In the midst of hardcore marathon training–thank you, Mother Nature for helping make it especially intense–it’s good to take a teeny little break and enjoy a shorter-distance race with girlfriends. Even better: participating in said fun event in a different city, meaning car trip and overnight at a hotel. With just the girls. Talk about a much-needed reprieve that helps break up some seriously high-mileage weeks and speedwork-focused days.
Thankfully my opportunity to do this is fast approaching–the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids is less than a month away–and thankfully for you all, my dear readers who may be wishing for a similar getaway, I’ve got TWO entries to this second annual half-marathon to give away.
Details below on this giveaway, but first: I want to give a big shout-out to Sarah and Dimity of Another Mother Runner for this awesome opportunity. I’ve been writing for AMR for the past couple of years–I pen their weekly Follow This Mother feature as well as other occasional posts and am contributing to their third book–and both Sarah and Dimity have been incredibly supportive of my site throughout this time. These two complimentary entries come via these two motivating mother runners and their site which is a sponsor of this year’s Gazelle Girl Half Marathon. (Be sure to look for Michigan runner Bari Fitzpatrick, who will be wo-manning the Another Mother Runner booth at the race expo.)
OK, so here’s the race giveaway scoop: this contest includes two (2) free race entries to this year’s Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids on Sunday, April 13. Two readers will be selected as winners. To enter, please share in the comment section below why you’d like to run this race–whether it’s so you can join friends for a girls’ weekend, or you want to run your heart out and snag a PR, or you’re interested in helping raise money for charity (this race is supporting four Grand Rapids-area charities) … Maybe it’s a combination of all of these things. Or maybe it’s as simple as having a little fun at the end of a very long Michigan winter. Whatever the reason, let’s hear it. Winners will be selected randomly.
Special note: you’re going to need to act fast if you’re interested. This giveaway starts Tuesday, March 25 and ends at noon EST Thursday, March 27. I will announce winners shortly thereafter–no later than this weekend so that winners can plan accordingly for this April event.
To learn more about the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, check out my interview with race co-director Bridget Meyers. You can also look at course maps and read inspiring runner stories at the event web site here »
I look forward to reading everyone’s comments. 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 3/24/14 and ends at NOON EST on 3/27/14; the winners will be announced by 3/29/14. One entry per person. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.