Discount Codes & More!

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. You can also click below to submit an event 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.

2019 Races

The Race: Mercy Health Seaway Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Muskegon, Mich. The Mercy Health Seaway Run has been a tradition in Muskegon for over three decades and includes a half marathon and the new-in-2018 10K, which follows the 5K course and then through the amazing Nims neighborhood; or try the 5K and Community Fun Walk course, winding through historic neighborhoods with views of beautiful Muskegon Lake. From a fun walk to a beautiful half marathon course, the Mercy Health Seaway Run has an event for everyone.

The Discount: Use the code MRG2019 to save $5 off your race entry. Get registered here »

The Race: Two Hearted Trail Run 50K, Marathon &
Half Marathon on June 22, 2019 in Paradise, Mich. Located in the remote, wild northeastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Two Hearted River captured the imagination of Ernest Hemingway in his novel “The Big Two Hearted River.” In addition to world class trout fishing this region features one of the most remarkable stretches of shoreline in the entire Lake Superior basin. 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 code CULHANE10 to take $10 off your race entry. Get registered here »

The Race: Tri Goddess Triathlon, Sunday, June 23 at Big Portage State Park (near Ann Arbor). Tri Goddess Tri celebrates women of all abilities, inspiring 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 our participants in scenery as beautiful and inspiring as themselves. This race includes the following options: Sprint & Mini Sprint, and Aquabike & Duathlon.

The Discount: Use the code 2019MRG10 to save 10% off your race entry. Sign up here »

The RaceStars, Stripes, and Splatter, a 5K Color Race, Saturday, June 29 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City. This is a color run style event with color stations featuring patriotic colors.

The 3.1 mile course will start at Jazz Live Field on the grounds of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and loop back to the start area, with portions of the race running on Lautner road.

The race will be followed by an after-party with refreshments, an inflatable obstacle course, color toss and a spray down area.

Beer from Short’s Brewing company will be available for sale following the race. Must be 21. Must provide photo ID.

We are pleased to announce that in 2019 we will continue our partnership with Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region! We hope to support local Habitat-GTR efforts through volunteer partnerships as well as by helping to grow donations and interest. 

The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to save on your race entry. Get registered here »

The Race: Michigan Runner Girl Women’s 10K & 5K on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in beautiful northern Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan on the picturesque Leelanau Peninsula. 

This all-women’s event takes place in Leelanau’s wine country, on the sprawling 45 North Vineyard & Winery property just outside the village of Suttons Bay and 20 miles north of Traverse City. You’ll experience the vineyard’s gorgeous trails (created just for running, cycling and hiking). You’ll receive a sweet finisher’s medal and commemorative wine glass (and a wine pour, if you’d like one; we’ll have non-alcoholic drinks available, too).

Then sip, savor and celebrate your awesome accomplishment with so many other strong and amazing women!

We hope you’ll join us for the first-ever Michigan Runner Girl Trail 10K & 5K this Aug. 4 in northern Michigan. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Michigan-based environmental organizations. (More details to come on this!)

The Discount: Use the code TRAILMRG to take $5 off your race entry. Get registered here »

The Race: Brainy Day 5K/10K Trail Run, Aug. 17, 2019 in Nunica, Mich. is a fun, community event to support and raise awareness for those who suffer from a neurological condition called hydrocephalus. All proceeds are donated to The Brainy Day Fund, which supports families through a scholarship program as well as provides research grants for medical professionals looking to end hydrocephalus.

The 5K course includes sandy areas, some hills, beautiful wooded areas, a pond and amazing Nunica farmland. It is a great first trail run for beginners and a moderately fast course for trail lovers of all skill levels.

The 10K course is challenging, but offers a sense of accomplishment that will empower you and leave you feeling awesome. Much hillier than the 5k, the course is breathtakingly stunning in more than one way. The 10K course is perfect for adventure-seeking, nature-loving trail runners.

The DiscountUse the code MRG2019 to receive 20% off your race entry. Registration opens Dec. 21, 2018. Register here »

The Race: American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Sept. 15 on Belle Isle, Detroit. This 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 and celebrate your strength, your beauty, your inner grace… everything that makes you the goddess you are!

The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K is walker friendly!

The Discount: Use the code 2019MRG10 to save 10% off your race entry. Register here »

The Race: Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 in Holland, Mich. You will experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan during the marathon, as you travel from Grand Haven to Holland. This USATF certified, point-to-point marathon follows Lakeshore Drive past the summer cottages right into downtown Holland.  The early September weekend allows for mild weather and a final opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston-qualifying hopefuls can make the cut only one day before registration opens.  

The Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva along the Lake Michigan coastline. You’ll follow the scenic Lakeshore Drive past the beaches and into the City of Holland. The flat and fast course is comprised of paved bike paths along Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. This one-way race is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, uniting communities in a unique event.

The Holland Haven 8K race is a great segue into longer distance races. The 8K race is a flat, out-and-back course. As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers.  All ages are welcome to run or walk the race.

The Team Runner series allows runners to form teams of 4 to 8 runners. Coed teams are allowed and there are no age restrictions. All Team Runners on the same team must run individually within the same race. Each Team Runner is scored based on their individual age group placing. Total Team Runner score for the team is the sum of the best 4 finishing places for that team.

The after-party celebration for runners is at the all-new Holland Civic Center. There is local beer, local cider, local food, live music and the race expo. Every race finisher receives a commemorative race medal. Those completing all 3 race distances in separate years earn the coveted Trifecta Medal. Register here »

The Discount: Use the code MRGHOLLAND12 to save $12 on your race entry. Register here »

The RaceThe Park2Park Half Marathon on Sept. 28 in Holland. This course starts and ends at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds and includes scenic views of Lake Macatawa, Holland State Park, and Lakeshore Drive. September temperatures are just right for a half – with an average chance for some automatic sweat relief (otherwise known as rain … some years heavier than others). The 5K run through Waukazoo Woods and also starts and ends at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds

Enjoy a weekend in friendly and quaint Holland, Michigan, located on the west coast of Lake Michigan 2 1/2 hours north of Chicago. Holland is the home of Tulip Time, wooden shoes, Hope College, Holland State Park, vibrant downtown shopping and eating, and the Park2Park!

The proceeds from the Park2Park benefit Neighbors Plus, a local non-profit on the northside of Holland. The work of Neighbors Plus helped 1,254 individuals in this community in 2017/2018, with the help of 295 incredible volunteers.

The Discount: Use the code MRGHALF2019 to save $8 off the half marathon. For the 5K, use the code MRG5K2019 to save $5 off your race entry. Register here »

The Race: Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road Sept. 27-28, starting in Muskegon and ending in Traverse City. What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road. For two days and one star-filled night, run through the vibrant fall foliage, picturesque towns and along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. And if that isn’t enough you’ll spend 9 legs with beautiful beach views.

The Discount: Use the code MRG2019 to take $80 off your team entry. Register here »

MRG-recommended Products

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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