridge on the southern shore of Clark Lake. All races finish at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls, second highest east of the Mississippi. Camp 33 Brew Pub is located 200 meters from the finish.

The Discount: Use the code MRG2HEART to save $10 off your race entry (this is good for any of the race distances) Learn more and register here »

 

The Race: Priority Health 5K Run/Walk, 10K, 15K and Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon on Saturday, July 8 in Traverse City, Mich. Known as the “Original Traverse City Foot Race,” the Festival of Races that are part of the National Cherry Festival each July include distances for just about any runner: a half marathon, 15K, 10K and 5K. These races, which take place the final weekend of the weeklong festival, are a summer tradition for many runners. This year marks the races’ 44th year—the race started in 1973 as a 10K and shifted to a 15K in 1978. In 1989 the 5K was added; most recently, the 10K was re-introduced along with a half marathon. All told, more than 50,000 participants have crossed the finish line over the years.
The Discount: Use the code MRG2017 to save $5 off your race entry. Learn more and register here »

 

 

 

 

The Race: Boyne City Triathlon, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 (Labor Day weekend) at Peninsula Beach Park in Boyne City. Races include Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons and a Sprint Duathlon. Learn more about how this race got started by listening to this MRG podcast episode featuring the inspiring story of race director Rob Swartz »
The Discount: Use the code MRGTL717 to save 10% off your race entry.

 

Fall & Winter Races

 

The Race: Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon & Duathlon, a 34-year tradition in East Grand Rapids, Mich. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon and Duathlon is one of Grand Rapids oldest triathlons. Nestled in the neighborhood of East Grand Rapids, Michigan, the premier event currently offers triathlon, duathlon and aquabike for athletes. The race supports the goal of a first time triathlete entering the arena to an experienced athlete achieving a personal record.
The Discount: Use the code MIrungirl17 to save 10% off registration. This code is good through 9/7/17. Learn more and sign up here »

The Race: Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon & (all new for 2017) 8K, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Holland Haven Marathon runners experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan as they travel from Grand Haven to Holland. The 13.1 mile Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva Christian Youth Camp along the Lake Michigan coastline. Runners follow the scenic Lakeshore Drive past the beaches and into the City of Holland. The 8K race is a great segue into longer distance races. The Holland Haven 8 kilometer race is a flat route, out-and-back course. As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers.
The Discount: Use the code HHM2017MRG to save $10 off your race entry

 

The Race: Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run on Sept. 17, 2017 in downtown Grand Rapids. This event includes a 5K and 10 Mile race. The Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run provides runners the chance to see some of the best sights in Grand Rapids. The 10 Mile run, 5K run or 5K walk starts in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle.  From there the course takes runners over the city’s historic bridges, along the Grand River, through parks, and back to the finish on Monroe Center.
The Discount: Use the code girl to receive $5 off your race entry. The code is valid on adult pricing now through race morning.

The Race: The Great Beerd Run 5K, a fun, untimed race that celebrates all things beer and beards, takes place Nov. 11, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Join MRG at this super fun event that features three on-course beer tastings. Enjoy craft beer from Beards Brewery in Petoskey, Short’s Brewing in Bellaire and Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City.
The Discount: Use the code mirunnergirl to receive $5 off your race entry. Learn more and register here »

 

The Race: Traverse City Turkey Trot 5 Mile and 5K Run/Walk. New location this year: St. Francis High School, Traverse City, MI. Join MRG’s Heather and her family at this 10th annual Thanksgiving morning race.
The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNER to receive $5 off your race entry. Learn more and register here »

 

 

 

The Race: Farmland 5K and Free for All Bike on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Traverse City, Mich. The Farmland 5K Run and Free for All Bike is Traverse City’s winter weather running and biking event held in the spirit of European style cross country held on a dedicated cross country course on private farmland.  A classic turfgrass course awaits you with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence and stone fence. The Farmland “Free For All” bike event, immediately following the run, has cyclists taking to the running course for 6 laps of fun competition (approximately 12.0 miles total), on any bike you choose. Fat bikes, cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes, maybe even a unicycle; you’ll see it all on December 3.  Awards to the top Fat Bike, Cross Bike, Mountain Bike, Single Speed Bike, and deep awards for all bikes for the 12 and under category. For the ambitious, we’ll have a combined winner as well. Test your running legs in the 5k, then hop on your steed of choice and give the “Free For All” everything you’ve got left. The combined winners will get awards for their superhuman efforts, measured by their 5k time added to their bike time. There will also be trophies for the winners too, so there’s a lot to fight for.
The Discount: Use the code MRG17 to save $5 off individual registration. Learn more and register here »

The Race: Fifth annual Winter Blast Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, presented in partnership by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and the City of Portage on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 (Expo Saturday, February 25). The half marathon, 10K and 5K courses highlight the Portage Trail Way System and include a mix of mostly flat paved bike trail and roads.  All courses are USAT&F certified. All running events start and end at Portage Central High School, 8135 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI  49002. Events begin at 8 a.m., with individual race start times to be announced. The half marathon will close registration once it reaches cap of 1,500.
The Discount: Use the code MRG2017 to receive $5 off your race entry. Learn more and register here »

The Race: Second annual Snow Moon Trail Run, Feb. 3, 2018 in Midland, Mich. This race is a collaboration between organizers of the MUTT Series of races and the Bay City Morning Rotary Driathlon. The snow moon is a traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February in North America. This event has runners embracing the snow and cold air temperatures with a fun race through the dark. Runners embark on one of several race distance options – 5K, 15K or 25K – along a 5K loop of wide trails (not single track) through the woods of City Forest in Midland, Michigan. Runners completing multiple laps will run through a chute located inside of the Snow Moon event tent. After you finish, be sure to bring your own adult beverage to consume as you cheer on those braving the cold night run as they run past you through the tent.
The Discount: Use the code MICHRUNNERGIRL to receive 10% off your race entry plus shirt/hoody purchases. Learn more and register here »

The Race: 6th annual Groundhog Day Marathon, Half Marathon and 1/6 Marathon Feb. 2-3, 2018 in Grand Rapids. Race background: We’ve all heard of Punxsutawney Phil, the little furry guy in Pennsylvania who comes out, sees his shadow, and declares six more weeks of winter. Then there’s Augustus T. Groundhog, better known as Grand Rapids Gus. He’s Phil’s much more interesting cousin. Unlike Phil, who it seems can only see shadows, Gus has much better eyesight and can look at a calendar on February 2 and know that spring doesn’t start for six weeks. Gus suggested that instead of lamenting over six more weeks of winter, we should EMBRACE the cold and snow and do something fun.
And so, the Groundhog Day Marathon was born.
The Discount: Use the code MICHRUNNERGIRL to save 10% off any of the events. Learn more and register here »

 

 

 

Tahquamenon.jpgThe Race: Tahquamenon Snowshoe 10K & 5K, Paradise Mich. on Feb. 17, 2018Great Lakes Endurance hosts this snowshoe race at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. (I have had a blast running this race – you can read all about it here»)
The Discount: Use the code MRGTQSNOW10 to receive $10 off your registration. This is good for the 5K or the 10K.