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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44 Responses to “Race Entry Giveaway + Pre-Order Your Hoodie: Detroit Women’s Half Marathon & 5K”

  1. I am also running because I can! I had major health issues after I delivered my son two years ago. Although I have been a runner ever since high school, running has taken on a new meaning after I almost died from a severe infection. ps I am already registered. Will this entry still work, for getting a reimbursement?? If not I understand! Thought I would try! :)

  2. I ran this one last year, the first race post babies, and it kicked my butt. I almost quit at Mile 10. Now here I am, twenty pounds lighter, better trained, etc. I would love to be the one doing the butt kicking this year!

  3. Thank you for this opportunity! I ran this race last year as part of a training run for the Chicago marathon. I would love to run it again this year to try and PR! Hope to meet you in person! I love your blog!

  4. Joan Aalberts

    This would be my 4th half, second one this year. I ran the Gazelle Girl in April and had a great time running with just women so I want to do that again. Trying to talk a couple friends to work the 5K.
    I run because I can, think of those who can’t. It’s mt therapy.

  5. Christina Marsee

    So excited you are going to be a part of this incredable race. I ran last year – my very first half ever. I finished=winning and will look forward to doing it again in Sept.

  6. Sarah VT

    I wanted to run the D last year but health issues made it impossible to train (or get more than 9 miles a week, on a “good” week). This year I’m still struggling but found a way to train for my first half Sept. 6. I would Run the D for my sister who nearly died of heart failure 7 years ago. We Go Red For Women and we both run now.

  7. Renee Saults

    This is a year of many firsts for me. I turned 50 in October and ran my first half marathon on February. This race I will be doing solo, but I’m ok with that, as I enjoy meeting new people and chatting with people. I met the race director at a race recently and she made me feel good about the race. I would like to run this and say hi to her again!! :)

  8. Andrea Kay

    I’d love to run/ walk/ jog this race for… me. Looks like it may be next year when I finally run a 5k. I’m a work in progress. Money is pretty tight right now and would love to be able to do this race. Had my eyes on it for quite some time. I’d love to be able to do it with my mom. Maybe I can convince her.

  9. Heather

    I would love to run the Detroit Women’s ½ because it would be with my best friend, my sister. She got me into distance running and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I would love to do this with her.

  10. Dawn Milmine

    I would love to run this race (5K) with my 8 year old daughter. I’ve told her many stories of visiting Belle Isle as a child and I would love to share the landscape with her. Not to mention, the medal is AMAZING! :)

  11. Walisa Dickson

    I was born and raised in Michigan. I would love to add the Half to by medal rack and experiences. Not to mention it would be a training run for my 1st FULL Marathon in October. It happens to be the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

  12. Rhonda Toogood

    I would love to run the 1/2 Marathon in the “D!” Why? I have kicked butt this summer and am in the best running shape ever. I would love to run it in Detroit and get that 2 hour goal I set for myself! :)

  13. Cheryl Donohoe

    I want to run the half marathon to get back to being an athlete after having 2 children. I also want to model to my children that even with family and work, it’s important for me to focus on my health and wellness too.

  14. AnnaMarie Mondro

    Last year I ran this inaugural race as part of my SoleMates campaign to raise funds on behalf of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan – it was an awesome experience and I also ended up with a PR for the 5K! :) I would love to run this race again in any capacity as I train towards the Free Press International Half Marathon in October. :)

  15. Would love to have the Women Run the D entry. I have had a summer and spring packed full of events and firsts (2 half marathons, a duathlon and a triathlon) and for the first time since January have nothing to train for. I’m loving running just to run, but sometimes it’s a little harder to get out the for with no goal in mind. LOVE women focused races too and the energy behind them!

  16. Andrea Paul

    I think this will be my 8th half marathon. I’m never speedy, but I always have 2 goals: 1. Don’t finish last and 2. Don’t die. So far so good! A group of us girls are doing this as our first women’s only half! Some have ran many more half marathons than me and for one, it’s her first. It’s going to be awesome!

  17. Brenda Hively

    Our oldest child is starting her senior year this year so I committed to no full marathons (to keep training time down) and limited racing (to save some extra money) until after she graduates next spring. I’d love to run this half though and have gotten in enough mileage to feel I’d be ready, so a free entry would make that possible.

  18. Kelly Weston

    I would love to do this virtual 5k its such an awesome concept being so far from Detroit area its just not feasable to make it. But I would love to improve on my 5k time and its an awesome chance to do something really different!

  19. Tracy Balkema

    I kicked off my 2014 running season by running my first half marathon – Gazelle Girl. I’d love to wrap it up by running my second half – Detroit Women’s. I love the women only races


    I would love the chance to run the half marathon of women run the D with all the amazing women who will come together that day to live a healthier lifestyle and celebrate being a woman! Last year I ran my first half marathon at the Detroit Free Press Marathon and have been training very hard since then with 6am runs 4 days a week towards my goal of running a PB 13.1 mile this year with a time of 1:50 and a goal of running/finishing 26.2miles at the Detroit Free Press Marathon this fall. Love to run local races :)

  21. Michelle zamaites

    I had a great time 3yrs ago running the marathon team relay with friends, 2 that had just started running that year. I would love the opportunity to enjoy every “leg” and mile of the half!

  22. Jennifer Taylor

    A member of our teacher runner group couldn’t make the half we scheduled to run together in Chicago because her father was hospitalized. The Women’s Half in Detroit is our replacement – AND it’s the day after her 45th birthday! I am running to support my running friend!!!

  23. I love to run! I have a group of running partners called the Swegles Street Sole Sisters who also love to run! We inspire and perspire together. Detroit needs some of our Sole Sister Love!

  24. Krista S

    I have put off signing up to run this race even though I kept saying I need a girls weekend away. Between selling our house and being in temporary housing while we move I have been a slacker in the running department. So now I need something to get my butt in gear for marathon training this winter – what better way to do it than to run this race :)

  25. anonymous

    I suffered with anorexia and bulimia for ten years. My weight fluctuated like crazy. It ended up I had a tapeworm. I was five months from my death bed when I ran the Grand Rapids Marathon. It took everything I had to finish the race. My stomach ballooned from the stress and tapeworm combination. I could barely breathe. I finished in 5:30. If I were to win the entry it would give me a second chance. I have made a partial recovery and am ready to get back out and start tackling marathons again.

  26. Brittany

    I’d love to win the race entry so that I can enjoy a wonderful run with lots of women! I did the run last year and loved seeing so many people come out and support all of the women running! It was even better seeing all of the men that came out to support us, and the ones that were brave enough to run with us!! I’d LOVE to run this again! :)

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