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.

2018-19 Races

The Race: Visit the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Mich. on Nov. 10 for the Great Beerd Run, a a 5K fun run designed to celebrate all things beer and beards. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery and Right Brain Brewery. There will also be a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer.

The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to save $5 off your race entry.

The Race: The Clarkston State Bank – Backroads Half Marathon & 10K/5K, Nov. 11, 2018. The 6th Annual Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will take place at Independence Oaks County Parks. Same certified course as 2017 with the same 5K route as last year. The course is a mixture of tree-covered trails, back roads of Independence Township, paved parks roads, wood bridges and, yes, hills. Also, enjoy a great post-race party!

The Discount: Use the code MRG18 to receive $10 off the half marathon and $5 off 
the 10K.

Register here »

The Race: 11th annual Up North MediaTurkey Trot, Nov. 22, 2018. Start Thanksgiving day off right with two different race distances – a 5K and a 5 mile – to promote healthy lifestyles as well as give back to local charities. All runners receive a commemorative long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt as well as a cooler lunch bag loaded with bottled water, coupons and SWAG worth well more than the price of entry! Invite the whole family to participate in this one-of-a-kind event starting at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, MI. The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has contributed more than $100,000 to many great local area causes over the past 11 years. This year’s race will benefit TART Trails Boardman Lake Loop Project and local youth teams/organizations. 

The Discount: Use the code MIRUNNER to receive $5 off your race entry. Sign up here.

The Race: 26th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot, Nov. 22, 2018. join the biggest and best holiday race 5K race/walk event in West Michigan once again as a community of more than 5,000 participants come together to support student achievement. GR Turkey Trot 2018 “Together We Are Better!” — engaging our entire community in a higher level of awareness around physical fitness, movement and nutrition in a fun-filled way all while supporting after-school opportunities for the students of Grand Rapids Public Schools. There will be the return of the mini trot for those ages 12 and under that is free. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group.
The Discount: Use the code MRG18 to receive $5 off your race entry. Sign up here.​

The RaceThe Farmland 5K Run and Free for All Bike, Sec. 1, 2018. This race is Traverse City Track Club’s “winter weather” running and biking event held on a dedicated cross country course on private farmland; always on the first Saturday in December. A classic, European style turf grass course awaits you with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence and stone fence. Enjoy the natural challenge of running or biking in early December! (event to be held no matter the weather). Traverse over grass or snow and ice, wooded dirt trails, and farmland running terrain.

A Unique Bike Race called the “Free for All!”
The Farmland “Free For All” bike event held immediately following the 5K run, has cyclists taking to the running course for 6 laps of fun competition (approximately 12.0 miles total), on any bike you choose. Fat bikes, cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes, maybe even a unicycle; you’ll see it all. Awards to the top Fat Bike, Cross Bike, Mountain Bike, Single Speed Bike, and deep awards for all bikes for the 12 and under category.

The Discount: Use the code MRG-FARM to save $5 off your race entry. (Limited codes available—sign up soon!) Register here »

The Race7th Annual Groundhog Day MarathonFeb. 1-2, 2019 in Grand Rapids. We’ve all heard of Punxsutawney Phil, the little furry guy in Pennsylvania who comes out, sees his shadow, and declares six more weeks of winter. Then there’s Augustus T. Groundhog, better known as Grand Rapids Gus. He’s Phil’s much more interesting cousin. Unlike Phil, who it seems can only see shadows, Gus has much better eyesight and can look at a calendar on February 2 and know that spring doesn’t start for six weeks. Gus suggested that instead of lamenting over six more weeks of winter, we should EMBRACE the cold and snow and do something fun.
And so, the Groundhog Day Marathon was born.
The DiscountUse the code rcRunnerGirl to receive 10% off your race 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 MICHIGANRUNNERGIRL2017 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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