Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?

The Gazelle Girl 5k/10k/Half Marathon is Sunday, April 22, 2018.

What organizations does this event raise money for?

This event raises money for four charities in West Michigan that impact the lives of girls and women: Kent County Girls on the Run, the YWCA and Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (G.R.O.W.). Click here to learn more about them and how your involvement impacts the lives of others!

Is this event for runners and walkers?

Yes! We encourage women to walk or run in this event. The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon will start at 7:55am for My Team Triumh, 8 am for the half marathon, 8:15 am 10k, and 8:30am 5k. Streets will reopen to traffic at 11:30 am. Any women still on the course will be asked to move to the sidewalks to finish their event after 11:30 am with the exception of Ottawa Avenue between Michigan and Lyon where the finish line will remain open until 12 pm.

What and where is the Expotique? When does it start?

Event Check In + late registration + Expo = Expotique! We are excited to hold our Expotique on Saturday, April 21 from 11 am – 5 pm at the JW Marriott. 

Will I need to show identification to pick up my bib, and can I pick up a bib for someone else?

We do require picture ID and your bib number to pick up your packet. We will allow registered participants to pick up other packets as long as they know the name, date of birth and bib number of that participant.

You can find your bib number here.

Can I still transfer to a different distance at the Expotique?

Yes, you will need to pick up your current event bib and then head to the late registration line of the event you want to switch to so you can get transferred properly in the system. You will receive a new bib and shirt (shirt availability not guaranteed).

This option will only be available for events that have not sold out. 

Can I transfer my entry to someone else at the Expotique?

No transfers can be made after March 25. You may transfer your registration to someone else by accessing your RunSignUp account by March 25.

Do I need to wear my event bib?

Yes, all participants on the course will need to wear their event bib on the outermost layer of clothing. It should be pinned to the front of your shirt at your stomach. Participants without an event bib will be asked to exit the course.


Will I have my name on my bib?

Half marathon 10k and 5k participants who register prior to March 31 will have their name on their bib – if they selected to do so.


What is the timeline for event day?

Please check back for our 2018 schedule.

Can you give me information about the pacers?

We have an awesome half marathon pace team of inspirational and experienced runners. The pace groups are: 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, and 14:00. You do not need to sign up with a group in order to run with them. Simply line up with the pacers holding your desired pace sign at the start of the race. There will not be pacers for the 10k or 5k.

Is the course baby jogger/stroller friendly?

The 5k course will be baby jogger friendly but we ask that if you are bringing your little Gazelle Girl (or guy) along that you line up behind the runners.

Will their be nutrition support on the course?

We will offer water and a hydration drink at all aid stations.

GU Energy Gels will be available near mile 6 on the half marathon course, just prior to an aid station for hydration purposes.

Will there be bathrooms on the course?

Portable restrooms will be available near the start/finish line on Calder Plaza and at each aid station on the event courses.

Will you have gear check?

Gear check will be located on Calder Plaza and available from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Is the course iPod friendly?

Safety is our number one concern. While you are welcome to wear an iPod or MP3 player, we recommend that you only use one earbud and be alert to your surrounds

Will this event be timed?

Yes, Classic Race Management will time all events. The link to results can be found after the event at our website.

Will there be an award ceremony after the race?

Yes, the award ceremony will be held at Calder Plaza at 10:30 am. The emcee will be announcing the top three overall. Prizes will be given for the top three in each age group: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ and can be claimed at the awards tent.

Please check back for award information!

How long will the finish line remain open?

Streets will reopen to traffic at 11:30 am and participants still on the course at that time will be asked to move to the sidewalk to complete their event. The finish line on Ottawa Avenue between Michigan and Lyon streets will remain open until 12 pm.

What will I receive when I cross the finish line?

Participants in each event will receive a custom designed medal as appropriate to their distance from TerryBerry. Note:Participants must show their bib to receive the finisher prize. If the correct bib is not displayed participants will not receive their prize. Participants completing any distance all five years will receive a Legacy medal/charm combo.

I’m not going to be able to participate – can I still get my shirt and finisher prize?

Someone can pick up your shirt at the Expotique or at event check-in on Calder Plaza but the finisher prizes are reserved for those who complete the event. We will not be mailing shirts after the event.

If I toss my shirt, gloves, etc. will I be able to claim them?

No, anything left on the course will be repurposed by Sole Sisters.

Sole Sisters is a group of women runners seeking to enrich the lives of women in transition through running and being active. We encourage everyone to bring one piece of clothing to “toss” during the event for Sole Sisters to collect and repurpose in their closet for those unable to afford proper training gear.

Is there a beer or wine tent?

Both! Plan to visit the finish line celebration on Calder Plaza after your event and use the free beverage tab on your bib to enjoy a serving of craft beer or wine. Please be prepared to show your photo ID.

Where should my friends and family watch me on the course?

We’ll update these spots when we have our official course maps out. Stay tuned!

Do you offer a training program that I can join?

Yes! Check out Gazelle Sports Run Camps in Grand Rapids, Holland and Northville, Michigan.

What is a Gazelle Girl MeetUp?

Gazelle Girl Meet ups are ways for you to connect with other people training for the event. Visit the MeetUp page for information.

I’m interested in volunteering – how can I get signed up?

You can click here to get registered as a volunteer!

How can my business get involved?

Please contact to talk about sponsorship opportunities.

My question is not listed on this…what should I do?

Email your question to and we’ll get it on the list!

Where should I park?

Check out our parking map here!

Is any type of discount offered for the half marathon if I volunteer the day before?

We currently do not offer any discounts for people that volunteer on Expotique Day.

Can I run with my dog?

Unfortunately, no. Dogs are not allowed on the course.

I can earn more medals?! What is the Double Down medal? What is the Michigan MarathonHER?

We have partnered with two excellent Michigan events for the opportunity for you to earn even MORE bling!

The Double Down Medal | Fifth Third River Bank Run
There are two options for this medal. Option one is to run the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25k (15.5 miles). Option two is to run any other combination of Gazelle Girl and River Bank Run distances (relays are not included)

More information on the Double Down is coming soon!


The Michigan MarathonHER | The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon 

Another fantastic all women’s event! To earn this bling, you must run both the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon. 13.1 x 2 all women’s races = the Michigan MarathonHER!

More information coming soon!