Downtown Grand Rapids each spring plays host to the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K, attracting thousands of runners to the female-focused event. This year’s races, which are all about empowering women, take place April 17, with 100% of proceeds benefitting the event’s charity partners. Heather takes a closer look at this race, which she ran with friends in 2014. Cara Zerbel, co-race director and assistant store manager for Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids, joins Heather on the show to talk about what’s new for the 2016 Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K (hear all about the “double down” medals now available to 5K runners participating in Gazelle Girl and the Fifth Third River Bank Run in May). Grand Rapids runner Colleen Urquhart, who has served as a team leader with Gazelle Sports training groups, also joins the conversation and shares why the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K is close to her heart — she’s run each one since its inception four years ago: “I am looking forward to scoring the double down medal again this year.”

*If you enjoy what you’re hearing on the Michigan Runner Girl show, I’d be so grateful if you’d take a few moments to write a review on iTunes. This will help more runners and Michigan lovers like yourself find the podcasts. Thank you!! Also, the quickest way to get the podcasts is to subscribe to the show via iTunes. Clicking this link will automatically download the shows to your iTunes account. 

A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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November 19, 2020

Moving Through It: Running, cooking, reading (and Abby Wambach) for the win

How are you feeling — really feeling — these days? In this latest episode of the MRG Podcast, I share some honest thoughts on how things are going for me. Most importantly, I talk about the things that are helping me get through and move forward. It’s not easy, but we can do this. We can keep trying.

November 3, 2020

Sasha Wolff of Still I Run on defeating the mental health stigma

“Giving myself grace throughout 2020 has helped me exponentially.”  Sasha Wolff, founder and CEO of Still I Run, a west […]

October 21, 2020

‘Soul-centered weight loss’ with Tara and Erin of Love Body

Erin Goldman, a yoga/ meditation teacher, and Tara Rybicki, a registered dietician nutritionist, return to the Michigan Runner Girl Show […]

October 8, 2020

Let’s Talk Tempeh: so many tasty possibilities with this plant-based protein

There is a lot of talk these days about plant-based eating — and for good reason. Eating more plants is good for your health and good for the planet. But some of the plant-based foods can seem scary and maybe you aren’t sure what to do with them. Well, that’s where I can help.

2 Responses to “Episode #33: Inside the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K in Grand Rapids”

  1. I would love to read this article, but can’t scroll without six, no exaggeration, six places simultaneously begging me to “share” via every social media network available. I literally can NOT get a complete sentence across my phone from left to right. Please take a break from trying to push your blog to the “next” level followerwise and go back to your “why”. It’s so important to remember that today people only give you so much of their time and it’s just as easy to hit “unfollow” as it was to hit “follow” in the first place. I’d hate to see that happen to a blog I used to read excitedly…and now can’t read past all the “share” buttons.

    • Hi, Kelly!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment here. I truly do appreciate your feedback and thoughts. It’s good to hear what readers like, and what they don’t like. I do in fact offer to readers ways to share and “like” content here, if they choose. These are options built into the web site/blog platform I use, and I’ve heard from readers that this is helpful to them. I’m certainly always interested in ways to improve, so thank you for letting me know about your experience as a reader. My background is in writing — I feel strongly about quality, informative content and always strive to provide it here — so I’ll continue to work hard to ensure readers are able to access this here. Thank you for your feedback!
      – Heather

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