8 min Pacer: Amy Wing

Bio: I started running in my early 20's. I never thought it would become a lifestyle. I have met my best friends through running. Through the years I have set and achieved many running goals and now I enjoy helping others do the same. Why Gazelle Girl: An active running community is important to me, [...]

8 min Pacer: Erika Kuhnle

Bio: Over 15 years or so, I've increased my racing distance and now enjoy training for and running trail ultramarathons. The longer distance races provide such a free space and a series of mental and physical ups and downs, which strips me down to essential, simple joy and gratitude of being able to move my [...]

8 min Pacer: Jackie Green

Bio: I was a collegiate runner I ran for Ferris State in track and cross country! I have coached at the middle school and high school level ever since finishing my time at ferris. I'm what all my athletes call the biggest cheerleader! I love support and I LOVE helping people PR! Why Gazelle Girl: [...]

8:30 Pacer: Kaitlin Wood

Bio: I have participated on the Gazelle Girl pace team every year since the beginning. This race holds a special place in my heart as it helped me to achieve goals I didn't think possible. Pacing pretty close to my own race pace for a couple years, especially during rain, sleet, and snow helped me [...]

8:30 Pacer: Lindsey Desarmo

Bio: Three running memories are burned into my brain. My first real event ended in the med tent dry heaving and dehydrated. I was 19, lost and alone in a sea of runners, insecure and overwhelmed. 2. After running my first marathon at 26. I dropped a sock on the walk back to the hotel. [...]

8:30 Pacer: Mary Hunter

Bio: I started running in 2012 and soon after, I found out I was pregnant. I had my daughter in 2013 and started running and competing again 6 weeks later. I have since completed 53 races (from 5ks to 200 mile relays) since the birth of my daughter. Running allowed me to escape the demands [...]

9 min Pacer: Amanda Lacy

Bio: My name is Amanda Lacy and I have been running for 11 years. I have run 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, and marathons. I recently paced Park2Park Half Marathon in September and had a wonderful time. Running has taken me on a journey I never expected and has become a big part of my life. [...]

9 min Pacer: Karla Palmer

Bio: I am a 2016 Michigan Fitness Ambassador for the Governor's Fitness Council and love helping others acheive their fitness goals. As a wife, mother of three, nurse and educator, life is busy but health and physical activity should always come first. I love running and sharing my love of the sport with others. Why [...]

9 min Pacer: Katie Tebrake

Bio: I was first introduced to running as a way to stay in shape for other sports in high school. I ran off and on over the years as a way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Running has given me confidence, strength and a voice that I didn't know I had- or [...]

9:30 Pacer: Michelle Snay

Bio: I began running in 2010 when I signed up for a 5k, not having any idea how much it would change my life. I crossed the finish line, and immediately went home and signed up for another. Less than 3 months after that 5k, I finished my first half marathon. It was official – [...]

9:30 Pacer: Pamela Lauroff

Bio: I started running in 2007 after the unexpected passing of my brother. I realized I needed to get healthy and my brother and I always shared a love for running and traveling. So I signed up for my first marathon in Dublin, Ireland in 2007. I often think about my brother while running, especially [...]

9:30 Pacer: Carol Reiss

Bio: Hello, my name is Carol Reiss and I am blessed to have two fantastic kids (8th and 10th grade) and a wonderful husband, who is also my constant training partner. A cheerleader at heart, I love encouraging others and helping people to reach their goals. Running has taken me to the finish line of [...]

10 min Pacer: Joann Karpowicz

Bio: Current Fifth Third River Bank Run Road Warrior Coach, RRCA certified. Runner, biker and world’s worst swimmer. I've been running since 1983 and coaching long distance runners since 2014. Running is part of my daily routine and something that I am very passionate about. Running helps me to maintain my weight and a healthy [...]

10 min Pacer: Amy Polega

Bio: I started running almost nine years ago when I decided to make a huge life change. That was the day I quit smoking and never looked back. My running journey has been filled with lots of inspiring, encouraging, and motivating friends that helped get me out on the road and running. I want to [...]

10 min Pacer: Erin Reedy

Bio: I never in a million years thought I could run a half marathon. After I had kids I tried to stay on shape and workout because that was my "me" time. I enjoyed running because it was something I could do anywhere, anytime. My sister in law and I signed up for Gazelle Girl [...]

10:30 Pacer: Nikki Pavlack

Bio: I came to the conclusion about a year ago that I run because of the friends and connections I make, burning all those calories is a plus. I am not the fastest, don't want to be, but I am probably having the most fun! I love cheering on others while they are running, waving [...]

10:30 Pacer: Melissa Jachium

Bio: I’ve been an avid runner for the past 7 years. Short runs, long runs... you name it and I love running it. I was introduced into the world of pacing in 2013 and found a way give back to a running community that I love so much. Running has taking me down so many [...]

10:30 Pacer: Jennifer Gard

Bio: I started running over 10 years ago. Over the course of that time I have run anywhere from 5k's to Spartan Races to Marathons and everything in between. Running has provided me with a way to learn more about myself. I have learned how much I can push myself when I really want something, [...]

11 min Pacer: Jillaine Pierce

  Wanting to get into shape and lose some weight, I started running 7 years ago….well sort of, it was more like walk a few minutes, run a few minutes, walk a few, run a few……that led to a 5K 3 months after I started and my first half marathon 4 months after that and [...]

11 min Pacer: Angela Boynton

The thrill of the start line, the fun and sometimes very random conversation with people who are practically strangers, and the sharing of a great accomplishment is what makes me the most excited to pace this run! Those running with the 11min pace group can look forward to my "talking points" and "fun facts" when [...]

12 min Pacer: Gisgie Gendreau

Bio: I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days. I’ve been running since 2012, when our daughter said she wanted to try out for her middle school cross country team. I was [...]

12 min Pacer: Amy Rempalski

Bio: With my former distaste for running, little did I know that running, let alone pacing, would later become a passion. I started by putting one foot in front of the other and never giving up, even during the tough times. After a few years of running and pacing I encountered a few bumps in [...]

12 min Pacer: Mary Pearson

Bio: I began running as a coping mechanism in 2007. Running is a big part of who I am and what makes me happy. As a charity runner and coach I have crossed many finish lines, helped others achieve their goals and had fun along the way. Sure, there have been tough races, races that [...]

11 min Pacer: Toni Dixon

Bio: I've been a runner for only 7 short years and I'm still amazed at how far I've come! I never thought I would love the sport. In fact, before becoming a runner, I thought it was the most illogical sport ever. Since starting my run journey I've learned to accept my accomplishments no matter [...]

13 min Pacer: Aliya Armstrong

Bio: I have completed 22 half-marathons and one full. I started running in 2011. Running has changed my life and I use it as a vehicle to help others transform theirs. I've been teaching and coaching as a profession so it comes natural. I believe in the relentless spirit of women. Gazelle Girl was my [...]

13 min Pacer: Janet McDuffey

Bio: I began running after convincing a friend to walk with me. I decided to try running a lap around the track. I loved it so much I continued. Eventually I signed up for my first 5k and was hooked on racing. Over the years I have progressed to running most distances up to and [...]

13 min Pacer: Linda VanSteinvoorn

Bio: This year, 2016, has had its ups and downs in relation to running. I injured an ankle on March 30, and again in mid-June. In nearly 10 years of running I had never had an injury, until this year. I followed the mandatory "no running" rules and it left me slower, cut my stamina [...]

14 min Pacer: Amy Jolman

Bio: I fell in love with running about 20 years ago after my husband and I moved away from my hometown. I used running as a way to stay in shape, meet people and have fun. Running was like therapy for me. I have been a fitness instructor for more than 20 years and love [...]