Gazelle Girl Half Marathon Offers “Charming” Experience for West Michigan Runners


Whether you’re a first-time participant or an elite runner, crossing the finish line of a race is sweetest in the moment when the symbol of achievement is awarded. For most races, medals and ribbons are standard, but for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and many other women’s-only events across the country, we’ve recognized a trend and desire for something you can wear every day.

Last year, 3,126 women ran the streets of downtown Grand Rapids to complete the inaugural Gazelle Girl Half Marathon (GGHM) in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. On Sunday, April 13, more than 3,000 women will cross the finish line again, and we’re thrilled to celebrate women running in West Michigan through Terryberry’s second annual partnership where our employees will participant as both runners and volunteers. Additionally, runners will receive a piece of sterling silver jewelry made by artisans at our Grand Rapids headquarters.

Why do we do this? For me, running is personal. I have been running most of my life, from the Grand Rapids Marathon and Reeds Lake Triathon, to the Boston Marathon, Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, plus XTERRA triathlons. My family is part of this too – in fact, my youngest daughter, Lucy, will be running the 5K with our staff.

My passion for running and endurance events prompted me to launch an endurance jewelry division that was created by runners for runners as a way to “wear your passion.” After all, you can’t wear your race medals to the office! In fact, several of the women crossing the finish line this year will be Terryberry employees who have had a personal role in the design, craftsmanship, and packaging of the charms. It’s a neat opportunity for these ladies to be on both the manufacturing and receiving end of this special recognition.

This year, the charm design is modeled after the shape of the state of Michigan, a lapel pin design that’s been a staple throughout our company history. Following the race, runners can take their mitten-shaped charm to the Terryberry tent in Rosa Parks Circle (near the finish line) to place customized engraving orders. Giving each runner a tangible, stylish way to commemorate her half marathon achievement is a distinctive and lasting reminder of the GGHM milestone.

We’re looking forward to participating in the second annual Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K and are excited to celebrate with you at the finish line! Register to run or sign up to volunteer at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K!

Mike Byam
Guest Blogger
Mike is managing partner of Terryberry, member of the West Michigan Sports Commission Advisory Council, and an avid runner and self-proclaimed tri fanatic.

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