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 SHE RUNS Grand Rapids remains: the event is open to all who identify as women.
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
Yes! The new half marathon course features 9 of Grand Rapids’ distinct neighborhoods or business districts, multiple bridges including the memorable Sixth Street Bridge, and some of downtown’s iconic landmarks. The 10k and 5k courses are still being finalized to feature area highlights from start to finish!
September 28 – December 31
- Half: $85
- 10k: $45
- 5k: $35
January 1 – March 31
- Half: $90
- 10k: $50
- 5k: $40
April 1 -April 30, Event Day
- Half: $95
- 10k: $55
- 5k: $45
All registered participants will receive a women’s fit shirt, custom medal, and race bib.
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Yes! Everyone who finishes the half marathon, 10k and 5k will receive a custom finisher medal. Overall winners in each event will receive:
$75 New Balance apparel/accessories
$100 Gazelle Sports gift certificate
$50 New Balance apparel/accessories
$75 Gazelle Sports gift certificate
$25 New Balance apparel/accessories
$50 Gazelle Sports gift certificate
First, second and third place Age Group winners for each event will receive $25, $15 and $10 Gazelle Sports gift certificates, respectively.
Yes, new this year and because we are all better together, create a Social Team with a minimum of five participants and no maximum! You’ll name your team and all team members will be scored by the cross country method of scorning. Plus, on event day, we’ll recognize the top teams in four categories $10 Gazelle Sports gift certificates for all team members at the Awards Ceremony: largest team, best team event day kit, fastest team and most unhurried team.
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.
Refunds are not an option for SHE RUNS Grand Rapids, but until 11:59 pm on April 19, 2023 you can defer your registration to the 2024 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.
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 event check-in/late registration during the 11 Day Lead In or event day, Saturday, April 30, but that option is not guaranteed.
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”.
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Instead of a one day Expo this year, SHE RUNS Grand Rapids is introducing a new format for event check-in/late registration to make the experience more convenient for those participating! The 11 Day Lead In, celebrating 11 years of the all-women’s event, will run Thursday, April 20 through event day, Sunday, April 30, and offer event check-in/late registration at different Gazelle Sports’ locations at different times each day. In addition, SHE RUNS Grand Rapids sponsors have the opportunity to get involved in the 11 Day Lead In with sampling, demonstrations, education and activities! Check back here on March 30 for the complete schedule!
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.
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!
SHE RUNS Grand Rapids will offer Gear Check on April 30 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.
Pacers will be pacing half marathon participants on April 30. 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.
Aid Stations are located approximately every two miles on all the event courses and feature water, electrolyte replacement fluids, 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. Energy gels and/or chews will be available near the halfway point on the half course.
The Half course will also feature a nutrition station near the halfway point that will offer GU gels as well as chews. The nutrition station will be followed almost immediately by an Aid Station for hydration purposes.
Yes, in addition to being available at each Aid Station, a medical tent staffed by University of Michigan Health-West 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.
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.
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, and interactive spaces provided by event sponsors.
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.
We currently have an offer through the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown:
Expand your SHE RUNS Grand Rapids experience in 2023 by staying at the Holiday Inn
Grand Rapids Downtown, less than a 1/2 mile from the start/finish line.
Click here to make your reservation with the participant rate or call 616-235-7611 and
let reservations know you are with SHE RUNS Grand Rapids when you make your phone
SHE RUNS Grand Rapids is an all-women’s event for every woman- the woman who has been running for years, the woman who is tackling her first 5k, the woman who has raced every distance, and the woman who has had to fight for a place at the starting line. Meet the women who represent the heart of SHE RUNS Grand Rapids- Kiri, Tova, Wendy and Sammie. Find inspiration in their great training days, and connection in their really hard ones. Run or walk alongside them at Meetups, send likes and encouragement on social media, and most importantly, discover a little bit of relatability in their individual journeys to SHE RUNS Grand Rapids on April 30.