GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - When news broke of an all-female half marathon taking place in downtown Grand Rapids, it didn't take long for the inaugural Gazelle Girl Half Marathon to fill all 2,000 spots. Perhaps that is because this is the first all-female race of this distance in the area. Perhaps it is because this race is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Or perhaps it is because proceeds from this race are benefiting three area charities: Kent County Girls on the Run, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and the YWCA. Whatever the reason, thousands of women will be running this town come April 13, and race officials have just announced that this group will grow by 10 runners.
"In the spirit of giving, we have opened a bidding process for 10 women to join the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon," said Bridget Meyers, co-race director. "Minimum bid is $100, and the 10 highest bidders will receive an entry while knowing they have helped three wonderful local charities."
The bidding deadline is April 1 at noon. Winners will be notified by phone and/or email April 1 at 3 pm. Payment must be received by April 5. Bid information and leading bids will be posted daily at gazellesports.com/gazellegirl. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run, GROW and the YWCA. "Putting on an event that is meaningful to the community, participants and our charity partners is something that is very important to Gazelle Sports," said Tiler Webster, co-race director. "We wanted to find a way to open up a few more half marathon slots, but also raise money for our charity partners. Creating an auction seemed like the perfect way to give back."
The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k is being held on April 13, 2013 with an 8 am start in Downtown Grand Rapids. The race will accept entries for women to run the 5k up until race day. The race is also recruiting volunteers to help on April 12 and 13. Visit gazellesports.com/gazellegirl to register or volunteer.
About the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon:
The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k is the first women's-only half marathon event in Michigan. The run, organized by Gazelle Sports, is in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions. The race connects women through movement, achievement, celebration, friendship and fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kent County Girls on the Run, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) and the YWCA, all organizations dedicated to empowering women of all ages.
For more information on the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k, visit GazelleSports.com/gazellegirl
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