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Here at Gazelle Sports, we believe in supporting the health and wellness of our communities, our staff and our customers.
We are keeping a very close eye on the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. All of our store locations are taking every precaution to ensure that we are providing a clean and safe environment to our customers and staff, as well as safe experiences for our community of runners. We plan to follow the recommendations of state and local health officials- including guidance on event timing and attendee numbers. Therefore, we are taking the following immediate steps:
The course preview scheduled for March 22 will be cancelled. Currently, however, we are moving forward in planning the Expotique and Event Day on April 18 and 19 with the following added measures:
- Additional hand sanitizer distributed throughout the Expotique for attendees, vendors and staff
- Additional hand washing stations will be added to Calder Plaza on event day
- As above, be mindful of those within your proximity- do not “farmer blow” or spit in public, sneeze and cough into your arm or elbow and avoid sharing water bottles.
- If you choose to defer your registration to 2021, you must do so no later than March 16.
- No refunds will be issued to those choosing not to participate in this year’s event.
Each decision that we make will be out of an abundance of caution, and based on the most up to date recommendations from state and local health officials. As we continue to monitor this evolving situation, we will provide additional information as it becomes available and communicate in a timely and appropriate manner.
While we are taking the necessary measures to mitigate the spread of illness in groups and gatherings, we encourage you to keep running! Maintaining health and wellness is a key component in combating illness, and reducing the stress and anxiety that arises during difficult times like this.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate the uncertainty, and necessary precautions of this situation. We are fortunate to be a steward of the running community and take pride in holding that role with care.
Want to check out the new Gazelle Girl Half Marathon course before race day? Run with us from MVP Metro Club through the streets of Downtown Grand Rapids on March 22 to preview the complete half marathon course. Plus, the official Gazelle Girl pace team will be on-hand to support all paces!
Not running the half marathon? No worries! We will have turnaround points marked for a 5k distance and a 10k distance. Please note- these distances will be out and back, and not on their official race day courses.
March 22, 2020
8:00am || Group Run Check-In
8:30am || Group Run begins
MVP Metro Club- (33 Fountain St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)
Fine Print: This is not an official event, rather a group run. There will be limited aid stations, and course markings will be chalked. There will be volunteers to help, but no course marshals, and all roads will be open to traffic. You are encouraged to review the course map prior to the group run. It will be available prior to the event.
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