Why the name change?

SHE RUNS Grand Rapids is meant to represent every woman, every She who runs. Regardless of whether she refers to herself as a “girl”, a “woman” or anything in between, she is represented in our new event name.

Is this event still exclusive to women?

At Gazelle Sports, we promote, support and enable active living for all people. We value inclusiveness in our communities and are committed to a welcoming environment as we invest in, and continue to build, a culture of health. SHE RUNS Grand Rapids is a signature event of Gazelle Sports and shares the same values. Therefore, the policy put in place for Gazelle Girl remains: the event is open to all who identify as women, including those who are non-binary or transgender.

We follow the guidelines for eligibility of awards set forth by the USATF, and will refer to these guidelines in distribution of age group and overall awards. For more information on these guidelines, please visit usatf.org

Will the legacy runners be able to continue the legacy? Or does it start over since it’s a new name?

The Gazelle Girl Legacy participants helped build the event for the past 9 years. Their Legacy status and commitment will take us into year 10 as we celebrate a decade under our new brand, SHE RUNS Grand Rapids!

Why the date change?

Over the years we have had to adjust the event date to avoid Easter Sunday and Spring Break. By moving the date to the first Sunday in May, we will be able to have a consistent date and hopefully more spring-like weather.

Is the half course staying the same?

We are working on finalizing the course and will share as soon as we are able. It will, however, still highlight downtown Grand Rapids, and its iconic landmarks.

Will there be a Double Down Medal with River Bank Run?

We understand that the new date is closer to the weekend that the Amway Riverbank Run is historically held than Gazelle Girl has been in the past. We value the partnership that Gazelle Sports has built with the Amway River Bank Run, and plan to devote our resources to supporting both She Runs Grand Rapids and the Amway River Bank Run however is most beneficial to each individual event, and will therefore not be offering a double down medal option this upcoming year.

What are my options for registration?

October 20- December 31 

  • Half: $90
  • 10k: $50
  • 5k: $40

January 1- April 1

  • Half: $95
  • 10k: $55
  • 5k: 45

April 1- Event Day, May 1

  • Half: $100
  • 10k: $60
  • 5k: 50

 

All registered participants will receive a women’s fit shirt, custom medal, and race bib.

New in 2022! Make a $50 donation during registration to help us scholarship someone who may not otherwise be able to participate!

If you need to switch to a virtual option please contact sherunsgr@gazellesports.com

I signed up. Now what? Well, besides the running part 😊

Be sure you are subscribed to our SHE RUNS Grand Rapids mailing list to get all of the latest updates and important information (like swag pick up, etc.) at the bottom of the website. You can also check out She Runs Grand Rapids training plans and the Meetup schedule

PLEASE NOTE: This is a dedicated mailing to SHE RUNS Grand Rapids followers separate from Gazelle Sports. Be sure you are subscribed specifically to ours and not just the retail brand. Once you confirm your subscription, add “She Runs Grand Rapids” to your contacts to ensure our emails do not land in your Spam folder.

I can no longer participate in the 2022 SHE RUNS Grand Rapids event. Can I get a refund?

Refunds are not an option for SHE RUNS Grand Rapids, but until 11:59 pm on April 25, 2022 you can defer your registration to the 2023 event or transfer your registration to a different distance:

How to do a deferral or transfer:
1. Go to www.runsignup.com and click Sign In at the top right to log into your Run Sign Up account
2. Click the Profile link at the top right
3. Scroll down and click My Registered Races
4. Find the She Runs Grand Rapids link
5. Click Manage Registration
6. If you are on a computer, click either Transfer Event or Defer Registration on the left hand side. If you are on a mobile phone, click Race Menu at the top center, followed by either Transfer Event or Defer Registration. 

If you need to switch to a virtual option please contact sherunsgr@gazellesports.com

I selected the wrong size shirt when I registered. How can that be corrected?

Until shirts are ordered on January 1, 2022, you can update your registration through the link located halfway down the page on your email registration confirmation. After January 1, 2022, there may be an opportunity to switch out your size at on-site registration at the Expo on Saturday, April 30 or event day on Sunday, May 1, but that option is not guaranteed.

Will Gazelle Sports host in-person training groups for the event?

There is not a dedicated in-person training program this year, however each Gazelle Sports location hosts a weekly Community Run at their store. These group runs are a great way to connect with other runners. You can check out days and times by visiting your local store’s Facebook page under “events”.

SHE RUNS Grand Rapids digital training guides are available for each distance here. Meetups, many of them featuring training runs, are also listed on our website. 

Who do I contact if my company is interested in sponsoring the event?

Please contact sherunsgr@gazellesports.com for any sponsor inquiries. 

Can I participate with a stroller?
Yes, strollers are allowed in the event! In order to keep congestion to a minimum, we ask that those pushing strollers line up near or at the back at the starting line on event day. 
 
How much time is available for me to finish my event?

The courses will remain open until 11:30 a.m. with the exception of Ottawa Avenue which will remain open until 12:30 p.m. for the finish line. After 11:30 a.m., those still participating are asked to move to the sidewalks as streets reopen to traffic and rules of the road (stopping at stop lights, etc.) will apply. Aid Stations will continue to offer support and fluids until everyone has finished their event.

Can I run or walk with my dog?

Dogs are welcome as spectators but not as runners or walkers in She Runs Grand Rapids as we strive to keep everyone safe on event day!

Will there be somewhere to keep my personal belongings while I participate?

She Runs Grand Rapids will offer Gear Check on May 1 for all registered participants from a tent on Calder Plaza. Plan to store your personal belongings in the clear bag that will be provided to you at Gear Check and attach the tab on your participant bib to your bag. Plan to retrieve your personal belongings before Gear Check closes at 12:30 p.m.

Is there an official Pace Team for She Runs Grand Rapids?

We are excited to introduce you online to the 2022 Pace Team! They will be pacing half participants on May 1. Look for your pace on signs held by the pacers on Ottawa Avenue prior to the She Runs Grand Rapids half start and line up there. Plan to keep your pacer(s) in sight while you are on course to stay on track for your finish time. Pace signs only will be held by event volunteers in the starting areas for the 10k and 5k events to assist in appropriate line up.

What is available at each Aid Station on May 1?

Aid Stations are located approximately every two miles on all the event courses and feature water, GU Hydration (Tri-berry), medical support, portable restrooms and lots of encouragement from our volunteer teams! This year, She Runs Grand Rapids will be using silicone cups provided by Hiccup to distribute fluids at Aid Stations. Once you are done drinking, please place your cup in the provided bins or toss onto the ground for collection by volunteers. 

The Half course will also feature a nutrition station near the halfway point that will offer GU gels (Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Tri-Berry and caffeine free Strawberry Banana) and chews (Strawberry with caffeine and Watermelon). The nutrition station will be followed almost immediately by an Aid Station for hydration purposes.

Besides at Aid Stations, will medical support be available at the start/finish?

Yes, in addition to being available at each Aid Station, a staffed medical tent will be open from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Ottawa Avenue. If you or anyone you are with experiences a medical emergency between Aid Stations and/or away from Ottawa Avenue, dial 911 immediately to provide your location. If you are experiencing a medical situation while participating that will allow you to continue to an Aid Station or the finish line, medical help will be available.

Will there be nutrition and hydration after I finish my event?

Upon finishing, participants will be able to carbo load, enjoy fresh fruit and rehydrate with both water and electrolyte replacement from the post-event refreshments area on Ottawa Avenue.

Can I celebrate with family, friends and other participants after I finish?

YES! The She Runs Grand Rapids Finish Line Festival will take place on Calder Plaza from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and feature music, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (use the “free beverage” tab on your participant bib to enjoy a complimentary cup), food truck fare for purchase (list coming soon), and interactive spaces provided by event sponsors.

Where can I park for the event on May 1?

Metered street parking, with the exception of hooded meters, is free of charge in downtown Grand Rapids on Sundays. Or, plan to park in a ramp or surface lot  convenient to the She Runs Grand Rapids start/finish line located on Ottawa Avenue adjacent to Calder Plaza. Several self-locking bike racks are available at Calder Plaza if you’d rather cycle to the event. The DASH and Silverline buses do not operate on Sundays, but electric scooters and bikes are available around the downtown area for rental transportation.

How will I find my results?
Simply scan the QR code available on your participant bib with any smartphone when you finish to access your results. Or stop at the Information tent on Calder Plaza to have a volunteer do so for you.
Do you have any hotel specials?

Because there are so many events taking place in downtown Grand Rapids the weekend of April 29 through May 1, hotel rooms are extremely limited and most hotels could not provide She Runs Grand Rapids with a designated room block. However, many of the downtown hotels do have a few rooms available. Please feel free to contact properties you are interested in directly.