It’s Race Week!!

Race week!  Oh the excitement (Maybe a few nerves, too)! We have lots of information to share in this last eblast for the 2019 Gazelle Girl Half Marathon event! 

We have 13 fantastic sponsors committed to enhance your on course experience and ready to bring ALL the spirit and energy when you may need it MOST! I want to thank United Bank, HopCat, Founders Brewing, Grand River Bank, Feather and Birch, Snap Fitness of Byron Center, J & H Oil, Mercantile Bank, Natural Choice Chiropractic, Lacks Enterprises, Galbavi Law and Kar Mel Financial Planners, and Old National Bank. Be sure to give them a thank you on your way past for giving their time to support the mission of the Gazelle Girl event.

Are you looking for just a bit more inspiration? Well, I have put together a special Spotify playlist.  I have been working on this for quite some time. This has a lot of my heart and soul in it. I have run with it many times to get it just right! Some of our 2019 Gazelle Girl run campers had the opportunity to share their “go to” song for inclusion as well. You can find it here: “Gazelle Girl Half Marathon 2019”.

Upon crossing the finish line the Grand Rapids Football Club will be there passing out your well-deserved medal! Worked up an appetite? Your post event nutrition will consist of oranges, bananas, bagels and cream cheese, pretzels, and animal crackers from gold sponsor Meijer, recovery bars from Gluten Free Bar and Cliff, and cookies from Cookie Chicks and Kind Crumbs. Hydration provided by Boxed Water, Milk Means More Chocolate Milk Chugs, and lemonade from CoreLife Eatery. Additional sponsors Brewery Vivant, Farmhaus Cider, and Fenn Valley will be offering beverages for you to toast your accomplishment!  

We will also have four food concession vendors — Ferris Coffee and three food trucks (Kona Ice, Mary’s Tamales and Crepes by the Lakes.)

In the spirit of celebration, DJ AB will be spinning the tunes and Day Lily Floral will be selling bouquets of flowers. Celebrate YOU in every way possible! This day came with effort. Early bedtimes. Early mornings. And oh yeah, snow and cold!

In addition to all the ways we have tried to create a fun atmosphere for our Finish Line Fest, be sure to take a moment to breathe it all in…to really digest it mindfully and personally. Cement those memories in your heart, and have something upon your return home to really connect the two moments. For me it is a bathbomb and long bath, but you may also want something that lasts longer to relive that special moment! We have that for you too! Check out our new exclusive Finisher Jacket from Gazelle Sports and New Balance, only available on race day following all of the event starts. Jackets will be available for purchase in the Gazelle Sports Pop-Up shop.

As I write this my mind is flooded with so many of your faces I have met along the way and those I have yet to meet. As always, I will be waiting for you at the finish line.

Run with all of your heart.

Holly Visser
Gazelle Girl Half Marathon Co-Director