Only you can bring your SPARK to the 7th annual Guardian Gals, Inc. Making Change Event. Guardian Gals, Inc. asks of all of us, “How far will YOU go? How much change will YOU make?” Support Guardian Gals, Inc. while contributing your energy to an exciting day of fitness & racing in Otsego County. Choose from one of four event distances (1/2 marathon, 10k, 5k, or 1 Mile) & enjoy a professionally run event around Otsego Lake during peak transitional color change in northern Michigan!
The vision of Guardian Gals, Inc. is to actively engage girls & women to ignite positive personal & societal change. Throughout the organization, members mutually empower & inspire one another to initiate personal, philanthropic, & civic action for the common good. The Guardian Gals, Inc. mission is carried out in community service projects, philanthropy, self care lessons & mentoring by area leaders.
Tri To Finish is back for another go-round with the Guardian Gals of Gaylord for their 2016 Making Change Event! This year’s race has been pushed back a week to take advantage of historically good weather. A beautiful half marathon course consisting of both paved and hard packed single track offers runners scenery as they circle Otsego Lake. 10k and 5k courses are along country roads at the height of the color season. If you’re looking for a quick jaunt or have young ones in need of a challenge, come on out & do the 1 mile fun run!
The Making Change Event is a way for Guardian Gals to offer a healthy, fun means of raising funds to support their efforts to bring positive change to the Gaylord region. Due to past generous support from participants & their sponsors & internal structural changes within our organization, Guardian Gals, Inc. is no longer requiring a mandatory charitable pledge fee, though we will of course continue to recognize/reward the efforts of those who go above & beyond & collect financial pledges via our notorious “Kindness Counts” prize raffle tickets. Guardian Gals, Inc. is excited to have matured financially into the position of offering an industry competitively priced ½ Marathon, 10k, 5k, & 1 Mile Run/Walk event for 2016!
This event benefits Guardian Gals, Inc. Learn More.
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Otsego Lake County Park
1657 County Park Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Scenic Loop Beginning & Ending @ County Park,Residential Neighborhoods,Quiet Back Roads Of Rural Northern Michigan Through Time of Seasonal Color Brilliance
Scenic Loop Beginning & Ending @ County Park,Residential Neighborhoods,Quiet Back Roads of Rural Northern Michigan Through Time of Seasonal Color Brilliance,Return to home base via "Hereafter Lane" Seasonal Road
Two Loops Of 5k Route (For Maximum Cheers)!!
Incorporating Earthen & Paven Trail, One Lap- Just ONE Lap- Around Otsego Lake, Scenic Loop of Seasonal Color Brilliance Beginning & Ending @ County Park, Begin of Run through Residential NeighborhoodsRunning Clockwise Around Otsego Lake,Running Earthen Railroad Grade Entire East Side of Otsego Lake (for safety),Elevation Challenges @ Mile 10, providing us our very own "Heartbreak Hills,” like Boston Marathon
Packet Pickup and Late Registration
Race Start Times
• 8:00 AM - Half Marathon Start
• 9:00 AM - 10k Start
• 9:45 AM - 5k Start
• 10:00 AM - 1 Mile Start
• NOON - Closing Rally
Event-specific t-shirts are guaranteed ONLY to those who register online before Noon on Friday, September 23rd! These shirts will be high quality and will be available in unisex, ladies cut, or youth sizes. All registrants who register after that date/time will be provided with a Tri To Finish t-shirt if event-specific shirts are unavailable on site.
Shirt Sizes Available
Ladies Cut Small
Ladies Cut Medium
Ladies Cut Large
Ladies Cut Extra Large
Times and Timing:
The 5K, 10K and Half Marathon Run events will be timed in accordance with USATF sanctioning requirements.
5K, 10K and Half Marathon Age Groups/Divisions:
9 & Under
80 & over
The Making Change Event is known for its wide array for prizes gifted to those who run in support of its mission.
And the prizes most coveted by Making Change Event finishers are the thoughtful “Kindness Counts” prizes (dynamic prizes that encourage positive personal or societal change in unique ways) available for every 1Mile, 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon runner who participates by walking or running the Making Change Event, with extra Kindness Counts tickets given to those who contribute additional pledges to advance the mission of Guardian Gals, Inc.
Results will be displayed at the event and will be posted at TRITOFINISH.COM within 48 hours of race completion.
Those interested in VOLUNTEERING, please contact Abby Hamilton at [email protected] or 989.390.5749
Half Marathon Run
1 Mile Run/Walk
Non Tax-Deductible REGISTRATION Fees Paid Online:
Tax-Deductible Pledges Paid To Guardian Gals, Inc:
This year, instead of mandatory pledge requirement, we are offering “Kindness Counts” ticket incentive for financial gifts pledged at Making Change Event. Learn more…
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And the prizes most coveted by Making Change Event finishers are the thoughtful “Kindness Counts” prizes participants have grown to love. This year, as Guardian Gals, Inc. strides to accommodate a plethora of participants & their varied interests, one “change” you will notice will be the elimination of a mandatory “Fundraising Pledge.” Along with this will be the awarding of “Kindness Counts” tickets ranging in number, based on fundraising efforts presented at check-in.
Those 1Mile, 5k, 10k, & ½ Marathon runners who make it a point to go out & collect pledges to advance the lofty mission of Guardian Gals, Inc. will be rewarded with ONE “Kindness Counts” ticket per each $25 pledge they collect. That’s right, an extra special “Kindness Counts” designated zone of the main pavilion will be stocked full of prizes that will surely encourage positive personal or societal change for the recipient until we meet again at 2016 Making Change Event!
*Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, October 6th,2016. After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate.
**Personalized Custom bibs available to those who register before NOON on Monday, September 26th, 2016!
NOTE: Active.com charges a nominal fee to participants when registering. We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!
Athletes will be directed to boat launch parking area at County Park. Guardian Gals, Inc. will pay park admittance fee, if there should be one at entrance.
2016 Major Event Sponsors Include:
Athletes are encouraged to camp @ Otsego Lake County Park during this peak time of brilliant fall color in northern Michigan or to stay a mile up the road @ Gaylord's #1 Family Recreation Destination, Benjamin's Beaver Creek Resort. Additional lodging details can be found at Gaylord's Tourism Bureau.
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