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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. You can also click below to submit an event at no cost to the Race Calendar!

**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.

2021 Races

The Race: 29th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day) in Grand Rapids, Mich. Proceeds from the race help to offset the cost of Grand Rapids Public Schools athletics so that all students have the opportunity to participate.

The Discount: Use the code MRG5 to save $5 off your race entry. Register here

The Race: The Great Beerd Run, an untimed 5K at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Mich., takes place each November. This fun run, which celebrates all things craft beer and beards, typically starts at 10 a.m.

What makes this race so unique? Enjoy on-course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery and Right Brain Brewery.

The Discount: Code coming soon!

MRG-recommended Products

Heather wearing a Harper parka in Marquette

The Product: Harper Coats (Heather is wearing the Uptown Puffer in black, size small, in this photo to the left). This cruelty-free fashion outerwear brand features a premiere collection of vegan puffers and parkas in partnership with PETA.


Launched in November 2020, Harper was born from tireless coat transitions: from work, to workouts, to drinks, and dog walks the next morning. When it came to outerwear, why was there an empty space between function and formality? Vegan and stylish? Quality and cost? Durability and convenience? Heather’s take: “I absolutely LOVE this parka! I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day, whether it’s during a walk in my neighborhood, while on an especially frigid snowshoe hike on the trails, or while exploring the frozen Lower Harbor Ore Dock in Marquette, which is where I was when this photo was taken. It’s comfy, stylish, and I love that it’s cruelty-free. It just feels good to wear this parka!”

Harper Coats will ‘fill’ the void in your winter wardrobe with their collection of stylish, sustainable and accessibly-priced designs that feature durable construction and 100% machine-washable materials.

The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL for 20% off your order, with a minimum purchase of $150. Shop here.

The Product: Holland, Mich.-based Milestones Gift Co. gifts (for yourself or for a friend!) We take a deep breath and sign up for that race. We register for that fitness class, or go outside our comfort zone and try a different form of exercise altogether. We take steps to change what we eat, we vow to drink more water, to get more sleep. We decide to take better care of ourselves—both mentally and physically—and slowly and surely we reach out goals, whatever our individual fitness and wellness efforts may be, and wherever our journey takes us. But do we celebrate these milestones along the way? Perhaps. But longtime personal trainer Amy Puckett, who lives in Holland, Mich., believes we can do a whole lot more of this. 

The Discount: Use the code MRGCELEBRATE to take 10% off your order. Learn more and view products at the Milestones Gift Co. here.

The ProductKnuckle 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 MICHIGANRUNNERGIRL2019 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 »

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