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Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon - Grand Rapids

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At Gazelle Sports we actively pursue, encourage and celebrate a healthy lifestyle. We have a vision to change West Michigan by making it the healthiest region in the country. In 2013 over 3000 women came together to run the streets of Grand Rapids. Over 700 women ran the half marathon or the 5k distance for the first time. That's what it's about! This year's event is going to be even better and we hope you will join us!

Gazelle Sports is hosting this event:

  • To celebrate Title IX
  • To honor women
  • To actively encourage new runners to participate
    in the sport
  • To build relationships
  • Because women’s health impacts family health
  • To enhance partnerships within the community
  • To raise money for women's charities
  • To HAVE FUN!!


2013 Information:
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2013 FAQ

Half Marathon & 5k

Registration for 2014 event opens December 1, 2013. Stay tuned for more details!

Whether you are looking to complete your first 5k or half marathon or are looking to set a PR, this race is for you! Grab your girlfriends, mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmas, aunts, or a co-worker and sign up for this event! You won't regret it! We promise! 

Don't forget to use #GazelleGirl throughout the year to stay connected!

Cancellation/Refund Policy 2014: No refunds, transfers or race deferrals allowed. Runners may switch from the half marathon to the 5k with no refund of the price difference. In the event of race cancellation due to inclement weather no refunds or deferrals will be allowed.

Event Schedule for 2014: 

Expotique & Packet Pickup
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Race Day
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Packet Pickup (no race day registration) 6 - 7:30 am
National Anthem: 7:55 am
Half Marathon Start: 8 am
5k Run/Walk Start: 8:15 am
Award Ceremony (top three overall): 10 am

Title IX

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon was founded to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law that made discrimination between men’s and women’s educational programs illegal. Title IX had its largest impact expanding girls' and women's sports at the high school and college level. This ultimately created professional opportunities for female athletes. Sports wouldn't be what it is today without Title IX.

We've got stories! Click here to read inspiring and personal stories about the impact of Title IX.

We would love to connect with you and hear YOUR story.

If you are interested in being featured on our blog please email us at


Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k registration opens December 1, 2013.


View 2013 maps here. There will be changes to the course this year and updated maps will be posted before registration opens. Click the link to view each 2013 map:

Half Marathon Course
5k Course

The entire course will be re-opened to vehicular traffic after 3.5 hours. Runners still on the course will be asked to use the sidewalks. The finish line will remain open until all of the runners cross it!

Click here for Downtown parking information

Click here for a list of free GVSU parking lots (Lots without arms are free Friday after 5pm and Saturday morning)



It takes a lot of man (or woman) power to put on a half marathon and 5k. We have many different volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. 

To get volunteer information for next years event please email with the subject VOLUNTEERS.

A donation of $100 will be made to any non-profit supporting an aid station/spirit station with 20+ volunteers.  

Charity Partner

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon will connect women together through movement. We are proud that 100% of the funds raised by this event will be donated to three non-profit organizations that support girls and women in Kent County:

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women exists to provide education, connections and resources that create and strengthen women-owned businesses

Girls on the Run Kent County    

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

YWCA West Michigan

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all




Training Guides for the Half Marathon

Download our free training guides that lead up to the half marathon. You'll find complete schedules for the first-timer and experienced half marathoner.

Low Mileage

This plan is a good choice for first-time or casual half marathoner.

High Mileage

Ready to step your training up a bit?
This plan is for the seasoned half marathoner.

Training Guides for the 5k


This plan will get you from walking to your first 5k finish!

Finish Stronger

Ready to take your 5k training up a notch? This plan will help you finish stronger!



Sponsorship Opportunities:
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event?
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Check out pictures of our Meetups on our Facebook Page

Here is a link to Sweaty Photo for more race day pictures.


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