Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K 2016




Once in a fantabulous year there is a wonderful race that is put together to represent some amazing athletes from the Grand Rapids area as well as other Michigan cities and even other states! Gazelle Girl is a wonderful weekend of honoring women and the commitment to making West Michigan the nation’s healthiest region! Over 3800 women ran the Gazelle Girl courses this year….a record number!

This is my second year running the Gazelle Girl and I loved it this much as last year. While the course was slightly different, it was still throughout out fabulous city and was held on a glorious day with lots of sun and beautiful weather!

Road Warrior coached Joann Karpowicz and Amy Polega were pacers for the half marathon and finished in amazing style! Congrats to all my other ladies who competed as well. You all looked wonderful! I was so happy to be able to give back some encouragement to those of you who help me through and meet you to encourage you for your phenomenal-ness!!! And thanks so much to the guys for helping support the ladies at the aid station. While this race is meant for the women to shine, it can’t be done without the men behind the scenes!


Much Love! Keep Running!!!


Hudsonville Eagle 5K


On Saturday March 26, 2016 the Fifth Third Riverbank Run Road Warriors attended the Hudsonville Eagle 5k. This was the time for our team to put into practice all that we have been training for, work out any kinks and see where we stand as individuals on a course. While it was a little chilly, the day was beautiful and many of the Road Warriors set PR’s and placed in their age division.


Also at the event was special guest Jim Dreyer. Also known as ‘The Shark’, is an ultra marathon  athlete, because his swimming accomplishments are often tied to extensive running and cycling feats. Dreyer has set various records on those distances and has won multiple marathon and triathlon awards.

The presence of a successful athlete such as Jim Dreyer was an excellent addition to this event as there were many kids who attended the event. And unlike many other events where there are a large amount of elementary and middle school children present, this race was wonderful. All the kids had fun while on the course.